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AZEND - Ryzen ITX Master Race Build

by alejcho

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109 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 18, 2017

Date Built

July 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

43.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.26GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

Description

Background
For about 12 years, I had always used a dual core system; like a laptop or entry level pre-build by Dell or HP.

Last year, I decided to give more life into an old PC (LGA775 socket) and modded a 4C/T LGA771 Xeon into it. It ran okay for awhile, but the DDR2 ram was a major bottleneck.

Need
I was desperate for more raw computing power, speed, and aesthetics; which parted away from stock factory branding. Being my first major build, mods had to stay within warranty conditions as a precaution.

Uses
- General multi-tasking (Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, Discord, Managing ebay store)
- Light VM’s (Testing, Click Farming, 1 PC 2 Users)
- Adobe Photoshop & Premiere CC 2017
- General gaming at 1080P Max/Ultra
- Website design and development
- SketchUp (3D Modelling)

Research
Ryzen was making the rounds on most Tech blogs and review sites back in March, so I took a keen interest on specs and pricing. I decided on a R5 1600, RX580 and 2x8GB RAM.

M.2’s, AIO’s, RGB, and the ITX form factor were also things I wanted to try out for the first time. The color scheme eventuated to matte black with gold trim to give AMD the premium look it deserves (inspired from golden supercars of arabian princes).

Budget
Strictly under $1500 AUD, and this build went under at around $1350. PCPartPicker shows a higher valuation, but parts were bought during a 20% off tech ebay sale which ended just a week before the global GPU price spikes.

Also, PCPartPicker does not have the Thermaltake TR2 S 550W 80 Plus PSU listed ($65 MSRP), so I chose the closest one to it.

Excluded from budget:
- Generic RGB China keyboard/mouse
- 500GB Toshiba 2.5” 5400RPM HDD
- Generic China headphone + mic
- Fenda subwoofer sound system
- Angled HP SATA cable (60cm)
- Windows 10 Pro + Software
- Samsung 1080P 60Hz TV
- Black/gold trims

The black/gold covers were crafted by hand and were made with household tools and scraps. If I had to state a total price, it’d be in the ballpark of $50 (+/- $5).

Tools:
- Soldering iron
- Crafting knife
- Scissors
- Ruler

Scraps:
- 1 x Chrome gold vinyl wrap roll (600mm x 1200mm)
- 1 x Generic double sided tape (1000mm)
- 1 x Loctite 406 Instant Adhesive (25ml)
- 1 x Generic plastic A4 folder (Black)
- 4 x Nano USB LEDs (Warm White)
- 1 x Electrical tape roll (1000mm)
- 1 x 120mm fan dust filter
- 1 x Bostik Blu-Tack (75g)
- Cardboard pieces (Cut)
- USB cables (Spliced)

Time
- Delivery of parts: 2 month span from May 8th
- Designing, planning and retrofitting: 1 week
- Assembly and software installs: 2 days
- Testing and stability checks: 3 days

Findings
Was never a FAN of benchmarks (pun intended), because I don’t think anyone benefits from those pesky numbers apart from more bragging rights. The personal experience you get from a build is, by far, much more insightful than some number someone throws at you.

So here’s some findings you should find useful:
- When styling up any major part with scraps (or even plasti-dip), take into account venting holes, breathable meshes, or active fan coverage, as heat dissipation is a universal issue on ITX. With or without the custom covers on this build, temps are identical and within margin of error.
- AIO pump runs quiet under 600 RPM (and ~1300-1450 RPM) with radiator fans set to ~900 RPM in the Gigabyte BIOS. Idle CPU temps float between 20 and 30C. The stock cooler (with the 1600) performs 5-10C warmer, but cools down the surrounding chips on the board (~7C lower).
- The case is deceptive; it’s fairly heavy out of the box and gets heavier with all parts inside. It is also difficult to grip since it has no handles. Also, I strongly advise against installing any 3.5” drives as they weigh half a kilo each and take up too much space.
- Despite the manufacturer spec, the case can support a lot of 2.5” drives (7-8 vertically on the bracket below the radiator, back-to-back. Just add a washer or two before screwing them on and use the longer washer-head-screws to support the bracket).
- Installing the PSU first and pre-routing all the cables is the most rewarding thing to do in this case. Also, the headers up the top of the board need to be routed backwards at 270 due to the unusual power header positions.
- Dust is not an issue as long it’s sitting on a desk or elevated on a wall. Fans on the GPU, CPU, PSU, or radiator will do the rest.
- VRM on the motherboard is unusually hot (even at idle). A later update is rumored to fix it, however, you could use the two vacant 4-pin fan headers on the graphics card temporarily.
* - Currently, there is an issue with installing the Ubuntu OS on all AM4 Gigabyte boards. The crappy solution for now is to toggle AHCI in the BIOS and the OS will run with only 1 core.

