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by dlbucko



Date Published

May 26, 2017

Date Built

May 25, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


The last time I did a system build was back in 2006, so this has been a lot of fun!

Mostly this thing gets used for games (clearly...), but also for design work that my work-macbook just isn't quick enough to run nicely.

Originally I had a Gigabyte AB350-D3H motherboard, but I had several issues with it. In particular, the chipset on that board has a piddly little heatsink on it which sits right under the video card... it liked to overheat. A lot.

The Gigabyte Fusion RGB software is perfectly happy to run the Deepcool RGB strips, which just plug straight into the RGB headers on the MOBO. Initially one of them was showing the wrong colours, but the Fusion software includes calibration for other-brand lighting so you can fix that easily.

The Cooler Master AIO is excellent, and even under heavy load I'm getting CPU temps in the mid-40s with an ambient temperature of 20 degrees C. This is with a 3.6Ghz overclock on the CPU.

Finally, and a bit disappointingly, at this stage the software to run the Trident RGB ram does not play nice with the Gigabyte RGB software. The only way to keep the RAM RGB from just going nuts is to switch it off entirely. G.Skill actually have a notice about this on their website, but it's a bit hard to find. Apparently they're working on a fix, but we'll see. I had no issue with the RAM on the previous motherboard, as it didn't have the RGB software.

To be clear, there's no issue with the RAM working at full speed, the only problem is the RGB not playing nice.

Can't fault any of the parts on this list, it's a great PC! The only thing I'd change if I were doing it again would be not to spend the extra for the RGB RAM, but as I say this has only been an issue since I switched out the MOBO, so I wasn't to know unfortunately!

Part Reviews


Excellent CPU, price-to-performance is just right. Overclocks well and runs surprisingly cool! Couldn't be happier with this chip.

CPU Cooler

I really do like this cooler, and I prefer its styling to its successor. -1 for a bit of a finnicky install. Nothing horrendous, but a little more effort than I like.


AWESOME. Fantastic motherboard. Replaced the previous board I had in there and is doing a great job. Stable power, great overclocks, looks amazing. Faces the same issue as most Gigabyte MOBOs at the moment, that being that the UEFI BIOS is maybe a touch on the light-side, missing one or two features I'd have liked to see and with related settings sometimes buried in different menus. Overall though, these are minor quibbles about a fantastic piece of kit.


Hmm. As DDR4 it's overpriced, which is obviously for the RGB. The only trouble is that the RGB doesn't play nice with other RGB software, leading to all sorts of issues from DIMMs that don't light up to the control software failing to detect that it's even there. It works fine as RAM, and runs at full speed with no worries, but the lack of support for my MOBO with its RGB software is a pain.

These clashes are listed on their website, but it's a bit tricky to find. Avoid this RAM if you're using an RGB control suite that isn't from ASUS.


No complaints! Solid, easy, fast.


It's a hard drive. It stores things. A lot of things for a very few dollars. No complaints.

Video Card

BAM, POW, FWOOSH. The performance that you can get out of a not-top-of-the-line card these days is ridiculous. This thing is a monster. If you're gaming at 1080p, it'll run anything at a solid 60fps (or a ridiculous amount more, into the hundreds in games like Overwatch!) with the sliders all the way to the right. Same goes for nearly everything at 1440p. I daresay you'll get decent performance out of it at 4K too, if you're willing to turn a couple of filters off. Love this thing.


Great case, nice lighting options, very easy to work in. Space is a little limited at the top, so no top-mount radiators (at least not easily). Besides that, it's a fantastic mid-tower!

Power Supply

Fully modular, sleeved black cables all around, 80+ Gold certification... what more can you ask for?

Wireless Network Adapter

Very WiFi, much internet, wow.

Minus one for an ugly green PCB.

Comments Sorted by:

R53Deviant 1 Build 5 points 23 months ago

Love the photos and the lighting! +1

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago


GKAZ 4 points 23 months ago

+1 For the dope a$$ pictures!

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

+1 For my wife's dope a$$ photography!

Dizzlepop12 6 Builds 1 point 23 months ago


dlbucko submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

You're too kind.

TekJunkies 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Loving the case selection ;)

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago


Lyrix 1 point 23 months ago

1+! looks cool!!! :D

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks mate!

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

let me be the first to say, WAOWWWW. Simple, powerful, clean; all you can ask for. +1

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Thanks so much!

frazy 1 point 23 months ago

Yo, awesome build man. I bought the X370 Gaming 5 and Ryzen 5 1600 and waiting for it to come in. I wanted to ask, did you have any issues with compatibility? I saw on the site that the initial BIOS didn't support Ryzen 5. Did you have to update BIOS? Thanks.

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I didn't have any issues at all out of the box. I had already built the system with a different MOBO which was faulty, but once i swapped in the Gaming 5 all I had to do was go into the UEFI and adjust the boot priority and fan speeds (for the watercooler) and it booted to Windows with no issues. I then used the gigabyte App Centre to update the BIOS from a server (nice to have dual BIOS, takes all of the stress out!), but I only did that because you should, not because I had to to get the system working. :)

frazy 1 point 22 months ago

Awesome, thanks for the reply man. I built my PC and didn't have any compatibility issues either! I updated my BIOS through APP Center but it said 'BIOS Update Process has stopped working' at the end. But when I check, my BIOS is on F5 so it did update. Oh well, everything is working as it should so I'm happy. Another question, are there any drivers you think are a must for this board? It's my first build and I installed the drivers for my GPU and other hardware but the MOBO has so many 'updates' I can't tell which ones are actually important.

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I haven't really bothered with anything else. Everything is working well so I just do BIOS and GPU drivers etc. Maybe I should go through and do some more updates, but ain't nobody got time for dat.

frazy 1 point 22 months ago

haha you right. too much stuff to update, I just play with the RGB Fusion all day.

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago


TheSleepEater 1 point 21 months ago

So where there any problems with mounting your aio in the front as I plan on getting the same cooler and case. Anyway great build +1

dlbucko submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

No issues at all, it could not have been simpler!

om3gA_3 1 point 19 months ago

cool aio and great cable managment

Kisalida 1 point 18 months ago

How many fans do you think you could fit in the case? Very pretty computer!

CAS5BO 1 point 8 months ago

Awesome awesome build. +

CAS5BO 1 point 8 months ago

Where the + was, it was supposed to be the 100 emoji. :(

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