TLDR; A great build for casual gaming and photo editing. Although I maybe should've picked a slightly longer case. xD

When my old PC (AMD FX 6300 + R9 270 non-X) started to struggle even with the least demanding games and even with light photo editing, I decided that it was time to build something new from scratch. So I started comparing different parts starting with the CPU. I knew I had a Budget of about 1100€ so this build is what it resulted in.

Even though I know that it is not the most powerful rig, it suits all my needs for photo editing in Lightroom and for some Casual Gaming. Most Games run at 60+ fps (1080p) with Ultra to High setttings.

It was pretty easy to build, although cable management can be a pain in the a** especially when you're using sleeved cable extensions. Because I mostly depend on internal HDDs for mass storage and the Drive cage cannot be moved at all (only completely removed) I was left with 7cm (about 2.8 inches) of space between the cage and the PSU but in the end everything fit.

Overclocking the CPU to 3.9GHz was actually quite easy. I tested it with Ryzen Master and then just entered the values into the UEFI. A short test with Cinebench R15 and Prime95 (temps went up to about 64°C) and it was all set. Even the VRMs handeled it quite well with about 60°C avg. under full Prime95 load for 3 hours.

In the end I am quite happy with how it turned out. And in my opinion it looks just great. :)

Edit October 2019: Because my CPU ran quite hot during summer, I switched to an AIO Cooler. I also added an extra of 500GB SSD Storage just for my Game Library.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very classy build and great value. How do you like that case?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like it. Thermals are quite good, it looks awesome and even though it can get a bit cramped on the cable management side, it's not really hard to build in. :]

Oh and it seems like Corsair fixed the „problem“ with the TG panel you hear about in many reviews e.g from GN and HardwareCanucks.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get your Pure Rock cooler mounted that way with the fan pointing to the rear? Using the AM4 clips you have to mount it with the fan pointing upwards. Is there a special bracket somewhere I need? Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Mine came with a different mounting bracket (similar to the intel ones)that didn't use the Am4 clips. But I ordered one for my brothers pc a few months later that didn't come with it. So I guess it comes down to luck. 🤷‍♂️

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)