Description

Build Information:

RY23480V3 is my personal system currently used for gaming, but will be used for content creation and streaming in the near future.

Prices are what I paid for each component at the time of purchase, which ranges from July 2017 to the present day.


Overclocking:

CPU:

  • Since AGESA version 1.0.0.4 B, overclocking per CCX has been added to BIOS (to replace the need for Worktool, which was unsafe for beginners).

  • I have my core voltage set to 1.38 volts, and my SOC set to 1.125 volts.

  • CCX 1 is set to 4.55 GHz, 2 is set to 4.45, 3 is set to 4.35, and 4 is set to 4.25.

  • Temperature wise, I saw a considerable improvement; with stock/PBO, temperatures while gaming frequently exceeded the 60s (I saw as high as 79 C), but now they rarely exceed 60.

GPU:

  • The maximum stable overclock with my 2080 Gaming OC was +145 on the core and +600 on the memory.

Known Issues:

Motherboard Backplate:

  • Some cases and CPU cooler mounting brackets may have difficulties with the backplate, such as Cooler Master's MasterCase 5 series cases and Deepcool's cooler bracket that comes with their CAPTAIN series AIOs.

  • Look for cases that don't have issues with these kinds of motherboard backplates, and coolers that use the default AMD cooler bracket, such as Lian Li's PC-O11D or Corsair's AIOs.

Gigabyte's Wireless Antenna:

  • The "stock" single antenna that comes with almost all of Gigabyte's products with WiFi functionality (i.e. Motherboards, PCI-e WiFi adapters) is complete garbage. If you use it, I suggest looking for a replacement. (I bought a PCE-AC56 for my second build and tested that dual antenna on my main system's on-board wireless, and the result was much more stable and reliable. My second build isn't that important, so I'm using the Gigabyte antenna on that.)

Precision Boost/Precision Boost Overdrive:

  • It's broken, so don't use it. It jacks up your voltage and easily causes thermal throttling to occur, driving your CPU performance off a damn cliff.

Upgrade Roadmap:

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/hawkshawz/saved/L7KgwP


FAQ:

Q: "Why did you go with an X470 motherboard that costs so much when you're using a 3900X?"

A: It was the board I had back when I had a 2700X. I upgraded and didn't need to change the motherboard because, as Buildzoid pointed out, the power delivery on my motherboard was overkill for Zen+ CPUs. It proves to be enough to handle the 3900X just fine, as it does reach turbo clock speed, but it doesn't go over it with automatic/Precision Boost Overdrive.

Q: "Why so much RGB?"

A: 'Cuz muh RGB.

Q: "Why are some of the prices for some of the items way higher than they should be?"

A: Some parts like my ADATA SX8200 960G were bought 2 years ago, and they were a lot more expensive in 2017 than they are now.

Q: "What is the other PC with the blue lighting in one of your pictures?"

A: That was 54PPH1R3, but it's been changed to R3D5N0W. I changed the case from an MCPro5 to a Core V21.

Q: "Why do you have so many damn peripherals?"

A: Because I can.

Q: "Why is the CPU load temperature so high?"

A: That's the temperature I got from a stress test. The 3900X is one toasty boi.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic CPU for content creators, workstation users, and hardware enthusiasts. However, there are a few issues with this CPU:

  1. This has more to do with how Zen2 as a whole works, but you'll never get 4.6 to work on all cores without some seriously expensive cooling, at least a custom loop with a good pump, and that's assuming you have a golden chip when it comes to the silicon lottery.

  2. Precision Boost Overdrive is still broken, and drives up your voltage to almost dangerous levels, as even with an H115i RGB Platinum, my temperatures exceeded 90 C at stock, going anywhere from 90~95 C almost instantly and thermal throttling immediately when running P95.

With AGESA 1.0.0.4 B, Per CCX OC has been added to the BIOS. I have CCX1 at 4.55, 2 at 4.45, 3 at 4.35, and 4 at 4.25, with a core voltage of 1.38 volts. Overall improvements to both performance and temperature, as there isn't a consistent issue with throttling and broken boost functions.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler, but:

  1. The price is even more expensive than the standard H115i versions, which by themselves cost almost twice as much as comparable coolers like the NH-D15 and Dark Rock Pro 4.

  2. Performance-wise, it's really not any better or worse than the other H115i versions even though it costs quite a bit more.

Thermal Compound

Excellent paste in a huge tube that's perfect for frequent CPU cooler replacements, whether it be you're testing coolers or flipping old systems.

Motherboard

One of the best X470 motherboards that was available, it's still very expensive and not really worthwhile to buy because there are better X570 motherboards with overkill power delivery systems.

Memory

Hands down the best memory kit for Zen and Zen+ in terms of guaranteed compatibility and easily overclockability. With Zen2, it has no problems overclocking to 3600 CL16, and you could probably get 3600 CL14 to work if your motherboard will allow it.

