Description

I built this PC mainly for content creation (adobe premiere, photoshop, etc) with some light gaming/streaming on the side.

I was waiting for AMD to launch a mid-range graphics card for some time now because I didn't want to pay the Nvidia tax anymore (gtx 650 ti boost, (2) gtx 970's in sli) before I built a new rig.

I wanted to go for a white and black theme for many reasons (all nerdy), so that's why I chose the White Corsair Crystal case.

This isn't my first PC build so I was pretty comfortable with the parts that I chose...until it came to assembly....Once you read the parts descriptions, you'll know what I mean...

Monitor LG 34WK500-P 34" IPS: I mainly got this monitor for it's cheap price (open box) and it's freesync technology...great for content creation and gaming...the stand leaves much to be desired (only tilts) but i'm ok with that.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is pretty great and the included cooler works really well...I'll add temps soon...my only gripe so far is I can't seem to figure out how to control the ring light on the cooler...not a big deal as I do plan on water cooling the cpu in the near future anyways.

Motherboard

I was hesitant at first going 3rd Gen Ryzen for my build because I didn't like the idea of having the active cooling fan on the board...seemed like another point of failure...and to my dismay, the way the mobo is configured, the active cooling fan happens to sit underneath the GPU after it's installed...so I had to use the bottom PCI slot for my GPU which doesn't have reinforcements like the top slot does, so there's some GPU sag...plus, there's only 1 inch of clearance between my GPU and the power supply shroud. I ended up putting the GPU back in the top slot after much debate with local pc builders...still don't feel comfortable completely blocking the mobo fan. This mobo required a wireless card for internet access. (no access to the local router) The BIOS has a nice GUI interface though.

Memory

I chose this ram because it's speed hits the sweet spot for the Ryzen CPU's...only problem I'm experiencing right now is, even though it's confirmed to be Ryzen compatible, and I have DOCP enabled, it shows that it's only running at 2400 mhz...more testing and tweaking is necessary.

Storage

I originally was going to use the Intel 660p 1 tb hard drive but, the read and write speeds were among the slowest for a M.2 drive so, I cut the capacity and went for faster speeds instead. Wise choice...this drive is really quick. I'll most likely add another one in the near future since the board supports (2) M.2 drives.

Video Card

I chose this card in particular because it's value to performance was among the highest for this series of GPU from AMD. I've seen benchmarks showing that it can trade blows with the 2070 and 2070 super in some cases. Unfortunately, this GPU is cursed and after a horrible experience dealing with Canada Computers (they sold me the blower style vs the triple fan design), and changing it to another PCI port (GPU sat right on top of the mobo fan) I got it installed and tried The Witcher 3 at 1080p...Ultra settings with Hairworks on...what a beautiful experience...I'll install a FPS counter soon to see what the frame rate is. So far, so good.

Case

I chose this case solely on looks...the colour scheme fit my theme (black and white). Building in this case was fairly easy, but I was using primarily stock items with no water cooling (saving that for a future upgrade). My only gripe thus far is that the Case fans can only be controlled via the buttons on the front of the case...It would've been nice to be able to control the fans via some software. Also, it doesn't come with an exhaust fan so, I had to order it separately and install it.

Power Supply

I wanted the G3 version of this power supply but Canada Computers said this one was better so...(horrible experience dealing with Canada Computers) Other than that, no issues to report...there's definitely some room for future Overclocking.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 7 points

I'll Give it 2 thumbs up once you put the GPU in the right slot.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Once I can confirm that blocking the mobo fan is ok, I'll do just that

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Riddle me this batman, if the mobo fan is to not be blocked due to it being there; then why do they put a Pci slot next to it? wouldnt that mean youre supposed to put a gpu there? (FYI I have used with the Asus X570 Prime-P, Asrock X570 Pro4, Gigabyte X570 Aorus Ultra and none of them have issues with installing the gpu in the main slot.)

Edit And none of the thousands of other users online have this issue either, so that would mean either A. you are doing it wrong, or B. Every other X570 owner, the online reviewers, and even AMD themselves are using their motherboards wrong......... see where I'm going with this?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Elegantly put, Robin...

Since this move has got the attention of pc enthusiasts around the world, I'm going to put the GPU in the top PCI slot, take a load of pix, and run it like I stole it :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! Very yes! Yes, I like it! Yup! 🤣 Nice build and set up bro!💪💪💪 you did great!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks...I'd like to thank the academy...

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

you know you can put the graphics card on the mobo fan it does not matter

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

If it doesn't matter, why is it there? Shouldn't it be clear of obstructions?

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

the graphics card does not sit flush on the chipset fan, therefore, it has plenty of room to exhaust air.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU (Being a triple fan design) sits right on top of the fan, completely covering it...I'll take some close up pix tonight to better show what I mean.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That chipset fan is not being choked by airflow even if a graphics card is blocking it. You're not even using a gen4 drive which is the only reason for the chipset fan in the first place.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

why do you think there is even a Pci-e slot there if you can't put a graphics card in it

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The ring light is set by connecting one of the two cables supplied under the bottom plastic part in the cooler box. There are two sockets, a 4 pin and a 3 pin, on the side of the cooler opposite the installation lever blanked off with rubber inserts. The RGB cable connects the 4 pin to a non-addressable RGB header on the motherboard and responds to whatever you set that header to. There is a USB 2.0 cable for the 3 pin socket but I don't know how that works

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It is connected but I'm not sure what software controls it...it's not a big deal and once I have time to sit and figure it out, I'm sure it's an ez fix.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you gaming on an ultra wide 2560x1080p monitor? If so how does the 5700XT perform in the games you have in terms of FPS? I'm planning to get the same GPU in the future but haven't decided if I should stay with a 34 inch 2560x1080 144Hz monitor or if I should go for a 3440x1440 100Hz monitor...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ps. Is the cat part of the setup? XD

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Luckily, I don't have any fans in the top portion of my pc...cuz she's too darn cute to kick off.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I am gaming and editing videos on a 2560x1080p monitor. So far, I've only played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt...but the 5700xt is able to crank between 60-100 FPS on ultra settings with hairworks on. Something my (2) nVidia 970's in SLI couldn't do. So, I'm mucho happy. :) (screen capture in pix)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your response. Good to know that 2560x1080 doesn't bottleneck the setup. Oh and the cat is definitely too cute to kick off and on top of that she helps the air flow get from the front of the case to the back of the case a lot quicker!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This card will play any game at high frame rates on an ultrawide when the resolution is 1080p. There's only a handful of triple A titles out today that this card might not give you 60 FPS on ultra settings when the resolution is 1440p. (Metro: Exodus, for example) No regrAts...not even one letter ;)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I guess it's safe to say that I can't wait to get it... Might have to wait till black friday though. :(

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

No pressure...i'm hardly using mine at the moment cuz i don't have the peripherals yet (gamer chair, mic, cam, "gaming" mouse & keyboard, etc) it was just the right time for me to purchase all the parts and put it together. I'm sure you'll find a good deal when you're ready...