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BLUF: 1660 TI is a placeholder until I decide between RTX 2080 Super, non-reference cooled 5700XT or maybe wait for next year (Big Navi / RTX 3XXX?)

Last main component upgrade was 6 years ago and last new PSU/chassis was over 10 years ago so it was time for a nice new build. Never had a case with a window before or cared much for RGB lightshows, so I was originally going to get the closed version of this case. As time went by I kept being drawn to the white colored one though, and being stuck with carpet in my current computer room I also wanted to elevate the computer off the ground, which brought me to think that maybe I should in fact go for a windowed case and me things look nice. Perhaps that would also finally force me to do some decent cable management :)

So this is what I ended up with. Put a number of RGB elements in it but am just using it for white lighting to showcase the parts, no crazy rainbow shows here. You may think the videocard is a bit of a simple choice compared to the rest and you'd be correct... It is a placeholder until I decide if I want an RTX 2080(S), a custom cooler 5700XT or perhaps even hold out for whatever comes next year. Whenever it does get replaced it goes to my old (now second) system to replace the GTX 770 in there.

Still working on setting things up and figuring out how to optimize the new Ryzen, not in a hurry with that though. Tried the video card both horizontal and vertical, Horizontal brings the temperature to 65 degrees with 64% fan, vertical (as depicted) goes to 67 degrees with 67% fan. Very minor difference and with same clock/memory speeds and measured in looping 3d Mark time spy and looping Unigine Valley giving 100% GPU use.

Case was nice to build in, only issue being that this EATX motherboard has all the ports/plugs (SATA, 24 pin etc) facing forward which made things rather cramped and forced me to route cables differently than originally intended.

Now I have to decide if I will put any of the case badges on the case (probably not, want to keep the clean look) and figure out if there is any way to disable the silly red "XMP" led by the RAM. Probably by manually punching in those values I guess. Sadly already read that there's no way to get rid of the red at the bottom.

For anyone interested, the motherboard chipset fan spins up during post but besides that I have yet to see it run so that's nice :)

I've got one extra RGB LED strip left but I don't really see a good spot for it, if anyone has a great suggestion let me know :) Other comments are also welcome of course!

Edit: Forgot to add to the parts list and can't seem to easily add it anymore now but the PCI-E riser cable I'm using is the Phanteks PH-CBRS_PR22:

http://www.phanteks.com/Riser-Cables.html

Newegg / Amazon

Think it only works in Phanteks cases though as far as the mounting it to the case is concerned.

Edit 2: The custom part links I added don't actually seem to be usable in public view so just to add:

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 11 points

This build was so nice, I had to make an account to compliment it. Great aesthetic!

  • 5 months ago
  • 5 points

People like you make the world a better place. Thank you for making an effort (no matter how small) to make someone’s day brighter :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

That is a very nice compliment, I appreciate it :)

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the power supply performance so far ? is it loud ?

Thanks,

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

It looks like a work of art. I love your build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I spent a number of months planning all the details and I'm happy with how it's ended up. :) I've done a number of builds over the last 18 years or so but like I said this was really the first one that has the inside visible so it really changed my approach to cable management and visual aspects of the parts (no plain colored Noctua this time haha). Fortunately the case was very nice to build in and makes cable management a lot easier than some of my odler cases.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is awesome bro, air cooled, clean, powerful... good stuff!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm quite pleased with it!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! Any issues using a riser for the vertical GPU mount? I've heard some people have run into issues using risers with PCI Gen 4 boards.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! No issues that I'm aware of, it seems to be doing alright although I guess I only tested fan/heat/clocks and didn't closely look if there were any specific FPS differences. Looked like it wasn't running any different though compared to horizontal. Are people having issues just not booting or poor performance?

I'm using a Phanteks Premium cable (thanks for posting this, reminds me I should add it to the part list! Will go do that now)

Edit: can't seem to edit the parts list without starting over so I'll just add it to the text. It's the Phanteks PH-CBRS_PR22:

http://www.phanteks.com/Riser-Cables.html

Newegg / Amazon

Think it only works in Phanteks cases though as far as the mounting it to the case is concerned

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the info! From what I've read there have been some issues, especially between x570 motherboards and the 5700 radeon GPUs, since both support PCI 4.0. Since there are no PCI 4.0 specific risers yet, the current cables have caused some issues. I have also read comments where people have had issues with non-PCI 4.0 GPUs too. Per Hardware Canucks, however, problem can be solved by selecting PCI 3.0 in bios. Of course, there have been some reports that that option is not available with some bios versions, and its unclear if some bios updates solve that problem. For HC, they said that latest Asrock bios update on the x570 Taichi adds that option. Early adoption can be tricky sometimes, I guess.

