Description

This system wasn't built with the intent of gaming, but it works as a decent gaming unit as well.

I needed a multi-core system to run my fluid dynamics simulations related to my research. Ryzen 7 1700x with 8 cores and multi-threading seemed like a good choice within budget. I also needed a smaller and compact system that could be carried relatively easily from my home to the lab. After a survey of available products, I went for the Gigabyte B450 AORUS I mini ITX board along with the Core V1 case from Thermaltake. I have Windows 10 installed in the M2 disk and Ubuntu in the SSD. A separate 3Tb 7200 rpm disk stores all my research data. 4 gigs of graphics power seemed like a good budget option, so I went for the Gigabyte Radeon. Turns out it can play most games just fine; Assassins Creed Origins/Odyssey ran very well on it. The 750 W power supply seems kinda unnecessary given that this thing doesn't draw power more than 400 W.

I plan to upgrade this with a liquid cooler and 8 gigs of graphics later. For now, this system works great and is highly recommended for aspiring gamers out there. Good luck.

Part Reviews

CPU

Incredible performance. Very satisfying. I use my Ryzen build for fluid dynamics simulations on 8 cores. If you need a budget multi-core CPU, this is certainly one of the best out there. It doesn't have inbuilt graphics, so if you are looking for gaming, add a graphics card with it.

CPU Cooler

Works fine and does the job. No noise. And its damn cheap!

Motherboard

Fantastic budget board! Small, compact, and works great. Got all the necessary ports. Inbuilt wifi system is a plus.

Video Card

Assassins Creed Odyssey played fine on this. Though it couldn't handle the war scenes in the highest graphics settings. So I had to turn off the anti-aliasing and reduce the resolution. Overall, a decent budget card for most games. But for high-end 3D games, I would recommend not less than 8 Gigs.

Case

Cable management might be an issue if you have too many cables. Other than that, it is a great case for mini ITX systems. Thermaltake has done a really great job of utilizing space. It is small, compact, and can be easily carried if needed (not as compact as a laptop, but still manageable).

Power Supply

My system doesn't draw more than 400 W, so this was probably unnecessary to buy. But regardless, it is a fantastic power supply for any budget machine.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Just out of curiosity when was this built?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU, cooler, hard disks and PSU were purchased last year (2018 July). They were part of my earlier build with an MSI ATX motherboard (Tomahawk B350, also purchased in 2018).

Last month, my MSI motherboard was fried due to a power surge in my area (should've used a UPS, my bad). So I had to get a new one. I got the B450 AORUS along with the Core V1 case which is smaller and more compact. That's the one I posted here.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, these parts seem a bit out of date. They could be second-hand for all we know.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Except for the motherboard and case, all the rest were purchased in 2018. They were part of my earlier build with an MSI ATX board which got fried last month due to a power surge in my area. So I had to get a new board, and a mini ITX seemed a better option. So I got the B450 AORUS with the Core v1 case, and added in all the parts from 2018 to form this new system.

By the way, it will be helpful if you can suggest which Ryzen CPU is the latest one. Is the 1700x (the one I'm using) out of date? If so, which one is the latest? Thanks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Where you put the Power Supply there should be room under the motherboard to bundle up extra lengths of cables. Same goes for case cables [USB and so on]. Use a cable tie or two down there, pull in all the slack, give it approx 20mins of work, and the build will look much better. The only cables that there is no way to hide in this case will be the PSU to HDD/SSD ones. For these, let there be some slack and carefully wedge on the top corners of the case and route along the L. There are no cable tie points up there but you can purchase a pack of six cable tie points (look like squares with a hole in middle) to stick up there and keep everything flush.