Back in early 2018 I started collecting Samsung Evo SSDs when I would find them at Micro Center as open box deals. The NZXT S340 Elite was also discontinued in 2018, so I kept one for future projects.
I love open box deals and added the X62 Kraken and Sapphire RX590 earlier this year, leaving just the CPU and motherboard remaining to complete the PC. Last week, I found the X470 Prime Pro ,another open box sale for 89.96. Coupled with a 80 dollar R5-1600 CPU made the deal to good to pass on.
The challenge was making the blue Sapphire RX590 meld with a black/white case. I may have done a fairly amateurish job of painting, I can live with it and to my eyes, it's very satisfying.
I'm very happy with this CPU so far. I bought it as a placeholder for a future Ryzen2 upgrade, so it had to be cheap. Since the 1600s are going for 80 right now at Micro Centers, this had to be the one, and I'm so glad I did. This golden sample was able to be overclocked to 4.1 Ghz passing NEARLY every test. Sadly Cinebench-20 would crash it (BSOD) so I dropped the chip to 4.05 and now CB-20 scores from 2975 to 3013.
With the 1600 at 4.05 to 4.1 Ghz, the max temps are 70c so this X62 is doing the job. This is another open box deal, but still cost 107.96usd, so not exactly cheap, but with the OC I say it was worth it.
I actually chose this board 100% for aesthetic reasons, and had serious misgivings that the X470 Prime Pro would satisfy me. (I had Taichi X470 obsessions) After all is said and done, and since it was cheap enough at 89.96usd, it was the obvious choice. That the board allowed a 4.1 Ghz overclock truly surprised me.
I own 5 Evo SSDs (three 250 and two 500 GB units) and prefer them to other drives. These are in a raid 0 setup, used for Steam library.
I love Samsung SSDs and have 8 of them. This is my only Pro drive and I expect it to be a good one.
This is my first Crucial NVMe and my 4th NVMe over all. It runs right at its' rated speed, and I am happy to have it in my system. NVMe is so cheap now, I was able to get this at full retail prices... a new day in storage is here.
This is a part I had found a few years ago in a bargain bin. It clicks annoyingly and is not fast for a 7200rpm HDD, even at 2.5" I expected better, buy oh well it's just for games I don't want on the SSDs.
This card is great. I was able to slightly under-volt it while increasing the core speed by 3% and setting memory to 2200 vs the 2100 it ships at. I am a lover of the RX cards, with this being my second. The color was the real challenge of having this card. Blue is not an easy color to meld with most setups, but I did the best I could with the black/white/blue contrast I ended up with.
This is the case that got me to want to build again in Dec/2016 seeing it while shopping for a mouse for the wife. I ended up not getting the S340 initially since Steve at GN said it was a hotbox that would thermally crush the CPU. Eventually I decided to risk it and see for myself if it was going to slay any build I installed into it. An X62 helps keep it all under control, so I think my fears were a bit unwarranted. Overall, I love the look of this case and do not regret having the S340 Elite at all.
This is a refurbished PSU I was using as a backup power supply. Because the RX590 is so power thirsty, I decided to switch the PSU from the EVGA BQ-650 watt I had intended to drop in here for the 750 refurb unit. It's been holding it all together through a lot of stress test and benchmarks, so two thumbs up!
I've never owned one of the MLs but always wanted to. Seeing a refurbished one for 15 bucks was irresistible. It does a good job moving air silently, but as important to me, it illuminates the silver in the motherboard and video card, highlighting their beauty, and pleasing me at the same time.
these are the fans that come stock with the X62 kraken.