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So I needed a new build for myself, and built this from scratch. It's not related to my other build, the Black Rose.

But what an experience waiting for parts have been, and I shall share you my personal opinions on a select couple of parts I have purchased.

-- Edit [7/15/19]

Added a 860 Evo as a secondary drive now, and purchased two more Chromax 140mm fans for intake in my push/pull setup in the front of my case.

-- Edit [9/28/19]

Not much has changed overall, but it performs pretty great in every title out there. The processor remains cool, and clocks appropriately to usage now with the new ABBA updates AMD pushed out. Don't see anything past 60C for CPU temps, and GPU temps are a steady mid 60C under load.

ASUS Aura Sync now supports the Corsair Platinum RGB modules, so you can now sync those with the Aura software that is included with the motherboard, or from the online support site.

RAMCaching is something that I never thought would improve general system performance, but it does. I dedicated 6GB RAM for that process. Helps speed up my SSDs and increase the endurance even more.

Upgraded the 8822BE Realtek WiFi-AC chip to the Intel AX200 with WiFi 6 capabilities, and it's much more reliable and works with the motherboard.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor! Snagged it on launch day and it performs quite amazing in gaming / productivity workloads. It's perfect for those who need an all-rounder processor for a good price and low TDP of 65W.

CPU Cooler

It's a good AIO to have, functions as a regular AIO, and bonus twin Noctua iPPC-3000 fans for pushing or pulling air. The software itself is somewhat lackluster, and is quite buggy at times, and makes it an awkwardly compelling purchase in the upper $160 range.

Motherboard

Good board to have for both Ryzen 2000 / 3000 processors, and packs some great features for the price it is set at. You will need a BIOS update to make it compatible for 3000 series processors, but don't let that stop you from getting into SFF builds. It could also pack more fan connectors as well, but you shouldn't expect much from a small enough board as well.

Memory

A showpiece in my build, it's bright, pretty, and also cools itself well under load. The RGB lights on the RAM are mesmerizing to look at, has great support from Corsair's iCUE software, and is also compatible with Asus Aura!

Storage

Excellent drive for those who need lots of storage, and also enjoy the high speeds of a SATA SSD. Another perk is the 2,400 TBW, which makes it a great choice for long-term usage as well.

Storage

Super fast drive the size of a tiny bubblegum stick. I can't argue with something that small, and still manages to load things with ease. Samsung provides a helpful software to manage your drive and check on the current status of it, and also optimize the performance further, which makes it a great drive for anything!

Video Card

A sleek looking card that comes with a nice soft, muted RGB glow on the side. It packs a moderately sized heatsink, and dual-fans that makes it a great option for those pushing for a great card for SFF PCs, and possibly for those interested in utilizing the NVLink that is also present on this card for less. EVGA also provides Precision X1, which is a utility to help you monitor your GPU status, set and change RGB lighting, and other various things to help you get the most out of it.

Case

Quite a tough case to work in, but it is spacious as it is wide. It can easily fit in a 240mm radiator with push / pull if you're willing to spend more time cabling, but aside from that, it is a pretty case to look at.

Power Supply

Great power supply for those who are interested in overclocking, and also maintain the benefits of having 80+ Titanium and also the 10 year warranty. It comes with a large pouched bag to hold all the cables you'll need for your build, and some complimentary magnetic stickers to personalize the side of your unit.

Operating System

Eh, it's Windows 10 Pro, good enough for power users that need the extra features that come with it, and isn't too expensive for most people as well.

Case Fan

Pushes air in or out effectively. The rubber mounting corners help keep the noise levels down, and the 4-pin PWM cable is long enough to allow you to keep your build looking tidy, and also enjoy great airflow performance that is expected from Noctua.

Monitor

It's a good monitor for any user seeking for a multipurpose monitor. It comes with a VA panel that has great color contrast, and also enjoys 144Hz and also FreeSync 2. The stand itself is somewhat bulky, and may take up desk space, but there is an included VESA mount that will make life easier. You also get plenty of cables and option to use the monitor as a USB hub for other devices, such as keyboard or mouse.

Mouse

This is a good option for people who enjoy having a wireless mouse, and also being able to adjust the weights on it as well. It enjoys having the ability to be personalized in many ways through SteelSeries Engine 3, but keep in mind the RGB if you're always running wireless.

Custom

It's a nice addition for anyone who wants to enjoy audiophile-grade headphones and listening experience, and also want to chat with friends. When not in use, all you do is just detach it and you don't need to do much else from there.

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Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I love how clean this build is. Great job!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks mate! I spent a whole lot of time trying to tidy everything up so it looks good, and I hope it pays off later down the line when I need to clean it out.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the CPU running well on that motherboard? No issues, crashes... etc?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it runs well on this motherboard, had to do a BIOS update beforehand to ensure compatibility. So far there hasn't been any problems in terms of issues or crashes, and the chip can easily push past its advertised speeds if you got a proper cooler and enough juice.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the 2070 Super? I'm upgrading from a 1080 FE, I was gonna go with the Super cause its a decent performance bump. However I'm tempted to save my $$$ grab a 5700 and wait for AMD to release the Navi 20 cards which supposedly is gonna be faster than a 2080ti then hop on one of those. But I can't make up my mind

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an awesome card for the $500 range, and can be OC'd up to 2080 levels of performance if you got the cooling for it. But to be fair with you though, I'd wait and see what else the market has to offer for the time being though, since AMD is already putting out some impressive performance for much lower prices. A GTX 1080 shouldn't have any trouble for most titles these days, but a smart decision is probably holding onto your wallet for now.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. I am looking at building a system with the same CPU and GPU. Do you have any benchmark scores?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/18473344 https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/37743609

Thanks! These are my two benches I got done so far, but I need to go fine-tune my system a bit more since there's some strange problems going on with my main drive and other things.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job, your build is awesome and clean! I am looking at building a system with the same CPU and Motherboard but I'm uncertain about the RAM. No issues with your RAM that was not on the QVL?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

There's no issues with the RAM whatsoever. All you have to do is enable D.O.C.P Standard in the BIOS, which is XMP for the motherboard, and you should be running at the rated speed and CAS latency as advertised on the box.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good choice with the AX850! Hoping to get a AX1000 myself to replace a aging Antec High Current Pro Platinum.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Aye, pretty overkill given how these components are power-efficient, but the warranty is hard to beat and maybe later on I can add more power-hungry components.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard that evga 2070 n 2080 super card make a lot of fan noise, care to share any truth in it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not noticeably loud but over 60-70% it's loud. It just depends on your fan curve overall, and a decent fan curve should keep the noise level down a lot, and temps.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Care share your bios and or Ryzen master settings to ge 4.375Ghz

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Running BIOS version 2901, and RM 2.1.0.1424.

And I'm not running all cores at 4.375 GHz, but my monitoring software usually lists that the processor is running at that speed most of the time, so that's what I put here. Sorry if that's what you're thinking. :(

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm still interested in the settings . And what software are you using to monitor?