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This is my first pc build, it's meant to play most games at max settings at 1080p (actually 1200p with my monitor) and potentially stream them. As a first time builder, I'd say starting off with an ITX build is a little tougher than an ATX build because it requires more thought process putting it together. I found myself taking out my gpu, fans, and the mobo out to plug things in (I stupidly installed the wraith prism cooler early). But if you actually have a brain, unlike me, I'm sure building this won't take you as long as it did for me.

  • I ran Unigine Heaven (extreme preset) to benchmark the 1660 Ti and it stayed at 77° C for the majority of the time and peaked at 78° C for half a second a few times. The average fps was 101.8, while the min and max fps was 33.8 and 230.6 respectively. It had a score of 2565

  • I used cinebench for the 2700X twice. In the first run, the cpu peaked at 76.5° C with a score of 3633 and the second run peaked at 77.3° C with a score of 3617.

My thoughts on the temperatures is that yes it may seem high but the benchmarks are supposed to stress the components out and don't represent the average temps in everyday use. It's good that they didn't reach 80° C under load. Note that I didn't overclock anything besides the ram to the speed it's advertised and the gpu was factory overclocked.

  • The upHere fans look amazing. It can display multiple colors at the same time instead of only being able to switch between static colors. I made sure to get the PWM ARGB model to sync with my ram and mobo, but I wasn't expecting it to sync so well than it does. (To sync the argb fans with the rest of the parts you need to hold down a little switch connected to the fan hub for a few seconds)

  • Keep in mind this Asus B450-I for fans has 1 cpu fan header, 1 aio header, and 1 chassis header. For rgb there is 1 5V ARGB header and 1 12V RGB header (they aren't interchangeable). It also comes with 2 SATA cables where one is straight on both ends and the other has one L shaped end. The audio is good as well as the wifi.

  • I tried to keep this build close to $1000 USD and never considered how much taxes would add to the cost.
    Actual price: $1127.54 (Not including $35 in MIR's)

Overall I'm really happy with this build because it looks and performs great, even though I was wishing I bought a pre-built when I struggled building Aether. After my first building experience, I think I'm going to stick to building from now on :)

Side note: The tempered glass panel looks so clear at night it's like I can stick my hand into the case. I love it

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Lookin good 👌

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the 2700X rather than a 3600?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The only mini-itx x570 is a gigabyte mobo (I wanted Asus because I heard aura sync is the best rgb software) that costs $219.99 so it would exceed the budget I was aiming for. If I got the 3600 with my current mobo I wouldn't have a compatible processor to update it. I chose the 2700X because it has more cores that I can use for streaming even though I know 6 cores can handle it too, but why settle for less. 8 cores and 16 threads for $200 I think the 2700X was a steal.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I'm getting a similar build to yours for Christmas :D Could I get your opinions on it? https://pcpartpicker.com/user/pixelfully/saved/xgg4nQ

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

hi sorry I'm super late, the link isn't working so I clicked on your profile and looked at the $1297 and $900 build you have. First tip is to not cheap out on a power supply. Choose a well known power supply and try to get at least 550W (I think 650W is a good number). It'll be able to support your future upgrades if you would want to get a more powerful gpu and such (and you don't have to buy a whole new psu). Make sure your case has good airflow if you're air cooling. Also be a little skeptical ram from brands no one has heard of. I know ram is ram but be skeptical. Last thing is I recommend getting a graphics card with at least 2 fans so it can breathe better :)

I used this to generally figure out what psu to get https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1045610-new-psu-tier-list/

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm getting the $1297 one for christmas, and thank you for feedback :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update bios?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope I just booted it and everything went fine since I have a 2nd gen mobo and cpu