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Akarui hoshi (Bright star) AM4 Build

by Rgbeast

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27 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 28, 2017

Date Built

March 15, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.67 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

This PC is a Gaming/Workstation beast. Building inside of the 460X was not hard until it got to cable management, which can be tricky because its kind of cramped back there, even with a modular power supply. Even though the Crosshair VI Hero is backwards compatible with AM3 coolers, it does not include a backplate for this conversion. So FYI for those that plan on building with this mobo. I had to remove the plate from my old rig just to get this setup going until corsair ships the bracket for AM4. The Gskill RGB RAM does not play well with this motherboard, as they are 3000 Mhz but wont even clock at the speed supported by the board which is 2666 Mhz, I'm sure optimization will fix it soon. I chose the 460x because I already had a set of 3 HD120 fans for the build, with the hub and controller. The M.2 SSD is fast, very fast. So fast that sometimes the PC wont actually boot up, but it will power up(never giving a signal to the monitor). So, to fix this I had to delay the POST 3 seconds, a little wait during startup, but once its past POST its like lightning. Installing windows clean took at the max, 2 minutes . All in all it was fun, quite easy and I love it so far. (Benchmarks coming soon)

Part Reviews

CPU

I was skeptical about going for the most expensive Ryzen 7 chip, but I figured why not, if you build it, they will come. This processor is fast! My previous build was an A8 6600k, going from that to this, is a huge step. The speed is amazing, I can do everything I need at once and not a single issue with speed comes up. Paired with an AIO cooler, it never gets that hot. At peak with a load I hit about 60 degrees max.

CPU Cooler

Couldn't complain about this AIO cooler. It does the job, was very easy to install and mounted right onto the board with the correct backplate.

Motherboard

So far, this board has had some trouble. ASUS was rather quiet about this motherboards backwards compatibility with AM3 coolers. RAM speeds are not what they should be. My RAM is 3000 MHz out of the box, but the board wont clock the RAM any higher than 2133 MHz, yet the board supports 2666 MHz. Optimization takes time but it is very aggravating knowing you're only using 1/3 of your speed.

Memory

This RAM is very bright. You can get lost staring into the PC at the light this RAM puts off. Not overwhelming, and just recently compatible with AURA sync. The software is still in beta, it needs alot of work, but it does sync, and it is very pleasing on the eyes.

Storage

If you want super fast storage this is your solution. I've never seen file transfers, write, erase, game load times as fast as this thing provides. I installed windows thinking it would be a long task, left the room, 2 minutes later windows was finished. There was a slight snag during initial configuration where my PC was not displaying video at all after a restart. I simply delayed POST in the BIOS for 5 seconds(3 seconds should work) and good to go.

Video Card

The GPU I was using before this build, was an R9 270. So seating this big 1080 was a great feeling. The size of it was a big change but as compared to other 1080 variants, this one is pretty slim. The fans on it only start when they are needed, which helps cut down on unnecessary power usage. The RGB lighting syncs up with AURA creating a magical effect inside the case, suiting any color scheme just right with the click of a mouse. I've used it in a few games, and it is impressive. Max visual settings on multiple games, paired with the 1800x CPU makes for an experience so smooth, you'll never forget it.

Case

Very sleek, but not overwhelming, this case was a leap for me because tempered glass just wasn't my look. That is, until I spotted this case, sporting only 1 tempered glass side panel and 1 front panel, I didn't want my cables visible at all so I went with this version. Building in it was not difficult, but it was time consuming when it came to hiding the cables. My only issue with this case so far is that when you remove the glass panel from the side, it almost seems as if you have compromised the integrity of the case, making it difficult to reinstall the glass door.

Power Supply

I'm a big corsair fan, so my build has a lot of corsair components. I chose the RMx650 because I wanted a modular power supply, that didn't consume power unnecessarily, that was modular and it being corsair was just a bonus. The cables provided are nice, though I do plan to replace them with sleeved cables, the ones provided are nice for the time being.

Case Fan

These fans are bright, very bright. And the lighting seems to not affect performance in any way, keeping the case cool and performance at its best. I only wish these fans would LINK with other things but as it stands now, it isn't happening.

