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Modest AMD Gaming/Productivity Build

by tsan02



Date Published

April 18, 2017

Date Built

April 14, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

926 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


I've been waiting a long while to upgrade my FX-8320E and 750Ti build. Ryzen 5 finally gave me the opportunity.

I mainly play games like Overwatch and do some light video editing. So far, I love everything about this setup. The most noticeable performance upgrade, though, is the m.2 drive. I don't know where this stacks up with other drives out there, but the boot and software install times are really incredible.

I tried my best with cable management, but some wires were pretty difficult to find a good place to make them unnoticeable, like the fan cable for cpu cooler. I'm welcome to suggestions.

Anyway, I hope this is well received.

Part Reviews


I had been using an 8320E for a few years now. Huge noticeable difference with Ryzen 5 in video editing and streaming games.


The only board I could find at the time that was both mATX and had 4 ram slots. Bios was really easy to use, and the board layout is pretty good for cable management.


I don't know much about RAM other than I need it. It works without any problems, and fit my color scheme.


Absolutely love this drive! Boot and app load times are incredible.


I've had this drive for a long time. Used to be my boot drive. Reliable, and I did notice that boot times improved as time went on due to the internal flash drive. The only irritating thing was that if I put the PC to sleep instead of shutting down, I'd notice that certain apps would load faster, but the boot time would drop considerably when I needed a restart. I'm looking forward to how it performs now as a secondary storage drive.

Video Card

I bought this about 2 weeks after release. Paid more than I would have if I had waited until Ryzen came out, but it was a big difference over my previous 750ti.


Real dream to build in. My past experience had been with more budget or sff style cases. The cutouts and cable management options were really great. Makes it really easy to make a build look organized and clean. I'm hoping the full size air filters will make it easy to keep it that way.

Power Supply

Does the trick. My only complaint is that the non-modular motherboard cable is a little long. I'm sure that's helpful for full size ATX boards, but the cable is also stiff, so it was the only challenge in cable routing.

Case Fan

Super quiet, and the all black makes it really easy to incorporate into the build vs. the standard black and white Fractal fans.

Case Fan

Super quiet, and the all black makes it really easy to incorporate into the build vs. the standard black and white Fractal fans.


I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I wanted freesync and multiple inputs. This monitor turned out to be perfect. The internal audio allowed me to run the speakers from the monitor. So I could run an AppleTV into the HDMI input and PC though the displayport. This meant I could use the whole setup as a gaming/productivity machine and bedroom TV.

I noticed other comments have mentioned the buttons on the back, and its true, they take getting used to. Also, sometimes it'll turn on with one of the inputs that's currently off, and it can be a little tricky to get it to switch to the active input.

It's not perfect, but it's a real good value.


Had it for years. Keys are still as responsive as they were at purchase and I like having the numpad. Only trouble is that it wants to default to Numlock during the bios boot screen, which makes it feel like a speedtest to turn it off and hit delete if you're trying to get into the bios.


I don't like flashy RGB, so this mouse has been great. Even though there are some noticeable wear spots from years of daily use, its still grips well. I'm really hoping it lasts for a while longer.


I'm not an audiophile, and I don't like wearing headphones for long periods of time. So these have been good enough for me. I have been told by others, though, that the sound could be better.

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mlach 4 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

might want to reroute the gpu power cable up and over the card, that sag isn't good for the long run.

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion. I gave it a try, but it didn't solve the sag and didn't look as clean. Going to keep working on it though.

Flaco10004 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build; the case fans look like they'll do a great job, too. Agree with mlach about trying to sort out that GPU sag, as the seating is under constant twisting pressure in the PCIe slot. I wonder what's causing it?

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DrBiff 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Nice build. You could stick the cooler cord down behind the mobo at the top.

ArtStream21 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

It looks great! Thanks for posting.

HickoryETC 2 points 23 months ago

Dude this is rad, I'm planning a pc currently revolving around the same tasks, happy to see one like it come together and be successful.

