Description

£1000~ the Rig + The Monitor + Headset + Keyboard/Speakers/Mouse add it up to around £1200 :)

Positive:

  • Ryzen 5 1600, So far so good! Clocks to 3.8 on Stock Voltage, can get it to 3.9, Not trying more as Mine happens to be a "Made in Malaysia" which just means it was soldered there, either way no point as I am using the Stock Cooler, Running it at 3.6 for now just to have a low power consumption while having a pretty good system overall, even with a handicapped Ram as you will read below.

  • Wraith Cooler Damn it works just fine, not too noisy and keeps it cool enough.

  • MSI B350M Gaming Pro Decent build, works just fine, debug leds are a great help, helped me identify fast the issues with my first Ram and HDD.

  • Drevo X1 SSD 240GB The Drevo X1 I got on Ebay a while back, and its been reliable when testing builds for customers, but as I am retiring off that for a while I decided to make my own gambles and try to make a budget Ryzen build, so that SSD made its way into it.

  • RX Vega 56 from Powercolor, Amazing Undervolter, very efficient card, and easy to Overclock as well when needed with Radeon Wattman, Freesync monitor is happy with this card!

  • AOC G2260VWQ6 21.6 Monitor, its a 75hz refresh rate monitor with freesync, its really good for its price point, its the second I get from AOC for a personal build and its amazing.

  • Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset Tested its audio quality and it is pretty damn good for its price, surprised as most reviews I found were older, but it truly is a nice budget headset (In my eyes its budget because I got cheap, and also because most decent gaming headsets tend to be way more expensive)

  • Deepcool DQ 750ST really solid PSU, No Coil Whine from my Vega and while I had my R9 Fury it also was barely audible thanks to this quality PSU.

  • NZXT S340 Black and Red Case, I switched my previous case (read below) for it, WAY BETTER cable management and Air Cooling.

Neutral:

  • Not much to complain, only really can listen to my CPU Fan when OC'ed at stock its silent, same goes for the GPU, and I lowered the intake fans to match.

Negative: The NZXT S340 is a great case, but annoying to swap the Solid Hard Drives without removing the PSU.

Updated Review at the End of 2018: Won't post much yet, but All I can say is Ryzen has really aged WELL after a while, it keeps getting better, better bios, better Ram Clocking possible, Great Bang for Back, Then and Now!

Also during the time (A year and a half) I have had this build I swapped my GPU 3x (RX 480 to R9 Fury to RX Vega 56) and I must say the Ryzen is doing its work well, will substitute the 1600 once 3rd Gen Ryzen comes out (at a good deal a few months later) to get that extra clock speed!

Build Changes History:

Edit 6: Added Darth Vader into the build <breaths>

Edit 5: Swapped to the Red Dragon RX Vega 56 from Powercolor (Previous Card was a Fury Tri-X from Sapphire, and it was amazing!) Great Deal :D

Edit 4: Swapped to a Fury Tri-X for now until Vega or Navi comes, awesome performance for just £40 more then the RX 480 I had originally, it had Really amazing Performance!

Edit 3: XFX XT 600W 80+ Bronze, Was my previous PSU, but when I gave away my RX 480 I decided to also give the PSU away and bought myself the Deepcool 750 80+ Gold Certified one.

Edit 2: Swapped my Corsair Dominator for G Skill Flare X 16 GB (2x 8) Good Overclocking Ram, Then Gave them to my Wife and swapped in some Corsair Vengeance with LED's to better fit my case!

Edit 1: Swapped to NZXT Source Case instead and gave my previous case to my little bro.

Part Reviews

CPU

A very cheap 6 Core 12 Thread processor, well priced at release, amazingly cheap nowadays, if you are on a budget and find this CPU for a good price then go for it, I would recommend the 2600 or the 3600 when released for bigger clock speeds but if you do not care much about that then the R5 1600 has plenty of power for every day needs.

Motherboard

A decent and Cheap AM4 Motherboard, as its a 350m model there are newer and better revisions and boards, but for the time (at Ryzen Release) this did it's job pretty well and even has troubleshoot LEDs to warn you if there is a issue with your Ram/GPU/HDD!

Memory

Easy to tune, got @3200 with it, and the RED LEDs on the model are beautiful in my case.

Storage

Been buying Drevo SSD's for a while now, they are not as fast as Samsung SSD's for example but it's read speed is pretty good and can match most SSD's on the market while being cheaper.

Storage

The ultimate budget 1TB HDD Hard Drive, reliable.

Video Card

The Red Dragon is a amazing piece from Powercolor, the cut down card added with it's Triple Fan Cooler design makes it pretty well cooled for a fan cooled card, in average it is 5-8 degrees colder on the same workload's then my partners Blower Cooled RX Vega 56!

Case

Beautiful Case, easy to cable manage, only real annoyance is having to pull back the power supply every time I wish to swap or add a Hard Drive.

Plenty of space for your GPU and if it sags you can add a Bracket or place a Funko Pop!

Power Supply

Never bought one prior to this from Deepcool on the builds I make for others, so I risked it and am pleasantly surprised, it's a very good power supply and above all its gold certified.

