Description

My previous rig served me well throughout my law school career, but it was time for an upgrade. That and the PSU went to hell; which I used as an excuse to "try out" the new AMD Ryzen series.

Much like my previous build, I focused on value and reusing as much as possible. The main goal was to build a reliable rig for work and play - at a decent price point. Despite some hiccups with the new architecture, I gotta say: Ryzen is LEGIT. Subjectively, things just feel smoother and fast. Photoshop is quick, Premiere Pro is quick and gaming is quick.

CPU-Z Benchmark:

CPU Single Thread: 2,160

CPU Multi Thread: 18,420

Cinebench:

Ryzen 7 1700 CPU Multi Core: 1574 cb

Ryzen 7 1700 CPU Single Core: 147 cb

First, I decided on the Ryzen 1700 chip because it was significantly cheaper than the 1700x and would get similar performance after overclocking. I got my 1700 running at 3.7 GHz with 1.192V with decent temps. This is all on the Wraith Spire cooler which is pretty beefy for being a stock cooler. Saved me a couple bucks not having to buy a compatible aftermarket cooler.

Second, I selected the MSI X370 Gaming Pro because it was $107 AR from Newegg. I originally bought the B350 Tomahawk but I had too many issues with the BIOS and it would always down clock on its own after a while to 1550 MHz.. So I picked the Gaming Pro because the price was right and people seemed to like its big boy Carbon version. CPU OC is stable but I'm having issues clocking my RAM to anything other than 2133 MHz. MSI tells me that it's a BIOS issue so I'm going to wait for an update before commenting further.

Third, the Define R5 keeps everything cool and quiet. No complaints except that the window scratches easily and I needed to buy a second 140mm fan.

I'm keeping the GTX 660 for now since there's nothing wrong with it and I don't need m0ar powa and 1080 Ti level graphics. But I might grab a RX Vega or GTX 1070 when the time comes. And I got rid of my molex adapters per all the user's below.

Part Reviews

CPU

One of my friends convinced me to go AMD and I'm glad he did. Upgraded from an i5-3570k and the difference is immediately noticeable even on stock settings... everything just seemed.. smoother.

Currently have this clocked at 3.7 GHz @ 1.192V with the stock cooler. Idles at 34c but hits 77c with Prime 95.

Motherboard

Great motherboard after updating to the latest BIOS. Looks good, feels premium and was super cheap when on sale at Newegg.

Got to 3.7 GHz without a problem with the Ryzen 1700. Took at star off because I can't clock my ram past 2133 without BSOD error even though its rated 2400.

EDIT: The mobo comes with red LEDs on the heatsink and along the edges. It is NOT RBG like its bigger brother the Gaming Pro Carbon.

Memory

Good performance to price ratio. Currently can't clock it past 2133 MHz on my mobo

Video Card

Served my purposes for over 5 years and still runs most titles smoothly.

Case

Bought this one because it was one of the better looking sound dampening cases - and it does live up to its hype. Due to space constraints my rig is literally inches away from me but I can barely hear the fans or the HDs running.

I would have preferred that they shipped with another 140mm fan. Another problem is the plastic side-panel scratches really easily; so I left the outside protective film on..

Power Supply

Worth the money. Reliable and always started until some capacitors wore out. SeaSonic RMA process was quick and easy too. Got my unit fixed and sent back the same week I sent it in.

Wireless Network Adapter

This thing is awesome.

Case Fan

Tis a fan and quiet. Wish it already came with the Define R5 so I didn't have to buy it separate.

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Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Why would you get 32 gbs of ram?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly I only paid for 16Gb. I got the other 16 as part of a bet..

But it's for Photoshop and Premiere Pro - one reason I went Ryzen over Kaby Lake.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Lucky! What was the bet?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I see you are using the molex 4 pin power adapter on you video card .....You have a psu that has a 6 pin vga wire ready to be used, why not use that instead of a cheap adapter? That adapter is for psu's that don't have a 6 pin connection or not enough for sli

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

One is being used while the other doesn't carry a current. I know that I should grab another one, but might wait until I get a new GPU.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I see it is a popular complaint on ur build.. Haha. But yes it scares me idky. That cable has come with almost every gpu I've bought for years and never knew why. I always felt like if you buy a gpu better buy a psu that can support it right. At least you are aware. Thought maybe u thought it was needed instead of the psu cable

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

And what is the one being used for? Your motherboard takes an 8 pin and the rest is sata power. The 6 pin should be available... Sure you got that psu hooked up correctly?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

My brother wanted to SLI his 1060s or something so he currently has possession of some of my PSU cables - including the other 6 pin. I might just buy some new cables honestly. I completely agree with you that you cannot cheap on the PSU; especially with a decent GPU. Mines is being RMA'd right now due to failing capacitors (only turns on half the day).

DUDE. Your Phanteks build is GORGEOUS..

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

um......SLI 1060s? 1070 maybe man but I don't think the 1060 has SLI support.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

My mistake, it doesn't. I just assumed that's what he had based on what he told me before he built his

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, makes sense. Those cables probably can be picked up. Thank you, one of my favorite builds!! It's dark and low key, not as flashy but I use it in a theater room so it perfect

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope you get a 6-pin PCIe cable if you get a replacement PSU.

if not, this should help you out (: (https://www.moddiy.com/products/6%252dPin-PSU-Modular-Power-Cable-to-PCI%252dE-(30cm).html?gclid=CjwKEAjw07nJBRDG_tvshefHhWQSJABRcE-Zskpx9qQnAhTCggysJHFBTGw-PDTq591kCbpAmvCsKxoC76nw_wcB)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Well snaps. I was responding to the other comments about this issue and you kindly offer a solutions lol.

Thank you sir or madam. I think I might grab one if the 1070 I pick up later doesn't have one.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build! I had a quick question, j read that the mobo is actually rgb, can you confirm This? It was a verified user on newegg, so that reviewer did actually have the mobo.

Thanks in advance!!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The mobo isn't RGB, it has red LEDs along the heatsink and around the edges. One of the reasons why it's so much cheaper than the Carbon that it was based on.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any problem with the 4 DIMM RAM configuration on Ryzen? Speed problems?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't run more than 1 stick before BIOS update; currently have 32 GB running together. Also getting BSOD when I touch any RAM settings... so stuck at 2133 MHz. I read that Corsair Vengeance is still a crapshoot in terms of compatability..

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

how is this motherboard? i cannot find ANY review videos on it, all the reviews are on the carbon version of the board

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Overall, it has good value. You pay a $30 premium for the carbon but I think it gets better ram compatibility and general support. It's a lot like the carbon when compared to my friend's except I had way more problems getting the board to post (had to borrow 1 stick of G.Skill ram) and problems overclocking the R1700.

But, most of my problems were due to the ****** BIOS that came with the board - once you update (at least to the 7A33v42 BIOS), a lot of the problems go away except the ram issue. I'm still running mines at 2133 MHz... other than that, it has lots of slots, LED isn't too much and has been very stable.

Not sure if it's a case issue but I couldn't get my Vega 56 to lock properly on the left-side of the PCI-E.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

At the moment for which I don't lol. The 6 pin doesn't carry a current for some reason..

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a cable that was probably a dud out of the box so I never used it. Instead, I did this Frankenstein solution bc I was cheap

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

**** really? It's been a couple years. My brother has/had most of my spare cables and I only took what I needed at the time

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right? My 6 pin cable doesn't carry a current so here we are..

It's a placeholder while I wait for AMD Vega and/or a possible price drop on GTX.. but I might just leave it honestly. Like you said.. it's still working so I'm going to run it into the ground. Gotta love CL