Description

Background

This is my first build in quite some time! Decided to splurge a bit for a living room VR gaming rig, which I thought would be a good excuse to mess with making a mini ITX build.

General Build Thoughts

The build went mostly smooth, but not without a few issues. I mistakenly purchased a non-AM4 version of the NH-U12S, so I had to buy a mounting kit for it afterwards (AKA waiting a couple additional days). One of the SATA cables that came with the motherboard was defective, and would not let me boot to my OS about half the time.

I grabbed a NF-F12 fan from an existing build to complement the one that came with the NH-u12S for a push-pull setup. (The old build then got a new Noctua redux fan.)

I didn't like the Fractal fan that came with the Core 500 case, so I afterwards ended up using an Amazon gift card that I got (thanks work!) to buy the new Noctua NF-A12x25 fan. (I am a bit of a Noctua enthusiast.)

I purchased an Oculus Rift (not pictured) around the time I started putting the build together, and things are going great with it! I don't really plan on doing any super crazy graphics-intensive games, so the 580 is sufficient so far.

The Ryzen 2600X is a beast, and I love it! I was able to run memory as 3200 MHz with zero problems, so that was great, too. I ran a userbench with this setup, and the results were pretty sweet. :D

What I Would Change

I admittedly didn't research SSDs, and instead just bought one that seemed good enough. If I gave myself a redo, I would end up getting a Crucial MX500 instead. I also wish I didn't make my living room a bit of a mess. Gotta clean up before I post any pictures (if I post any pictures) :P

Other Fun Stuff

A good number of items were purchased when eBay had its 20% off anything sale, which is why some purchase prices are odd. (I also included tax [thanks California], shipping, and rebates on all final dollar amounts.)

Photos were shot by wannabe photographer me on a Samsung NX3000.

Userbench results!

Overall, I am super hyped right now, and would love to dive down the rabbit hole of other small form factor builds in the future!

Late Update

Okay so...I didn't even expect any comments or anything like that. Wow!

Anyway, I haven't changed too much on this recently, although I swapped out the SSD with a Crucial MX500 500 GB, because the old one was pretty trash.

Updated Userbench!

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 5 points

Loving the all AMD gaming build!

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, did you have to update the bios or did it come 2600x ready?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It was ready for the 2600X when I bought it, I think it was also listed on the description when buying the motherboard.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi mate, i have same cpu cooler and i wanna upgrade to 2600x. The cooler remain silent using 95W cpu?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU cooler is dead silent - the GPU cooler is what makes the most noise by far.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

funny this is the exact build i was going to put together but use my h100i cooler

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, may I know what fan configuration will provide a more optimal thermal solution for the cpu? I'm pretty stuck on getting the top to take in air and the back as an exhaust, but that might "counter physics", and at the same time, I'm aiming for positive pressure environment which probably means more intake (2 on top vs 1 from the back) is better?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really sure, actually - with this case, the space for fans on top is mainly aimed for AIOs, since having a big heatsink like the U12S doesn't provide clearance for top fans. I probably could've went for a smaller CPU cooler if that was the case, but I was working with the assumption that my initial attempt (just having one exhaust fan along with the push/pull config on the CPU cooler) would move enough air for airflow to not be an issue.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

How are your thermals on GPU and CPU

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

They're both about average, since it's aircooled and in the Core 500 case - last I tested it, I got to about 57 C max on the CPU and 81 C on the GPU.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, great pics

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi friend! Im wondering what kind of clearance you're seeing with the 38mm width on that video card. I have this case and im looking at a 42mm card and I'm wondering if it will fit! Thanks!