Conclusion
Not planning on upgrading this rig for a while (performance wise) since it performs everything I’d like to do with no lag or hiccups. On-going, I’d most likely add a 2.5” 1TB SSHD when nearing max capacity.

Extra
- Didn't opt for the 1600X, since the 1600 has identical performance when manually overclocked. The 1600X is also not that far off from the price of a 1700.
- I am not looking to sell the RX580 as I do not support the severe degradation of gaming cards and tainting the RX500 lineup to miners. I still fail to utilize more than 75% of the GPU at 1080P, so a GTX 1070 or higher will be overkill. Also the 1060 and 480/580 buy/sell for the same price here in AU (new and used) so there is no profit to be made.

Part Reviews

CPU

The best value currently out there while being reasonably affordable for everyone that has been waiting on a significant upgrade path.

Four threads is what an everyday user would need at most, but the twelve on this beast will most definitely secure a solid amount of future proofing for years to come. You will multi-task, work, browse, and game with absolutely no lag whatsoever, as everything occurs in a snap.

The included cooler does not have RGB, but it isn't too important, as its cooling performance is almost identical aftermarket coolers. It can handle a significant overclock if you ever need that additional raw compute power.

The included sticker looks awesome as well, definitely something to be proud of to stick onto your case. Overall, everything from the visual design of the box, to the packaging is superb, secure and aesthetically pleasing.

I rate full stars. Bravo to the design and engineering team behind this legendary product! The PC atmosphere was certainly shaken for the first time in a decade.

CPU Cooler

A perfect AIO that supports every major socket out there in the market. It's a must have item for enthusiasts who intend to overclock their system, or for those wanting to drastically cool down a really hot processor running at idle. It's cooling performance is incredible and consistent while operating at little to no noise (when tuned correctly in the bios).

Installation can be a bit tricky, given the provided length of the tubing (and the case you have), but the ingeniously-made bracket allows for almost any orientation, so it shouldn't be a big issue. The pump also has a very soft, but delightful, white LED illumination to show the Cooler Master logo.

The radiator is incredibly lightweight and compact coming in at less than 20mm thickness, meaning it should be compatible with every case that supports 240mm rads and leave a low footprint. The uniquely shaped blades on the fans can also pass through copious amounts of air at low RPM.

All in all, this AIO is simply a fantastic buy for the compatibility list and value for the money, particularly for early adopters of the AM4 Ryzen platform; as this is currently one of few AIO's out there for it.

Motherboard

Installed and booted with no problems on first try. Size is remarkably awe inspiring for the performance it boasts with the Ryzen platform. The 3200MHz X.M.P profile ran smoothly without a hitch on first attempt as well, so the AGESA update is definitely pre-loaded. Word of caution however, there is currently a VRM overheating issue with the board, and Gigabytes entire AM4 board lineup has issues installing the Ubuntu OS. Also, some power headers are in awkward positions, so first make sure it is compatible with your case.

Regardless, this board will get better over time, and has everything an enthusiast will ever need for another decade or so. It features the sweet spot amount of ports, ram slots, audio, WiFi, and M.2. In the box contains a very detailed manual, a black rear panel IO shield, 2 high quality SATA cables, and a very useful magnetic WiFi antenna.

