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White Ryzen 7 Build (Monochrome)

by Halfphild


Well, it's been a LONG time since I've built a computer (~8 years), but this went so well I had to post my basic experience back here. This site was a big help to me. Thank you to everyone on here willing to take the time to share their builds and feedback on everything.

I don't know what to 'name' this computer. Let me know if you have any ideas!

I use this mostly for multimedia production. Probably most of it's stress time will be in video editing with Premiere Pro and Photography with Lightroom.

I know very little about overclocking. With what little I've read and listened to, I've got this cpu to 3.7ghz and the memory to 2666mhz. I'd like to get them both a bit higher if possible but I'll need to take more time to research the stable ways to accomplish it. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure the motherboard truly supports 3200mhz yet even though this site lists it.

I'll check back in and update this if possible, with more accurate numbers as soon as I can. Please let me know what you think and thanks for any advice and positive feedback in advance.


EDIT - Got the memory to 2933! Takes a lot of time to see what works and doesn't from bios.

EDIT #2 (5.21.2017) - My 24/7 STABLE overclocking numbers are 3.8ghz with 1.35 voltage and offset of +.0375 and 2933mhz memory at an AUTO voltage (1.35 I think) and I'm pretty sure the timing is something like 16, 18, 18, 36 (I'll double check later). I got it to boot and run at 3.9ghz and change with the same memory settings but I might have had the voltage settings set incorrectly because it failed while under stress after about 30 minutes.

So my reality stress tests on this is inside of Premiere and Media Encoder. I've been creating proxy work files from a variety of native footage - this thing BLAZES through it all - encoding to a low quality cineform for editing. These editing stresses put the cpu at a max 58c & 1.439v while idle is 40c and around 1.36v The GPU got up to 66c during long term encoding.

I can't believe how fast it is. Life changer.

I think I'll call it Monochrome.

Good times. Thanks for all the help once again. I'll check in and reply to everything I can.

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relco 6 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

This .. wow. The photo of the white LED fans up top illuminating the chassis in the darkness is S E X Y. Great build and great photos! +1

One thing I might recommend would be to orient your rear fan to exhaust out the back of the case. It's blowing air onto the memory (usually not a component to have any sort of thermal issues) and pushing the hot air coming from the GPU towards the front of the case while the top exhaust fans try and pull the air up. I'm not sure what your temps are on your GPU, I can't imagine they are very high with all of those fans. So, if you are happy with the temps, disregard this, but it might drop a few C if your GPU is running hotter than you'd like!

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Hey thanks a lot! Thanks for the advice! I had a friend tell me to give this orientation a try and so far I'm loving it. My first problem is that I need to better meter the cpu temp. What do you suggest I use to see this accurately? The Corsair Link and Asus app I've got right now are a little confusing to me to understand. So I couldn't even tell you how hot things are. The thought behind the air flow was generally founded by hot air rising. So I'm trying to bring in cold air from both sides and exhaust it up and out which seems great so far. But again I need to see my temps better. What do you think/use?

relco 6 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

I use NZXT's CAM software. It can measure temps on both your CPU and GPU, it has a friendly user-interface as well! Hope this helps!

that_guy_sheridan 2 points 21 months ago

Great looking build dude. What are those headphones though ?

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks! Those are some BoseQC 25's. Just my opinion, nothing beats Bose ;).

that_guy_sheridan 2 points 21 months ago

Cool ! I own a pair BOSE that are different. The sound is so clear !

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Totally agree! I bought Bose at least five or six years ago and I doubt I'll ever go with another brand for sound.

Nicwilke 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Absolutely amazing where did you get those cable mods?

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks! Those are some Phanteks extension cables I got off Amazon. The only thing about them I didn't particularly like was how long they were but better safe than sorry. I'll try to add them to the list here.

mrzoltowski 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Simple, understated, and it has the same case as me! Check out what I did with mine ...

Like this a lot.

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I love it, man. Great job!

mrzoltowski 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Thanks man, your two fans on top light source only pic is wallpaper worthy ... super nice.

Srave 2 points 21 months ago

Stunning build man!

Great lighting, those top fans are an excellent idea, gonna try the same on my upcoming build.


abaffledwaffle 2 points 21 months ago

Did it take long for your am4 bracket to arrive? Did it come with?

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I had to order it separately from Corsair and it didn't take long. Felt like four/five days. Worked like a charm once I had it.

FcoEnriquePerez 2 points 21 months ago

This is gorgeous!

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago


Nicwilke 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Did you connect the fans to the motherboard or to the PSU? I'm curious for my next build ether to get a fan controller or just plug them into the PSU.

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I connected them to the motherboard. Seem to all be working well thus far. Looking around for some better monitoring software.

