Description

My attempt at an SFF HTPC and Couch gaming combination.

I think this build is a pretty popular one, with people picking many of the same components here.

I decided to stick with an all AMD / all MSi build, for asthetics, quality, and they were all good deals at the time of purchase. I havent built a computer in a long time (10+ years), but all the basics are the same as they ever were.

The only challenge i had, was a fan whine coming from the GPU fan or one of the Noctua Chromax fans underneath the GPU. After disassembling a couple times, i realized i had slightly over tightened the screws holding one of the case fans, which allowed it to come in contact with the dust filter. Backing off the screws some allowed it some room to breathe and no longer make contact.

The last piece of the puzzle was the cpu cooler. Originally, I was just going to stick with the stock cooler that came with the Ryzen 5 2600 (Wraith Stealth). But I wasn't entirely happy with the thermals for the CPU. It seemed like i might have been recycling air in the case. I searched for a large enough cooler that would draw only outside air, or mostly outside air. I also wanted to keep noise to a minimum. That seemd to rule our the BS2, Noctua L9(i/a), and the Cryorig C7.

I finally settled on the ID Cooling IS-60, but i ordered from two different places, only to have my order canceled due to being out of stock. More research, and I found the Reeven Brontes. Good looking cooler and fan, and what fee benchmark reviews i could find on it, seemed to do the job i wanted.

Finally, all of it installed, and the Brontes just narrowly fits. The fan housing touches the duat filter for the case, but it does not interfere at all. I also had to mount the Brontes in the opposite direction i had originally intended, with the heatsink overhanging the memory. But my memory was too tall, amd the heat pipes hit the heatsinks on the MOS. I reversed it, and removed the MOS heatsink, since the fan would be blowing right down on them to keep them cool.

I now bask in its quiet(ish) gaming and htpc glory. I tried my beat with the cable management, thermals seem great. I may have to work at it to see how far i can push it overclocking wise. Not sure how the thermals will hold up.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

solid build. some people stuff an i7 or r7 2700x in that case but I think its stupid. the 2600 is the right choice because of the power but low temps.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, man! I may consider switching to a new 3000 series when it comes out, possibly jumping to the 3700 instead. Dont think I want to wrestle with the thermals the 3000x series will put out.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

The yellow fan blades look like french fries.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Yes, fried couch potatoes!

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Ha

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Really cool. Seems really compact.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Definitely what i was going for. Really wanted it to look like it belongs in the entertainment stand. I may consider paint it soon.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Beware the noise level of that Graphics card... It is infamous

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I know! Ive been messing with undervolting it to keep the thermals lower and stressing it a lot. At idle, or when just watching movies, it's pretty quiet. As soon as i load up any game and push it, it's a rocket.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to make any modifications to the cooler? I'm not seeing that it is AM4 compatible?