Description

This was my first build. I didn't want to skimp on any components but also my budget was strictly under £900 in the UK. My aim was gaming at 1080p at high fps with the possibility of VR in the future. Super quiet operation and good thermal performance was a priority for me.

I have the Ryzen 5 2600 OC'd to 4.2GHz with 1.3625V. With Prime95 running for 10 hours the max CPU temp reached was 70C with the Scythe FUMA 2 - I was going to get a Noctua cooler but I am glad I went with Scythe. This PC runs near silent at full load.

I went with the RTX 2060 as there was a good deal on Amazon for the Zotac 2 fan version for £260. If I had more money I would have liked a RX 5700 XT

No GPU overclocking done yet, with the exception of custom fan profile to reduce fan speed to run GPU slightly hotter than stock to keep noise down. With this it was sitting at 75C with fan at 40% during a Kombustor stress test.

I wanted to keep RGB to a minimum to keep it utilitarian and classy, but I couldn't resist running some magnetic white molex LEDs inside the case to make the most of the glass panel in the side to see the fruits of my labour.

Overall I am very happy. The one part I would possibly change is the power supply for a semi-modular one, but the pure base 500 case has a nice tray to hide all these cables so not such a huge deal .

Part Reviews

CPU

I went for this as I got a good price on it. I seem to have gotten lucky as I am able to get a very stable OC to 4.2GHz

CPU Cooler

Couldn't have been easier to install and the thermal and noise performance are very good. I'm glad I went with this over a Noctua cooler

Motherboard

I'm glad I went for this over the Tomahawk as I prefer the sleek look of this, but it still keeps the good VRM heatsinks. No complaints so far

Storage

Works great, was cheaper than the Samsung 970 and I also got a deal in that the heatsink version was cheaper than the non-heatsink version so I'm very happy with this

Video Card

Seems good so far, only complaint is the stock fan profiles run a little loud. Seems to run relatively cold stock so there is plenty of headroom to increase temps while decreasing noise

Case

I love this case. I built my grey theme around this case and the thermals were excellent. I replaced the included pure wings fans with Noctua Redux fans

Power Supply

Good performance so far, nice and quiet. Only complaint is that it only came with EU lead. Also non modular, but that is okay as the cables are a nice classy black mesh.

Case Fan

Excellent performance and really quiet. I used two of these as front intakes and one as rear exhaust

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! Must be the angle of the photo but the PCIe power cables are screaming "HELP" as though their gonna be sucked in by those killer fans.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha you're right, maybe I should strap them down a little better

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the zotac 2060? Thinking of getting one for my first pc

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah it's great, worth the money - if you can get it under £270/$350 it really is a steal

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You mention 40% fan speed on the GPU in your kombuster stress test. Did you just lock it at 40 then? I believe the lowest it will go is 40 right? I am contemplating swapping the shroud/fans for noctuas since the fan noise is bothering me.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes 40% is the lowest. I didn't lock it to 40, I have a custom fan profile set up with Afterburner:

40% at <=75C, 50% at 80C, 60% at 83C, 100% at 87C

I also increased temp limit to 87C.

Depending on how your case thermals are you may need to increase the fans speeds by 5-10%

Don't forget to hit the button to automatically apply at Windows startup

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, I might try a more silent fan profile like yours. My current case is the Dan A4 so might be a bit warmer but not too bad I guess.