Description

This was my second crack at a build after doing a more basic one a couple years back. The goal was to manage 1440p/144hz on most new titles and have them run at least 90-100fps.

It was my first time working with a lot of this stuff and all things considered it went great. The case is extremely nice to work in and everything is very straight-forward in terms of connections and setup. I did have a few instances of frustration screwing in the mobo and CPU cooler but after some patience and deep breaths it all worked out.

This build achieves what I set it out to do. Playing Forza Horizon 4 on 1440p/144hz, ultra settings w/4x MSAA, it hardly ever drops below 120fps. The motherboard offers great functionality and the PC breezes through any moderate to heavy computing task.

Part Reviews

CPU

Not much to say. An easy purchase for me over Intel these days. Didn't touch the stock cooler.

CPU Cooler

This thing is a beast and comes as advertised. My last CPU ran hot so I was looking to avoid the issue this time around. It's probably overkill but I don't mind the aesthetic as some do and it can easily be transferred if I upgrade in the future. It will be nice to just not worry about CPU temps.

Second fan didn't fit with my RAM sticks.

Motherboard

This could also be considered slightly overkill for my build but I have no regrets. Things like built-in WiFi and Bluetooth support while not being vital are really nice to have. Full RGB support for those who like it. Lots of USB 3.1 support. The board is set up nicely for M.2 drives and in general is just really easy to build with.

Two things to note: 1)The B450 Carbon has an extra 4-pin CPU power connector in addition to the 8-pin. From reading up it seems to mostly be redundant and my experience so far would confirm that, but the manual does insist you need to "connect everything". My PSU did not have space for the extra connector. 2)My box came with an "AMD Ryzen 3000 Desktop ready" sticker added to it, so it looks like they are updating the BIOS now for 3000 series (you had to flash update them before).

Memory

Works good. Setting frequency to 3200 in the UEFI was simple.

Storage

I had a 256gb SSD + 2tb HDD in my last build so this was the natural upgrade. Will have to add more storage though because games are rumored to be released at 170gb now... so if you're thinking about an SSD consider 1-2tb.

Video Card

As advertised. I've only used it with Forza Horizon 4 so far which it destroys.

Case

It's a lovely case. Black is out of stock which was my first preference but this looks just as good. I like the PSU shroud and it makes for easy wiring (not my strong suit so a plus). Glass is simple to remove. Basically a joy to work in all around.

The case only has 2 exhaust fans. It is supposed to maintain temperature without intake fans but I decided to add two 140mm high airflow intakes on the front. The dust buildup is bad in this area so I wanted to ensure there was always positive air pressure inside the case.

Power Supply

550 W would probably be sufficient for my build but I decided to go with some headroom so there's always options for possible upgrades. Everything is good quality and it performs well. I'm still deciding if I should look up what the extra button on the back does or just press it and find out.

Case Fan

Pretty nice. Wasn't obsessed enough to go full RGB.

Monitor

I bought this screen over a year ago in preparation for this build and it's beautiful. The colors are fantastic and everything looks silky smooth in 144hz. G-sync compatible too which is a near must these days.

Only complaint is a dead pixel that appeared off and on for a few months after I got the monitor That actually went away though and never came back so no complaints anymore.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you bought the mobo?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Newegg

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That's pretty much exactly like my build. Nice. My temps aren't that low though. How is your fan setup?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know what the temps would be like without the intake fans (the case is supposed to be fine without them). It's pretty cold here right now so that might be a reason.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!!

I will be making one very similar... can I just ask how does the D15 fit in there,is it really tight fitwise or easy enough to install?? Just wondering was it clashing with your ram modules as you only have one of the fans in the middle??

Thanks

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It's in the review, the second fan won't fit if the ram sticks are above the clearance height. Other than that it installs fine. The cooler comes with brackets to fit any socket type.