Comments Sorted by:

nakaman 4 Builds 4 points 25 months ago

1800 then 1080 now you need 1008

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

1008 score on a benchmark lol

Zurus 2 Builds 3 points 25 months ago

RGB's allow 80% more preformance...

nice build +1

Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

90% if they sync up.

Zurus 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

get a lucky overclock and get about 105% boost

Arichikurukuto 3 points 25 months ago

Great built.

claudiuskt 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

That's an amazing temperature of both CPU and GPU under load. I mean, a mere 5 degrees increase from idle? Damn.

Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I should probably edit that. It maintains that temp under load for a short time but after that its around 50- 60 steadily. If i disable the RGB effects its about 5 degrees cooler.

Bartendalot 1 point 25 months ago

With water, it takes a solid 45 minutes to get to accurate temps.

patrickbarrettdotcom@gmail.com 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

Very nice build. Good job!

AlbionTLG 2 points 25 months ago

Whaaaat but ryzen 1800X is not compatibile with Corsair H100i anyways the rest looks awesome

Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Its only not cpmpatible because they dont ship the retention bracket with the cooler. All you need to do is use an old backplate like I did. When the AM4 retention bracket arrives i plan to switch it back over. But there was no way in hell I was waiting on starting this build, because of a mounting bracket.

AlbionTLG 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks for letting me now I did not even think it was anyway compatibile

bpw87 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

Very nice build. I'm looking at the same case, board and cooler. Do you think you would have enough room for the H100i to be mounted up the top with the high profile ram? Apparently you can't on most motherboards but the Crosshair has a lower ram position than most boards and it looks like it will fit. I'm just trying to find out before I buy high profile ram for my build. If you could help that would be greatly appreciated.

Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I was originally gonna mount it up top but went with a front mount because it looked better from the front, when looking at it, the radiator helps block the light from the internals from mixing in with the HD 120 fans. I didnt actually mount it up top, but from the looks, you may be able to squeeze it up there.

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

you gotta love potato cams... +1

narcoteca 1 point 25 months ago

i have a question (excuse me if it sounds silly), do you have all the Ddr4 working at their right speed? im asking you because im about to build a Ryzen setup and i was reading about speed on compatibles ram and number slots for ram ... thanks

Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Sorry for the delay. No, unfortuantely the issue has not been fixed yet. But i'm not doing anything on the PC that would make me notice the difference. Although what I have read suggests removing 2 of the sticks and going that route, gives you better speed as compared to using 4 sticks.

llamasbetrippin01 1 point 24 months ago

Please tell me you took off the plastic cover on the chip set heat sync.

+1 ;)

Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Yeah, I left it there while i was still going in/out with the gpu so as not to scratch the surface.

xuanroll 1 point 23 months ago

Awesome build! Curious but how/where did you place the Corsair HD120 RGB in your build? I'm guessing the first 3 are in the front and wonder where you decided to place the 4th you got? Did you have any troubles using those fans for the case? I've heard people say that they won't fit ): but yours seems flawlessly intact to your case

Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I actually need to update that, i have 5 of them in there(didnt get the sixth because my wife said $2600 was enough) so I'm planning on dropping another in there very soon. The fans fit into this case with no hassle at all. I used screws provided by corsair included in the case and they actually worked perfectly as compared to the screws included with the fans, which gave me a rough time.

BodiXDDD 1 point 22 months ago

Did you fix the ram issue with the new agesa update?

Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I actually just sold the ram to a friend and bought a set of FlareX because I was impatient. This happened 2 weeks before the update so..yeah pretty salty but I cant be mad at the performance.

Fork_and_Spoon 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Does the Mobo have RGB\LGBT lighting?

Zatarot 0 points 25 months ago

Nice build but you keep mentioning that the motherboard does not include an AM3 back plate. What other AM4 motherboard comes with an AM3 back plate, or holes drilled for AM3 cooler hardware compatibility? They could've easily not bothered with being considerate by not drilling the holes and you wouldn't be here slighting them for something so trivial.

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Rgbeast submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Thank you, i took my time on it.