Description

My first build! While growing up, I didn't have much and my household shared a single PC. I hogged it most of the time to game - but now I've moved out and am fairly successful career-wise, I decided to treat myself to an actual real build! For background, I always knew how to build a PC because I helped put together the family PC back then, I just didn't have the $$ and space for it. Gamed on my work/coding ultrabook for a bit.

I plan to use this machine mainly for FPS gaming titles like Rainbow Six Siege, CSGO, and Division - strangely enough, I don't buy most of my games... R6 was something that came free with my ultrabook and division is free with my AMD processor. I also do algorithmic forex trading, so I need that algo to work in the background while I game. Occasionally, I cast things from my PC to the TV screen while I game (movies for the wife). As such, I really do need a multicore processor to handle the load and Ryzen 7 8-cores is preferred over better single core performance of an Intel.

Here's a rundown of 'issues' I encountered and how I 'fixed' them:

  1. Fan noise on NZXT stock exhaust fans: Attempted to tweak this using a custom fan curve on the CAM software. Pro-tip: this doesn't work. Reason: these stock fans are not PWM fans - you can't adjust the speed, you can only turn on/off. How I fixed it? I bought PWM fan replacements, specifically BeQuiet Silent Wings 3 on the top, and Noctua 120MM chromax black.swap for the back (to match the chromax fan my noctua cooler).

  2. GPU peaking at 80C while gaming on Division 2 (My ambient temp is 22C): This is not good and it won't be good during Summer. How I fixed it? I saw completed builds in this forum using a 120MM fan inside the PSU shroud, blowing air up into the GPU. I did just that - I took the brown/tan fan from my noctua PCU cooler and placed it there (recall my CPU cooler has the chromax black.swap fans). I think this was a great idea! The brown/tan color is semi-hidden underneath the shroud, but I can still easily check if it is spinning by looking through the holes + the static-pressure design of the noctua fan easily pushes air through the perforated shroud.

  3. Kinda regret getting a RGB Ram stick, when I realize it looks best when the RGB Ram is WHITE. I can't seem to figure out how to get the RAM sticks to STAY white without launching the Asrock polychrome software - you can't control this in bios or in CAM software AND Asrock Polychrome does NOT launch upon startup, no matter what bs hacks you throw at it. If anyone knows how to make these RAM sticks STAY white and BOOT UP white - please let me know!

  4. I didn't have an issue with cable management, but I assume folks would be interested to know this point: The cable management in this case is AMAZING. I'm sure you already know this is a larger variant of an ITX case, so it makes it a lot easier, especially if you're a first-timer but you want a small-form. Also, do yourself a favor and get a SFX PSU - it will help with your GPU thermal and cable management.

  5. Future upgrades: I'm really thinking about adding that 5 or 7 inch LCD screen in the case like most folks do to monitor via CAM software - but I'm thinking of doing it to monitor my algorithm while I game. I might use it for CAM SOMETIMES, but mostly for the algo. I've seen most folks use the 5" screen in this case - does anyone know if a 7" will fit?

Edit 5/10/2019: Still not too happy about 70-80 GPU temps, added the NZXT G12 bracket and threw in a 280MM Thermaltake riing red water 3.0 (super cheap clearance sale + swapped the riing red 140MM fans with my existing BeQuiet 140MM fans). GPU temps are amazing now: 25C idle, 50-60C load. Noise levels benefited as well: the fans don't need to spin as fast, so the system is more quiet overall.

Part Reviews

CPU

Good thermals, good for multitasking and gaming - no throttling yet for my purposes. Admittedly, my games are low-demand (CSGO & Rainbow Six Siege)

CPU Cooler

I know the D-15 fits in this case, but I figured I don't need something that powerful if I don't intend to OC (and I didn't even get the X variant of the Ryzen) - so I went with this single tower and spent extra getting chromax accessories.

