This is my upgraded personal computer. I upgraded from an FX8350 to the Ryzen 7 1700. Note that this is an upgrade and not a complete new build. Anything with a $0.00 price was carried over from my previous build, which can be seen here. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/LeMMingSlayeR/builds/#view=8KjcCJ
THE APOGEE. In reference to how I feel about this iteration of my gaming PC after nearly 10 years of custom built computers. Pentium 4, Athlon 64, Athlon 64X2, Phenom II x4, Piledriver FX, and now Ryzen. I have been through a lot of upgrades and new builds over the years, and something usually carries over. This time is no different.
I purchased the 1700 on launch day, and the motherboard a day later. The RAM I bought a week before launch because it was on sale and I knew that one way or another I was moving to a platform that would support DDR4.
I finally received the last of the parts today via FedEx, and after work I went out to the garage and started tearing down my baby. Within 2 hours I had her back together and was installing a fresh Windows 10. I am writing this an hour later while the last of the updates run in the background, and after all the updates I will try out a few games.
Let me say that I have done quite a bit of research before buying these parts, and I believe that I made the right choice. A lot of people are comparing this CPU to the 7700k (for gaming) and if you look at the raw numbers, the 7700k seems like a no brainer for 1080p gaming. But I'm not buying this CPU for it's current gaming performance, I'm buying it for it's gaming performance for the next 5 years. And I think that within the next year or two, this CPU will outperform the 7700k in new games handily. With the current console generation (and even the next one) being powered by AMD 8 core CPUs, I think game developers will start optimizing games to use more than 4 threads on PC very soon. Battlefield 1 is a very good example, as well as DOOM in Vulkan. The 7700k is the result of years years of fine tuning by Intel on their "core" architecture, whereas the Ryzen 7 series is a brand new architecture. I'm taking a gamble, but I'm confident I will be happy with this CPU for a while to come.
FAST FORWARD 12 HOURS - UPDATES DONE AND HAVE PLAYED A FEW GAMES/BENCHMARKS
SO ON TO THE BUILD ALREADY...
Replaced the core of my gaming computer.
Very easily clocked all cores to 3.8ghz on H100i v2 @ 1.30v. Literally took 3 minutes. About 10-15c lower load temps with the H100i vs the stock cooler.
Very fast overall, even in windows is snappier than my FX8350. I have noticed strong differences in gaming.
One of my favorite games is Fallout 4 (well the whole franchise really) but with my old FX8350 I always bogged down when in downtown Boston, with frames dropping as low as 15-20FPS for extended periods. Now I never see any dips below 55, with 99.999% of the game locked at a rock solid 60FPS. And absolutely no stuttering of any kind, this baby is now smooth like butter on toast. This is at 1080p resolution with all settings on Ultra and about 25-30 miscellaneous mods.
The following are all at 1080p as that's my monitors resolution. I also turned off vsync to get a good idea of just how well the games are running.
System performance in various games:
Crysis 3 - all settings maxed - 70FPS
Battlefield 1 Campaign - all settings maxed - 100FPS average.
DOOM - all settings maxed - 130FPS depending on amount of viscera on screen and/or copious amounts of explodeeboom.
The Witcher 3 - all settings maxed excluding Hairworks - 60FPS in Novigrad.
I also saw a huge improvement in Firestrike, during the physics portion instead of seeing the usual 14FPS I was treated with 59FPS average. Firestrike score of 11,158 vs 7.548 with my old FX8350.
Overall I love how smooth my games play now, I had become so used to the stutters that occasionally plagued my FX8350 that now it really feels like a whole new level of gaming, and I haven't even upgraded my GPU! I honestly never realized just how capable the GTX 970 is when the CPU isn't holding it back. This graphics card is very fast when paired with a modern CPU. It's obvious to me now just how much of a system bottleneck my FX8350 was in the games I play.
Booted the first time, seems pretty stable considering there are still a few BIOS issues. I will say that I installed the most recent build of Windows 10, some people are having trouble installing older versions until the updates kick in.
MSI motherboard has a longer-than-average post time. Hopefully a BIOS update will shorten that later but not a big deal, still into Windows in about 30-45 seconds.
At first had problems running DDR4 at any speed over 2400 but since I installed BIOS v1.21 beta I have my memory running at 2666mhz.
Not really any fault of AMD or Corsair, but I will be unable to install my h100i v2 until the AM4 retention bracket comes in. I preordered from Corsair but now am being told they are on back order for a few weeks or more.
Overall I am really happy with this build, and I know that there are bound to be minor issues when dealing with a brand new platform and chipset. I think anyone currently using any AMD CPU (Athlon, FX, or APU) would benefit tons from upgrading to Ryzen, even if they wait until the R5/R3 lineup comes out.
I had a few issues with the motherboard for the first week or so, but I got a beta BIOS v1.21 from an Admin in the MSI forums and since updating my board nearly all of the issues have gone away aside from the long post time.
I'm sure that will be addressed in the future, and it's such a minor thing I can live with it.
And yes, that is green flower wire holding up the corner of my GTX 970. I didn't have any black fishing line and it developed a bad sag over the last year. Will order some kind of GPU support.
Thank you for reading my hideously long description.
EDIT: 4/8 I received my AM4 retention bracket from Corsair. Installed my H100i GTX and now my idle and load temps are in a much happier place at 3.8ghz. At idle 35c is the norm, and after an hour of Prime95 I was sitting happily at 72c. After an hour of Mass Effect: Andromeda, my max CPU temp recorded was 56c. Much better than the 80c+ stock cooler.
EDIT: 5/10 Replaced the Crucial RAM with a 16GB kit of G.Skill 3200 DDR4. Seems that Ryzen really likes fast memory, and the Crucial kit will be reused in a future build.