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Just a few comments...

Ryzen 5 1600: Got this bad boy on sale from Amazon for $150 and it came w/ a $20 rebate bringing the price to $130. A 6-core/12-thread CPU that comes with an awesome, and quiet, cooler (wraith spire) that can be overclocked out the box for $130? Oh mama!

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 2 x 4 GB DDR4-3200: No problems so far. Opted to spend a little more for higher mhz just b/c I've heard that ryzen plays better with it.

MSI B350M Bazooka: Have had zero issues w/ this mobo so far. My 3200mhz RAM works fine in it w/ XMP on. Set the CPU to 3.6 at 1.3 volts w/ no problems. I'll try OCing it later.

SSD/GPU/PSU: Full disclosure - these were older parts from my last rig so I listed them at half the original purchase price to get an idea of what I may have gotten them for used. Don’t like it? Meh...

Rosewill SRM-01 (Case): To be honest, this is by far my favorite part of the new build and I will be mainly commenting on it. I got it because I wanted something that was small but still has that classic tower feel. It is something like 14x14x7 which is slightly less than half the size of my last rig. I can easily put my arm around this thing and tote it around. Cable management is great as they give you plenty of room and opening in the back side to run your cables. The material also feels really good to me. It’s not flimsy at all. This case is also easy on the eyes without being too busy or over-the-top. I mainly love how this thing only costs 20 bones… philbo happy!

I only had one issue with the case. The case came with 6 motherboard risers. There are 9 riser openings in a micro atx motherboard! Also, I should mention that I didn't use the 80mm rear exhaust fan that came with it b/c I wanted a blue LED fan. However, the included exhaust is actually pretty good as opposed to many stock case fans.

Now I feel like I need to address some issues that have been brought up about this case. I read quite a few complaints about how hard it was to get some components in place like optical drive/graphics card/hard drives. These noobs must have never built a computer before… Let me address. Optical Drive - Who needs an optical drive anymore? I honestly can’t remember the last time I used one on my previous computer. Maybe 2015 or 2016? It's not like you’re going to make an HTPC w/ this case. Not really meant for that. GPU - I put my big ole GPU (EVGA GTX 950 FTW) in it w/ the PSU cable attached to the side and still had at least a half an inch from the little side cage that you mount stuff. I will say this, you can’t have a long GPU and a drive mounted on the bottom part of the swivel cage. No problem! Just mount towards top of swivel cage! Additional HDD/SSD - Use the space at the top of the case that would have been wasted on an optical drive… enough said.

I also saw people complaining about the airflow and the battery being placed at the top. Seriously... It’s $20... I put a 120mm intake fan at the front (yes I had plenty of space for this) and my AMD wraith spire cooler is positioned just a few inches from the side fan opening which gives me a little more intake. Between the 80mm back exhaust/gpu exhaust/psu exhaust I think I am good. I haven’t noticed my parts getting overly hot at all under load. I’ll say it again 20 bones. I don’t think the PSU at the top is a problem. Maybe it makes it just a little top heavy? Also, it’s not really going to be taking in too much heat from other components since there is an exhaust right under it. Final thing I think that people had an issue with the case was the side where you run your PSU cables for management won’t easily close. Zip ties maybe? Just get some zip ties and zip the cables down to one of the many holes so conveniently provided on the back and you will have no problem slidin’ that puppy back on.

You can’t beat this case for the price – probably not even for another 20 or 30 washingtons.

Part Reviews

CPU

Got this bad boy on sale from Amazon for $150 and it came w/ a $20 rebate bringing the price to $130. A 6-core/12-thread CPU that comes with an awesome, and quiet, cooler (wraith spire) that can be overclocked out the box for $130? Oh mama! This thing has crushed all my gaming needs. Happy AMD customer here.

Motherboard

Have had zero issues w/ this mobo so far. My 3200mhz RAM works fine in it w/ XMP on. Set the Ryzen 5 1600 to 3.6 at 1.3 volts w/ no problems. I'll try OCing it later.

Case

To be honest, this is by far my favorite part of my new build. I got it because I wanted something that was small but still has that classic tower feel. It is something like 14x14x7 which is slightly less than half the size of my last rig. I can easily put my arm around this thing and tote it around. Cable management is great as they give you plenty of room and opening in the back side to run your cables. The material also feels really good to me. It’s not flimsy at all. This case is also easy on the eyes without being too busy or over-the-top. I mainly love how this thing only costs 20 bones… philbo happy!

I only had one issue with the case. The case came with 6 motherboard risers. There are 9 riser openings in a micro atx motherboard! Also, I should mention that I didn't use the 80mm rear exhaust fan that came with it b/c I wanted a blue LED fan. However, the included exhaust is actually pretty good as opposed to many stock case fans.

Now I feel like I need to address some issues that have been brought up about this case. I read quite a few complaints about how hard it was to get some components in place like optical drive/graphics card/hard drives. These noobs must have never built a computer before… Let me address. Optical Drive - Who needs an optical drive anymore? I honestly can’t remember the last time I used one on my previous computer. Maybe 2015 or 2016? It's not like you’re going to make an HTPC w/ this case. Not really meant for that. GPU - I put my big ole GPU (EVGA GTX 950 FTW) in it w/ the PSU cable attached to the side and still had at least a half an inch from the little side cage that you mount stuff. I will say this, you can’t have a long GPU and a drive mounted on the bottom part of the swivel cage. No problem! Just mount towards top of swivel cage! Additional HDD/SSD - Use the space at the top of the case that would have been wasted on an optical drive… enough said.

I also saw people complaining about the airflow and the battery being placed at the top. Seriously... It’s $20... I put a 120mm intake fan at the front (yes I had plenty of space for this) and my AMD wraith spire cooler is positioned just a few inches from the side fan opening which gives me a little more intake. Between the 80mm back exhaust/gpu exhaust/psu exhaust I think I am good. I haven’t noticed my parts getting overly hot at all under load. I’ll say it again 20 bones. I don’t think the PSU at the top is a problem. Maybe it makes it just a little top heavy? Also, it’s not really going to be taking in too much heat from other components since there is an exhaust right under it. Final thing I think that people had an issue with the case was the side where you run your PSU cables for management won’t easily close. Zip ties maybe? Just get some zip ties and zip the cables down to one of the many holes so conveniently provided on the back and you will have no problem slidin’ that puppy back on.

You can’t beat this case for the price – probably not even for another 20 or 30 washingtons.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

I am one of those noobs you're talking about. ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Love teh noobz :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

You got yourself a great budget build (but that's coming from a relative noob). If you're looking for more RAM in the future, then I suggest the 16GB G. Series Ripjaws. Happy computing!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Ty, sir!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude you need to upgrade that 950. The Ryzen 1600 is far more powerful and can handle much more. Get a 1060 or RX480/580 in there and you'll see insane improvements.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. Waiting on new lineup from nvidia.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! For being a compact system with stock CPU & GPU coolers it runs pretty cool too. Color me impressed.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I need to do some more intense gaming to see if the temps will get higher but so far that's been about the max.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Don’t b350 mobos only support a max of 2667 MHz ram?