Description

Yes, I had fun coming up with that name.

Firstly, thank you to PCPartPicker, UserBenchmark, and /r/buildapcsales for helping out a ton with choosing great parts and finding them on sale.

This was my second ever build, the first coming back in mid-2014 when, at the time, I only spent around $600 so used components that were already a bit dated at the time. This build is a huge upgrade from that.

Everything about the build went smoothly, except control of the RGB effects. Ended up having to use three softwares for control and I'm unable to sync effects, but I plan to keep everything consistent colors anyway so it's fine. See below for each software I used.

First nine photos are of the completed build. They show off every possible color choice of the Deepcool fans, coordinated with the other components. The tenth photo is of initial boot-up (RGB chaos!), and the last two photos are the parts prior to box-opening (Total luck with having my cat pose for the photos, I swear I couldn't have gotten her to do that if I tried). Details of each part are below.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600: Great so far. Very stable temperatures, but that may be thanks to the cooler. Haven't tried overclocking yet (don't have a need to) but may in the future.

CRYORIG H7 Quad Lumi: Like I said above, keeps temperatures very stable. Seems to be better than the classic Hyper 212 EVO which I've used in the past, but that could be due to the processor I was using before (AMD FX 6350, which runs hot). Control of the RGB was obtained through the NZXT CAM software, which also seems to be a decent software for monitoring temps and such. While the RGB of the logo and under-light can be changed, the fan can't be, and is just white LED, so that's something to keep in mind.

Asus PRIME B450M-A/CSM: I'm partial to Asus, as I've had good experience with their motherboards in the past, both in my previous desktop and in a laptop. Has everything I need, including M.2 slot, RGB header (which I ended up not using, actually), two case fan headers, and is the size I wanted (micro ATX).

Patriot Viper RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200: I was looking for some good RGB RAM for a while, and came across these on a whim from a sale that showed up on PCPartPicker. Someone on /r/buildapcsales found a review article stating that these are Samsung's B-Die, with screenshots to prove it. This made me pull the trigger on these, and I confirmed that they are, in fact, B-Die. I'm currently overclocking to 3000 MHz with no issues. RGB is controlled through Asus Aura.

ADATA XPG SX6000 256 GB: Using this for Windows 10, along with various programs. Uses the bandwidth of the SATA 5 & 6 slots, which is fine because the first 4 are more than enough. Super fast. Windows boots faster than I can even see the POST screen sometimes.

ADATA Ultimate SU800 512 GB: Went back and forth for a while trying to decide if I wanted an HDD or SSD for storage. Ended up going with the SSD because, why not. It's almost 2019 and prices are going down wildly. I never needed more than 500 GB of storage on my old PC so it should be fine. Will use this for fast loading times in games.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1: OK, so this card runs great. It's a 1080. It demolishes anything that I throw at it in terms of Ultra settings in any modern game (even at 2560 x 1440). BUT, the software is horrendous. I know that Gigabyte software is notoriously bad, but controlling the RGB on this was a real fight. RGB Fusion would not pick it up, no matter what I tried. I ended up having to download a different Gigabyte software, the "XTREME GAMING ENGINE" and through that I'm able to control the RGB, even though that's clunky as well. But now it looks great, performs great, so all is well.

Cooler Master Q300L: A lot of mixed reviews on this case, but it's micro ATX and has a window, so I went for it. I like the aesthetic a lot, and building in it was a breeze. The magnetic dust covers are a bit loose, but not enough that it's a problem. Ended up working out really well with the control switch that comes with the Deepcool fans, because there are perfectly sized slots on the front and top for those controllers. Plenty of room for cable management, and could easily fit another SSD and HDD. Can't really say anything bad about it.

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold: It's plenty of power, it's Gold rated, it's quiet, it's fully modular. What more could I ask for?

Deepcool fans: So I took the rear fan that came with the case and moved it to be an intake on the bottom of the case (there is about half an inch of clearance under the case). Then installed the two 140 fans on the front as intakes and the three 120 fans on the rear and top as exhaust. With this configuration there is great movement of air through the case and CFM is slightly net positive, which will prevent dust from getting inside. Dust filters on front, top, and bottom of the case help as well. Initially planned to use the RGB header for these fans, but quickly realized I couldn't connect all 5 because the RGB header splitter only could handle 3 fans. Plus, the case conveniently has slots for the controller switches, so I mounted the switches to those slots using mounting tape and use those to change RGB instead. Holds really well and makes it easy to change colors and effects of the fans with just a few button presses. And, when I realized I couldn't use one software for everything RGB anyway, it wasn't a big deal.

Hope this is helpful and thanks for reading!

Part Reviews

CPU

Can’t beat the price for performance of this chip. Great value. No complaints so far, but haven’t tried overclocking yet (no need to right now).

CPU Cooler

Cools really well. Very very stable temperatures on my Ryzen 5 2600 under load. Although haven’t tried overclocking yet. RGB on the logo and under-light are controlled through NZXT CAM software. Removing 1 star because fan light is not RGB (it’s only white) and because RGB is not compatible with any of the sync softwares.

