Description

I have been slowly saving money for nearly two years. All of the waiting has finally delivered my dream. 1440p 144hz gaming! Coming from a 2012 iMac with integrated graphics, gaming was never enjoyable. I envied others who were enjoying triple A titles and demanding games. But no more, as this beauty of a machine can comfortably run all of my games at 1440p while looking very good! This purchase was 100% worth it in my mind, and it is very surreal to own this speedy box of joy.

This being my first build, I was very nervous. I was scared that I would ruin this sexyy beast. To my surprise, the entire process went without any problems! I was unsure but confident that I could do it. The youtube community and other forums were very helpful in the build process. Over the last couple of years, my knowledge has expanded vastly. I only had to consult the motherboard's manual a few times, but other than that I was entirely alone! I imagined building the computer along with a build guide of sorts, but months and months of learning brought me through the process on my own with little headaches.

Cable managing was a pain, but a necessity. The S340 Elite made my job very easy! I am proud to call this machine my own, built specifically for my needs (AKA my gaming wants)

I built this machine with performance in mind, but also meticulously caring for the aesthetics. I would like to pick up a Hue+ in the future to bring my computer full center. This PC was painstakingly made to fulfill my dreams. It runs like a beast, and looks insane at the same time! Who can relate with me, I feel like I look at my tower more than my monitor! All of these components are of utmost quality, and I fully recommend any of these parts to anyone looking to build. My only regret, albeit slightly, would be the graphics card choice. It is still an absolute beast and performs as advertised, but I wish I could have gotten a different brand that may have offered better software. I often am forced to restart my computer whenever I would like to open the RGB/fan control software included with the graphics card.

You may have noticed I stuck with the AMD stock cooler. I have no plans on overclocking my CPU, but when that changes I will just pick up a nice AIO cooler to do so.

This whole process was amazing, and I am loving the Glorious PC Masterrace! Thank you, and May our Framerates be High and our Temperatures Low!

~Cbhusker

Games I Play:

  • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

  • ARK: Survival Evolved

  • Rocket League

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive

  • Rainbow 6 Siege

  • Rust

  • and more...

The latest BIOS update, as of 11/4/17 -- I am getting a steady 2666 clock @ 1.35 volts and advertised timings. Using the D.O.C.P. does the 5 crash then goes into safe POST mode. If anyone with similar configurations would like to share their more successful overclocks, please do so below. Thanks!

Part Reviews

CPU

This is an absolute beast. 6 physical cores and 12 threads of pure AyyMD all bundled up, just for me!

Using my G.Skill Trident Z RGB Ram, I am currently unable to reach the advertised 3200MHZ speed, hopefully updates can fix the lack of support on Ryzen's end.

Motherboard

This gets the job done for me. The Aura lighting is a nice touch, and works very well with my RAM. It brings the system together very well with a nice aesthetic.

Memory

Very beautiful DIMMs to look at. Using Aura lighting hand in hand with my motherboard looks very uniform with the rest of my system.

This review will receive 5 stars once Ryzen has better support for RAM clock speeds, as I can only reach 2400MHZ, not the advertised speed.

Storage

This is my boot drive, and brings me to the lock screen in mere seconds. This is pure overkill for my needs, but making those loading times on select games and software is such a convenience.

Storage

Good old hard drive, very reliable and keeps my bulk storage safe!

Video Card

Demolishes all of the games I want to play. At 1440p 144hz, it can take advantage of the extra refresh rate in most games. Enjoyable for me, and looks nice in my system. Kind of wish I would have gotten a Strix card or EVGA card, but I decided to buy in a very bad time- during the mining craze killing stock/ ruining prices.

The software is kind of finicky at times, but it is bearable.

Case

What a beautiful case. Very easy to work in, me being a first time builder. Plenty of space for upgrades in the future. Couldn't ask for a more sexy case.

