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Next year the GF and I will be buying a house, so my frivolous, computer parts spending days are coming to an end. So, this black Friday, I went nuts. Sort of. I was coming from an Intel 8700 that ran fine, if a tad dated, but wanted to downsize from full sized atx to matx. What started as my buying a case and looking at z390m boards, turned into a full rebuild and firesale. Sold the i7-8700, my gtx 1080 and Asus hero Maximus x board to fund this build. Did I downgrade? Technically, depending on who you ask. But I LOVE the way this build turned out, and performance is equal, if not better. I use a Samsung space saver 27" monitor updated to use freesync, and it just runs better with an AMD gpu as opposed to Nvidia's solution. Building in the case was super easy, and it's nice to be able to move a matx case whichever way you want, compared to a full size tower. Everything ran smooth, my only complaint is, for whatever reason, my voltage on the cput and ram was VERY HIGH. She blue screened twice about 2 hours into it running, I lowered the voltages and it's been fine since. Have only been able to run borderlands 3, Halo reach and Read dead redemption. Time is limited with work so I have not been able to install the full compliment of games id like to. BL3 ran smooth at 69-79 fps on high at 1440p. I don't have marks for the other two games outside of saying the ran buttery smooth with no lag and noticeable frame drops. RDR2 especially looked gorgeous. Well anyways, thanks for taking the time to read my (most likely riddled with spelling errors) rant about my rig.

UPDATE 12/26/19 : So. The XFX graphics card was fine, and it ran fantastically in this build. However, I had major concerns with temps giving the cramped space inside this rig. I was hitting a consistent 77C under 2-3 hours of gaming load, but that was with both fans MAXED out and SCREAMING loud. I mean, jet engine taking off loud. While the thermals were not necessarily concerning, the constant need for the fans to run full speed to achieve less than 80C was. This build was also running in a basement during the winter, so it was constantly subjected to very cold ambient air around the case. Also was out in the open with no airflow constriction, outside of it being in the Coolermaster Q300L series case. So. I was a little nervous of how the GPU would hold up after more intense gaming sessions as its life went on, and instead of dealing with the jet engine noise to achieve o.k thermals, I returned it to Best Buy, who took it back with no questions asked. With the returned money (400$ including tax) and throwing 200$ more, I ended up purchasing the EVGA RTX 2070 Super XC Hybrid. Liquid cool all the things. I did not want to do my own custom looping, but figured the only way to feel comfortable with thermals for a "higher end" rig inside a mATX form factor would be a hybrid GPU. I friggen love it. It has only been about 3 days of gaming, but I have done multiple 3+ hour sessions on the same titles as with the XFX. I am averaging 10-15 more FPS, and 20-25 less degrees. There is a SLIGHT coil whine under load, which is a common "complaint" with this card, but compared to the RAW 2, its nothing. If i feel the need to update, I will. I will also add updated photos once I properly finish cable managing the GPU.

UPDATE 1/2/20: I found an NZXT H400 matx case on Craigslist for 60$ and couldn't pass it up, I love NZXT cases and missed the asthetic of my H700i

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes me slightly mad I didnt spend the extra money to get an XT. Even though Im actually waiting for 2nd gen navi and RTX 3000. Gud build 👍

  • 2 months ago
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Much appreciated, thank you. Secret is, I might grab a 3000 series when they drop if the price is right. I have this and an rx 570 I would sell to help facilitate a 3000, but, I am loving this card. Lots of reviews say it runs hot, which is does, but has not been too bad for me. Tops out around 75* ish, but its hard to tell. NZXT Cam software update doesn't show me MAX temps like it used to..

  • 2 months ago
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The ones that get "hot" are the reference models. You probably watched early reviews of the 5700 series. Hope amd kicks nvidia in the knee and they drop their prices

  • 2 months ago
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I read somewhere that the 3000 series "supposedly" are going to come in at a price point lower then the 2000 series. We shall see, for now, I'm loving the 5700XT and the switch I made to go all AMD

  • 2 months ago
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can i ask how building in the case was? i was thinking of buying this case...

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Building in this case was extremely easy. Cable routing holes are in great places and easily accessible, there's plenty of open room. Only wish would be that the front panel could be removed, but for the price, it was a great chassis to build in

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning a build with this case and the B450M Steel Legend. Is the top card slot open? I would like to put a PCI-e wifi card somewhere, but I'm not sure if it would fit in the PCI slots on this case

  • 2 months ago
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Yes, I have a Rosewill WiFi card in the top pcie slot just above the graphics card. The Raw 2 gpu is pretty big too so you may end up with more room depending on the card you choose

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Do you have any updated pictures with the new card installed?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

If you're still interested, I have updated the post!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That looks amazing! I'm finishing up my build in a H500 case with the same GPU. Your build gets me excited to finish.

  • 1 month ago
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Haha much appreciated, thank you. I love NZXT cases, they have such a fantastic look to them. When you finish your build, put some pics up here and message me a link, I'd love to check it out!

  • 1 month ago
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So I haven't been able to update the post but I ended up with a new case, I'll be adding new photos of the old build and new build within the next day or so