(Yeah, Overwatch is rad)

Dodger1846 1 point 23 months ago

I really love this build. So damn elegant! Well done sir... minus the gpu I'm not a fan of the amd lineup. The aesthetic of the msi card works perfectly tho!

Dinozad 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

On goo looking build, thumbs up for Ryzen, oh and a cute cat =)

Albert_shurl 1 point 23 months ago

For the fan cable i recommend letting it through the left gourment then out from the right it might help hide the cable and make it look subtle

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion! Worked out great

doubleOcinco 1 point 23 months ago

Have you tried overclocking the 1600 at all? Wondering what that stock cooler could do for ya.

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I've never really tried overclocking. Maybe someday down the road. But if I did, I think I'd replace the cooler. Even if it worked, I'd prefer some extra headroom.

doubleOcinco 2 points 23 months ago

Gotcha. Great looking build btw! I'm looking at building later this year and the p400 tempered glass is in the lead for me as far as cases go.

riftking 2 points 23 months ago

the wraith spire cooler is apparently really capable, similar to a 212 evo apparently. People are saying keep the 1600 permanently at 3.6/3.7ghz (or whatever the turbo frequency is) with the wraith spire and just leave it at that, getting 1600x performance for a significantly lower price, unless you opt for a better cooler and overclock higher. tbh you could probably reach 3.9-4.1ghz with this cooler...but im not sure

Im also looking to build a 1600, rx 480 4gb build in the p400s tg probably in the next couple of months

doubleOcinco 1 point 23 months ago

Funny enough, I just saw the evolv matx TG just released. Now I'll have to seriously consider that one. I'm a sucker for the silver aluminum.

And yeah, from what I've seen the spire should keep it around 1600x levels, but I think 3.9-4.1 may be pushing it.

GDamien 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

What's the reason of this GPU sag ? :O Did you handled to correct it ?

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I think its just the weight of the cooler. I've been looking for a discreet gpu brace to hold it in place without being seen.

GDamien 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

So only the GPU's weight causes this sag ? Seems weird after all... Yes buy a GPU brace, it will be better for the GPU and the GPU slot on the MOBO

M00SEMAN 1 point 22 months ago

Sick build! As for the motherboard, can the red LED be turned off?

drewramos01 1 point 21 months ago

I have to say your build is great, but one thing: your psu. 450W is like investing my life savings to a bank where everyone is wearing bathing suits. Just like what you mentioned, the 470 you got is overpriced and you could've gotten a 580 for it.

HaloLegend98 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

How does sc2 perform on the 1600? I'm looking to upgrade to a 1500x or 1600 and I play sc2 a lot

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Plays great. But then again, its not very demanding these days. I would imagine any of the Ryzen processors could handle it on max settings (with an equally powerful graphics card of course).

HaloLegend98 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Good to hear :-)

I saw some benchmarks getting 150 fps in early game and 70 fps late game on ultra with 1600. I'm upgrading to a 1600 now.

Have you noticed the performance while streaming? My 4690k would be brought to its knees if I streamed (720p, faster encoding, 30 fps, 3500 nitrate) and played sc2 at the same time.

Enjoy Ryzen!

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

haven't streamed sc2, but streamed overwatch a bit, and had no issues

Luckiestluck 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

nice build, im saving up to make a 1600 and gtx 1070 (pr vega equivalent) im the future, also why did you get a RX 470 when a 480 would have been better?

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

bought it when the 470 was released, all the 480s were out of stock at the time

Luckiestluck 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

i would have waited

thantanenorn 1 point 16 months ago

Hi , have u encounter any problem when booting up the system using that mobo and RAM ? or working nicely without a problem ? I'm planning to copy this guide but I read that some of Ryzen users having a problem with their mobo.

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

No problems at all. I’ve heard of troubles too, but haven’t experienced any.

thantanenorn 1 point 16 months ago

your memory is not in the list of your mobo's supported memory list but still works ?

tsan02 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yes sir.

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mlach 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Rocking those jncos ammarite?

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mlach 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

just oozing 90s cool.