Munraker - Fusion Engine Roket Powered Goodness Now With Moar Boosters

So there's a new hot blooded love in my life. Her heart pumps with a ceramic bearing core and sports some pretty awesome hardware under the hood.

Meet Munraker: (Mun is the moon in Kerbal Space Program for any un-nerdy heathans, Moonraker is a bond flick if you were born after Y2K)

Ryzen 7 1800X CPU, Deepcool GamerStorm CAPTAIN 120EX-AIO 120mm Ceramic Bearing Pump LIQUID CPU Cooler, MSI 1070 Gaming X GPU, ASUS Strix GTX 970 GPU, MSI B350 Gaming Plus MOBO, G.SKILL Ripjaw 16 GB (2x8GB) DDR4 RAM, 238GB Crucial SSD, WD 2 TB RED secondary drive, WD 4TB PURPLE. All neatly stuffed into a Deepcool TESSERACT Red ATX Mid Tower.

CPU

This little chip is the brains of the operation. 8 full cores and 16 threads with a 3.6 GHz base, 4.0 GHz boost. This is the second AMD system I've built, the last being, The "lil" Bastard, which was a Bulldozer 8350 w/ 16GB DDR3. This new chip, though running slower by almost 900MHz (Old was OC to 4.5 GHz) out-performs it's dated cousin by miles.

Old system when running Elite:Dangerous, 3 addon database programs, voice attack, Open Broadcast Software, about 40 chrome tabs and streaming live to twitch: used to hold the 8350 at 85-90% CPU utilization.

The same setup with all the new hardware, it sits right around 31-33% CPU utilization, a marked difference. Even when my daughter's friend opened Overwatch and started playing on top of everything else running, CPU usage only went up to 40%. Needless to say, this was pretty impressive.

CPU Cooler

The DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm CAPTAIN 120EX-AIO CPU Liquid Cooler 120mm Ceramic Bearing Pump, was quick and simple to install. The pulsing red glow and clear tube have a reactor-esque look to them, adding to the overall feel of the build.

Motherbaord

The MSI B350 Gaming Plus motherboard, fills the bill perfectly for my base system. The GUI BIOS is well laid out and configuration is a breeze. One nice feature is it allows you to drag and drop boot drive orders, right from the main screen, for absolutely every possible device you can imagine.

Installation and setup was quick and painless, only having to change the boot order to install Windows 10 from the boot stick.

GPUS

The MSI 1070 Gaming X came over from my old build and is the graphics powerhouse behind this system. I was already plenty happy with the card before and saw no reason to change. In the future I may buy a second and SLI them, if it doesn't cost me the same as a car.

For now, I also brought over the ASUS Strix GTX 970 GPU, which handles the 2 24" screens for the extra real-estate needed for streaming. As well this is my dedicated physix card. One of these days I'll A/B the 1070 vs 970 running physix and see if there is any difference, right now though I'm lazy and that takes up too much pew time, so suck it :p

That being said the graphics seem much smoother and I can actually run everything in ultra now. I have not noticed any difference in graphics in games yet with DirectX 12. Will update if I find anything here.

RAM

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4, sexy colour. Just what the doctor ordered!

Case

I'm really liking the case. There was plenty of room behind the motherboard for cable management. 5 slots for fans and plenty of room for airflow keeps those temperatures down and the good sized window shows off the shiny bits of the build, under the glow of the 2 red led fans that came stock.

My only complaint is there is little need for the 4 full-size drive slots and because of the layout, I ended up cutting out the side of the top HDD bay to be able to fit the second vid card. A better, more thought out layout to the front drive cages would make this case perfect.

Monitor

The new 27" ACER monitor is stunning and vibrant, so much so I want 2 more because it makes the 2 24s look washed out in comparison. It's easily twice as bright and vibrant than the old ones I have, a 24" BENQ and a 24" ASUS.

All other components, drives etc came from the old system.

Overall because of problems with Windows 7 upgrade, the case modification for 2nd vid card and then Windows 10 activation problems, the whole build and upgrade took about 3 days. Other than those minor things, this was very easy to build, install and configure everything.

One noteworthy thing: Always set your Steam library to put everything on a storage drive and not the boot drive. Once drivers and everything else was installed, all I had to do was add the top directory to the steam library and it saved me from having to download and install all those games again!