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So to start: I was debating on buying a new PC for a year, and finally decided to pull the trigger during Black Friday. My old PC, which I bought 2.5 years ago, was actually good enough 90% of the time, but the warranty expired, and due to part prices changing so rapidly, and new ones coming out so often, it's better to sell it now, and not lose anymore more value.
Now on the new build: I was determined I'll be going Ryzen, cause my workload would benefit greatly from more cores, rather than higher clock speed, not to mention the fact that AMD's CPU lineup is really killer when it comes to price:performance. From my previous build I'm keeping only the CPU Cooler, which is one of the key themes of the build, and the HDD. Overall pretty satisfied with the part choices I made!
BIOS+Configuring Settings+Other Issues:
Updated it to the latest version, everything seems to work nicely, biggest downside is it doesn't have negative offset voltage, so I ran a ton of different OC settings and stress tests to try to figure what's going to be the most optimal way to run my system stable and silent, with the current cooling solution I got. Considering that, using XFR2 with my cooler is going to be insufficient, and under heavy load for a few hours the CPU would start throttling due to high temps, also I would have to feed it more voltage constantly to run it stable, which is not ideal, for just a 3.25-5% performance gain.
CPU is OCed to 4.00GHz
CPU Core Voltage: 1.200V
NB/SoC Voltage: 1.05V
DRAM Voltage: 1.34V
LLC is set to Mode 3
NB LLC is set to Mode 3
RAM OCed to 3000 with 13-17-17-35 timings
Idle CPU temp: 25C
Cinebench R15: 1369 max temp 63C after 5 runs
Ran AIDA64, Prime95, IntelBurnTest, ASUS and RealBench, max temp 75C
A few other notes
GTX 1060: I actually don't play any games, only game I used to play is Dota2, but haven't played in like a year or more. I was planning on buyng a GTX 1050 or RX 560, just to plug my monitors, but there was a good deal on this model, and was like: oh well, guess I'm buying a 1060 Kappa
PSU: 850W is way overkill, although I believe running a higher wattage PSU at idle or full load is going to be more efficient, than a PSU running at 60-90%, and the prices between 650-750-850W were really close, so another reason to spend more Kappa
A bit pointless reviewing this BEAST, AMD has made the PC market really interesting for consumers by offering so many great products at amazing prices. If you're looking for one of the best all-around CPUs, and don't want to spend a fortune, look no further!
Bought this bad boy 2.5 years ago, it has proven itself many times both in terms of cooling, and silent operation. I've become a Noctua fan for sure, excellent quality products, which guarantee stability and offer outstanding warranty!
I've been using this thermal compound ever since I bought my Noctua CPU cooler, and just ordered a new one. It offers great performance, spreads really nicely and is not electrically conductive. Another amazing Noctua product!
For my Ryzen 2600X, this seemed like the best possible option, MSI has really upped their game for the 2nd Gen CPU. Looks are subjective, but I really like what they did here, it's a beauty! In terms of cooling, it has the best VRM of all the B450 boards, great feature set, onboard WiFi, M.2 Shield and more! The BIOS is really easy to use and setup, only downside is it doesn't have negative offset voltage, so you have to play around with overclocking and see what is the best way to run your system!
Got this kit for a good price during Black Friday, fits really nicely cause it's low profile, and you can be sure you won't have issues if you are using a big air cooler. It was listed in my Motherboard's QVL list, so I overclocked it easily at it's rated speed 3000MHz.
This little guy sure does pack a punch! Installing Windows and boot times are extremely fast, can definitely recommend!
This isn't the most commented and highly rated storage drive without a reason, have been using it for years now, and it's really a great choice for storing movies and other data, which doesn't rely on speed.
The card was on a good sale during Black Friday, right now I don't play anything, so I haven't tested in game, only ran some stress tests to make sure everything is okay, but reading other reviews/benchmarks, it's seems like a great product. I do like the design of the card, and it has a backplate, it compliments my build perfectly!
I was debating between this and the FD Meshify, but the S340 was on a sale during BF, so it was an easy decision. Actually I'm really impressed with build quality, cable management options, and overall the look and feel of the case is superb!
My previous system had a SeaSonic PSU, and it was running for avg 15h/day without any issues. They offer amazing build quality, extremely reliable and great value for money. Compact size, so you can fit it in almost any case, it's fully modular, which makes the build process very easy and clean, comes with a 10 year warranty. Overall another great purchase!
My build is focused around the CPU cooler from my previous system, so it was a no brainer to add more Noctua's, also new case didn't come with any intake fans. What can I say... Noctua is an amazing company, all of their products offer exceptional cooling performance, build quality and silent operation. You can't go wrong in any case!
I've been using this monitor for 2.5 years now, and it's just amazing for it's price. BenQ is actually my prefered monitor brand, they offer exceptional products whether it's productivity, general usage or gaming. I haven't had any problems, gaming on it is quite decent. Can definitely recommend if you're looking for a budget monitor for general usage and a bit gaming on the side!
When it comes to office productivity, general usage and exceptional build quality, Dell monitors seem to tick all the boxes. This exact model has slim bezels, WQHD resolution, full ergonomics flexibility, great contrast, colour reproduction and good pixel responsiveness! Overall a steal if you can get it during a sale.