This build was inspired after playing VR in a cramped little room and having my cat chew through my VR headset cable. I wanted to build something as small as possible but as powerful and reasonable as possible to have in my living room. I started eyeing the Skyreach 4 at first, but given it's price and stock, it stalled me for a very long time until I came across the Velka 3 case by Velkase from some videos on YouTube (Optimum Tech and LTT). At first I was still a bit hesitant, but given it's price for such a niche market, I quickly changed my mind!
With it being completed and performing way better than I ever expected, I cannot be any happier!
Now that the case was decided, I had to think about what platform to go with, and nowadays, Ryzen was really the only way to go if you're looking for the best value to performance ratio! With that in mind, I immediately thought of the Ryzen 5 series, and with their newly(ish) released 3 series, I ended up with the Ryzen 5 3600 for it's lower TDP and most reasonable gaming performance. The Gigabyte X570 mobo was just because it was the cheapest of the available options at the time being. The GPU was....difficult to find, but once I got it, I have absolutely no complaints!
Overclocking was very minimal on the GPU but because I wanted to squeeze every ounce of power out of the build, I went and changed all of the pre-existing thermal pads and paste on the GPU itself. Temps, sadly, only lowered 2-3 C in open air.
The RAM I chose was relatively specific as initially I wanted to have 32 GB (in prep for emulation) but I thought about it and didn't really need it. Additionally, I read on the tighter relationship memory and the CPU had within these Ryzen chips (Infinity Fabric) and wanted to totally capitalize on that. I didn't want to spend so much on the pre-existing memory on the market rated at 3600 C16/15/14 so I tried my luck at OCing this set, and man, oh man, I can't be any happier!
Using the Ryzen DRAM Calculator as reference, I played with the timings and voltage for a bit (with Gigabyte's kinda clunky BIOS) and got the system stable at 3733 C15! I had to make slight compromises in relation to the values the DRAM calculator, but I'm glad I did!
More details coming soon!
For the cost, there is absolutely nothing I can say negative about it! One of the best cost to performance processors out there today!
Given the slightly thicker fin density in comparison to it's Intel counterpart, it feels like it runs slightly cooler and fills in the space very nicely. Can't go wrong with Noctua!
BIOS was a little bit confusing to navigate but otherwise, the board is very solid. Much better than I expected for the cheapest X570 mini-ITX boards.
Overclocked like a champ! Using the Ryzen DRAM Calculator as a reference (3733 fast), I was able to push this set to 3733 MHz at CL15, 1.45V. Runs nicely at 40C under load.
Can't complain, Samsung SSDs have always been my go to.
Extremely difficult to find nowadays, but for it's size, it astounded me how it can (slightly under)perform but still give me the full effect of a full sized 2070.
Runs extremely quiet and cool, even when the rest of the computer is under load!