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What do I use this for?

This thing is gnarly and I use it to primarily feel better about myself. I was sort of pushed into building this, someone made me an offer on my "old" rig so I sold it and began assembling this.

What worked well?

Everything. Starting with the Ryzen 7 2700x.... Once successfully tamed this CPU shreds. HWMonitor, Ryzen Master, and CPUZ all report single core boosts upwards of 5GHz when the cooling headroom is available (first few minutes of gaming). Typically XFR2 boosts to around 4.5GHz Max when I limit CPU temp to not exceed 65°C (Stock Cooler!). This scenario is ideal as the CPU will use every bit of cooling headroom to push clocks as high as possible. The Royal RAM looks cool, hella shiny. Bumped the RAM to 3334MHz, even if CL16 is "high latency" I don't see it. Going to RTX2060 from GTX1070 was actually a huge improvement, I did not expect that. The card has a much faster chip and RAM. Playing Battlefield V on ultra at 110-144 FPS (1080p), Ray Tracing is real and holy crap is it pretty. Apex Legends and Black Ops4 run at solid 144 FPS on high/ultra. The case is beautiful, I highly recommend and the fans too. Not much more to say, the system speaks for itself. It wants to go fast and I let it. Seasonic PSU is my first from them, I expect it to be of premium quality. Couple of SSDs, what is a Hard Drive? Monitor was one of the chosen few to become officially official G-Sync compatible (40-144hz?), good value, good color for TN panel.

Any problems?

HA! A 9 year old could have put this together. If I recommend anything to make the build/tune go smoother it is this:

As many others have noted, the windows balanced power plan really let's XFR2 do it's thing.

I set CPU fan to a static value of 86% (anything over 86% makes the fan/led combo seizure-inducing but does look cool/distracting). Doing this rather than let it follow a curve gives the chip more room to boost, it is still quiet, GPU fans are the loudest, AND your chip will never go above the value you set in BIOS regardless of cooling. Hopefully most 4XX series BIOS allow this, if not buy this mobo, It has lights!

Update: I took the bottom "legs" of the case (more like feet) up about an inch and a half. As you can see, GPU sits almost on the bottom of the case, damn thing is a triple-slot beast! Anyway, it gets much better airflow now. Also you may notice the 40S&W round if you look closely, it is perfect height to hold up the very heavy GPU.

Added combed white cable extensions and went with white light and bam! even sexier.

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude i didn't know we had royals on this site.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

looks beautiful

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I took it out of rainbow mode and it looks even sexier! The "chase" lighting effect on the CPU cooler is pretty sweet. Maybe I'll take some better pics...

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the motherboard good? I'm considering it for it's USB C. Love the RGB btw.

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

I mean i've only had it for two weeks, can't speak for how it will last long-term. It gave me no issues and has lots of fan headers. Also the ability to put a temperature ceiling on the cpu in BIOS is super nice. Premium components, actual heatsinks, RGB. So far it is a great choice.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fan headers does it have exactly?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It has five 4 pin fan connectors

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

are all the led's controlled through asrocks program? is a module included for all the fans with the case? does the stock cooler fan get connected to that module?

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

This is complicated but not as bad as it was in my last build (msi board).

RGB Component - Name of Software/Provider

Case Fans - Crosair iCUE (connects to lighting hub included with case.)

Motherboard - ASRRGBLED (Asrock)

Ram - ASRRGBLED (Asrock)

CPU Cooler - Wraith Prism (CoolerMaster)

GPU - GPUTweak II (Asus)

Four different programs..... but at least they all work.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh okay! was deciding if I should go 280x rgb or non. going to be using the same mobo so I think I'm going to try getting everything compatible with the "polychrome rgb sync" so I can control it all through the one program. so I'll just save the money, go with the non rgb case and get some "polychrome rgb sync" led fans to mount on the case instead.

the mobo only has one addressable rgb connector correct? so the hub gets connected to that? and then the fans obviously plug into the hub but does the cpu cooler plug into that as well or how does that work?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

So this CPU cooler has both an RGB header option and a USB option, didn't try connecting it to hub as I had RGB header available. The node connects to mobo via usb header. The Non-RGB case does not include the lighting node. It isn't possible to control everything with one application, there isn't a single vendor who produces all of the components. You will have to use several applications to control LEDs. Using ASRock compatible fans would get you down to 3 applications instead of 4.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

node and hub are being used as interchangeable terminology correct?

