Description

Started planning this build during October, and began purchasing parts early November. Took advantage of as many Black Friday deals as I could, and purchased a GPU secondhand. It's being used as a gaming and a workstation/development rig.

This is my first build for myself. I've been able to build some other machines for friends, but have never had the opportunity to build my own. I saw the Lian-Li Dynamic someone on the internet, and had to go with it. Despite being a case for watercooling builds, I knew I wanted to go air. There's something about the retro feel of a big fat heatsink I just love. Haven't seen to many air-cooled Dynamics, but hopefully some more pop up in the future, I'd love to see some other ideas with this case.

Current Benchmarks/Tests

League of Legends, maxed settings @ 1080p: 144fps, no serious drops/spikes

Destiny 2, maxed settings @ 1080p: 144fps with short drops to ~120, ran for ~90 minutes

Overwatch, Ultra settings @ 1080p: 144fps with occasional drops to ~125, ran for ~120 minutes. Highest GPU temp so far at 62c.

Cinebench (ran at stock 3.4 GHz): 1259cb for CPU, 126.93 FPS for OpenGL.

I'm going to overclock a bit more in the future, but I'm sitting at 3.6GHz currently.

I ended up spending $1,304.64 (a solid $4 over-budget) for everything including monitor, keyboard, and mouse. That also includes tax and shipping where applicable.

Enjoy, guys!

Part Reviews

CPU

Will update once I OC more, but all is good so far at 3.6 GHz!

CPU Cooler

Fits beautifully inside the Dynamic. Being one of the few coolers inside the 155mm clearance range, and sitting at 149mm, looks awesome and fits great. I'll really test out the cooling capabilities once I OC further, currently idling at 30c, haven't passed 42c under load. My only gripe is the difficulty of the installation of the fan in the middle. I don't have a better solution honestly, but the current one is a bit irritating and tricky to work with.

Motherboard

One of the few motherboards that offered USB 3.0 Type-C front panel support. Got it for under $100 bundled with the Ryzen 2600 at Microcenter. The orange accents weren't my favorite at first, but ended up going with the RGB color I went with (for now) nicely.

Memory

Once I enabled XMP, it ran at advertised speeds. I was wary about this RAM looking a little gaudy, but I'm pleasantly surprised after all is said and done. I wish the timings were a bit better, but...$120 for 16gigs of 3200? Hard to beat.

Storage

Got it off eBay for like $50. 3 second boot times? Sounds good to me.

Video Card

Picked this baby up for $200 local, was mined on briefly (underclocked, undervolted, yada, yada) but hasn't shown me any issues so far. Looks great, runs great.

Case

Looks exceptional, really shows off some of the components in the build. Build quality of the case is amazing, all metal and glass construction really feels sturdy, and despite being a watercooling case, seems to be geting a good amount of airflow. The dust filters are "meh" at best, I've head about replacing them with some SuperFine mesh filters, which I'll probably do in the future for better cleaning and airflow.

Power Supply

PSU was the bane of my existence for this build. Purchased my first one off Reddit's HardwareSwap, sadly the guy never shipped it and I had to follow up with a PayPal dispute. Followed up ordering from B&H, where the package got damaged in transit. They told me they'd process the claim and overnight me a new one (I'm on the east coast), but after taking 3 days to process the claim, issued me a refund.

Ordered directly from EVGA, and had no issues, thing runs beautifully.

Case Fan

Ordered these guys before realizing I needed 3-pin RGB, but as my CPU LED slot on my motherboard is 4-pin, and there's plenty of additional mounting hardware (splitters, daisy chain, etc), I was able to branch all 3 fans off that one header. Works well, even at full load are fairly quiet, and move a decent amount of air.

Case Fan

Ordered these after I realized I needed 3-pin RGB. Work just as well as the RF120s. Nice and quiet, move a decent amount of air, and look good!

Monitor

Purchased at Microcenter on sale for about $150. Quality item for the price. The colors on the monitor originally are very washed out, but with a little tweaking looks great.

Keyboard

Purchased for $100 refurb at Microcenter. Great keyboard, super high actuation point feels incredibly responsive. Took a bit to get used to it, a few bad keystrokes here and there as it's my first mechanical in years.

Mouse

Had my eye on this guy for a while. I like the simplicity of the mouse as opposed to some shark-teeth laden, 16 million DPI, 18-led mice that seem to be flooding the market. Just wanted something that looked simple, functions well, and is comfortable. There's a ridge on the outside that holds my ring and pinky fingers very well. I have medium-large hands, and generally play palm.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the o11 air so the same cooler clearance. I was thinking about the mugen as it's technically under the 155mm clearance, but just by half a mm. I'm thinking that the fuma will be a safer choice.

