Description

I apologize in advance that this is kind of long and for all the pictures. I have been out of the PC building world and I have been addicted the last 6 months. Between upgrading my own system or building budget used systems off ebay and Craigslist I have found myself constantly researching and trying new things. It started with me buying a old gaming computer from my friend for around $200. It had a AMD FX 8150 and a GTX 780 Ti with 8GB of RAM. I used that for almost a year before I wanted more. It ran everything I needed to play at 1080p but I consider myself an Enthusiast of computers and games included. So I sold that and saved some money and ended up with this. I'll go through each part and a reason of why I went with it or the story behind it. I had named this "The Brain" when I had my 6700k in it but decided since it had a CPU and MB change I thought it might be time for a new name. I keep getting told the case looks like a StormTrooper. So...yeah, thats it.... I just did my best to hide the cables and wires around the case. Not perfect but it works. The models around for decoration. I put them together a few years ago and they kind of have Ryzen colors, plus I needed a place for them.

CPU: RYZEN R7 1700 (3.0Ghz overclocked to 3.8Ghz)

Why: To start off completely honest, there was no real good reason to buy this CPU. Other than wanting more cores and threads for future plans with video editing and streaming I thought I would give this a go. Although my i7-6700k probably would of handled it fine, I like new things and was a huge fan of AMD around 11 years ago when I built my first PC. With how much I can sell the 6700k for and the 1700 only being $270 right now I went for it. Overclocked it to 3.8Ghz but plan on pushing it further once I get a liquid cooler or brackets for my old AIO. Dont want to push it too far on air.

CPU: RYZEN R7 1700 (3.0Ghz overclocked to 3.8Ghz)

Why: To start off completely honest, there was no real good reason to buy this CPU. Other than wanting more cores and threads for future plans with video editing and streaming I thought I would give this a go. Although my i7-6700k probably would of handled it fine, I like new things and was a huge fan of AMD around 11 years ago when I built my first PC. With how much I can sell the 6700k for and the 1700 only being $270 right now I went for it. Overclocked it to 3.8Ghz but plan on pushing it further once I get a liquid cooler or brackets for my old AIO. Dont want to push it too far on air.

CPU Cooler: Wraith Spire LED Cooler.(While waiting on my Lepa AquaChanger 240mm retention bracket to get here.)

Why: Its what came with the CPU. I did use Nactua NT-H1 thermal paste on the CPU though. I am planning to put a AIO on it though. I have a Lepa Aquachanger 240mm that I had on my 6700k that Iordered a AM4 bracket free from Lepa. Just waiting on the retention bracket for the new socket to get here.

GPU: GTX1080 Founders Edition(overclocked +212 on core and +415 on memory)

Why: I had a STRX GTX1070 and saw a this 1080 for sale on Craigslist for $350. So I figured I would sell my 1070 for around that much. He also sold me the the i7 I had. He was moving and parting out his PC for some extra cash, so I offered him $500 for the 1080 and 6700k. He took it so I made off like a bandit. I am eventually going to put a EVGA water cooling kit on it, but for the time being I decided to paint the shroud black with Plasti Dip. That way I can peel it off if I need to. Also at some point Im going to take he card back apart and get the green off the GeForce GTX logo so its white. I havent had time to find the ceiling on this card but got a overclock of +212 on core and +415 on memory so far. I also put the Nactua NT-H1 on the CPU on here also to try and get some better thermals.

Motherboard: MSI B350 Tomahawk

Why: I originally had a Gigabyte Z270XP SLI because my plan was to SLI 2 1070s. But after researching SLI more I didn't really care for it overall. And I got the 1080 anyway. Was looking at the 370x boards but I didn't really see a need since I kind of threw SLI out of the window. After some research and reviews it seems like this is a decent board with adequate power phases for decent overclocking so I picked it up.

RAM: 16 GB of Corsair Vengeance LED(3200Mhz)

Why: I wanted fast DDR4 RAM, so this is want I got. Right now its running at 3000Mhz insteand of 3200. Cant get it stable at 3200 for some reason. Kind of new to overclocking RAM still. Will play with it some more. Any tips or advice are welcome.

