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First build ever. The Rookie Zebra.

by davivascaino



Date Published

Aug. 7, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 1, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


I have been a console gamer forever, never tried to get into gaming PC because I felt intimidated by the process of building a PC and tweaking configs, etc.. PLus, I had the idea that building one would cost more than a ps4 or xbox one for example.

However, I decided to give it a try since my laptop is dying. I use photoshop lightroom and do some gaming.

I did a lot of reading, including here at this website, and that was extremely helpful. I bought all my components over a spam of 3 weeks, so I could get cheaper prices.

I was surprised but how easy was to build the PC. Even this being my first build, I was able to add RGB lighting, and synchronize with the RAM, MOBO and case. Also, I did a good job with cable management. The P400s case is awesome.

Part Reviews


Best bang for you buck. I was able to easily overclock to 3.6Ghz with stock cooler and keeping the voltage around 1.25V. I might try to do it a bit more OC, but for now I am happy with the temps.


great looking B350 mobo, and got cheaper. ONly downside is that has a few bugs, that I am sure ASUS is working on that (like the lan adapter randomly stops working after a cold boot, so you need to disconnect the modem or reset the PC).

I can't set the voltage manually , like the f370, but I can OC the CPU and reduce voltage by using offset numbers


with the new bios update, I was able to reach 3066 speed easily by adding DOCP profile on the mobo. I did not have to change anything like timing or voltage, that was done automatically by the MOBO. I am sure in a few updates AMD will allow me to reach full speed. Great looking RAM, just don't use the Gskills software, use asus aura instead


lightning fast SSD. my windows 10 boots in less than 10 seconds

Video Card

great GPU, mine is silent, no coil whining.


awesome case, very easy cable management. I added one 120mm fan as exhaust and kept 2 front 120mm intake fans, and my temps are fine even with overclocked CPU

Power Supply

reliable PSU, good looking cables.

Case Fan

the white led is awesome, it is a neutral color, so it looks like it changes colors by reflecting the RGB light strip color


great, cheap mechanical keyboard. awesome looking, I was very impressed with the quality.

Comments Sorted by:

Zadok 2 points 20 months ago

Really like your build. Have something similar with an i7-7700k, but really like the R5 1600 route for the value. For the love...your monitor :)

IPS - https://pcpartpicker.com/product/Nbbp99/acer-monitor-umvh6aa003

TN - https://pcpartpicker.com/product/rkphP6/asus-monitor-vg248qe

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I know, my monitor SUCKS, LOL. I am waiting to get a 1440p G sync monitor on sale. I told you, I am a console gamer, so that PS 3d display was tuck away in my closet and decided to use it for now

FlipLaw 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Excellent job, especially for first build. Looks great.

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thank you for the feedback!

FlipLaw 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

No problemo :)

Brianzzl 1 point 20 months ago

no led on cpu stock cooler?

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

that only comes with Ryzen 7, not ryzen 5

SickLikeMe 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build dude,did you run the g.skill rgb at full speeds 3200mhz ??

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

No, the maximum speed I was able to achieve with docp profiles was 3066. I did not try manually adding the timing, so I will just wait for the next bios update to get full speed.

joshyjosh00 1 point 20 months ago

What about changing the colors ? What program are you using and is that stable

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Using Asus aura. Changing lights from led strip, Mobo, and memory just fine, no bugs or errors

justprewitt 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I have nearly the same exact build!! https://pcpartpicker.com/b/zHWD4D I have a couple questions for you as having the same build..

  1. Do you find you have to take the front panel off the case for it to breathe better and get cooler temps?
  2. Have you clocked your memory to 3200 Using D.o.c.p.? If so, have you found any problems with it? I just turned on D.O.C.P. yesterday so that I can reap the full benefits of the 3200 Hz Ram, however with it enabled, I found my computer / games crashing when playing, the first minute in. I had to disable D.O.C.P. as I can't figure out why this is happening.
  3. What settings did you use to clock your CPU to 3.6? I still have mine running at 3.2 because i'm weirded out by TCP 1 and 2.

Thanks! And nice build ;)

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago
  1. no need to remove the front panel, the temps are just fine with 2 front intake fans and 1 back exhaust
  2. as of today, the asus b350-f can't reach 3200 with stability with this particular ram, so I am currently using 3066 with the latest bios without any problems at all. I just enable DOCP and check 3066 speed, nothing else
  3. I changed the clock speed to 3.6 and set the voltage down to around 1.25 voltage to prevent overheating
kemoafrika 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build, just got the same board with trident z rgb 3000. Have you synced your ram with aura? Any issues?

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

yes, and it worked awesome. I have the case led strip, ram and mOBO all synced with aura.

Tasnicole 1 point 19 months ago

Hey I just did a build with this same case and mobo, but I'm having some issues with the front panels and such. Would you mind posting a picture of the panel pins...? I'm just trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. Alsooooo my PSU exploded soo....

Joshaaye 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

How well does the ram perform? I'm trying to figure out if I should put the 2400, 3000 or 3200mhz tridentZ on the same board with the R5 1600.

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

It does. I am able to get 3066 of speed. I am sure by next bios update we will be able to reach full speed

Joshaaye 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Awesome! That's what I want to hear. Ordering mine today :)

darthsploder 1 point 19 months ago

How did you install the thermaltake fan? I have the long screws but they don't have anything for the threads to catch on to.

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I use the ones that came with the fan. no problems

coburn357 1 point 18 months ago

I'm looking to build something similar: what did you use to light up your build? Did you use the LED strip that came with the case, and if so, how did you get Asus Aura to work with it? I was wondering if I have to buy the RBG LED adapter offered by Phanteks to be compatible with Aura.

davivascaino submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

You need to buy the phanteks cable adapter. I used the led strip that case with the case, and connected everything with aurA

AJWaldo 1 point 10 months ago

This is a beautiful build, love the rgb and case, my only question is I’m trying to use tridentZ RGB ram in my build, but it’s not on the MOTB QVL, did you have any issues with this ram? Eg not being able to reach 3200mHz, not functioning at all, or anything like that? Again, wonderful build, hope to hear back, thanks!

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Stunning. Just stunning

the_flying_pig 1 point 2 months ago

Does the Mobo connect to Aurora Sync?