Originally coming from an FX-8350 and two GTX 970's in SLI Liberty Prime is back and better than ever, ready to take on the communist threat! This is actually my third iteration of this build. The second being the switch to R5 1600 hence the gen I mobo and I never uploaded that build, not really sure why, I think I didn't feel it was enough of a change seeing how I kept the case, PSU, GPU, Monitor etc. Price definitely got away from me though, what started as a graduation present to myself in 2015 with a $1K budget ended up a $2K+ project that still definitely isn't done.
Now the only part left from the original build is the PSU which will be the next major upgrade after some new case fans, because as I'm sure you all can see that purple fan in the rear does not match the CPU Cooler. I stuck with the stock cooler because I was interested to see the performance over the horrible FX stock coolers, I read online that the Hyper 212 EVO wasn't much better and since these are rated for their 105W line of chips I figured this would have no problem cooling this amazingly low 65W TDP.
I will be using this build for a good mix of gaming, Microsoft Excel (which surprisingly really needs the cores when working with spreadsheets around 1M rows) and database programs like MySQL.
Got this processor on release day from my local Micro Center but had to wait due to ASRock taking their sweet time with a BIOS update for this board, releasing it on day of release when most other X370 boards got the update about a week prior. Would have liked to get a new Radeon 5700 with it, take $50 off the already reduced price but I had just gotten the Vega 64 a few months ago and wasn't quite financially ready for a GPU upgrade.
New 7nm products aside I love the aesthetic of the RAM but I can't get it over 2933MHz, probably due to the X370 board as I know people had a hard time getting over 3000MHz on first gen Ryzen. I love the WD M.2 drives, price was great and performance was honestly good enough in my eyes, I know the 1st gen WD NVMe drives weren't great, I'll probably upgrade to a better 512GB drive down the road. The case is okay, honestly don't love it as much as I thought it would but definitely better than my first case. Hate the keyboard, don't love red switches as much as I thought I would and as I get older I'm working more than gaming and reds really do suck to type on. The mouse is nothing special but SteelSeries' software to control DPI and RGB is fantastic, plus I kind of have a Fallout theme going on (in case you haven't noticed) and I absolutely love it.
The monitor I really have to praise, usually not a huge fan of MSI but this thing delivers! while probably the most budget 3440x1440p ultrawide out there, the FreeSync makes all my gaming experiences buttery smooth, no dead pixels, no USB ports but my motherboards has 10 so I don't care, my PC is on top of my desk so the USB ports are just as close as where the monitor's USB ports would be located.
Overall I was worried I wouldn't see a huge difference between the R5 1600 and the R7 3700X but it's night and day. Maybe not as night and day as upgrading from the FX-8350 to the R5 but damn if not close. Much better frame rates in games not even updating any GPU settings. I ran some benchmarks before the CPU upgrade and plan to run some more, I'll update this post with some results in case anyone else is interested in seeing performance differences between 1st and 3rd gen Ryzen, and 6 to 8 cores for that matter.