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Jade Geode

by disentery

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18 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 29, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 25, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.71GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

This is the first thing that I built and oooooh boy. It's good, it's really good, but assembling it wasn't easy. At least the main issues some people had with some pieces turned out to be easy to solve! Anyhow, let's get to it.

The Parts

Case Phanteks Eclipse P400s, Grey

• Why? I wanted a quality case that was easy to build with and was told NZXT, Corsair and Phanteks does some very good stuff. I originally considered a Corsair SPEC-III, but after switching for a green color schemes and reports of it having a cheap feel, I went for Phanteks, as NZXT towers were simply too big. My first choice was the Enthoo Pro M Green, but it had no tempered glass version! The Eclipse seemed to be the best choice, as it came with a fan controller, LED strip, and two fans on top. Plus, I found it at only 99€ instead of 120 ish. Jumped on the opportunity!

• Is it good? Yes and no. First of all, the accessories... They suck, plain and simple. The Fan controller is actually a bunch of plugs you plug your fans in to get a 3-speed control on your tower. This is, effectively, completely useless if you have a decent mobo that has full PWM control and it gets in the way. The LED strip is really, really annoying. It's magnetic, but the magnets are SO FAR in between each other that it's hard to get it to lay flat without applying tension. The other problem is that it plugs into a RGB socket on your mobo.. But it doesn't even use the RGB information! This leads to all the LEDs on the tower getting odd colors, mine refused to accept any green input until I disabled the RGB output on my mobo and fiddled with the switch. The RGB plug is also really, REALLY flimsy and its clips did not work properly, so I had to savagely tie it to my RGBW plug. It's hideous but it works. You can get the strip in a few different light modes, but you can not set the intensity, making it utterly eye-searing at night if it's in your field of vision. It also has way too many shades of cold colors but too little in the warm department. It has like, four blues and just yellow and orange, what the heck?

The good part, though.. It's very easy to open, it's compact but not cramped, it looks sleek.. The case fans can be a little bit iffy to plug in, but otherwise, it's a solid 7 from me.

Mobo Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5

• Why? I want one of the best mobos for Ryzen. I don't need the SLI, I just want something with lots of useful features, and excellent build quality. I heard MSI had issues with POST and ASUS with memory, plus ASUS was too expensive. Thus I took Gigabyte. Why the 5 instead of a k5 or k7? Well, the 5 is basically a K7 with less LEDs and white highlights. Oh, and 40€ cheaper, too.

• Is it good?

Yes! It's really good. It comes with a bunch of accessories (although one of the SATA cables is apparently non-functional) and neat little accessories like extra velcro straps and SATA labels. Every port is clearly labelled and the manual is very readable. The BIOS is also pretty good and easy to use, plus double bios, and it comes with a suite of firmware which is not only fast, but it actually works! Yowza!

Two problems: HORRIBLE M.2 placement, it's behind the GPU! There's also only one M.2 slot, which is a bit meh. The SATA ports on the top also get blocked by full size GPUs.

CPU Ryzen 5 1600

• Why? BETTER BE DEAD THAN NOT RED MAKE INTEL GO REEEEEEEE Also I didn't want to spend too much on a 7700 and pay extra for overclock when I can get 2 extra cores for almost 100€ cheaper.

• Is it good? Yes. It runs surprisingly cool, too. The cooler is XBAWKS HUEG for a stock, but oooh boy is it a good cooler. It's pretty to boot, too. I run about 50C° on quiet fan config while playing BF4 on ultra. IN a 25C° room. I'm thinking of OCing it to 3.8 eventually but.. eh, no need right now. I'll likely get ahold of a 7 3800 when they come out.

Also, my dad was shocked by how big the chip was. "That's not an Athlon!" indeed!

RAM G.Skill Trident Z RGB , 3200mhz CAS 14

• Why? AMD personally recommends it. Samsung B-Dies. Highest Freq and second lowest CAS supported by Ryzen. Do you need more than that? Oh, and it looks sexy as hell. Bit stiff on the wallet, though.

• Is it good? I was told it was hard to set up. This is not really true. Just launch EasyTune and set your ram to 3200mhz. The bios will NOT suffice, although you need to enable XMP there. I was also told setting the LEDs was an utter ***** because it conflicts with Aura, Fusion, and such. Well, here is the answer for gigabyte users.

Open task manager, kill the led process and Gigabyte App center. Then launch the G.Skill app, set your LEDs, close it, make SURE the process is killed, then relaunch RGB fusion. Bam. It works. I had one of the DIMMs go dim (haw) followed the same procedure, and it works now.