Nice to see your post though. I have a 3900x, and am just waiting for an x570 Taichi that's on its way. Reassuring to see someone has got a riser working, as I will be using one to upgrade in a Thermaltake P3.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Copy all!

That's a good point for me to keep in mind if I do end up going for a Radeon in a month when the manufacturer cooled ones come out. I'll have to keep an eye on it :)

Enjoy your 3900 when you get to building!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll be sure to update my build once I get it up and running.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Literally just discovered this case, and I'm glad you went with the choices you went with as it's super similar to what I had in mind! Air cooling the Ryzen 9 with that Noctua seems to be the way to go! Amazing and clean build! :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words! :) Did you end up building yours yet?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you post what exactly are the CPU and Mainboard models?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! I had updated the list last night but for some reason that didn't make it into the published build and I didn't noticed, should be fixed now. Also added a bunch of info on the RGB (Phanteks Halos and cables) as well as the Noctua heatsink cover. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Anyway to directly answer: It's a Ryzen 9 3900X and an MSI Prestige X570 Creation. I wasn't going to get that board since it was 500 dollars and was looking at a 360 or so Aorus Master, but then on this MSI Newegg had 50$ off combo with CPU and a 60$ mail in rebate and no sales tax (which I had budgeted for) so I went for this instead because I preferred MSI's chipset fan solution.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome Build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate the compliment after the work I put in :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m glad I read the description because I was questioning the 1660 ti with that beast of a cpu but since I read it I understand. This build looks great and with some nice beast card(s) in there this machine will be able to take on almost anything very well and beautifully done

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

And thank you for reading :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! but can I ask why you went with that monitor?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks and sure!

I had been using various kinds of 24 inch 1920x1200 since about 2007 and wanted to go to a bigger format to have more horizontal room for both work and strategy games and the like.

I always enjoyed the x1200 versus the 1080P extra vertical space (16:10 vs 16:9) so I was keen on getting a similar thing and not a 32 or 34 inch ultra wide monitor that would really be less "tall" than my previous.

I then thought about the 38GL950G 38 inch UltraGear™ Nano IPS 1ms Curved Gaming Monitor w/NVIDIA G-SYNC that was talked about at CES but it kept not getting a release date, I didn't want to lock myself into GSYNC and I was worried that it would be incredibly expensive.

This monitor that I have now ended up going on sale for 899 a month or two/three ago (which is when I bought it) and although it's Freesync 75 hz max that seemed to be decent enough for me for now, having never used Freesync or Gsync or higher than 60 hz yet (ignorance is bliss lol).

Maybe in a year or two I'll upgrade it to a Freesync 2 high hertz ultrawide if it's affordable enough and I want it and I can find room in my budget, but for now I am very happy with the increased screen real estate that I have on this monitor.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, very clean and pleasing to look at.

Be mindful of PCIe risers! Not all of them are rated for PCIe 4.0, and I recall hearing somewhere that right now, the RX 5700(XT)s can be a bit gummy with risers that aren't up to snuff.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Yeah TheCorinthian64 pointed that out as well in a comment above. I'll have to do some research on that before I get my next card. So far this one seems to be ok though.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I love seeing builds with black and white color schemes. Those LED strips are nice, considering most other RGB ones have a blue tint to the "white" preset. I got a CableMod RGBW strip with dedicated whites specifically to combat this.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I guess you could say they might have a tinge of a hint of blue to them but not bad enough to worry me. Do you have any pictures of yours online? I only see the parts lists when I look at your profile.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes if you go to completed builds and then click on the title of my latest build (Earendil v1) it will bring up the actual photos of the build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Got it now, I was clicking on the title on the left side and only getting the Parts list. Clicking on the title again but above the parts list in the middle got me to the right page :)

Looks good, definitely seems like proper white light in there! :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Brilliant!!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I appreciate it!!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! May I ask why you went for air cooling over liquid?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks and of course!

Reasoning: I don't know how to build a custom loop so that was out AIOs: haven't used them before, read that some of them can actually make more noise than a high quality air cooler Good experiences with Noctua in the past Paranoid that I'd have bad luck and I would have a leak * I kind of like the aesthetic of this cooler in this decently sized case. In a small case it would probably look a bit overwhelming but here it actually uses some of the case space so I like it :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Screwed up the formatting on my response, let's try this again lol

Thanks and of course!

