Description

This build came about as the result of a pretty bad electrical storm that hit my house a few months ago. I thought I was all good, had a nice surge protector, everything was great. Unfortunately for me the lightning decided it wanted to come in on the Ethernet line. YIKES!

So as you can see I pretty much had to replace anything that was connected to my computer when it was hit. That means I needed to include all the peripherals and still try to stay under budget. I really wanted to get as much bang for my buck as possible so you'll see I made some sacrifices cough (B450) cough, but overall I'm pretty pleased with what I got. My budget was around $2250 and I feel like I stretched it as far as it could go.

I don't do a lot of high end AAA gaming but I wanted to be sure it would be able to handle anything I threw at it. Also I'm starting to get into music production and I read that Reaper is optimized to fully utilize all the threads available on the beefy 3900X (spoiler alert, it does). I always wanted to be able to mess around with video and photo editing later down the line. So far it's handled everything I've thrown at it like a champ. There were a few bumps to get it going though.

First issue I ran into was a bios update. I knew going into the build that I would need one, but I was able to post without updating. Unfortunately, on my first attempt to update to the latest bios I crashed, corrupted the bios, and was no longer able to post. Thankfully I was able to recover using the bios flashback button and my second attempt at updating was successful. Then came the crashes during windows installation. It took me a full day of research to figure out that the reason I was crashing was because Windows didn't recognize the wireless adapter built onto the board. Once it was disabled from the bios I was able to install Windows. Updated all the drivers and viola! No more Windows crashes. Then came the temperatures. This thing pegged the meter straight out of the box. I checked my coolers contact, but found it was seated fine, no issues. Downloaded Ryzen Master and changed my settings to one of the presets (creator) and all my temperature problems were over.

So, I hope you learned something today, I know I learned a lot while building this beauty!

Part Reviews

CPU

Monster of a Chip. It does serious work.

CPU Cooler

I wanted to go with Air Cooling because I don't do a lot of overclocking and also, I mean come on, it's Noctua.

Motherboard

Great board, had some issues with the bios at first. Needed to turn off the onboard WiFi before Windows would install, etc. Overall I needed to cut $$$ somewhere so I could get the parts I wanted, this ended up being the sacrifice. I'll probably upgrade to an X570 in the future.

Memory

Ryzen likes fast RAM, it was honestly the best bang for buck I could find at the 3600+ speeds. The lights are nice I guess, I'm not an RGB guy

Storage

Super fast and budget friendly, what more could you want?

Video Card

So far so good with this one. Everyone seems to be talking about how hot the 5700 xt runs but I'm not having any issues with temps.

Case

Awesome case, great looks and even better airflow! Seriously no complaints.

Power Supply

Sub-$100 for a fully modular 850w 80+ Bronze? Why not

Case Fan

Noctua, but also looks good. Moves a TON of air, very quietly.

Case Fan

Great looks and function! Went with two 14's on the front of my case instead of 3 12's. Saved a few bucks

Monitor

Seriously good looking monitor for the money. 1440p, 144 hz.

Headphones

For the money you really can't beat these. Huge sound! Every review I read said to replace the ear cups because the ones that come with it are trash. I went ahead and ordered some replacements and I'm glad I did.

Custom

Great introduction to XLR mic's. quality is fantastic, price isn't bad.

Custom

Functional but not the best looking thing in the world....

Custom

Not a bad introductory USB interface. Does what I need it to do.

Custom

So much better looking than a bare heatsink , in my opinion at least

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! Did the RAM prevent you from installing the 2nd Noctua NH-D15 fan on the front side of the heat sink? I'm thinking of getting either the 3900X or 3950X with the Noctua but would like to use both fans.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, unfortunately the Ram is a problem when it comes to installing the second fan, luckily my temps are still not too bad under full load. Maybe a case with a deeper clearance like the Lian Li O-11 Dynamic would work, you would just have to adjust the fan position on the heatskink.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hows the monitor? It's spes are really good. Is the picture quality as good as some cheap ips?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor quality seems pretty good to me, some reviews I read said the color needed to be adjusted out of the box but I didn't have that issue. I believe it uses a Samsung Panel.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

cool!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi! Excellent build! I'll be building one too early next year with similar specs. We have exactly the same RAM model! So about that, did you manage to run it to 3600MHz CL16 right off the bat after enabling XMP? Because the motherboard specs says it only runs up to 3466MHz and I dont know if I should get this one or a x570 mobo.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, great question! I wasn't sure either but I thought with a BIOS update it might be able to handle it and I was right. I ran it at stock speed until I had all the latest bios and driver updates, then turned XMP on and it worked perfectly. I'm running at 3600 no problem.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

That's great to know! I'll be getting this one then. Thank you so much for this important piece of info!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You're very welcome, good luck!