Description

This is my first build!

What I use it for:

Workstation (Graphic Design / Web Development)

Lite gaming (Final Fantasy XIV, Star Citizen)

Priorities (in order):

Speed

Computing power

Quiet

Compact case

GPU

Speed:

I built this around using a PCIe Gen4 M.2. I opted for the Corsair MP600 because it seemed like a good deal. I didn't need more than 500gb. As you can see in my priorites, storage size is not important to me, I save everything on a cloud and I do not play multiple games.

For RAM, I could have gone a bit less cheap, but I'm happy with an OC'd 3200mhz.

Computing power:

Ryzen 5 3600, nothing much to say, it does the job and more.

Quiet:

The Fractal Define C is one of the most quiet compact case out there, but it needs good fans as it's get hot faster. While the Ryzen 5 3600 stock fan is enough, I didn't take any chances and upgraded to Noctua.

GPU:

Using a benchmark score / price ratio, the GTX 1660 Super was a no brainer in the price range I was comfortable with. I was happy to see LTT and Jayztwocents confirming this choice in their videos. Although, this is where I hit a small problem: With the corsair M.2 heatsink, I couldn't use the top PCIe x16 slot for my GPU, I'm stuck using the bottom PCIe x4, but I don't think it matter much considering the GPU I'm using.

More:

I had an extra M.2 so I sticked it in. I am using it as a paging file drive and "My Documents". Basically, all the stuff I am currently working on, until done, then move them on a cloud. I'm considering getting a 6TB HDD as a backup solution on top of my current cloud service.

Special thanks:

Jayztwocents, I couldn't have done it without all your videos and how you explain everything the way you do.

pcpartpicker.com, you made me save a lot of money and made the process of picking parts a whole lot easyer. Also, users on this website, you, yes you, your comments helped me pick some parts too!

Part Reviews

CPU

Very good power/price ratio, would buy again!

CPU Cooler

Incredibly silent, works well in a Fractal Design Define C. I haven't try OC the CPU, just wanted extra cooling as this case gets hotter faster.

Motherboard

I got it on black friday, $ 100 off. I wouldn't have get that one if there was not that big of a deal. The biggest flaw is the M.2 placement: You can't have any M.2 Heatsink if you are going to use a GPU next to it. Also, only the top M.2 slot is PCIe Gen 4, the bottom one is SATA3. This mean, if you want to use a M.2 gen 4 with an heatsink, you'll have to put your GPU in the bottom PCIe slot. The bottom PCIe slot is Gen 4 x4, no x16. You'll have to do a bit of tetris and figure out if this works for your build. Otherwise, it is perfectly fine.

Memory

I could push these to 3200mhz, not further. I bought them because they were the cheapest in this category.

Video Card

When I bought it, this card had the best ratio Benchmark score / price in it's category. I've been using it for a month, it does the job for 1080p 60fps games.

Case

Super clean, super quiet. I will most likely use it on my next build too. Of course, if you want cooling over quiet, get the Meshify C.

Power Supply

Had this as a christmas gift. I must admit I wouldn't have bought this because it was too much for what I needed, also not cheap. But I am more than pleased with it. If you want modular, quiet and reliable and don't mind spending the extra buck, this is what you need!

Monitor

Very good 1080p 60hz monitor. It is freesync, but you will never achieve freesync with any Geforce card as they require Display Port to do so. This only have 2 input: HDMI 1.3 and VGA.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didnt you get the black version of the NH U12S to better match the build?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know it existed, that would have been better! I tought Notcua was always brown.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

how bout the other m.2 slot below the m.2 u installed? also I see you're using Fractal Design Define C good build dude :D

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!! :) The other M.2 slot is not PCIe gen4, it's SATA3. That'S why I had to sacrifice my GPU on the bottom slot. Also, I'm a little concerned about this design, I mean, about 1/4 inch of breathing room between the M.2 and the GPU card is not a lot, you can't have a heatsink on your M.2 if you got a GPU on top of it. I'll have to motinor the heat, somehow.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

ah that explains it ok

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