Description

I build this setup for both work and gaming.

Im an Architect and I can say it works well with 3D modelling and rendering.

RGB also looks good.

Ryzen performs well and works at 80'C on load with an AMD Wraith Max RGB.

GPU runs at 40'C on idle and 50-70'C on load/gaming.

NZXT Aer RGB fans also looks good and are quiet.

AMD Wraith Max RGB is also quiet.

MSI Mortar Arctic also lets my G.Skill Trident Z RGB to run up to 2800MHz (stable) or 2933MHz (needs tweaking).

It can be easily changed if you update the bios of the motherboard.

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 has both front and 1 side panel translucent for an RGB fan.

Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 can have 3x120mm fans (2 front, 1 back).

UPDATE: (Sept 27, 2017)

Added 2x120mm local LED intake fans in the front since adding more AERs RGB will be useless because they will be inverted (intake fans) and their RGB will be facing the front grill.

UPDATE: (Nov 29, 2017) Added 2 x NZXT Aer RGB Fans at the top of the case. Built a custom mount for them to be mounted.

Replaced the local LED fans with Thermaltake Riing Plus Premium 12cm Fans. Controller won't work on an AMD Ryzen system. Contacted Thermaltake and replace mine with a conpatible controller.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor for the price

CPU Cooler

Great cooler with great color. Too bad the color effects are very few. Depends on motherboard

Motherboard

Booting up takes a bit longer

Memory

Good lights, good ram but does not OC well above 2800MHz

Storage

Silent and fast but there are more faster HDD

Case

Clear panels are good but only has 3 fan slots

Power Supply

Great PSU. Quiet but the power cords are a little thick which makes the other side panel hard to put back in the case due to lack of space

Case Fan

Great and quiet RGB fan

Case Fan

Fans are okay. Software control won't work on an AMD Ryzen unless you have a new compatible controller.

Case Accessory

Too expensive for a controller and RGB light strip. RGB lights looks good though

Custom

Do what it does for a few bucks. Has PWM mode

Custom

adds more internal usb support

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really nice but you should have gotten a better case.

  • 26 months ago
  • 4 points

From where I am, there aren't alot of PC Cases available. This is the best i could get with a clear front panel

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Online shipping?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I do not live in the US. I live in another other country. Even online shipping here is tight

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah same im going to get lite 5 case instead of s340 elite

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

lite 5 is much bigger and has 3 120mm front fans. great for an rgb build

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice build! Can you use MSI's mystic light sync to change the colors of all your LEDs at once? Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

MSI's mystic light only works with the mobo + mystic light compatible cooler (which is the AMD Wraith MAX). NZXT AER Fan uses CAM Software. RAM uses a software frome gskill and the Aorus 1080Ti uses the Aorus Engine software to change color. All in all, i'm using 4 different software for 4 different manufacturers. Once you set it, you won't have to set it everytime it starts

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thank you, I was wondering if they all needed their own software. Sounds like a lot of work but looks like it paid off!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you happen to know if your mobo is okay as far as performance? I'm about to buy it for my build and ill be streaming and gaming, I'll be pairing it with a Ryzen 1700 and gtx 1070 OC edition. I'm only asking just because I read that you need a good mobo along with a good processor for streaming. Thanks in advance

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

After I updated the firmware on the mobo, OC works and compatibility is increased. I think its good in performance but not great like a real high-end full sized ATX mobo. IMO, I think it's the best mATX mobo available for AM4.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Just want check with your air flow in the case. Because 1080ti generate a great amount of heat in smaller case like this. Does it trouble you at all?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

The MAX temp I've dealth with are: CPU: 76'C (While 3D Rendering using all cores and threads 100% load for 6 hours) GPU: 67'C (While playing a 4k resolution game for 6 hours)

From where I live, the room temp here is 30-33'C.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Great stats... rather impressive for air cooler and micro atx.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Might i ask what program(s) you use for architectural 3D modeling?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I mainly use 3DS Max and SketchUp for modelling and V-Ray for rendering.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

thx m8

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Commenting so I can reference for inspiration :3

