I jumped into this endeavor knowing that I wanted to A) invest in some new, promising technology. And B) to restore some faith to the lagged-behind but not forgotten AMD chipset brand. The Ryzen series chipset has been tantalizing my build sense for quite some time and I decided to give it a "go!"
With building a system that functions as a workstation/gaming hybrid, it seemed perfectly logical to trust the proposed multi-threading prowess of the Ryzen series CPUs. Oh man, was I right! Plenty of researching later and the browsing of comprehensive benchmarks solidified by suspicions: I was going to invest in AMD. Ryzen 7 1700, 1700x, and 1800x all outperform even $1000 intel chips within workstation purposes. That's what I wanted, but I also wanted to play some games; and to do it beautifully! This is where I waltzed across adding a 1080 to my rig.
The Asus Prime x370-Pro MoBo pairs perfectly with Ryzen, as it should. It's engineered for that purpose, afterall! There's a 3.7ghz boost utility built into the Ryzen CPU, but it was bypassed almost immediately. I opted to Overclock via the Asus BIOS -- which are as user friendly as they come -- to much success. A system benched at 4.02ghz later and I am tackling any work order or gaming task thrown in my direction; smooth as silk. Silk? More like 1,000 thread-count Egyptian cotton!
Opt for faster RAM with any Ryzen build, as it benefits from size and speed. My choice for the 32GB was mostly a result of future-proofing. But there was some multi-thread optimization in consideration there, as well.
Caveat: Be careful in pairing the Ryzen series CPUs with MoBo and RAM options. You'll want to stick with one of the newer Asus models: Crosshair or x370 pro. These are built for Ryzen and marry the idiosyncrasies of the chipset well.
Having both confirmed Motherboard support and a verified RAM package is a MUST. Ryzen benefits from greater volume of memory, as well as quicker memory. Try for something above the 2133 standard for best results.
P.S. ditch the stock fan if it's in your budget. I slapped a Cooler Master 212 Evo on my Ryzen 7 1700 and it was 100% worth the extra investment.
The workstation capabilities of the 7 series processors is unbeatable! Your setup will be out-performing even top-end Intel chips in multi-threading with little-to-no sweat.DO NOT invest into Ryzen if you're hung up on single-core processing. This chipset can be overclocked within a range of 3.8ghz - 4.25ghz. If you're comfortable with the OC environment, then the 1700 is the right CPU for anything you throw at it. The 1700x or 1800x allot for that extra ~300mhz of speed. But when is 300mhz ever been worth $200+?
Absolutely fantastic for Workstation and a beast for Gaming.
Really solid top-tier fan cooling. If you're not jumping into CPU water cooling, then this is the fan to pair most-any build with. It performs well and Cooler Master has always provided solid customer support!
Some users have expressed troubles with BIOS and condition of this MoBo upon shipping. However, it's a new series crafted with Ryzen in mind and it matches all of the needs for such a build. I did not encounter any such issues and have efficiently navigated the BIOS for both overclocking and simple system navigation/tinkering. Solid Motherboard, as long as you get one of the more recent shipments with updated bios and kinks more worked out.
Corsair is always a good choice. I was looking into G.Skillz RAM to pair with my Ryzen, but the Asus mobo didn't have any above 16GB that were verified and/or rated well. I fell back on Corsair (a guaranteed brand) and couldn't be happier!
Be careful to check the throttle on your Motherboard, as I had to do some tinkering with voltages to get above the stock 2133. Currently, 2666 is running smooth. I will look into getting closer to that bench of 3000 with more troubleshooting in the future.
EVGA? GTX 1080? Yep, that basically says it all! This bad boy runs quiet, cool, and fast!
If you're looking int a GPU above the 1070, but don't want to jump into the Ti. Or maybe you can't budget it? This 1080 is top-of-the-line without breaking the bank. $528 is relatively modest for the output and graphical stress that this card can handle. No regrets.
Really solid case! My only gripe is with the fact that I didn't invest in a full-tower case for future water cooling endeavors. I am using the red ATX MId Tower, not the white. Nice modest viewing window, angular design, reasonable size. I love it!