Mouse: LBATS LED Gaming Mouse

Why: I like the look of this mouse and I'm not real picky about them. It was a pretty easy choice. I haven't had any problems and like how it handles.

Keyboard: Regetek Mechanical Keyboard

Why: I had a low profile keyboard before but it was kind of a strain on my wrists so I went with this keyboard. So far so good.

PSU: EVGA 700w 80+ Bronze

Why: It was a pretty good price at 700w, and I dont think I'll ever really push that. It is bronze but its by a pretty reputable company. Haven't had problems yet.

Case: Thermaltake C22 Snow Edition LED

Why: I wanted a white case and I haven't seen too many of these around. Maybe theres something wrong with it? I haven't had many problems. Could use better air flow but I never really had a problem with temps as long as you have the right fan setup. LEDs on front and top are alright, they have a lot of variation in color. But I have them turned off for now.

Displays: Main- LG 24UD58 (4k) Secondary- Dell Monitor(1080p)

Why: I wanted to experience 4k a little bit. I play most games fairly well at 4k. But if I can't 1440p is buttery smooth. GTA, Shadows Of Mordor, and what not are staying around 60 FPS with vSync at 4k. Got a hold of the second monitor free, so why not?

Audio: Main: Logitech G930 7.1 surround sound headset. Secondary: BlackWeb Speakers

Why: I use my headphone 90% of the time so I didn't see a need to spend a lot of money on speakers. Got these from Walmart ha. They dont sound too bad. The headphones sound way to good to not want to use them anyway.

Storage: Boot drive- 240Gb M.2 Game drive- 120Gb SSD Main storage- 1Tb HDD Secondary- 500Gb HDD

Why: I found a guy on Craigslist selling fans and also had the M.2. Got this 240gb M.2 and 3 Thermaltake 12 Riing RGB fans for $80. I was using the SSD as a boot drive before I got the M.2 so I'll probably use that for a few games now.

Why: Its what came with the CPU. I did use Nactua NT-H1 thermal paste on the CPU though. I am planning to put a AIO on it though. Not sure what kind yet, taking recommendations. I figured Corsair, Kraken, or Deepcool. I have a Lepa Aquachanger 240mm that I had on my 6700k that I can order a AM4 bracket free. Might just do that.

GPU: GTX1080 Founders Edition(overclocked +212 on core and +415 on memory)

Why: I had a STRX GTX1070 and saw a this 1080 for sale on Craigslist for $350. So I figured I would sell my 1070 for around that much. He also sold me the the i7 I had. He was moving and parting out his PC for some extra cash, so I offered him $500 for the 1080 and 6700k. He took it so I made off like a bandit. I am eventually going to put a EVGA water cooling kit on it, but for the time being I decided to paint the shroud black with Plasti Dip. That way I can peel it off if I need to. Also at some point I also took off the green on the GeForce GTX logo so its white. I havent had time to find the ceiling on this card but got a overclock of +212 on core and +415 on memory so far.

Motherboard: MSI B350 Tomahawk

Why: I originally had a Gigabyte Z270XP SLI because my plan was to SLI 2 1070s. But after researching SLI more I didn't really care for it overall. And I got the 1080 anyway. Was looking at the 370x boards but I didn't really see a need since I kind of threw SLI out of the window. After some research and reviews it seems like this is a decent board with adequate power phases for decent overclocking so I picked it up.

RAM: 16 GB of Corsair Vengeance LED(3200Mhz)

Why: I wanted fast DDR4 RAM, so this is want I got. Right now its running at 3000Mhz insteand of 3200. Cant get it stable at 3200 for some reason. Kind of new to overclocking RAM still. Will play with it some more. Any tips or advice are welcome.

Mouse: LBATS LED Gaming Mouse

Why: I like the look of this mouse and I'm not real picky about them. It was a pretty easy choice. I haven't had any problems and like how it handles.

Keyboard: Regetek Mechanical Keyboard

Why: I had a low profile keyboard before but it was kind of a strain on my wrists so I went with this keyboard. So far so good.