Reasoning

  • I don't know how to build a custom loop so that was out

  • AIOs: haven't used them before, read that some of them can actually make more noise than a high quality air cooler

  • Good experiences with Noctua in the past

  • Paranoid that I'd have bad luck and I would have a leak

I kind of like the aesthetic of this cooler in this decently sized case. In a small case it would probably look a bit overwhelming but here it actually uses some of the case space so I like it :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw this on Reddit

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

It was/is on there indeed :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Wonderful build and remarkably close to mine (same case+colour, CPU, motherboard, heatsink+Chromax covers, RGB kit and RAM (although I have the black/white non-RGB DIMMs)), so extremely helpful to see what mine will end up like!

Just waiting on my 3900X to arrive then all good to go. Been planning this for 2 years so am absolutely itching, just mildly infuriated with AMD's terrible handling of launch stock!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Hope you get your CPU soon so you can show the results! I'd been planning this for a long time as well so was very happy to finally get it together. Good luck with the last frustrating part of the wait!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering if you experience any bottlenecking with that 1660 Ti considering you're using a 3900X with it? Personally I'd go with at least an RTX 2070 with a Ryzen 9.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely! That's why it says this in the second paragraph :) :

"You may think the videocard is a bit of a simple choice compared to the rest and you'd be correct... It is a placeholder until I decide if I want an RTX 2080(S), a custom cooler 5700XT or perhaps even hold out for whatever comes next year. Whenever it does get replaced it goes to my old (now second) system to replace the GTX 770 in there."

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, my bad! That is a tough choice, best of luck!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! Thanks, I'll figure it out eventually haha

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Basically, this is the definition of perfect. Deserves a feature! Love the white and black theme! I'm gonna use this as my template! Lol.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was surprised to see the feature (I guess there's no notification or anything, I just suddenly saw it on the front page haha), very proud :)

Glad to be of inspiration and again I feel honored that you are using my work as a template like that! Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions and be sure to post your resulting build when it's ready!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great. also looks like it was a very close thing if it comes to VRM / CPU Cooler clearance :D

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Don't think the clearance is too bad actually, might be the photo perspective making it look that way. Especially this D15S is pretty good about having quite a bit of space everywhere.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean. Very nice. Love the build! +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Much appreciated!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Just put some tape over the XMP LED, black electrical tape maybe? Otherwise fantastic build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip and compliment! I think it'll be easier to just hand punch the same (or better, maybe 3600 mhz?) values into the BIOS and force the LED to go off that way. Just haven't had the time yet!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Now I'm confused. Is it on because of the RAM? Or the mobo just keeps it on all the time?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the confusion. The LED by the RAM is the “XMP LED”. If you activate your RAM’s XMP profile in the BIOS the LED comes on permanently.

If you do not use an XMP profile then the LED will be off. That’s what I will strive for as the LED doesn’t match the rest of my colors obviously.

I really should’ve disabled XMP for the pictures. Oops :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. I get it now. Thanks for explaining! And don't worry, the build is still beautiful!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

https://youtu.be/1GTekAB1Zzc a quick video for you to check out in regards to manually overclocking your ram. Ryzen Dram Calculator is so good. Do away with that pesky light

Love your build too.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll take a look!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe MSI adopts rgb xmp led soon, so we can program for our choice of color =)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah that would be nice :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you put a mid range card in this beast? Sorry read the rest of the description looks great!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, maybe it's not too visible in the second paragraph there and I understand people don't always read everything.

I've added one line about it it to the top of the description now so maybe it'll be more noticeable. :)

Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a 1660ti?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

That's why it says this in the second paragraph:

"You may think the videocard is a bit of a simple choice compared to the rest and you'd be correct... It is a placeholder until I decide if I want an RTX 2080(S), a custom cooler 5700XT or perhaps even hold out for whatever comes next year. Whenever it does get replaced it goes to my old (now second) system to replace the GTX 770 in there."

I've added one line about it it to the top of the description now so maybe it'll be more noticeable.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

why would you spend so much on the rest of the system and not the GPU? not being a ****, genuine curiosity.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

That's why it says this in the second paragraph :) :

"You may think the videocard is a bit of a simple choice compared to the rest and you'd be correct... It is a placeholder until I decide if I want an RTX 2080(S), a custom cooler 5700XT or perhaps even hold out for whatever comes next year. Whenever it does get replaced it goes to my old (now second) system to replace the GTX 770 in there."

