Summary This here is my second built, but actually my first custom watercooled, open chassis, AMD Ryzen Gaming PC build. The build is intended to be future-proof with MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon for Sli and processor for the next 3 years, as well as Thermaltake's 850w power supply to support whatever the future components needs to pull. It is currently rocking with a Ryzen 5 1600, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (Used from my previous built, Bandit) and 16GBs of Corsair Vengeance RGB Memory. Both the CPU and the GPU is equipped with EKWB's new Fluid Gaming A240G Watercooling Kit. The kit is actually cheap and affordable, because it is ALL aluminum parts and you cannot mix metals such as copper with these parts. Doing so will cause higher chance of galvanic corrosion, which may cause a leak and ruin all of your components. Other than that, using EK's concentrate or premix coolant (which I have here) will decrease the chances of getting galvanic corrosion inside these aluminum parts. All of these components are placed on Thermaltake's Core P3 Red Edition Case. Also a big thanks to my father for the help, since he has years computer experiences.
Planning After using Bandit, my first gaming pc that I built nine months ago, I realized that my 1070 reference card was getting a little too hot than I expected. Since the reference card was not doing it's job, I started thinking about switching over to custom loop for my graphics card and my i5 6600k, for not only the cooling but for the looks as well. Another came to my mind as I thought about taking a break from intel computers (been using intel computers for 11 years), and make the switch to AMD processors for the first time since I saw how good Ryzen was doing. I continued to move forward and started purchasing my parts two to three at a time without spending too much, since I was working at a construction job for a short time.
Building First off, Thermaltake Core P3 case fully modular and comes dissembled out of the box. Putting together the case was difficult, due to the lack of showing which screws goes where. After the case, everything else is pretty straight forward with the processor, motherboard, and the CPU block from kit. Installing the graphics card block was scariest part for me, because I had to use pillers careful without damaging the PCB. After using pillers and hex screws (doesn't come with the kit) to remove the reference cooler and install the GPU block, I was finished within hour and half only for the card itself. The built actually took me 4 days to complete due to my EKFG 360 Radiator Expansion being delivered from Europe. Everything was easy to install the tubing, managing cables, radiator fans, etc.
Experiences This case was looks stunning with the bright red color and it's open-chassis design, but it fits best for those who want to use it as a test bench. The main big issue I had was Thermaltake's Riing RGB Plus controller not being compatible with MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard, due to the software issue. I was able to get it to work by using the USB 3.0 port on the back of the motherboard and just route the cable through there. Other than that, if you are planning on using Thermaltake Riing Plus fans with AMD Motherboards, DO NOT BUY THEM until the update their software to be compatible with Ryzen Motherboards. This build took a lot of time but it was worth it and everything. This was mainly to be future-proofing gaming pc for awhile.
Best price per performance processor I've ever found in the cpu market. Great for video editing, streaming, and multitasking. Also good for budget gaming builds as well.
This motherboard actually fulfill all your needs. Probably the best performance motherboard you can get for your money. MSI bios is also the easiest to learn and navigate around it. Also this board is intended for Sli users, so if your not that then the B350 Gaming Pro Carbon is for you.
Great, reliable memory, colors sync with the msi motherboards as well. Still, it is not worth $140+
Fastest bubble gum stick I've ever owned. I highly recommend this in your builds.
Great high performance hard drive for your needs. Best with gaming, and plenty of storage space as well
Brought it from dell at a good price almost a year ago before the mining apocalypse. Been running maxed out games at 1440p for awhile and this card never disappointed me...
Very good looking case, fully modular, quality is good, affordable, watercooling support. Other than that, hard to put together since Thermaltake doesn't show you which screw goes where supposedly. mounting reservoir tray supports only Thermaltake's reservoir/pumps, had to drill a hole to hold the bracket for my reservoir/pump.
coolest power supply I've ever had. Featured a Smart Fan Zero, and a RGB fan inside, where you can only change the color of it with a press of a button on the back of the power supply.
If your are planning a AM4 built with these fans, I do not recommend getting these for your computer. The fans work good to where they all connect to the controller then power supply. However, these do not work with Ryzen Motherboards due to between the software issues and the USB header on the motherboards. Other than that, Great looking RGB fans with few features as well.
Nvidia Users Only.
Best 2560x1440p gaming monitor in the market for your money in my honest opinion. It has everything you need including G-Sync for great gaming performance.