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Novice Difficulty (Updated)

by ChrisCPC


My first crack at putting something together by myself. This time instead of adding parts to an outdated machine and playing catchup I wanted to finally build a new platform. Upgrade path was a big influence in my decision to switch to AMD, that and I had read that games were smoother on Ryzen. Don't really know if that's true, but I am very happy with Ryzen. I only use this machine for media and games at 1440p and it's perfect. After reading everything I could find about ram clearance for a top mounted radiator I finally picked one up and made it fit with zero space at all between the radiator fan and heat spreader on the memory. It's sitting just flush with memory dimm without putting pressure on it and torquing it at all. Updated pictures with better quality and showing how my radiator fits with the tall G Skill memory. Everything is running smooth and I'm sastified for now. Next up will be some storage upgrades!

Ryzen 5 2600X - Great processor. No overclocking yet, will get a cooler and learn how.

Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra - Perfect for what I'm doing right now. Not too expensive while not looking cheap. No onboard wifi which is fine because I run an ethernet connection.

GSkill TridentzRGB 3000 - They were the least expensive and I have them at 2933 Mhz. Not sure if I can overclock them more, I've explored a little bit, but not too familiar with bios or overclocking and 2933 is close to 3000 so I'm cool with it.

Zotac GTX 1080 Amp! - Again it was one of the cheaper 1080's and it was on sale. The performance is solid, but the cooling is not the best. Running a decent overclock on it temps were reaching high 70s regularly with high airflow so I did some reading online and learned I could undervolt the card to 80% and not lose the OC while dropping temps almost 10 C. Thankyou whoever posted that.

Fractal Design Meshify C Dark TG - I am sooo happy I got this case. At first I didn't like the looks of the front mesh, but have grown to love it. It was really easy to build in and has good cable management. I live on the Texas coast so it's extremely hot and humid here so that's why I wanted a high airflow case. I put the two Noctua NF-A14 IPPC 3000 140mm fans in and they are awesome. I couldn't really be picky about noise because of the temps in my region, but I'm sure you could run them quiet and still move air. I have the two 140's in the front as intake and two 120's as exhaust, one in the rear and one in the top rear. Seems to be working fine. There's a lot of room in the case for a mid tower. It's my favorite part I think.

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sponix 6 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Very good component selection

Thanks for Sharing

ChrisCPC submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thankyou, I'm really new to this and realized I don't know how to do the part review and just put it all in description. Sorry everyone who reads this.

HikingMike 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Nice! I got the same memory :) Yeah I wasn't sure either but I figured 2933 meant 3000 since that's what the XMP profile gave.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

If you do decide to do a 240mm in the top, you have to sacrifice the RGB RAM for Corsair LPX RAM, so that the height of the RAM sticks don't hit the AIO. It's an unfortunate fact about that AIO spot in this case.

ChrisCPC submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thankyou I'm getting feedback everywhere on this and it seems to be a "your results may vary" type of thing. The meshify does have a offset mount for a rad that brings much more forward toward the glass. From what I'm understanding that gives it barely a millimeter clearance or I will have to grind a little of the plastic from the fan housing away. People are succeeding with Trident Z on X470 in Meshifys tho so I'm hopeful. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/cwCbt6 If I got it to work do you think it would be a good configuration? I have extremely powerful 140mm intakes in the front which is why I'm so set on a top mount AIO.

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

A data sample of one build is kinda not as great in terms of data sample size.

You could go for it and try it out. However without definitive proof it clears fine, it's a risk you have to take.