Secret is a long-time TBG reader and Forum member, and had already completed a budget-friendly office PC build. But he was ready to step up to a high-powered content creation system, and TBG worked with him to find just the right combination of components to help him build his dream system! Read on to hear his story!
Built: February 2019
Big thanks to TBG for the doing the legwork. I followed the $1750 Content Creation Build for the most part and am loving the outcome. Here are the specs:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 2700X
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 Auros Pro WiFi
Solid-State Drive: Crucial P1 1TB PCIe
Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4
RAM: Ballistix 4x8GB DDR4-2666 Single-Rank
Power Supply: EVGA Supernova 650 G3 with Phanteks Black Braided Extension Cables
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ 8GB
Case: Phanteks P400S
Case Fans: Two Noctua NF-A14 on intake and one NF-A12x25 on exhaust
Hard Drives: Two 1TB WD Black 2.5" striped with storage spaces
I was on the fence about the Crucial P1 1TB PCIe and had it in my cart. Was alerted of a price drop and jumped on it at the same price as the MX500 SATA M.2. The way computer part prices fluctuate so much really drives me nuts! I never know if I should buy today or wait for a better deal tomorrow!
The Phanteks case, two thumbs up for the price. Quality feel. Not great, but good enough hardware. Also came with a proprietary fan plug but you could control the fan speed if you wanted to from the case. Great filtration and ventilation. Slightly smaller which was nice for mine since I didn't need room for radiators. Great cable management. Nice PSU cover.
Oh and the Phanteks cables are just extension cables, so while they don't plug directly into the psu they should be able to be used with any standard connectors. I got them because I couldn't deal with the gpu having a 6+8 setup and having the two wire connector on the split pci plug hanging there. I will add that if you have an EVGA psu and need a longer AC power cable do not get one from Cable Matters as the plug is too big and it won't fit all the way in.
Tried "Precision Boost Overdrive," but I did change the settings in ryzen master to auto control from PBO. At lower temps the speed was reduced from down to 4.0 from 4.2, however at normal operating temps above 60c I'm still getting a bit over 4.0ghz which is basically the same. Running a bench in CPUZ resulted in only 50 points less for multi and 10 less for single thread. The good thing is instead of sitting around 1.45v at 4ghz it's now at 1.35v; much more bearable for my conscience. ;D
I originally had the 140mm fans on the outside. I don't think that's an ideal place with this case because they essentially block the intakes on the top and bottom providing poor circulation; I moved them inside and had much better results.
I was trying to stay focused on building a content creation machine, but I have to try and sneak a little extra for gaming where I can! I managed to get the RX590 from 1560 to 1680mhz and 2100 to 2250 for the memory using wattman. It rarely gets over 70c but it's unstable even at 1.3v to push any higher. I get right around 3000 in Superposition 1080 extreme which was my goal. The biggest benefit has been that I can finally use the freesync monitor; 144mhz feels so good!