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

the pics here are kinda outdated.let me update them.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! While you're around, I was hoping I could ask you a couple questions. I was wondering if you ever got the RAM running at 2933 stable and are you able to change the rgb on the wraith Max CPU fan? I was planning on getting the same CPU fan and Ram for own first build but I'm a noob so I have tons of stuff I'm trying g to figure out haha :3

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

updated. I can get them running at 2933mhz but not stable. somethings i takes 3 reboots for them to be running. I'm just running now at 2800mhz but with lower clocks. I can change the RGB and effect of the wraith max cooler.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the swift reply! You've really put my mind at ease. Since it's my first build I've spent so much time trying to figure out which mobo I should get to use this Ram since the first one I'd chosen didn't seem like anyone used trident z rgb on. I'm officially going with the msi board you got since it sounds like RGBifying my rig sounds pretty doable with it :3.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it hard to get the wraith max on? I've heard other people that the latch to hold the cooler down is too short and puts a lot of pressure on the CPU and socket.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Not really. Mine was very easy and had no problems

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great computer!

About the Wraith Max - it's very beautiful and very hard to find. And is probably the best 92mm top-down cooler. Congrats!

Generally, the recommended temps for Ryzen are 70°C at around 1.25-1.38V (lower is better). But 80°C is kinda a lot. A more powerful CPU cooler - like Noctua NH-D15S or Cryorig H5 Universal will give you better temps and prolong CPU/board life.

Cheers.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

My ryzen is OC'ed at 3.80GHz @ 1.375V and using all 16 threads by 100% for several hours because of 3d rendering which reaches a max of 80'C (but not everytime) at an air conditioned room. I would love to use an AIO but I lost confidence since they broke easily. Like my NZXT Kraken which only lasted about 4 months but keeps my temp to 72-74'C.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to be a huge fan of CLCs (non-refillable), but they are only good for the first year. The liquid is constantly evaporating and since they are not refillable - you just have to throw them out. They are made from a copper plate and aluminum radiator, which leads to galvanic corrosion, so even if the liquid lasts 2 years, the performance will still drop significantly.

The AIOs (refillable) like SwiftTech H220X and EKWB EK-MLC Phoenix are made from copper and brass and last until the pump breaks down (around 50 000 hours), but they cost $150-$300+.

The chance of them leaking is always present, even with the expensive AIOs and custom loops.

So... the liquid cooling gains are almost none, unless you are doing a 5GHz+ build on a high-end AIO or custom loop.

On the other hand, I've seen multiple people on this site that are using NH-D15/15S/14S, Scythe Fuma/Mugen5, Dark Rock Pro3 + a lot of case fans and are able to cool Ryzen 1600X-1800X configs and even Threadrippers locked at 3.9-4.0GHz.

Check these - 1900X, 1800X, 1700X, 1700, 1600X.

All air cooled, all overclocked, all 50-70°C at max load.

All are using NH-D15/15S/U14S, Dark Rock Pro 3, Fuma/Mugen 5, PH-TC14PE, R1/H5 Ultimate/Universal, and they cost $45-$90.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

did you fricking made a top fan mount yourself???

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes i did :) and have a custom PSU shroud too. just didn't update the pics

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you do this i would really love to know

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Since I'm an architect, planning this is quite easy. Check image below for the 3d model :D

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Made everything adjustable so it would fit well.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

wow that is awesome

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you have this case as well?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

if you are doing 3D modeling, why did you get a gaming card? the quadro p4000 is $800 and it well outperforms a gtx 1080ti in 3D modeling.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm also a bit of a gamer. Gaming performance of a gaming card is much much better.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, that's a lot of RGB

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I’m a little late to the party, but I am having trouble with my thermal take RGB fans. In your product review you mentioned getting a new Ryzen compatible controller, how does one get this controller?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this is my old PC build. To get a separate controller, You need to return/RMA the old controller to thermaltake. It took some time for me to get a replacement. I emailed and then they sent me instructions how and where to return. Basically just waited for the replacement to arrive. Took me about a month for all the process to finish. From emailing them to getting a replacement

  • 26 months ago
  • 0 points

quite a bit of gpu sag there

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Its perfectly flat. It's just camera perspective