I believe asrock has compatible cpu coolers as well as well as an led frame for the fan if I choose to use a non led fan. so that would put me down to 2 applications I believe. only non compatible component is the gpu but I would probably just leave that a static color then.

only thing I don'd understand is how I would connect two asrock compatible led fans plus the cpu cooler led fan (or frame) with only one rgb header? can I buy a hub/node to connect them all to a usb header?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure there are RGB hub-nodes you can buy other than the Corsair one that comes with the RGB version of the 280x case.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

node and hub are different. the node is to control the colors via icue, the hub is to plug the rgb headers into. then said hub plugs into 1 of 2 slots on the node

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does this motherboard serve with overclocking? I've been thinking about this motherboard and it seems like you're the only person on this website that has done anything with this motherboard. Thanks! (Also, system looks BEAUTIFUL. Hope it serves you well!)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I can tell it handles it, although with the 2700X I can't exactly push it harder than it pushes itself. The built in overclocking feature will push about half the cores to an absurd clock 4GHz+ while the others operate at about 2.5GHz. It will do this up until it is too hot, then it will continue to boost but to lower clocks. Really the more cooling you give it the faster it will go. Mine will keep about half cores at 4-4.3GHz under load. When idling don't be surprised to see it jump to 4.5+GHz when you open an application, it only hits this clock for a few seconds and on a different core each time so it isn't dangerous or hot. Pretty sweet. What CPU are you going to use?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gonna be using the same CPU. I can give you a link to the computer that I'll be assembling here shortly.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. You won't need to overclock it. The 2700X comes "Auto Overclocked" and does so by pushing the chip to AMD's idea of fast but still safe. You are also free to overclock on your own of course. In my tests I found both auto and manual overclock hit the same performance maximum and that is when the chip temperature throttles. It gets as fast it can, as hot as it can, then begins backing off and sort of finds happy medium. So at that point you just adjust what temperature it begins backing off and working on getting all the cooling you can. I could crank it up to 4.3GHz on all cores all the time but I'd prefer not to see 90°C in HWMonitor. An AIO liquid cooler or a god awful looking tower of metal and fans would help a lot with higher clocks, I have no reward to gain from more performance as it runs my games at Max quality at my displays maximum potential. That won't last forever though and I'll probably get an AIO.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey m8, I've been looking to do a build with the same mobo. Do you know the vrm design for it. I've looked everywhere and can't find it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess I don't understand what you mean by 'vrm design'. Like the actual layout of the caps and chokes that make up the power phases?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Like what type of vrm is it. 3+2, 6+2 etc.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I can see it is 6+2. Specs list as having "6 Power Phase design" for CPU power.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thx m8

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do you have a bullet in your part list?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It is my GPU brace. A very important component.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have 2 intake fans and 1 exhaust? And then obviously the cpu cooler.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep both front case fans are intakes, one top exhaust case fan. GPU exhausts out the bottom. I could put a 60mm exhaust in the rear but it would be kind of jury-rigged.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that mobo?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Everyone is interested in the mobo..... It is a newer model and has been great so far.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah first time seeing it on an actual build thats why

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks Awesome!!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mang!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I use an asus prime x470 pro, do i need a wifi adapter? i never see any wifi adapter in these pc builds or os system.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Some boards come with wireless already installed. Just get a USB 3.0 or PCIe wireless adapter if you don't have one. I connect to my gigabit router with Cat6 cable, a wired connection. Others on the site probably do the same, who wants a beast of a computer with shotty internet. Wireless just can't compete when it comes to bandwidth, throughout, and latency. For gaming cabled is the way to go. Just start drilling holes and running cable if your nearest switch or router is not in the same room. Obviously in some cases wireless is the only option.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing build! quick question though: how did you get the case feet up an inch and a half??

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, haven't been on here in awhile. I used some bushings and a longer bolt. Just happened to have the stuff lying around. A trip to the hardware store would take care of it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

OHH Yeahhhhhh!!!!!!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

it kills me that the monitors are not the same brightness. Amazing build tho lol

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. That dell monitor is over 10 years old!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

do you have a youtube video of this build it looks amazing

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I am not that ambitious. You inspire me though.....

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you connect all the fans

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Between the connectors on-board and the corsair fan "hub" that is included with the case.