Boy, was building and revising this an adventure. I previously made THIS build back in January. I ran into many issues and went through a few revisions.
I had many random freezes and shut downs that would happen at any given time and the only way to get out of those freezes was by unplugging the power cable cause for whatever reason the power button along with everything else was unresponsive aside from the power remaining on and the screen completely blacked out. So my PC since Jan was kind of a paperweight and borderline unusable.
It took a while to deduce that the riser cable was the issue, especially being a first time builder, why would I assume so? Initially I assumed it was the GPU, then the ram, then the power supply..then the CPU..until finally I fell upon a few post where other people were having a similar issue and the complaints centered more so around the Phanteks Shift..or rather the riser cable that comes with it. That's when it hit me, it was never any of those other components I spent months RMAing back and forth..no, it was the cable all along.
I ended up swapping it out with a specified custom riser cable specified for the shift that I found on AlieExpress and since then my computer has stopped having random issues.
Now then, onto the better news and revisions; THIS PRODUCTION MACHINE LEVELED THE F UP
Starting with the processor, I ended up finding a 1700x for the same price I got my 1600 for. I notice a definite boost in performance while multitasking with programs like premiere and so on, however I initially noticed an increase in temperature. So, I had the great idea of undervolted my cpu to 1.2v (with a negative offset of .15000), now my CPU fan runs way quieter, temps are reasonably low and the performance stays the same. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE UNDERVOLTING*
*I swapped my HDD with an SDD and despite losing 500gb since the HDD was 1TB, my PC quieter than it did with the HDD and is way smoother with files and booting.
*I stuck with Noctua for my case fans but these new Sterrox fans are unreal..quiet as all hell and cools insanely well even at higher rpms. Every complaint about this case having heating issues is immediately dismissed with these fans.
This build was designed with drawing, animation, and video editing and overall production with light gaming in mind. Now with this upgrade and without having to spend too much more (other parts were resold) I can comfortably do those things!
Build Update 8/9/2018
I have replaced the noctua cpu cooler with the Cryorig C7 CU. So far the temps and performance seem to be equal, but given the higher TDP of the Cryorig and my Ryzen 1700x, I felt it would be a better fit for CPU health and longevity. The Noctua does match the TDP of the Ryzen 1700x and Noctua's site does state it should be okay with the exception of optimum airflow and given i'm dealing with glass panels, I felt safer with the Cryorig.
Build Update 8/26/2018
Uh. the cryorig cpu fan blows in terms of noise so i slapped the 92mm fan from the Noctua L9x65 onto the heatsink of the cryorig CU and boy are the noise levels significantly lower!
Build Update 11/10/2018
Changed some of my peripherals for less wires(and irritation from cables) and added corsair's sleeved cables for a little more flexibility when i'm in and out of the system to reapply thermal paste as well as for overall aesthetic. System build is working perfectly fine like it was brand new!