Build Date : 05APR2019
Build Name : Phantasma!
DP301 "Phantom" case with black/white/grey theme plus I love etymology and end up using Latin when naming PCs.
I use this format for all of my builds.. The request came from myself. I was able to sell my primary rig for $600, so only spending $350 for a 30% boost in processing power and double the 1080p gaming performance is pretty nice. Not to mention the platform upgrade, future-proofing, and of course temporarily sating my PC building addiction.
So you're probably all wondering how an an Intel fanboy like me ended with a Ryzen... Well, I was looking at the 9600K, but for the workloads I expect, the 2600 was more cost effective. Another consideration was that Ryzen 2 would be supported on the AM4 platform, so I had some guaranteed future-proofing which can't currently be said for Intel. Furthermore, when I went to buy the 2600, Newegg had a "Shellshocker" deal that bundled the 2600X and Prime B450-A/CSM for only $220 which was $45 less than a 9600K. Phantastic!
I know, I know.. The Wraith Spire is fine and the only reason to go 2600X is for the Spire. Remember when I said the 2600X came into my life by luck? Well, I had already purchased the Mugen 5 with the intent of overclocking the 2600 and well, that's life. I could have returned it but my god, it's amazing. Just look at it! And just listen to it! Wait, No.. You can't hear it.
PS: Anyone want a Wraith Spire Cooler?
Well, I just used this motherboard in a build for my brother's 2700X streaming build and it's pretty great, so I was already looking at this board for my build anyways.. When I saw the Newegg "Shellshocker" deal that bundled it with the 2600X for $220, I couldn't pass it up.
I took a gamble with this.. I was really hoping for Samsung B or Hynix CJR which have both been reported on this kit.. So for $90, how could I not go for it? Well, I ended up with Hynix AFR which isn't worst case scenario. However, a close friend of mine who bought the same kit for his 9600K got Samsung B, so I am trying to convince him to trade but he sucks and won't trade me.
The MX500 is (at the time of writing this) the best cost effective M.2 drive for a true gaming build. Additionally, I've had the Cuda' for going on 7 years.. I should really buy a new one but until I get a SMART notification, I am going to keep using it..
I was originally going to get a 1660 Ti as I don't eat/sleep/breathe gaming now, but I had some money left within my budget, so I sprung for the RTX 2060. 15% performance gain for $80 was worth it to me, especially if ray tracing catches on.
Zotac won my heart back in 2012 when they released their "AMP!" line up and their GTX 670 outperformed the GTX 680 reference and nVidia tried to get them to pump the brakes but they were like "Nooooooooooooooooo". Legends.
When I was deciding what i wanted to do, this case wasn't on PCPP yet and I happened to stumble upon it. I was wanting something sleek with a little bit of flair. However, a lot of cases in this price range are either "Mom's PC" or "L33T G4M3R H4X0R 3LIT3!". The few in between are used quite often; I wanted something different. Success?
I was hoping to get a 650W, so I could be right around 50% under full load, but the TXM550W was on sale with an additional $20 MIR and I just couldn't pass it up.. 60% load is still pretty great for efficiency, just not exactly what I wanted, but that's life, eh?
Someone gave me the EK fans a while back and I've been meaning to use them. They move a good bit of air considering how quiet they are.. I don't know how much they were new, but I'd compare them to some of the better $10-12 fans I've used in the past.
The sleeved cable extensions are pretty high quality.. I used to use Phanteks ones, but their colors are limited and I feel their quality has been slipping.. These are thicker, come with better cable combs, comie in more colors. As far as <$30 extension kits go, these are probably the best I've come across so far.. They are a bit stiff at first but nothing too crazy.
And now the part that nobody has been waiting for! the ARGB strip. It's custom bro. I bought a cheapo strip off Amazon for like $7 and spliced it into a 5v Molex adapter and programmed it with an extra Arduino. I am currently working on an app using C# don't judge me so I can control the colors easier than having to access the code directly. If you're wondering, yes the Arduino is in the PC hooked up through a 5pin USB header to USB-B that I made.
Here is a video of the unicorn theme I quickly programmed.
So, if you are going to use 3.5" drives, this probably isn't the case for you unless you are masochist like me. I honestly couldn't imagine this case with a larger PSU and/or if I had two 3.5" drives in the bottom. However, if you are using M.2 drives and up to 2 2.5" SSDs, you can take the 3.5" cage out and have so much room for activities.
As much as I love building PCs for people, nothing beats building one for yourself because you have to look at it every day so your cable management skills are at their pinnacle.
I included some extra photos at the end.. The first and second photos are my 10 year old "misc PC parts box" that exploded in my living room.. The third photo is me programming the ARGB strip before fitting it in the case, and the last picture is a shot of the stickers on my desk that I've been asked about in the past.
This wall of text could keep the Huns out, I don't need to add any more to it.
As always, if you have any questions at all about the build, please ask in the comments below or send me a private message.
Thanks for reading!