Description

This was my first ever computer build. I've always been a console gamer, but wanted to build a PC to supplement that hobby and give me more titles to play in a different way. I set out to build something that would handle gaming and streaming, but that wasn't over the top, or more than I needed. I think this system will work to get my feet under me, and last a fair amount of time should I want to upgrade down the line.

Update: My Nitro+ RX 5700 XT has arrived, and as you can likely guess it did not take me long to have it installed. I also took the opportunity to add some CableMod extensions, and re-do the cable management which was previously a mess.

Part Reviews

CPU

After a lot of research I settled on the 3600 as being the best value gaming CPU on the market. I don't do anything CPU intensive at the moment, so I feel like this chip gives me loads of headroom for my needs, even if it's not an 8-core processor. The system reads the CPU speed as 4.2GHz and it doesn't ever seem to drop much below that, as I rarely place it under high load.

CPU Cooler

No complaints. It's quiet and handsome, and not too expensive. Sort of a toss-up between 3600+Cooler and 3600X+Stock Cooler. Overall I'm happy with how this turned out as temps are great.

Motherboard

Like many others building recently I was caught in the B450/Ryzen 3000 conundrum. I wanted to wait for a Tomahawk Max, but this board was only $25 more expensive and has a load of other features that I thought made sense. A local shop did the BIOS update for me, which made this board easy to build with, and the board itself looks great.

Memory

I had previously purchased a Trident Z 3200MHz kit, but it had a stuck LED, so I returned it to try a Corsair 3200MHz kit. After seeing both in person I thought the Trident Z looked way better, and I was able to find this 3600MHz kit at a decent (not great) price, so picked it up. I haven't done any overclocking, so the timings are a little loose, but the speed is nice.

Storage

I'm very pleased with the NVME so far, it's very quick. I haven't listed other storage as I'm still deciding, but good chance I shuck a 2.5" external drive I already own and install it here so that I have more space later on.

Video Card

This card is amazing. The absolute top-of-the-line RX 5700 XT, and lives up to the hype. The cooler is massive, the fans are silent, and the ARGB is gorgeous. By far the crown-jewel of my PC.

Case

I spent a long time deciding on the case I wanted, but this one received excellent reviews and looked great, so I decided to get it. It was very easy to build in, even as a first timer, and I love it.

I did make one major change to the case, which was to dremel the removable basement cover in order to make room for a third 120mm front fan. Normally to fit the three front fans the removable section of the basement cover (roughly 1/3 the length of the total basement) needs to be taken out. Instead I just marked the size of the fan on the removable cover, cut it with the dremel, and re-installed the cover plate. this way I have an entirely covered basement section, but with three 120mm fans.

Power Supply

This is the only part of the build I'm not super confident in. I believe the LTT forum guide says that the Smart Pro series is good quality, but I could have mis-read it. Going with an 80+ Gold may have been a good idea, but I'm well below the 650W rating, so I'm not too concerned. I don't have anything negative to say about it, but we'll see how the longevity is. The auto-fan is a great feature, but the LEDs are a bit of a gimick (only 5 pre-set colors, plus rainbow, controlled by a button on the PSU and not the system itself). I didn't buy it for the LED, so I'm not disappointed.

Case Fan

I bought these as a 5-pack from Amazon which doesn't show up in the PCPP lists. They're fine fans and I don't know enough to compare them. I will say that the fan cables are a little short for my liking, but they did include two fan hubs for the five fans, so that's nice. The RGB is nice and bright, and the white fan with black surround look good.

Monitor

I had originally planned to go with a 1080p 24" Monitor, but knew that the 5700 XT was capable of more, so I began looking at clearance monitors from local retailers. This monitor has a single pixel stuck green when it should be black. Any other time it displays the correct color. Because of this small issue I saved nearly 50%, which made it a steal IMO. So far I've been very pleased with the monitor otherwise.

Mouse

The G502 mouse is well reviewed and well loved - and I found a decent sale - so I have no complaints.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Wow! I was lookin up reviews for the new Sapphire Nitro + and I came across your build and found that we're building almost the exact same rig. The only big difference in mine is the motherboard. So I actually wanted to ask about how you were able to fit all the components, especially the honkin big Nitro + into the Meshify C case? I just wanted to make sure it'd all work out before I got the pieces.

And then I was wondering if maybe I could ask you for some tips as to putting it together, cuz honestly this is going to be my first time. Thanks, and congratulations!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for your comment!

I found this 3-part video series from Paul's hardware to be the best for me, and I think they'll do a far better job of explaining everything than I ever could.

As to whether or not everything will fit, the answer is yes. The pictures above show everything, and although I would say there's only about 1cm or .5" between the end of the Nitro+ and the front fans, everything does, in fact, fit. There is one exception and I wrote about it in my case review above. For the three 120mm case fans in the front, you have to use a dremel if you want things to fit well and look good with three front 120mm fans. If you don't want to do that, I would suggest getting two 140mm fans for the front of the case, or you can use three front 120mm fans if you remove the part of the basement cover that is intended to come out, but I think it looks quite poor with it removed (since you see all the cables or drive cages which I prefer to be hidden). Otherwise everything else fit great, but I'm not using any 3.5" drives, so I had a ton of room in the PSU basement to shove my extra cabling, etc.

