Description

Long overdue for a replacement for my Son-In-Law's PC, this build has been planned for a long time, not just for financial reasons, but waiting for that time to jump the gun. Whilst we can always wait for the next best thing, 2018 was the Ryzen 2 release and with the latter part of 2018 seeing SSD and RAM prices fall, passing his GCSEs, and with some flight compensation from the summer going towards it, this is MicroAlloyed.

In short, since 2011, his PC has been an Intel i7-920, 6GB DDR3, 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, housed within a SIlverstone FT-02. Whilst overclocked to an inch of it's life and an upgrade a few years back to a GTX 960 by his Dad, it was starting to show it's age, and coupled with a Dell 23" monitor without a HDMI output for a console, a brand new build was long overdue. The only thing that has been kept from the original PC is the mouse.

MicroAlloyed not only serves as a complete replacement to that machine, enabling us to leave that down at his Dad's - meaning we don't need to transport/move the machine each time he visits, but completely elevates his gaming experience with an upgrade to 1440p.

The build: The only requirements I had for the build were for the case to be in White and to have RGB. I'd originally planned this to be inside an InWin 101C and was waiting to see about the RX590 release. Near Black Friday, i'd remembered about the Metallic Gear cases which were previewed earlier in the year, and this had the added effect of being cheaper, needing less fans, and dropping the AIO. This is the first build on PCPP with this Neo Micro case, and i'd wholeheartedly recommend them.

As such, along with around £70 in total savings just from Black Friday deals (such as the Vega Pulse card), the whole build worked out substantially less than the original 580/590 build - A worthy upgrade I think! After some last minute parts were delivered on Christmas Eve following the main build the week before, she was wrapped up in time for Christmas.

I'd have liked a bit more time on the cabling, but things got a bit messier when I added the Halos RGB frames (i.e. a lot of extra cables). I know it's hidden, but it's peace of mind in case of issues.

I'll go into some more detail in the part reviews, but some general points: I chose the 2600x over the 2600 simply for the ability to slot it in and not worry about tweaking it. I wanted performance and stability from the get-go, but whilst i'd have liked the RGB Spire, there is no question that it does the job. The placement of the USB 3.0 Header on the B450M Mortar caused a number of issues with the right-hand SSD tray, sadly. The cases' included EPS cable extension is handy, but as with other Phanteks cases, i'm not a fan of the single direction that HDD bays can be mounted so I had to use two SATA cables in total. The Pulse card is a really nice design, but cabling that whilst unobstructing the logo requires some imagination as shown.

This was my first full RGB build and first with Mystic Sync, and I've learnt a lot with this. Out of my builds so far, including those published on here, this is definitely the best so far. I'm not the only one pleased an impressed, but my Son-in-law is over the moon.

Any questions, and comments appreciated. Thanks for looking, Nokor.

And sadly, i'm fully aware that the RAM lighting isn't on in some of the pics, and only realised with editing.

Part Reviews

CPU

Boosts up to around 4.15Ghz using the stock cooler and Arctic Silver 5 paste and more than enough for any application for mainstream users. Although fiddly I was able to change the orientation of the shroud - but this should be an option for users. Good to see AMD back in the game - Well recommended as an option if you don't want to tweak or overclock.

Motherboard

One of, if not the best, VRMs on the MicroATX Boards, along with two M.2 ports, four fan headers and two 12v RGB headers. Nice clean design and tasteful RGB lighting. No issues with the board at all.

Memory

No complaints about the RAM. Nice design on the heatspreaders, and the RGB lighting works well. Fairly low height despite the RGB lighting. XMP-A onto 3200mhz with no issues.

Video Card

Well designed and built card. 4.5 Stars really, because of the position of the power connectors and the Pulse logo on the Nano sized PCB. Cooler does a good job of cooling. I'd have liked a customisable LED, but it's a nice design regardless,

Case

Fantastic, lovely case, and first build and review on here with it.

Extremely sturdy and well build, and full of features such as the included EPS cable extension, two velcro'ed cable channels and dual TG side panels with the blackouts and patterns. Sadly had issues with some compatibility with the B450M Mortar on installation regarding the position of the USB 3.0 header, but can be rectified with an adapter.

I'm not too much of a fan of the single orientation of the 3.5" Drive bays, and i'm a little confused about the top panel being the only one which isn't magnetic - Of all the panels you'd want magnetic for RGB strips, that one isn't..

However, overall i'm very impressed with the case as i'd expect from Phanteks.

Power Supply

7 Year warranty and Gold rated. Enough cables in the package for multi-GPU as required, and other devices. Would have preferred flat cables from the PSU for the EPS and ATX cables, but blacked out cables all around.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Metallic Gear has some serious cases.

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Very clean looking build! Great cable management, those velcro straps make life a lot easier. I realized that after switching my tower to a Fractal Design.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean build! Love the cable management!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautifully done

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management on point

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the kind words, all :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build, I was set on the case and now you have me wanting rgb to help show it off

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It is a really nice case to work with and look at once done. The fact that the top panel isn't magnetic is a bit of a pain for the top LED strip, the one real complaint, but it is possible to use extra tape to stick it down as we've had to do to keep it from sagging ;)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great, detailed, pictures; some of us visit the site to view parts. Thank you! I wanted to see how easily a nvme , the ryzen 2600x's cooler and the gpu fit in the mortar mobo; which you did show very well!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

any issue with airflow and thermal throttling?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I've not heard any complaints, and in gaming it's fine from the limited testing I've done and tried to monitor since it's been used.

CPU seems to be holding fine at 3.9Ghz under load in gaming, and GPU is able to keep max clocks under load with acceptable temps - It was undervolted with Wattman previously but currently on the Turbo profile.

Sadly I'm not in a position to be able peg it at 100% CPU/GPU for an extended period until the weekend, but the Phanteks fans are doing a good job,

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the rgb at the front panel work? Is it a 4 pin connector?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The front-panel RGB connects up to the colour switch button at the top i/o. From there you've got a SATA power connector if you're not connecting to a motherboard, and also a cable with a splitter for extra LED strips and the 4-pin connector to the motherboard.

It's pretty much identical to the RGB LED ADAPTER that Phanteks do; it's just hardwired.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you add thermal paste to a cpu with the stock cooler, that already has thermal paste on it? and also the thermal paste won't add a thermal difference, all thermal paste is the same.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up experiencing the issue with the suction effect on the CPU and stock cooler with the stock paste, as has been described by others, so after the initial POST test I then took the cooler off to change the fan shroud alignment and then re-pasted afterwards.

I'm not sure what the thermal conductivity on the stock paste is compared to something like Arctic Silver, but different compounds have different thermal conductivity, so they're not all the same. In this case, I had spare AS, so that was used.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking about grabbing this case for myself. It looks great, but hows the airflow?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It can get a little toasty depending on your GPU and preference for airflow/noise on your fans as well as the ambient temperature. This isn't too bad with Vega undervolted, and would be better with a newer more efficient GPU, but I needed to up the fan speeds for our summer to compensate.

If you can spare the time, i'd advise to wait for the second revision of the cases with wider mesh spacing at the front (including the airflow versions) when they are released, because it will help, but it's manageable so logn as you don't expect a high-airflow case and want to tweak it so it's manageable for you.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much for the reply!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

do you happen to know when theyll be available?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a really nice build! Do the Ryzen 2600X and the Vega 56 work well together? I'm thinking of using the same combo myself.

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