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Time to Ryzen

by spekesel



Date Published

April 26, 2017

Date Built

April 23, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.75 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


Its been 5 years since I built my last PC, a i5 3750K build. I got the itch when I first started reading about Ryzen. First I was sweet on the 1700 but then after seeing the price of the 1600 with its six cores and twelve threads and decent bundled cooler, I was in.

I did end up harvesting some things from my old build that I added not too long ago, like my 1070, 850 evo, Xonar, ultrawide, kb/mouse and T40s.

In all, the only annoyance I have is the memory only runs at 2999mhz, not 3200mhz. I blame the BIOS so hopefully an update there will fix it.

Also, on the CPU side, I have OC'd it only to 3.75Ghz but I've underclocked it to 1.2V. This seems to keep the temps down and I've tested it with 30 min prime95 and it lived. Gaming for hours (BF1 and GTAV) show no signs of instability and it handles all that like a champ.

I also really like the case. The horizontal motherboard layout is pretty sweet and its very easy to work on, especially as you can come in from the sides or above. Then when closed up, it's very silent and thermals in my situation are kept well under control.

So in all, I have a bad *** 6 core, 12 thread beast in a small case, quiet and very capable which I am sure, baring a few strategic upgrades, will keep me going for another 5 years or so.

EDIT: I updated the part list to remove the cost of a parts I already had.

Part Reviews


Great value for money and does exactly what I expected.


Installation was fine, headers and the like are sensibly placed. Seems stable so far. Only a single BIOS image, was is a slight minus point. BIOS is quite configurable though.

I also liked the two m.2 slots. I'm saving the faster m.2 slot for later when I decide to grab a proper fast nvme card.


Not exactly good value but very pretty. Sounds like my wife......


As a OS drive, it's cheap and cheerful and does the job. Fine by me.

Video Card

I got this card specifically cause it blows the air out of my case. I'm going all SFF and "silent" and this card suits me just fine.


I read the other reviews and now I have it, I have to agree. This is a wonderful case, looks good and with good acoustics (as in, it's quiet).

I also love the horizontal mobo layout, makes working on it really easy. I also like the "window" at the top, this way I can nicely see all my pretty colours.

Sound Card

I actually bought this card back in 2010 as I used a pair of sennheiser hd600s on my PC at the time and I wanted a card to properly drive them. Years later, it still works and still sounds way way better than any onboard sound. Best 200 euros (or so) I've spent.



Doom in ultra wide is the way to go. I went with the 2560x1080 purely so I could get a slower (and cheaper) video card while still enjoying the ultra wide gloriousness.

To me it's still plenty crisp and with my 1070, running most games on high/ultra I get buttery smoothness.


Great 2.0 speakers. Good bass too. You'd think it isn't possible yet here they are. Great if you don't want to use a lot of space for good sound.

Comments Sorted by:

Teeson1000 2 points 23 months ago

O.O o my god that rgb ram is amazing

Munny_D_Oz 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Why rgb ram when the case has no side window

spekesel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah, the case I could find here doesn't have a window but the version I have has a "open" roof. So you can see from the top, which makes sense when you consider the motherboard is mounted horizontal.

I need to take some more pics......

Munny_D_Oz 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Oh I don't see that. Cool

iceanddice 4 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Heya! does the Gskill RGB software work on this mobo with no issue?

WaitForRyzen 1 point 23 months ago

Show me more pictures of that AWR GEE BEE masterpiece!

-Kaneki- 1 point 22 months ago

I'm new to this site and I like your build, but why do you and almost everyone here exclude the price of a lot of your build items? I can't get a gtx 1070 for $0.00, I was looking for a build the price you described. O_o

spekesel submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I carried it over from my old build. I actually bought it around 9-10 months ago. So my logic was, I didn't buy it for this build. Same for my soundcard (bought that in 2010...holy sh....), monitor (2016 as well), speakers (2014 I think) and so on.

This is the cost I paid for the parts I bought.

Spoomels 1 point 20 months ago

Would you recommend the Pro4 over MSI's mortar?

PapaB 2 points 19 months ago

yes better software (late reply)

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Running an R5 1600 at 3.75GHz at only 1.2V!!!... ASRock strikes again, just amazing quality...

Were you able do run your RAM at 3200MHz? Did the BIOS fix it?

The problem is most probably because the RGB G.Skill is Hynix based. The other 3200MHz 14CAS G.Skills - FlareX and GTZ (non-rgb) are Samsung based and run better.


ledzepan 1 point 15 months ago

I'm not sure you'll reply but I was wondering how well you can control the g.skill rgb Ram with the Asrock mobo? That's the same setup I've decided on some I'm hoping you can help me out :3