built this computer to replace my dying 7 year old laptop!

log of events

initial build 6/2018

  • only the case fans it came with
  • stock cooler
  • Seagate HDD came from an old machine
  • Seagate SSHD came from an old external drive that I chose to re purpose

update 1 - case fans 6/2018

  • added two more fans of same type as stock, for a 3x intake, 1x exhaust setup
  • did some better cable management and had to have the front audio cable replaced due to issues
  • decided I wanted a 5th fan for 3x intake, 2x exhaust, but only had four sys fan headers, so I needed a controller. Settled on a little SilverStone offering
  • decided I wanted PWM fans, so I found inexpensive ARCTIC 140mm PWM fans, bought five. Only ended up with four due to a supply shortage, so I chose to setup the four PWM fans as my intakes and used the non-PWM fans I had as exhausts.
  • new fan setup was 4x intake, 3x exhaust arranged with three intakes in front, 1 intake on bottom, 2 exhausts on top, and 1 exhaust on back. I needed to buy PWM cable extension cables to make this happen a bit easier. Glad I did too because the cables on te ARCTIC were very short.

update 2 - PSU 6/2018

  • I learned that the EVGA BQ I selected was not as good as I thought. It is missing a key feature, OTP (over temp protection) which is even more important because I live in Florida
  • replaced it with a Corsair TXM 650 Gold, returned the EVGA unit

update 3 - CPU cooling 8/2018

  • I decided I wanted to go for that 4.1ghz and it became a mission. I thought the Cryorig H7 would do the trick, so I installed it and was able to get to 3.9ghz without issue, but not the 4.1 @ 1.3v stable. The issue was that the Cryorig was just not good enough.
  • I chose my next cooler would be a Scythe Mugen 5 Rev B, and it currently is running my Ryzen 5 1600 at 4.1ghz @ 1.3v at a cool 72c under Prime 95 testing. I chose to set it up in push pull using the fan that came with the Cryorig as the front fan, and the one that Scythe provided in the back. I needed to purchase a PWM splutter to make this happen as well.

update 4 - a death 8/2018

  • my Seagate 1tb HDD that I had since 2010 sputtered and died, replaced it with same model.

update 5 - peripherals 9/2018

  • bought an EagleTech mechanical keyboard, for under $40 USD it is a steal for how high quality it is.
  • I was using a old HP monitor that I resurrected from a old HP prebuilt we used. It was replaced by my first Freesynch monitor.

update 6 - SSD 9/2018

  • purchased a 500gb 860 Evo, installed and migrated OS drive sucessfully

Update 7 - RAM change 10/2018

  • Changed RAM to a G.Skill Flare X kit for better preformance over the Adara XPG kit I had

Update 8 - major changes 10/2019

  • added Sapphire Pulse RX 5700XT
  • added a second Samsung 860 Evo 500gb ssd
  • replaced my HDD’s with two 3tb models
  • transitioned into a 1440p, 165hz monitor

Update 9 - 11/2019

  • my Ryzen 1600 died shortly after Thanksgiving. Because it was still in warranty, I made a service request that was accepted and completed around 12/10/2019.
  • Decided to upgrade to third gen and chose a 3700x. Also chose a B450 motherboard

As you could probably tell from this format, I have made many changes throughout this build, some because of mistakes from the first build, or others from incidents like a HDD dying on me.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Setup mine in push/pull

This is one of the best CPU coolers I have had, good price, great performance, and looks good too!


It worked first time no issues!


easy to install and setup, Samsung migration worked the first time with zero issues. I am not a fan of Samsung Magician software's layout, but it works and thats what counts.


So far, really loving this case. My only issue so far is the front audio cable. Because my mobo's front audio header is located just above the PSU, the audio cable was touching the PSU casing. This was causing EM interference. I had to reroute the cable from one of the grommets at the top of the case and bring it down past the CPU cooler and GPU. Thankfully it is not impacting anything, and now has no EM issues.

Besides this, I am still giving this case a 5 star rating, becasue of how easy it was to redirect the cable and solve my issue.

Update 6/23/2018

I managed to find a cleaner way to route the front panel audio cable, and so far no EM interference. Fractal Design is sending me a replacement front panel assembly, so hopefully things will be less wonky in a few days of writing this.

Power Supply

attached cables: 24 pin and 2x4 EPS

modular cables:

  • 1x molex with 3 headers
  • 1x floppy extension
  • 2x SATA power ith 3 headers each
  • 2x PCIe power with 2 6+2 headers each

This PSU is treating me well, and yes its semi-modular, but you will be using those cables anyway!

Case Fan

pushes a TON of air, ability to wire multiple of these up in tandem is nice.

Case Fan

Case came with two of these and I chose to pick up two more to max out my motherboard system fan header capacity. These fans are super quiet and some of the best I have used in a while.

Only downside is they are not PWM


$40 for a mechanical keyboard? A GOOD mechanical keyboard with one of the best Cherry imitation switches around that feels very similarly to Cherry Blues? Basic back-lighting, no RGB nonsense, what is not to love?


needed to get my CPU cooler setup for push/pull


Very small size! This unit can fit in the smallest corner of your case. It works with both DC and PWM fans, but if you use DC keep in mind there is no individual control. You will have to adjust the fans from the motherboard BIOS.

uses a SATA power cable for power and a PWM header to connect to motherboard


Needed to solve wire length issues, great buy!

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point


What did you use to OC your CPU, and did you OC your GPU as well, I have the same Mobo, CPU and GPU and was wondering what you did! Very nice build, I love the overkill on the fans xD

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I just used the bios. Tried using Ryzen Master, but did not like it.

Settled on 3.8 @ 1.2750 v

No OC on gpu besides what MSI already did. I use MSI Afterburner for GPU fan curve control.

The pics are outdated now, my camera bit the dust and have not yet replaced it.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! i went with 3.8 to be safe as well with 1.3 might go lower

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the RX 580, thinking of getting one myself for Ryzen 2600.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Its able to easily run at its stated boost clock of 1366 and run my games at 60 to 75 fps depending on title ( monitor is 75hz capped)

If you do get a 580, I would suggest looking into Sapphire offerings. They tend to be some of the best cersions out there. Also if your not buying for a few months maybe a decent idea to wait for the rx 590 to be released.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, what voltage were you using for that 4.1 ghz oc?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I run stable at 1.3v

I got extremely lucky with the silicon lottery.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

That is more than extremely lucky- that might be the best 1600 in existence. Can you hit 4.2? The golden ones max out at 4.1 1.4vcore

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't even tried, kinda afraid to push it more as to not upset the balance of the universe and all

I know its a good OC becasue it has now taken 24h total of PRIME 95 small FFT testing time and the hottest it ever got is 72c.

I decided to run the CPU-Z validation and this is what it generated.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

That's incredible.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

thats a SS of the best Cinebench run I have managed to do so far.

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