Description

This build went pretty smoothly for my 1st build done completely on my own. My last build was picked by my older brother a few years ago and he helped with most of the assembling. After a little (a lot) of research I was able to put together a nice rig at a solid price. Prices shown here are in Canadian dollars after taxes and rebates. I live in a border town in Ontario so I was able to snag a few parts for way less compared to online Canadian e-tailers. I also carried over some peripherals from my previous build.

This rig is for gaming and streaming/multi-tasking. I am going to start dabbling in video editing to make e-sports montages (I play a lot of Overwatch and some triple A games like The Witcher) and I like photo editing too. Currently, it runs like a champ on my BenQ 144hz FreeSync monitor @ 2k resolution ... as would be expected by a 1080Ti.

OC

  • R7 CPU is OC'd to 3.7GHz across all cores, LLC 3, 1.200v steady under load. Briefly peaked at 77.5C fully stressed across all 8 Zen cores and settles at ~75.5C on the Wraith Spire RGB cooler.

  • G.Skill B-die RAM to OC'd 3200MHz using the Stilt's Fast timings provided by the ROG bios, SOC on auto at 1.31v.

  • Strix 1080Ti undervolted as I mostly play Overwatch. 0.975v acheives 1.93GHz. I have another custom voltage curves for high end gaming that reaches 2GHz+ but needs 1.65v+. Custom fan curve, does not exceed 60C.

Real Bench, Cinebench, Prime 95, Memtest and 3DMark were used to test this system for stability.

This case was a challenge for cable management and thermals but in the end it was all worth it. The front intakes are useless due to them being so choked by the glass, so my final setup has two 120mm intakes in the top, one in the bottom and one in the rear for exhaust. Positive air pressure is achieved and thermals are relatively normal. At least it is gorgeous! I didn't want to light up the case too much and personally I like the tinted glass and RGB accents. After all, I play in the dark anyways most of the time :P

The ROG Claymore took a week or two to break the keys in but now it works like a charm. Everything is playing nicely with Asus Aura.

Next steps are custom loop, I think? I plan to keep this build as is until Zen 2 or around ~2020 before upgrading anything.

Mr3Pik

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome value, so flexible, workstation, playstation. Even more value with Ryzen 2000 series being released soon.

Motherboard

Doing it's job nicely. Good power delivery, great package dissipation. Looks good. Costs a pretty penny though but you get what you pay for. More frequent BIOS updates pls.

Memory

CL14 Samsung B-die. Works like a charm with the Mobo/Zen and I can even overclock to tight 3200MHz timings!

Case

Best aesthetics hands down. Sub-par airflow but can be worked around for sure. Best for watercooling/SFX.

Keyboard

Keys need to be worked in but then works like a charm. Not even using the armory software! Asus Aura plays nicely with the keeb. Looks too lovely!

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Typically I'm not a big fan of RGB but what you did here was incredible! I love your choice of components and aesthetics +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

My thanks!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, that's a nice looking build!

Do you really have a FreeSync screen paired with your GPU? Can you exchange for GSync? or too late?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Had it with my old build over a year ago. It still pushes the pixels with my 1080ti but it's for sale so I can scoop a G-Sync.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build mate

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

w0w

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the temps on your m.2 with that heatsink? Or is it really just more of an aesthetics thing?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Reduced temps by 15 degrees!

Edit: Most people are seeing a 7 or 8 degree drop on NVMe.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the claymore core?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it, took a while to break in keys (week or 2) where in they would double press. Now it's perfect. Working perfect with Aura, not using Armory software.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

hell of an upgrade from you old system and i'm right there with you upgrading from a 6300 lol, hows the R7 1700 treating you?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good, so flexible. Decent for gaming (OC it) and amazing for multitasking, streaming, video rendering.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

good to hear

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I manually save color schemes in Windows themes, them I use Asus Aura sync for the PC components. I have to manually change my themes, however. Thanks for the +1!

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