Unfortunately, mine won't allow it.

Storage

Great value SSD for storing your OS, and faster than the Intel 660p.

Storage

Not particularly amazing due to its inconsistent benchmarks, but nowadays if you can find it cheap enough, it's a decent SSD.

Storage

Not much to say about it, it's just a 4TB HDD.

Video Card

The Gaming OC cooler is absolutely amazing. Even when overclocked, the hottest my 2080 reaches is in the mid 60s. Any GPU model using this cooler is going to run pretty cool.

Case

The best case for showcase builds, or just showboating in general. I love this case.

Power Supply

A little more wattage than I actually need, but I prefer the extra headroom.

Case Fan

Decent case fans, only downside is there is no option to be controlled via motherboard software or iCUE, it's only controlled by the physical controller wired to the fans.

Case Fan

Purchased these for push-pull config, same fans as on the H115i RGB Platinum. Fantastic fans.

Monitor

Really isn't worth the price, but damn, muh RGB.

Keyboard

This is the best keyboard I've owned to date, hands down.

Mouse

My favorite mouse due to the size, shape, and feel. I prefer heavier and larger mice because they're more comfortable to me.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a good build :) I would have gone with the standard Nitro+ RX 580, since it would have fit in a lot better with your build, but other than that, it's great

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The RX 580 I have right now was from a past build. I thought about getting a Vega, but it's just not worth the cost with how the GPU market is. I'm waiting for the prices to go back to MSRP or just until I have enough to wear I can afford to splurge again.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

What's that LED strip?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

It comes with the Deepcool Captain 120 and 240EX RGB AIOs. It connects to the cooling block through an included adapter, and the strip is both sticky and magnetized. When you use the controller to change the LED color of the cooling block, it affects the strip.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I moved the strip out of view, just above where the windowed panel sits so it lights up the components rather than burn my eyes.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think I'll run into the same AIO cooler mounting issue you had with an NZXT Kraken X62? I looked up the AM4 bracket for the cooler and it seems the bracket will be too wide for it to fit with the backplate on.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I was using a Deepcool CAPTAIN 120EX RGB before I got my Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L. The mounting bracket was pushed back on the one side because it was wide enough that the backplate was in the way.

While it was a tighter screwing on that side, the cooler was still flush with the CPU and didn't damage it. If anything, the tiny bit of added pressure on the CPU could possibly increase the effectiveness of the cooler and paste as there's more pressure and less air potentially getting in there, at least on that side of the CPU. (If you've ever seen some poorly designed GPUs, whenever the cooler is far too heavy for the card itself, holding the cooler tighter to the card actually improves temperatures by a few degrees.)

That mounting bracket you mentioned may or may not have interference but as long as you can still install the cooler, it should be fine. If you want to be safe though, look into either guides on how to remove that under-backplate or go with a different motherboard that doesn't have that plate in the way just to be perfectly safe.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man have you applied the heatsink on your ADATA SX8200? doesn't the logo end up being upside down?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

As I can recall, no. I can't check because I'm now using the heatsink that came with my motherboard.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I found an old photo of my original revision of this build before I used the board's heatsink, and yeah, it does end up upside down.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I am thinking about the same motherboard/case combination that you have. Did you need to remove the backplate on the Gigabyte x470 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard in order to properly mount it in the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 case? Were you able to align all the motherboard's 9 holes with the case's standoffs and apply the screws to each, or were there alignment issues? Great build by the way.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the backplate needs to be removed for the case; I couldn't get all of the stand-offs installed because the backplate interference.

Thanks for your comment.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

With a 300$ mobo why didn’t you go x570? You could also have used a gen4 m.2 and gotten insane speeds for your future content creation

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at the build date. The original build state predates X570 by a year, and Gen4 M.2 is too expensive in its current state because it's new. I'm waiting for the market to adjust fully (Gen4 is going to be expensive for awhile), I already dropped a lot for my 3900X, which was a much higher priority.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

how did u get the ryzen 9 3900x to work on x570

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean X470? BIOS updates...

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

yes didnt even notice i put x470 (plus i liked ur build it look great

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

i want to get the same motherboard but im worrying on how i would get the BIOS to work with an Ryzen 7 3700 would i have to use Usb or an gen 2 cpu

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to update BIOS to F40 or later for it to work with Zen2/Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. Without that BIOS revision, it won't POST.

I'm not sure if this board supports it, but Gigabyte Q-Flash Plus (not standard Q-Flash) lets you flash BIOS through USB without a compatible CPU.

  • 17 months ago
  • -1 points

I bet the Boar Vessel, 600-500 BC, Etruscan, ceramic could game better than this

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Mhm, but that's a priceless artifact, which would cost exponentially more currency. Try another one.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!