I've added one line about it it to the top of the description now so maybe it'll be more noticeable.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, ok. cool. i did like the build though. :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

I don't mind genuine questions, that's what this is all here for in my opinion. :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

actually a wise decision to put a 1660ti there as a placeholder! hopefully you can update how it looks with the new navi or rtx card when you finally get em!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

I will definitely update the build when the time comes :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

that cooler looks so cool !

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm pretty pleased with it also :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

putting the 1660 Ti in as a placeholder was a smart Idea. I'm thinking that because AMD stopped production of the Radeon Vll that they have something big coming. I love the build. Great job

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I hope so as well. Time will tell :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Siiick wallpaper! Do you mind sharing the website/source? Would love a greater selection of highres military plane photos :)

Great build btw. I'm a fan of air coolers and think they are underappreciated. Well done!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, appreciate the compliments.

I've put the wallpaper (along with 3 from the same flight) in a zip. You can find it here

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Thanks! Do you have a website you source? I would like to d/l more of different planes, e.g. F-22, F15, etc.

Cheers!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No sorry, these are just from my own collection.

Maybe try the USAF site?

https://www.af.mil/News/Photos/igcategory/Aircraft/

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. And i really like to see Noctua fan with Cromax that actually matches build's color scheme. May it serve you well.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The intent was indeed for things to work well together aesthetically as well as functionally :)

I hope it will!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

are you having any issues out of the gpu since your using a riser with a gen 4 pcie board? i only ask because ive seen some reported issues with gen 3 bridges over gen 4 slots

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks to be alright. I can see a bunch of event 17 warnings in the event viewer that I think a lot of other people are talking about as well but I don't think that's due to the riser cable.

I forgot to actually do a benchmark comparison between the two to see if there was any difference but it seems fine to me? Definitely no issues booting or flickering anything like that.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the info i was planning on a vertical gpu but i heard of the issues but im glad to hear that its not a major issue

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an absolutely great build! I'm curious why you wouldn't go for a better monitor though? with something this powerful and expensive, 60hz almost seems like an insult

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's a 75 hz actually. Still not 100/120 or 144, I know but I really valued the resolution/size that this ultrawide offered. There's a Gsync one coming out later this year but I didn't want to wait that long and it's probably going to be quite expensive and my budget is sadly not infinite so I decided to go for this one.

Plus I've never before had a freesync/gsync or 60+ hz monitor so hey, ignorance is bliss right? lol

Might upgrade in a year or two/three once they have come out with a freesync 2 high refresh rate version (budget allowing)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That motherboard is a tight fit in that case. I have the same board and I'm struggling to find a case for it due to the width.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was a pretty close call with the USB 3 front header connector and the 24 pin PSU but I got it to work.

Good luck, I hope you can figure something out and have a good build to share!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

For gaming, you want to invest more in the GPU than the CPU. If you're going to spend 500 on a CPU then go with a 2080 super or 2080 ti

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I know :) That's why it says this in the second paragraph:

"You may think the videocard is a bit of a simple choice compared to the rest and you'd be correct... It is a placeholder until I decide if I want an RTX 2080(S), a custom cooler 5700XT or perhaps even hold out for whatever comes next year. Whenever it does get replaced it goes to my old (now second) system to replace the GTX 770 in there."

I'm not going to get a 2080 TI on principle based on the high price but I will consider the Super once we get more detailed performance and pricing info.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, get a nicer keyboard. I recommend a high-end corsair or if you want the best, das keyboard is the go-to premium keyboard brand.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'll consider my keyboards. Just have been using this type for over a decade now and am very used to it. It works well for me but that doesn't mean there might not be something nicer out there. It's on my "to research" list :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Those Noctua Chromax covers are amazing. Nice build. Why the crappy keyboard though?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

lol well I've just been using this type for the past decade and am very used to it haha Ignorance is bliss?

I have put it on my "to research" list though to see what else is out there. What would you recommend? (and why?) :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmmm. I have a Ducky One 2 RGB. I like it because although it is plastic, it is extremely durable and it comes with doubleshot PBT keycaps. The RGB is bright, and can be completely controlled through the keyboard, without any software. The cable is USB 3.0 Type-C, and it is detachable with lots of routing holes. It also comes with a selection of accent keys in a random color. I would say it is also towards the cheaper end of the spectrum. But in the end, the choice is up to you.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll include it in my research, thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

beautiful build! i love clean, simple builds as i am not very into RGB everywhere either haha!

but this PC is amazing; love the entire color scheme of it too :D

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the kind words!!! I'm really excited about how it turned out as well :D

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I had 2 questions.

