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Some early context: This build actually has quite the story. It started when I was 12 (I'm 14 now), I was at my grandma's house and the neighborhood was having a recycling day and we could take stuff out of the "recycling pile" if we wanted to use it. I ended up finding an HP Slimline S5220Y with everything but RAM and a Hard Drive, I took it home and I already had a hard drive so I plugged that in, then I ordered the RAM. When that finally came, I plugged it in and installed Windows on it. Later I ordered a better case and an R7 240 (which was a bad idea but I didn't know) and started playing games on it. Fast forward past an i3 upgrade, the 380X, an i5 upgrade, and a bunch of cases and now we're here where I decided to do a platform upgrade. I was able to afford it from a combination of birthday/christmas money/gifts and repairing people's computers over the summer.
Now: I decided to get Ryzen because I do some video editing and occasionally stream, I also have a lot of things open at once. So multiple threads/cores seemed like a good idea, and AMD's new 6 core being world's cheaper than intel's while performing similarly was a no-brainer for me. The GPU may seem like an odd choice for this rig but I'm waiting to see what VEGA looks like, if it offers something similar to the 1070 at a lower price, I'm going for that. If it doesn't I'll probably pick up a Fury or Fury X (not because I'm a fanboy, my monitor has freesync).
It performs really well, I got a 1216cb score in cinebench and in mostly every game I play it gets 60+ fps on high settings, sometimes I'll need to turn the settings down or deal with lower fps in games like Fallout 4 or The Forest.
*Sorry for the bad pictures, phone had a smudge on the camera and I didn't notice it until now.
Great processor for the price, especially for multithreaded tasks.
This cooler is great, my Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.8GHz/1.24v maxes out at around 60c, and that's under extreme conditions. I would definitely recommend this over something like the Hyper 212 EVO.
Great price for the amount of features it has, my only problem with it is that my RAM won't run at it's full 3000MHz, although this is something that could be fixed with a BIOS update.
EDIT: A Beta BIOS from MSI fixed this, expect the full release soon.
It's good and rated fast for the price.
It's reliable, fast, and looks pretty nice too. Although there might be some better M.2 options out there now.
It looks amazing and is great to build in, just requires some time to build.
Never had any problems, looks nice with the modular cables too.