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Black Star

by BossChecker


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Date Published

Feb. 1, 2018

Date Built

April 25, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.341 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


Finally, I am able to build a computer and play games the way I want! Before I had this build, I was playing on a $250 hp Notebook, with everything at lowest settings, 720p, and still only reaching 15fps on most non-demanding titles. For example, I couldn't even load into a game in H1Z1.

I mostly use this build for gaming, streaming, work, and photo and video editing.

This build went pretty easy, compared to what some people have told me. I really had no problems, which I was surprised about as this is my first build, and people have told me to be prepared for when things go wrong.

Part Choices

CPU: I chose to use the Ryzen 5 1600 because it was a cpu that seemed like it would be very good at what I was planning to do with it, and was I right! My original plans before Ryzen 5 dropped was to get a i5-6400, but I ended up with a Ryzen cpu because of what I have heard about it being a very well-rounded CPU I currently am running it at 3.8 GHz with 1.2V. Temperates have never gone higher than 56C, even under 10 rounds of Cinebench.

CPU COOLER: I picked up the CM MasterLiquid Lite 240 because I had heard great things about it from others, and it was at a very reasonable price point. If I hadn't have gotten this I would have either gone with a CM 212 EVO or a much more expensive AIO unit.

MOBO: I chose this motherboard because it was a motherboard from a trusted brand at a low price point. It also has more features that I wanted and more, including being full-sized ATX, and having a B350 chipset.

RAM: I chose this ram because when I bought it, the market was doing really bad, and I figured 8GB would be enough for now, and that I would easily upgrade it later when the prices dropped again. I also didn't want to get 2133 ram because I know that Infinity Fabric really loves ram speed.

STORAGE: I chose to use this configuration because one of my priorities was to have some fast storage, along with a lot of storage, so I found that this was a very good option for what I needed. I also had never used a SSD before this, and I have to say it really does live up to the hype.

GPU: I picked this up because it was a card for a very good price, even with the Ethereum mining craze. This card runs very cool, quiet, it is from a trusted brand, and it has 2 fans, which no 1050 ti needs, but is very nice. It is also the top-of-the-line model from GIGABYTE being a WINDFORCE card.

CASE: Affordable, tempered glass side panel, clean aesthetic, full sized ATX... Do I need to say much more. This case fits my build very well and has almost the same color scheme. I found the cable management room ample, even though there are only 2 pass-through holes, and they are right next to each other, which is why my CPU power cable is spanning across the motherboard. I love the way that they make it easy to install the power supply, and everything worked just fine.

PSU: One of the cheaper 80+ Bronze power supplies. From a reliable brand. Silent and so far reliable.

EDIT: I recently got a Ryzen 7 1700 and am using that now instead of the 1600 because of the multiple cores. I was able to reach an overclock of 3.7 GHz at 1.225 V with the B350 Motherboard.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Works very well so far. If you can get this on a good deal, then I would highly recommend it. Keeps my R5 1600 at 30C (Idle) and 55C (Load).


If you can get it for a good price, it is highly recommended. Works very well, B350 chipset, and full ATX form factor. The only thing I don't like is the fact that there is no M.2 heat sink for those who prefer M.2, and the USB C port on the rear IO does not charge my phone, at least at any reasonable speed.


Works very well, good for AMD Ryzen chips as they love RAM speed with Infinity Fabric.


Works very well for the price. I cannot complain. SSD + reliable company = WIN


Works well for mass storage, if you need this much and you have an extra $15-20, go ahead and pick up a 2TB version.

Video Card

Works very well, quiet, and keep the card cool. It also is backed by a trusted company as well as having 2 fans in a WINDFORCE design, or at least the one I picked up.


Works well for what I need. Tempered glass side panel, good cable management, and good radiator support. The only thing I have a problem with is it only having 2 cable management holes, and they are right on top of each other, so don't try to put a short 8 pin CPU connector in this case, as mine almost didn't fit.

Power Supply

Works well, quiet, 80+ Bronze, and is backed by Corsair. Just beware that the CPU line may only just be enough for your case and motherboard.

Comments Sorted by:

dhrurules1 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Strange radiator configuration, based on what I can tell, there's 2 fans pulling heat from the radiator, you may be able to achieve better temps by making them push the hot air through the radiator instead. Otherwise, great build.

BossChecker submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks for the feedback, I may do that.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

there really isnt a difference, ive tested it.

JediMasterFox 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

nice build :) im currently working on a build and this was the same i was planning on using i guess ill think of a new one :P

BossChecker submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah, I would recommend that. Thanks.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

That cable management really needs improvement, you can route that cpu cable behind the motherboard or maybe through a cutout at the top left, the rest of the cables really need to be pulled back and tied up behind the motherboard tray.

Caymanian77 0 points 14 months ago

Nice one man ! love the build but your cable management could be improved but overall I'm impressed :]

BossChecker submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

As I said, I can't really do that because the cable is not long enough.

rozaf3 1 point 10 months ago

I have a MasterBox lite 5 and the interior layout is identical. There is a cutout at the top left where the cpu pins are on the motherboard. It's a shorter path for the cables than the way they're run now lol

BossChecker submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah, I figured that out and changed it shortly after the post. I was too lazy though to take new pictures and change them.

Darzz -1 points 14 months ago

If you were to get an operating system, that's mostly $100 dollars more and with $800 in your pocket, just buy a pre-built core or AMD i7. Other than that, good build!

BossChecker submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I already had a key for an OS