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The Tax Return Rebuild

by mkobrien49


Oh boy has this has been coming for a long while. Back in March of last year, a day after I was fired from my job, my original build was fried while on a garbage "surge protector". So, I used my last paycheck to do a whole new build. Got an MSI B350M Gaming Pro, a Ryzen 5 1400, the Patriot Signature Line RAM I'm reusing in this configuration, and a new PSU. Thankfully my 1070, my SSD, and my HDD all survived the debacle. Eventually, when I was making money again, I bought the Ryzen 7 2700X you see here, and I've been running that on a low-end B350 ever since. Finally decided it was time for a change.

Ordered all my new parts - Asus STRIX B450-F, 16 GB of G.Skill Trident Z RAM, a Kraken X52, the 3x pack of TT Pure Plus fans, a Corsair RM850X, (I had to spring for the 850 since it was only $10.00 more than the 750W. C'mon!) and the matte black NZXT H500 - and I completed my build today. I'm very satisfied with the results!

The H500 is a great case to work in, this might be the 5th one I've done in this particular model. Really popular with customers, it seems. I especially like that I can remove the little "door" where the radiator mounts and hide the fans that don't blind the eyes, and still have enough clearance to run push-pull on the cooler. So far I've been getting great temps out of the Kraken X52 as well.

Really happy with the way my project turned out, and I shouldn't really have to upgrade for a while which is super nice, but if I ever upgrade the GPU, I'll certainly have the wattage!

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TheDarkSkeleton 3 points 2 months ago

Nice build. Definitely go for a 120 gig m.2 drive for better boot times

mkobrien49 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I was thinking about this eventually, but I didn't have the money for PCIe drive that would be worth my time. Maybe someday!

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diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I like the red.

ZedSamCat 2 points 2 months ago

i like it

ShayCormac 2 points 2 months ago

How come you combined 2 different rams ? Is it possible , sir ?

burlypillow 1 point 2 months ago

Yeah it's definitely possible.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

When buying higher speed RAM you should buy it in one kit because each kit is tested on ots own and not guaranteed to work with other kits, even if they are the same part number from the same vendor.

mkobrien49 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Absolutely! Brand doesn't really matter, and neither does clock speed. If you install RAM with a lower clock speed, the high one will adjust. Certainly worked out for me!

ShayCormac 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you very very much for replying ...

Rahul05 1 point 2 months ago

I think you should have got a less expensive case and used G2deal for the windows and upgrade to an rtx 2080 but this looks really good.

mkobrien49 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I'm actually a huge fan of this case. I think it's pretty fairly priced what you get, and has some really nice cable management features. I also didn't have to buy another product key, I've been using the same key since my first Win7 build, since 7 keys can activate Windows 10. I also don't really do any 4K gaming, so the GTX 1070 totally suits my needs!

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I just saw on the news that the avg tax return will be about $1,650 this year. I always owe and am guessing I will owe that amt.

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Have you tried turbo mode? OCing?

You should be at least up to 4.3 with that cooler, possibly stable at 4.5.