Description

My current daily driver PC has roughly 3 TB of storage that rapidly got filled up with games and, uh, legally obtained TV shows and movies. I got an old Thermaltake Level 10 case lying about for the past couple of years, so I thought that turning it into a NAS wouldn't be a bad idea. The problem is that NAS builds are usually small and discreet, but this hunk of metal is more than 2 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds empty. It's my first "high-end" case and I didn't want to stick an underpowered, cheap CPU inside it, so I got a Ryzen 7 3700X and some 4 TB NAS hard drives for it. I'm certain that there won't be many scenarios where I'd actually need all that processing power, but it's a good candidate for a secondary gaming PC if I ever get another decent GPU. Speaking of which, I couldn't get my hands on a good GPU that wasn't stupidly overpriced so I used a 1030 GT that I got for basically free. I won't be gaming on this computer obviously or it would be the most bottlenecked thing that's ever existed. It's running headless and I connect using Remote Desktop to manage the server.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is the best CPU you can buy for the money. It can do anything you throw at it and it's cheaper than the competition. There are some hiccups here and there, but that was fixed once I realized that my chipset drivers weren't installed. I don't think I have many use cases for its performance in this build but it's a joy to work on.

Motherboard

This is essentially a zero-frills board. It's the best "cheap" X570 board thanks to its massive VRM. It comes in a box that only contains the board itself, a couple plastic bags containing two SATA cables each and the user manual. It's great if you just want PCIe Gen 4.0, a hardy board and decent connectivity (It doesn't have a USB C port on the back sadly - there's one on the board itself though). If you're looking to spend only $200 on an X570 motherboard, get this one. The others would struggle with VRMs and would have lousy connectivity.

Memory

I used to have two DDR3 Ripjaws sticks on my old build and they were tough enough to live through a PSU that blew up, so those things are definitely reliable. Also $58 dollars for 3600 MHz RAM sounded like a total steal.

Storage

I got this for about 35 bucks. It's exactly what it says on the tin: A cheap, fast NVMe that has adequate storage for the operating system and some key files.

Storage

One of the best hard drives out there. It's big, reliable and delivers great performance.

Video Card

I never tried playing any games with this thing and I don't think I should. It's just there for video output as the Ryzen 7 doesn't have an integrated GPU. It's entirely powered by the PCI slot so it's a low-power option and a relief from having to deal with cable mess.

Case

This is my first PC tower and the most expensive one. I got it back in 2011 and this is the third build it houses so far. It's back-breakingly heavy, a dust magnet and doesn't support any form of all-in-one water coolers or custom loops. However, it's got a unique design that no other case has (and somewhat polarizing; some people may call it ugly), its size makes cable management a breeze and the modular design isolates the motherboard from other elements that could heat up like the hard drive and PSU, which makes it run cool.

Power Supply

This PSU isn't modular and it's older than Jesus but it's whisper-quiet, cheap and reliable. The cables are black (aside from the last bit of the 24-pin cable) which eliminates most of the ketchup-and-mustard look common in its price range.

Optical Drive

I've had this DVD reader since my first ever PC. I used it for installing drivers from the motherboard CD and never used it since. It does the job at least.

Case Fan

This fan used to be part of a Cooler Master case at work. Someone broke the tempered glass side panel and the case was eventually torn down and gutted. I got the fan before the case was tossed out. It's got a little bit of a droning hum when pushed to high RPM (which rarely happens). I use it as an exhaust fan on the back of the case. It adds a little extra color to the computer

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Just as and FYI, the Aorus Elite WIFI does have a USB-C header near the RAM. :) (Idk if it matters to you but there you go)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Just saw it has a front USB 3.2 gen 2 Type-C. It sure is nifty, but this case precedes USB 3.0 itself so it doesn't have a front USB type-C connection. I corrected the part review anyway. Thanks for the heads-up.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem!