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Put this thing together a week or so ago. Thermals are OK. I had to put some rubber feet on the bottom to improve the GPU temps to be acceptable (for me anyway) Ambient temps near the machine were about 27 C or 80 F fyi. A note about the benchmark cpu temps, they're very high, but so far nothing I've done but the benchmark gets it above 70

I think this build is a little wonky, but overall I'm happy with the improvement over the machine I've been using since 2013 (plus a gpu upgrade about 3 years ago). The case is honestly a lot easier to build in than I expected as a complete ITX/sff newbie, but you can see my cable management still leaves some to be desired.

Primary issues at this point: The seagate barracuda HDD makes a sound every 5-10 seconds when not actively reading/writing. From what I can find on this type of HDD it's normal and not a failure clicking, but just a super noisy drive. But time will tell.

Was originally going to do an open box 2070 from microcenter for a little cheaper but someone beat me to it, so the 2060 super it is. Side note, micro center rules, I ended up getting this mobo for $50 after the bundle because it had been opened. As for mobo compatibility with this cpu. It did need a bios update to function properly, but it posted without the update, and asus has been good enough to allow for a bios update without an OS using a flash drive and the bios itself. Haven't been monitoring the ADATA XPG temps yet, but when I mess around with the different cooling configs I'll take note and maybe add that here later.

The current fan config is a little bit of a novelty, but I was very worried about cpu temps so I wanted a fan on top of the wraith stealth, since it's good, but not known for incredible performance. As for the other two silverstone fans, I wanted at least one more exhaust and wanted to try having at least one fan intake under the GPU. I will be moving them around over the next few weeks to see if I can get better cooling with just these fans: three silverstone + stock case 92mm fan on the back (haven't confirmed that this rear fan is indeed a 90 mm fan like cougar claims or the more common 92 mm).

Future plans, I will probably try out a version of this build with a Noctua NH-L12 with two fans and then fill all of the qbx fan slots, but that will have to wait a few months.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

dang that looks great!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome keyboard! Really matches the case

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like it, the Noctua fans will really set it off. Nice job.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Some noctua brown would go nicely in this unit. +1 looks great.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

also here looking for the Noctua :) pretty build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Just looking from the outside that is a sexy build. The cable management I get, it pretty tight, the keyboard is where most of my interest is, where did you get it?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a Varmilo VB87M. Reviews on this board are pretty terrible. I haven't had any issues with this build, but I will say if your computer doesn't have built in bluetooth it can be a pain. I had constant issues trying to use it with a dongle, luckily this mobo has built in bluetooth and it works like a charm.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Jean claude van dam that case looks great!

I just made a deal with a rtx 2070 armor, which is quite a wide card, would you mind measuring how much room you have from the gpu to the side panel?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, I'll check this out tonight.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

about 22mm. give or take a mm. but that is from the shroud to the side. With the power cables it's only got a few mm. But with nicer cables I bet you could bend them more.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply

Oh, thats getting a bit scary then, I got the 2070 armor which is a 140mm in width, which is about 24mm wider than yours.. Thanks

Another question, I saw your case and I was like dang i want to do that aswell, preferably with white, may i ask what you used and if it was difficult?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Just regular spray paint from the hardware store. I'm pretty sure I used a mix of Krylon and Rust-o-leum brands to get these colors. Both worked well. I think the Krylon dried a little bit faster.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah thank you, I have the case now, had to modify it a bit to make my gpu fit. How did you get the front panel off? Do you just really have to push at the top/bottom?

FYI, the nhl12s just barely fits. It interferes with the power chord (not much tho, it fits but there's pressure on it) and also doesn't fit with the 92mm fan in the back, it's too thick. Depending on Temps I'll order a slim fan.

I can take pictures if u want?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That would be awesome! Yeah I just pushed, I forget which way I did it, either the top or bottom clips were easier to take out first.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for asking dum question but ihave not understood your comment "but it posted without the update, and asus has been good enough to allow for a bios update without an OS using a flash drive"

can you pelase explain did you get out of box compatible bios update for Ryzen 3000 or you were able to go in bios with ryzen 3000 processor and then changed bios with USB??

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I used a usb. It posted without the usb update just fine, but when I tried to install windows, it would crash after a few minutes. After I updated the bios via usb everything went smoothly

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

You custom paint the case?