Description

I got this build for coursework and gaming. The main considerations were size and price/performance ratio.

Part Reviews

CPU

I've not yet seen the CPU struggle with anything I've thrown at it. However, the stock fan is just barely adequate to keep it at reasonable temps under load. Did not overclock beyond precision boost for that very reason.

Motherboard

The VRM on this motherboard tends to get a little bit hot. Additionally, while it has RGB capabilities, the software is so awful it tried to take over other components and eventually crashed the system. Only 2 fan headers so if you have more than 2 case fans, get a splitter.

Memory

The system wasn't stable at 3200 Mhz without OC, but from what I've read it's a CPU limitation. 2933 Mhz works like a charm, and unlike Gigabyte's RGB fusion, iCue actually seems decent. Ryzen Master crashes this RAM's RGB control.

Storage

Had this drive for ages, including two years in a laptop, still survives with no errors

Video Card

Got this GPU second hand on eBay. This model is known to overheat, so if you get this card, check that it's the revised version. EVGA will send you the conversion kit for free if yours is from the old batch. Runs The Witcher 3 with 4K textures in 1440p ultra at 60fps. The overclocking software bundled with the card is not good.

Case

Pretty compact case. Considering the amount of holes in the front and top panels, I’d expect airflow to be better but you get what you pay for. The magnetic dust filters greatly reduce the dust buildup inside the case. There's just enough space for cable management behind the MB tray, but no PSU shroud. The side panel is acrylic so expect it to scratch easily.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a stock amd cooler?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wraith spire led. Basically same cooler as stock 2600x but with rgb. It came with 2700 if I’m not mistaken

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok cool

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I was considering Aorus Master motherboard and Vengeance Pro RGB ram for my build, but a lot of people are complaining that RGB Fusion and ICue have issues with each other. Would you recommend to go with another motherboard manufacturer instead?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey, if you want motherboard rgb control, I’d strongly recommend literally anything but gigabyte. Their software is a dumpster fire and I had to remove it to stop windows from crashing

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks for the info!