Description

This is a mid-2019 "refresh build" that I put together for the new AMD Zen 2 Ryzen 7 3700x CPU. This rig handles ultrawide gaming at 3440x1440 comfortably, offering 80-100 FPS in AAA titles at high to maxed out settings. Some thoughts on building process and system tuning:

Used parts: I bought the GPU, Mobo and PSU used on eBay. Just deal with sellers with good feedback and you should be fine. Worst case, eBay Buyer Protection should get you covered. In my opinion, you can save quite a bit by buying last generation hardware (new or used) at a discount, that would perform just as well at present.

CPU Tuning: I've worked with several ASUS AM4 Mobos, and they all seem to pump too much voltage to the CPU by default. I would definitely recommend undervolting so your CPU doesn't run as hot. I've been using a negative 0.1V offset and the system has been stable. However, YMMV so make sure you test and benchmark thoroughly to get the right undervolt setting for your system.

Memory Tuning: If you have trouble getting DOCP working with your memory, the Ryzen DRAM Calculator is your friend. I find this guide by Hardware Unboxed to be very easy to understand and follow. The calculator is also helpful if you want to overclock your RAM.

Cosmetics: I chose the H510i with pre-installed LED strips to give the case some nice internal base lighting. I got these white PSU cable extensions from Asiahorse to "bounce" the red-yellow-gold colors. And finally I replaced the stock case fans with some EZDIY RGB fans with some nice halo effects to complement the AMD Wraith Prism.

Hope you guys like this build. Suggestions/comments/questions are all welcome!

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

HNNNGGGG +1

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 points

Hey. I heard there's a BIOS update needed for the board that you're using (for 3rd gen). What did you do? I'm planning to build my first computer with same CPU, RAM and Motherboard that you're using. But I guess you updated BIOS with old CPU that I don't have, right? Btw awesome build right there!

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. This motherboard has a USB BIOS Flashback feature that allows you to update its BIOS even without a CPU, so you have nothing to worry about here. There are plenty of detailed guides on YouTube to help you on this if you need.

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 points

Very cool! Well done! Saved a lot of $$$

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot that EVGA connector extender thing existed. Nice build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yea the connector is quite situational since it adds to the length of the GPU. In this build I have the room for it and I can route the GPU power cables to the other side which I prefer.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

a well planned build. I love the EVGA PowerLinks. Sadly I had to send my 2 back . They are not the best fit for the SLI setup. and gratz on the 1080 ti . $200 cheaper then one of mine less then a few weeks ago. and for a soldier taking the road less traveled ....blazing his own path bravo I still caught that little bit of RGB fab 5 ... Don't worry, I'll take it to the grave. mums the word

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe thanks buddy!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

This is hilarious, I was just planning on buying the C7 Mobo from ebay, already bought the 1080ti from ebay, and am buying a 3700x tomorrow. +1, nice build. Now I gotta think of something new xD

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL Do it! Thanks btw...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build. Nice pictures too. Well done.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 3700x compliment that GPU? I’m been thinking of upgrading from a i5 8600k to a 3700x but I’m thinking that the 9700k might be a better choice (paired with a RTX 2070).

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are gaming at 1440p or above, then you'll be GPU bound most of the time, so either 3700x or 9700k would be fine. I have another system with 2700x + 1080 Ti and it is already a great match. If I was building a new system I would pick the AM4 platform (x470/b450) with 3700x (8c/16t) to give me upgrade viability into Zen3. If I'm upgrading from existing Intel platform I would probably just buy the 9700k (8c/8t). It's also not too hard to sell your existing hardware altogether and just build a new AMD system. You have many options, just do what you feel most comfortable with.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Good point - I was also thinking about waiting for 10th gen Intel which is coming in 2020. I’ve read online that it will require a new socket so maybe it’s not a good time to upgrade. After all I still get pretty good frame rates with the 8600K, it’s just the lack of cores/threads that had me thinking of an upgrade. I don’t suppose you had a chance to compare a 6 core CPU with 6/12 or 8/16?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The closest thing I've had was a 2600 (6c/12t). It performs almost just as well as the 2700x or 3700x when gaming at 3440x1440 (like I said before at that res you become GPU bound). You probably wouldn't see the huge benefit of extra cores/threads unless you do heavy productivity work such as video editing/rendering, or streaming. PM me if you want more suggestions.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, you just confirmed what I’ve read - thanks for this. Maybe I’ll just wait and see what Intel does for the 10th gen.