Right, update time! I had intended of updating as I built it but teething problems, uni and work had other ideas, so here is everything.
So, obviously first things first, strip the case and remove the pre installed fans, as everyone knows packaged Corsair fans are loud
I know I'm going to sound like every reviewer but this 2.5" mounting system is absolutely brilliant, comes in handy as I've got a pair of 2.5" HDDs to go with my SSD
While waiting for my Corsair brack to be delivered, I decided to get the fans mounted and the PSU in, only to realise that my rear fan is the wrong way around after taking the photo
The motherboard itself looks excellent, very sleek and neutral. Only shame is that the rear I/O is red which ruins the rest of the aesthetic, but hell I never look so I don't care
And the CPU, looks great with the RYZEN printed on it, only to be hidden away.
The RAM however looks great, matches with the motherboard very well.
Finally the Corsair bracket arrived! So got the standoffs on and the motherboard in the case
Now starts off my gripes about that case, I've had to mount my radiator to the front of the case as it can't be mounted to the top without interfering with the RAM which is very annoying as my personal preference is that radiators should be used on the exhausts, but I've seen plenty of others use this configuration without trouble so I thought I'd best give it a go
Gripe number 2! Once the PSU shroud is back on, there is barely any space for cable routing except for the center cut out, which as reviewers have said, is a little weirdly positioned especially because my RM850 isn't exactly small. However it's also weird that this motherboard's front panel pins are in the bottom center not bottom right which instead, SATA and Front USB3 are there.
I know there is the little hole below the PCIe slot but to use that, the entire motherboard would have had to come out as the Audio port and Fan port wouldn't fit through, and by that time, taking the motherboard out for something so trivial was out the question. So my own stupidty I'll admit
Time to get the GPU in, but first, take off the normal black fans it came with and fit the blue LED fans instead, handy to have these fans on the side as spares in case the others break or something.
Now the full build, since I'm not modding there's not much else to show in between, so here it is! Also, I absolutely love the door panel.
As I've said, I've had teething problems most of which were motherboard bound and have been fixed (relatively) with a BIOS update.
My FPS Drop problem turned out to be F.Lux interferring in the background, disabled it and it now runs perfectly
All in all, I want to love Ryzen, I really do. But in it's current state, I can't. It feels like all the potential is there, but until better support comes I can't use it all, primarily on the BIOS front. I know that mainly pins the blame on MSI but let us not forget how AMD launched Ryzen but forgot to support the motherboard manufacturers building up to it, unless there's a saboteur behind the curtain *cough*Intel*cough*. The RAM problem is specifically bad especially since advertising support for 3200MHz RAM is a selling point for this board, I just hope it will be fixed, and fixed soon, also same goes with the RAID drivers, they are downright horrible, getting Windows to detect the drives is one thing, but working the system or something else, Corsair Link wouldn't work, neither would CPU-Z or Speccy, I would get service crashes and such, it was a nightmare.
Finally, like I said this isn't the beast's final form, a custom water cooling loop will be coming sometime this year purely dependant on cash, unless EKWB will sponsor it (I wish) and will post more updates as BIOS updates come and once I feel like it's stable enough, I will do some proper OC'ing on the CPU and GPU.
Thanks for reading and I will be back soon