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This is a gift PC for a friend who has a crappy old intel NUC. It will be used for web browsing, light gaming on steam, music production, and very light video editing/3d production. I tested out several game titles(NieR:Automata, No Man's Sky, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam, Spintires, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds), and all were making 60 fps at 1080p(I had the GPU limit the frames to get rid of screen tearing). I really crammed in the fans on this one though, The two 80mm fans have a 2-3mm clearance from the GPU(and the instructions even state that a two pci bracket video card will not fit with the two fans installed), it was a tight fit but it stays cool even with little space inside the case(the gpu idles at 20-23c with the two fans blowing on it). I also replaced the 120mm included fan with a 140mm one for more airflow. The PSU is upside down, so it can also help pull heat out of the case. I played games on it for several hours in a non air-conditioned room(80 Fahrenheit), and no temps went past 60c on the motherboard, CPU, or GPU. The system seemed quiet to me as well for being so hot out. I would use a semi modular PSU though if I use this case again in another build just to free up some interior space. I didn't use the molex connectors, or the second set of sata connectors which ended up taking up room in the top of the case where you could put more storage. Outside of being only 4 cores, it feels very similar to my own R7 1700 system, the only time you see a big difference is rendering speed of course. Very happy with the build, and my friend is happy with a free new computer.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. I like it a lot. I've been pondering a mini-atx or itx build for my next project. Looks like a nice little challenge figuring what parts to use for a small space. May have to research some of your components. Seems like a fun rig to put together. Nice job!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been pondering a mini-atx or itx

There is no mini-atx, but mini-itx. I believe you mean micro-atx.. :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah my bad micro...thought that looked weird. Must have had a senior moment!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I never built one this small before either, it was pretty fun build though.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Small builds are definitely the most rewarding. :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm waiting on the rest of my parts to arrive but I'm building a Ryzen 3 1200 system with a 2gb version of the rx 460.

Mostly for gaming, but not new AA titles. No Man's Sky will probably be the most demanding I try on it.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It should run No Man's Sky fine, if you turn just a few options down like reflections to low and medium textures it should get 60+fps easy. The 460 is way more impressive than what I thought it would be when I first got it. The only stuff that really slow it up are games that are known to be heavy on the computer like GTA V maybe, and thats if you are trying for as many high settings as possible. It even handles video editing and 3d viewports. You will enjoy it for sure!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Just got all my parts today. Put everything together and... no post. I don't have a keyboard until tomorrow, but post should show up no matter what right?

https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/h2NnTW/sentry-ryzen-3-1200-and-rx-460-2gb That's my setup.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I commented over on your build as well, but does it turn on at all? If it does turn on, the screen is then blank and just shows nothing? It may be something with the video connection or cable.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I just had to reseat the ram in the other slot. Labeled dimm2, but it's actually 0, and the one labeled dimm1 is 1. 0-1, rather than 2-1 like it's labeled.

Now I'm working on finding a good overclock setup. I'm using the Ballistix Sport LT 2400mhz ram, enabling the XMP did nothing unfortunately.

And I'm still trying to figure out my cpu clock and voltage. I've read that 1.3v with 3.7ghz should be fine, might be a little hot for my case though. I'll report back!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I didn't really try anything crazy with overclocking, the whole case seemed to get to 60 degrees Celsius on long gaming sessions(6-8 hours), I know they can do more but didn't want to push it.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i love the build. A quick question though, hows the ram working out. Im considering a ryzen build also, and i like the ram. Im just unsure of the overclock stability, dose it oc to 3000?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm just running the ram at stock speed(although it was actually running it 100mhz faster than it's rating), it's no longer in my possession to really tweak and play with any more. How far you can push past it's rating seems wildly dependant on the board itself though. I am running another set of the Corsair LED 3200 DDR4 on an Asus Prime b350 Plus board as well and it was far more finicky to get running at speed compared to the Gigabyte board.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhhhh ok, ty kindly.