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Edit 11/03: Added one of my R9 280X Sapphire Vapor-X Tri-X gpus for mining duty. This card started life as a miner card (purchased from a miner back in 2015).

Edit 7/15: Moved the RX480 to a different machine and replaced it with another EVGA GTX 1070 SC. Both 1070s mine when not being used. The secondary card mines full-time while gaming/streaming.

Edit 6/15: Added potato picture of latest "Madness" mod. The RX480 has been mining for the past two months now while the GTX 1070 lets me play games. Both cards end up mining when the computer isn't in use for gaming or video/photo editing.

My old build (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/dZNNnQ) had served me well. She was even updated to an i7 4770K based system this past holiday season. But I felt the need to build something. Something new. And what perfect timing for AMD to release the R7.

I took a chance and pre-ordered the R7 1700X through Microcenter. Day of release, unfortunately, I was the first loser and the customer ahead of me grabbed the last (2) Asus CH6 X370 boards they had. Only other option I had was this Asus B350 Prime Plus. So I downgraded myself to an R7 1700 and called it a day.

Building in the Inwin 303 was a frustratingly fun time. If you've every watched any Youtube review of the case, an ATX motherboard with lower intake fans can be a bit of a challenge to make work. IT'S TIGHT. The center fan and USB3 header on the motherboard needed some counseling so they can work out. At the end of the day, cable management on this is going to be a continuous work in progress. Once ITX motherboards are readily available, I'll go down that route. But for now, this will do.

Part Reviews

CPU

For the price, there's nothing I can really complain about when it comes to its performance. At the moment, the core clock is set to 3.8ghz at 1.325v. Temperatures has not exceeded 65c through stability tests via P95 and Aida64. I may be able to tune the vcore a little better. But for now this will do.

For the tasks I throw at it, so far it hasn't given me any reason to doubt the investment. Whether it's streaming video games or watching movies while playing games, it hasn't given me problems.

CPU Cooler

At the time of purchase, this cooler was offered with a free AM4 adapter. It's currently a placeholder while I wait for AM4 adapters for a Cryorig H7 and Corsair H80i V2. Because of the R7 1700's performance potential under an air cooler, the system may stay air cooled until a full custom loop will be done.

Although it may no longer be the best budget cooler in the market, it still lives up to its name. I managed to overclock this particular R7 1700 to 3.9ghz at just over 1.38v. But that was pushing the 212 Evo to 72c max temperature during stability testing. Dropping it to 3.8ghz at 1.325v stabilizes load temperatures at 65c.

Motherboard

Maybe in the future this board can/will be improved. A very limited (in function) release bios and slow updates from Asus keeps this board from being a very good budget board. In most cases, this probably won't be close to an honorable mention.

Given the lack of support and functions, I was still able to navigate through the bios and achieve a decent overclock (see cooler review for more details).

Memory

As basic as ram can get. It doesn't even have a fancy heat spreader.

Case

In Win is known for their unconventional case layouts and style. And they definitely push those boundaries as far as they can. The 303 is no exception. It incorporates an attic for the psu and exhaust fans. But what makes it creative is its sideways exhaust direction.

But that doesn't come without a few challenges. The bottom fan opening/s does have a dust filter tray. Where that becomes a bit of a headache is if you want to place (3) intake fans AND you have a full size ATX motherboard, those fans and the motherboard's lower connections will interfere with each other. You will have to get creative with some of those harnesses/connections (e.g.: front io and/or usb3 connector).

Another design cue that does get interesting is the attic. You can fit 3 exhaust fans along the panel, but the left most fan will be blowing air directly into your PSU. As for your other two exhaust fans, even if you keep your PSU cables managed, the honeycomb designed cutouts on the back panel seems restrictive.

Overall, I still am completely satisfied with this case and what it brought to the table. You do have to get creative with your cable management. Not only does it have a tempered glass front panel, but it also has an easy removal method which makes doing minor adjustments very easy.

Case Fan

These fans were not the original choice for the build. But upon installation, it was clear it was the right choice. I could have just purchased a single color fan since I keep it static on one particular color, but it's always nice to have a choice in case I change my mood. Also, the orange color fans were hard to come by at the time of purchase.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 6 points

+1 just for the fact that you are the first person I've ever seen to use a left handed mouse.

  • 32 months ago
  • 4 points

The secondary purpose is keeping people off my computer. haha

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I was just about to type that lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Super clean build. Also my favourite case! How easy was working with it, I already ordered it myself for my build.

