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Ryzen 1700X Gaming & Productivity Build

by Stinkyfingers



Date Published

March 16, 2017

Date Built

March 10, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

43.0° C


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD RYZEN 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor $396.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $54.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $119.79 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $111.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive -
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $97.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $72.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $397.79 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define S w/Window ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $93.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1436.29
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1416.29
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-16 11:45 EDT-0400

some prices above don't reflect what I actually paid for some of this hardware as some is reused /bought on previous sales

Decided to do a new build. Not really because I needed to but more because I wanted to. Previous setup was an FX8320 /w hyper 212, 12gb ddr3 1600mhz ram, 128gb ssd/1tb HDD, asus 990fx 2.0, and had just replaced my 280x with a gtx1070 since the 280x was on its death bed. That said though my old build was doing pretty well for me still - I just couldn't help but take the leap on the Ryzen hype train.

I do about 50% gaming and 50% productivity on my PC. In summer I do a LOT of video editing of gopro and other HD video from my friends and I's car & motorcycle racing footage. In the winter I do a lot of gaming. I haven't had much issue on either front with the old build but I did suffer some fps drops in the most intense fights of Planetside 2 though understandable with 200-400 person fights and lots of stuff going on. Star Citizen also was very slow which I've really gotten into although it also is not optimized at all yet.

Ryzen 1700X CPU I chose the 1700x pretty much knowing the 1700 would probably be a better value but I really wanted to play with the Ryzen OC tool rather than doing it the old way. I don't really regret it - it's definitely neat to mess with. I do think it's kind of odd that the 1700 comes with the nice wraith cooler and the 1700x doesn't come with one at all. Okay with me though since I already had a cooler for it which is next up.

Corsair H60 AIO Cooler I already had this laying around I picked up second hand new in the box for $20 from a friend and never got around to putting it on the fx8320. I still plan to get something nicer for the 1700x however this is actually doing surprisingly well so far considering how small it is. It doesn't list as compatible on PCP but it fits perfectly fine.

MSi B350 TOMAHAWK MOBO Motherboard was my biggest back and fourth. I originally pre-ordered the ASUS 370 Prime and when I saw it was out of stock release day I cancelled my order to give myself more time to think about them. A few days later I saw the MSi B350 was available for a short time on Newegg. I've always liked MSi products - Usually I stick to ASUS however I've had a lot of issues with my ASUS 990FX over the 6 years I've owned it. Small but noticeable. Doing more reading - there really wasn't much a user like me is losing going to a B350. In the long run I wouldn't of seen any extra gains from the $70 extra I would of spent on the 370.

Also with bios problems plaguing the zen launch - I already had MSi's most recent bios update ready to go on first startup - and I've had not a single issue with this motherboard and would HIGHLY recommend it. It's clean and doesn't have any "ricer" over-the-top aesthetics and it has all the necessary features that 90% builders will ever need.

G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR4 Ram Not much to say about it. It's G.Skill ram - it works great. I got it because it was the best deal I could find on 16gb of DDR4 on sale at the time that went with the scheme decently. No problems whatsoever.

Samsung 840 EVO 128gb SSD I've had this for 4 years now, carried over to this build. Still works great. No complaints at all - has made me a big fan for samsung SSD's

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD I know there are better options but I wanted to try an M2 drive and I caught this one on sale for $74.99. Super happy with it so far. Temps aren't bad considering it's right under my GPU and I am running it as my OS drive (fingers crossed). Love it so far.

WD Black 1TB HDD I've had this sucker over 7 years now. Caught it on sale 7 years ago for $79.99 (now I think that's its normal price). No regrets at all. I'm a big fan of WD for HDD's now still because of it and will always recommend them. It's still fast - runs cool. It actually is consistently full from storing tons of games and video footage. It gets some heavy use and still is a champ. I did get a 3TB external drive awhile back to back up more important things too more often as at this point I could see this HDD failing - it doesn't owe me a dime though. Super happy with this drive.

