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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • So you may have seen

  • just a couple of my budget gaming PC builds,

  • however today we're doing something a little bit different,

  • meet Helium, a brand new, high end gaming PC

  • powered by Ryzen.

  • So big shout to AMD

  • for hooking us up with Ryzen early.

  • So inside this box you'll see

  • that we have some fun toys to play with for this build.

  • So first of all, we have the brand new

  • Ryzen 7 1800X processor.

  • Now this thing is no joke.

  • Not only does it have eight full cores that hyper-threaded,

  • but it can run at up to four gigahertz.

  • We also have the new

  • MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard,

  • because of course the longer the name, the better the board.

  • But, this is just the beginning

  • of what we have in store for Helium.

  • For the case, we're doing something

  • just a little bit different.

  • This is the Corsair 600C.

  • Now from the outside it might look like any other case,

  • but take a look at the 600C

  • and you'll see that it is a little bit

  • of a different looking case.

  • So you pop it open,

  • and what you'll find is that inside

  • everything is flipped upside down,

  • so your power supply goes up here,

  • the motherboard goes in upside down,

  • the graphics cards are here,

  • and while in theory this will allow it

  • to be a little bit more compact

  • than a normal, large ATX case,

  • honestly I also just think it looks really cool.

  • Powering the Helium is a 750 watt

  • EVGA SuperNOVA power supply.

  • So while this might technically be

  • just a little bit more than we actually need

  • to run this system,

  • I always like to have just a little bit of extra headroom,

  • and since it's an 80 Plus Gold supply,

  • it means that it should be reliable and efficient

  • for quite a while.

  • So since we're using a Ryzen CPU,

  • we have to have an AMD AM4 motherboard,

  • which is where the XPower comes in.

  • So in theory, this actually will support future AMD chips,

  • however Ryzen 7 should be

  • about as high end as it gets for a while,

  • and this still has all the bells and whistles that we want.

  • Also, that looks really cool.

  • So this is my first close look at an AM4 motherboard,

  • and for the most part everything

  • you expect to be is right here.

  • So the biggest difference you'll see

  • is the cooling is obviously going to be different

  • to most Intel boards,

  • but for the most part you'll find stuff

  • like DDR4, M.2 support,

  • everything is here, but I've got to give MSI props,

  • this is a crazy, crazy looking motherboard.

  • Just the idea of having that silver finish

  • across the entire thing it looks so, so clean.

  • I absolutely love it.

  • None of this is going to be much

  • without a Ryzen processor to power it.

  • So this is the 1800X,

  • which means that the box itself

  • is actually going to be pretty empty.

  • So there's no stock cooler included here,

  • so you will have to plan on getting something else.

  • As you'll see, we have something a little special in mind,

  • but what we do have that's the most important is the 1800X,

  • as well as a little Ryzen sticker

  • if you want to let everyone know how cool you are, I guess.

  • So to install, all we need to do

  • is just pull the arm back to open the socket,

  • we line our 1800X up nice and carefully

  • until it rests into place,

  • and then we just push the arm down

  • and it's going to be fully installed.

  • For memory we have 16 gigabytes

  • of Corsair Vengeance LPX.

  • So not only is this DDR4,

  • but it actually can clock up to 3,000 megahertz,

  • so paired with our Ryzen processor

  • this should be a pretty, pretty speedy system.

  • For the SSD, we have a Samsung 950 PRO.

  • Now I'm a big fan of these.

  • They are really, really fast,

  • and since it comes in the M.2 form factor

  • it means that we can nicely tuck it away in the build.

  • Now I cheaped out and got the 256 version,

  • but if you want to upgrade to more storage

  • you can get this in 512 gigabytes,

  • and of course we do have a normal hard drive

  • to go in the system, as well.

  • Keeping our 1800X cool is an EK Predator 240.

  • So this is an all in one water cooler

  • with Ryzen logo on the side,

  • and at stock this is way overkill,

  • but it should allow us

  • to do some pretty decent overclocking.

  • This is looking a little bit more like it.

  • So what we ended up doing

  • is putting our water cooling in the front of the case

  • and then changing the case fans

  • to pull air in from the bottom.

  • So the idea is is that air

  • should be coming up into the graphics cards

  • and exhausted out the back.

  • Now the Ryzen branding might be a little bit over the top.

  • So not only is it on the actual block itself,

  • but there's also a little logo here,

  • but once we get the graphics cards in,

  • we get cables a little bit more managed,

  • this should be a really clean looking system.

  • Speaking of the graphics cards,

  • we've got a pair of GTX 1080s.

  • Now yes, the 1080Ti was just announced,

  • but I don't have any of those,

  • and JayzTwoCents let me borrow his 1080s,

  • so that's what we're using for the build.

  • One of the cool parts about using this system though,

  • especially with this case,

  • is that it actually looks pretty cool.

  • We actually are able

  • to show the graphics cards off pretty well.

  • Last but not least we have a 4 terabyte

  • Seagate Barracuda hard drive.

  • Now this combined with the 950 PRO

  • should give us plenty of storage space with the Helium,

  • and with that the build is pretty much done.

  • So let's do a little bit of cable management

  • and see what this guy can actually do.

  • Alright, so the Helium build is up and running,

  • but before we get into the actual games,

  • I'm curious how the Ryzen 7 processor performs.

  • So in Cinebench on the single-thread side

  • it's a little bit down

  • on something like a Kaby Lake Core i7,

  • but most importantly

  • when you get into the multi-thread side

  • it absolutely kills it, and that just makes sense.

  • Of course, we have eight cores and 16 threads here,

  • so that is going to be a lot of power

  • to tackle not only gaming,

  • but things like editing or streaming.

  • Something cool about Ryzen

  • is that all the CPUs are going to be overclockable

  • as long as you have a motherboard that supports it.

  • Now on the high end that should be no surprise,

  • but especially as more and more affordable

  • Ryzen chips come out that's going to be a big advantage,

  • and they're all capable of using the Ryzen Master Utility.

  • So this is a Windows based overclocking tool,

  • and while it's a little bit basic

  • you still get a lot of the major things

  • that you would expect,

  • including being able to change the clock speed,

  • voltage, memory clocks, that kind of stuff.

  • However, it's in beta right now

  • and I've had a few issues with it,

  • so I'm going to be overclocking using the BIOS.

  • With a quick overclock

  • we've got the 1800X running at 4 gigahertz

  • across all eight cores,

  • and we did that without needing any additional voltage.

  • Now it's not a huge improvement over stock,

  • but it's essentially free performance,

  • and if you don't mind throwing more voltage