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I put off building a new system for WAY too long. I have been on my Phenom II 955 with 4GB ram since 2009 (Pics Included). It was great when I built it, but an upgrade was way overdue. I put off an upgrade for a long time while focusing on other interests over the years, but so many of those interests lead back to a computer.

I built this system as a do everything machine to hopefully last me for years. I use my computer for making music, some light video editing, a little gaming, little 3d work for my 3d printing, and general use. I started gathering parts the first week of August and actually built this system 8-22. Sorry it took so long to get it posted.

I cut corners where I could on price, especially with random lucky finds: open box video card, open box ram. Then bundle discounts: Mobo bundle discount, SSD bundle discount. Everything was bought at Micro Center except the case, PSU, and led strip kit (I would have gladly bought everything at Micro Center, but I was going to get a Phanteks or Fractal case, and my local Micro Center didn't have Phanteks and only one Fractal). If the Phanteks P300 had been out at the time of this build, I would have been very tempted.

The RGB strips and CPU fan led are connected to and controlled by the motherboard.

I might pull my storage drive from my old computer and install it, or eventually get a bigger one or large external. I left the SATA power cable close by just to add a drive or two.

The few things I didn't like or found weird: USB 3 Header at the right edge of the motherboard instead of the bottom The case's power led, fan controller, and rgb switch all connect to a SATA power connector Could have gotten the 500GB EVO SSD for $50 less than my PRO a week and a half earlier or later Could have gotten a better deal on the modular version of the power supply 3 days later After BIOS updates, XMP recognized my memory, but it runs at 3333 instead of 3400 (not a big deal, really) The Fan on the heatsink is normally oriented with the AMD logo to the left or the right, so I had to unscrew the fan from the heatsink, rotate it 90°, then screw it back down

For a short stretch of time I was a professional system builder. During that time I built over 1000 PC's and servers. Most fun I have had at a job, worst place I ever worked.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build! What kind of temps are you getting? I'm planning a similar build, and cant decide if I want to add fans right from the start.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't looked at CPU temps since I haven't even attempted overclocking. I am already thinking about the second generation Ryzen CPU's . . . The video card running full blast hits between 68-74° C

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! When I was scrolling through the pictures and showed your old computer I was REALLY confused for a moment. "That don't look like any of the things you bought."

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I can feel the pain of your old computer, just a month ago I was rocking a i7 2600 and a gtx 460, a little better than your old system, but it didn't live up to what I wanted to play, such as PUBG and Black Ops 3. Overall a very nice build with the p400s, the same case I have

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Even a 2nd gen i7 smoked my old Phenom II. When I bought it, I had to decide between the Phenom or an i7 920, which were a little closer. Because of the place I worked at the time, I got a great deal on the Gigabyte motherboard, and that made the decision for me. The video card was carried over from my first gen Phenom system.

My CPU progression: Cyrix MII, Pentium II, Pentium III, Athlon 64 3500+, Athlon FX-60, Phenom X4 9700, Phenom II 955 BE, Ryzen 7 1700.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I added benchmark results. Everything is running at stock speeds.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the B350 Pro4 play with RAM, what does yours Run at? If so was it hard to get there? Im creating two parts lists for my friends, both of which who will buy their pcs ocer black friday, one using crucial 2666mghz ram, and one using some ram from gskill or corsair thats 3200 or 3000.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

My ram is running at 3333 instead of 3400. I updated the bios, loaded the XMP, and otherwise haven't touched clock speeds, timings, or voltage. Also, these specific sticks happen to be Samsung B-Die, which definitely helped with compatibility.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice build. How is the P400? I was actually looking at that case originally... and that exact gpu too, before it got super expensive

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I like the P400, especially how tidy it is and how quiet it can be. I feel like it is not a bit of wasted space without liquid cooling or several SSD's to fill it up.
When I used to build professionally, power supply covers/shrouds were fairly new, and I hadn't seen much without 5.25 bays. However, only about 15% were custom builds.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

CORRECTION: quite a bit of wasted space instead of "not a bit of wasted space"

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you upload a picture of the power switch case headers on the motherboard? Thank you in advance.

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