Description

I built this to replace my old 3770k build. Not that there was anything wrong with the 3770k, I was just really getting the itch to try out new core components, upgrade to DDR4, and throw in a M.2 drive.

Most of the parts were existing from the 3770k build, which I had gradually updated over time, occasionally scoring a good deal from craigslist.

This is my first AMD build in about 10 years. I made a few mistakes and learned some things about Ryzen 7 and x370 boards I wish I had known beforehand, but am still happy overall with the results. Everything works great.

I had planned to OC the CPU. I knew it wouldn't be as simply as the 3770k (which I had only at 4.2GHz), but was overconfident and didn't research as much as I should have. I know now, I should have bought the 1700, and not the 1800x. The 1800x / X370-F combo is overclockable, but it is somewhat limited.

I was initially pleased that the DDR4 worked at 3600 without tinkering, but ultimately wasn't stable with even a short run of prime95. It took a lot of screwing around with, but for now I've settled on 14-14-14-28 (iirc) timings at 3333MHz.

I was able to OC the 1800x to 3.8GHz with it being stable, and even push it to 3.875 (no crashing but prime95 didn't last long). No boot if I tried 3.9GHz. It didn't matter what I did.

I know now that the Ryzen 7 1700 OCs better than the 1700x/1800x versions. considering that, and that the CH6 (and similar motherboards) have a bit more flexibilty (ie P-State editing), the 1700/CH6 combo would have suited me better for what I was going for.

For now, I am running at stock speeds and just depending on turbo boost and XFR in lieu of overclocking. All core boost hits 3.7 with no problem (although I've seen 3.75 in HW monitor for some reason) and occasionally XFR will go up to 4.1. All at much lower temps than I was getting with my overclock settings.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 7 points

omg the brick wall setup... BEAUTIFUL!

Also the build is fantastic :) Great choice of parts imo and it turned out great! The star wars lamp/led thingy is awesome!

+1 !

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

The was actually originally my back porch but is an enclosed room now. I had to do something when a baby was coming and I was getting booted out of the spare bedroom lol

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh and there's a wine rack also... yep, definitely GOOD JOB mate! haha, I love the end result of that room, the guitars and the colors of the desks, it's very, umm, Hard Rock Café but without the cheezy feeling, y'know?

Anyway, on another note, are you gaming with this rig? I'd assume so, given the display. What games? avg fps with that 1080 strix? Do you find G-Sync is worth the hefty nvidia tax?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks again! Yes I'm gaming, but nothing that really pushes the rig at the moment. Seriously, the only thing I've played is a few hours of Civilization VI, but I only just finished the build last week.

I picked the PG279Q up about six months ago and haven't even really gotten to use it for what I intended. I used to be very much into the Battlefield series and one of the best decisions I ever made hardware-wise was an ASUS 1080p 144Hz monitor (which you can see on the far left). It made BF4 much more enjoyable and I felt like it actually improved my gameplay. I wanted bring that to 1440, but didn't want the TN panel due to the limited viewing angle.

The other screen is a Korean IPS 1440p panel that can be "overclocked" I had it at 96Hz for about two years and it was a great, much cheaper, alternative, but still noticeably not as smooth as 144+ Hz.

As for whether G-Sync is worth it or not? It's hard to say without almost doing a side-by-side comparison. Probably not, but I like spending money on stupid crap I don't really need.

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

Sexy wife you got there!

Giggity giggity.

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

"I made a few mistakes and learned some things about Ryzen 7 and x370 boards I wish I had known beforehand"

Would you please share with us what you learned / any mistakes future builders should look out for when building..?? Thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

My mistake is really only that had I did my research, I would have likely went with the 1700 and CH6 and probably spent about $40 less, but I'd say:

  1. Decide if you want a hassle-free setup, or if you want to spend a LOT of time dialing in an OC.

There really isn't much between with Ryzen 7. If you want hassel-free, the 1800X / X370-F, or even the X370-Prime really isn't a bad choice. It still boosts to 3.7 on all cores or 4.1 on a single core with adequate cooling. My OC at 3.8 only netted me an extra 80 points on Cinebench.

  1. If you want to overclock, spend a lot of time researching your motherboard and memory options. I would have preferred to be able to edit the p-states, so the CPU would still operate at a variable speeds when overclocked. With the X370-F, if I OC, it will run at 3.8GHz (or whatever) 100% of the time.

As for memory, you'll want to choose carefully regardless. I did spend time looking at this before purchasing and I noticed a lot of people having problem reaching DDR4 3200MHz. I went with an expensive kit that I knew used Samsung B die, knowing I may not be able to get it to run at stock settings, but would most likely be able to at least get 3200MHz with good timings.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

That build is gorgeous! and YOUR SETUP!!!!!! So sick! Please tell me where I can get that Darth Vader! I must have it!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

The Darth Vader was a gift a couple of years ago. It is RGB and can switch colors to match whatever the lighting in the PC set to so it is a nice touch.

I did manage to find it on Amazon though. Search "3d Star Wars Darth Vader LED"

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

So awesome! Thank you so much!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

What makes the 1700 overclock better? Nice build btw

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

I honestly don't remember all of the technical details offhand. This is just what I gathered from my readings through the forums at overclock.net. There is a lot of very good info including a massive 1700+ page Ryzen 7 overclocking thread.

I found their forums to be the most helpful when overclocking / setting DRAM timings, etc. I recommend really digging into it before building a Ryzen 7 system.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build, nice chair

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

If this is the 3rd wife, I'm looking forward to the 4th one ;-)

What model SG is that? Looks like it has some sort of custom fretboard work but can't tell exactly what it is (looks like the PRS tree of life tbh). Dig the woodwork as well.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

It's actually one of Electra's Gibson knockoffs. 2247 v1 to be specific. Still pretty sweet though =)

http://www.indysworld.com/guitars/Electra-Archive-Project/EMID-Full-Model-Number.html

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the cool lamp and guitars.

Oh and the build is great too.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I used this case recently to make a new PC for my friend and seeing yours has just sold this case to me for my own build, its so f*g clean i just love it

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

With how much money you put into this you should've gotten an 8700k, but great build nonetheless!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And I know could have and definitely thought about it! Most of the build (other than CPU, DDR4, MB, and M.2. drive) was from my older build that has been ongoing for years though, and some of it was through pretty good deals (e.g the 1080 I got for $400 off of CL). But I really wanted to give AMD another go since it's been 10 years since my Athlon 64 X2. I'm still pretty happy with the results.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I just built my first PC and settled on the 1800x. The overclocking was VERY underwhelming... I can only get mine up to 3.98 GHz. And even that is higher than what I've seen other people get. Anyways, nice build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

3.98 is pretty good. I actually revamped this build with a CH6 and a 1700, I only have it at 3.9, and I'm not able to hit the same DRAM frequencies (I have it at 3200 now IIRC). So now I've gone through two "meh", not terrible, not great, Ryzen 7 CPUs.

Those able to run at 4 GHz or higher with reasonable voltages and temps are pretty lucky.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I love your set up. I have a question. First though, I am planning a build with this same motherboard and the Corsair items. Do you have any problems using the Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 DRAM with the ASUS mobo?? I have read people say they can't get the mobo to recognize the RAM. I know ASUA Aura won't control the RGB on the RAM, but can the Corsair software (now the iCue) control the RGB lighting? Thank you.

  • 21 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice looking build.. Overclocking sucks with ryzen

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