Motherboard

I guess it's either this or ASUS ROG. Frankly speaking, ROG has a cool heatsink for the NVME, and seeing that I'm using only 1 NVME as my 2TB storage, I should have gone for that one. BUT I didn't like the large antenna that came with the ROG board (lack of table space, see) hence ASROCK it is. I hung Asrock's antenna on Display Port connector.

Be warned: the mail-in rebate is non-existent. Do not count on it. I tried looking for the form online after purchase, it was nowhere to be found. It seems this is a common issue with Asrock, so I would say don't count on it.

Does the board perform well? Yes it does! Just keep in mind the NVME slot is at the back; meaning it runs HOT at the back and the back usually does not have good ventilation - you'll need to keep your cables well managed.

Storage

Yeah, I know NVME vs SSD doesn't make much difference. But like I said, I came from gaming in an ultrabook and I took this storage off my ultrabook.

Video Card

Peeps said this card runs HOT - it does. Unsure if it is just RTX that way or Gigabyte's version of RTX.

Case

Fantastic case for a first-time builder - easy cable management, love the CAM software (unsure why so much hate). Sure it is a little buggy, but can be easily debugged via reinstalling the usb device on device manager. Trust me, this is not a big deal compared to what others have.

If anything, I would very much appreciate if NZXT could add a diffuser to the LED strips: it can look a little tacky at certain angles because the reflections can show the individual LED bulbs.

Power Supply

FANTASTIC - no fan spinning when not needed, beautiful premium packaging, good thermals. Can't say anything bad about this one - I don't think you need that much power if you're looking into SFF builds (only one PCIE, see).

Case Fan

Excellent! If I had to choose between Noctua and Be Quiet, it will be Be Quiet! moving forward - I have 3 Be Quiets & 3 Noctuas in my current build. I'd say Noctua is busy milking their brand via add-ons like Chromax, while Be Quiet just gives the users what they want without needing add-ons.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Almost my exact same build for the internals.. Nicely done!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Just don't know if you want to blow $500 on that 2TB NVME, tbh. Please don't do that. lol.

Share the link when you're done :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

love the build and I appreciate the follow up on trying to keep the GPU cool. too many build logs don't follow up with potential challenges they had, so I appreciate it. Also would love ot pick your brain one day on algo trading, as I have dipped my toe in it before.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sureee... I mean nothing super advanced. I play microtrades, and I just do moving average, exponential moving averages and boillinger bands mate. Nothing special.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, it's great

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! how are your fps in rainbow six? I'm thinking of buying the exact same cpu and gpu

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting 144 - 200 FPS in Rainbow Six, on ULTRA settings. I also have an Omen 144Hz monitor, fyi. Very smooth. Division 2 is smooth too, although GPU temps runs at 70-80C.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

alright, thanks for the reply :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you attach the fan below the shroud? Did you just stick it in there and the PSU is holding it?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I just stuck it there and have the PSU holding it.

The fan screws don't fit through the PSU shroud holes, FYI. You'll need to drill to make the hole bigger.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking to do a similar build myself! Do you think it is possible to mount a second fan on the nh-u12s or will it be blocked by the motherboard heatsink?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Depending on how high the motherboard heatsink is, you can probably attach a second fan on the NH-u12s. On my h200i build, it seems I can fit 2 fans on my NH-u12s with the heatsink on my Aorus z390i board.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, late response. They don't alert me on emails :/

Anyway, I don't think it is possible. You either have that or the back exhaust fan. I don't think you need it anyway. My max temp on cpu is 40C during NY summer

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

you dont have a porblem with psu while running RTX2060 while gaming...?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all. Those links asking you to get more powah... not really necessary. You can do a calculation online too... I think corsair has a calculator.

I'm even thinking of adding an internal LCD screen!

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Love the build! I'm thinking of using the 240mm version of your AIO in the same configuration in the same case on my GPU. Did you have any issues routing it or the tubes?

Also, have you noticed any problems with the M.2 drive mounted on the back of the motherboard?

Love the build!! Should have been featured tbh <3