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 Single Thread: 2,160
CPU Multi Thread: 18,420
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.
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.
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.
Good performance to price ratio. Currently can't clock it past 2133 MHz on my mobo
Served my purposes for over 5 years and still runs most titles smoothly.
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..
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.
Tis a fan and quiet. Wish it already came with the Define R5 so I didn't have to buy it separate.