I bought all my parts around 4th of July 2017, time for a two year update since the 3rd Gen Ryzen launch. Building your first PC can be difficult, research all your components, if you get stuck just reference videos & recheck manuals. Newegg, youtube, or friends will be a great help on building. All my parts worked flawlessly, and running smoothly 2 years later. Only comment is installing mobo was a little tight along with my gpu, otherwise easy in a full tower ATX case.

Here is the benchmark test after set up 3.6 Overclock R7 1700

2 years later 11-29-19

Monster. Solid. Price. Updates to bios and drivers with new technology or windows is always something to deal with when building. It is not scary just research and stay vigilant. During my years of modding, coding, building, testing, crashing, this machine it never gave up. Keep updates current and this is a monster. I don't know the prices recently but my build during the crypto craze was 1600ish with a 42in TV 2k and extras.

Part Reviews


From stock to not with .8GHz WOW. Love AMD and bought at 260.00 (July 2017). Temps at 37c idle and 67c tops when tested max and oc at 3.8 per core stable. This is with the stock cooler the Wraith Spire set to max when cpu is tested or OC and set to auto otherwise. After bios updates stock temps will stable in low 40c depending on room temp. I am really impressed running at 3.6 all day no problems. <2 years later still very very strong handles gaming and multi-tasking like butter I couldn't be happier. Some more updates with Bios and drivers then of course windows to improve rzyen performance. So happy I jumped to team RED. I knew Ryzen was something to shake Intel.

Thermal Compound

Better than the stock compound on the r7 1700 Wraith Spire cooler. Just worth it and plenty for the next year or more depending on cycle and cpu use. 2 years later no reapp needed temps still low 60c under heavy loads two years later no reapply needed. Must have over what comes in the box.


Newegg after rebate 109.99. Features are good, supports all my fans along with sata gpu cpu ram speeds. However before install or after, I say before a install of windows, update bios with most recent file from support online, via M-Flash usb. I was a noob and this took me about 5 mins of research not even. Bios was easy to understand, watch videos from newegg or where ever for this educational bit and bob. Afterwards ram settings and overclocking via bios are absolutely easy, this system with easy one click set up just read up on how to use the programs and overclock. My benchmarks for this are above average. Not to mention the complete support to pulse red my system LEDs everywhere. MSI didn't give me any stickers with any of my content which they should of cause man did they win big. <2 years later bios drivers from amd or msi help keep this machine smooth silky smooth. Also have bios ready for 3rd Gen Ryzen 3600 and 3700 series. I still am rocking my r7 1700 O.C. 3.6 across all 8 cores.


R7 1700 compatible after bios update with motherboard set to 3200Mhz with ease what a deal newegg at 114.99 sweet.<2 years later not a single issue was at proper speeds after 1st bios update. I just kept updating bios for stability and RAM function. Not a touch of latency with most recent windows update on testing. Still recommended in a Pauls Hardware build two years later for simple price and performance in the R5 3600. G.Skill has won me over.


Different model from Amazon 500gb for 130.00. Speeds are fast and size is great boots windows in less than 15 secs without quick boot enable, damn right. Games are quick modded files usually skyrim and witcher 3 so sweet no load times to minimal. 2 years later boot time with updates and programs list 12sec. In love.


Amazon sale 39.99 Prime Indeed. Speeds are well above average thanks to my cpu and gpu for large gaming files making load times minimal close to ssd status which i didn't think was possible. 2 years later still true minimal boot times for DS3, Skyrim, Shadow of War, or GTAV heavy mods redux, cars, water etc.

Video Card

So when I install this card I know 1080p won't even touch test it really. So far however, a duel screen set up monitor at 24 1080p and tv 42 with 2k-4k resolutions. Kills it all DOOM, MORDOR, SKYRIM(modded), GTAV(modded) all max settings, or modded. MSI after burner shows idle at 35c and I've only seen it hit 70c so far with some benchmarking, light benching still learning. Large card needs a large case, round up with about 13in length and heavy get a mobo with reinforced PCI slots. Turned my fans up to 100% gets a little loud with everything. However my room fan overtakes my computer fans. 489.99 at Newegg during/right before miners rage(2017). MSI didn't give me any stickers with any of my content which they should of cause man did they win big. 2 years later kills everything still running 1k monitor and a 2-4k tv. In love. Can't find this card now and prices to compare to are insane. And still no need to get this gens cards so nice to skip tech gens cause your hardware is still strong R7 1700 & GTX 1080 lovely.


7 Fans. All to molex standard low and high speeds still soooo much cooling. Fits Duke GTX 1080 13in gpu card with room for cabling at the end of card. Room for cabling is great and just space for years I do believe. Filters for dust. Bought extra for the side fans all washable. Data supports 3.0 and up for usb. Hard drive support, like 8 bays and other mounts in the rig. Price 80.00 Newegg. 2 years later probably disco but I still like it works great light fans no loud sounds quite cool space. Not a glass case with RGB so what. Full tower for a workstation creating gaming.

Power Supply

Newegg sale after rebate 69.99. Quiet, supported everything, modular, just a great psu. Install the psu upside down since my case has a filter for it. Plenty of extra power connections, evga support 5 years. Only bronze but on sale and the psu is just in-case new gpu or sli upgrades what have you. 2 years later Evga all day. Seriously. Smooth still.

Optical Drive

Newegg 15.99. Installed windows and slowly moving my dvd collection to my 1tb hdd drive. 2 years later last week I finally burnt my first mix cd. It was glorious.

Operating System

It's windows and until I get a experience like XP, never will get 5 stars. TOO much windows junk and hate the whole tile thing or whatever they call it. Use classic shell after install review how to install and set up windows after updating all drivers and settings. 2 years later its still windows not XP. F@CK Teams and being stuck in my start up programs no matter what i do.


Newegg 19.99 after rebate. Sweet deal, I was worried due to review online marking this as cheap and falls apart. Seems solid so far and smooth really impressed. 2 years later all lights work great mouse clicks are soft and precise. Keys a little loud but hell for 20 bucks. Give me again cooler master. Got a different mouse finally so not using the cooler master mouse.


2 years later comfortable, amazing sound qualities, long cord. Just a little too bright and only one setting when usb lighting is turned on. The material is shredding probably cause of my bald head and how the stubble grind against the headset. No complaints otherwise great for 20 bucks.

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  • 32 months ago
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How did you get the (@3.6 GHz) next to the cpu name on the completed builds tab?

  • 32 months ago
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Details section on the left column. Overclocking was easy and that's usually what I have it set to.

  • 19 months ago
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Can the Mobo lights be set to green?

  • 18 months ago
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Yes they have utilities that you can download to customize the board and functions like that and

  • 18 months ago
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Thanks. Was planning on using this board but I'll probably go with LGA2011-1 for DDR3 memory (in the UK DDR3 is £50 for 16 gigs)

  • 18 months ago
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That's a good deal. How are CPU prices. I got this right before crypto messed up the market.

  • 17 months ago
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looks good