Memory

Although 'certified' for the intel platform, this kit runs incredibly well on Ryzen boards. It performs beyond expectations and the pre-installed heat spreaders dissipates heat very well and maintains a very clean and simple aesthetic. Probably the best value for money memory kit out there in the market, given it has no unnecessary LED's or funky features.

Storage

At the front line, bleeding edge of technology, delivering unbelievable speeds and smooth performance. The size is also absolutely awe inspiring. Color scheme conveys this message well. Capacity is also of practical size for the everyday person.

Video Card

The card looks terrifyingly appealing, performs like a king, and is whisper quiet even at full load. Despite the recent GPU price hikes going on at the moment, if you can get this card at normal price (or discounted) just go for it! The RX 580 is quite literally the best card any gamer or mid-tier professional could ever need for the next few years or so (and doesn't break the bank too much!)

It will be best to use the card in a case that supports vertical GPU mounting so your chassis can showcase all that RGB and it's true aesthetic goodness. The card is quite long however, so ensure beforehand that it fits in your case. In regards to GPU sagging, the back-plate and heat-sinks are so well reinforced to ensure it will never happen (as long as it is secured properly in the two PCI slots).

It is powered by one 8-pin PCI rail, and there are more than enough outputs to support most peoples monitor setups (1080P/1440P, Single/Double). Bravo the to Radeon team, the entire RX lineup is insanely competitive when it comes to value for the money!

Case

A much awaited product since the introduction of the larger Core P5/P3 cases. Multiple mountings and arrangements are possible, and it supports custom water-cooling loops and a very comfy slot for a 240mm radiator and a reservoir. The case is easy to build in as long as cables are pre-routed.

Dust does not seem to be an issue after a month of use; the fan seems to blow them out anyway. As long as it is mounted on a elevated position on a wall, or on a desk, you will never have to wipe down the rig for a year. To clean the tempered glass, use a microfiber cloth (like from prescription glasses) and move in a up/down motion.

Being openly DIY, the aesthetics of the build will depend entirely on the amount of thought and effort invested into it. This case is a literally a template to bring your dream build into reality.

Comments Sorted by:

someta 4 Builds 31 points 11 months ago

Saw first picture

"Welp, this gets an upvote..."

This is also ripe for a feature....

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Thanks!

someta 4 Builds 6 points 11 months ago

...and congrats! It is featured!

LeMMingSlayeR 17 Builds 13 points 11 months ago

I'm just going to leave this here.

This is possibly the most eye-catching build I have seen on here in a while. Very nice.

+1

customgtp 18 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

I agree!!

xSUNNSHINNEx 5 points 11 months ago

Awesome build! +1, I'd love to see the feature go to a build like this with tons of info and personal touches vs a pile of money

Asp 1 Build 4 points 11 months ago

Mate, that gold/black theme is downright stunning. Great build, such craftsmanship.

MannyPCs 3 points 11 months ago

This... this is so beautiful.

SirMints 2 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Time + Energy + Planning = BEAUTIFUL

Great build

customgtp 18 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Very sweet. Great job!! +1

customgtp 18 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

This is actually extremely beautiful.... I can't stop looking at it!!

customgtp 18 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

And I rarely call out featured but I think that this is a must!!!

NoUntakenNames 3 points 11 months ago

It may not be the best raw performance, it may not be the most price/performance, but she's lovely.

+1 my friend.

Mishih 3 points 4 months ago

PC master race in a nutshell...

jamesthebard 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I love seeing great looking Ryzen builds, and this more than qualifies! I haven't tried to install Linux of any flavor on mine yet, but it just got done with a major cooling rework so I might have to see where the major issues are with that. Great build, love it.

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

At the moment, any OS other than windows is complete agony. Nice work however!

jamesthebard 3 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Hrmm, in that case it might be time to break out the ol' Arch ISO and do some bad things to good hardware. I prefer Linux overall, but a lot of my encoding workflow runs through Windows unfortunately.

bloodroses75 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

How has the Ryzen been for running VMs? I'm kind of curious how good the support is for it so far.

Very pretty design. I don't think boutique builders could have done any better themselves. :)

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

At the moment, extremely poorly I'm afraid.

Thanks! I hope to inspire people to get creative with builds!

