Description

After two and a half years of running on an i5-6400, I was tired. Tired of 4 cores, tired of 4 threads, tired of locked clocks, tired... of Intel. And I finally made the switch. I drove to Micro Center, I bought a 3700X, and I finally made my desktop all-AMD.

Aside from a weird audio issue with pulse on my Linux installation, every single aspect of my computing experience has improved. Games are now GPU-bound, allowing me to take full advantage of my 144hz display without stutters. Compile times are down significantly. And all it took to get this CPU working on a last-gen board was a BIOS update.

Go AMD.

Part Reviews

CPU

8 cores, 16 threads, and insane IPC, all in a 65W package. This CPU doesn't screw around.

Motherboard

While this board doesn't support the flashy and rAdIcAl MSI Click BIOS, the BIOS is functional enough for most people, and a lot easier to navigate due to the basic menu layout. VRMs are solid, and the WiFi/Bluetooth is better than I expected. More USB ports on the IO would be nice, but you get what you pay for. Solid board overall, no complaints.

Memory

Bought this in 2016, and apparently I got lucky on the bin for this one. According to Thaiphoon, it's Hynix MFR. I have it overclocked to 3600 MT/s, timings of 18-20-20-40, and 1.42V, with some custom subtimings. Wouldn't recommend getting this over a 3200 C16 kit nowadays, but I'm glad I've managed to squeeze out this much performance.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a pretty sweet build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm surprised just how much the aesthetics improved with a new CPU and motherboard :P

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

at least you could upgrade later

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I am currently building a similar one, great minds think alike i guess XD

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

the motherboard looks great! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

what BIOS did u update to?

7B85v17 ?????

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

So did you flashback usb update the bios and how was it?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, put the ROM file on the flash drive and followed the instructions. It took a few tries for the motherboard to actually register the flash drive. Once it did, the indicator light started flashing, and it stayed flashing for a couple minutes at varying rates. Once it stopped flashing, I pulled out the drive, and it booted up successfully.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the motherboard?? Are u finding good with it?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to disturb bro, but I am unsure how this BIOS update works, did you buy a separate CPU to update it or it booted up just like that and then you did it. I am looking to build a similar PC to yours btw

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have the same motherboard (or really any of the MSI B450 boards, like the Tomahawk or Mortar), they have something called BIOS Flashback. All you need to do is download the BIOS onto a flash drive formatted for FAT, rename the file to MSI.ROM, then plug the flash drive into the specified BIOS Flashback port on your motherboard and push the button above the port. It'll flash the BIOS to the motherboard with no CPU installed, and it only requires ATX and CPU power to be connected. If your motherboard doesn't support that feature, you might need to get a bootkit from AMD to update the BIOS.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh... I dont have a b450 so I guess I'll need to req a boot kit but thx anyway

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait so that means I can just download the new BIOS for my 3700X and just update it that way? No older cpu needed?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have a board that supports BIOS Flashback (MSI) or the same feature under a different name, yes.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

$100.00 for 2400 speed memory???

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the memory in late 2016. I have it overclocked to 3200 C16 anyway

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this Mobo support bios flashback?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yessir. Most MSI B450 boards have support for bios flashback, actually.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you overclock it and if so what are your settings for an inexperienced OC'er like myself?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Never bothered to OC the processor, it's close to the limits at stock/PBO anyway. OCing memory will get you better results.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for sharing your build. I'm currently looking at this motherboard with the same CPU and wanted to ask if you've had any issues with it and if the BIOS update was manageable to do? Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

Bottleneck

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh for sure, but at 1080p, I'm more than happy with 70-100 FPS stable in most games I play. At least now my video settings actually change performance!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The gpu?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The most obvious bottleneck is the GPU, although at 1080p it's perfectly fine. The RAM is next up, but I have it overclocked to 3200 16-18-18-36, so it's pretty close to the maximum stock frequency one can expect from Hynix m-die.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought so I'm building a pc right now and a lot of the parts are the same but I'm going with a 2070super and ddr4-3200 G.Skill trident ram.