PaulBag 2 points 21 months ago

Very nice build dude, love the black and white detail. looking to build myself a system, I am a photographer/videographer plus I like gaming. I am currently using an iMac 5k, but It seems a bit long in the tooth now and I want something a little more with some punch!

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Thanks! It's been extremely fast with the little work I've done with it thus far. Made a giant Lightroom catalog in just over and hour. ~24,000 photographs. Minimum preview settings, just getting things together and organized. Rendered a fairly basic 2 minute 1080p video with some lumetri color in less than a minute. I love how well it let's me scrub through compressed clips off an external USB 3 drive. It's as if​ they're uncompressed! (I'm a huge proxy workflow fan still).

DankMieems 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

How were you able to install that liquid cooler onto the motherboard? I have the Prime x370 too and I can't get my mounting brackets to fit properly

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I had to buy a specific AM4 socket adapter direct from Corsair. Worked fine right away. I think it was ~$17 if I remember correctly. Came in the mail after about four days.

caleb.vickery 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

I like the build but the rad placement seems a little odd? The top hose from the pump seemed a little stressed.

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I appreciate the feedback! Thanks. Yeah this is definitely a bit of an experiment with the fans and radiator location. Most of what I've seen, people are sticking them up top but I recently saw some promising research on the benefits of front mounted intake mixed with top exhaust. I'll ride this wave till it dies off.

darkhawk_18 2 points 20 months ago

I love how it looks, so clean and neat. The white LED fans make it look even more elegant and classy than it already is. This is definitely one of the best builds i have seen, congrats.

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Wow, thanks a lot! I'm still surprised at how well it all came together.

professor.MOB 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

wow amazing build & pics

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Thanks! Such a fun and fast build!

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Is there enough clearance for the h100iv2 in the top of the case?

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Great question. I don't actually know. I will do some quick measurements and see. I'm guessing you could make it work. I planned from the beginning to bring in air from the sides and exhaust above - this has worked out very well thus far.

Hey_its_Mystic 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Holy crap I love the look of this build, your photography was outstanding and the choice of components is great . +1 :) Nice Build

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks a lot! It's all running beautifully. Yes, of course you could do much more in terms of power from the GPU etc. but it meant more to me (at some point) to keep to a certain theme. In this case, black and white. Cheers!

gavjof 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build. Great photos. Anything with good DOF and Bokeh works but I love the colour scheme.

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks! LOL, yes DOF is a saving grace in the world of photography. Thanks again!

Subgenius213 1 point 17 months ago

Absolutely STUNNING photos of the upper lighting casting down on the rest of the build. This is my new desktop wallpaper! I don't think that I have ever left a comment here (mostly because I am out of my league when it comes to builds and gaming) so I just admire quietly but in this case I had to comment.

I am about to take on my first build for a workstation/video editing machine and I will be taking most of my cues from your build. I have been a tinkerer for many, many years (i'll post some pics of my office/workshop soon. it's like a mad scientist's lab). That said, I am not foreign to building in general but the last PC i "built" was assisting a friend in his building of a water cooled machine back in 1999 ...WAY before that was even a thing. I fulfilled my duties as his assistant and at the end of the day, we killed the machine because condensation built up on the copper tubing that we used to run through the machine and through the fins of a rather large heatsink that was the main CPU cooler. ...yeah, I know, but again ... this was 1999!!

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Wow, Thanks a lot! My advice is to try not to feel too 'out of the league.' This is only my second build ever and it was all really intimidating to me as well. This website helped SO much. There are other sites out there like this one but I got very comfortable to this workflow and stuck to it. The other thing that made it easier than I expected was that the hardware was much more amateur builder friendly. I did a ton of research and went back and forth for weeks on certain pieces and capabilities. Finally, I had to just pick something and go. I played around with overclocking it all for a while but ran some numbers and for the current multimedia editing I do with it - it simply didn't require it. I build and work inside of Adobe's Creative Cloud using proxies and I still cannot believe how fast it is compared to my past build.

I'm very much an amateur builder. This build made me feel SO much better than I did after my first. Just plan ahead, set your limits (budget, themes etc.) and go. I feel this will last me years to come - and (as you probably know) for a FRACTION of the cost storefronts provide.

Thanks so much for your positive comments. Keep in touch.

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Halfphild submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Thanks a lot! I knew early on I wanted black and white. It's a classic look that will last me a while I think. I'll try to update this with pics of the building. They much more documentary style from the phone ;)

darkhawk_18 2 points 20 months ago

If i pick 2 hd140 (rgb) instead of 2 ml140 would the low white light effect be different? or would it remain the same if i make some adjustments? what do you think about it?

Halfphild submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I'm honestly not sure how different it would turn out. I say go for it. Let us know.