Description

My first Small Form Factor ITX build! All parts were purchased from Amazon and delivered with Amazon Prime. The load temperature for the GPU were measured from MSI Afterburner after temps had stabilized while running Unigine Heaven Benchmark on extreme settings at 1440p fullscreen, simulating a gaming session. Load temperature for the CPU were taken from HWMonitor while completing the Cinebench CPU benchmark.

CPU: I decided to use the Ryzen 5 2600X for this build instead of the 2600 since I didn't want to mess around with manually overclocking the CPU. It works great, and even for the premium over the 2600 is still a great deal for 6 cores. It boosts great to 4.2 GHz in games that are lightly threaded, and between 4.0 GHz and 4.1 GHz for those that are more CPU heavy.

CPU Cooler: I used the Corsair H75 out of my last build, and it still works great and is pretty quiet. It barely fits in this case with the stock fans that came with it, but I didn't have any trouble getting it in. I even had to take it out after getting the whole build together to switch the fans around, I had them blowing out of the case instead of into it on accident (d'oh), and it wasn't too much of a problem. It is the only fan air intake on the case, and it does a good job keeping the other components cool.

Motherboard: I chose the MSI B450I Gaming ITX because it had built in wifi, good ratings, and I am familiar with the MSI BIOS. It had no problem applying the XMP profile of my RAM for 3200 MHz.

Memory: I wanted to get memory with a greater than 3000 MHz advertised speed since the performance of the Ryzen Infinity Fabric that lets the CPU cores communicate is tied to the RAM clock. The Corsair Vengeance LPX brand/model is well rated and fairly priced, and 16 GB should be enough for anything I will do. At an advertised overclock of 3200 MHz we've got a stew going so I went for it.

Storage: While only using the older SATA standard and not a newer and faster NVME drive, the Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2 is the right price to performance to size ratio for my needs. 1 TB will be plenty for games and basic files, and mass storage is handled on a NAS so no standard drives required for this build.

GPU: The MSI RTX 2060 Ventus is a great value for this performance tier, sitting right in the middle of last-gen's GTX 1070 and GTX 1070 Ti. The cooling and performance of this particular model is a great value, and I was able to overclock over factory by +100 Core and +600 Memory using MSI Afterburner easily. I am currently at 1435 MHz Core and 7600 MHz Memory, and could push the card further if I needed more performance, but I am having no trouble running high settings at 1440p/144Hz with the games I play. The card has also had no trouble at all powering the HTC Vive VR headset.

Case: The Siverstone Sugo SG13B has been incredibly easy to work in for an ITX case, and such a small one at that. At only 11.5L its size and ease of building is only rivaled by much more expensive cases. I would definitely recommend water cooling the CPU with an AIO cooler, and using a fully modular SFX power supply even though the case technically supports an ATX PSU. I could not praise this case enough when it comes to cooling, each face has some sort of vent to keep the internals quite cool even when heavy gaming or during VR sessions.

PSU: The Corsair SF 450 80+ Gold is the best affordable fully modular SFX PSU you can buy today. It has a low temp fan stop feature, so when the PC is idle the PSU fans make exactly zero noise, because they are not spinning. Even under load the unit remains quiet and cool. However, do not be tempted to turn the intake fan into the case so that the PSU acts as an exhaust. The efficiency of a PSU is directly related to it's operating temperature, so for best results the unit should be as isolated as possible from the rest of the PC. The included power cables are pretty good, if a little long for my needs. Though, If a power supply came with the correct length cables for this build they would be too short for pretty much every other case.

Part Reviews

CPU

A great CPU for those who do not want to mess around in the BIOS doing manual overclocking, mine has no trouble reaching the advertised max boost of 4.2 GHz.

CPU Cooler

An oldie but a goodie in 2019, I purchased mine in 2015 and it still cools great. Does not come with mounting bracket for AM4 motherboards, the bracket must be bought separately.

Motherboard

Has built in WiFi, plenty of fan headers, has RGB headers (though I am not using them), reviewers say it has some of the best VRMs that you can get in an ITX motherboard. BIOS is (relatively) easy to use and I had no trouble getting the advertised memory overclock of 3200 MHz on my RAM.

Memory

Corsair is a trusted brand in memory, and it shows. The all black metal heat spreaders look great, had no trouble overclocking to the advertised 3200 MHz with the included XMP profile. At the right price these are a great purchase.

Storage

While only using the SATA standard and not a newer/faster NVME drive, the price/size/performance ratio is great. Mine included a mounting screw, which is great because I have heard some brands don't.

Video Card

A great value for the price! Stock performance between last-gens GTX 1070 and GTX 1070 Ti. Was able to overclock mine with no effort to +100 MHz Core and +600 MHz Memory. Card stays cool even in my ITX case with gaming load temperatures around 60C, though I did tweak the fan curve in MSI Afterburner.

Case

A great ITX case for a fantastic price, no complaints about cooling or compatibility. The case has vents on every side (except the bottom) so the internals stay cool. I would definitely recommend water cooling the CPU with an AIO, and using a fully modular SFX PSU even thought the case technically supports an ATX PSU.

Power Supply

My last build had a non-modular PSU, and this is a breath of fresh air. This unit comes highly recommended, and is better than the competition from Silverstone (which I believe is longer and does not have a zero fan mode during low temperatures). The cables are flexible and sturdy but a little long for my needs, though if the cables were perfect for my build they would be too short for many use cases. I may buy custom length cables in the future, but right now I do not need them. This unit is a unit, I could not recommend it more.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

insane

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

If I set this card up in a larger case with more airflow could I get more than a 100MHz OC?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I haven't run into any issues regarding thermals, and I am not pushing the card as hard as I could. You could almost certainly get more than 100MHz OC with better airflow, though it will depend on your specific card (silicon lottery and all).

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do you think attaching a fan to the right side (next to the PSU) as an intake and flip the H75 to exhaust the heat would improve the temperature ? Because I think it will help to cool the tubes and the motherboard components.