I am building this desktop to run Windows 10 and upgrade my gaming experience from the AMD Kaveri A10-7850K APU based mini-ITX HTPC that I built in 2014. The A10-7850K is pretty powerful, but the integrated GPU is never going to be good enough to run games at high settings and get 60 frames per second. This time around, I am going for a more up-to-date AMD Navi RX 5700 GPU and going for the addressable RGB lighting options. Using the Fractal Design Meshify S2 mid tower for good airflow and also hopefully contain the fan noise for a quiet operation. The RX 5700 should run fairly low temperature and quiet and I will have to play around with overclocking to see if that's the right thing to do.

Hoping to pair this with a 2K 144Hz monitor to run games at high refresh rates.

The Meshify S2 case is also suitable for converting to water cooling in the future if desired.

The prices are purchased prices including 8% sales tax.

Running Unigine Heave Benchmark 4.0 Basic at 1920 x 1080 with AA at 2x, I get a score of 4160 with 165 FPS. GPU utilization is 100% while the CPU utilization is 12%.

Cable management is excellent with the Meshify S2 case; Everything routes behind the motherboard hidden away. The only issue was the fan cable that came with the Noctua Chromax fan is not long enough to route behind, but fortunately the Noctua NF-A14 includes a y-spliter that effectively extends the cable and connects both fans to the same fan header on the motherboard, so it worked out. After trying the two different Noctua fans, I think I still prefer the black colored fan to make it all black and color matched.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is that an RGB GPU bracket?!?!?! That's cool.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Yes, the Up Here GPU brace support. Not sure how much mechanical support it provides, but looks cool.