Otherwise, it's fast, and surprisingly good at cooling itself. My external thermistor on my mobo is stuck in between my two sticks and consistently has the lowest temp on my whole mobo.

GPU EVGA Superclocked GTX1080

• Why? It's a tenneity. Oh, and it was on sale. And it looks pretty to boot.

• Is it good? Oh lord yes I can finally play BF1 on ultra at 60 in 1440p the day is saved It also runs surprisingly quiet and pretty chill, too. Didn't go over 60C°. Drivers suck like always but this is a hell of a card if you can get it for 600 flat or less. Shame Vega is poo, though. EVGA's always been good for GPUs and this proves it. If you can swing a bit more for a FTW², go for it.

tfwthehybridwasonsalethenextdayforcheaper

PSU XFX XTR 650W

• Why? Tier 2 PSU. Full modular. Tons of ports. Hybrid fan. 650w was *50 cents more than the 550. My original pick was a beQuiet Dark Power Pro 11 which has tons of ports for everything and is platinum, but is a solid 55€ more. Aaaand the delivery got damaged. Ugh.

• Is it good? Yes. It does its job flawlessly and it handles discharging with ease. Very nice to work with, but reaching in for the furthest plugs in the Eclipse can be hard if you don't have spider hands like I do. andeventhenitwashard It also comes with molex cables and 2 4-port SATA cables, but only one two-port, which can make management difficult. There is also no single-plug PCI-E. :c

Wifi Card

• Why? Why Wifi? I live in a house that has a grand total of ONE RJ45 plug. It's not in my room and it's the exact opposite of where my room is. Yeah. Wifi it is.

• Is it good? First of all, the antennaes are MASSIVE. Easily over a third of the tower's length. The support being magnetized is really neat, though. It weights really heavily for its size, however.

It's also so ******* fast that it thinks I'm lagging hard because my router only has 5mbps of .n wifi and thus always gives me 1/2 bars in the taskbar.. But I get 4 ms ping on Ookla and 19-25 ingame. It's good. Even better if you have a very good wifi router. Only issue, it's red. Bluh.

Storage Kingston SSDNow M.2 240gb • Why? NVMe, baby! I wanted an os/utility disk, and it was not only the cheapest, but also the only one with a delivery date that wasn't "within 1 to 2 months"! AMAZOOOOOOOON!

• Is it good? Honestly, I was worried because I was told Kingston's M.2s are.. eh. I'm not sure if it'll withstand the GPU proximity but..

Holy ****, this thing is fast. It boots my PC so fast that if I turn on my screen and PC at the same time, the screen wins by literally two seconds. It's insane.

Crucial MX300 1050gb SSD • Why? Cheap as hell 1tb SSD? Sign me right up!

• Is it good? Hey, ever bought a 960gb SSD and found out you get less than that? Well, it turns out those boys get exactly 960GB. For real. And cheaper. It's like christmas! It also has super solid stats for a "cheap" SSD, easily on the level of the blacc bricc from Samsung. Take that, Korea!

WD Blue 7200 RPM 1000gb • Why? It's a hard drive.

• Is it good? It drives hard. I thought it was DOA but it turns out the cable was dead, not the disk. Huh.

Case Fans Phanteks PH-F140SP BK GLED • Why? Amazing stats for a 140mm. Also not too expensive for high end fans.

• Is it good? The LEDs are a MASSIVE disappointment. It's a cute touch but it looks nowhere as good as I expected.

Otherwise, they're quiet. Like, hella quiet. With 4 of those and the 1 of the 120mm version running at full speed, I get 45dB while right next to the back exhaust. They do rev up hard when starting, but during light operation, they're inaudible unless you look for it.

OS Windows 10 Professional •Why? You need it for Ryzen. And hey, pro for the same price than home. Neat. Found this on eBay for 15€. Had it delivered in 5 minutes. It was 8PM. This guy is pure roxor.

•Is it good? It's windows.

Monitor AOC Q2778VQE 27" 1440p/60hz •Why? Smallest 1440p screen I've found and HOLY PRICE DEAL BATMAN!

•Is it good? It's big. Easy to mount. Pretty. Image quality is a delight. It's also insanely bright and murders my eyes at night. Easier brightness control would be nice, but I have F.Lux so eh.

Mouse Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum •Why? Apparently it's the mouse. Like, the Cooler Master Evo 212 of mice.

•Is it good? This thing is heaven to use. Perfectly fits my hand. You can add or reduce weight. Huge DPI. Perfectly placed buttons. Good software. Love it. Get one. Just do it. It's hype for a reason.

