Description

I've been putting off upgrading my i5-4690k for years since upgrading basically everything was fairly unappealing, but finally couldn't resist the OP combo of Zen 2 and Black Friday deals.

Very few surprises in the build. I've built in FD cases before and installed the NH-D15 in a much smaller case (Node 304), everything else is basically just pushing thingies into other thingies.

This is my first build with an M.2. That plus the fully modular PSU made cable management a breeze. My last build (S340 with a Kraken X62) was the typical "skinny" Homer meme so it's nice to have a backside worth showing off. ;)

Unfortunately, I was one of the individuals affected by ADATAs SX8200 Pro Black Friday debacle, so my M.2 is a little less that what I paid for. Waiting to see if they actually ship the M.2 I ordered. If they do I'll have an extra to upgrade my wife's PC. If they don't I'll just contact my credit card company and get my money back/a free M.2. Either way, for my use case (99% gaming) the drive I have now is fine. It's more the principal of the thing.

That's about it so far. OC'd the RAM to 3466 and matched my IF speed to it. Still need to mess with the PBO/AutoOC features, but I'm not in any rush. Super happy to finally have a computer to match my 1080ti and I should be good to wait out a couple gen's of hardware now.

Haven't stress tested anything yet (other than the RAM OC) so no concrete numbers on temps other than they're low, and the fans are quiet (again, no surprises there).

Part Reviews

CPU

What's to say? Fast and affordable (especially given I got it for less than the 3600 MSRP). I was getting massive fluctuations in frame rates with my i5-4690k/1080ti combo at 1440p. Now I'm sitting ~15-20 frames higher and much more stable. First AMD processor and super happy with it so far.

CPU Cooler

It's awesome. Cold, quiet, and beautiful. Install is kind of annoying with the included tool - I used an electric screwdriver with 2 attachments to get the reach necessary to mount the rad to the plate. Otherwise, just make sure you have all or most of your wiring done before you install. Not a ton of room left to work in once it's in. No recorded numbers on temps yet, but it's a known quantity and I haven't OC'd so I'm not too worried about it.

Motherboard

Solid board at a good price. Had all the connectors I need. The feature set isn't great, but I'd have a hard time taking a star away for that when I paid $100 for a board that has solid BIOS, good OC'ing potential (already have my RAM up to 3466 from 3200 with minimal effort), and a clean aesthetic.

Memory

Awesome RAM for the price. OC'd to 3466 with minimal effort. Plus it's short enough to easily squeeze under my NH-D15 cooler. Not much left to say. It's great and I'll probably try to push it further once the honeymoon phase wears off.

Storage

It's fine. ADATA as a company seems questionable (was part of the Black Friday SX8200 switcheroo), but for my use case (99% gaming), the drive works as expected and eliminates a few extra wires so I can't complain.

Case

Second build in a FD case (first was a Node 304 for a friend), and the quality of the case is exceptional for the cost. I wish it had a solid piece to put on top in lieu of the mesh since I'm not currently running top fans, but otherwise it's great. It'd be nice if they ever went on sale, but it is what it is.

Case Fan

Quiet, powerful, and low-key. I love it.

Case Fan

Quiet, powerful, and low-key. I love 'em.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Good cable management

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The modular PSU and NVME drive make me look better than I am.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks Great, Batman would be proud of this build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean build. Nice touch with the Noctua badge placement and bonus points for using white anti-vibration pads on one side of the fans to match the white case.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I originally wanted to do a black Meshify-C and really lean into the black/brown theme but I got cold feet and went with tried and true black/white. I like that the Noctua badge gives it a little pop of black/brown that I originally wanted. I like the white pads on the case side as well. Helps everything flow together a little better.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey bro, I have the tall ram,if I would skip the front fan, would it clear the RAM slots 1 & 3, I think that's how you count them if you have only 2 sticks. Well you understood the question, cheers ! :)

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey ninzerofive, I believe that it would but I can't say for certain. I'd imagine you can find others that used the NH-D15 on here without the front fan. Sorry I can't give you a better answer than that.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Quick question: did you have to raise the front cpu fan at all for the ram? Have that cooler but my case has almost no room whatsoever for it to be higher.

Thanks and love the clean aesthetic btw!

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

No, but I have non-RGB/low profile RAM. If you have/went with similar RAM you should be fine but I'd imagine you'd have to offset if you have/went with taller RAM.