  1. I noticed the noctua cpu fan has 1 fan in the middle are you able to fit another fan either in the front or back? Is there any interference with the ram if you put one on the ram side?

  2. If you mount the video card normally, meaning horizontally, is there any obstruction?

Other than that I commend you on a nice and simple clean build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. Yeah this is the D15S that only comes with a single fan (not this black one, it comes with the standard Noctua color) but does include clips to mount the second one like on the normal D15. It would be perfectly possible to put a second fan on it but since it is only a small temp difference I decided not to do it since I like the kind of symmetrical look with 1 fan in the middle surrounded by the "towers" on either side and putting the second fan up front would take the RGB RAM out of sight.

  2. No, it fits just fine horizontally.

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I love the aesthetic and how nice everything looks in general. And what a power house of a pc

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Nice to hear :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. I really like the black and white color scheme.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, me too! Very happy with how it turned out :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, clean build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build! I'm working a very similar one for my new edit rig, trapped by the same board too :) bought in a package deal that brought it down to about $400. I've been bouncing back and forth between the d15 SE Am4 and the Kraken x62 for a bit now, not sure which way to go... It's pretty much the last piece of the puzzle for now. The difference in my build is that I opted for 64gigs of g skill Ripjaws V (I've run into issues with only 32gigs over the last year) and eventually I'll put in a 3950x once it launches - Going to use a 3800x for now and then put that into my old system once the 3950x drops this fall. Also borrowing a 1080 ti from my old system and will wait and see what happens with the AMD partner cards - CUDA hasn't proved very useful to my workloads lately and I'm hearing great things about the 5700xt for creative work. Anyway, thanks for sharing, would love to hear how the Noctua is working out for you now that you'll put some hours on it :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. How's that PSU doing?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems to be doing just fine. I don't really have any PSU testing methods but it runs well and stays quiet so I think it's all ok :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How's cpu cooling with this hsf?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's good. I'm really busy at work so I have not had any good time to do much testing with overclocking or anything like that, have also been waiting for some Bios / chipset improvements first before I really get into that.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you OP.

How loud is the motherboard fan when it DOES spin up?

How does the D15S handle that 12 core cpu?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I really don't think I can hear the motherboard fan.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

D15S seems to be alright although due to being busy at work I have not had any good time to do much testing with overclocking or anything like that, have also been waiting for some Bios / chipset improvements first before I really get into that.

How loud the fan is is tough to say as it never spins up except at POST and then everything spins up at high RPM so it is hard to isolate what would be the chipset fan.

I'll try to listen for it next time I boot up the machine and see if I can ID anything specific.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a great looking build. Does the PSU have some built in lights or did you install LEDs there? Trying to figure out whats making the PSU glow, that's so cool.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

No lights in the PSU. I took a Phanteks DRGB LED lightstrip and ran it along the bottom of the case, facing upwards. That casts the glow on the PSU :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for responding I was really curious how you did that. Great build, very tasteful.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

LOOKS SO EXPENSIVE

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Wow! I was shopping with my buddy here configuring his new PC when I stumbled across this AMD Ryzen build. Great look, nice pictures, cool lighting. Well Done!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! Appreciate the nice words :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey, can you please check how many space in centimeters you have between PCI-E slot and GPU backplate? I want to mount 2 GPU's in same case. And from your link, what do you think PH-CBRS 15 cm long will work? And lastly, where you bought this nice cables?)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Having a hard time doing an exact measurement right now based on the case location so can't guarantee this is 100% accurate but it looks like about 4, maybe 4.5 inches (so about 10-11.5 cm)? Are you talking about mounting one vertical GPU like I have and then putting one in horizontally behind it? If that is what you mean I think that a 15 cm riser cable would be long enough if you are then putting that in the bottom PCI-E slot so you can put the horizontal one in the top slot. Other way around would probably give issues with the cable getting in the way. Hopefully the 15 cm is actually not too long and there is room for any excess cable to go without interfering with the second GPU.

Not sure if it's possible, might be easier to just mount them both horizontal if you really want 2 GPUs vs just one.

