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Wind and Fire

by Storm024



Date Published

July 15, 2017

Date Built

July 15, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

990 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.7 GHz


This machine is focused on rendering, and compiling code, with the capacity to play games. The GPU is one that I've been using for a decent amount of time, and it's still solid and faithful as ever, however I made sure that I got a motherboard with both crossfire and SLI capability so that I had the ability to expand in a variety of ways if it starts to lag too far behind. I was hugely keen on having something aesthetically pleasing which is why I went for this specific motherboard, overall, it's pretty decent for use, but I have discovered a few minor, but easy to work around issues. For CPU overclocking, the mobo requires you to change the offset voltage rather than the base voltage. This has no impact on performance, but is confusing at first, as changing the base voltage will set the multiplier to 15 with no ability to change it. RAM overclocking is also... weird. The vengeance LED doesn't play nice with the RYZEN, and setting it to the full speed will result in it repeatedly rebooting before it actually works. One of the main reasons I wanted the Ryzen besides how well it would boost my render and compile times (while also giving me the option to stream games) was because newer motherboards have M.2 slots. Unfortunately, the Intel I5 doesn't let you sli and M.2, but this machine does. So, pretty damn good. I don't have an M.2 drive yet, but I plan to get one.

Comments Sorted by:

daroyaljester 1 point 17 months ago

Hey man, great build! I'm planning a Ryzen 5 build soon, same case. Your the only built on PPP that uses it other than the build guide (which is obviously a completely unbiased source of info /s), so how's it feel? Looks pretty sick, please tell me it's solid. Cable management ok too? Thanks. Also why the two 1tb drives? Why not just one 2tb, seems cheaper

Storm024 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

The drives are actually really old amd I've just kinda accumulated them over time. The case itself is actually not brilliant, I'd honestly recommend ponying up and getting am NZXT case fpr several reasons, including that cable management is possible, but difficult, and it doesn't cover the PSU. It's still fairly solid, it's just hard to work with.

Luckiestluck 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

any ram issues?

Storm024 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Indeed there are, the RAM is only able to get to 3ghz rather than 3.2.

Luckiestluck 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

but the ram is only 3ghz not 3.2 do you mean you arnt able to oc it?

Storm024 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

The actual RAM I got was the 3200mhz model which I couldn't find on pcpartpicker. The max OC is 3200mhz, but setting the ram voltage to that causes blackscreen.

Isaacr100 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Nice! BTW the case you have is the spec-alpha, and you put the spec-04