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Old 13-09-17, 07:17 PM
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Hi there guys and gals! Long time no see.

Ever since I joined OC3D more than 5 years ago, I've been talking about buying my own proper PC, but I never did end up buying one. Until now. It's taken a while, and I almost threw up when I paid for it all, but I'm finally getting a decent setup.

Note that this post won't contain any pictures yet. All of the components should arrive tomorrow (if I don't miss the courier). For now, this post is more about the 'backstory' of this rig. I like to think that it's at least semi-interesting, but feel free to come back tomorrow for the good stuff.

At the beginning of this year, I fell quite ill (this is also the reason I haven't been active). I'm not really comfortable sharing all the details here in public, as I'm a part of the OC3D news team and my full name is on the front page. The most important thing to know is that I'm healthy now, and ready to start posting (and maybe even writing) again.

Anyway. Since the past few months have been so crappy, I decided to treat myself. And so I did. I went ahead and ordered myself a proper rig, complete with a new 1080p display which will probably end up being replaced by a nice 1440p monitor in the future (I'm currently rocking a 19" 1440x900 screen).

Of course, every PC needs a name. I have decided to call mine 'JavaBean', but not for the reason you might think. While JavaBean is a pretty common term in coding, my reasoning is completely different. You see, Java is slang for coffee. As a recovering coffee addict, I've decided to name my rig JavaBean (coffee bean) as an homage to my favorite hot beverage.

I've considered waiting for Coffee Lake solely for its name, but in the end, I decided against it. I'll probably end up throwing some Noctua fans in there for good measure, though.

The specs are as follows:

CPU: Ryzen 5 1600
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VI Hero
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB @ 3200MHz - 2x8GB
GPU: ASUS RX 580 Strix 8GB
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C
Storage: Samsung 960 Evo 250GB + Seagate IronWolf 2TB (faster than WD Blue and only a little bit more expensive)
PSU: Corsair RM750x
Monitor: Philips V-line 240V5QDSB (cheapest 24" IPS monitor I could find. It gets pretty good reviews).

Now, as you can see, I've probably made some pretty weird choices in terms of hardware. Allow me to explain. For starters, the Crosshair VI is probably overkill for the Ryzen 5 1600. Honestly, I didn't plan on buying the Crosshair VI at all, but while I was ordering everything I sort of decided I wanted one in the heat of the moment.

To be fair, I plan on staying with AMD for the foreseeable future, so I'll probably keep this board for many years (and CPU-generations) to come. Might as well get a decent board then, right? Those 14 USB ports are pretty swell, too. I do kind of regret buying such an expensive motherboard, but I'm sure it'll serve me well in the years to come.

I almost ordered a Ryzen 7 1700 too, but it's hard to justify the extra cost when I only use multithreaded applications for school (I study journalism, so I need to edit videos every now and again, and I use Adobe Lightroom fairly regularly). I also used to stream every now and again. I actually had a (very) small audience with some regular viewers, so I might start doing that again from time to time. And, of course, I'll be gaming on this bad boy, too.

For now, 12 threads should be more than enough for these purposes, but I can always upgrade to Ryzen 2 (or 3) in a few years time. Plus, I'm specializing in written journalism in a few months, so I'll probably stop editing videos altogether (unless it's for fun).

I did also kind of get shafted with the GPU. At first, I'd ordered the Powercolor RX 580 Red Devil, but the next day it suddenly went out of stock. After contacting my retailer, they told me that they weren't sure when they would actually be able to deliver my GPU. At this point, I had two choices: either wait (potentially for months) or get a refund for the GPU and buy a more expensive one at another retailer.

I'm not a very patient person when it comes to online shopping, so I went with the latter. This meant spending €380(!) for an RX 580 Strix (the Red Devil was about €340, which is already insanely overpriced). At this point, I considered upgrading to a GTX 1070, but those were simply way out of my budget.

Lastly, I'll be using the stock cooler for now. As far as I've heard, the Wraith Spire is a pretty decent cooler, and it should even be able to pull off a mild overclock. I will replace it with either an AIO or a Noctua cooler (read above) later on.

Anyhow, that's pretty much everything. I should probably stop rambling on, as this post is pretty much a short college essay by now. Tomorrow I'll (hopefully) start the building process, and I'm hoping that it'll be up and running (and overclocked) by the end of the weekend.