Hope this is any help!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Forgot to tell you about the black and white cables, it's a Phanteks extension cables combo set (in black and white): http://www.phanteks.com/Extension-Combo.html

I bought them from Newegg: https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16812987052 Amazon also has them if you prefer to shop there: https://www.amazon.com/Phanteks-Extension-Cable-Length-PH-CB-CMBO_BW/dp/B01G7VSDO0/

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. I'm trying to scope out if my EVGA FTW3 Ultra 2070 Super would fit in a vertical configuration with the NH-D15s. The height of your MSI card is 129mm. My EVGA card is 136.8 mm.

Do you think there's space for it? My 8pin GPU power connectors would be far past the CPU cooler so they wouldn't play a role.

I'd really appreciate your feedback.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think it is probably just too big, although maybe it might be possible. My measurements (which are by no means scientific and guaranteed to be accurate so take them for what it's worth lol) indicated that there are about 5-6 more mm left. Which would then indicate that instead of a 129mm I could fit a 134, maybe 135mm. At least based on the MSI measurement of card height (I'm assuming EVGA does the same but you never know).

Yours is quoted as 136.8 so thats about 2 mm more than I measure, could be maybe my measurement isn't accurate enough and you can fit it. Other option to maybe fit is is if you don't use chromax covers on the NH-D15s. Noctua website says about those: "The covers increase the height of the heatsink by 5mm (from 160 to 165mm) and the width by 3mm (from 150mm to 153mm)." I think the 3mm is the measurement we are talking about here, but divide it by 2 (cause it's half on each side and we only care about the "bottom") so you can maybe gain another 1.5mm there.

So that might mean it could maybe fit? (although it might touch the heatsink which is probably not a good idea).

Other thing you would then have to worry about though is the install, as the measurements are all based on the card already being in the PCI-E slot. To install it obviously you need more room to get the PCI-E part that gets inserted if that makes sense, unless you preinstall the card into the vertical mount outside the case and then move the whole thing in at once and install it. That however gives you the issue that you need to screw that vertical GPU mount into the case and the screws are below the card and there isn't then room to hold a screw drive over it so you probably need some kind of super small screwedriver or maybe one that has a 90 degree twist in it (if such a thing exists?)

Maybe something like these (note that I have no experience with any of these products nor have I measured if they would fit, just the result of a quick Amazon search):

https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-Profile-Screwdriver-5-Piece-Construction/dp/B07GNPRRVZ https://www.amazon.com/Anex-6102T-Profile-Driver-Handle/dp/B0016VAIBI/ https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-03044A-Ratcheting-Screwdriver-Close-Quarters/dp/B000XYOUS6/ https://www.amazon.com/MulWark-Profile-Ratchet-Quarters-Screwdriver/dp/B07D4DZB1T/

Rough measurement I'd say the gap between the screw and the bottom of my card is about an inch.

So long story short I'd say about an 80% chance of it just not fitting and a 20% chance of maybe it fits if you get the separate screw driver to be able to mount it installed already and if you don't use chromax.

But even then: no guarantees, it might just not fit.

Good luck, and please let me know how it works out! (Will be good info for me for when I get a replacement card next year to see what my options are)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I know its hard to measure. I see that your 6pin PCIe connector fits beneath the cooler. Do you by chance know what the height of the connector is? That would give me a really good reference point. I actually do not plan on using the covers, so the extra 1.5mm might also come in handy.

Thanks a lot for the detailed response and all your input.

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Sorry for the delayed response. Looks like the visible part of that connector is just a tiny bit over 1 cm. Call it maybe 10.5mm ? See this picture

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi! What vertical gpu mount did you use? I was thinking on using the Asus strix rtx 2070 super and a noctua cooler but I'm afraid of buying a gpu mount if it didn't fit. Thank you so much!

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

I used the mount that is included directly with the case (Phanteks Eclipse P600S). I think Phanteks sells a kit separately but I don't know if it works for non-Phanteks cases and/or if it's exactly the same or not. Sorry that I don't have more info!

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

Those CPU coolers are just monsters, huge! My first take is how nicely the video cards is vertical, and after that.......monster size cpu coolers.

Your cpu coolers are not pleasant to the eyes from your pictures. That is the main focus of your build. Now if you were advertising CPU coolers, then you would be spot on. But that is not your intent.

not going to vote on this build, sorry :(

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, I understand your view.

