Finished my first build yesterday, with some additional adjustment today! Thanks for all the help! After a lot of nervousness and excitement, I’m quite happy. I may run into problems in the coming days, but so far things seem to be working, and that feels like a small miracle.
Here are some pictures (case open, close-up, case closed, and some CPU-Z stuff):
My cable management leaves something to be desired, but I had some trouble with that because the Fractal G has barely any room in the back for cables. That’s why I have the GPU cables right there in the main part of the case - when I had the GPU cables more in the back, it was hard to close the back panel, and I didn’t want to squeeze things. It seemed better to have them in a more unsightly position so that the back panel could slide smoothly closed. If you have any suggestions about that, I’d appreciate it.
Here are the specs (prices were different then, e.g. the Vega 56 was only $300, not $430):
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor||$329.00 @ B&H|
|Motherboard||MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX AM4 Motherboard||$157.99 @ Amazon|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory||$77.99 @ Newegg|
|Storage||Crucial MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive||$64.99 @ Adorama|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon RX VEGA 56 8 GB PULSE Video Card||$309.99 @ Amazon|
|Case||Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case||$49.99 @ Amazon|
|Power Supply||Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply||$129.89 @ Amazon|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF120 White 52.19 CFM 120 mm Fan||$15.89 @ OutletPC|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-10 14:03 EDT-0400|
I plan on adding a 2 TB HDD for storage and a Blueray burner later on, because I have them from my old computer. The optical drive one of the main reasons I chose this case - it has a bay for that. But I’ll worry about that stuff at a later date.
I don’t seem to have had any obvious problems with the BIOS - it posted the first time, and Windows installation went smoothly. I updated Windows, installed drivers for the Vega 56, and installed the latest motherboard drivers from MSI (not sure whether I needed to do that).
There was one time this morning, the first time today that I booted it up, when either it didn’t post or the TV wasn’t getting a signal from it (I have the computer plugged in to a 1080P 46-inch TV, because I don’t have a monitor at the moment). That was after the computer’s HDMI had been unplugged from the TV overnight, the power supply had been turned off, and something else had been plugged in to the TV’s HDMI port overnight. When it didn’t work, I powered it off, re-did the HDMI cable, and then it booted fine. That’s the only problem I’ve had in probably 20 boots, so I’m not too worried. I’m not sure whether it was just the TV acting weird, or a BIOS irregularity (beta BIOS), or what - but it only happened that one time.
At first my 3200 ram was only running at 2133, but I turned on XMP in BIOS and now it is running at 3200, so I think that’s fine.
I tried firing up World of Warcraft, and at max settings it seemed to run fine. It said 100.00 FPS and that never changed at all. Not too sure what that means. But the game was running at much higher settings and FPS than I’ve ever had before, so that pleased me.
According to GPU-Z, I have the Samsung GPU memory, so I think that means I could flash the Vega 64 BIOS for better performance if I wanted? I guess I’ll wait on that though, so that there are fewer troubleshooting variables if problems arise with the new build.
The hardest aspect of the build for me was cable management and getting some of the cables plugged in. After screwing in the power supply, I found it hard to access the connectors there, because the case has a drive enclosure in front of it. And the 24-pin motherboard power was very sticky, rather difficult to plug it in all the way. I wasn’t thrilled with the Fractal G case in terms of ease and comfort of building. It seemed to me that there wasn’t enough room for cables in the back, or good spots to secure them. But it seems to have worked out.
I’ll probably run into some kind of trouble in the coming days, but clearly it is basically working, so I’m very pleased. Do you think I missed anything important for the initial setup, drivers etc? I’m going to go through the “what to do next” sticky. When MSI releases a non-beta version of the BIOS, I’ll update it to that.