Only issue, the braided cable is a ******* piece of crap and gets elbows like crazy if you use it on a laptop.

Keyboard Corsair K70 Lux RGB (Browns) •Why? KZ_Frew uses it. Now I do too. Browns because I need the touch. Also that deal. 80€ cheaper because of a minuscule nick on the outer packaging. Neat.

•Is it good? It's good.. the keys are small to my tastes and slipping is easy. Since I'm a literature student, typing can be rather annoying. It's also really freaking loud so you might want to get a MX Silent Strafe instead.

Part Reviews

CPU

Is it good? Yes. It runs surprisingly cool, too. The cooler is XBAWKS HUEG for a stock, but oooh boy is it a good cooler. It's pretty to boot, too. I run about 50C° on quiet fan config while playing BF4 on ultra. IN a 25C° room. I'm thinking of OCing it to 3.8 eventually but.. eh, no need right now. I'll likely get ahold of a 7 3800 when they come out.

Also, my dad was shocked by how big the chip was. "That's not an Athlon!" indeed!

Motherboard

Yes! It's really good. It comes with a bunch of accessories (although one of the SATA cables is apparently non-functional) and neat little accessories like extra velcro straps and SATA labels. Every port is clearly labelled and the manual is very readable. The BIOS is also pretty good and easy to use, plus double bios, and it comes with a suite of firmware which is not only fast, but it actually works! Yowza!

Two problems: HORRIBLE M.2 placement, it's behind the GPU! There's also only one M.2 slot, which is a bit meh. The SATA ports on the top also get blocked by full size GPUs.

Memory

Is it good? I was told it was hard to set up. This is not really true. Just launch EasyTune and set your ram to 3200mhz. The bios will NOT suffice, although you need to enable XMP there. I was also told setting the LEDs was an utter * because it conflicts with Aura, Fusion, and such. Well, here is the answer for gigabyte users.

Open task manager, kill the led process and Gigabyte App center. Then launch the G.Skill app, set your LEDs, close it, make SURE the process is killed, then relaunch RGB fusion. Bam. It works. I had one of the DIMMs go dim (haw) followed the same procedure, and it works now.

Otherwise, it's fast, and surprisingly good at cooling itself. My external thermistor on my mobo is stuck in between my two sticks and consistently has the lowest temp on my whole mobo.

Storage

Honestly, I was worried because I was told Kingston's M.2s are.. eh. I'm not sure if it'll withstand the GPU proximity but..

Holy ****, this thing is fast. It boots my PC so fast that if I turn on my screen and PC at the same time, the screen wins by literally two seconds. It's insane.

Storage

Hey, ever bought a 960gb SSD and found out you get less than that? Well, it turns out those boys get exactly 960GB. For real. And cheaper. It's like christmas! It also has super solid stats for a "cheap" SSD, easily on the level of the blacc bricc from Samsung. Take that, Korea!

Storage

It's a hard drive. It drives hard. I thought it was DOA but it turns out the cable was dead, not the disk. Huh.

Video Card

Oh lord yes I can finally play BF1 on ultra at 60 in 1440p the day is saved. It also runs surprisingly quiet and pretty chill, too. Didn't go over 60C°. Drivers suck like always but this is a hell of a card if you can get it for 600 flat or less. If you can swing a bit more for a FTW², go for it.

Case

First of all, the accessories... They suck, plain and simple. The Fan controller is actually a bunch of plugs you plug your fans in to get a 3-speed control on your tower. This is, effectively, completely useless if you have a decent mobo that has full PWM control and it gets in the way. The LED strip is really, really annoying. It's magnetic, but the magnets are SO FAR in between each other that it's hard to get it to lay flat without applying tension. The other problem is that it plugs into a RGB socket on your mobo.. But it doesn't even use the RGB information! This leads to all the LEDs on the tower getting odd colors, mine refused to accept any green input until I disabled the RGB output on my mobo and fiddled with the switch. The RGB plug is also really, REALLY flimsy and its clips did not work properly, so I had to savagely tie it to my RGBW plug. It's hideous but it works. You can get the strip in a few different light modes, but you can not set the intensity, making it utterly eye-searing at night if it's in your field of vision. It also has way too many shades of cold colors but too little in the warm department. It has like, four blues and just yellow and orange, what the heck?

The good part, though.. It's very easy to open, it's compact but not cramped, it looks sleek.. The case fans can be a little bit iffy to plug in, as well.