EVGA 1070GTX GPU My 280x was starting to have a plethora of issues last fall so I picked this 1070 up on sale for $330. Very happy with its performance so far. I'm really becoming a real devote nvidia fan when it comes to GPU's. my 8800 GTS from 2007 is still going strong in my grandmother's PC. My 570GTX that came after that is still going strong in my friend's media center build. I was really disappointed to see the 280x show so many issues after only 2 years. I'm super happy with the 1070GTX though so far. Runs cool and hasn't bottlenecked anything I've thrown at it.

Fractal Design Definse S /w Window Case I've always been a fan of this case - been eyeing it for years wanting it. Caught it on sale for a good price too - couldn't beat it. Roomy - great cable management, and aesthetic/sleek - no unecessary "rice".

EVGA G3 650w PSU Finally left Corsair after so many issues with their products (excluding my used AIO cooler I'm using). Super happy with the G3. It's a modern well made and versatile modular PSU. Can't find anything to complain about. I love it! Price is right for a nice quality piece that fits and helps complete a sleek/tidy build.

So far I have NO complaints about the build. I know the main focus for myself and probably others is going to be the Ryzen cpu performance. It screams through rendering large 1080p video so far. I have NO issues in games. Planetside 2 extreme fights now will actually bottleneck at 100+fps on the GPU (this is at 1080p 60hz gameplay). Star Citizen also plays MUCH smoother which I'm honestly surprised at with how awful that game is optimized so far being it's not even really in Alpha stage.

With all that said - Ryzen is performing to my expectations. I did not buy it thinking I was buying an Intel killing CPU in straight gaming or anything like that. I bought i expecting I was buying a competitve octo-core CPU at a decent price. I am not disappointed at all. It may be lagging behind a few FPS in games behind quad cores like the 7700 but the differences are not noticeable in actual use. The 1700 really will be the true value 8core Zen chip in this era. If you're looking for a strictly gaming chip - perhaps Ryzen is not for you - at least not an R7 chip. Wait for the R5 chips release that is coming April 11 - they will be the true value of the zen chips for the average user and gamers.

Part Reviews


So far I've had a great experience with my 1700x. Upgraded from an aging FX8320 that served me well. I gained a lot of performance across the board from games to editing/rendering. The FX8320 did well but I finally feel like I have Intel-level performance in games while still keeping the productivity potential of an 8core CPU from an AMD chip.

I haven't had any issues with compatibility or anything with my MSi b350 tomahawk board either. I've had the whole setup for a month now - OC'd to 3.9ghz since day 1. Sure the 1700 can be manually overclocked and comes with a cooler and can match the 1700x - but I'm enjoying utilizing AMD's OC utilities the X offers. It's neat - I'm not too upset about the little more I spent.

CPU Cooler

I already had this sitting around and figured I'd try to use it on my new 1700x to get it by until new options came out. Even though at the time this did not list as compatible with the ryzen CPUs this thing clips right on no problems. I was pleasantly surprised that this thing keeps my 1700x nice and cool with a healthy 3.9ghz OC since the day I got it. I'm not really a corsair product fan these days but this so far has done me well.


LOVE this motherboard. I was white knuckling waiting for everything to arrive to do my ryzen build. I got lucky and snagged this board and got it 3/10 right at release. I planned to do an ASUS 370x Prime since I've always ran ASUS mobos before. But on 3/7 release there was no motherboard in stock and then suddenly this one came up as in stock at time of release. I read through the B350 vs X370 specs and realized I wasn't really missing much functionality I'd ever use by going with a B350 board.

I pulled the trigger and bought my first MSi board ever. I was especially white knuckling due to reading all about the initial BIOS ryzen issues and such. I pre-loaded my windows install along with MSi's day 1 bios update to a usb drive. I flashed it on first boot and restarted and installed windows and started using it. No issues whatsoever.

