Description

First ever build. It came together fairly smoothly.

Only just built so I'll update further down the line with some more info.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great value for money. Haven't tried to OC or anything else yet but that may come further down the line.

The stock cooler seems to be doing a good job for now but I may upgrade later.

Motherboard

Seems solid so far. A lot of cool features (WiFi, Type C, etc.) as well as being ITX and fairly cheap.

I paid the retailer £10 for them to update the BIOS been as it's a B450 with the new Ryzen. Although, the box came with a sticker on saying "Ryzen 3000 ready" so this may have been unnecessary.

Has 1 CPU fan header and then 2 additional fan headers, so will have to buy a splitter to use all the fans I have.

Memory

There was slightly cheaper ram at the same speed but I thought that Corsair may have been more reliable.

Working fine and easily set to 3200.

Storage

Crazy quick. I'd never used an SSD before this, don't think I'd be able to not use one in future.

Seemed like pretty good value for money also.

Video Card

Seemed to be the best option for the price range and form factor.

It seems to run super quiet and pretty cool. The card is pretty looking, too.

One thing to note is that it was a bit of a pain in the arse to get this into the case and attached to the motherboard, but it can be done with a bit of messing around.

Case

I love this case. Crazy cheap and is really easy to work with, especially as a first build.

It's not as small as other ITX/SFF cases but it's still significantly smaller than any regular case. I also like the fan that it comes with.

Power Supply

Tiny! Cables were super easy to work with, and the right size for nice cable management in a small case.

Case Fan

Noctua seems to be a bit of a fan favourite. These are very quiet & look nice.

Custom

1440p, 144hz, 1ms, Freesync, cheap!

For the price I don't think you can get much better. Reviews online only really criticise the stand which I don't actually think is too bad.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd be interested in knowing Temps, and how you get on with that SSD. Nice Balanced build though. Congratulations, and Welcome.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Any bios issues? with Ryzen 3600....

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I paid £10 for the seller to update the BIOS, so no issues for me. Although, the motherboard then actually turned up with a "ready for ryzen 3000" sticker on, so perhaps it would have been fine without.