Just curious. about how much clearance left do you think there was for your fuma in this case? Did it just barely get under?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Technically, being a 149mm cooler, I should have had 6mm of clearance. It seemed like much less than that, and was absolutely less once I switched out the fan(s), as they seated on the mounting bracket for the cooler itself. If I had to guess, it probably brought it up to 152mm or 153mm. The Fuma ended up fitting really well, and once I notched the fan to fit on the mount better, I'd guess my cooler currently sits at 150mm.

The Mugen seems risky, but it was something I was interested in as well. I played it a little safer, but if you try it I'd love to see how it goes!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the answer! It kind of looked like that in the photos but I wanted to ask you to be sure. I'll probably just go with the Fuma. If I had a store where I can easily return without shipping, I might have tried the mugen. My only concern was just a fan on the ram side as I wanted to add multiple fans. I can just make that one a little higher then or do something else with it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

As far as RAM clearance goes, I might have some issues fitting anything in my slot closest to my CPU should I ever want to install something with a heat shield. My current ram wouldn't fit in that slot safely, or at least looks veeeery close. I wouldn't be able to run a fan on that side I don't think, but I'm looking at adding another fan on the cooler towards the backside of my case. My issue was not having a store near me, either. Took about 2.5 weeks for the FUMA to show up, didn't want to play that game multiple times.

The FUMA didn't disappoint. I'm running at 4.0GHz @ 1.27v right now. Idle sits at about 38-40c (21.5 ambient), and about 65 after about ~2 hours under load.

Best of luck with your build, man!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I'll have a 2600x so I guess it'll be similar.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have any clearance issues with the GPU?!?! damn that was a good deal on the GPU!!!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all! Everything fits beautifully. The worst fitting parts may be the bottom fans with some of the motherboard connectors, but that seems to be a common theme in this case from what I've seen.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh ok!!! looks good man, really i did not have a problem at all with the bottom fans i have a gap between them and the fans them self hide the bottom of the mother board.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I am running a 1080ti, at the time before the build i was looking to buy a 1070 but i found my ftw3 for a good price 450$ so I am happy with it. DAMN 139!! not bad at all, what games did you end up getting? I mean you got him an upgrade keeping the games only seems fair LOL!!!

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Check your placement of the RAM pretty sure you'd have even better performance alternating between one slot then the other. If you only had two DIM slots then it wouldn't be a big issue. Otherwise excellent build!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The slots are actually (from right to left) 1,3,2,4 as far as I know. You're saying I should run 1 and 2?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

exactly, unless your motherboard says otherwise. But you should always space them out to utilize dual channel bandwidth.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I must have read something wrong, I was under the impression I wanted 1&3.

I'll switch them shortly. Thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, you're supposed to put slot them in the order that the slots are numbered. I'm guessing you're remembering correctly, though, and that a guide somewhere suggested that you put RAM into what physically looks like the first and third slots, so there's space between them.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel runs dual channel so you have to put the ram in 1 and 3 or 2 and 4 for it to run dual channel but I'm pretty sure ryzen runs quad channel so I think they're fine next to each other. Double check just to make sure

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Ryzen is dual channel. Dunno about the Gigabyte board; the Asrock X470 I have wants RAM in the 2nd and 4th slots counting from the CPU. I agree, double check against the mobo manual.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

PC building, where men actually stop and say, "Maybe I should look this up."

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I got the desk with the rest of the build, didn't check instructions once. Got the motherboard, spent an hour browsing the manual. Somehow misread that RAM part though. :P

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct either 1 and 2 or 3 and 4 if you so choose. Just stick with 1 and 2 and all should be well.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! You got your GPU at an amazing price, and mining cards aren't nearly as bad as many people say they are. It probably was less stressed mining undervolted and underclocked than it would have been as a gaming card.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

My thoughts exactly! I didn't see much difference between it's mining use and regular gaming. Seemed like a no brainer, and the price helped let me build with room for expansion, which I'm happy about.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Rocking the LTT colors in pics 4 and 5!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I was hoping the "white" on everything would look nice, but the GPU is actually a terrible purple, haha. I like the orange for now though, gives a nice ambiance reflecting off of the cooler!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the cooler a pain to assemble? I've heard that it is hard to get the middle fan in.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's a bit tricky, the issue I had was that the clips had a hard time staying in the fan while sliding it in, the part that attatches to the fan would get caught on the radiator itself. Took a bit of work, but it works well. I notched the fan and it sits a bit lower now as well.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Were you able to sync your RAM with your motherboard?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

Overclocking - R5 2600 at 3.9-4GHz should be achievable with around 1.25-1.286V and the proper LLC profile in the BIOS.

Cheers.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I recently got the same cooler and im idling at around 40-42c and when gaming around 55c. I have a Ryzen 5 1600 oc'd to 3.8 ghz, do you think i didn't put enough thermal paste?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You have two fan types listed. Which one did you use? I was going to use the LL120 from corsair but they don't look good from behind like on the side mount.