Description

I have been planning this build for about a year and after selling a lot of my old things online, I found the budget for this build (minus the GPU which was a friends gtx 460 for months on end). The logic for this build was that although I love RGB, I didn't want to pay the obscene price tag for it because I would have to skimp on components which would compromise the builds performance. I also needed the build to support an ATX psu because I won a Deepcool 750DQ-M-white on Instagram. Although I have an oversized desk, the PC had to fit on the raised shelf for monitors and so I went for ITX because I didnt need 4 dimm slots or great VRM cooling because I'm not over clocking. The R5 3600 was the obvious choice for this build and any build really in the 1000 to 1500 dollar pc range. I used my mums r5 2600 from her workstation pc I build her at the very start of 2019 to update the bios in my b450 mobo which she didnt understand but complied with. I had some trouble when building as when I applied thermal paste, I somehow got some on the mobo Pcb. This was veeery scary but luckily I had some 100% isopropyl alcohol and was able to use a cotton bud to remove it safely (thankyou online forums). I am extremely happy with my RAM as it was only a 3200 kit but was easily set to 3600mhz making my CPU very happy as 3rd gen ryzen is optimized for 3600 speed. However upon trying to turn down the timings with msi memory try it, the PC wouldn't boot. I was very scared and after looking it up, I had to disassemble my PC which is not easy in this case just to reach the clear cmos header. I wont be touching that setting again. The cooler was very difficult. I'm not sure that all the screws are in securely so one thing I would change about this build is investing in a noctua uh12s or dark rock 4. My SSD is severely underperforming as it is thermal throttled underneath my mobo and if I had to change something else it would buying the aorus b450i as the m.2 slot is on top of the mobo with an integrated heat spreader but the speeds are still much better than a sata ssd. I have an LL 140 fan at the top of my case from my first and previous build which I did in early 2018 which was a waste of money as I didnt know what I was doing and put in a i5 8400 in a z370 mobo with an AIO which was not a smart parts combo and then bent a couple of cpu pins unknowingly which made 2 dimm slots unusable. However being just turned 13, I managed to blow the LEDs in the fan trying to plug it in to a mobo rgb header (derp). But it is still a high quality fan and it works great. I was heavily considering the rx 5700xt for a long time but I ended up being able to sell my old phone which gave me some extra cash to put towards a better GPU although there is only one millimeter of space between the gpu and my case. I am happy with my choice because it is hard to run many games on my monitor which I picked up at a black Friday sale for 336 USD. The build process was tough not having built in such a small case before but I am happy with the result and I will answer any questions you may have.

Part Reviews

CPU

According to user benchmark my cpu is underperforming however that is most likely due to the restricted airflow in my case however temps are fantastic and for the price it still outperforms all of intels competition so 5 stars!

CPU Cooler

The mounting mechanism on the fans is quite difficult in an itx case and the mounting screws wouldn't go all the way in which is very disappointing. Would invest in a uh12s or dark rock 4 If i built again but it keeps my cpu cool really well.

Motherboard

Has the best VRMs of any b450i mobo however my only complain is that putting an nvme ssd on the back of the mobo severely limits its performance as it can not breathe.

Memory

Would give these a 6 star review if I could. Rated at 3200, they one click overclocked to 3600 on my b450i mobo and i haven't tested if they can go further. Dont know if I won the silicon lottery but I am very happy with this ram

Storage

I cant give an honest review of this ssd as it is underperforming due to being thermal throttled behind my mobo. I'm sure it is fantastic looking at Amazon reviews but for me i am getting half the advertised speeds. No fault of sabrent

Video Card

Gigabyte staying true to their trusty 3 fan design had paid off as this card spikes at 87 degrees and idles in mid 30s. With a custom fan curve in msi afterburner you can't go wrong.

Case

This case supports full sized hardware which I love but it is very difficult to maneuver it in here. Fractal says this cases max gpu width is 44mm but my gigabyte 2070 super fits in with less than a millimeter of space remaining so unless you are trying to put in an extremely bulky card dont worry about your gpu width. However if you are putting in a large gpu be wary that it will inflict on your psu cables and you will need very good cable management to make it fit.

Power Supply

Won this psu on instagram from deepcool and it handles a 2070 super fine so no complaints. The dust cover on my psu was very clean after 4 months of use so the fan never really turns on. The aesthetics are fantastic and would definitely recommend over a more expensive white corsair unit.

Monitor

336 usd at a black Friday sale. Great monitor. No complaints, 5 stars.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

You do know that 95% of cases out there support atx psus right? Aside from that, great build and setup, incredible that you can do this at 14.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I do know but I needed the build to be itx due to the width restriction on my desk and not many itx cases support atx psu. But thanks a lot man appreciate it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok. Probably should specify that in the description. Great job on the build/setup!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, good job!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man appreciate it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Lucky and talented 14 year old - well done ! +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank You!!!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome - I suspect, from doing your build, that you'll value the understated capabilities of the Core 500 in housing full-size components (and plenty of them) in such a limited space. I took advantage of this and have found, through progressive tweaking, that I'm able to achieve characteristics of builds multiple times it's volume.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely. It was a build that took a lot of planning because I needed a small case that could leverage my ATX PSU and have multiple storage drive bays and I am very happy with my choice. Fractal certainly nailed this case although with my large GPU and bad cable management, I do have trouble putting the top cover back on. But there aren't many ITX cases that you can fit full sized hardware in and with some time & effort it would be nice to see more ITX cases with the hardware capability of the core 500. I was considering the Cooler Master H100 because it was a similar size to the core 500 until I realized just how limited you were on hardware choice and CM wasted so much space in that case so yeah, well done Fractal.