Description

I started with Lenevo Thinkcenter that my high school threw in recycling because the CPU fan was broken. It had an Intel Core 2 Duo and 6GB of DDR3, I put an old Nvidia GTO 9600 in it.

I eventually saved up enough and bought an RX 480, only to find it was incompatible with the mobo.

I was able to buy an older computer and the moniter I still use for cheap. The computer had an AMD Phenom x4 @1.3 GHz.

After that, I built the finished product piece by piece as I saved up money.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very good CPU for its price. The base clock is decent, but, with unlocked overclocking, I got mine to a (slightly unstable) 4.25GHz.

CPU Cooler

It's like a brick wall protecting my CPU from >80°C.

Motherboard

Looks good, LED strip is an added bonus. Came with all the parts I needed and decent instructions. The software it came with is also great for people who don't know how to overclock or set up fans.

Memory

Does what it is supposed to do, no problems.

Storage

Lightning fast, love it. Easy to set up and use.

Storage

It's not too loud, but it is kind of slow. Works, haven't had any issues.

Video Card

Love it, looks good and works better. I can play RotTR and similar games on ultra ~>30FPS; easily tackles older/less graphically intensive games.

Case

Big. Lots of space, and great cable management. The ODD and HDD bays are well made. The built in fan control module and large chassis fans are pluses.

Optical Drive

Quite loud, but who cares since I pulled it out of an old computer.

Optical Drive

There is a one or two second response delay, but it is quiet and works well.

Operating System

Who reads reviews for an OS? You either know what it is or you don't need to worry about it.

Wireless Network Adapter

Good reception for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; the antenna has a magnet in the base, allowing you to put it almost anywhere.

Keyboard

Good solid feel, metal faceplate. The wrist rest/key storage is a great bonus. Has double USB cable for anti-ghosting.

Mouse

Comfortable feel and weight. The utiltiy engine for this mouse is no longer available from Corsair, so you will only have mouse-0 through mouse-5 unless you can map it yourself.

Headphones

Amazing sound quality and bass, mic has good sound as well. The mixing console is a nice to have, but not absolutely necessary; it does come with cable ending with four 3.5 mm jacks and a USB, if you wish to bypass the console. Only down is that the cups do not have enough spring to make a good seal.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

What do you mean by the CPU is underwhelming.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a good CPU, but AMD kind of made them sound like the "end all for computing power."

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No, they didn't. Not the midrange ones anyway.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I'm kind of tired and just trying to defend my erroneous opinion.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I changed my review, if you were wondering.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. What voltages do you use for the CPU at 4GHz?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure, I just use the OC software that came with the mobo. Overclocking still baffles me, honestly.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on what the load is. If its games that cant take advantage of more than 4 cores (aka 99% of the games out now) then the 1600 would make zero difference for him. Now a Ryzen at 4ghz is still rather good and should not be underwhelming by any means. I got an 1800x@4ghz with 1.381v that I use for video work but I also use it for gaming. The main game I play is WoW and it literally can be limited to 2 cores and have zero effect on its performance because the game cant use any more than 2 cores. Basically as both our CPUs are at the same clock rate that game will perform 100% identically on both CPUs regardless that mine has double the cores/threads.

Multithreaded workloads then for sure a R5 1600 will smash the 1500x due to the extra 2 cores 4 threads.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAk4gHLLnGo

That was only tested 5 months ago so it is still current. Saying a 4 core 8 thread i7-7700k CPU does better than a 4 core 4 thread CPU sure, I can see that but his Ryzen 1500x is 4 core 8 thread as well. Sure there is clock speed difference but at 4GHz is a really good spot atm for gaming. All I am trying to say is that the R5-1500x is still a great CPU for the price and since he OC it to 4.0 GHz I am saying the OP is doing really well with this IMO.

GTA V is a bad example for using more than 4 threads because it doesn't. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu_VmV8NM_M

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