The BIOS itself is great - easy to navigate and use. I'm in love with my decision to try an M2 SSD with this board - speed is a great improvement over traditional SSD speeds.

All in all - this board is great and has done me no wrong. Its aesthetics aren't over the top but it has a certain sleekness to it that I think it's visually great. Would recommend this to anyone looking to do an average enthusiast Ryzen build.


It's ram, bought it cause it was $95 at the time. Works great


Going on 4 years with this bad boy. Was my OS drive in last build. Now it's just a frequently used game drive along-side my OS m2 drive.

Have had no issues. Bought this to replace a corsair SSD that took 3 months to get a warrantied replacement. Samsung gained a return customer from me on this SSD. Fast for its time and still good enough to hold its own today.


Super easy to install. Bought it because it was cheap - wanted to try an M2 drive. Using it as my OS drive along with misc programs and a couple games. It doesn't get too hot like I was worried about.

It's super fast and performs flawlessly. I love it.


I've had this sucker for almost 7 years now. Has been used for everything from video/music/games/misc programs/general storage/etc.

Still chugging along like a champ - stays cool - isn't loud - is very quick for a HDD. If it dies tomorrow it wouldn't owe me a dollar. I don't keep anything super valuable on it any more just in case something does happen but at the moment it's still working like new.

Video Card

Picked this one up to replaced a dying ASUS 280x. Used in my old build for about 5 months then switched to my new 1700X zen build. Absolutely loving its performance so far. I bought this specific one because NewEgg had a special on it last fall for $330. I've always had great luck with nvidia & EVGA products. I still have my working 8800 GTS and 570GTX from past builds functioning in my grandmother's build and my friend's media center build. This one seems no different - stays nice and cool. Its performance is great - I feel like it's a perfect match for my 1700x. Right now it just powers a couple 1080p displays but I will make the moved to 1440 soon and I don't have any worries about it performing adequately in those either.


Pretty nice case all around. I had buyers remorse the last 4 years with my CoolerMaster HAF912 due to unaesthetic inside and lack of "clean" cable management possibilities.

This one was good enough for a budget with a $69.99 sale price. Window is nice. Cable management is great. Case is roomy and flexible for most user's needs. I love it. I'd recommend it.

Power Supply

After a lot of head aches and warranties with THREE corsair PSU's from my last build over the course of 7 years - I made the switch to EVGA since I've always had great luck with their GPUs.

So far I love it. Cable management is pretty nice with its modular capabilities. It has everything that's needed. It's quiet and seems to stay nice and cool.

Comments Sorted by:

firelimbs 1 Build 9 points 19 months ago


Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 5 points 19 months ago

critical part of being productive with a new build is having that emotional support nearby

firelimbs 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yes it is..... most of the time.

firelimbs 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Also are you going to add more fans? Having only three is not much especially 1 in 2 out.

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I plan to pick up an additional HDD, fans, and a bigger cooler for the 1700x at the same time probably in the next few months. Currently though everything is surprisingly cool even under heavy loads.

Muttonsourdough 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Have you had a chance to make any upgrades yet? How is it performing over time? I am specifically interested in that motherboard for when I upgrade my rig.

Alexi5 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Yay someone that I have encountered on the internet that plays PS2

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

PS2 is the only game I know that can have a horrible development team but still keep me coming back daily

AsureDawn 2 points 18 months ago

What speed are you running your RAM at? Is it able to reach or exceed it's rated speed? Do you know whether it's single or dual-rank?

Great review, thanks!

RedRageTNT 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Nice build. like corsair liquid cooler and the fractal case.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

+1 for redundant parts list in the description

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

you're welcome

Want-a-pc-kid 1 point 18 months ago

what peripherals and monitor are you using ?

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Corsair STRAFE keyboard Logitech G502 For headsets I bounce between my Logitech G930 when I want to use a mic and my Monoprice HiFi $15 headset. I don't recommend the g930 fyi. Monoprice headset has better sound quality and is more comfortable/durable.

