To cut a long story short. I decided to build a new mid-tier PC for a mixture of gaming, streaming, video editing etc. Black and white theme to go with the office furniture. Some of the parts were bought on special or second hand from eBay.
A couple of points that I’d like to highlight:
The blower style MSI Vega 56 graphics card was perhaps a bit of an odd choice given the room available, but it was on offer for a decent price along with three games that I was looking to buy anyway…. Idle the noise is not too bad, but when gaming it does sound a bit like a jet engine! I might end up shifting it to a SFF build shortly. Happy performance wise though.
The Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU cooler is a solid performer. Hats off to Be Quiet since they listened to feedback and re-designed the installation process entirely. No more awkward hand tightening bolts on each corner of the mounting plate! Simple two screws required for anchoring, reached by removing two bolts from the top of the cooler shroud. Screw driver is also included.
No real issues with installation other than a couple of minor niggles as follows. The clearance for installing a 3.5” mechanical hard drive in the H400i is tight. I could see this being a problem if one were to use a larger power supply.
The EKWB Vardar F4-120ER PWM fans did not like the inbuilt H400i CAM Smart Device (did not even turn on). I read somewhere online that it is to do with power draw of certain fans, stock type worked fine. I ended up using a spare PWM hub and that worked fine.
That’s all from me folks. Thank you
Purchased the 1700x on a special deal last year. Good all-rounder in my opinion, suitable for content creation, general use, video encoding, gaming etc. Hardcore gamers that are looking for the highest possible frame rates may wish to look at alternatives.
A high performance air cooler at a reasonable price. Large footprint so it won't be suitable for every case. Mounting mechanism has been improved, which will be a relief to many (including myself). Nicely packaged and perfect for a black and white build theme. Typical high quality from Be Quiet.
A very aesthetically pleasing motherboard (in my opinion). Has a feature during boot that will tell you if the memory is installed in a non optimal configuration, nice touch I thought. Also from what I've read the B450 Mortar boards have good VRMs, which is important. Worked straight out of the box without any real issues. No onboard bluetooth which is a bit disappointing.
Not much to say really, performed at advertised speeds and the price is reasonable. The heatsink is very light and does not add too much bulk. Should be suitable for most builds, unless the clearance between the CPU cooler is super tight.
Nice looking card with decent stock performance, won't be suitable for anything above 1440p. AMD also ran a promotion for three free games with selected Vega graphics card purchases, all of which I was looking to get anyway...
I've knocked off a star due to the power consumption and noise, the later is to be expected due to the blower style cooler. Under volting is definitely worth while.
A stunning case that is well made and has relatively decent airflow. I like the fact that you can choose from four different colour schemes. There are dedicated cable channels in the rear of the case, which definitely helps with cable management. Custom loop would be possible, but clearance are tight due to the cable bar and graphics card length. If I were to purchase again, I'd just stick with the regular H400 that does not included the CAM Smart Device.
Wireless Network Adapter
I know that it's always best to go wired, but it's not practicable due to the location of my PC. The T9E performs very well when it connects and seems to pick up a strong signal despite the distance. I'm able to max my 350 Megabit connection. Sometimes however it will get stuck in a unable to connect loop and the only way to resolve it is to disable and then enable the device again. After a bit of online research, I can see that others have had similar problems.
Sturdily made and come with a white sleeved PWM cable (very pleased). These fans shift a lot of air and are suitable for use on radiators. You will want to limit the speed though, at full whack your house will sound like a jet engine.