Power Supply

I have not experienced any problems with this PSU. The included black cables are relatively sleek, and get the job done. The aspect of being fully-modular is a very nice indulgence.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

Great build! Did you use the D.O.C.P setting for your ram or try to manually set timings and set voltage a touch higher etc? You should be able to get more then 2400

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

I have tried all of these things with no success.. I’ve spent hours trying to fix

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the exact same CPU and Ram, you should be able to clock your sticks at 2933Mhz.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I even managed to bump to 2933 with my 2666 cas 15 Ripjaws V kit, bumping the CPU to 3.7 with a little offset and everything runs smoothly, Warhammer 2 Ultra Setting in ultrawide monitor is the ****.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I was about to ask you this. I have the exact same ram and I can't get it either. It was steady at 2667 but now not even that. I tried using the xmp profile setting. What manual timings should you set everything to?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I would try a bios update to see if that'll fix it. I had this problem, did a bios update, and it fixed the problem.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure the bios is updated. They recently updated the bios for the asus boards to support higher memory clocks. I only know this because I own an asus ryzen board.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

The latest BIOS update, as of 11/4/17 -- I am getting a steady 2666 clock @ 1.35 volts and advertised timings. Using the D.O.C.P. does the 5 crash then goes into safe POST mode.

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice Build! I'm currently building a PC with the Ryzen 5 1600. Is the fan loud?

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

Not OP, but I recently built a rig with the Ryzen 5 1600. With all settings at stock and the CPU under a decent load, it is surprisingly cool and quiet. Although YMMV depending on different variables.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

The fan is bearable but it seems to be the loudest in my system. I’m using the stock fans that came with the case. I cannot hear it while at load anyways because of my headphones

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Make sure your motherboard has the latest BIOS update, those help a lot with RAM speeds.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely. Thank you for the feedback!!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Noob question-does RAM just run at its rated speed or is XMP necessary? Also would Ryzen hate a 3466 B die kit, as in would it have post issues on first boot?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

First question: XMP needs to be activated in BIOS. Second Question: I don't know.

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

noob lol just joking fantastic build dude. . Oh your first build too? Eh thats how it starts and next thing you know you will be shopping for hard line fittings lmao

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh lord don’t scare me too much! This is already making out to be an expensive hobby! Glad you are liking my build :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Amen to that! +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Dunno why this is featured, but my +1 goes to you

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

IKR. Its cool and unexpected, but there are many other nice builds that should be featured, not me :P

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

im guessing because its a pretty solid cost/performance ratio. Didn't cut corners but still has a 1080 experience with quick RAM and suitable storage, all on a dependable CPU

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build, looks great, always satisfying no doubt and great write up of your journey.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, glad you like it! I am very happy with how it turned out.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the master race : )

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I am quite enjoying my stay.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

stay a while... we have rgb

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

You've made an excellent build! Lord Gaben smiles upon you!! IMO, Define R5 is better.

I want dat RGB memory!!! XD

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

Yup, the R5 is pretty nice aswell, but I’m partial to my beauty. The RGB memory brings everything together nicely!

Thanks for the feedback, and may Gaben bless us!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to know you're happy with your case!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

picture of the actual tower would help. otherwise, good performance/cost ratio. +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

True dat. Oversight on my part. Perhaps some day I’ll take s’more photos and make you happy. But in all reality, who needs to see another S340/elite case!

Thanks :)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, though, I'd suggest removing "enthusiast" from the title. Enthusiast builds are generally like over $4000 and feature custom loops and hardcore case mods or paintjobs or such, they go above and beyond "Performance" machines to the point where they aren't getting a good cost/performance ratio, but it doesn't matter, because they're Enthusiasts. . While I do respect the performance you're getting for $1600 I would not call this enthusiast in the least. Respectfully.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough -- enthusiast to me anyways. Thanks for the opinion!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

While you've got the limelight, go a little crazy and personalize the build! Custom LEDs, custom paintjob, something to really impress the site!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh boy I wish But sadly my wallet is feeling the pain so not today :(

Minimum wage makes it hard to hit that envied $4000 price point!!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

wow

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

What rank in csgo?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven’t played in a bit, but I was like MG2/E sorta fluctuating.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

You got featured.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed! Very unexpected.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

AyyMD

+1

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!

Looks very similar to my own, so I might be biased towards it ;-)

In case the stock fan is getting annoying, I can recommend Noctua fans that keep my Ryzen 1600 nicely cool and are extremely silent.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeahh. I was not planning on overclocking in this immediate moment, but you never know!

I wish noctua made black fans for their consumer lineup..