Apach3 3 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

it's a pain to do, yes, but virtualization on Ryzen IS getting better. i've started dabbling in GPU passthrough for my virtualization needs, and when i first started out within the first week of Ryzen's release i could only get a GPU passed through if the host graphics was in the bottom-most slot. now i can at least have cards in both x16 slots with the latest BIOS. still a no-go on getting anything else reliably passed through, however.

i'm using a Ryzen 7 1800X and a Crosshair VI Hero, btw. definitely not ideal, but i made it work :)

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Nice to hear your story! Yeah it definitely is cumbersome!

Project460 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Wowowowow that is awesome.

kemosabe940 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

AMAZING! +1

INFLCT 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

This is so beautiful, you made me shed a tear

frostmaster468 2 points 11 months ago

THIS IS... (speechless)

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

The Essay, the Pictures, the Build. swoon

You took the time, and it payed off in spades. +1

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks!

customgtp 18 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Pcpartpicker... Feature this already!!!

customgtp 18 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Yay!!! Congrats!!

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Wow!

BoiLogro 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

If you could just get a better quality camera this would be the best build imo. though still great photos +1

FinnHeywood 2 points 11 months ago

Wish I could do something like this!

MannyPCs 2 points 11 months ago

Congratz on the feature :)

Kanata23 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I use the Thermaltake P3 and also noticed very little dust buildup in the unit (even in my AIO!), I am pleasantly surprised, since that was my greatest worry about using such an open design.

I'm happy to see someone else taking advantage of the P series setup, congrats on the build.

customgtp 18 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

The pictures with the glare off the gold are the best!! Once again... Congratulations!!

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I feel like black and gold is one of those difficult combinations to get right, and end up with a beautiful, clean build.

Congratulations. +1

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Such a golden build! Do I even have to say +1?

bsmods 16 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

so clean and simple! Excellent work!

jaka2015 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

This system is ballin'. No lie. Updoot granted.

kennyboy12 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

That is beautiful! You're using a riser for your GPU right? Does one come included with the case or did you get it on your own? Either way that is perfect for this build.

Gotta show all that bling off!

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, the riser cable came free with the case. It's Thermaltakes' standard cable (not the premium ones) but it works perfectly fine as long as it's not bent into position too sharply.

Gentleman00 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

For a while I thought it was the real gold....xD I love black and yellow/gold color scheme, very nice job. +1

Cleeve 2 points 11 months ago

Sexy. Dead sexy!

Mister_Cro_Noob 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Great build

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 11 months ago

Love it! Something different!

I have to ask....how is the adhesive vinyl holding up on the GPU? Did you use any special type of glue?

I'm currently working on my build and was considering painting the bottom shroud white but now want to keep my warranty alive. So I guess a good alternative would be vinyl wrap...any suggestions?

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

When choosing viynl wrap, get the rolls that are advertised for automotive use (this one was). They hold perfectly fine (even under heat/load), just cut, peel and apply!

LIVE_AMMO 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks bro, that makes all the difference.

BTW, If someone told me 'dude im thinking of doing a gold and black build theme' I would have thought 'eww - bad taste'. Boy oh boy was I wrong, it actually looks amazing, especially your cut design work and coordinated placements. In fact im so deep-in and already purchased a few parts for my B&W build, had I not, I would have seriously considered going for something similar to yours.

ethanswierczek 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I looked at the first picture, and I thought, "Oh, this has got to be one of those 3000 dollar builds." When I scrolled down to the price, and I'm pretty sure that this is the cheapest featured build that I've seen thus far.

Cuasi 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

That PC be pimpin

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 11 months ago

Nice build, great to see another AM4 ITX build, even more if it has awesome mods like this. Also great to see a fellow Australian on here! +1 :)

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Aussie!!!!

Bosswoman3 2 points 11 months ago

Nice build. Although I'm not use to the open case feature.

jwnn 2 points 11 months ago

Now that is a beautiful piece of art work!!! +1

I_Need_Big_Drink 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Glorious.

Vicepter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

This is amazing

SniperXreborN 2 points 11 months ago

I zee what you did there

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ped90 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

+1 for finding a 580 in stock for a normal price.

