Description

This is my first foray into building a desktop computer since 2005. The parts were picked on a price for performance. Just to note, the NZXT case I am buying used from NZXT.

So an explanation about the name: My wife and I love "The Flash" series on CW and the Arrow. We both love the DC comics Rebirth line. So this system will have blue lights on the inside and white on the outside. By next summer, I will go full H20 cooling with a custom loop to really chill it.

Because this computer will be performing several tasks, I went with a more jack of all trades approach, with a focus on two areas: video work and gaming. Since I do teaching online and occasionally have to record lessons both audio and video. Games are Eve Online, KSP, and GTA5. 1080p is fine for what I'm doing and if I stream while I play, the high resolution I will stream will be 1080p, with a lower resolution of 720p being used for my video instruction classes.

The parts I have on price watch lists so when a price of an item drops more than 20% I buy it and if the item is on sale, I grab what I can. I hope to have the entire machine built by the end of August.

Thermaltake TT KEyboard: Black and Blue with mouse. mechanical feel, water resistant (water drains out the bottom). LEDs are blue and can be turned on, off, blink, and change the brightness.

Asus VW224U: I bought at an estate sale. Has a small scratch in the lower left corner but does not affect gameplay or browsing the web. Currently being used as a second screen for my MBP 15 from 2012. I will keep this as a third monitor on the DVI connection as a support monitor or give it to my parents to use on their Mac Mini for Christmas.

2x LG 27MP95HT: I got these on a newegg flash sale for $300 that included a dual monitor mount. They turned out a good buy and I don't mind the bezels. Dual HDMI but OCs to 75hz. Will try DP cables to see if those work at a later date.

Ryzen 1700: I grabbed this CPU because I do gaming and some video editing for my video classes and I want to get back into streaming and the like.

Asus B350-F ROG Strix: I like the features of this board. I doubt I'd really use SLI like I did back in the day with VooDoo cards and this board checks all of the boxes though I wish I had dual M.2 slots.

Team Night Hawk RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000: I was going to get the Trident Z RGB but I spent a couple of hours on the phone with Asus and Team and GSkill. Team have these on their QVL as working with the B350. Asus had tested them but had not updated the QVL to show that these worked. Team gave me a discount code to use

Samsung 850 Evo: I grabbed the 500 gb version as I will dual boot with linux/steamOS. I Have it partitioned as 200 gb for Win10, 50gb for recovery, 80gb for linux/steamos, 18 gig for swap, 2gig temp drive, 150 for data (documents and frequently games and software such as Eve, photoshop, adobe studio, office).

WD Scorpio 120GB SSD: It's an old Sata 2 drive from my wife's old Dell laptop. It currently houses some movies on it. Might put Linux on here or keep using it for movies.

Seagate 1TB drive: I have it set to all data for my less played games, music, stored movies.

MSI Radeon RX 580 4GB GAMING X: Sweet spot since it will handle 1080p just fine and can stretch across two screens, even three. I wanted the Sapphire but it was out of stock when I ordered the card so grabbed the RX 580 from MSI. Currently watching the Vega prices and have an opportunity to get a Vega FE at a reduced price around Christmas.

Corsair - CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply: bought on sale for $79.99. Looks great and very quiet.

NZXT H440 white case - used: plenty of room and the fans are quiet. Had one fan that was DOA, NZXT sent a replacement next day.

WIndows 10 Pro OEM: Yeah, I know I could have gotten it cheaper but didn't want to risk the grey market keys.

Right now, I have the system running stress tests for a week. If it survives the week, I'll post the final build pictures and updated speeds and temps.

In total, I spent $1,500, which I am amazed I was able to do but being a teacher, I've learned to watch deals and use coupons and even get reductions through deal making.

Not included is the webcam I need for my video classes and my speakers which are 15 year old Logitech 4.1 speakers currently reduced to 2.1

The router had to be bought as my old Time Machine was fighting with my ISP on the IPv6 and was erroring out daily, causing it to crash due to the log file getting too large. Also the wireless radio finally died in it so now it's just a file store and backup for my wife's MBP and my old MBP.

Part Reviews

CPU

Glad to be back using AMD cpu and will overclock it once I finish my stress tests.

Motherboard

Asus was helpful in finding ram that fit my color scheme and desires even though their QVL is sorely out of date on their website.

Memory

Team helped me with the RAM by testing and confirming that it does work with my motherboard and sitting on a call with me talking to ASUS. Gave discount code to get me a lower price on the ram, promising that it would work and I'd be happy with the ram. So far it is working fine but I have not turned on the RGB yet as I am working the memtest and the timings to get as much memory boost out of them as possible.

Video Card

Not my first choice and only knocking a star off since I dislike the red LEDs and the red shroud (hello plastidip!).

Case

Used and looks flawless minus a small scratch. NZXT is sending me the paint code so I can get a paint pen to fix the scratch. ALso sent replacement fan for one that was DOA.

Power Supply

Silent and checks all the boxes.

Keyboard

Reminds me of my old Logitech PS2 wireless keyboard with the response and feel. Not bad for a rubber keyboard and not an actual mechanical.

Custom

Bright and crisp. Need to better calibrate once I install Windows. No DisplayPort nor speakers.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

You should upload some photos of that GPU plastidipped and the rgb memory on

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Posted pic of the memory. I hope to dip the plastic bits soon-ish.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Pics of the complete build please?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Posted for you.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry, been busy with my two jobs. Will post pics of the memory running full color.. Have not plastidip'ed the card yet as I had to RMA it a day after installing it and testing the replacement.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey good man, can I ask a question? Regarding the Team T-Force Night Hawk RAM, I know you ordered the white ones, do you think that it's possible too that the black ones (Same speed and everything, just the cheaper black ones) also works on advertised speeds on same motherboard?

I already bookmarked the QVL for the Asus Strix B 350 and they seem to have a lot of TEAM RAMs that are on there, so hopefully it works too like yours, Ill be using the Ryzen 5 1600x though, got it on sale for only $200 LOL. Btw, great build, honestly, still reading your insightful details for it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Team informed me when I chatted with them that there is no difference between the white and black ones, same goes for the other colored ram sticks.

I'll be honest, if you can swing it, get the 1700. The spire cooler is a great cooler.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured, I guess I'm just asking stupid questions, haha, anyways, thanks for responding my friend!

Agreed to that, I love the Ryzen lineup, sadly I already bought an AIO cooler for my 1600X, thanks again!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the height on your RAM?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

inch and half, maybe a little more. everything clears though.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, man. The RAM looks nice with the spire cooler, which is what I’ll hopefully be getting. Does the RAM run at the advertised 3000mhz, and is it working properly? And does the spire cooler keep the 1700 in acceptable conditions? I was thinking of getting a liquid cooler but maybe later if the spire cooler is good.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It keeps it cool enough. I do at least a 3% overclock and at most, a 20%, running my case fans at max speed.

The ram runs at 3000mhz but I have it running at 3200 mhz OC'ed. Works fine, though it did take a while to get the ram stabilized at that OC. Started at 2999, went to DOHC, set it to 3000, then started stepping it up.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow looks like a great build. Just wondering, what bios do you have for the Asus B350 motherboard? I have the same board, ram, and the Ryzen 2200G but my system won't post. I get a solid yellow LED beside the ram slot which apparently means something is wrong with the ram. Maybe my ram is dead? But I'm also wondering if it could be the ram being incompatible with my bios version since yours seems to work.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I had the most recent for this one.