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It's been five years since my first build; an FX-8350/R9 270 machine that got the job done. I loved the process, but the machine wasn't pretty. It let me do my work and my photography business has grown and now, this year, I was in the position to make the leap to some new tech and I'm pretty proud of it.

I had followed the hype of third-gen Ryzen and I was on board on launch day. I put my order in for the 3700x at 7am on 7/7 and that was it, I was building my second PC. My CPU got in and I ordered the rest of the parts over the next couple weeks. I know it's not perfect - Ideally, I should have a much beefier cooler, but I actually really dig the low profile (and RGB of course) Prism cooler. So, for now, I'm sticking with it until I think my workflow suffers for it, but so far so good. The actual build went well and quickly, so I didn't bother taking any in-process photos like I did on my previous completed build here. Behind the motherboard is where my 120gb and 500gb SSDs are sitting and the cables back there were actually pretty easy to keep clean in this case. NZXT seems to be pretty thoughtful about where they placed their grommets and cut-outs because I had no issues getting cables where I needed them.

Now, I don't do much gaming on PC, but the 1660 TI , but I did some benchmarking. I'm able to max out everything I've tried so far at 1080p. Sleeping Dogs D.E. held strong at 60fps, Civ 6 over 100fps, and I'll be trying others as the days go by.

But like I said earlier, I'm a professional photographer, so I built this more for work, than for games because the last PC game I played was The Witcher 3 (and I do plan on replaying again with this build). The 3700x and 32gb of memory, and with help from the M.2 drive, I'm seeing real world improvements in speed regarding my workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop and that was the real point of this whole rig.

My workflow involves importing to the 1tb M.2 drive and working off that, followed by archiving the work to the internal 4tb drive. The external 4tb is backing up the internal 4tb. The 500gb is for games and other random programs that could benefit from the speed.

I'm really happy with how clean the build. Very few cables run across the board and I could have done an even better job if I spent some more time on it, but I couldn't afford too much downtime until the next editing job had to begin. The RGB components are nice. I really didn't need to buy Trident Z ram, but, let's face it. It's nice. It's just unfortunate that I had to use CAM for the case lights, Asus Aura for the memory, MSI Mystic Light for the CPU cooler and GPU lights, and finally ICUE for the Keyboard. Not a fan of how fractured the lighting control had to be, but it is what it is (if someone has recommendations on that, I'd love to hear it).

Let me know what you guys think. I love this community and felt good about sharing this new build so I hope you guys like it too.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

It's always nice to read a solid write-up with background, especially when it's more than a gaming build.

Do you notice any noise from the motherboard chipset fan?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

No because the stock CPU fan would definitely drown any of that out. I also grabbed the newest chipset driver that's supposed to keep that fan on a tight leash. No, it's not noticeable.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice pictures! (of course :))

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Quick Question, what kind of monitor are you using? I noticed that you that you never listed or specified it and i'm curious ig.

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 points

Sorry about the late reply I dont get on frequently. I'm sure if you were shopping around you'd have bought something by now, but I use the HP 27SV. I bought it like five years ago or so for my previous build. I'm going to be in the market for something nicer soon, but it's held fine and has even let me overclock it to 75hz.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

So it looks like you have to you separate programs to have the lights of the RAM, CPU Cooler, and case be "synced". I was thinking of this build with the addition of corsair fans and that would just add another program. I assume you do not know of a way to sync everything together?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, if I did I'd tell you. However, once you have it all set, you don't really have to worry about it too much. Maybe things will open up a bit with future BIOS updates, but I won't be too optimistic.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The only mid tier thing about this build is the 1660ti, everything else can easily be considered high end, still nice build, although I question the need for the 3700x

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The 3700x was chosen for a couple reasons. Firstly, the higher core/thread count during workstation applications is a nice to have. though I'm not sure how much I'm currently utilizing the programs im using right now, it's nice to know that I've got a little more cushion for different background tasks that do use multiple cores so that there's a little more headroom for the programs that are more single-core intensive. The build is very fluid for lightroom and photoshop and gaming too, so I haven't had any complaints yet.

Secondly, I knew the 3700x came with a slightly better cooler. Aesthetically, it looks good in the case too. I know it's not particularly excellent at cooling versus an aftermarket cooler, but the low profile and RGB are nice-to-haves right now until I can afford an AIO to replace it with - so it came down to compromise in the short-term but my temps at load have actually been very acceptable.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Not to hate by why did/would you pair a 3700x with a 1660ti. Especially since you pass the 1600 price point you should definitely had a 2070/2070 super/5700xt for that price point ?

I see that you said it because you are not gaming but it just a bottleneck in my opinion. Anyways solid work build still would of chose 5700 or 5700xt over any nivida gpu thats under a 2070 considering price and performance

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll admit, I should have given more thought to the 5700/5700xt or the 2060, but the 1660ti does everything I need it to. I only have a 1080p monitor and dont plan on upgrading for some time so I only ever set resolution to 1440p at the highest. Plus, I just don't do a ton of gaming at all anyway and in the past, I've experienced better GPU utilization and compatibility on the Nvidia side versus AMD in workstation applications with low/mid tier consumer cards.

Also, at the time of my part-picking, only reference cards were available for the 5700 series and I did not want that. At the time it was apparent we weren't getting third party variants until about a month after I started ordering other parts so I left them out of my selection pool.