+1 (nice job!)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

For me, this really was "frustratingly fun" build to put together. Between the PSU chamber and rear panel mounting, routing things definitely needed some more thought than normal. I have two more drives in the rear, one being a mechanical drive. And that really messed up my routing. Still working on it though.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

This is pure beauty. Great part selection, and amazing aesthetics.

Take a well earned +1 :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Truly appreciate the compliment.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Featured! Congrats man! :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Definitely caught me by surprise XD

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for fans looking like bloodshot eyes lmao

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

At first I didn't know how it would turn out. I originally planned for the Thermaltake Riing fans. In the end, they worked out for the better. The glass panel is tinted a little more than I expected.

Someone referenced Majora's Mask when they saw the lights. I may experiment with the lights and see what I can come up with.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Majora's Mask!! That's what I was thinking!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried it out the other night.

http://imgur.com/0aY9JcZ

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

How loud are the fans? We found our system pretty loud due to the oddly shaped holes Inwin used to pass the air through.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I can confirm. The exhaust chamber does make the fan hum more noticeable. Although I seem to be noticing something else. I may have to test with fans with anti-vibration feet. But it seems the fans cause a resonance in the case and/or the glass panel. I can closely associate it with a bad wheel bearing on a car humming at highway speed.

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

You might even say this build is mad.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Soon, I will rebuild Alice and they can play nice together.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! What a clean build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you =)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build I love that case the only reason I didn't get it myself was because of the cable management on the front side.

It turned out super nice great pictures.

+1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, the cable management in this case was definitely puzzling. But I think that's why I chose this case. Still much to do in that aspect.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

this thing looks amazing. +1.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words.

What's your favorite, non-traditional donut?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

The overall aesthetic of this build, this case, and the brick is absolutely stunning! Happy to see another Ryzen build as well. Great Job!

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

My thoughts exactly! Nice build and how it fits against the brick wall and desk setup is jus amazing. Congrats on the feature. +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Greatly appreciated!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

*site?

cringey? as in we are all actively cringing? Or that you are cringing as you go through this site?

If you are cringing as you go through the site, the easiest fix would be, of course, stop going to the site :D

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Keep it polite or don't comment on this site.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, lefty ;)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheeky XD

I've had people get triggered because of that position.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

That's one thicc GPU.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It started life as a reference RX480. I did the cooler mod by installing a Zalman VF3000N.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

interesting mod there

I didnt expect the nVidia version of the cooler to fit on the RX480

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The nVidia version of the cooler fits evenly on all sides with the RX480. The ATI version sticks out about 2cm past the blower fan side of the gpu.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I was going to say, that doesn't look like any RX 480 XXX OC I've ever seen (I have one myself), but this explains all. Nice build!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

This was the only cooler mod that didn't require grinding the base plate above one of the ram chips while still able to keep the back plate. The only thing that needed to be cut was the metal frame around the 6 pin and create a notch for a heat pipe on a corner of the base plate.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on getting featured!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I was in the middle of responding to Manirelli's comment when I F5'd. This comment is how I found out XD Thanks

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Out of interest did you try the stock RGB ring fan? I have heard on forums it is close to equivalent to the Hyper 212.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Your results may vary. But after a 30 minute stability test, a round of 10 minute video renders, and an hour of gaming, I got an overall lower max temp. out of the Evo in its current configuration.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

You got those Corsiar fans just for the looks. 120 dollars, and build is 830. Why man, why? And that 33 dollar cablemod. I mean it looks great but so much money just for the looks.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

To each his own. It won't be the last time I spend money on it. It will continually change. There's an overall theme somewhere there. But at the end of the day, I get to call it mine.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Why wouldn't you want looks to match the specs?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

What a creapy look!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

*creepy

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The build idea is The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). It will get there eventually.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I got it, man that thing is like looking into the soul of the devil lol.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks fantastic! One question- did you move your entire setup outside for the photos?

specifically photo 7

looks brilliant though.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Our living area is right behind the desk behind mine. The photos were taken right after assembly. There's a TV there that I used for post. The last two pictures are with it on my desk.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Love Love how clean it all looks. Exceptional job and that case is a stunner. I am also surprised about the lighting consistency in those fans, I love the distinct, clear, even color distribution you are getting, without the pinpoint brightness common in many fans. +1 for the great photos as well. Beautiful.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! From all the input I've gotten, these fans really bring you in. To be honest, they actually were not my first choice. But I'm definitely glad I picked them in the end.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, as well as that last photo of Michael Schumacher lol

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That orange helmet.

