Description

A budget gaming build for my friend. He wanted to upgrade from his previous system which had a 3rd gen i5 and gtx 960. I think this was a pretty sizable upgrade for him. First time I laid my hands on Ryzen as well, so that was exciting.

The name of the build came to mind because of the triangles on the mobo. The Asus Prime was solid for this build. Overclocking ram was effortless- not bothering with cpu overclocking yet. The PSU was a gift from me, barely used and was purchase from best buy a few months ago.

Putting it together was relatively easy, except for maybe a few caveats with the case. Always expect that the cheaper cases with have a few minor problems. The mounting design for the ssd is not very good, but otherwise it mostly went smoothly.

If you're on the fence about Ryzen, I'd pull the trigger now. More reliable than a year ago and you should have a long lasting platform.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Was really easy to set up and plays with RAM very nicely. Like the graphics on the pcb too.

Storage

The legends are true, this SSD is fast. Got mine at Microcenter cheap.

Video Card

1070 is a great card. Hits the sweet spot right now in price:performance. Don't deter from the FE if it's cheaper, it really didn't get that loud/hot while running valley benchmark for 10 minutes. Only got up to 60s.

Case

Overall I like the design of this case. There's a PSU shroud and ODD bays. Ok side panels (seen worse at this price). The cable management is decent and the looks are subtle enough.

But I didn't appreciate one of the screws breaking off while I was mounting the ssd (still had three other holes to work with so nbd). Nothing 'tooless' about this case at all. Front fan cable didn't reach board, you probably will need an extension or to move the fan. Lots of small things that hold it back but an experienced builder can work around them.

Power Supply

I was able to buy this locally on short notice for $50. It has lots of headroom wattage and cable wise. Fan is always on, but if you don't need the most quiet PSU it's not a bad choice. Only real downside downside is a pci-e cable is non-modular, but it won't matter for most.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Looks good and is pretty cheap for the parts used. I think I'll use some ofthem for a build im doing.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Im looking for a mobo to use with the rx 580, team or g skill ram and the r5 1600... what mobo do you reccomend for me?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no specific recommendations except maybe the Asus Strix or Prime. Asrock and MSI have some good options too. Mainly if you're going to be overclocking I'd make sure the board is at least B350 chipset and has decent vrm cooling. I researched this board extensively to make sure the Ripjaws V ram would work, but you can just check the board maker's website for the memory QVL. Team makes very good ram as well.

Try to get a 2000 chip/b450 board unless the 1000 is just that much cheaper for you.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Im looking for a cheap motherboard that can handle some overclocking the problem is i pay 30$ shipping for it so can u recommend a decent motherboard b350/450 that can do just that? :) thatd be nice im super confused.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! What speed are you able to run your ram at stable? I'm only able to run my ram at 2666 stable for my Ryzen build.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

This board was able to do the advertised 3200mhz. If your RAM is advertised to get higher I'd update the bios, although nothing is guaranteed if the RAM isn't on the board's QVL.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear that you were able to get the advertised 3200mhz. I'm at the latest bios for my ASRock B450 based motherboard, and I am only able to run at 2666 stable now, but not at 3200. Ryzen is very sensitive when it comes to ram, and it seems that the overall consensus is that ram with Hynix chips don't run at high speeds compared to ram with Samsung chips. Most of the 8GB kits have Hynix chips, and the 16GB kits have Samsung chips which run better with Ryzen.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, Ripjaws V are Hynix iirc. Asus Prime just plays better with it than the Asrock Pro4 for some reason. Not that Asrock makes bad boards, it's just a specific case- something to do with the Mosfets. I was very close to going with that board because ASRock was good to me in the past, but you have to get the exact RAM that's proven to OC with an exact board on Ryzen- either by asking/googling around or checking the QVL.

When doing a Ryzen build it did require a lot more research than previous Intel builds I've done. I still ended up really enjoying this build but it has caveats to watch out for.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure that the 16GB kits of Ripjaws V are using Samsung chips. I'd be very curious to see what Thaiphoon Burner reports on what chips your ram has.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ripjaws V are Samsung B die.

They are also not on the QVL for asus.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the BIOS easy to navigate and use? Did you have any problems with OCing the memory? Any cons or problems you had?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It was actually very straight forward. It was just a matter of finding the menu and changing the speed. We didn't oc the CPU so I can't speak on that.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

But did you OC the memory? How did that go if you did? Any other cons/problems with the mb?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Memory OCs fine as mentioned in the description, 3200mhz was easy. No cons to speak of.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you step climb the OC, or went to 3200 right away?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

3200 right away.

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