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

great build for a first-timer!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

1st shots sometimes are the best shots!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I just recently finished my first PC build as well! I'm also rocking the 1600(x) and a GTX 1080, for 1440p 144hz. Sweet man!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the CPU stock cooler enough to keep low the temps?

Nice build!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Just turning that stock coolers logo around would make it look fantastic. Otherwise great build!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL you call yourself an enthusiast with only a 1080, b350 board and ryzen 5? LOL You PEASANT! Just kidding dude that build is pretty nice :) How's that mobo going for you? I bought one but I don't have the rest of the parts and cant test it right now.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there, nice build, not far off from what I'll be putting together shortly. I am not sure if / what BIOS updates will bring as far as your RAM is concerned, however you may want to consider checking the list and seeing if yours Samsung B-DIE:

https://www.gskill.us/forum/showthread.php?t=14332

https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/62vp2g/clearing_up_any_samsung_bdie_confusion_eg_on/

Yours is this (actually I just checked):

G.Skill Trident Z 3000 MHz CL16 F4-3000C16D-16GTZR 8Gb Hynix A-Die <-----

In the end (after all the homework I've done so far) I am definitely getting B-DIE for my build in-fact for example if you take a look at this it quite plainly states what it will do on the packet (if you really want RGB you'll need to match it up in the list above):

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/team-group-dark-pro-8pack-edition-16gb-2x8gb-ddr4-pc4-25600c14-3200mhz-dual-channel-kit-black-my-08l-tg.html

Generally speaking, tighter timings indicate that it's a better quality stick if you are comparing the two at the same speed, in your case, you could try and slacken yours off to see if you can get higher speeds. Or you could just give up and go and get some decent ram, and be done with it. Cheers.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the parts from?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought from NewEgg and Amazon, selecting the cheaper price for all of my parts. Besides the monitor, which I got directly from the Monoprice website.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure you will be able to still overclock ur CPU with the stock cooler, for those fps GAINZ

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi , have u encounter any problem when booting up the system using that mobo and RAM ? or working nicely without a problem ? I'm planning to copy this guide but I read that some of Ryzen users having a problem with their mobo.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi , have u encounter any problem when booting up the system using that mobo and RAM ? or working nicely without a problem ? I'm planning to copy this guide but I read that some of Ryzen users having a problem with their mobo.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest i love this build it is great also im using this motherboard wish me luck XD

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. You have a lot of the same parts I do in my build. I have the same RAM and same motherboard. I was able to get my RAM to 3000,but this is with an AMD Ryzen 5 1600X. What I did was set D.O.C.P to 3200 and bumped down the clock speed. Also have you had any problems booting straight to windows? Every time I start my PC it forces me to the BIOS and I have to force boot Windows. I have my boot settings to boot the Windows manager up first but to no avail.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

whaay yuo use stock koolr

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering im making a similar build just with a ryzen 7 2700x what kinda frames do you get in pubg?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I play at 1440p medium settings for the framerate. 1440p medium: 90-110fps

Quickly tested these so.. 1440p ultra: ~60 less smooth. some dips. 1080 ultra: ~100-120fps or more. Worst dip I saw was around 80 but its still smooth.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds great! Thanks for the reply.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

how did this get featured?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

i dont mean it in a wrong way sorry

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Why in the world did you get a pair of 100 dollar headphones? Was that really a must? Why not just go for better motherboard or something? Great build still!

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

I decided to remove the headset from the list as I have no pictures taken nor is it relevant to the actual computer. Thank you for the input!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually already had the headphones but decided to throw it in the list.

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Enthusiast Build and yet you use a stock cpu cooler

  • 20 months ago
  • -3 points

"I was unsure but confident that I could do it." WTH??? Oxymoron much? lol. Wish I had a dollar for every time "beast" was typed in this build. Can't wait for the "beast fad" to die.

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems to be a pretty good price/performance duo for pure gaming! “Great minds think alike” ;)

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, as said before I would have rather gotten a different card but availability and price ruined that for me. I am fine with the Gigabyte card... for now ;)

Glad you are satisfied with my choices. Much thought and time went into this piece of art of mine. Thanks!

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I am very surprised to be featured! Thanks for the upvote/feedback :)