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Update 05/06: got a NEW MSI RTX 2070 Armor for $420 shipped (lucky ebay deal), and sold the old eVGA RTX 2070 XC for $480. Profit! And complete the Corsair/MSI theme, to a point. The card is massive, which is why I didn't go with that one at first, but the cooler is very good. Highly overclocked, and running at 68C with barely any fan noise. Having removed the H105 that was cooling the video card previously, figured I might as well see what happened if I removed the H100I Pro as well, and replace it with a Gammaxx GT I had lying around. Very nice looking air cooler, with a bit above average cooling performance. The results I think were outstanding. It looks ten times cleaner. So yeah, now I broke the Corsair/MSI build again with an "off-brand" cooler, but it just looks so clean that way IMO. I had this Deepcool cooler on a 2700X, and although it did hold (78C running Prime if IIRC), it wasn't the ideal for a highe rpower CPU. But with this 2600, it's running at 59C with Prime. Can't ask for more, it's staying. NOW I can say I really like the clean look of it. Last wish is getting a full ATX motherboard so I can properly route and remove hanging IO cables. Maybe when X570/B550 come out.

The idea behind this build was to put something together that I wouldn't need to modify for a while. Of course, that was the ORIGINAL idea, but somehow, addition and modifications found their way that made the build more complicated, and interesting in my opinion. Many parts were bought either used or refurb, to keep budget as low as possible. Have always had good luck with used and refurb, and when something does go bad, usually have them replaced by any of the buyer protection programs offered on several sites, or manufacturer hasn't been a problem.

I went for a white/black, Corsair/MSI theme, where possible. GPU is eVGA however, as MSIs RTX 2070 solutions I think are on the "unnecessarily" large side.

The purpose of the rig is primarily studying and 1440p gaming.

CPU: Ryzen 2600. Not that much of an overclocker, but figured I could save some cash going with a used 2600 over a 2600X, and push those extra MHz. Tried quickly, but have failed so far. Can't get it stable at 4.0GHz, which was my goal, but haven't really put that much effort and time into it. Could be I lost the silicon lottery, but if that were the case, I'm still good. Don't need more CPU than this: it's already beastly for what I need it. I am planning on upgrading to a 3000 series when they come out, to whatever is equivalent in price to the 2600, if it ends up being as worth it as it's expected. Bought it in Open Box condition.

Cooler(s): Corsair H100i Pro. Cooling the CPU. For a stock 2600, it's overkill, but looks very nice. Silent, but not a fan of the AM4 installation procedures of these new Corsair coolers. Using LL120 White fans instead of the stock ML120. Good thing I unconsciously bought low profile RAM. Anything taller than this LPX RAM kit, would have prevented me from installing on top. Even the upper screw on the AIO block is making contact with the radiator. Corsair sells the 460X as being compatible with top-mounted AIOs, but "forget" to mention the application is very restricted. Bought new.

Corsair H105 and NZXT G12. Cooling the GPU. Completely and massively overkill, but got the H105 for cheap, so figured it could be fun. 38mm thick, 240mm AIO. My sample of the eVGA RTX 2070 XC seems to be a very good sample, but ran too hot for my liking. On stock settings it reached about 1860 MHz, but was running at close to 70C with the fans at 80%. The moment I pushed it, by simply moving the power limit to 129%, it was going at about 1940MHz, but over 80C. Hot and noisy. Originally, I installed a 120mm AIO, Corsair H50, and it did a decent enough job. Could overclock nicely, and it stayed under 65C. The H105 however, keeps it at 45C in average, and allowed to overclock quite a bit more. I think that's insane, and that's why it's staying. Bought used.

UPDATE 05/06: removed all AIOs due to card swap, and installed a Deepcool Gammaxx GT in silver/white instead, paired with one of the LL120 Whites I had on the H100i. BEAUTIFUL. Performance is of course a tad down, but running at 59C at full load, is more than enough. Bought new on a sale for $36. For the price, it performs very well and very few air coolers can match its looks.

Motherboard: MSI B450M Mortar Ti. Closest-to-white motherboard I could find. mATX mobo in ATX case triggers me because of the empty space it creates under the card and cables coming down, but am expecting to change it out with a 500 series motherboard coming out soon. Hopefully, MSI will deliver another good series of motherboards, and who knows, maybe a full white one. Bought new.

Memory: Corsair LPX. Intended to buy the white sticks, but learned that this particular kit (CMK16GX4M2Z3200C16) had a version, 4.31, that came with Samsung B-Die ICs. Decided to roll the dice, and won. Got a v4.31 kit with B-dies. Running at 14-14-14-30 currently, and was able to have it running at 3600MHz, but not with the usual B-Die tight timings, so settled with 3200MHz 14-14-14. Bought new.

Storage: Corsair MP510. Newegg came out with a promo for the 1TB/960GB version for $149. As fast and twice as big as the Samsung 970 Pro 512GB it replaced, for less money. Wicked, and it's lightning fast. 3400MB/s read, 3000MB/s write it is, with equally as impressive IOPS ratings. Bought new.

