Description

Named after the Emperor Penguin, this is a state of the art Micro ATX sleeper build.

This really was a breeze to put together, everything just worked out of the box. Enabled XMP in Bios and it was good to go.

I'm a sucker for the mATX form factor, and this board has one of the best mATX VRMs available. The case, like my previous computer, is by Fractal Design, this time the updated Define Mini C, which I thoroughly enjoyed building in!

If I had fu money, I would probably go all out on a white themed build, but for now this build has a different theme: Cost Effectiveness :-) (He says with a 3900X...)

Yeah, the CPU might be overkill but I'm often running multiple performance heavy programs at the same time, so I figured it was better to have some headroom.

Usages include: (VR) Gaming, Software Development, Image Editing, Light to moderate 3D Modelling, Light Video Editing

I thought about going for a 2080 SUPER, but instead opted for the cheaper 2070 SUPER with the option to upgrade to a 3000 series card when they come out if I need the extra performance.

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Price list:

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X                                   507,89€
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4                            75,78€
MSI 450M Mortar MAX                                  97,99€
G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32GB                          194,36€
ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 2TB                            265,85€ (incl. 5,95€ S&H)
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GAMING OC 3X    540,99€
Fractal Design Definie Mini C                        72,99€
Fractal Design Ion+ 760W 80+ Platinum               122,99€

Total                                              1878,87€

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions, I'm happy to help.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

how bad was the total tax once you bought all the parts? when i look on amazon estimated tax looks like it could add about $200-$300 to build costs

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

In Germany, prices are always declared including taxes! The total excluding the German VAT (19%) was 1578,88€!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

very nice build :) Any issues with the Dark Rock Pro 4 and RAM clearance?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! No issues, it's kinda close but I think in you have even bigger DIMMs you can adjust the height of Dark Rock Pro 4s front fan!

I've added two images to the build images, so you can check out the clearance for yourself!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thank you very much, really nice that you did that :)

are you happy with the Dark Rock Pro 4?

I just ordered a 3950X with a Dark Rock Pro 4 (only cost me 69$) and I am having second thoughts.

Some complained that it's difficult to mount on AM4, others complained it's not as good as a Noctua NH-D15 (which would cost me 115$ where I live), but many are also happy with it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yup, pretty happy with it. I think it's about equal in performance compared to the DH15 (I was also thinking about getting that one), but yeah, way cheaper. After a few minutes in Prime95 temps reach about 82°. Mounting was alright, I think you need to be a little careful not to over-tighten the mounting screws. And be aware that it might block direct access to a mainboard screw, but that can be solved with a flexible screwdriver extension. It's also really quiet. I think, you'll be happy with it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thanks again, I really appreciate the time you took to answer :)

82°C for the overkill Prime95 is really a temp I'd be happy to have with my upcoming 3950X. you convinced me, I think I'll keep it.

It sounds from your reply that I should install the cooler on the motherboard before installing the motherboard in the case. Luckily I have a flexible screwdriver extension :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

No worries, happy to help!

Yes, definitely mount everything except the GPU before installing the motherboard. Good luck with your build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What is the CPU performance like with the Mortar Max? I plan on getting a 3700X with this board, does the board hold the CPU back and does it get hot?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey bobsonian, no issues so far! I've talked to a few other people with this board before buying it and you should be good to go with the 3700X!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Marv4 much appreciated

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Very nice :-) Case looks good, nice and tidy and loving that CPU cooler!

I'm sure you'll be very happy with this build! :D