I agree that especially these Noctua D15(S)s are very large. I often think in smaller cases that they completely block everything else from view. To me in my build I've picked a case where it's large enough that there is some space around it and it's not the only main feature with also the vertical GPU being there, but I understand your point of view as well and it's ok.

If everybody just liked the exact same thing the world would be a very boring place :)

Thanks for the comment!

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

To be honest your build (especially your monitor) seems to be more expensive than it's worth. At $4000 USD you should have a better setup than this, my biggest grief is the monitor. While it is an expensive monitor it's not a truly good one being not full 4k (Your monitor is 3840x1600, true 4k is 3840x2160) it only has 60hz refresh rate which is beyond sad for its price of $1234.99. A friend of mine found a full 4k monitor at 60hz for only $380 CAD (Canadian Dollars) that's $290.70 USD, this means my friend managed to find a Monitor with a slightly higher resolution and the same refresh rate and it saves $944.29 USD. Your monitor does have a higher aspect ratio I'll give it that, but it seems too pricey to be reasonable not to mention that such a high aspect ratio is not entirely necessary. Your RAM is also more expensive than something I've managed to find ($186 CAD or $142.35 USD) but that's due to RGB's which is more of an aesthetics approach and does not improve performance and yes they are the same specs wise. Your extra none m.2 SSD does not seem necessary as you already have a good 1tb m.2 SSD, the 500GB SSD is more expensive than the HDD despite having less storage space, sure SSD's are faster but not so much so that I would get it after already possessing a damn good m.2. Your Graphics Card is disappointing for how much you spent (4 grand) but it's merely a placeholder so I don't have much of a grievance. Your case fans are fine despite one of them being flashy, Windows 10 pro is a little much but oh well, your case is only a mid tower but is honestly awesome looking, your motherboard is a little too expensive for what it offers but is still a damn good one. Your power supply is a little overkill despite not being 1000 watts as it is 80+ Titanium which is more of a novelty but at least it's efficient, I personally don't like the keyboard but that's merely personal preference, speakers are nice if a bit pricey. Your processor is from my favourite manufacturer and I have no problems with it although I do remember my Ryzen 7 2700X coming with a cooler in the box and I think the 3900X does too but I could be wrong. You're cooler is bulky but good. All around a decent build with expensive and in my opinion unnecessary accessories, ounce or if you install a 2080(s) or 2080Ti it will truly be a formidable monster of a PC.

Still, the monitor is pretty expensive for what it's worth.

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Way to criticize every last component of his build. Everybody has a different budget, use and plan for their build. You would probably be surprised to know that a lot of people spend more money for aesthetics than pure and raw performance. You would also be surprised to know that the vast majority of PC gaming builds are overkill for the builders needs anyways. At the end of day, what matters most is if the builder is happy with the turnout. I sure as hell spent about $500 more than I truly needed to for my build but hey, I love it and I'm glad that I did.

By the way, did you create an account just to post that?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

lol thanks for sticking up for me :)

It's okay though, he's more than welcome to give me his feedback, it won't detract from my happiness haha

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

Of course I'm going to criticize every part of his build, it's the most effective way to evaluate if the PC is worth it performance wise. Everybody having a different plan and budget is obvious and despite this I'm still allowed to put my opinion forward. By evaluating the performance worth of an expensive build like that I can picture in my mind if the bang is appropriate for the buck and in this case in my opinion it's not as much as it could be. I'm not surprised that people pay more for aesthetics as I want to do the same thing while still being cost effective. This PC is powerful but it's not overkill to the point that his budget allows, what I mean is it's not as overkill as it could be for their budget of 4 grand. I agree that the builders satisfaction is one if not the most important part of building PC's, but I would rather have a build that is more powerful than it is aesthetic and I'm not trying to rain on his parade. If you're happy with spending an extra $500 that's fine it's your money, but I would put that to other components like a better processor or faster RAM. No I did not. I had this account for awhile.

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for giving me your opinions, I appreciate the feedback.

I will say though that the prices that PCpartpicker lists aren't necessarily what I paid for it. I paid 899 for the monitor and it's a 75hz, not 60. I honestly don't really care about 4K, I don't want to game in 4K or watch 4K content on it, I have my tv for watching movies. What I do care about is the ultrawide aspect and the increased height of 1600 vs a 1440p ultrawide (I come from 12 years of working on 24 inch 1920x1200 16:10 screens rather than 1080p).

This screen is honestly great for some of the work I do on the computer and also works great for me in strategy/management/city builder/simulation games that are my primary genres (my shooter days are generally behind me).

