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AMD Gaming ITX Build

by JayPuff


I wanted to build a small but powerful gaming/development computer after not having built anything in 5+ years. (Previous build was a gtx770 / i5 4xxx)

Extremely happy with how it turned out, surprisingly silent, feels amazing on the 240hz screen. Note: The case used is the H200 not the H200i

Unforseen issues / Problems when building

fan headers on motherboard

I had bought two NZXT aer fans to place in the front because I was worried about air flow within the case however I forgot to check that the x470-i mother board only has 3 fan headers I could use (For the CPU fan, and both pre-installed exhaust fans). Since I had no splitters I didn't install any front fans for now.

fan cables plugging in to motherboard

The angle of the board once installed, combined with both pre-installed fans sticking out a bit makes it really hard or impossible to plug in the fan cables or even the CPU power cable onto the motherboard once it has already been installed. I pre-routed the cables where I wanted them to be and plugged them onto the mother board before re-installing it on the case. (If you are planning on controlling the CPU fan rgb with Asus Aura, You will also have to include the rgb header on this step, I plugged it onto the USB 2.0 slot instead)

GFX clearance

The ROG Strix RTX 2080 is HUGE. I almost thought It wouldn't fit but it fit once I removed the C shaped metal bracket within the case that covers some of the cables usually (3 screws) it fit tightly but easily.

GFX clearance pt.2

Once everything was setup and I initially turned the computer on, the GFX fan was making a ticking noise which sounded like a fan scraping the bottom of the case... I confirmed this by lifting it slightly on the end side, which cleared the noise.

Ended up 'fixing' this by inserting a small L shaped metal bracket by the end of the GFX on the side towards the glass panel that just naturally hooked onto the case structure. The small extra height the GFX got from having that squished in between it and the case cleared the fan.

Minor inconveniences

Originally I wanted to control all RGB with just aura software; however, I ended up using cooler master software for the wraith prism CPU cooler to control the color of the rim and AMD logo. Note that you need to plug the cooler onto USB 2.0 on the motherboard to be able to do this.

Also the RTX 2080 could not be controlled through the aura software, even with the latest drivers on it, and the latest BIOS flashed on the ... Asus motherboard. Ended up finding a simpler aura software from Asus for graphic cards only that at least let me set the color to a static color I liked rather than the breathing red default.

Final Thoughts

Worth every struggle and penny

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firewrath9 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

you can plug in fans to your strix, IIRC,

JayPuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

I did see pins on the end that looked suspiciously like fan headers, thanks. Might try to set that up when I open again to do a bit of tidying of cables

daUnitedpotato 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Very clean build! Love that color scheme! :)

eeshank 2 points 6 days ago

did you have to purchase amd versions of your ram

JayPuff submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

I didn't specifically get the 'AMD' ones because I didn't know they existed and got no conflict when preparing this build on here. Thought I messed up but it seems like they are doing fine.

Speccy says the are going @ 159x which scared me because it's like half the speed even though I set them to 3200 on the bios, but apparently that's just what Speccy shows after I looked it up (you gotta multiply by 2).

If anyone here can confirm this is correct, it would be great.

PS: The exact ones I got based on my Amazon order are: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01MTDEYHU

eeshank 2 points 6 days ago

alright thanks so much then. was really scared for a second haha

Tessqract 1 point 6 days ago

More pictures? +1

JayPuff submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

Will try to get better ones when I'm home!

venolis 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

How is your GPU in temperature?

I got a Nano S which is similarly tight. I am surprised you got yours to fit.

JayPuff submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 days ago

Seems to be at 3x c. when doing minimal windows / browser stuff.

I tabbed out from Titanfall 2 with max everything and it seemed to be at 57-63c ... but that's only after I tabbed out, if you have any sort of temperature monitoring things I could use to get more accuracy let me know and I'll check for you.

venolis 1 Build 2 points 3 days ago

I just Asus GPU Tweak II. It tells me pretty much all that I need.

Thanks for the response, it looks like the card can still stay quite cool with a tight space.