Description

Recently sold all of my server gear at the perfect time. Right as Ryzen 3xxx series was coming out. I decided to move my old desktop (ryzen 2600) to server duty, and build a new system. Since I'm on Linux I have been eagerly waiting for Navi so I could go team red (open source drivers). At the testing of the 5700XT I sold my 1080ti FTW3 and started buying parts.

I have also always wanted and SFF case and a Noctua based build. So why not both.

I got a white Silverstone SG13 took it apart and painted with Noctua colors. I did this at the wrong time of year as it was far too humid. Had to strip down the front of the case and respray with primer this time, then the coat. It ended up taking well enough.

My next challenge was the GPU as most know the 5700XT AIB cards with custom coolers were hard to come by for the first month and continue to be tricky. I had originally had my eye on the MSI Evoke but after reviews did not show it as favorably and the Pulse came available on Newegg I pulled the trigger. But I had another problem as it didnt fit my case. So I cut the bottom of the top support beam and bent some metal as well as cut off the bottom hanging part of the HDD tray so the GPU can fit.

For fan configuration I have the NF-A9 and NF-A12 as intake running off the same header (splitter), tried the A9 on the CPU cooler header but it just ran too hard and was not quiet. Was really the loudest part of the build. Once I switched it runs near silent. I also have the GPU running on the 'silent' BIOS instead of performance. The only exahust I have dedicated is the PSU. So far temps are pretty good. After running furmark I dont break 90 on the GPU and AIDA doesnt have my CPU go over 80. Those are both heavy synthetics that I dont get anywhere near matching in games so all is good.

After a couple runs of the Heaven benchmark back to back I measure temps on GPU of 69 and a hotspot of 87; and CPU peaks at 68.7 C.

Eventually I will look into undervolting the CPU and maybe OC the RAM but I just havent had the time and patience to play too much with it as I dont have any problems. I will also be looking into a 32" 1440 high HZ monitor with freesync in the holiday season.

Also running windows on a 120GB SSD until Kernel 5.3 is released with Navi drivers; and rolled into Tumbleweed.

Part Reviews

CPU

Mine hits 4.1924 GHz, which is spot on for a 4.2 GHz box rating. Quite a nice step up from my R5 2600.

Motherboard

Solid motherboard. Good layout with great I/O. No problems building with it. Has everything I need.

Flashed to new BIOS for Ryzen 2 with Ryzen 5 2600; worked perfectly and had no issues with Ryzen 3600.

Video Card

Great card. the silent BIOS is awesome, keeps the fans from spinning at idle while the card stays in the low 60s. I run in in an SFF case and it chugs along no problems.

Case

Great SFF case. Very easy to build in, and easy to mod. I painted mine to Noctua colors and modded the inside to fit a Sapphire RX5700XT Pulse.

With an SFX PSU you can fit a few more mm on the cooler. I personally run a Noctua NH-L12S. Thermals are pretty great with a 120mm front fan and a side 92mm fan intake. Using the PSU as exhaust.

Also significantly cheaper than other SFF cases.

Case Fan

Can get a little loud if run too fast, but it is a versatile fan that can fit in smaller spots to provide targetted airflow. All in all a good fan, but sounds like a jet if it gets going.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

Loved the noctua case colors +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

The Nocuta color match is actually a nice touch

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks great! Which spray paint did you use?

  • 8 months ago
  • 5 points

I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch brand from Home Depot.

Specifically a white primer on the case itself (tan parts only) and then 'Ivory Silk' in Satin. Then for the brown I used the Primer 'Flat red.' Again didnt put the white primer on the brown parts.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up!

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Usually brown Noctua is cause for a cringe from me... however, you pulled it off splendidly. Great job!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

A pair of Sennheiser HD 598 headphones would go wonderfully with this build. Great build overall! You've made the noctua color scheme actually look very nice.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not usually a fan of tiny builds, but this thing looks legit. Nice work!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Those CPU temps are pretty good for being blocked by the power supply! Really like this build too!

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

The PSU is actually exhausting the heat and the 92mm fan is intake for that area.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice.. I have this case and am about to pick up a Sapphire pulse 5600XT or 5700.

Time to get out the Dremel.

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 points

This looks fantastic man. I recently sprayed my SG13 to a neon green/yellow color (mostly out of quarantine boredom and using it as an opportunity to learn how to sand & spray paint from my dad). I may end up doing this next now that I know more.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but an even better microwave

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey - nice build! Can I ask, did the 3600 work without flashing with the 2600 first?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I didnt even try. I had the 2600 out and was ready to re purpose it and didn't try the 3600 first. Sorry for no info on that.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get that 92mm fan mounted just zip ties?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah just zipped to the frame.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

toasty at ldle lol

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Just a quick question for you I have all the same parts as you except I'm using a 3600 x and I was wondering if you feel the 550 watt power supply is enough? The reason I ask is the Sapphire box says minimums 600 waTts

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any issues and I've been running this guy for about 5 months now and have not had any issues. I've done some gaming on it but ran lots of stress tests when I first got it just to be sure.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is dope AF. I've been planning on doing something similar, but I'm on the fence about what ventilation configuration I want to commit to. For instance, I'd be willing to bet you'd get similar thermal performance if you flipped your PSU to the standard config and depended on positive case pressure for exhaust ventilation.

With that said, I dont know if I want to mirror your build, or go with water cooling... Tricky decision.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I've done watercooling before and it just isnt my cup of tea. Having to do the maintenance and it didnt end up being really any quieter honestly.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! How is the quality of the Navi driver on Linux? Windows drivers had issues with OpenCL that was fixed in January, this affected some computational clients like BOINC.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I have had next to zero issues with it. I run a single monitor and I have heard that there are issues with multi-monitor setups. But I started with Ubuntu when it went to 5.x kernel that added Navi drivers. There was a minor config file change and it was good to go. When I made the switch to OpenSuse Tumbleweed I havent had a single issue there either.

  • 7 months ago
  • -2 points

yikes