Description

A build with 2-s and 6-s - a 2600 Ryzen with a 2060 GeForce, all wrapped up in a tiny(-ish) mini-ITX case.

My previous PC was housed in a Fractal Design Define R4 and weighted over 17kg, so I wanted something more compact.

I went with Ryzen 2600 since it seems like a solid choice for an RTX 2060 that can easily be upgraded down the road, and getting a Ryzen 3000 would require some modifications - either getting a way more expensive X570 motherboard or paying ~35€ for the bios update (don't have random Ryzens lying around).

The mainboard is really inexpensive, but has cool features such as a decent audio codec. I was still using a Creative X-fi XtremeMusic (released in 2006), which sounds great but Windows 10 drivers are a horror show.

The SanDisk SSD was transplanted (along with a spinning rust HDD that I couldn't even find in the lists), but it didn't look nice in the showcase slot in front of the PSU shroud, so I put it in the back.

The modular cables of the PSU are black and neatly routed through the backside, so the build looks very clean.

Overall, the build is not as silent as the dampened Define R4 I was using before, but the main culprit is probably the stock Ryzen cooler. I think the first thing I'd change if I get in the mood would be some white CPU cooler (e.g. DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400), and a year or two down the road the CPU+GPU combo can be upgraded with little hassle. The 3000Mhz CL15 memory might be not ideal for Ryzen 3, but we'll see, maybe it could be replaced for a 32Gb kit too.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Simple and realistic setup here. Should list your desk and monitor too because they look pretty sweet. i have a standing desk like this on the way

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yeah, I initially thought of mentioning the white tabletop, but then I didn't want to bring more attention to the front speakers - they sure look out of place here now :-| The monitor is an Asus MG278Q - it was the cheapest 1440p+144Hz+FreeSync when I got it (two years ago!), but today I would probably go for an IPS instead of the TN panel. The desk is a Flexi Spotlight E2 with an IKEA tabletop, and though I do like it, I gotta be honest, I use the standing position way less than I hoped I would :) I hope you'll be more diligent than I am :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the aesthetic of this case, also great work with the cable management, it looks super clean.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Initially I looked at a whole bunch of ITX cases, but I'm super happy with this one - the white accents really pop. I guess red+black would be the choice for a more gamer-y build, but this one's real classy :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, its such a nice looking case, plus its a great size balance between small enough to fit on any desk and big enough to fit whatever parts you want (and to be able to manage cables nicely).

And the white and black will age much better than the gamery looking colors, I feel like those super colorful PCs will look super tacky in a few years, but more muted builds like this will still look good for years.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

How much did you pay for your GPU. I was thinking of building something very similar to this.

How hot does the GPU get when playing games in the H200i?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it in February, tbh - it was ~380€, but came with a 20€ steam code. Today it probably makes sense to get the 2060 Super for about the same price, or the RX 5700. The case comes with a tiny knob that can be placed on the shroud and prevent the card from sagging, so it has some breathing room. After about 10 minutes in OCCT torture test the GPU got up to 85 degrees (celsius) and the fan ramped up from 1500 to ~2050 rpm. It was audible, but actually more pleasant than the CPU stock cooler. The card didn't throttle, so I assume it's not overheating in games, though I haven't really checked it yet. I guess the cooling of the graphics card could be improved with adding a fan in the front and maybe using an SFX power supply - the shroud has a bunch of holes up top, so it might let the card breathe more (check the H200 tests from Gamers Nexus).

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

hey man, sick build. what are the temps like on the ssd at the back of your motherboard?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there! Sorry for the late reply. The temp sensors are kind of weird, HWMonitor doesn't see the M.2 SSD, HWINFO64 doesn't show the temperature of the SATA SSD, so I would be a bit sceptical about the info, but here's what I got:

  • During download of a huge file (Gears 5 from MS store) on the M.2 it says the temperature is around 50 deg. Celsius

  • After a few runs of Crystal Disk Mark and AS SSD Benchmark the SATA SSD warmed up to 38 deg. Celsius.

I initially looked at heat spreaders for the M.2, but after watching a few explanation videos decided against it - apparently, memory chips work better at higher temps, and the only part that might need some cooling is a controller, but it is not necessary, especially if you're not writing something extremely large at extremely fast speeds.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank u!