This build has some unique requirements being that it serves multiple functions. It resides in a nook in my bedroom so it needs to be as quiet as possible, and not too bright so as to disturb sleep.
MACHINE NAME: CODE RED
- MOBO: Asus Prime X470 Pro
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x
- GPU: ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1080 OC 8GB
- RAM: 16GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4 3200
- PSU: Corsair RM750i
- CASE: Cooler Master Mastercase Pro 5 with tinted tempered glass panel
COOLER: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240mm AIO
- COOLER: NZXT Kraken X62 280mm AIO
- SSD: Intel Optane 760P M.2 NVMe PCIe x 4 512GB
- SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
- SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
- HDD: Toshiba X300 4TB 7200RPM
- HDD: Toshiba X300 5TB 7200RPM
- HDD: Toshiba X300 6TB 7200RPM
- NETWORK: ASUS PCE-AC88 4×4 AC3100 WiFi card
- KEYBOARD: Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum
- MOUSE: Logitech G602 Wireless
- DISPLAY: Acer Predator XB271HU WQHD G-Sync (Gaming)
- DISPLAY: Dell P2415Q 4K (Photo Editing)
- AUDIO: Logitech 5.1 Surround
The tinted glass gives the RGB a muted and subtle vibe that doesn’t light up the room. I’ve set my spectrum limited from red to blue.
When we take the side off, now we can see what makes it tick.
ASUS X470 board making sure everyone plays together nicely.
Thermaltake AIO keeping that Ryzen cool.
G.Skill Trident RAM keeping things speedy and classy. Still haven’t seen the need to go over 16GB, so that’s still my recommended amount.
ASUS never misses an opportunity to let you know you’re ROG. Ha.
Here you’ll find ASUS’s extremely fast 4 x 4 WiFi card to go with the RT-AC88u router, as well as some SSDs hiding out. Also, more ASUS branding in case you forgot what kind of card you had. STRIX!
I have this weird little nook in my master bedroom that allows the PC to be out of the main area and not take up space in the room. It’s also convenient for a tidy surround sound setup (need to do something with the cables still). I installed a shelf into the studs and floated my PC next to my desk over the subwoofer. This saves space, gives a clean look, and gets the PC off the ground where my dog’s hair is. If you look closely you can also see a headset hook mounted under the shelf.
External 16TB backup drive and my photo printer that allows me to print up to 13×19 prints for friends and clients. Gotta figure out what to do with those speaker cables!
Now the fun part. Let’s get this baby up and running and run some benchmarks!
But first some overclocking!
Errr, wait. I can’t get a stable OC beyond 4.2GHz and the voltage and heat is pretty damn high at these levels. Not something I’d want to run longterm 24/7. In any case, it turns out these new Ryzens have great XFR2 boost profiles out of the box. I’m getting 4.1-4.2 Ghz on all 16 logical cores, and boosting up to 4.3 Ghz on lightly threaded apps. This means that you actually get LESS performance when overclocking in most things. Go figure. Nice for everyone, if a little less fun for your OC geek. Beast out of the box. Nice. Plus running at lower frequencies during light loads uses less power and keeps things nice and quiet. Less power is good. Yay environment!
Turns out Tom seems to agree with me on this one.
OK then, benchmarks!
Ryzen’s 16 threads are really killing it here.
Everyone runs 3DMark right? OC’ed 1080 is performing admirably. I game at 1440P so saved some money over the 1080Ti. We’ll see what Volta brings.
Well that’s it folks. Feel free to leave comments or ask any questions. Happy building!
EDIT: After this post I replaced the 240mm Thermaltake AIO with a 280mm Kraken X62. I had to move some things around in my case to accommodate. See my upcoming post on thermals from different radiator configurations.
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