Motherboard

There aren’t many options for micro-ATX AM4 boards, so competition is slim. But this board has been working well for me so far. Easy overclocking (although I’ve only overclocked RAM with it so far) and overall typical ASUS quality. Two fan headers, an RGB header, M.2 support, and 6 SATA ports (although worth noting that SATA ports 5 & 6 are disabled if you are using the M.2 slot).

Update: I was having boot issues. If I would shut down and then turn back on without cutting power at all (normal shut down, not a restart, and leaving the PSU on), the system would hang on the POST screen until I hit restart on the case, then turn on. But, updated to the latest BIOS and this issue is gone.

Memory

These are Samsung B-Die. Figured that’s worth noting considering most B-Die are 3200+ or at least C15. So this is a cheap option for B-Die and good RAM for Ryzen. Currently running stable at 3000 on my Ryzen 5 2600 build. Asus Aura has no issue controlling the RGB.

Storage

Using it for OS and essential programs. Very fast. Boots so fast sometimes I don’t even see the POST screen. Can get hot so make sure to use the heat sink.

Storage

Decided to go with this instead of the traditional HDD for game storage. I don’t regret it. Games load very quickly. Got a great deal on it, too. It’s almost 2019 and SSD prices are dropping quickly.

Video Card

Easily handles ultra settings at 2560 x 1440 in any modern game I throw at it. Removing a star because controlling the RGB is a mess. Gigabyte software is not good... RGB Fusion wouldn’t detect it, but eventually got it to work with a different Gigabyte software... it’s fine now, so 4 stars.

Case

Cable management was easy. No issue with the filters like some other people had. They are a bit loose and easy to accidentally move, but it’s not a problem as long as you don’t grab it much. IO panel is movable which is nice. Feels like lots of space for a micro ATX case. Holes on the front and top for RGB switches is convenient.

Power Supply

80+ Gold certified, fully modular, quiet, “eco” mode... what more could you ask for?

Case Fan

Used these as rear and top exhaust along with the two RF 140 as front intake. Realized that since I had only one RGB header, I couldn’t sync all 5 fans because the splitter could only handle 3. And, I was struggling with RGB software with other components anyway. Luckily my case has perfectly sized holes for the switches on the top and front, so I used those instead. Turned out to be a clean solution. Fans are quiet and colors are great.

Case Fan

Used these as front intake along with the three RF 120 as rear and top exhaust. Realized that since I had only one RGB header, I couldn’t sync all 5 fans because the splitter could only handle 3. And, I was struggling with RGB software with other components anyway. Luckily my case has perfectly sized holes for the switches on the top and front, so I used those instead. Turned out to be a clean solution. Fans are quiet and colors are great.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

For using a case that doesn't have a PSU shroud, you did an excellent job with the cable management. Very nice build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was surprisingly easy with this case, which has a large pass-through right next to the PSU output.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wondering, did you experience any bottle necking? The Ryzen 5 / GTX 1080 combo seems like a stretch.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Disagree with you there. The Ryzen 5 2600 is two years newer than the 1080. Granted, time isn’t an all-defining factor of performance, and yes the 1080 is a monster, but as far as I can tell, 2nd gen Ryzen is well suited to meet the demand. And, swapping to a Ryzen 7 provides little to no improvement (according to userbenchmark). Just wondering what is your basis for thinking the 2600 could severely bottleneck the 1080? I actually used the 1080 initially in my FX 6350 build just to check the performance, and it was extremely bottlenecked by that processor (expectedly), but with the 2600 the bottleneck seems to be virtually eliminated, although I’m sure that the CPU is technically still the bottleneck here.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, slap a rgb deepcool fan on that quad lumi! Trust me you like it even more! I did :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s a great idea! I’ve got one extra slot open in one of the fan hubs so that would work perfectly. Thanks for the tip

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome! The deepcool rgb fan will look much better! you wont regret it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM is 3200 but you "overclocked" them to 3000 ? why is that ? having issue when enabling XMP profile for 3200 ?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the RAM is rated up to 3200, but not set at that by default. It was running at 2133 out of the box, so technically anything over that is considered an overclock. So initially I manually set clock speed to 3000 just to verify that there were no defects. Everything was fine so now I have enabled XMP and running at 3200.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

So right now you have that RAM running at 3200 mhz with no issues?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious on what you did exactly that fixed the freezing at splash screen, I bought the same mobo and I am having the same issue and I don't know if I should spend 100$ to see if reloading windows will fix it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

You just have to update to the latest BIOS! My mobo had an old version of the BIOS out of the box. I'm sure it's the same with yours. Some sort of bug in that version. Go to the Asus BIOS downloads here: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/PRIME-B450M-A-CSM/HelpDesk_BIOS/ And download the latest version, put it on a flash drive, and go to the BIOS update screen in the BIOS and follow the instructions. Should solve your issue. Check the version number to be sure.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything looks balanced and then, the motherboard. A very cheap motherboard without any VRM heatsink. :o)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I trust ASUS! We’ll see how far that trust goes though

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have gotten a better graphics card with that $900

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