Description

Wife needs a workstation for her home based job and i currently don't have a decent system that could support my "usage" and for entertainment as well. My laptop gave up on me which only last for about a year and a half. Instead of spending money on repairs, buying a console or investing on a new laptop i decided to build this future proof all-in-one solution.

For the first time, I'm moving away from Intel Processors choosing AMD Ryzen 5 for its performance but with a lesser price tag compared to high end i5 series processor. It is my first time to do overclocking so I run multiple stress test to ensure stability. Run cinebench consecutively and if it shutdows, i adjust the voltage. If it passes, I run Aida64 and Prime95.

AMD recommends, for "24/7 overclock use", 1.35v is the sweet spot although Ryzen can withstand anything beyond it up to 1.45v max with a little effect on its lifespan/longevity. I saved two OC config profiles which i could switch whenever i want it. Both proven stable. I am also amazed with its free stock cooler (wraith spire) keeping everything cool (to think its already overclocked).

3.9ghz @1.362v
Idle Temp: 40-45°c (browsing or Msoffice apps
Under heavy load: 75-80°c max (Aida64 >1 hour)

3.8ghz @1.318v [update 06/18/2017: 1.275v stable]
Idle Temp: 37-42°c [update 07/23/2017: cooler temps 30-35°c]
Under load: 58-63°c

Read a lot from forums and guides and it seems not all monitoring apps gets the same reading. Just to be sure i used multiple apps side by side:

CPU-z
HWMonitor
HWinfo64

Stability/Stress Test/Benchmark:
Prime95 and Aida64 (minimum 20min to 4hrs)
Cinebench

Final thoughts:
Under the same price range(or even cheaper) ryzen 1500x can compete with i5 6500(which was my 1st plan to buy). When overclocked? Its very clear already which one wins here. It might even compete with the i5 unlocked cpus...

I might be lucky and could say i have a "golden cpu chip sample" for the temp results i get and was able to OC at very minimal core voltage. I've read others need a min of 1.4v to reach 3.9 -4.0ghz.

PS. Took some time overclocking the RAM but was able to make it work to 2666Mhz. I updated to the latest bios version 0613 dated 05/24/2017. If anyone out there is using the same RAM kit and motherboard, please confirm if you are able to make it work up to 2933Mhz based on this Asus QVL Document.

UPDATE 07/01/2017: With ASUS BIOS 0805 update - AGESA to 1.0.0.6a, my RAM now runs 2933Mhz straight from the DOCP dropdown options of UEFI Bios Utility.

01/25/2018 Added SSD for boot drive. Added Custom Sleeve Cables.

Part Reviews

CPU

Overclocked to 3.8ghz with no problems and I'm also amazed with the stock coolers performance!

CPU Cooler

CRYOGENIC...the "cool" cpu aircooler in its price range.
Huge(but RAM tolerance is pretty good), efficient heat sink design and silent.
Idle Temp: 30-35°c
Under load: 58-63°c

Motherboard

Great motherboard with all the basic things you need plus overclocking. Took some time but now with the latest Bios updates, works perfectly with my Ryzen build and runs RAM it its actual rated speed.

Memory

For my Asus B350-Ryzen build - Runs 2933MHz straight from DOCP options. Works as expected.

Storage

Solid and reliable. No complaints.

Video Card

1080p smooth and crispy gaming!

Case

Solid Case with a lot of cable management space. Nice finish and the window dont easily scratch. I recommend this as the "budget version" of NXZT S340.

Monitor

IPS, Nice colors and I don't notice bleeding so far.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. +1 for cable management!

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Always liked the dukase chassis for it's low cost and quality build, even looks good in white didn't know it came in white! Nice build!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Ikr! So happy to pick this one over NXZT s340. I was looking for a good looking white case under a certain budget and this one did not disappoint me.

Thanks mate.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points
  1. lovely mobo choice +1
  2. lovely gpu choice +2
  3. lovely PC case choice +3
  4. lovely PSU choice +4 an all round gaming PC awesome job
  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same mousepad and case :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Just gotta say that if you really did want a workstation, then the 1600 might've been a better choice as it has 6c/12t, however if you want to stay on the 4c/8t track, then the 1400 is surely enough for this build. Moving on, I HIGHLY SUGGEST that you get an ssd as you said that this build is mainly for doing workstation-related stuff.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes i agree with you. The truth in the matter is im in Toronto and during the time im building this i was working on a fix budget. If you are in Canada, price is known to be more expensive than in US. It was almost 2 months that RX 480s even the 580s are always out of stock (rumors say, people buying it for bitcoin mining). I cant wait any longer so when i learned there was 1 stock of 580 delivered in one of the local stores i bought it... then buy the rest on impulse. Sacrificed few bucks cause my plan was originally 1600 and the monitor i want is also not available. Ended up for 1500x instead which was on sale just $10 diff with 1400.

Definitely the next logical move is SSD... on my/her next payday.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Reply accepted and I very much agree:)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just shocked you got a 580. Good job!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohhh no.... the struggle of waiting, checking online and calling local stores is real mate. And thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the GPU?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I just played Rise of the Tomb Raider and minimum FPS is 59.9. I also activated the DX12 option. 1080p smooth and crispy. I want to test it on Battlefield 1 and see how it performs. This card is the OC version but I don't know how to tweak it. I just click the preconfigured "booster" profile. Temps plays around 60-70C while gaming. 35-45C idle. I could say It's a great gpu for 1080p gaming.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it 'loud' by any means?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually i didn't notice that... is that a good sign? : )

Kidding aside, "for me" it is quiet. FYI - I only use stock settings and the booster mode but no further tweaking.

It's a new card so not much reviews yet can be found and I'm also the kind of person who does not care that much with gpu acoustics. I feel that my personal opinion would not satisfy your inquiry.

Here is an article that might give additional info.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

How much of VDDCR CPU Offset Voltage to reach 3.8 ghz?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

0.03750 That should give you 1.275v.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Top notch cables on the power supply shroud