Video Card: eVGA RTX 2070 XC. Largely described under the cooling solutions. Got an excellent chip, but ran way too hot and loud. I prefer air cooled cards by far as they look a lot better than when paired with an AIO (custom LC not being considered...), but couldn't do much with it like that. Cooled by that massive H105, it's running at an average of 2070MHz (I like the coincidence) core - 8200MHz memory (Samsung memory), staying in average at 45C. Beats my old GTX1080Ti system in TimeSpy in Graphics score! https://www.3dmark.com/compare/spy/6931467/spy/4229575 Bought open box. I'd love to get a MSI Navi video card to finish complementing the whole build (AMD/AMD, and Corsair/MSI), but who knows how this architecture will pan out. Vega didn't meet expectations, and neither did Radeon VII... hoping Navi will.

UPDATE 05/06: Got a new MSI RTX 2070 Armor card for $430, sold the previous eVGA RTX 2070 for $480. Some money back is always good, and finished the MSI/Corsair build, at least on main hardware level. Non-OC version (meaning non-A chip) had me worried for a moment, but got a good overclocking one. It peaks at about 1995MHz, but after a moment, it remains stable at 1965MHz, which is more than good enough. Haven't pushed it further, as the power limit is rather low at 200W (or 175W TDP + 14%), and it's already hitting it, but I'm perfectly fine with it. I also got lucky and got one with Samsung memory, and becuase of this, it's running at +1200MHz without a hiccup. The cooler is AMAZING. I've always prefered air-cooled video cards, looks-wise. It's very quiet, and keeping the card running at these frequencies at 68-69C. The eVGA under these settings would reach 78-79C with the fans at 80%, making noticeable noise. The card is huge, and although I wouldn't expect it to sag due to the mid- and back-plate, got an upHere holder to both be safe and further improve the looks.

Case: Corsair Crystal 460X White. I've always been a mATX guy. I like that form factor so much, but even though it's not ITX, it gives up a lot of working space. I wanted to build a PC with the best airflow I could, with the ability of having two AIOs (wasn't planning on watercooling the video card at that time, but I knew I could end up deciding to do that, as I have always had a Kraken G12 and 120mm AIO lying around). This has been a case I have loved the looks of for a long time, and got a good deal. Bought used.

PSU: Corsair RX750i. Got a very good deal on this PSU, which is the main reason as to why I'm not dissapointed. Corsair PSUs are very good, but I went with the i version with iCUE compatibility instead of the X version, paying a bit more, so I could see statistics that mean nothing. Graphing in iCue for PSUs is horrible. You only see graphs with no way to see historic values, just current values, so they don't say a thing. Cables are atrocious however. Used most of what I saved by going with recertified to buy their own set of paracord replacement cables. They're very nice, just not CableMod PRO nice. Bought recertified from Corsair, got a 1 year warranty.

Fans: Arctic AF9 92mm. Instead of the cheap NZXT one that comes with the G12. Added PWM control, lowered volume quite a bit. Arctic fans are really great. Nothing more to say.

Corsair LL120 White. In the end, got 6 of them for real "cheap". I shouldn't have to had the need to. The SP120 that came with the case were good enough, but I bought a Lighting Node Pro for software control them, and then found that the compatibility between the SP120s and LNP is sketchy at best. Corsair knows it, and hasn't done much. So, bought two three packs that come with a LNP each, swapped the fans, and sold everything that was surplus: 3 SP120 RGB fans, 2 ML120 fans, 2 Lighting Node Pros. Got each LL120 White fan at less than half price in the end. Bought new.

Monitor: Nixeus EDG27. This one has been with me for about two years. 1440p, 144MHz, IPS, Freesync at great price. G-Sync works perfectly with it too. Not the prettiest monitor there is (v2 coming out soon fixes, among other things, the aesthetics). Bought used back then, still going strong.

Periherals: Corsair K70RGB MK.2 SE. Got it on sale for the same price than the black one. Not sure why Corsair decided the white version should cost $50 more... Awesome mechanical keyboard, and looks incredible. Corsair also finally dropped insisting on making all peripherals look as gaming-y as possible.

Corsair M65 Elite. This one is controversial for me. I've had a love-hate relationship with Corsair mice. Had the original M65, and hated it. Size, weight and form were all wrong. Then had a Sabre RGB, and I loved it. Figured this was going to be that one component that would kill the Corsair/MSI build, but learned that the size, form and weight had been tweaked for the better compared to older models, so gave it a try. Can't say that I love it, but it's sure a big improvement, going by memory. It's somewhat narrower, considerably lighter. Got used to it in a matter of a few days, and am perfectly comfortable using it. Still think it could be a bit longer.

Audio equipment: My M40x and Micca Origen have been with me for many years, and they're not changing. This was the one area were the theme of the build would not be applicable. I'm so not changing them for a Corsair headset and MSI internal audio (I hear internal audio has gotten to a point where it's usually more than acceptable nowadays). This combo is incredible for audio, be it music or gaming.

Part Reviews

CPU

Most users will never need more. Usually can overclock to reach the X version, and be done with it. Personally, I lost the sillicone lottery on mine, can't overclock at all.

