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I've been wanting to build a Ryzen 9 3000 series computer. Best Buy had a deal on the 3900X and SN750 500GB NVMe drive for $450. I pulled the trigger and bought it. Picked up the Gigabyte Aorus Master motherboard. Went with the NZXT 510 case. I wanted a dual 140mm radiator but many have shared difficulties of fitting it in this case. Went with dual 120mm instead. But after getting more familiar with the case, there's a removable piece to mount the radiator on that could make fitting the dual 140mm radiator easier than shared by others.

The ram I went with is 3600MHz and CAS 18. I won't be playing much games and if I do, it's mostly older titles. This machine is mainly for development and running VMs.

I ran Handbrake and pegged all 24 threads. With the cooler, it ran 77*C. I'm using an older video card from a previous build. Waiting for sales on nVidia 2000 series super cards to go on sale and probably swap in the future. I wanted to use NZXT coolers but didn't find any that says it's compatible with AM4 right out of the box. So I chose Corsair.

I really like the build. The price is great. The biggest surprise for me is how great the NZXT 510 case is. But if I were to build again, I would choose a more featured case. The motherboard has more functionality that I can't use because of the mid-size footprint of the case. If I would've used a lesser feature motherboard, the case would match. But the case is really great for $70 and I would buy another for a lesser functional computer.

I used older hard drives to build a RAID5 for storage.

Overall, the system is running great. The build experience was also great specially with the NZXT case.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I’m not tryna tell you how to build it, but why’d you waste so much money on a mobo and got a 1070

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

not really sure what video card i would "need" if this machine is mainly for coding and running virtual machines. it's powering 2 dell 27" S2716DGR at 1440p resolution via display port. only thing i wish it has is a 3rd display port to get another monitor plugged in but hdmi is fine if i wanted a 3rd one.

i picked the 3900X for the cores so i can run VMs and do handbrake transcoding. i think buying anything "better" than a 1070 would be a waste of money since i already had a 1070 i got from last year for $288 brand new.

if i wanted a gaming machine, then yes 3900X the wrong cpu and waste of money.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious what case you would have gone with if you did it again. Thanks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

if going air cooling, i was looking at fractal design meshify c with termpered glass in white. i like how you can use up to 140mm fans on top and front mount.

if the 5.25" bay was very important to me, i was looking at either the fractal design 7 or phanteks p600s. and i would've filled it up with 8 hard drives, retire my old intel 3930K (using define r5 case) as the back up NAS for my synology NAS. then this machine would've been not only for development and light gaming, but also would be the backup machine for my storage NAS.

those were 3 the other cases i was considering. ended up with the nzxt 510 because of price, i was going close loop water cooling, and i wanted to try my first nzxt case.

now i have a reason to build/try the ryzen3 3200 cpu when it comes out and build a replacement backup NAS storage.