FcoEnriquePerez 2 points 11 months ago

Wow so beautiful we can clearly see this was built with passion and dedication!

Great selection of parts, you definitely got the best bangs out of your money.

Awesome rig man!

FlipLaw 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Love the black and gold. Beautiful build.

Experience 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

black and gold?!?!?!?!?!!!!

Elucii 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Cool

Pixal 2 points 11 months ago

woah

so

golden +1

Someone0011 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

just straight gangster

fefbuild 2 points 11 months ago

umm now i need to wipe the drooooool off my desk

Flyrobot27 2 points 11 months ago

as an intel fan, I rate this 11/10

PrintBuildz 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Wow, how did you get those accessories for the parts?

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Handcrafted using scrap resources in the home, detailed specifics in the description

PrintBuildz 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Cool!

Rayquanator 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

I didnt even need to see the second pic before up voting it lol

jenxoff 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Holy wow that gold looks nice!
Haha no seriously great build! The gold adds to the greatness of it nicely.

Treezus 2 points 9 months ago

sexy

tragiktimes101 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

This is fancy. Is it's name "Goldmember"?

skyrise 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Good CPU, Good GPU, Good Cooler. +1

What are the overclocked temps and voltages?

Cheers.

thenewwkidd 2 points 8 months ago

I cannot stress how sexy this build is. +1

samerlol 2 points 8 months ago

+1 nice build

koojo 2 points 7 months ago

Ingenuity, aethetics, time, patience. This is a nice build. Price to performance here. Congrats.

Neccarus 2 points 7 months ago

Everybody said it way before me but I will say it again. What a fantastically gorgeous build.

K_PC 2 points 7 months ago

The gold is just beautiful.

tech_geek100 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT BUILD.

iMoonTiger 2 points 5 months ago

That’s gold, baby

Luukmaker 2 points 4 months ago

Dat is special

NotSoMini 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

When you're that one guy who makes the upvote number 420

Liera21 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Awesome build, I like how you mounted your SSDs, I took a drive cage from a previous case to mount my drives but I think I will use your approach, how did you come with it? I'm sure that your computer is also a big hit at the craft supply shops, huh? :D

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

It's the stock mounting positions for the In Win Chopin chassis - no mods required. The included cage mounts force them to be that way.

Haha yes, the local craft shop absolutely loved my presence

Garrettius 2 points 2 months ago

Gold... +1

Ranatenor 2 points 2 months ago

Oh wow!!! Beside cash, you seem to put up a lot of attention and creativity in this one. Well done. I really like it.... And i am not even a fan of "gold" colour.

Colin10101 2 points 1 month ago

This is so cool, and all the way my friend

EthanThePcMaster 2 points 1 month ago

YOU.HAVE.TALENTS!

pcp1989 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

holy hell this thing is a work of art man congrats on your feature you def deserved it and i love how it looks so amazing and yet you didnt spend a fortune to do it just used your imagination and spent some good ol time and effort on it. iyts amazing imho...plz teach me sensei :) lol jkjk for real tho absolutely awesome build you have i love it and thank you for sharing it with all of us.

pcp1989 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

almso forgot to mention this but your story is just so detailed its crazy how much time and effort you pu in to this and not just the actually build but the effort you put in sharing this with the world is yet again amazing and i thank you again..take care

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wow. Just wow. It's simple, it stands out, it's powerful; more than I could've asked for +10

LonghornAlamo2040 1 point 11 months ago

You did damn good. Excellent for choosing Ryzen. Wonderful finished rig.

+1

kn00tcn 1 point 9 months ago

i dont understand the dislike of benchmarks (you're not the first), i need factual scientific numbers to decide on performance/power/price value, nobody is bragging other than people with RGB lighting or water cooling or inflated high end halo components

of course, there's a difference between a well thought out measurement versus some useless average

you mentioned 75% usage, a nice way to measure that i hope more people will do, i assume that implies 60fps vsync, but dont know which games (or if the cpu is a bottleneck, rare but i like to know worst cases, already know most situations are fine/great for 1080p60)

not that i demand you to start giving out numbers, i was already aiming for 1600 with 470 then 570 now maybe 580, but the price inflation (along with ram+ssd) is holding me up for now

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

The benchmark results was in reference to numbered scores like those seen on 3D Mark: FireStrike and similar programs of-the-like. The end number is nothing more than a bragging right since it does not describe the users "experience" nor provides any useful information that may assist others.

