Description

I was looking to update from an old i5 4460 Intel build I did 4 years ago. The new Ryzens came out and I thought I would crack straight into it after all the positive reviews!

I went for Tomahawk MAX board - it shipped with 7C02v32 Bios so was immediately compatible with the Ryzen 3600 CPU.

Installed Windows 10 off a 32GB USB. Amazed at how easy it was - I have not experienced any issues so far (its only been 1 day since build completion!)

Fan configuration: 2 in 1 out. I may change this to 2 in 2 out depending on how temperatures look in Summer. My usual ambient temperature of the room is around 20-22 degrees

System temperature is 41.0 °C after 1hr gaming in game (Tarkov). Case is normally closed - no window panel so that travelling with the PC is less stressful about potentially breaking glass ;-)

I poached the monitor, graphics card,'old' 250GB SSD, and 3TB WD drive from my previous build!

Part Reviews

CPU

Wish there was an OEM version when I ordered it, so that I could save a bit on the heatsink/fan which was included as default

CPU Cooler

Great cooling; fan is not as quiet as I would like but it is not "noisy".

Motherboard

This motherboard is compatible with Ryzen 3000 chips out of the box. Way cheaper alternative to x570, which would be overkill for the lil R5 3600 I have plugged in.

No problems so far!

Memory

Plugged in; defaulted to 2400mhz. Clicked XMP, clocked to 3200mhz. Easy as that.

Storage

Bulk storage & reliable; what more could you want? Its not designed for speed!

Video Card

I bought it for about £369; which was pretty good price in Nov 2018. Pretty good bang for buck, wasn't willing to go > £400!

Case

I ordered the compact version of this, with no window. Very happy - the build was so easy, with lots of areas to feed cables through and not create a complete spaghetti of cables everywhere. Just remember to buy an extra fan or two to maximise air flow! This is why 4/5 stars

Monitor

I like this monitor - sizewise its great. Its also really nice when you get over that 60FPS hurdle and experience such smoooooth frame rates.

I have a slight gripe that the monitor is however not perfect (which I would expect for the price!). There is slight monitor bleed at the corners/top/bottom. So when the screen is "all black", its not. You can see a slight grey light near the top/bottom/corners (it is not all the way around, just some areas). For the most part I don't notice it though. This is why its 4/5 stars.

I will always want a monitor that can go >60Hz to get smooth framerates, but I am not sure I would be able to justify buying this monitor again, due to price.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Finally a non-RGB build. Thank you.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I hope you liked it! The motherboard has a bit of a red glow thing going on; which I don't mind too much. I matched it up with some red SATA cables I had lying around; and the gfx card red/black too!

Doesn't make a huge difference considering its all closed up anyhow :-)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks buddy

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! I've never been able to afford anything like this so I come here to look, I'm just glad it doesn't look like a unicorn didn't throw up on it. What have you got going on in terms of peripherals, would like to know. Thanks!

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for long wait on reply.

Corsair Gaming K70 Red LED Cherry MX Red Mechanical Keyboard (CH-9000114-UK) (4 years old)

ASUS Gaming Mouse (ROG Gladius) (still going good after 2 years of quite heavy use!)

HyperX Cloud Gaming headset when I'm playing FPS games.

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 for video calls.

Finally: I have a very basic & old Creative 5.1 surround sound system, which I would not recommend (Its really hard to get something properly working as 5.1, usually its just 2.1) I can't find the actual model lol, sorry.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

i have the same cooler as u. what average temps do you get on high intensive games. is the cpu cooler enough to handle streaming without getting really high temps?

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

My ambient room temperature is around 20-22 degrees

Max temp I've seen on CPU is around 70 degrees, so I think its doing a good job. I probably put too much paste on the CPU too. Might revisit this in a few years, if I see temps going higher. Normally system temperature is 41.0 °C after 1hr gaming in game (Tarkov)

I don't stream so its hard for me to tell you how that would go. I think it would be okay though?