Let me know when you get your build completed, Would love to check it out. :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Alright cool! As long as all the parts fit I know that the build is possible, at least. And I haven't even picked case fans yet as that's the thing I know probably the very least about, but I'll probably do more of that going forward. Thanks for your suggestions, and the link, I'll check it out, and try to remember to send the build when I'm done!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking build! By chance did you buy the cooler used? I'm trying to figure out why there appears to be thermal paste on the sticker that says WARNING.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Because I installed it wrong! Hahaha. I was laughing at myself as soon as I realized, so took a picture to share. Hopefully others get a kick out of it too. First time build mistake for sure.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Haha, right on! I did get a good chuckle, also glad to hear nobody was actually running it like that!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

What do you think about the cooler, it matched? Or better a gammax gt rgb??

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I don’t have any experience with the Gammax, but I have absolutely no complaints or issues with the Hyper 212 and would definitely recommend it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I picked up the Sapphire card myself and it's been wonderful. Have you used the rgb header on the card? I haven't been able to get that to work.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I have not used the RGB header. Not sure if it's helpful, but I believe it's an RGB in (to allow the MoBo to control card colors) opposed to an RGB out (to let the card control other peripherals).

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

What cable sleeves you used? Asian horse ?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

These are CableMod extensions, Part No. CM-CAB-BKIT-D62KW-R

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I'm working on a parts list for my build and came across yours, which is very similar to what I'm planning. Hoping you can answer a couple of questions for me.

  1. I'm planning on the same MB as you and trying to pick out a cooler. One of the ones I'm considering is the Hyper 212 that you used. I can't quite tell in your pictures, but does it block one of the RAM slots? I'd rather not limit my options in the future if I want to add more memory.

  2. Are you able to control the RGB on the Hyper and Deepcool fans with the MSI Mystic Light software? I'm trying to avoid having to use multiple programs to control it all. I'm also wondering how you hooked up all the RGB devices to the MB. Which headers did you end up using?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for your comment - sorry for the late response.

  1. Because I'm only running 2 DIMMs I didn't check to see if there would be clearance issues with the slot closest to the cooler. That said, in looking at it today, it appears as though it shouldn't interfere. The fan will be very close (potentially even touching) the first stick, but should clear. The fan is also removable and can be re-positioned, so if your RAM is very tall or thick you could move the fan up on the cooler, or you could set it up in a pull configuration on the opposite side of the fin stack. I wont go so far as to guarantee you'll have no issues, but I wouldn't be concerned if I were in your position.

  2. Yes, the MoBo software (MSI MysticLight) is managing all the RGB with the exception of the Nitro+. However, all of my case fans are on one header (JRGB1, which is in the bottom left of the board) so I can't separately control any of the fans (I am using different power headers for intake/exhaust, though). The DeepCool fans allow you to daisy-chain RGB and power, which is pretty common. The Hyper 212 is on JRGB2 (in the top left near the CPU power) and so its RGB can be controlled separately.

Hope this helps! Best of luck with your build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot for the response, that really helps me out!

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 points

Did you use the DEEPCOOL fans with the hub they provide on just one RGB header? Also, have you figured out a way to sync the Nitro +?

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for your comment.

Did you use the DEEPCOOL fans with the hub they provide on just one RGB header?

The Deepcool fans in the 5-pack I bought included two hubs for power, but no RGB hub. Instead the RGB is daisy-chained (they include diasy-chain connectors) across all 5 fans. But yes, I have all 5 fans plugged in to the same RGB header on the MoBo.

have you figured out a way to sync the Nitro +?

Syncing it is really easy - it's just a header on the card itself that can have a female-to-female cable plugged in to it from an aRGB header on the MoBo. It's very straight-forward but I'm not doing it (no interest in it/need for it).

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, similar to what I'm planning but I already have a 5700 XT Red Devil. I was wondering how are your GPU thermals and noise with your 3x120 fan setup? The placement on the bottom 2 fans is a bit odd compared to using 2x140 fans and my OCD is worried about getting fresh air to the GPU lol.

Actually with that in mind, I'd like to maybe suggest you flip your PSU over so that air can actually come up from under your card instead of being exhausted by the PSU whenever the fan does run. The RGB might actually add a bit of lighting under your case too.

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for your comment.

5700 XT Red Devil

This card looks to be cream of the crop! I didn't like the styling for myself, but the performance looks stellar. I'm sure you'll love it.

I was wondering how are your GPU thermals and noise with your 3x120 fan setup? The placement on the bottom 2 fans is a bit odd compared to using 2x140 fans and my OCD is worried about getting fresh air to the GPU lol.

I haven't done any thermal testing with the GPU. It's designed to run with good thermals out of the box and because I'm confident that a mesh case with 5 fans is capable of providing enough airflow, I trust it to do just that.

I believe it's the case that 2x140mm fans moves about as much air as 3x120mm (assuming the same RPM), so either way you go I dont think you need to be concerned. My particular set-up has half of one of the 120mm fans throwing air under the PSU basement, so I would think 2x140 would actually provide a touch more air to the main compartment. As far as noise, It's a mesh case and I'm using pretty cheap fans, so under load there is quite a bit of noise, However, I keep my custom fan curve very low when not under load, so if I'm browsing the web it's near silent. If I'm gaming and loading up the system/fans I'll have a headset on, and then the noise doesn't matter for me.

I'd like to maybe suggest you flip your PSU over so that air can actually come up from under your card instead of being exhausted by the PSU

I know 'PSU down' is the conventional thought, but from some reading (including Thermaltake's installation instructions), there's evidence to show better case temps when the PSU is configured as I have it now. Obviously this will vary case to case, but like I mentioned above, it's a mesh case with 5 case fans... I think the temps will be low and stable regardless of which way the PSU (which, as you mentioned, only runs under high draw) faces. Between that and my very limited expertise, I pretty much just installed it how Thermaltake said to... Haha