Sitting anywhere by the hairpin was music to your ears. You got the whole spectrum of those engines. Haven't been back since the new Turbo V6s

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Great googly moogly... Those fans... I just might now switch out my AERs for those, holy canoli

+1 fan selection. 10/10, would look again

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

There was a booth at Pax East recently that had a wall of these fans. I'm sure it would have triggered someone with trypophobia. And that's when I knew these were the fans to get. My original plan was to get the Riing Light2 from Thermaltake.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

My original plan was the Riings as well, but then the AERs came out, with all of their RGB syncing glory. But those Corsairs just look so. Damn. Good. I cant find them in air flow form though, only static pressure.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build with very nice case In Win 303. I have the same !

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The unconventional chamber design/s were what drew me in. It took a few weeks to really decide. But after seeing a few builds on here, I had to have it.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I had won my :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

So lucky! I think my favorite overall feature is the glass panel. So easy to remove for minor adjustments.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

A pretty but powerful pc.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 well done! :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

How much did this cost in the end?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

For all the brand new pieces, it was actually a lot less than the parts list reflect. Microcenter usually drops the motherboard price by $30 when you buy a cpu with it.

Everything else was taken from those older builds. If I had to take their retail price at the time of purchase, it would probably be another $350-400 for the GPU, 2x SSDs, and 1x HDD. The PSU was from a trade.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely beautiful build, so clean and I love the SP120 RGB fans :D +Rep

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I have that same mouse and monitor, and I'm planning to get the 1700 and the In Win 301 when it comes out... very similar

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I got to see that 301 at Pax recently. I might consider it for a travel rig. The chassis on these cases are pretty beefy.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

When someone built almost exactly what you built. I have litterally the same but with 8gb g.skill aegis a 850 evo instead of 840 and a different PSU. Even the same Fans. lol.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually pretty awesome. Planning on putting the build on PCPP?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nah, gonna build a new PC later this year. Waiting for that :)

EDIT: Parents are divorced. Need two PC's. Probably gonna use some parts from the almost the same rig as yours :p

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

That 480 is mad T H I C C.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

...that's what she said?

But in all seriousness, the RX480 was another release day impulse buy. Matched to my 144hz monitor, temperatures climbed higher and it sounded like I had a Concorde supersonic jet in my computer. Somehow stumbled upon the VF3000N VGA cooler mod, and couldn't be happier... for now.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

TFW a WIP is more bootiful than your finished build

cries in the corner

+1

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Aw don't cry. Going by your words, you built yours. And that's where the accomplishment really lies.

Unfortunately, there was a shortage of components available during the Ryzen release. And I'll be pushing extra shifts and running on ramen to get the pieces I had planned for. Hence the WIP part. That's where it'll get truely "Mad."

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build, very clean and good looking ! I have the same case from In Win but i have Micro ATX motherboard on it:)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

How was overclocking on that motherboard?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too bad overall. But other B boards definitely have more options for fine tuning.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

You think it would be better going with an x370 boards?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on moving over to an X370 once they're more readily available for sure.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah im looking to get the $200 gigabyte one or the asrock taichi but cant decide.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Both the Gaming 5 Auros and Taichi were on the top of my list. But I may move to an ITX board in this case. It's a waiting game for sure.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thumbs up for your f1 wallpaper

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Montréal was a great experience. That was the time I first got into photography. We have plans on Austin this year as Montréal conflicts with a few things this year.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Does your CPU cooler need a mounting adapter?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the 212 Evo at time of release because Microcenter was giving the AM4 adapter for free with purchase. I'm currently waiting on both a Corsair and Cryorig bracket though.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

omg omg omg omg. Bruh. BRUHHH. It's too good, it's not okay. You can't be building something that looks this good.

Phenomenal build man well done

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Greatly appreciate the compliments!

At the moment, I'm custom sleeving my cables. Don't have much time between work and kids. Once that's finished, I'm going to tear it down again. I'm going back and forth on whether I want the white interior. Slowly but surely, it'll get there.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Actually what is the VGA price?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The cooler was about $25 usd at the time.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Why are some of the parts 0 dollars?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The storage drives are from builds over 2 years ago (the ssds don't have accurate pricing anymore I believe). The PSU was from a trade. And the RX 480 was purchased on release day, also from a build I completed 2 years ago.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh ok thx bud

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

+1, Been a while since I last saw a left hander.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

proud to show the world how it works XD

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Wooooow, interesting case man.

