Description

Started to toy around with parts lists about 3 months ago. When Ryzen came out i knew what CPU i was going for. The machine is for equal parts gaming and working, i do a lot of stuff in blender and unity so those extra cores will come in handy for rendering.

Parts:

The Wraith Spire cooler comes with the 1700 so I didn't bother buying an aftermarket cooler. It's actually quite a good cooler and keeps temps reasonable, though they could be lower if i turned the fan setting up. As it is, it's quite quite and most of the time I'm listening to the game or music so noise wasn't a priority with this build.

The Nitro+ is one beast of a card. It looks badass, runs quiet and pumps out frames. I'm getting a constant 60fps in whatever i throw at it, running at 2560x1080. The fans usually run at about 17% to 20% under load and the noise difference between that and off is difficult to notice. I didn't have the Nitro+ from the get-go, I actually had the XFX GTR Black Edition RX 480, though I'll talk about that later.

Powering it all is the RM650x. Not much to say about this, really. Great power supply, comes with all the cables you need and modularity is so helpful for cable management.

The motherboard is the X370 fatal1ty gaming k4 from ASRock. Really nice board, fully fitting with on-board soundblaster, rgb about the heat sink, 2 M.2 slots and Dr Debug. If you weren't aware, Dr Debug is the little display at the bottom of the motherboard that tells you whats going on. If you encounter and error, you can lookup the code to see what it is. Its very similar to the beeping you get from other motherboards but the readout is much easier to use. The annoying part was that the motherboard didn't list all the codes and what they meant so i had to refer to the website, though it did save me a few times.

The RAM and storage are pretty standard. Some Vengeance LPX from corsair, looks nice and performs well. A 2TB Barracuda from Seagate that keeps all my bulk storage and games, can be a little loud but that's just the nature of hard drives. And last, but not least, the 240GB Ultra II from sandisk which is my boot drive and stores all my programs. After using a Mac with a SSD for a while, it was a must for me to have a SSD in my new rig. The Ultra II is speedy, 240GB is tonnes and it was reasonably priced. Whats not to love.

The monitor, as mentioned before, is 1080p Ultrawide (2560x1080) at 60Hz. I went for ultrawide mainly because of the screen real estate to use programs side by side or have extra room onscreen. I got it 20% off and couldn't have asked for anything better. I didn't realise how much better games look in ultrawide, the peripheral vision and immersion is great.

The S340 is a beautiful case. The side window shows off just the right amount of the inside and the matt black finish is great. The red accenting goes great with the other parts in the build. The top IO is simple and useful, the power button has a red led ring. Next to that is two USB 3.0 ports, a speaker jack and a mic jack. There is no reset button, though I have no use for that anyway.

Problems:

Building this thing went really smoothly. The case is great to work in, has a bunch of tie downs and easy cable management. The problems came after the build.

I hadn't intended on buying a new monitor till later and had an old 5:4 with vga and dvi. So I plugged that monitor in, booted the computer and... nothing happened. After googling the code on the motherboard and digging around for a bit i realised the old monitor wouldn't support DVI-D. Sigh. So i whipped out to the shop the next day and grabber the LG25UM58-P. Booted it up again and we were in business.

After installing windows and the graphics drivers, I went to open the Radeon control panel... and the entire system shutdown. Sigh. The computer would boot up and give me an error. The ASRock website said it was either a memory error or a GPU error. After mixing around the memory with no luck, i decided it was the GPU. On closer inspection, the fans would even spin up when it was turned on, though they used to. It was well and truly dead. This was the XFX card that i mentioned earlier, so i packed it up, put in a warranty request and sent it back.

Once that was all sorted I got my sapphire card. This time it didn't die as soon as I turned it on. It wouldn't let me install the drivers though. After numerous attempts and DDU, i reimaged windows which did the trick. So i downloaded Blender, opened it and... the computer crashed. Sigh, I really couldn't get a break could I? After reinstalling the drivers and trying everything I could think of, someone on Reddit suggested I check for a memory problem. Pulled out my second ram stick and bam, blender works great. Downloaded The Division, runs perfectly.

So after all this i went back down to where i bought my ram, returned it, got a new stick and here we are. It works. It finally works after about a month of hassle. This is my first PC and the build didn't quite go as planned, but it was worth it.

TL:DR My old monitor wasn't compatible, my GPU died and one of my RAM sticks was faulty, but it was worth it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great value for 8c/16t, runs cool and quite with the stock cooler, would definitely recommend.

Motherboard

Nothing particularly outstanding, got it for a good price.

Memory

Solid ram, runs as advertised and looks sweet.

Storage

Picked it up at a local microcentre for a good price, speedy and sexy, perfect combo.

Storage

Just another 2TB HDD. Nothing special to say about it, it does what it does.

Video Card

Awesome card. Fast, quite and cool with a really sexy backplate and simple rgb logo. Fits in great with any build!

Case

Beautiful looking case, great for any budget and easy cable management.

Power Supply

Solid power supply, modular is helpful for cable management.

Wireless Network Adapter

Pretty basic adapter, reaches the speeds my internet provides which is perfect for me.

Monitor

Really good budget ultrawide, the extra screen realestate looks great in games and helps a lot with productivity.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

cool build

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job looks great

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

New builder here. Same mobo. I have a question if you don't mind. On your mobo your dr debug is saying 24 what does that mean? and is it always lit while your pc is on? Mine goes off after booting. Thanks in advance. Nice clean build by the way

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah i think it could be a motherboard issue on my side, though it hasn't shown any symptoms. Im not quite sure what 24 means, the ASRock website didnt help and tech support was useless. Have you updated your bios at all?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah i updated to the newest 2.50 Update AGESA to 1.0.0.6 version trying to get my ram to run at 3000 mhz automatically but with no success. I'm at 2400. not enough experience to manually do it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay cool, ive been thinking of updating mine but worried im gonna brick it or something. What method did you use to update it?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I used method 1 on how to properly update on the Asrock support page for the motherboard. good luck.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright cool, thanks for the help!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

mate that pc is great but what in the actual f**k is with your mouse and keyboard like bruh that looks like something out of 2004. Great lookin pc but damn fix those peripherals XD.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah they are from like 2009 actually. Working on that atm, probably gonna pickup a g300s not sure about keyboard though.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM issues are a bummer, and the most common hardware failure in my experience. It's gotten to the point that even if a persistent error doesn't seem to be memory-related, I'll start there. Glad to see you tracked it down relatively quickly.

Like the build: resembles something I'd put together myself.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was a pain, luckily i had some help from reddit, it would have taken me a while to work out it was RAM.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Very neat. Sucks you had to go through all these issues though!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

how well did the video card fit in the case>?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Its not particularly long but there is a ton more room if it was. There's also plenty of room between it and the window for cables. Its a really easy fit.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Boot time? +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I only have a word to say about the whole build and setup. Bellisimo!

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