Description

This was my first build so I decided to go with an high(ish) level budget build for CAD modeling, video editing, and a few games. The building process went very smoothly except for a few stupid things on my part (not plugging in fan headers until EVERYTHING else had already been installed) but its pretty roomy for a mini ITX case so wire routing wasn't too bad. The case fits 4 fans total but since there was such a good deal for the 5 pack I also replaced the CPU cooler fan (after checking to see if there way any difference in thermals between the stock fan and the "case" fan, but there wasn't). I really like how it turned out and it is the perfect size to fit on my tiny desk and look good doing it.

The CPU is running stable on a 4.0 GHz overclock at 1.33v, and the Graphics card has +130 MHz on the GPU clock and +1100 MHz on the memory. Just for fun I pushed the CPU a little further to 4.1 GHz and got a CPU score of 6250 on the 3D Mark Time Spy test (up from the 5670 stock). I haven't messed around with RAM frequencies but honestly the stock speeds are plenty.

Its a great collection of parts and I would truly recommend every one of them, especially in combination since their specifications are well matched to avoid bottlenecking.

If anyone wants more photos just ask and I'll upload some.

Part Reviews

CPU

Impressively powerful and even more so cheap! Lots of overclocking potential and performance gains so its a fun CPU to play with.

CPU Cooler

Switched out the fan but the radiator keeps things nice and cool even with a decent overclock on my Ryzen 5 2600. A real winner for any white/monochrome builds out there.

Motherboard

Solid motherboard with nice metal heat sinks awesome overclocking potential, and solid VRMs. The built-in Wi-Fi is surprisingly good, along with the Sound Blaster software for audio.

Memory

Clean low profile ram that matches not only the look of my build, but the performance.

Storage

Super budget, fast M.2. What more could you ask for?

Storage

Reliable fast hard drive and is relatively quiet. Real cheap too.

Video Card

Really fast card and it overclocks very nicely, even with the stock cooler in a tight mini-ITX build. Back plate is super clean and it is overall a good looking card. Highly recommend.

Case

Good looking mini-ITX with plenty of room to cram high power components in it while still being easy to work on.

Power Supply

Its a power supply and it's quieter than my case fans. And it works.

Monitor

Huge beautiful monitor, with a noticeable improvement over 75 Hz. No dead pixels on arrival, and great color accuracy but watch out for the stand, its pretty flimsy especially if it has to put up with any sort of gamer rage.

Keyboard

If you like cheap keyboards with great performance, this is it. Membrane gets a lot of hate but dang this thing feels good and the lighting looks great.

Custom

Clean-looking mouse pad, covers my entire desk and just does not fray despite the abuse I put it through.

Custom

I got 5 of these for $35 and they all run quietly and push plenty of air, unmatched at this price point.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely more pics mate :p

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

There you go!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, thats definetly a sweet PC build. Especially the Lightning.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I agree; a little lighting does wonders for the appearance of the build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great! Very nice build!

Could you tell me how you split your fans? Your MoBo has two fan headers , so I assume that you used the included fan hubs from the DeepCool fans (one for intake and the other for exhaust I guess)?

If so, are you able to adjust the speed of each fan individually or are all fans connected to the same hub all running on the same speed?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I put the intake fans (in the front) on one pin header and the two outlet fans (in the back and top) on the other as you mentioned and I control them separately with F-Stream so I retain a net positive pressure within the case.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll look into it.