Description

I previously had an i7-7700/R9 380 setup which served as the first ever pc I ever built. It initially started out with an i3 and 8 gigs of DDR3 on a h110m motherboard but I slowly kept upgrading it over 3 years. Ended up adding a z270 motherboard and 16gigs of DDR4-3000 and an i7. I came into a bit of money recently and was planning on upgrading my GPU, PSU, Case and possibly some other stuff. Decided it'd be better to just sell the entire thing as it'd be harder to resell the parts individually(specially the case and psu), I also wanted to get in on 3rd gen ryzen hype.

I built this over the course of over 1.5 months and re-used my monitor, speakers and mouse from my old build.

My monitor is a 60Hz 1080p 27inch from Acer, plan on swapping to a 1440p by the summer.

Improvements I still want to make:

  • White sleeved PSU cables.
  • Logitech g703 Lightspeed.
  • A wireless gaming headset to replace my HyperX Cloud Stinger.
  • Another 2 Fans for exhaust.

Part Reviews

CPU

Ridiculously good. Honestly my i7-7700 was no slouch and never used to slow down while multitasking so I can't really feel a crazy difference. Initially planned on a R5 3600 but had an extra £100 to spare so though why not.

CPU Cooler

My CPU genuinely never hits above 60*C while gaming, for such an inexpensive cooler it does a ridiculously good job. Aesthetics are solid too.

Motherboard

Does the job, can't really fault. BIOS is a bit ugly but very minor inconvenience.

Memory

Works at rated 3200mhz speed, was cheap. 5*

Storage

Probably my biggest regret of this build. Should've spent £10-15 more and gotten a MX500. Was using it as my boot drive for around a month and during large transfers such as game installs, it really struggles. Was running like a hard drive during my ES:O install. Don't really recommend it if you have it as the only drive in your system - get a better TLC drive instead. However, this is still a samsung drive and it should be perfectly fine as secondary/game storage - still alot better than a HDD because of the reduced load times and for small read/writes (<40gb) it'll do a good job.

Storage

Wouldn't have bought this if it wasn't for the rumoured NAND price increase and my QLC drive being subpar. Works at rated 3000+ mbps speed and was very affordable after an ebay discount. Recommended.

Video Card

Going from an R9 380 to this is crazy. I loved my 380 because it was such a good card for nearly 4 years but this upgrade has been crazy. If a 2070S is too expensive for you this is the card to buy imo. Runs slightly hot hower because of my silent fan curve and lack of exhaust in the case.

Case

Size means cable management space is limited but if you put some effort in you'll make it work. Genuinely one of the most aesthetically pleasing cases I've ever seen and it came with 3 SP120 PRO fans stock, its just so pretty.

Power Supply

Does the job, no coil whine and is modular.

Keyboard

Picked it up used from cex. My first mechanical keyboard so I don't seem to have an issue with the romer-g linear switches.

Mouse

Have had this mouse for over 3 years, only gaming mouse I've ever owned but I think its pretty good - specially for the £30 I paid at the time. Planning on upgrading to a G703 lightspeed.

Speakers

Not an audiophile and these sound good to me. Cheap too.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build/components! No need to upgrade for several years now.

I would just move the PC 2" to the right to make room for the second speaker. The sound will be more balanced.

Thumbs up from me! Enjoy!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input, I'm moving in a few days so I'll see if I have space on the desk in my new accomodation

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, nice room!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build!

Did you have any trouble installing the Arctic Freezer 34 eSports Duo onto the MSI Tomahawk Max?

I have both items coming to me for my build. I read on 2 Reddit posts that the two are not compatible with each other because the stock motherboard backplate screw holes are not long enough. I emailed Arctic and they confirmed there is a compatibility issue and they would need to send me a modified backplate.

We’re you able to mount the cooler to the motherboard without bending the mounting arms to reach the standoffs? Did it feel like it fit ok?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems whatsoever, sorry I haven't checked pcpp in over a month. Hope your build turned out alright

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

A your temperatures good? You only have 3 fans, other than that, it’s a clean build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

They're alright CPU doesn't get hotter than 63 C while gaming and GPU doesn't hit more than 75 C, I added another in exhaust regardless.