Description

I built this to replace my i5 3570K sofa gaming machine. The GPU was carried over from that build, but the rest of the parts are new. I would have probably held off for a year or two longer, but monster deals on the CPU and SSDs made me jump the gun a bit. This is my first AMD-powered machine since the Athlon XP days - it's nice to see Intel have some real competition again. Primary use is as a grossly overpowered gaming console with four XBox 360 controllers connected via a wireless receiver.

It's a little more flashy looking than the PC it's replacing, but not to a crazy degree - dialing back the LEDs in the case keeps things tasteful. I'm very impressed with the Wraith Spire cooler AMD is including with these CPUs - it's remarkably quiet and flashy enough to not look like you cheaped out, even including some mild LED lighting effects.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

So far, so good. I'm used to ASRock delivering the goods when it comes to strong value for dollar in their motherboards, and this Newegg-exclusive board is no exception.

$140 got me a solid X470 board with AC wireless, SLI support, a great layout and (on paper, anyway) decent power regulation in the event I decide to push my little R7 1700 a bit harder. Added niceties include RGB lighting control if you want it, steel-reinforced PCI-E slots and a slick little heatsink for your NVME SSD.

Box contents are pretty light, with only a pair of SATA cables, the I/O shield, a pair of NVME mounting screws (hilariously individually bagged), a rigid SLI bridge, a pair of manuals and the software disc included. That said, I'm not going to complain at this price point.

I don't yet plan to OC my R7 1700, as I'm just using the box cooler, but it immediately picked up the XMP profile for my RAM (DDR4-3000 CL15) - unfortunately, the PC would go into reboot loops at 3000, but knocking that back to 2800 solved the issue - I'm not sure if it's the board or the RAM that's the problem, but 2800 should be fine.

Connectivity is fantastic, with six USB 3.0 ports and both Type A and C 3.1 ports available in addition to the usual gigabit Ethernet, PS/2 and 5.1 audio jacks.

At this price point, this board has few direct rivals.

Case

This is a gorgeous case with a brilliant design - by 'consolidating' elements of the chassis into a smaller number of stampings (e.g.: the top and front panels of this case are a single piece and non-removable), NZXT has managed to offer a sharp-looking case with the clean design, superior cable management, RGB/fan control and tempered glass people want at a shockingly low price.

The only thing I'd hold against this case is the fairly thin materials - the steel is significantly thinner than I'm used to seeing at this price point, but in all fairness you usually don't get everything else this case is offering at that price point either.

Cable management is simply phenomenal. NZXT's cleverly simple bar returns to hide your cables as they disappear under the motherboard tray from the front and almost the entire perimeter of that tray has areas you can pass your cables through. Meanwhile, under the right side door, there are prerouted channels with integrated Velcro straps to lash everything down and NZXT has already taken the time to use those channels to deal with all of the cabling that's part of the case.

A good deal of that cabling is associated with the fan and RGB hub that's included with the case. This is software controllable and a great addition to an already fantastic home for your build.

Almost a perfect case, and an outstanding value at the $100 mark that also just happens to look like a million bucks.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 5 points

You have a great looking build there... I would rate this 3.5/4.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - I love putting these things together. :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, there's a blast from the past MSI joke

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks awesome! What kind of cables extensions are those?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking for builds similar to the one I'm planning on doing, and of course here I am! But I want to know your option on the 1700, is it good for multitasking and streaming? But overall a really nice build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not streaming from this box - mostly it's just for sofa gaming. For that, it's fantastic - it crushes pretty much everything at 1080p and is nice and quiet.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

i loved your build especially the white wires... how did u get it?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait so u can put a first gen ryzen cpu with a x470 motherboard

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah - it just drops right in and works great.