Description

An update to my previous build, i was able to sell the RX 470 for a little over $300 thanks to the mining craze and snagged the EVGA 1070 from EVGA's B stock for $300 shipped. I went ahead and added an m.2 slot because this board only comes with 4 SATA ports and i hated having one slot taken up by the Bluray drive. Speaking of which i moved to the smaller Silverstone KL06B case which i am absolutely in love with. Temps are higher under load but the components can handle it.

Added a 5 port USB 3.0 card for VR in the future and an uninterruptible power supply i snagged from work. All in All i am 100% satisfied with this build. The 1700 does everything i want at stock clocks, the 1070 does Ultra at 1080p flawlessly and 16gb is the new standard for PC building IMO. Speaking of RAM, this kit is rated 3200mhz but i cannot get stable over 2666mhz, considering buying a more compatible kit but RAM prices are just too high right now so i will live with 2666mhz until the prices come down.

I did remove the silly metal stickers from the motherboard heat sinks, come on MSI, i'm 33 not 13.

Part Reviews

CPU

8 cores, 16 threads and at 65w TDP, what else could i want?

CPU Cooler

Best damned cooler I've ever used, keeps my CPU cool under load, so much so i could use this cooler passively.

Motherboard

4 SATA ports, silly metal stickers on the heat sinks, but it does have an m.2 slot and a reinforced PCI slot.

Memory

Cannot get it to 3200mhz. on my build, my fault for not checking the compatibility list on the motherboard manufacturers website.

Storage

Fast and cheap, like my first car

Storage

Faster and cheaper than my second car

Storage

good balance of fast storage and price IMO

Video Card

Fastest and coolest GPU I've ever used, perfect for 1080p Ultra on everything so far.

Case

Small, compact, well thought out and well built case. Better have good cooling as the whisper quiet fans in the front don't push a ton of air.

Power Supply

Modular, quiet, no complaints.

Optical Drive

I paid too much for this and don't use it enough but damn i just can't let it go.

Operating System

Best version of Windows to date

Monitor

Gorgeous colors, good size, no complaints.

UPS

Does what it's made to do and has a nice readout of your current wattage draw.

Custom

I pretty much stole this because someone made a mistake on the GameStop website, that being said it was worth every penny that i should have paid.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same ram sticks as you just the 16 gigabyte versions and I was able to get my sticks up to 2800mhz stable on a 32 gig kit on a Asus X370 Rog Strix F board with a R7 1700. You may want to give it a try. Nice build btw.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I will give it a shot, what DRAM voltage are you running, tweak anything else? Thanks buddy!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Ill check and let you know.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

voltage is 1.35 , took a while but i completely forgot sorry

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries brother

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Your motherboard only supports a maximum speed of 2666 without an overclock. Modify timings, increase voltage for the RAM, and as a last resort overclocking the CPU and MOBO would enable higher clocks for sure.

It states that exactly at 2667 you'll require an overclock, so the BIOS might be blocking higher ram speeds simply because it's not overclocked. Try applying a very minimal overclock, and it might work some magic.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll give it another go

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

have you updated to the latest bios? might help you with the RAM issues.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, i just think this MB can't handle it TBH

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, what is b stock?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Its refurbished, comes with a 1 year warranty. Every wednesday EVGA updates their stock.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, wow. Basically free upgrade from a 470 to a 1070. That's amazing.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I couldn't believe it, and up until the moment it arrived i thought a mistake had been made, never seen a 1070 that cheap. Either way i only bought the 470 for $160 at Best Buy right before the craze happened, had i known it was going to be like that i would have bought more of them!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for that, something I hadn't come across before.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's worth looking into for sure