Description

I have a Cyberpower computer with an AMD FX-9590. While it plays all my games well, I got the bug to get something newer that'll play the new games with settings at the highest, and I wanted to pick all my own parts and build it myself. I don't want to have to upgrade it for years, so I'm doing an overkill, for me, rig. I'm also not a fan of RGB, so will turn it all off after I take pics. So after a few months of research using various well known YouTube computer geeks who did specific reviews, this is what I came up with, the “old man's (late 60's) first and last build”.

Part Reviews

CPU

Chosen because it seemed to be the best for the money, and shouldn't need to be upgraded for years.

CPU Cooler

Overkill for this CPU, but didn't want an AIO. Have used AIO's in the past without any problems, but wanted a no maintenance computer with no avoidable failure points. This thing is hugh. I didn't know it would be this big, and certainly dominates the look of the build. Wouldn't have bought it if it didn't come in the new black version. I even got the LTT “version”. I didn't think the Noctua directions were very good, so had to go to YouTube to see an installation on my CPU. Was easy after that. I'm only using the center fan as another review said it was fine, and I like the way it looks better. I can see the RAM.
I used a Thermal Grizzly Carbonaut pad because it'll last forever unlike thermal paste. The reviews showed that it was a good solution, and easy to use. The biggest trick is to get it to stay where you put it when you put the cooler on as it slides easily.

Motherboard

Very good reviews as to build quality. This is way overkill for me as I won't be overclocking the CPU or memory past what XMP does, but wanted it future proof. Who knows. Something may come out that I want that can use the PCIe 4.0 slot. I used the bios updater built into the IO. So easy to use.

Memory

This was hard. Cross referenced both Asrock and Corsair (and other) sites to make sure whatever memory I chose would run without problems. I chose to use 4 X 8 because a review said this board would run better with all slots filled. I went with 3200 as it was the highest native speed, and it did run right out of the box with no problems. A different review of ram speeds showed 3200 was enough for me.

Storage

I have two Mushkin SSD's in my old computer, and have been happy with them. Had to RMA one, and the Mushkin techs were fast and easy to deal with. Got the 2 TB because I want everything on one drive.

Video Card

Great reviews, and close in speed to the Nitro, but cheaper.

Case

Another hard choice. Went with this one because of the review of this newer version. I knew I was going to use air cooling, and the reviewer said it was great as an air cooled CPU case. Also, it looks great. I really like the 200mm front fans. Four fans total, one 140 rear, and the Noctua. It is a dead quiet system.

Power Supply

I used a power supply calculator, and it said I needed 425 watts, so I went with a 750 to be sure and puts it's efficiency curve in the right place, if I read it right. I chose a platinum for the cleaner power. Pricey, but worth it.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done and don't say this is your last build, you never know you might want to build another one when you're in your eighties ;)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Update to GPU. The RX 5700 XT was crashing and causing artifacts in Rage 2 and crashing Borderlands 3. Also was crashing Youtube. Went to my old GTX 1070, and everything works. Bummer. I looked up crashes of Radeon, and changed settings, but no luck. Am going to return the card. Bummer. I'll use the 1070, for now, as it'll run everything well.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man I need to do something with 200mm fans one of these days. You mention having used AiO coolers before, but this is your first build? Was the prior experience just from upgrading parts?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No, they were in the prior computers. The only things I upgraded were the GPU's.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the build. Running the same cpu/gpu combo (Gigabyte 5700XT). This build will definitely keep up for years.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is just awesome and you chose some great parts for your build. Well done! Curious to hear what games you play? My Dad is also late 60s and is definitely not a gamer - He even rolls his eyes when his own adult son (40s) plays games or even mentions them.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. My old computer runs Win 7, 64 bit. Bioshock 1 and 2, Rage, Crysis 1 and 2, Hard Reset, Doom 3 BFG, All the Quake games, Unreal Gold, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and Serious Sam Fusion. Mostly on Steam. I'm going to see how many of them will run on my new computer.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What a sick build! I almost went with the same case because it looks amazing. Ended up going with the white meshify C which for 80 bucks I thought was a steal. That noctua black is huge huh?! I did the same as far as watching all the geeks reviews on YouTube about the parts I chose, it was extremely helpful. I also used the guides to build my first PC. All easy I would say for anyone to grasp.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Months of picking and changing parts around, but it was fun. The Meshify C was the other case I was looking at, but went with the big fans. Was glad when Noctua came out with the all black cooler. I was thinking of the Darkrock, but it's a lot harder to install, from what the reviews said. I didn't find the build easy other than the CPU, memory, and storage. Some of the electrical connections were thought provoking. My using bifocal eyeglasses didn't help with the tiny connectors.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention that the H500P case was great to build in. Lots of room and cable management is easy. The manual is totally worthless, but it really wasn't needed.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build. looks pretty good. and this indeed will last for a pretty long time and you should have no worries about playing games. gotta love the white theme

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice explanations of why certain pieces were picked. Thanks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build! Teach me a thing or two about building this clean please :3.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build. Love the nice clean aesthetics. Good choice of parts for keeping the budget reasonable.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Literarily everything about this computer is right!

No complaints whatsoever.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! As others have said, I'm sure you'll need to do another one in another decade or two :)

One note about the RAM, the early review samples of the Taichi shipped with a certain memory path that works best with four sticks, but the production boards use a more modern path that works best with two sticks. It's not a huge deal, but if you ever find yourself itching for a few more points on your benchmark scores consider switching into a 2x16 kit. Again absolutely not a huge deal, not a problem that needs to be fixed, just a potential optimization.

Sorry to hear about your GPU issues! I've had success with my PowerColor Red Devil RX 5700 XT, and it is at a similar price-point to the Sapphire you originally chose.

Thanks for the great post, and best of luck!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. I'll leave the 4X8 kit in since it runs well, and I don't want to mess with success. I would love to find out why I had issues with the Sapphire and others don't. I know it's driver issues, but all the AMD cards use the same drivers. I can wait and see if they fix the issues in the future. Guess I'll do more research.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I could tell you. If you've found others saying they play the same games as you with the same card I wouldn't lean towards a driver issue, but it certainly could be. Another thing it could be but probably isn't is the BIOS for some reason restricting the PCIE slot you had the GPU in to PCIE 2. There could be an issue with the power cable, although if you're using both leads of the same cable with the 1070 it's unlikely. I think you probably just got a bad copy.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm using the latest bios for the CPU. The GPU is in PCIE1. Same cables. Doesn't matter at the moment. The 1070 runs all of my games well, and I saved $450 since I returned the card. In the future I'll upgrade, but probably an Nvidia card.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

IS the other heatsink fan higher due to not enough RAM clearance??

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but I don't use it. I just use the center fan. That's plenty to keep this CPU cool.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I just replaced the GTX 1070 with an MSI GTX 1080 TI Duke. Got it used, at a good price.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I had it in the PCIe1 slot, but temps were 74 Celsius. Changed to the PCIe3 slot and now have 64 degrees. Better air flow, and I also removed the slot covers just above and below the card. Games still running the same frame rates and settings as before.