Description

A simple computer that I use mostly for gaming, but I plan on getting into animation and rendering with it.

This computer has been waiting to be built for about four months now, I ordered a first set of parts around mid July, then the rest around late August. I expected the case to release around mid August from what I read, but that turned out to be wrong and I was sitting on a computer that couldn't be assembled or used at all. Plus the inconvenience that Corsair apparently doesn't include an AM4 mount for their coolers, or if they do I got one that was older than Ryzen. Finally, after snagging a case on Newegg and waiting for adapter to come in, I could finally build. And that is where my second onslaught of problems arose.

I love the look of this case. It's amazing, small and pretty efficient in how everything works. But it is an absolute pain in the butt to build in. Most of the issues could've been avoided, but I'm stubborn and wanted it done. This motherboard and this case should not go together. This cooler is probably too big for it's own good. The power supply cables are damn near impossible to bend or move.

However, overall I couldn't be happier. The computer is exactly what I need and should last me for a couple of years before I need to upgrade, and that alone makes my wallet happy.

Edit 1: Added more pictures, Disclaimer: I'm not a good photographer nor do I have a good camera.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU. Stock speeds are fast enough for everything I do, but I plan on overclocking in the future. Even the default cooler it comes with does pretty good under some stress tests.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler, but an absolute monster to deal and move around with.

Motherboard

This motherboard is a good board. But it shouldn't go with this case. The layout of the power pins and connectors is very poor, hence the reason why I have cables everywhere. But it has an M.2 slot, wifi and some LEDs to play with, so it's not too bad overall.

Memory

It's RAM, not a whole lot to say about it. Does the job, works well with Ryzen.

Storage

Absolutely perfect for booting up and some applications. It's about 9 seconds for me to boot up, log in and into Google Chrome on Reddit.

Storage

Large Storage Drive, great for games and bulk media.

Video Card

Pretty decent card, can't complain. Especially since I got mine refurbished for $200 less than brand new. Haven't pushed it too far yet, but it looks like it can handle some serious games.

Case

Absolutely beautiful case. You definitely have to plan around it, otherwise you end up in a mess like I did. However, it's an SFF case with support for full length video cards, AIO's and 3.5" drive. What more could you want.

Power Supply

Pretty good power supply. Not much I can on it, other than it gets the job done and is pretty small.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, but more pictures please

+1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Working on it, need to find a screwdriver to get into the case.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok :D

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Hehe I’ve finished up in my first shift x this past week and I’ve got a whole list of little annoyances I have with the case. Short cuts that really didn’t need to be made, and over engineering of others.

I sill like the look of the case, thermals are my biggest issue at the moment. How about you? How’s airflow working for you?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't looked too in depth into the exact numbers, but I have two fans on the side in taking and one on the bottom pulling air out of the radiator. It seems to be pretty effective, before I had the radiator fan pulling air into the bottom, but that lead to some throttling almost immediately. But since I did move to positive pressure, I haven't had any issues with thermals.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Good quality Ryzen build, I like it. That case is pretty. And of course, more pictures please.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

more pictures please! Nice Pc

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi just finished my shift build, do you find the aio tubing is pushing the glass panel out a few mm's can't seem to get mine flush for some reason, nice build btw :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's definitely an issue. I was able to slightly solve it by ziptying the tubes to an opening on the left side of the case right above the two USB ports. It definitely took a little bit of figuring out and doesn't really look the best. I'm sure you can find a better way, I know that Bitwit used the same cooler I have in his build but with a different motherboard, so he somehow managed to shove the tubes in the case no problem. Let me know if you find a better way, good luck!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I have the same cooler, ended up holding the tubing down from the side of the case with a tool. Then pop the window on and presto :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

I have that same case and I can attest to it being "challenging" to work with without planning, but it is SO rewarding when you get it right. Planning on my Ryzen build with it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I just finished a very similar build(https://pcpartpicker.com/b/BL7WGX) a week ago. I completely agree with you on the PSU cables. They were a real pain to bend and ply for cable management. Like yourself, I was going to the Gigabyte board, but after looking at BitWits build guide, I decided to get the ASRock board, as it has most of its sockets located opposite to the I/O ports, and is somewhat better for cable management on this case. None the less, Great job on the build! I'm going to borrow your case lighting ideas :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a gorgeous build, like way better in all aspects than mine lol. I wanted to go with the ASRock board, but I couldn't find it anywhere in Canada when I was purchasing my parts. It was a decision between the Biostar X370 and the Gigabyte board, and the Biostar was more expensive. Guess I should've paid the bit extra lol.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Trust me, it was all down to the board. I bet it would have been the same situation with me as well. Love how well the card fit in your case. I can't wait to upgrade my gpu.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

any chance your AIO pump is also making a bit of noise like a ticking hard drive? if not I might reorientate the pump, cheers!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't say I notice anything like that sorry.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

what are your temps like with the 120mm water cooler?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps are pretty good. I haven't done any heavy overclocking, so I haven't pushed it. Stock temps are pretty good though, 3.2 GHz usually hits around 30 degrees, and 3.8 GHz hits around 50 degrees. 3.8 was rather unstable though, so I can't say that its super good at cooling.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how the hell did you fit a 3.5" drive? I can accept sacrificing an SSD drive bay, but I'm not going to continue with this case unless I can fit my 3.5" 4TB HDD into it, which I'm having a lot of trouble doing atm!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

It took a lot of fidgeting and cursing to get it into place. The mounting holes are a pain to match with your drive, and then you have to go in at an awkward angle to actually screw it. If you're asking about the actual drive size and putting it into the case, I don't really know what to say. My drive fit almost perfectly into the size for it, although it does get a little toasty since it's right above the exhaust for the GPU.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I was confused - they have so many holes on both sides of the case, and once I figured it out, I felt like an idiot and facepalmed hard.

If there's a way to fit two 2.5" SSDs with the two drive bays and the way they have the drives set up, I'm not seeing it. One I can see (it still makes me go "Yare Yare Daze"), but how is someone supposed to fit another one when they have to screw two SSDs and the bottom drive's top screws can't even be reached with a straight screwdriver!?

I love mITX cases when they're all said and done, but boy can they be a headache at times.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Were PSU cables that came with the case long enough? Or did you have to buy an extender/alternate cables to reach the ports on the motherboard?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything actually worked out fairly well in the end. The 24 pin cable took a little bending and stretching to get into place, but it is just long enough if you stretch it into the little cable compartment underneath the motherboard. All the other cables were perfect, no concerns about them at all.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the temps?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps are actually pretty good, but not ideal. I recently set all of my fans to intake including the radiator, which forced all the air out of the top of the case. Everything seems to be pretty stable, haven't hit above 70C unless I'm pushing it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i am looking to buy a monitor like yours, is it good?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Which Monitor? The Widescreen was bought on sale and I have no problems with it. The 16:9 was a gift years ago, I can't find the real monitor in this database so I found the closest one.