This was my first PC build. I was going to structure it around an i5, but when Ryzen 5 hit the scene I couldn't resist AMD's new hotness.
I went with the 1500x because it hit the sweet spot between performance and price, along with a Radeon RX 480 to take advantage of that sexy CPU - GPU synergy.
This build was challenging but never overwhelming. There were zero "oh crap" moments and only a slightly elevated rate of swearing. It was mostly pleasant and rewarding. I wasn't expecting that, since my technical prowess falls somewhere between a housecat and a pet rock.
I took a few photos along the way to share with friends, so I figure I might as well post them up here and share my experiences with all these expensive computer-y bits.
Eight threads for approximately $250 Canadian is hard to match. It's plenty fast for my needs so I haven't boosted it, though AMD's software looks great.
The only issue I ran into was temperature. With the stock cooler the 1500x would idle at around 50, and it would soar past 70 under load. Too hot.
I adjusted fan curves and now it sits cool and pretty quiet at roughly 40 when idling, and never goes above 65 under load. That's still hot, but I suspect it's the limited airflow in the Styx case more than anything. Anyway, an AIO cooler is on the wish list.
One of the few AM4 mATX boards around when I bought. No real complaints, it has a really premium feel and (most importantly) many shiny red LEDs. I would love to see another fan header, but it's fine.
Setup was a little bumpy. Had a bit of trouble posting with both sticks of ram in place. A-XMP didn't work for me, but I chalk that up to this being a newer piece of hardware. I could only get my ram up to 2667Mhz. (Though I briefly got it up to 2933 with just a single stick in place.) MSI assures me that future BIOS updates should address this.
It is ram. As mentioned I had trouble getting it to play nice with my MSI B350M Gaming Pro, but it works just fine.
This is a beautiful little case! I had a great experience building in it. I love how you can basically deconstruct the whole thing.
Couple of notes:
I dig the atypical layout of this case. (Though I'd be lying if I said the unavoidably upside-down GPU doesn't bug me slightly.) Airflow logic seems a little odd... I picked up two case fans and installed them as intake on the top, which dropped the temps a few degrees.
I removed the hard drive mount panel which runs across the front of the case and window. It was ugly, and I don't need that many drives.
That means I had to install my 2.5 in the back, where there's only about 10mm of room to work with. The first time I closed up the back panel the whole thing bulged out. Which was totally functional, but bugged me. In fact closing up that panel was probably the trickiest bit of the build. I did NOT have flat power cables. I recommend them.
I was not a fan of the six billion little screws required for disassembly. Be very careful with using too much force, these things look like they'd strip if you sneezed on them. Not a big deal, just fiddly.
My main beef: why not a full-sized window?
It's cheap, it's blue, it's efficient, it's fine. But I am removing a star for the placement of the power plug jack... which is very close to the on-off switch, meaning it's almost impossible not to have the cable itself press said switch when you plug it in. Problematic, but I made it work.
They push air like a champ.
I once mocked curved monitors. "What's the point? What a gimmick!" said naive old me. And I sort of had a point when it came to televisions. There's no advantage that I can see if you're sitting six feet away.
But in a desktop monitor? View angles are everything. Flat monitors look strange now. This guy also has excellent colour, clarity, and features (Freesync inclusion is very appreciated.)