The board is pretty good, chose it due to it having wifi and being pretty cheap.
Yeah, I was thinking of using fishing wire or a stick to prop it up.
Thanks for the praise! The RX 480 is performing really well, I got it overclocked to 1300 MHz and it plays all games at 1080p at ultra settings, really recommend it.
Actually that 20C temp increase is only for the 1700x and the 1800x, not the lowly 1700. Either way once I get a better cooler the temps would go down and I could overclock more.
It's almost impossible to get any Ryzen cpu over 4.0 GHz, all the cpus that I've seen either can only hit 4 but at insane core voltages like 1.44, and to go over that you probably need to do exotic cooling like LN2.
But yeah the NZXT H440 holds a special place, right next to the node 202 but there isn't any mini itx boards available.
Good luck on your build!
Yeah thanks, it was pretty hard to reach the required voltage but I got there. The stock cooler is no joke, after an hour of AIDA64 the highest temperature I got was 70C, granted the fan speed was like 95% but the cooler isn't loud at all.
It's serving me really well, overclocked to 3.8 GHz @1.33v with only the stock cooler is really awesome. Before this I had a potato laptop that could hardly play anything, so the performance increase is massive. Really glad I went with the 1700 instead of the 6800k and spending over a hundred dollars more.
The 6700k is still a very good cpu, I would have gotten that if I wasn't going to be doing very heavily multi-threaded applications. The 1800x is too expensive for me, you could get comparable performance from the 1700 if you overclock it.
Anyways don't feel bad about your cpu, and good luck on nursing school!
Haha, great you got it!
Well Ryzen should be superior to the 7700k in multi threaded applications, however in gaming it falls behind to the 7700k due to the 7700k's faster clock speeds.
The 7700k isn't a bad choice here, Ryzen will have some issues for the next few months as all the bugs are fixed and is optimized.
Overall CPU choice is a preference and there's nothing wrong with you getting the 7700k.
When you do get a GTX 1070, my advice would be to get a non-founders edition card because you could get a cheaper card that runs cooler and quieter. But if you want a founders edition card, go ahead.
Also, really nice build.
Did you remove the case front panel for the picture, or is it always off?
Thanks for your opinion! I went with the M.2 instead of a 2.5 inch SSD because I didn't want to deal with anymore cables than I need to. I chose the case because I wanted a quiet pc and that case has sound dampening material, and it also has a window. $2000 is the hard limit on my budget so the 1080 is out of my price range.
I would like to get the 1080, but I'm so close to going over budget that even the $100 price drop between the i5 6600k and i7 6700k is not enough to compensate for the price difference between the 1080 and 1070. Plus I'm planning to not only use it for gaming, but also simulation and virtual machines.
Thanks for telling me! I was looking through MSI website and I couldn't find anything about wifi.
Thanks for the reply! I really didn't know what was a good monitor, I just picked one that had good reviews. Thanks for the suggestions on other monitors.
Really nice build!
I was wondering though, how easy was it to build in the case because I'm planning do a similar build when the GTX 1070 comes out. So any advice will be really appreciated.
Usually you want more intake than exhaust, so that the case has positive pressure. So I'm suggesting that you should keep the two front intakes, but one rear exhaust and one top exhaust. It'll at least keep the pressure neutral or maybe positive.