Alright, finally got the itch to build something on the AM4 platform. I've been watching prices for months and months. With the 3600 still at $200, I decided that I would probably start with either a new Ryzen 3 1200 for $60 or hopefully find something used on the forums. After all, I'm a cheap bastard. The question was whether I could find a motherboard that I like. What I wanted was something with descent VRM, ALC 1150 or better, ATX, and not more than like $130. I was so close to getting a used x370 Taichi, which was my dream board, but someone else snagged it before I could pay the forum member. Then someone here posted a very cheap x370, and although it has a somewhat weak 4+3 VRM, I figure it should be good enough to play around and have some fun with while I learn about this Ryzen stuff. I put out feelers for some used B-die RAM too, but that didn't pan out. I saw some new 2x8GB 3600CL16 on sale though, so I grabbed them. The rest of the parts are being re-used from my old rig.
R5 1600 $55 from [email protected]
GA-AX370-Gaming K5 $80 from [email protected]
2x8GB RipjawsV DDR4-3600 16-19-19-39 1.35v $80 from Amazon
TPC-612 re-used from old rig
Patriot Viper VPN100 NVMe SSD re-used from old rig
HD 7850 re-used from old rig
LEADEX II 650W re-used from old rig
HAF XB re-used from old rig
ASUS 1080p monitor re-used from old rig
Motherboard got here yesterday. RAM got here today. CPU should be here tomorrow.
Concerns I have:
- How much will I be able to push this hexacore on this 4+3 board? I see that core-disabling is an option if I want to try for a nice HWBOT CPU-Z submission. Cooling shouldn't be a problem for this vapor chamber cooler that I have.
- This RAM. It was too cheap to be Samsung B-die. It could be some rather high bin Hynix or Micron. Luckily I don't mind getting down and dirty with all the timings. While I doubt I'll be able to run it at rated speed on 1st gen Ryzen, I would like to push at least like 2933 MT/s with tight timings. Coming from DDR3-2400CL9 I just know I'll be disappointed, lol.
- BIOS. There must be like 50 BIOS revisions for this board and a new one just came out the other day. It's going to be a pain (or fun) to see which one plays nice with my configuration.
- RGB. This board has it. Not my thing, but I'll try it out.
Once I get it up and running, I'll be posting benches and comparisons against my old Skylake i5-6500T (OC'd to 4.1GHz).