Operating System

Had the licence from my previous build, so satisfied that Microsoft allows the key to be associated to your Microsoft Account these days.

Monitor

Freesync, can't go back on that.

Headphones

Best Budget Gaming Headset, can't even think of another similar priced one that has its quality.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 5 points

Arrrgh CLICKBAIT!!!

Seriously tho solid build so far. Hope the wait for the CPU isn't top long..

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Could be any day, between Tomorrow and Tuesday, I kind of expect the worst case scenario already, but I ordered from Alza (Czech republic company that exports to the UK) As I had a voucher to use at them, so in reality it cost me just £200 + 6 from Transport.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

The XFX XT PSU's are just rebranded SeaSonic's I believe.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Here , it says the Original Equipment Manufacturer is SeaSonic http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page625.htm

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That is why I choose to risk and get it, As I heard the same story as how they Design them but XFX has someone else make it for them, all the other similar models had decent reviews from people so I decided to try this one out. I will update the post once I receive the damn CPU! with some tests!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Yay! Ryzen 5 build! Great job

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build - I have the 24 inch version of the monitor - fantastic for the price!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Was tempted to get it, but I got use to the 22 Inch version that my girlfriend uses in the past few weeks, I am surprised honestly how well it does, I always imagined you could never get good things for such a bargain.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, that's made my mind up: I'm getting that bloody monitor! :-))

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

its absolutely worth it, really solid performance with 50-75 fps in most good games.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

1ms response, 75Hz refresh, Freesync enabled and it includes DP and HDMI ports. It looks like a no-brainer but the bargain price was worrying me, so I was really glad to see your post.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad I could help! and Enjoy your future monitor! I personally prefered it as Freesync is amazing, and I don't need a 144hz monitor, I tend to play games as high as I can, as for Moba's/cs:go I can just enjoy no vsync anyway and get a good amount of fps.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice RYZEN build and great monitor.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Added the headset, damn good audio quality for the price, Now just waiting for the CPU, Should post more pictures/review on its OC on Tuesday/Wednesday!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the cpu in games? thinking of getting that cpu if i can overlock it and game similar performance to the 1600x

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Will test it tomorrow, and post some benchmarks perhaps!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it to 3.9 with just a slight overclock, its pretty decent. Didn't try more as I am on stock cooler. I keep it on 3.6 tho as I don't need much more at this point.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

every ryzen can overclock, so it's only a matter of how many watts you care about

overclocking disables XFR & possibly some other boost/idle states, so if you for example go to 3.6ghz, it will be worse than the 1600x, you'd have to go to 3.7ghz first

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Added some new notes, and reviews, fml dead ram stick so just 1x Corsair Dominator at the moment, it will stay like that until I decide on a good pair to get when Ram Prices go down (will go for a high frequency when that time comes), Need to get a new Storage this week So I can do more benchmarks, I will keep on editing this post with Benchmarks as I do them!

Running at 3.6GHz atm the CPU, it went well to 3.8 and 3.9 (Had to change voltage for that one) but as I don't have good ram at this point due to my missfortune I am satisfied with the it at 3.6GHz.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Added Picture as well with CPU-Z and Cinebench!: http://valid.x86.fr/4pvqw7 3.7GHz Overclock without touching the voltage either, just by bumping up the CPU Frequency alone.

TDLR: 3.2-3.7 Easy Overclock with stock cooler no need to even mess with volts all stable.

3.8-3.9 Need to mess with everything, not worth it for me personally as I use Stock Cooler anyway.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I think if you can 80+ Gold PSU it will be one step further better and if you get another same RAM tell us! And also I am curious about the cooler, can it bring the chip to 4 GHz?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I have not tried, I have gone up to 3.8 and a half, scared to go beyond with stock cooler due to my case having very little air flow, need to get a front fan to intake some air. but it runs fine at 3.8 with stock cooler.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Do you think ADATA XPG Z1 3000MHz CL16 1x8gb will work with that motherboard? Should I look for lower speed? I'm lost in this RAM stuff...

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly I don't think the Ram speed matters too much if we are using a GPU less then a 1070, So Any Ram is good, a Single Ram stick anyway so its fine if its a good price.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Yep, absolutely agree. I've seen some varying RAM frequency tests conducted on GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 running the Ryzen 7 1700. The only card that showed marginally better FPS rates was the 1080; 1070 was negligible and the 1060 registered absolutely no difference in some games. If someone is using their rig mostly for gaming and they're packing a 1070, 1060 or below, the advice seemed to be to ignore the Ryzen/RAM speed mantra that's currently doing the rounds. However, if you're engaged in RAM-heavy productivity apps (like video encoding), then I imagine higher speeds would be a worthwhile investment. Otherwise, save your money.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the bios to support ryzen 5? If so how do you update it?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, it worked without updating it, but I did update to the newest BIOS after, I downloaded it, Placed it on a Pen Drive then Reset PC (Del) to get to bios and flashed it that way. Its much safer and best to flash Bios on Motherboard Bios setup page, not with windows/linux.

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