I would be very interested in where you could find 2x16 gigabyte B-die sticks of RAM at 3200 mhz 14-14-14-34 though. I know I paid a bit more to get that RAM but I don't think you can claim that you can find the same for just 142 bucks. It'll be a marginal difference but I'm alright with that.

As far as the 500 GB SSD, I already had it from my earlier build that had 2 x of these drives, one OS and one for downloads so I saw no reason not to bring it over.

Not sure what you mean with one casefan being flashy? As far as windows 10, again, I did not spend the amount that PCPP is displaying. :)

Yep I know I went overboard on the PSU but it looks great in the build in my opinion and the last time I bought a PSU was january 2009, that was a high end Corsair model and it is still going strong today so I don't mind spending a bit extra to get a good looking model that will also hopefully last me at least the next decade like my previous one.

Speakers are again ones I already had, used them as tv/ipod/bluetooth speakers before I moved actually and now are for the computer.

The CPU did come with a stock cooler but I wanted to invest in a higher quality air cooler, hence this Noctua.

I fully agree that I went overboard in some instances, but it was my first time in 6 years upgrading main parts and first time in ten and a half years getting new case, fans and PSU so I felt fine spending a bit because it's not like I will be replacing this one again quickly, and I had the budget room. Again though, don't necessarily believe the prices you see on PCPP, got quite a few things on sale etc.

Thanks for the feedback though! :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

Ok good, if you paid full price that would've bee a ripoff and it has a slightly higher refresh rate than thought. Oh, since you use it for something like work than the monitor makes more sense, especially for work. I don't know if it's EXACTLY the same but here: https://www.newegg.ca/g-skill-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820232091 keep in mind this is Canadian dollars and the price changed so now it's $151 USD. The SSD makes sense then. I mean one fan is RGB. Ah, makes sense then for the OS. The power supply will definitely last awhile. The speakers then makes sense. I also have the 2700X and I think it's still a good cooler, but I higher quality one for a processor that dispenses more heat makes sense. Then going overboard makes sense if you've accumulated that much of a budget so you likely wont have to upgrade for a few years, makes sense that PCPP is not completely accurate on the price.

You're welcome.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that RAM is 16-18-18-38 so a lower binned speed. The comparable version would be this one:

https://www.newegg.ca/g-skill-32gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820232218

Which should be able to OC a bit higher. Is the extra performance really worth the extra money? No, probably not. But saying the one you listed is the exact same performance RAM just without RGB is inaccurate :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, my bad then, anyway it's good to hear that you did not pay as much as PCPP says you did.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

RGB done right. Good job. That rig should last awhile. The core components are of higher quality, that what matters most. Thanks for posting. Peace.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I appreciate the compliments :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

You should use a 1070 or something of that sort because the 1660ti would bottle neck the system such a high demand system; as well windows can be bought on many sites for $30. But overall a very aestheticly pleaseing overall good job man.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Try $5.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

I know :) That's why it says this in the second paragraph:

"You may think the videocard is a bit of a simple choice compared to the rest and you'd be correct... It is a placeholder until I decide if I want an RTX 2080(S), a custom cooler 5700XT or perhaps even hold out for whatever comes next year. Whenever it does get replaced it goes to my old (now second) system to replace the GTX 770 in there."

And just because PCPP says Windows 10 is a certain price doesn't mean I paid it. I'm aware of the sites you mention :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

Awesome build! But please hide that ATX power cable!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Why? Those cables you good in this build. {lus since the 24 pin plugs in parallel to the mobo. It would be hard to route it thru the cut out for it, without putting pressure on where it connects to the mobo.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

It can't route straight down to the back due to horizontal connector, the EATX motherboard width and the spacing left in the case. The only alternative is kind of a weird loop up and then through one of the other holes which I felt didn't look good at all.

I'm happy with this compromise, it's the best option I had in my opinion.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah! Makes sense :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

nice build but 3900x with 1660ti ? whut

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I’m guessing you didn’t read the description? :p

“1660 TI is a placeholder until I decide between RTX 2080 Super, non-reference cooled 5700XT or maybe wait for next year (Big Navi / RTX 3XXX?)”

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

its was too long so i read just a bit :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

It was in the first sentence! Haha :p

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

My HOTAS is currently in storage and my virtual flying is on hold for a while due to real life commitments but I do indeed own DCS (and Falcon haha).

I'm sure at some point in the future this rig will run a bit of that :)