Description

This is my first PC build, I've repaired plenty over the years but never done my own from scratch. Named 'Angel Fire' after my wife (Angie) for putting up with me, and Fire for the Red lighting.


CPU : I chose the Ryzen 2400g so I can get the system active, then add a graphics card further down the line, it's a capable processor which shouldn't present any problems when I add a 1060, but will allow 1030 quality graphics between now and then.

Cooler : Limited to 140mm height with the case, this is one of the few to offer a 120mm fan, the red lighting is a bonus and I've seen evidence of the 2400g overclocked very effectively on this cooler.

Ram : Best bang for buck, the Corsair Vengeance LPX seems to tick all the boxes, good compatibility and a decent price considering the current state of ram/gpu's.

Storage : The Evo SSD is a go-to choice for an OS drive, and I decided on the Tosh P300 as it seems to be cheaper and marginally faster than the Barracuda.

Case : This appropriately named case was the core of my build, looking for something that would fit in a 320x320mm space, it's also a lovely spacious ITX case with a build in 200m fan.

Fans : With the 200m front fan and 120mm cooler I wanted something just to pull air through and keep a constant air-flow, I went for 2 simple Purewings due to quietness, price and local stockist having them right in front me.

PSU : This took me longer than most parts to decide upon, 500,550,600, In the end I went for the 2017 CX550 as it's suppoed to be a decent, reliable source and covers me for a little overclocking and adding in a 1060 or equivalent.

Lighting : (not listed = £4.99) I'll also be installing 2x20cm red LED strips, probably in the upper corners across each side.

GPU : You'll notice there's no GPU currently listed, but eventually I plan to add a 1060 6gb.


Current Peripherals

Keyboard : Razer Cynosa Chroma -

Mouse : Corsair M65 RGB -

Monitor : Samsung 24" Monitor (S24D590L) -

Speaker : LG 300W Soundbar (LAS455H)


Upgrade path : Once the build is complete i'm looking to add.... Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB (possibly Gigabyte G1 Gaming ed)

CPU : I know the 2400g isn't the best in the long run, but I think it'll be more than suitable for what I need however I can easily swap out for a 2600 at a later date if necessary.

Part Reviews

CPU

I really like AMd's APU's and the 2400g was a simple choice, some say that a 2200g is fine, but I know the 2400g will last me that little longer when I eventually upgrade to a 1060 6gb GPU. AM4 sockets gives me further future proofing but for me the 2400 is certainly a good start

CPU Cooler

I was a little unsure about a £20 cooler, and it might not be a massive step over stock cooling, but I love the red lighting and with only 140mm headroom, it was the only realistic option to get a 120mm fan vertical. Seems to run well and early signs are showing good temps.

Motherboard

I almost went with Gigabyte, but thanks to a few reviews and tech-tube recomendations, I decided on the AsRock. Ports are all easily accessible, informative manual and while I printed off the pages showing the motherboard layout and ports, I found it all really easy to navigate. Came with the relevent (4.4) bios pre-installed, set-up was a breeze and Bios seems (mostly) easy to handle, will delve into it a little more in the future, but early opinions are very positive.

Memory

Picked these for compatibility and reviews, seems they might onlybe coming through at 2133, so I'll have to have a look at that, but either way as Ryzen matures I'm sure I'll be getting the most out of these.

Storage

After checkign plenty of recomendations, reviews and tests, the Samsung Evo seemed like the must-have SSD, It seems, If you don't have a Samsung Evo, you're either paying too much, or suffering with speeds for only a minimal saving.

Storage

For mass storage most people would recomend the Seagate barracude as best bang-for-buck, but the Toshiba P300 seems to give (slightly) better speeds while being (slightly) cheaper...

Case

Really nice case, chosen specifically for the space where the computer will rest, but I found it really easy to access thanks to all side sbeing removeable. Cable management was fairly simple for my first build (I think I used 3 cable ties in total) and it seems to give plenty of space for airflow. The 200mm front fan, is changeable but early signs show that it's going to be sufficient for my needs (I'll take another look once the 1060 is in place)

Power Supply

I read so many contradicitons about PSU's what's good, bad, great, better value or more efficient, I decided to go with the CX550 and due to the case affording plenty of space for storage I didn't feel the need to go modular.

Operating System

Windows 10, is Windows 10... Love it or hate it, it's pretty much mandatory (no I'm not touching Linux) thankfully a £5 OEM key will suit me perfectly, and even if I end up replacing the motherboard another £3-£5 is easier to swallow than a £100 retail code.

Case Fan

Speciifically chosen just to pull a little airflow through the case, these small, cheap fans seem to do the job well and give a nice cool flow out the read of the case. Far from Silent (aren't any 80mm fan) but they're quiet enough for me and the minimalistic black design suit the case perfectly

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice little build. Any problems while building it?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, all went smoothly (certainly wasn't expecting that)

Ram was showing 2133mhz, so switched to the AMD profile and it picks it up as 2933 perfectly fine.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. Will your APU and GPU work in sync? I heard the presence of a GPU disables the relevant capabilities in the APU.

If you decided for a 1070 you do you think you would have gotten a higher rates (600?) Psu?

Looking to do a similar build :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The APU barley moves since getting the 1060, so anyone building up front could consider a 1600/2600 But because I wasn't sure how long a GPU would take, I went for the APU (nice backup too)

I did notice cinebench marked the APu not GPU the other day (which was weird) yet heaven and actual gaming uses the 1060

As for a 1070, I would increase framerates, but now (and probably for a few years at least) it's not going to offer that much more at 1080p (though would be better for anyone considering 1440)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is how I wanted my build to look, but white. Ordered the right case fans (Red LED) this time so I can get my White/Red theme going. This build looks awesome, like a car engine almost.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude.
Still running perfect

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to use the same cooler as you for a build. Did it come with thermal paste pre-applied?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Indeed, yes it did.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any issues with the non-modular power supply in this mini-itx case?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

No, non at all. It worked perfectly fine and there's plenty of space