CPU Cooler

Very nice looking air cooler, with a bit above average cooling performance. I had this Deepcool cooler on a 2700X, and although it did hold (78C running Prime if IIRC), it wasn't the ideal for a higher power CPU. But with a 2600, it's running at 59C with Prime, being probablly one of the nicest looking air coolers right now. Can't be beat for it's price, usually under $40 nowadays.

Motherboard

Only real whiteish B450 motherboard there currently is. More than silvery-white really, so take note. As stable as it can get, well-packed motherboard, but LLC-vdroop when overclocking, is really bad. If not overclocking like me, highly recommended.

Memory

This kit has a version, 4.31, that comes with Samsung B-dies. For $115ish. If you're lucky enough like me and get such a kit, it cannot be beat. Running at 3200MHz with 14-14-14-28 timings. Again, for $115 at time of purchase. But, it's a matter of luck really.

Storage

Corsair dropped the prices on their MP510 SSDs quite a bit. Probably getting ready for a new series, but really... performance-wise do you need better than this? It's about as fast as 970 Pro, but at nearly half the cost. 1TB of ridiculousness speed for $149 at time of purchase.

Video Card

Non-OC version (meaning non-A chip) had me worried for a moment, but got a good overclocking one. It peaks at about 1995MHz, but after a moment, it remains stable at 1965MHz, which is more than good enough. Haven't pushed it further, as the power limit is rather low at 200W (or 175W TDP + 14%), and it's already hitting it consistently, but I'm perfectly fine with it. I also got lucky and got one with Samsung memory as well, and becauase of this, it's running at 8200MHz (+1200MHz) without a hiccup. The cooler is AMAZING. I've always prefered air-cooled video cards, looks-wise. It's very quiet, and keeping the card running at these frequencies at 68-69C. The card is huge, and although I wouldn't expect it to sag due to the mid- and back-plate, got an upHere holder to both be safe and further improve the looks.

Power Supply

Got a very good deal on this PSU, which is the main reason as to why I'm not dissapointed. Corsair PSUs are very good, but I went with the i version with iCUE compatibility instead of the X version, paying a bit more, so in the end I could look at statistics that mean nothing. Graphing in iCue for PSUs is horrible. You only see graphs with no way to see historic values, just current values, so they don't say a thing. Cables are atrocious as well. Used most of what I saved by going with recertified to buy their own set of paracord replacement cables. They're very nice, just not CableMod PRO nice. Bought recertified from Corsair, got a 1 year warranty.

Case Fan

These are not only a white-version of the usual black LL120s. These are also higher specifications running at 2200RPM max versus the 1400-1500RPM on the black ones, effectively making the perhaps a new, refresh of the series. It makes a huge difference. At max speed, they cool extremely well, making no bearing or PWM noise. And being PWM, you can drop theirs speed to a halt for silence. Of course, the main selling point of these is looks, which is beautiful. Thankfully, they also deliver on the performance front.

Monitor

1440p, 144MHz, IPS, Freesync at great price. G-Sync works perfectly with it too. Not the prettiest monitor there is at all, but exceeds on the performance front. Great monitor.

Mouse

I've had a love-hate relationship with Corsair mice. Had the original M65, and hated it. Size, weight and shape were all wrong. Then had a Sabre RGB, and I loved it. Learned that the size, shape and weight had been tweaked for the better compared to older models on this version, so gave it a try. Can't say that I love it, but it's sure a big improvement, going by memory. It's somewhat narrower, considerably lighter. Got used to it in a matter of a few days, and am perfectly comfortable using it. Still think it could be a bit longer.

Custom

They're very nice, just not CableMod PRO nice. That said, they're also a fraction of the price, and are complete replacement cables, not extensions, and keep the in-line capacitors, but about in the middle of the cable instead close to the connectors like usual, which CableMod does not. Sure help with cable management.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing and clean build, great job with it. It just screams clean. I love the white/black color scheme.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm still not content with the cables dangling down from the motherboard because of it being mATX, and the motherboard is more of a light silver instead of white, but I can take that. No real white ATX motherboards right now, so I'm holding my breath that one will come out with the 500 series. If not, I'll have to take a black one with white accents.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I know what you mean about last build for a while for myself. Build for the future. Nice clean look, I thought about doing the braided cable look-nice fad. But decided against it as long its a clean look.

Check it out to see what I mean, https://pcpartpicker.com/b/T83bt6.

Did add some SSD 500gbs recently.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

You did a great job with the cables. I hate those in-line capacitors on the cables so many use, like Corsair. The replacement cable kit I got also have in-line capacitors, but half-way through the cables, not at the end with the connector. I don't understand why this isn't the common practice.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking rig, the white is great and she definitely shines!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you just assume its gender? lol

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, yeah my bad..

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

ItS 20i9

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you're gonna be doing very much studying on that lol. Great build! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Got two weeks off from my degree, but once I start again, yes, that will be its main use :(

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What fans come with the case?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

3x SP120 RGBs. 3 ppin fans, with a little physical controller to control lighting.