Power Supply

It does its job flawlessly and it handles discharging with ease. Very nice to work with, but reaching in for the furthest plugs can be hard if you don't have spider hands like I do. It also comes with 2-end and 4-end molex cables and 2 4-port SATA cables, but only one two-port, which can make management difficult. There is also no single-plug PCI-E. :c

Sound Card

I can't say much about it since I received it as a gift and I'm no audiophile, but it looks incredibly sleek. The LED strip that comes with it is also very good and has magnets for steel parts. Plugs are in sorta odd spots but it's tolerable if you have grommets in the right places.

Wireless Network Adapter

First of all, the antennaes are MASSIVE. Easily over a third of my tower's length. The support being magnetized is really neat, though. It's also heavy for its size.

It's also so fast that it thinks I'm lagging hard because my router only has 5mbps of .n wifi and thus always gives me 1/2 bars in the taskbar.. But I get 4 ms ping on Ookla and 19-25 ingame. It's good. Even better if you have a very good wifi router. Only issue, it's red.

Case Fan

The LEDs are a MASSIVE disappointment. It's a cute touch but it looks nowhere as good as I expected.

Otherwise, they're quiet. Like, hella quiet. With 4 of those and the 1 of the 120mm version running at full speed, I get 45dB while right next to the back exhaust. They do rev up hard when starting, but during light operation, they're inaudible unless you look for it.

Monitor

It's big. Easy to mount. Pretty. Image quality is a delight. It's also insanely bright and murders my eyes at night. Easier brightness control would be nice, but I have F.Lux so eh.

Turns out I had a tiny batch of dead pixels show up. Contacted AOC who offered me a replacement screen super fast, and I received it the same week.. Only to realize it was even MORE damaged than the one I had. Thankfully I kept the older one, but be careful.

Keyboard

It's good.. the keys are small to my tastes and slipping is easy. Since I'm a literature student, typing can be rather annoying. It's also really freaking loud so you might want to get a MX Silent Strafe instead.

Mouse

This thing is heaven to use. Perfectly fits my hand. You can add or reduce weight. Huge DPI. Perfectly placed buttons. Good software. Love it. Get one. Just do it. It's hype for a reason.

Only issue, the braided cable is a piece of crap and gets elbows like crazy if you use it on a laptop.

Speakers

Those things have killer bass, are juuuust big enough, and look super sexy. Easy to install, not overly expensive, go for it. Get the CR4 over the CR3 as they have better quality.

Comments Sorted by:

Jamesonpnw 1 point 3 months ago

Love the build but that desk though haha

thumbs up

disentery submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I'm trying to get a flat one that'll be able to carry everything, no worries.

disentery submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Got a better desk now, check the pictures!

ItsJustTurtles 1 point 3 months ago

make sure to repliy to this comment when your foot goes through the pc case :D

disentery submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

My legs never behaved themselves so well since I installed it! It helps with my posture so much!

ItsJustTurtles 2 points 3 months ago

if only my legs did the same ever since i moved my pc onto my desk my feet moved up there to and have a habbit of hitting the pc case and scratching the side panel.

disentery submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Got a new desk just now, posted a picture of it!

Jamesonpnw 1 point 3 months ago

Well done! Looks clean. What's the mic btw

disentery submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

It's a Foxnovo Sp-120, if I recall correctly. Got it from FastTech, cheap as hell, like.. 15 bucks, tops. Decent quality and it hasn't broke in two years of use. Oddly, it doesn't work well if I use the mobo's i/o panel for the mic.

BarkGoesDog 1 point 3 months ago

You plan on streaming with this machine? Also holy description lol

disentery submitter 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

Nah. It's actually why I went for a R5 and not a R7. my biggest multitasking is alt-tabbing to my browser for forums & chat, mostly.

Bronstet 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Excellent write-up of your build. I agree the desk has to go though. :P

disentery submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I'm getting it soon!

CureMelons 1 point 3 months ago

You shoulda spent less on the motherboard and got a cyrorig h7 "/.

disentery submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

The Spire is a very good cooler, no reason to spend for another cooler.

And like I said on the mobo, I got it for features and build quality. Something well made I won't have to replace. The reinforced PCI-Es were what interested me the most.

CureMelons 1 point 3 months ago

My $100 b350 board has reinforce pci-e

disentery submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Brand/model? Do remember that prices are higher due to higher tax and import here, and there are other things I wanted from the Aorus, like the sound chipset and the firmware.

CureMelons 2 points 3 months ago

gigabyte ab350 gaming 3