"Experience" is described in a qualitative manner (instead of quantitative) so it cannot be given a hard scientific numeral (except when counting how much qualitative information was given).

Apart from that, frame rates from games is indeed a useful for those who intend to use their system for gaming; but, the 75% score I provided was from my time doing 3D/2D workstation activities involving CAD, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. I don't have enough time in my working day to test games, so sincere apologies that I cannot be of assistance there.

But, I can confidently say, however, based on the endless benchmark results out there, the 470, 480, 570 & 580 offer the best price to performance ratio at the moment (if you can get them at normal MSRP). If siding with Nvidia - the 1050ti 4GB, 1060 3GB, & 1060 6GB. Try not to stress too much over negligible frame differences (because you won't notice them in real time) or turning back 1 or 2 settings (from high/ultra) - because at the end of the day all of them absolutely dominate 1080P without a sweat (even at stock clocks).

It would be more worthwhile to decide on the cards' aesthetic (heat-sink fan cooler shroud/backplate), size (case compatibility), LED features (Single/RGB) and price within that range.

kn00tcn 2 points 9 months ago

ah right, the traditional definition of benchmark, which is only useful for checking if things are running normally or overclocking (which is still fun to me, i'm not trying to show off scores, i just like to tweak the same way race cars are tweaked)

nowadays most people focus on games, but yes it's true that a lot of them dont get the purpose, they start using the numbers as arguments to insult others

i do feel experience has some hard number techniques, a few sites have got the right idea where they measure 1% along with 0.1% minimum fps, these bring up stutters or microstutters

anyway, i am also one to say a few frames dont matter (as long as it's a few, within a price bracket), that settings dont have to be absolute max, but i do still notice anything that dips out of 60fps vsync

Storm55 1 point 7 months ago

wtf

Dotica 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I was going to build a black and gold build but I wouldn't have used vinyl wrap for it. Looks great tho! +1

chronatose -1 points 4 months ago

Just because you go with AMD for your cpu doesnt mean you have to settle for AMD graphics. Throw a ******* 1080ti in this thing ffs. Im an AMD fan all the way but their graphics cards are just garbage.

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I designed this build with the intention for 1080P eSports + emulation + basic office use at the very highest; so the 1080ti will defeat the entire purpose (and boost the price by more than double).

Radeon Vega graphics aren't terrible either, while sure, they can be a bit under NVidia in some gaming environments, they are monsters in raw data (eg. mining) and can be tweaked to surpass them.

I also (personally) prefer Radeon's driver software, it has greater flexibility than NVidia's while also having a really nice UX/UI.

Cooe 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Yup. Radeon Settings is so far and away superior to shudders Geforce Experience.... gets lost in a PTSD flashback, shaking furiously whilst dripping sweat.... that that happens every time I even think about that absolute freaking nightmare of a software package. Nvidia couldn't have made GE any worse if they'd outright deliberately tried. Ever since the AMD's "Crimson" Catalyst update, Radeon Settings otoh has been both absolutely gorgeous and just the right level of functional (and most importantly, doesn't require any ridiculous "Sign-In" nonsense).

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Absolutely correct.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Comments like this are not appropriate for this site.

Jalley15 1 Build -1 points 11 months ago

Oh come onnnnnn

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kn00tcn 1 point 9 months ago

as an amd fan...minus the boy, i would never talk like this

it's a detriment for any side to start bringing up 'the enemy fanboys' before they even showed up, it's completely immature

a better way for example would be to only reply after someone mentions intel, then use an ultra precise snarky reply like 'problem?'

alejcho submitter 2 Builds 0 points 11 months ago

Ayyy-MD! A new Hor-Ry-Zen! Ryz-En Shine!

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alejcho submitter 2 Builds 8 points 11 months ago

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