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Peaks and Valleys of a 1st time builder

by Clagger



Date Published

Jan. 17, 2019

Date Built

Jan. 13, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.515 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C


I use this machine for gaming and I am absolutely loving it!!! Big step up from a 60 fps cap on a laptop :D The build / Bios took me about three LONG days and a lot of headaches due to me figuring stuff out on my own and learned lessons that I WILL NEVER FORGET!!! IE: Only have one drive connected "the one you want to be the OS Boot manager" when installing your operating system! I had both my m.2 970 evo and my big pile of scrap Barracuda 3.5 Hard drive connected while installing Win. 10. Long story short... ish... my boot manager was the Barracuda and also had some windows files that loaded onto my m.2 ssd. Finally have the ssd as the boot manager and not sure how to wipe the Barracuda. Other than that, I had an absolute blast building this machine and will upgrade some things for sure in the future!

I am running a stock cooler with the Ryzen 2700X and will likely upgrade to a better blower in the near future. It runs a little warm but not too shabby at the moment. Figured I would give it a go since it came with the CPU. Love the RTX 2080 , getting 150+ FPS playing BO4 Blackout with no overclock performed. Temp is usually around high 60's to 70 Celsius while playing Black ops. In Bios, temp hovers right around 40-45 Celsius. I am sure many would say that is to warm! I run at 20 degrees Celsius ... yada yada. ANyways, thank you for the read and it was great to share a glimpse of my journey on my first PC build.

One last thing, BIG shout-out to PCpartpicker.com and the community here to help a zero feel like a hero and learn a thing or two before diving in this expensive hobby. Much appreciated for that !!! Peace!

Part Reviews


Enjoying this CPU!!! It runs a bit warmer than I would like, at about 65-70 degrees Celsius under load but mostly because I am using stock cooler at the moment. I have not overclocked it and do not plan on doing so any time soon. Either way, I will be getting another air cooler and or making the jump to liquid cooled in the near future. Good investment overall!


Great board other than one gripe... The m.2 slot 1 had a stripped screw and I was unable to get it out of the mobo. It lives to fight another day. I just threw the 970 evo in slot_2. Other than that, the bios are fine and easy to find your way around.


It is RAM and once I selected the 3200 in Bios, it does what it is supposed to do. No gripes here. I bought the red version and it looks great in my eyes.


Extremely fast and I do not regret forking over the few extra bucks for the 1TB. Kind of wish I got the 2 TB :D

Video Card

LOVE this card! No problems with it thus far. Have had it for just a few days but runs very smooth. While playing BO4 it gets me 150+ FPS and a temp of around 58 Celsius. Hovers around 28 Celsius idle.


Beautiful case and cable management for this 1st time builder was a breeze! I highly recommend it!! I am currently running an air system and will make the jump to liquid cooled soon.... which is what this case was made for in my opinion.

Case Fan

They blow the air... Wish I had gone with a little better quality of fans though. Not horrid for the price however :D


Once you go 2k ... You never go back. Love this monitor and the 165 hrtz refresh rate. Delicious!!!!! The 24 " is just right for me. I don't need a gigantic monitor, and the quality is top notch. The g-sync is also working out very well and have no regrets at this price point and level of quality.

Comments Sorted by:

Ben28282 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Nice cable management

Clagger submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you! I thought I was a bit overboard on the velcro straps lol. But they gave so many, figured I may as well use them.

Destroi16 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Very clean build!The monitor looks to be great for the price.

Otterman366 13 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I think this is one of the first air cooled builds in this case posted on this site...

Clagger submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Probably right. Most shy away from the 90 degree turn for intake. No problems thus far.

keller22 5 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

That looks so good! Really clean

Clagger submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks a lot! I am pretty proud of it :)

kschendel 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

BIOS "idle" temps can be higher than expected because apparently some BIOSes wait-loop instead of being interrupt driven for I/O. My Asrock BIOS shows idle temps up near 50, yet when I boot into an OS and run a reliable temp info program like hwinfo or ryzen master, the idle temps are in the low 30's. (Which means that the actual die temp is a couple degrees over room temp, since the usual displayed temperature is Tctrl i.e. true die temp + 10C).

The 2700X doesn't need exotic cooling; if you go air, check out the Scythe Mugen 5 or Fuma, or Thermalright Macho. The Dark Rock 4 (pro or non pro) is also worth a look, as is the Cryorig H5. I'm no fan of liquid but I understand wanting the aesthetics.

Curious as to your lack of enthusiasm for the Corsair SP's. Noise? Lighting? Airflow?

Nice write-up, +1!

Clagger submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks for the reply! As to your curiosity for the 3 star for the Corsair sp 120 RGB's, they felt a bit cheap with their construction. There are no rubber inserts in the screw holes to prevent vibration and they were a pain to install. They seem to do their job with air flow and lighting just fine. I suppose the negative review is to my wishing I had spent a few extra bucks and bought the HD 120s or ML 120 pro's.

Mode__ 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I have the same CPU. I just recently upgraded from the stock cooler to an AIO two days ago and its a night and day difference. I HIGHLY recommend the H115i Platinum AIO for your CPU.

Clagger submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Great to hear! What were your temps under load prior to the switch? What are they now?

Mode__ 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

My temps under load prior were bad. Sometimes in the high 80's.

Now my temps under load are about 55c. Idle temps are 30-33c.

Clagger submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Very nice! I will check it out

jct4027 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

looks great well done!

ZedSamCat 1 point 3 months ago

the red fan in the first pic looks like it dosent belong

Clagger submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Hehe:) agreed. Freddy made me do it!

ZedSamCat 1 point 3 months ago