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DOOM-Machine (Ryzen 5 1600 + 1070 Ti + 16GB RAM)

by realitydroid



Date Published

Oct. 11, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 4, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


My first completed PC build, built for gaming, but also used for web browsing and paying my bills.

Any parts that you see with a $0 price tag is due to me already having those parts laying around. Also, the DVD drive in the picture is just being used to fill in that space since the case was missing the blank that goes there. It's and old IDE drive that I had bought used back in 2007ish.

This computer started out as a case that was given to me by a family member who had no use for it. I took the case and held onto it for a few months, letting it collect dust in my apartment. I tried to sell it off a couple of times, thinking that I'd never have the money nor the time to build a PC in it.

My mind was changed when I went to the Goodwill that my wife works at, which also has a computer section in it, and found an ASUS P5E-VM DO LGA775 board with a Q9550 attached to it. I picked it up, along with a PSU, 4GB of DDR2 RAM (they only had 1GB sticks), and a Palit GTX 460 card. The main goal was to play Splinter Cell Blacklist. I had no serious intent with this build at first.

I promptly replaced the used PSU with a brand new 650W Corsair PSU (which I am still using) that I picked up at my local Best Buy. I also picked up a 1050 Ti from the same Best Buy the next day, after having time to play with the build and realizing what it was already capable of doing, and wanting to see what else I could make it do. This allowed me to play GTA V, Fallout 4, and DOOM.

GTA V and Fallout 4 played decently, albeit with lower settings. But DOOM played at almost 60FPS at ultra 1080p settings, only stuttering due to the 4GB of DDR2. This, along with the massive stuttering in parts of Fallout 4, prompted me to upgrade to 8GB of DDR2 from a local PC recycling store. This fixed the stuttering, allowing DOOM to play super smoothly, hence the name of the build.

I held onto this iteration of the build for a couple of months while I researched parts for a potential rebuild of my budget machine. I was going to wait until mid 2018, after paying off a little bit of debt, to do the rebuild. But I wound up stumbling across a video from JayzTwoCents in which he featured the Athlon X4 950 AM4 CPU.

Upon finding out the price of the CPU, as well as its upgrade potential, I went to work compiling a parts list and adding up prices. When I looked at the overall price for the rebuild, I found that I would only have to spend $120, which was close enough to my budget that I pulled the trigger. The other reason for ordering everything then and there was because the B350 motherboard was on sale for $60 for only a few days, after which it would go back up to $80.

When I finally did the rebuild and began testing it, I did find that my performance was indeed better. With that in mind, I was quite disappointed as the Athlon was still bottlenecking my 1050 Ti pretty bad. But I decided to put up with it for a little while, thinking that I could just upgrade to Ryzen next year.

At this time, I also had a Mac Mini that was just laying around that I had bought earlier in the year that I was still paying on (thank the maker for 0% interest for 12 months). Since it wasn't being used for much anymore (my budget build took over as my main PC), and felt that I wasted my money on it, I turned to ebay to sell it in its original box to try and get back just enough to pay off the last $200 I owed on it. Luckily for me, it sold for just over $300, allowing me to pay off the remaining balance I owed on it, leaving me with $100 left.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with that $100 at first, but I was at work one night and realized that the Ryzen 3 1200 was just over $100 and, with an overclock, would be the perfect fit for my current build, feeling that anything beyond it was a waste of money considering that I have no plans to upgrade my 1050 Ti anytime soon.

Less than two weeks after the Athlon rebuild, and I had myself a Ryzen 1200 that I was able to overclock to 3.8GHz on the stock cooler. I was also able to overclock my 8GB of DDR4 to 2933MHz.

As of October 28, 2017, I am running at 3.9GHz

Right now, this build is enough to play just about any game I want to play at above console level performance with higher graphical settings that what the consoles usually have. Not sure how it'll stack up against the Xbox One X in terms of power, but I'm not worried about that too much since I am not interested in 4K right now (too expensive to justify it at this time).

As of December 10, 2017, I am running a Ryzen 5 1600 overclocked to 3.8GHz

As of January 4, 2018, the Ryzen 5 1600 is being watercooled via a Corsair AIO.

As of January 17, 2018, the 1050 Ti has been replaced by a 1070 Ti, and an extra 8GB stick of RAM included.

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TenTonnesofDoug 1 Build 3 points 16 months ago

Excellent thrifting sir.

realitydroid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago


I felt like I spent way more than I needed to at the beginning. But I'd never built a PC before this, and it had been a long time since I had a desktop PC (my last one being a Pentium 4 that I replaced with a laptop in 2010). So it was a lot of learning and kicking myself.

The build in its current form, however, I am quite pleased with.

Niki33 1 point 16 months ago

I feel the same way, i dont know is it worth to go for 1600, im planing to go with 1200 just like you. May i hear your opinion on that

realitydroid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Get the 1600 if you can. It'll perform better, and last you longer. I got the 1200 because that was what my budget limited me to. I could have saved up, but the CPU overclocks very well to make up for that performance loss. It won't remain in my build forever.

scss 1 point 15 months ago

Does this cpu works without bios update ? Some people are saying that ryzen 3 won't post without a new bios.

realitydroid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Should work just fine. I haven't had any problems with it. That being said, the first chip I used on this board was an Athlon X4 950. But I don't think I upgraded the bios until after I already had the Ryzen 3 1200 installed.

Yasser32 1 point 14 months ago

If ur planning on gaming and a (few) productivity go the 1600 but if ur just gonna game the 1200 is a good choice

LifesGoodGaming 2 points 16 months ago

Intel Inside? Hrmmm...

Just kidding. Neato build! +1

realitydroid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Ya, I decided it'd be a little cool to have a sticker for each CPU that I had inside the case.


Bronstet 4 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Great history for this build.

moonman616 1 point 16 months ago

It was really fun to read your experience! Could you help me by answering a few questions since i'm pursuing a similar build.

  1. Is this board enough to oc a r3 1200 to 3.8-3.9 GHz with stock cooling and respectable temps? Also what's your overall opinion on the board?

  2. How hot do vrm get? Any CPU throttling? Worries me a bit since there are no heatsinks on vrm.

realitydroid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I don't know how to find out how hot my VRMs are. But, the board hasn't caught fire yet.

As for the OC, yes this board will OC to 3.8GHz at least. I'm running at 3.82 with the stock cooler, and I have no problems with CPU temps.

For the price, it's a decent board.

FracturedButWhole 2 points 16 months ago

I have a similar build with the exact CPU and board. I can't get the change the clock rate. It auto over clocked to 3.5 on performance mode. I even tried using ryzen master utility and disabling fastboot. What bios settings are you using? Everything on my rig is up to date.

Edit* I found that offset voltage was the only way to do it. I am now at 3.8 &1.28v using stock cooler with only 2 120 case fans running (front/back) 62c 10 minutes of Aida64 stress test. Ambient temperature 74f.

realitydroid submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Glad you were able to get it figured out. How does it feel compared to non-OCd? I overclocked mine right out the gate, so I've never used it at stock clocks.

FracturedButWhole 1 point 15 months ago

Don't really notice a difference.

abstractabsol 1 point 15 months ago

very nice!! those temps are a little on the hot side in future you might want to consider getting a liquid cooler if you see one on the cheap

realitydroid submitter 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Thank you.

The temp rarely gets that high. I have to really get the CPU working hard before it'll get there. I also keep my fans running full blast since they are cheap to replace.

ExtraNinja 1 point 12 months ago

while using the stock ryzen cooler were you able to fit two sticks of ram

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