Monitors I run a BenQ GL2760H 27" 1920x1080p and a ASUS VN247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080p. With this new build I plan to move to a 27" 1440p 144hz monitor in the fall when I start getting back into gaming (I rarely game during nice weather).

Legjendat 1 point 18 months ago

I think that if you aren't doing lots of video editing, then the Ryzen 5 1600X is a much better value for the price than the 1700X, since you have higher clock speeds without any overclocking, and only miss on 2 cores / 4 threads, but at 6 cores / 12 threads, as I said, if you're not doing heavy video editing, 150$ for those extra 2 cores isn't worth it. Still very good build though, I'm planning something similar to this, sparing money wherever I can. especially on the graphics card part, since I don't want it for gaming, and am sitting at around 900$

LucthedukeP 1 point 18 months ago

Hey Stinkyfingers, nice build! Also planning a Ryzen build, and was thinking of also using the Samsung 850 EVO m.2 SSD, but on my motherboard manufacturers page it said it wasn't compatible with it. I did some more and found out the Tomahawk wasn't compatible with it either, since I was thinking of that motherboard aswell. How is the m.2 working out? Were there any difficulties getting it installed?

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

That's confusing - I didn't have any issues with it. In fact I had some hiccups with it detecting my other SSD / HDD - but it always detected the M2 SSD without a problem.

I love the 850 EVO m.2 SSD - sure it's not the 960 series or anything but it's a lot less $ and still lighting fast. I have no regrets over it.

LucthedukeP 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah it sure is confusing. Thanks for letting me know, greatly appreciated. PS: Nice build.

MyHappyPorcupine 1 point 18 months ago

I'm worried about the placement of the M.2 slot like you were.

How does it do 1 month later? Does the M.2 SSD still work great under the GPU?

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

yep it's great. Still low temps even when PC is under load. No issues at all

TyRich13 1 point 16 months ago

How is the gaming and what kind of producing will you be doing?

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Gaming has been great. Primarily been playing Planetside 2, Elder Scrolls Online, and Star Citizen. All ultra settings no issue still just 1080p though.

Production is mostly just premier video project for racing events of friends and others cars.

poah 1 point 12 months ago

what sort of cpu and VRM temps are you getting with the 120mm H60 cooler? I've got the same mobo and using a gammax 400 with dual fans but its pretty noisy

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

Can you turn off red lights on tomahawk mobo?

Ordinarily_great 0 points 18 months ago

Is case is top loaded PSU?

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

nope bottom

Blacksm1le 1 Build -1 points 19 months ago

Why not buy a motherboard X370 for overclock

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 3 points 19 months ago

what? The b350 has full overclock capabilities.

Blacksm1le 1 Build 0 points 19 months ago

Thought it was necessary to have version x for overclock

Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

It is not, B350 has full overclock potential. I've been OC'd already at 3.9ghz since first bootup.

Scroll down to chipset differences: http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/2763-amd-chipset-comparison-x370-b350-a320

Blacksm1le 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

thanks for the information :-)

Astro_Gamer 1 point 19 months ago

The x version motherboards are required for overclocking intel cpu's. AMD can be oc'd on both B350 or x370

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Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I would just use the most recent bios released by MSi, looks like right now that's V1.2 https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/B350-TOMAHAWK.html#down-bios

As for loading it to the mobo, at least with the MSi there's an option at the initial BIOS screen upon startup to use its built in EZ USB Flash utility - which is just that. You simply use that and flash the bios after loading the bios update on a USB drive. Boom done.

No issues with the motherboard or build quality. Wish there was a second M2 slot but not many motherboards do have it - so no surprise the b350 only supports one. All in all the build has been doing great for me.

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Stinkyfingers submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Unsure, I'll try to remember to check tonight and let you know

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