PSU: EVGA 700w 80+ Bronze

Why: It was a pretty good price at 700w, and I dont think I'll ever really push that. It is bronze but its by a pretty reputable company. Haven't had problems yet.

Case: Thermaltake C22 Snow Edition LED

Why: I wanted a white case and I haven't seen too many of these around. Maybe theres something wrong with it? I haven't had many problems. Could use better air flow but I never really had a problem with temps as long as you have the right fan setup. LEDs on front and top are alright, they have a lot of variation in color. But I have them turned off for now.

Displays: Main- LG 24UD58 (4k) Secondary- Dell Monitor(1080p)

Why: I wanted to experience 4k a little bit. I play most games fairly well at 4k. But if I can't 1440p is buttery smooth. GTA, Shadows Of Mordor, and what not are staying around 60 FPS with vSync at 4k. Got a hold of the second monitor free, so why not?

Audio: Main: Logitech G930 7.1 surround sound headset. Secondary: BlackWeb Speakers

Why: I use my headphone 90% of the time so I didn't see a need to spend a lot of money on speakers. Got these from Walmart ha. They dont sound too bad. The headphones sound way to good to not want to use them anyway.

Storage: Boot drive- 240Gb M.2 Game drive- 120Gb SSD Main storage- 1Tb HDD Secondary- 500Gb HDD

Why: I found a guy on Craigslist selling fans and also had the M.2. Got this 240gb M.2 and 3 Thermaltake 12 Riing RGB fans for $80. I was using the SSD as a boot drive before I got the M.2 so I'll probably use that for a few games now.

I will also add a few photos of my system in its older state at the end. Just so you can see the case LED configs you can set up. I didnt get all the colors but a few.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

You need to clean up the Description. A lot of copy/paste going on.

Dank setup and rig. I love any DIY modding going on. Nice job!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll take a look through it and see. Thank though.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

np and you're welcome!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I found it. You where right, I was copy pasting some things around to change the order and somehow missed that. Good looking out.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad I could help.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Doesn't the Ryzen 7 1700 wraith spire come already with a thermal paste on the bottom of the fan?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Feel... The... PPPOOOOOWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Listen, if you want to get into publishing, maybe write a novella about this build; i know a guy who knows a guy who can hook you up. But on a serious note its dank build. Also how is that 4k monitor, I dont really care for the 1440p 144hz monitor i have now, it's a bit too big for the small area i have, and i wanted to perhaps jump up to 4k.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thats funny man. Sorry for the late reply. Didn't get the notification for a while. I like the 4K monitor. I only aim for 60fps and can usually hit that or pretty close. I had a 1080p 144hz monitor before and don't really care for the difference. I'm not a hardcore enough gamer. I just want a good looking game that runs pretty smooth at 4k. I'm not looking to be real competitive or anything so it works. If you're not worried about the high refresh rate 60fps looks pretty smooth still and I dont think you'll regret it. As long as you have the GPU to support it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not into FPS's and those i do play are old enough to not pose an issue @ 4k. Besides this monitor is just massive, fortunately I got it for a cheap enough price that I dont mind reselling it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks sick dude +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. I appreciate it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it just me, or are your front fans set up as exhaust and all the rest set up as intake? Don't your front fan positions have intake filters?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

you might want to invest in a better cooler, your cpu seems to be a bit hot ;)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Lepa Aquachanger 240mm AIO cooler. I contacted Lepa and they are sending me a AM4 bracket that fits. When I originally ordered it there was no AM4. So just waiting on that.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

you set your cpu temp at 666 lol

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha oops. It was supposed to be 66C. Apparently the 1700 is actually a small sun.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, where did you plug the cpu coolers second cable into? Im not talking about the cpu fan cable but the other one, which controls the led on the cooler,

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting anxiety from your computer sitting on that little stand.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fans keep it cool?

just wondering in case i need them

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I went way overboard on fans. A few are just for looks and not doing anything. You only need a few.

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  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Nice i like the model to its the exact one i have minus the paint job...