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Update: A few days ago I pulled the trigger on some upgradies. It's never ending. Eventually would love to upgrade to the B450-F mobo and add a Noctua Chromax air cooler.

Replaced the RTX2060 that I upgraded to from my 1060 6gb and regretted - Money not well spent in my opinion. It's a decent card but not worth the price I paid. When Navi 10 was announced I was excited. The dream of having a Ryzen based systen running a good Team Red GPU that could destroy at 1440p didn't seem plausible. Here are the upgrades;

  • R5 2600 -> R7 2700X
  • EVGA GTX1060 6gb -> EVGA RTX 2060 Xc Ultra -> Red Devil 5700 XT
  • Corsair LPX 16gb 2x8gb 3000mhz RAM -> Corsair LPX 32gb 4x8gb 3000mhz RAM
  • Phanteks PH-F140SP 3pin fans -> Phanteks PH-F140MP 4pin PWM fans

UserBenchmarks: Game 101%, Desk 82%, Work 90%

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X - 81%
  • GPU: AMD RX 5700-XT - 118.3%
  • SSD: Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB - 93.5%
  • SSD: Sandisk S3512G 512GB - 119.6%
  • SSD: Sandisk PLUS 1000GB - 56.6%
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 4x8GB - 104.3%
  • MBD: Asus ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING

Finally have the UFO battle station I've always wanted.

I won the lottery!

Well, I didn't actually win the lottery. But my wife gave me the green light to build a new rig. Which is essentially the same thing, right?

Just wanted something affordable and reliable. Something up to date that could cut through games and also improve my ability to multitask (my ol' i5 3570K just wasn't cutting it anymore). Wasn't looking for anything super flashy. My last rig was a red/black theme - which I built in 2012 when I was still in my 20s. Now that I'm in my 30s I wanted less gamer and more elegant. Hence, No Fuss No Muss. Not too complicated to build, not too in-yer-face, yet still very beautiful and powerful.

I transplanted the Hyper 212, the 120GB SSD, and the GTX1060 from my old rig. They were upgrades I threw at it over time. Bought the GPU on April 1st of 2017 when it was on sale for $219.99 - can you believe it?! Seems to be very tough to find a non-blower style 6GB 1060 for less than $300 these days.

The Crucial M.2 drive (seen in pics) failed within 24 hours of the first boot up. Really chapped my ***. Started the refund process and ran out to buy it's replacement. My first experience with M.2 has me shaken a tad so I decided the SanDisk 500GB would be a suitable replacement. Eventually I'll get over my trust issues with M.2 and probably will nab a Samsung.

Have yet to really push it so I don't have a load temp for the CPU but I imagine the Hyper 212 should keep it fairly cool.

Already have upgrade ideas rattling around - like some actual PWM fans to take advantage of the hub. Just wasn't in the budget right off the bat.

Anywho - this is just my second build. I'm pretty damn proud of how it turned out. Exactly what I pictured in my head. Be gentle with me XP

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Reliable and affordable. Originally purchased to cool my 3570k and it did that marvelously. It's now keeping my 2600 currently at 32c idle and never gets above 45-50c.

Thermal Compound

I'm not a Thermal Compound expert so I don't know the difference between one or the other. This stuff seems to be working perfectly.

Motherboard

It's a really good board. Would have loved a fixed IO shield and the RGB over the chipset is covered by my GPU so it's essentially pointless. Other than that - it's a sexy board.

Memory

Tried and true standby. I love the simplicity of the LPX sticks. Zen+ likes fast RAM and while I wanted to purchase 3200, this came with the CPU/Mobo bundle and was pretty affordable at the time. It's great stuff.

Storage

Has lasted me a long time and gets my PC booted in the blink of an eye still.

Case

Was a dream to build in. It's big and it's heavy but so am I. The only issue is the LEDs surrounding the power button did not work out of the box. I didn't mind at first but my friend built a similar system and after seeing his LEDs work on his case - I am jealous. And sad.

Power Supply

So easy to work with. Threw some custom cable extensions on it. Gorgeous PSU.

Monitor

Meh. Glossy plastic used that is now scratched to bejesus. Picture quality is decent. A few dead pixels after years of owning.

Headphones

Cheap, comfortable, and sound pretty decent. I have never used the mic so I can't say much for that. For the price though, these are hard to beat in that price range.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice cable mods, something simple like that really makes your build look clean :) And +1 for your amazing cable management.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! Yeah I really loved the look of other builds on here with custom cables. So fresh and so clean. Those Phanteks velcro straps really are amazing as well. Think I had to use maybe one zip tie on the whole build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool Rig! Love the cable mods, very simple, clean and really elegant as you said! Planning to build a rig like this for my father in early september, did you had problem upgrading the bios for Ryzen+ compatibility? You needed an old Ryzen to do the upgrade?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! The cable extensions were well worth it. Such a clean look. I bundled the 2600 and the B350-F board together and made sure that the board specifically said it was "Ryzen 2000 Ready" as I did not have a 1000 series chip to do a BIOS update. It literally was plug n' play. Drop the 2600 right in and I was ready to go.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick build, super clean. I just got half my stuff from Amazon yesterday. Waiting for that direct deposit next week so I can order the rest. I've been messing around on the CableMod website the last couple days. Really takes a good build and makes it great. Love how clean yours is, and definitely a similar style from what I had in mind. Quick question though ... It'll be my first build, so I'm really not sure what I need to order from CableMod. I planned to put everything together first, see what I need, and then order. I really don't mind having to resemble, to me that's kinda fun. Did you do the same thing or did you get what you needed from the start? Again, awesome build. Thx!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

So sorry for the late response - you probably figured out what you needed by now. I didn't go with CableMod cables - the custom sleeved cables are actually made by Phanteks. I just ordered them from Amazon along with the RGB LED strip kit. The cables are gorgeous and super easy to work with. The kit comes with everything you need including the cable combs.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice, yeah I saw them when I ordered my case. CableMod included a coupon for 20% off with my Asus motherboard, so I think I'll go that route. Either way, looks great with your build. I don't know why everyone doesn't buy customs sleeves cables. Not cheap, but not a fortune either, and imo makes a huge difference in the awesome department.