Description

A PC for 1080p gaming, built for my partner so we can share the wonders of PC gaming together! Created with a mixture of aesthetics and cost in mind. Went for the 1600 over the 1500X for those sweet sweet cores, kept the stock cooler to save cost now, with the option for an AIO down the line for the overclocking.

GTX 980 was as compromise due to the ethereum mining craze making the original plan of an RX 570 go out the window. It's still overkill for 1080@60. Plus the Zotac AMP! looks pretty cool.

We were hoping for more pink LEDs in the case, but the only pink LED fans that weren't NZXT Hues were poor, so red was the closest without spending too much on RGB.

The Corsair Air 240 is the best choice of small, nice looking, white and inexpensive, the massive rear cable management area is a boon and keeping the PSU away from the rest of the components gives a much nicer look.

The MSI board was the only white board that's not Asrock at the time of purchase.

Ram was chosen for being cheap and at a decent speed, struggling to get it to rated speed at the moment but that could be a BIOS issue.

Otherwise a happy little pc waiting for decoration!

Part Reviews

CPU

Easily the best Cost/Performance processor on the market right now. Runs cool on the stock AMD Wraith Spire at stock speeds.

Motherboard

Great looking board for a white build, plenty of PWM fan headers and a flat USB 3 header for better cable management.

Case

Great case with a solid design, the dual chamber makes cable management a breeze. Fantastic air flow with a great intake air path to the CPU and GPU.

A few gripes, you can't use the bottom fan intakes with an mATX board, the main chamber doesn't allow for a decently big 3rd party air cooler. The window has a heavy tint to it,

Power Supply

Nicely sleeved and whisper quiet under load. No short SATA power lead however.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 5 points

Partner T H I C C, PC T H I C C

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Dank

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

is the person in the pictures who is building the pc u or your partner? o btw nice build +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be my partner, had to make them get hands on with their PC

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

o makes sense

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Might be a good idea to get you a GPU support arm for that huge warlock.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see it sagging right now, but it might be a good idea to prevent it, I agree.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

There's slight droop but the PCIe slot is reinforced on the mobo, but yeah there'll be support on it in the near future.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

My partner is considering getting a figure to use as the support

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

is that Linus dressed like a girl? :)

BTW nice build!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Nah my partner is way cuter than Linus :P

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Nice build! How do you like the MOBO? Also, for your RAM issues, if you haven't found the fix yet. There are some YouTube videos that explain that majority of the RAM out is not made with the Ryzen CPU in mind so it will only go at a low end speed out of the box, I believe it is around 2133MHz; however, there is a fix to get the RAM to the listed speed, by setting the voltage higher, changing the RAM frequency, and manually placing the clock speeds versus leaving it on auto. Or you could just go with G.Skillz Flare RAM, which has been made specifically for the Ryzen CPUs and will utilize the clock speed that is indicated on the RAM. Sorry for the long post... I hope that helps.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Once I did a bit of further cable management, I quite like the board, it's not perfect but it's pretty good mATX.

RAM I haven't even touched yet, I'll check for BIOS and what not went I can get my hands on the PC again. But at 2133 it's fine for what the end user is getting, anything else would be a bonus.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a super sweet build, I know I should have gone for that case too!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, did you update the board to the latest bios?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah currently on The lastest release but I'm struggling to get any ram overclocking stable

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the gtx 980 is just fine for 1080p gaming, with a bit of headroom for harder titles. The only missing feature would be freesync, since it's cheaper than gsync.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It should be, it was dropping frames while playing Borderlands 2 at fully maxxed out, but it is connected to a Samsung TV rather than a monitor at the moment.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Dank build +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It's pretty solid, needs some RGB LED to help illuminate the windowed area as the tint is darker than expected.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be nice. I've recenlty decided white componants are best inside, because LED's just make it whatever colour you want anyway

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a cool looking mobo. I think that could match the case on my pc. Now if only I could get one like it with an AM3+ socket and slots for DDR3 240-pin RAM.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not compromise on the CPU instead of GPU on a Gaming build? Your proportions are a bit off i think in terms of the prices.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Two Reasons

One was because the R3's weren't on the horizon when we were parting out this build, the other is that I was more used to OC on Ryzen

the GTX 980 was because Etherium ****** the plans for a RX 570

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

what about 1050 TI?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Already had the 980 as a cover for a RX480 that went kaput I switched to a 980Ti for my rig and the 980 went to my partners