Description

Usage: Mainly gaming machine, some occasional 4K drone footage editing.


Configuration:

CPU: Have a cool and quiet "summer" profile at 3.8Ghz on 1.15V with turbo going to 4-4.5Ghz in games, maxing out at 48C under full load. For the performance "winter" profile, I was able to hit 4.1Ghz at 1.296V and temps maxing out around 60C. It wouldn't seem to take 4.2Ghz stable even up to 1.35V which is as high as I would like to take it. I am very happy with the overclock as it sits near 98th percentile compared to other Ryzen 5 2600's.

GPU: Downloaded MSI Afterburner, then set the R9 290 from 947 to 1120Mhz core clock , and from 1250 to 1520Mhz memory clock, power limit +50%, and am still testing lowering the voltage down from the current +70mV. Temps are high, maxing out at 88C (about 10C higher than stock) during benchmarks. (Also set the target framerate to 144hz in Wattman.) Currently performing at 98th percentile - faster than a stock RX 580. Will probably try undervolting at stock speeds to get a nice and cool profile for the hot summer months.

Storage: I wouldn't have bothered to throw in the 128GB SSD, but the 450 motherboards have StoreMI which I wanted to try out since I already had the hardware lying around. I've got the OS and all software on the Crucial M.2 and all games on the StoreMI array containing the 1TB Velociraptor and the 128GB SSD. I am not normally a fan of disk array's without parity, especially at a software level, but since it was just going to be used for games, I figured why not. I've had no issues with it so far and it seems to be accelerating at least Apex Legends since I've been launching that so frequently lol.


I already had many of the parts from past builds. That's why some of the choices are a bit unusual.

Already had:

Corsair H60 AIO (previous build), Corsair Vengeance RAM (came free from an x99 work machine that died due to leaking AIO watercooler), OCZ Agility 4 SSD (previous build), Western Digital Velociraptor HDD (came free from work - has some bad sectors, but still works well), XFX Radeon R9 290 (previous build), Rosewill 1200W PSU (previous build), Peripherals

New stuff:

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (replaced i7-3770k), Gigabyte B450M Aorus (replaced cheapo 1155 board), Crucial P1 500GB M.2 SSD (replaced a SATAIII SSD), Thermaltake Core V21 (replaced Corsair Air 540 - too big!), 2x RGB LED Light strips,
2x Thermaltake Riing fans

Ready to replace the R9 290 as soon as Navi comes out...


https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/15511296

UserBenchmarks: Game 79%, Desk 114%, Work 98% CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 - 98.5% GPU: AMD R9 290 - 74% SSD: Crucial P1 3D NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB - 215.9% HDD: AMD T00 StoreMI 1TB - 87.1% RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C16 4x4GB - 87.8% MBD: Gigabyte GA-B450 AORUS M

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! I did a team red build in the same case. How did you like working with the Thermaltake Core V21?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

At first I wasn't quite sure what was going on with the power supply bracket or the movable fan mounts. Otherwise, I love the case. The design is definitely well thought out and at such a great price.

Amazing plexiglass work on your build! Also I'm jealous of your Vega card.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! I really tried to put some love into it. I got lucky with black friday sales, and rewards points on that card. I was originally going to put an RX 580 into it based on my budget, but with the extra money off from the sale and reward I spent the same amount of my own money and was able to get the better card. It runs like a dream!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

1200W PSU? Holy smokes!

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

lol, Nice build though!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

np!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha yeah, it looked more appropriate back when I was running an overclocked x79 Xeon and 2x R9 290's. (Nice and toasty at least!)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wait till you see my Team Red build :'D it was a real hit back in 2017

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't wait to see it!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick build and top notch parts!

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

the pictures will have to wait, but the part list is https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Dm_Lightning/saved/bqFD3C

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice power supply but you could've bought a way better gpu with the extra money and adding a bit more.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Power supply was leftover from an old build. New gpu is definitely in the works though.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the idea of a mini itx build. I'm building one over the summer that is very similar! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/h48ZbX

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome! I didn't know they made a smaller version of the same case.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally, I'd be smarter to go with the 2600 since it's near same performance for much less and you get Divison 2 for free. You also can take the extra money to getting a fully-modular supply which would vastly improve cable management.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

what led kit is that, it looks awesome it's as if its illuminated from nowhere?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, sorry I didn’t see your comment. FYI, I did have to trim the plug for the header slightly as it didn’t quite fit correctly.

Here is the item name from amazon: Airgoo Computer Magnetic LED Strip - Super Bright 2pcs Magnetic RGB LED Strip Light for ASUS AURA RGB / MSI Mystic Light / ASROCK AURA RGB Motherboard (12V 4-Pin RGB LED headers ONLY)

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

why liquid cooling, not needed and could be used to by a better graphics card, same with your storage, 250GB is fine. Could of upgraded the card and still heald the same performance, good ram, good cpu (not for streaming really) and ergonomic case

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't list it in the description, but half of the parts were ones I already had (otherwise I wouldn't have bought). The liquid cooling and storage being some of them.

Description updated

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