Corsair Themed Ryzen 7 1700 Gaming and Productivity PC Build
Hello everyone. Will here. Today, I’m going to move away from my normal reviews and budget build recommendations and tell you about a future project I am going to be working on. This project is a gaming/streaming PC build capable of 1440p gaming and 4K gaming but more so to be used for streaming, video production, and gaming. Without further delay, I give you the full Corsair-AMD build, “The Dark Corsair Ryzes.”
The Dark Corsair Ryzes
i7 7700K Build
So, as you may know, and you would at least have an idea of it, but I currently game on an Intel i7-7700K build that features the 7700K processor, an MSI Z270 Tomahawk motherboard, MSI GTX 1080 Duke, Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM dual channel, Corsair H60 liquid CPU cooler, and Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200RPM mechanical HDD. All of these components are housed in the DeepCool Tesseract SW Blue case (slightly modified to allow GTX 1080 to fit) with 2 additional Thermaltake Riing12 high static pressure fans. The system is powered by an EVGA B550 B3 fully modular 80+ Bronze Certified 550w power supply. I will tell you, this is a fantastic machine and has a ton of power for today’s top Triple-A games and will play all of them at 1080p with at least 60fps. I have included a link below to the YouTube overview of this system. Swing by my channel there and drop a comment and/or like/dislike and subscribe for more video content.
Anyway, even though this is a great system, it still has some difficulties with streaming while playing at the highest settings. Given this issue, I have decided to start saving for parts and will slowly accumulate those parts for a future build which I will either livestream the build or upload a build video; heck, maybe both. This is where “The Dark Corsair Ryzes” comes into play. This computer, I want to have the power under the hood to manage streaming at the highest settings and also be able to do video editing for videos that I will upload to YouTube. This should be a beast of a machine and be able to handle these tasks that I require of it.
First, I had to make a decision on whether to go with the new Intel Coffee Lake series of processors or with the AMD Ryzen line. I try to be a budget and money savvy person which is a big reason I went with the Ryzen line as the price to performance ratio is quite better than Intel’s offering. So, let us begin this build with the processor.
The processor I chose is the Ryzen 7 1700 processor. The Ryzen 7 1700 is a good balance of price and performance. The processor sports 8 physical cores and 16 threads and comes out of the box with a base clock speed of 3GHz with a max turbo core speed of 3.7GHz. You also get a total L1 cache of 768KB, L2 cache of 4MB, and L3 cache of 16MB. The processor is built on the AM4 socket and is unlocked for overclocking (which I will do). The Ryzen 7 1700 processor has a TDP of 65w and can reach maximum temperatures of 95C; comes with Wraith Spire (LED) cooler which can support overclocking. The processor support 2667MHz DDR4 RAM in dual channel configuration.
To cool this processor with the overclocking I will be doing; I will be using the Corsair H100i liquid CPU cooler. This component will be the first of many Corsair products that I will have in this build, hence the name, “The Dark Corsair Ryzes.” I have had great success with my current Corsair H60 liquid CPU cooler on my i7 7700K processor so, why not continue that success with a larger CPU cooler at 280mm instead of the 120mm H60 cooler. Now, a 120mm cooler may be perfect for the Ryzen chip as it gets nowhere near as hot as the 7700K but, I want to stay super cool and therefore, possibly get higher and more stable overclocks. There’s nothing more to really say about this cooler except that it is Corsair and Corsair makes some fine products, at least in the products I have used.
MSI B350 Tomahawk Motherboard
Next, for the motherboard, I’m going to go with an old familiar face in the MSI Tomahawk. I also have this motherboard in my current gaming rig except it’s the Z270 variant whereas this will be the B350 variant. This board has everything I need in it with an overclocking chipset, a PCIe x16 slot for a nice, modern and fast GPU, a PCIe x1 slot for the wireless WiFi adapter I will use, an m.2 slot, and supports AMD Crossfire should I choose to do a crossfire configuration later on. This mother boar supports DDR4 memory from 1866MHz up to 3200MHz in dual channel configuration and has 4 RAM DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB of memory. There are 4 SATAIII ports, an M.2 slot, 4 USB 3.1 ports on the front and 3 in the rear, and 4 front USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports in the rear. This board is a fantastic board, and its Click BIOS 5 makes overclocking both CPU and RAM very easy.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
StorageClick thumbnail to view full-size
For storage, I am going with a Western Digital Blue 250GB M.2 drive for ultrafast read/write speeds and for my operating system and main games and other programs for benchmarking. I am also going to use a 240GB Crucial BX300 SSD for additional storage of games. For my main video storage, I will be using a 3TB Seagate Barracuda as it’s a lot of storage for a little amount of money and has pretty good reviews overall.
For my GPU, I was going to stick with my trusty nVidia cards but since I am going with the AMD processor, I will instead use an RX Vega64, 8GB variant. I plan on getting a liquid cooled version such as the Sapphire card but I will consider getting a non-liquid cooled card and use the Corsair or NZXT GPU liquid cooler adapter and a single 120mm liquid cooler. At any rate, the RX Vega64 should give ample horsepower for this streaming/editing/gaming machine as it is on par with the GTX1080 but may have a little better performance once overclocked and liquid cooled.
Corsair CS70M Power Supply
To power this system, I will go with the Corsair CS750M, 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX, 750w power supply. This PSU should provide more than enough power to this build, and the 525 watts or so total power draw for all components. The extra internal components like 5 Corsair HD120 RGB fans and fan controller and the Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I Wi-Fi adapter require very little additional power, so I should be fine with this 750w power supply.
Corsair Carbide 400CClick thumbnail to view full-size
Housing these components will be the Corsair Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower case. This case is black and offers 3 internal 2.5” bays and 2 internal 3.5” bays with maximum GPU support of up to 14.57 inches. The case supports ATX, EATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ITX. For just around $100 this is a great case to be a home to my Ryzen parts and has plenty of space to work in.
PeripheralsClick thumbnail to view full-size
For this build’s memory, I am going with the Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400MHz DDR4 RAM. I will be going with dual 8GB modules for 16GB total and will attempt to overclock this RAM to at least 2800MHz. In previous builds with the Corsair RAM, I have been able to overclock the 2400MHz variety to 3100MHz stable but seem to get better performance with 2800MHz or 2666MHz. Again, I will attempt to get 2800MHz on this RAM and the 16GB I will have will be more than enough for gaming and should be ample for streaming and video editing.
Finally, the peripherals will mostly consist of Corsair products with the Corsair K30 wired gaming keyboard and the Corsair M65 Pro RGB FPS wired optical mouse. Also, for streaming and recording, I will have an Elgato Game Capture HD game recorder. For a monitor, I will be using an AOC G2460FQ 24 inch, 144Hz monitor.
The Dark Corsair Ryzes in the Carbide 400C
This system is a great build I believe and will come in around the same price as my 7700K build at around $1,525 or so, pending the deals I can get. I am really looking forward to beginning my saving and collecting of components and especially the build when the time comes. I am probably a year or so out on this build, but I am in the shopping phase. Keep an eye out for the upcoming build hub as well as the 7700K build hub and YouTube video.
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