+1 for the Ryzen R7 1700.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

When they first announced it, it drew me in for being quirky, for sure. What sold me was the easy to remove glass.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for this build

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Awww man I'm sad now. Bought a Define R5 about a year ago, even though I love it, I wish I got that Inwin. Probably wasn't out then though. Beautiful nonetheless. If I were to make a suggestion, see if you can get the GPU cables to go behind the motherboard tray parallel to the 24pin instead of behind it. But I don't know how the cutouts are positioned so maybe that isn't possible.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have to go and do more cable managing. But that cutout is awkwardly placed and isn't that large. I can see it being flipped with the 24-pin tucking in tighter with the Pcie on the outside/right of it. I have two drives behind and above that cutout so it took a bit of planning to route. Definitely appreciate the suggestion! I'm going to work on it as soon as the kids go to bed.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

1+! damn! nice build! looks great!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you could have saved money on the power supply 850 was more than you need a 450 or even 500 would have been better and give you a little space to upgrade

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU stemmed from my older system that had 2x R9 280X Trixx GPUs. The RX 480 has since moved to my s/o's PC, and mine now house 2 EVGA GTX 1070 SCs (I know, it's a B350 mobo). I always knew I wasn't going to keep the RX card in here. The target was always the 1070 before the build gets a bit "madder."

I need to do an updated photo shoot for sure.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

this is sexy

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

In regards to the motherboard what would you suggest as an alternative for that price range? the build it would be for is a ryzen 2600x, gtx 1060 6gb, 16gb ram 3200hz, most likely a stock cooler at first.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I should have updated the list. I went over to the Asus Strix-B350F when my old psu kicked the bucket (it took the mobo with it). It wasn't much different in price at the time.

I also haven't kept up with the new/er X470 boards so I'm not sure how much better they are suited to run the 2xxx cpus vs the 1xxx cpus.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

What is it like to change the keybindings on a left-handed mouse setup?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not bad. It took some getting used to and experimenting which key sets worked best. Usually the first hour of a new game is seeing what the default keybindings are and changing the most usable (to me) over.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but your cpu cooler is upside down...

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The AMD mount for the Hyper 212 mounts the cooler in that orientation.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The Hyper 212 fits nicely or is there a force on the glass? How much clearance is there between the panel and the cooler?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The 212 fit with enough clearance. I only had it mounted about a week. But I believe there was about an inch between the top of the cooling pipes and tempered glass panel.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the feet have to be removed to access those fan holes. The feet have a rubber insert you remove to get to the philips head screw.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I believe 0513 was the 4th bios for the motherboard. I would have to fact check, but I believe most B350 boards at the moment only do offset mode for vcore? Future updates may add the ability, but I guess that's what they want to do so it differentiates the different mobo teirs.

I settled on 3.8ghz with a +0.125 offset for the time being. I haven't tried a max oc yet as time hasn't been on my side. The cpu was stable at 3.9ghz on the 0503 bios with a +0.1500 offset.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe there are still some discrepancies when it comes to CPU-Z reporting. My results will show over 2 vcore when I validate. But it will show VID if I haven't opened the HWInfo app beforehand. So it hasn't been consistent for me. Talk about early adopter circumstances.

The short of it, from what I managed to find online, VID is a min/max range the cpu has from the factory that's used with factory settings. Seems as though once you oc over turbo boost speed, it just reports the max (1.55) but doesn't actually take in that voltage. I'm definitely not an expert in the matter, but that's what I've gathered and for the most part users have said to disregard it.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

you just gave me an idea that I can use on my kids' pc. XD

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  • 32 months ago
  • 4 points

I received a few references to Majora's Mask. So I tried it out.

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

now you just need to tape yellow spikes to your pc :P

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this case would scratch my brick. Haha. But it's got some good distance.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Puns are the key to my <3

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

With this particular motherboard, it sits directly between the two left fans. There was enough room to run the cable between the corners of the fans. It's hard to describe. But I also twisted the flat cable 90° to run against the fans to leave room for the other cables.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How many 3 pin fans can you plug into mobo?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Apologies for the late response. I haven't been in here in some time. But to answer your question, the mobo has 4 fan headers. I used a fan hub to accommodate all the fans in the system.