Description

Its been 5 years since I built my last PC, a i5 3750K build. I got the itch when I first started reading about Ryzen. First I was sweet on the 1700 but then after seeing the price of the 1600 with its six cores and twelve threads and decent bundled cooler, I was in.

I did end up harvesting some things from my old build that I added not too long ago, like my 1070, 850 evo, Xonar, ultrawide, kb/mouse and T40s.

In all, the only annoyance I have is the memory only runs at 2999mhz, not 3200mhz. I blame the BIOS so hopefully an update there will fix it.

Also, on the CPU side, I have OC'd it only to 3.75Ghz but I've underclocked it to 1.2V. This seems to keep the temps down and I've tested it with 30 min prime95 and it lived. Gaming for hours (BF1 and GTAV) show no signs of instability and it handles all that like a champ.

I also really like the case. The horizontal motherboard layout is pretty sweet and its very easy to work on, especially as you can come in from the sides or above. Then when closed up, it's very silent and thermals in my situation are kept well under control.

So in all, I have a bad *** 6 core, 12 thread beast in a small case, quiet and very capable which I am sure, baring a few strategic upgrades, will keep me going for another 5 years or so.

EDIT: I updated the part list to remove the cost of a parts I already had.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great value for money and does exactly what I expected.

Motherboard

Installation was fine, headers and the like are sensibly placed. Seems stable so far. Only a single BIOS image, was is a slight minus point. BIOS is quite configurable though.

I also liked the two m.2 slots. I'm saving the faster m.2 slot for later when I decide to grab a proper fast nvme card.

Memory

Not exactly good value but very pretty. Sounds like my wife......

Storage

As a OS drive, it's cheap and cheerful and does the job. Fine by me.

Video Card

I got this card specifically cause it blows the air out of my case. I'm going all SFF and "silent" and this card suits me just fine.

Case

I read the other reviews and now I have it, I have to agree. This is a wonderful case, looks good and with good acoustics (as in, it's quiet).

I also love the horizontal mobo layout, makes working on it really easy. I also like the "window" at the top, this way I can nicely see all my pretty colours.

Sound Card

I actually bought this card back in 2010 as I used a pair of sennheiser hd600s on my PC at the time and I wanted a card to properly drive them. Years later, it still works and still sounds way way better than any onboard sound. Best 200 euros (or so) I've spent.

Monitor

UWMR!

Doom in ultra wide is the way to go. I went with the 2560x1080 purely so I could get a slower (and cheaper) video card while still enjoying the ultra wide gloriousness.

To me it's still plenty crisp and with my 1070, running most games on high/ultra I get buttery smoothness.

Speakers

Great 2.0 speakers. Good bass too. You'd think it isn't possible yet here they are. Great if you don't want to use a lot of space for good sound.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

O.O o my god that rgb ram is amazing

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Why rgb ram when the case has no side window

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the case I could find here doesn't have a window but the version I have has a "open" roof. So you can see from the top, which makes sense when you consider the motherboard is mounted horizontal.

I need to take some more pics......

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I don't see that. Cool

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Heya! does the Gskill RGB software work on this mobo with no issue?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Show me more pictures of that AWR GEE BEE masterpiece!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm new to this site and I like your build, but why do you and almost everyone here exclude the price of a lot of your build items? I can't get a gtx 1070 for $0.00, I was looking for a build the price you described. O_o

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I carried it over from my old build. I actually bought it around 9-10 months ago. So my logic was, I didn't buy it for this build. Same for my soundcard (bought that in 2010...holy sh....), monitor (2016 as well), speakers (2014 I think) and so on.

This is the cost I paid for the parts I bought.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend the Pro4 over MSI's mortar?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

yes better software (late reply)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Running an R5 1600 at 3.75GHz at only 1.2V!!!... ASRock strikes again, just amazing quality...

Were you able do run your RAM at 3200MHz? Did the BIOS fix it?

The problem is most probably because the RGB G.Skill is Hynix based. The other 3200MHz 14CAS G.Skills - FlareX and GTZ (non-rgb) are Samsung based and run better.

Cheers.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure you'll reply but I was wondering how well you can control the g.skill rgb Ram with the Asrock mobo? That's the same setup I've decided on some I'm hoping you can help me out :3

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your RAM work at 3200 Mhz now? It's been a few years