Cheers,

AverageNinja

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Old 14-09-17, 12:20 AM
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Old 15-09-17, 03:15 PM
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Well, after struggling for a few hours, JavaBean is fully operational. I really enjoyed building this system, but some things required more pressure than I expected. Honestly, I hadn't been this scared to touch anything since my first date with my first girlfriend

Anyway, I didn't take as many pictures of the assembly as I would've liked, but I think I still have plenty. Do note that I took these photos with my Nexus 5X in unnatural lighting, so they won't be very high-quality.

These are most of the parts:



I started off with a test build outside of the case. This meant taking out the motherboard, screwing the little 'cooler tabs' out (which took a lot of work, the screws were ridiculously tight), and mounting the CPU:






(Is it just me, or do the edges of the CPU look dented?)

Afterwards, I had to mount the Wraith Spire, and this is where it almost went wrong. It seems like the screws on the Spire are slightly too short, so every time I went to screw one screw in, the other side would bend upwards. In the end, I had to hold down the cooler with full force and screw it in that way. I thought I was gonna ruin the board for sure.



I did have to remount the cooler multiple times, so I've probably ruined the thermal paste. I'm debating whether I should reapply thermal paste, as this means buying a bottle of isopropyl alcohol (only sold in 1-liter bottles for me), as well as some TIM. I'm also kind of scared to remove the cooler again since it was such a pita to install it in the first place.

I did do a test-run with OCCT at stock, and CPU temps were around 67 degrees Celcius, which is acceptable. After 15 minutes the CPU usage suddenly dropped, though. Does anyone know if this is normal?

Anyway, on with the build. Installing the RAM and GPU went flawlessly, no problems here. At first, I didn't get a signal at all when trying to POST, but it turns out my VGA to DP adapter isn't active. When I tried my new monitor over HDMI, it worked fine.




IT'S ALIVE

Next, I installed everything in the case obviously. This went fairly well. Installing the PSU required some handiwork (the Meshify C is extremely tight). Other than this, I had no issues whatsoever (although the I/O shield did cause a little bit of trouble when inserting the motherboard).




That's tight

And here are pictures of the finished product:


Don't mind the PCI-E cable. I've since made it a bit tidier





Overall, I think it all went fairly well. Aside from the catastrophe with the CPU cooler, there were no major issues, and I'm glad I lost my PC-building virginity and can now call myself a member of the masterrace.

I'll see you all around,

AverageNinja
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Old 15-09-17, 03:23 PM
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Nice work sir. Good to see you back on the Forums.

I look forward to seeing more.
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I keep having to pinch myself to convince myself that you are finally building a PC haha. Nice work man, looks nice and clean
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Old 15-09-17, 03:28 PM
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Nice work sir. Good to see you back on the Forums.

I look forward to seeing more.
Cheers Mark!

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I keep having to pinch myself to convince myself that you are finally building a PC haha. Nice work man, looks nice and clean
I had to pinch myself when all the parts arrived too, honestly. Thanks a lot man
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Old 15-09-17, 04:46 PM
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I keep having to pinch myself to convince myself that you are finally building a PC haha. Nice work man, looks nice and clean
Yeah, nice and clean, looks good. I really like the look of those AMD heatsinks too. They look so good with black internals.

Wish I had a pic of my first PC build. It's so crazy how things have changed in the last 17-18 years with aesthetics of PCs.
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Update time!

I've been running JavaBean for about a week now, and everything's still going fairly smooth. I haven't overclocked yet, still want to reapply thermal paste before I do, but other than that it's been great. Sadly, the GPU does have some coil whine. It's definitely noticeable, but with headphones on I can't really hear it so I don't think I'm going to return the card. It does sound quite weird though. Here's a video of it:



It also seems that my new monitor has a few dead pixels. They're around the edges of the screen, so they're not really noticeable, but I'm still returning it. I'm still in the return period, so I might as well get a proper one.

Other than that, everything's been great. I've tidied the GPU cables a bit, but since the GPU covers up the ideal grommet, it's not ideal. Still, I think it looks decent enough.






(I hate those USB 3 cables)

I did also run some benchmarks:











Well, that was basically it for now. Thanks for watching/reading!

Cheers,

AverageNinja
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