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Orange glow - Ryzen gaming PC

by ultra700

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5 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 13, 2018

Date Built

Feb. 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.56GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

Description

This is my computer for gaming and recording/editing. I initially planned to do a budget build using R3 1200 / 1050 ti but I decided to increase my budget and get both better CPU and GPU.

This is the first computer I've ever built, so I was very careful when assembling it. The only problem I ran into is when adding an LED strip. I needed orange colour to match my build but it turned out the RGB header on this B350 motherboard supports only 7 basic colours and no orange.

So I had to modify the RGB cable, by disconnecting blue wire, and soldering a 1kΩ resistor onto the green wire to achieve orange light. The RGB header refused to work with this modded cable (which is bizarre), so I just connected it to the power supply since a simple 12V is all I really needed. Took a bit of work, but I finally have the orange light.

My case came with 2 fans, but I added 2 more for extra airflow. It will come in handy when I decide to overclock. I also added an extra laptop HDD which I had laying around. It will serve as a separate drive for recording videos.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor. I was planning to overclock it, but decided to run at stock for now since I'm already happy with the performance. I can see it's actually running at 3.4Ghz on all cores and does a single-core boost to 3.7Ghz.

Motherboard

Good motherboard, works as expected. However the RGB LED header supports only 7 basic colours and no full RGB spectrum.

Storage

Works well, but it's quite loud. I'll probably move my Windows and programs onto an SSD as the idle grind can be irritating.

Video Card

Awesome GPU. I'm very happy I got this one rather than 1050 Ti. Some people dismiss it because of its 3GB VRAM, but honestly, it's a great option for people on the budget and you get a lot of performance for the money. There is no game to my knowledge that this card cannot play. I suspect that by the time the VRAM becomes a real issue it will be time to upgrade anyway.

I bought this card in advance, last year during black friday when prices temporarily lowered. I'm glad I did considering GPU prices in 2018.

Case

I like the look of this case, and that's it's smaller than a regular mid-tower. I had to import it from the US though (which cost me double the price due to shipping) because unfortunately nobody sells the orange version outside the US.

Power Supply

Excellent power supply. Would buy again.

Comments Sorted by:

Karma_K 4 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Nice, I have a similar build but there are also slight differences like the color. I have the same case but in white/black with blue led fans. Case was cheap but well worth it’s cost compared to other cases around it’s price range, oh but wait, you actually got it for quite expensive compared to mine so I can’t really say the same.

ultra700 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Yeah. The shipping from the US is always costly. I could have got it in any other colour here in Europe which would be half the price, but I have a preference for orange light, so I think in the end it was worth the extra cost. The orange glow looks nice at night in a dark bedroom.

LimpCurve 1 point 7 days ago

Great build! Same CPU, motherboard, and GPU as I have.

JustAPCNoob 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Here in Malaysia, they sell the exact same case, just under a different name, Tecware F3, and it only comes in white, red and blue. Its a good looking case for the price. However there were a couple problems with it. My friend has one, but he got a new case and asked me to transfer parts to the new case(his old pc was a prebuilt pc), as I was taking apart the PC, I found out that the top cable hole thing for the cpu pin was smaller than the cpu pin itself and I couldn't get it out, I ended up having to bend the motherboard tray to make room for the cpu pin to come out. Did you have this problem at all?

ultra700 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

No, I didn't have this problem. The cable opening was big enough for my 8-pin CPU cable. CPU and power cable were the first ones I installed once the motherboard was in the case.