Description

Built this back in April 2019, after a year of being tempted by friends I took a mini plunge. Luckily I had received a scholarship award from school so it was all entirely burnt away on this lmao.

It wasn't too bad, a smaller case is of course tricky for anyone... especially a newbie like me. The CPU cooler lists as incompatible with this case, it fits just fine. Just keep in mind it has about 3-4mm of clearance to the side panel.

The GPU is great, however it was purchased used, intended to be a stop gap until I decided on what card I want to invest towards.

I will add my biggest gripe. I wasn't planning on any RGB in this case as I don't care for it, but the option is nice in case the desire sparks. This motherboard has been a huge headache. If I enable the board's RGB, it doesn't shut off when the PC is powered down. I recently swapped out my cooler to the Hyper 212 RGB Black as it was on a price drop... I can't for the life of me figure out why it's RGB isn't detecting. This could simply be from me being a newbie just not understanding how to navigate the physical motherboard.

Other than that I am very happy with the performance. I can finally play Civ, Total War and other strategy games without melting my laptop :D

What I Already Owned

  • 2TB 5400RPM FireCuda HDD. It was from an old laptop, will eventually swap out with an SSD.
  • Windows 10. I managed to get a key from my work (Bless you Phil in IT).

Part Reviews

CPU

Great card, no overclocking yet but for straight out the box, everything on windows is very snappy.

CPU Cooler

Picked this up on a deal, it was stated it was not compatible with my case, fits just fine. Its doing a great job of keeping the CPU cool, especially since my rooms ambient temps are so much higher in the summer due to garbage AC in my room.

Motherboard

Lots of issues with RGB. I wasn't planning on using the RGB features, but whenever I tested it, the lights stayed on when the system was powered down. Can't for the life of me figure out what's wrong. Otherwise the IO is fantastic and its bios is easy to use (still garbage for RGB), and the two M2 slots is a nice bonus. (One M2 is for NVMe, other is regular SATA)

Storage

Lightning quick, no complaints as of now.

Video Card

Love the industrial look of the card. I picked this up used as it was a stop gap until I decide on what GPU I want to invest towards.

Case

Nice case, especially for newbies. Cable management can feel a bit tight due to the size of the case and a power supply cover would have been nice. Biggest gripe. The side panel is plastic, dusts up and has a risk of scratching (have one after day one).

Power Supply

Great for the low demand of the system I built, and has a lot of deals available every few weeks.

Case Fan

Whisper silent, look sleeker than the traditional brown.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Really like the toned downed design. Great for someone who want's a nice looking build that doesn't necessarily look like a Christmas tree. The lower price tag makes it a great entry point for new builders as my self.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! The light show has always been much for me, at most accent lights are cool (kind of like how I lit it). The parts I used are also MUCH cheaper than they were a few months ago when I built. Great time to consider building if you go AMD!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

That case looks amazing for the build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! What ended up pulling it together was actually the Cooler. Once I popped it in the other week, it accented the case and internal colour pallets so well.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice ride

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean and good looking build. Really like the over all aesthetics and color scheme. Curious as to why if you were going with the higher end/tier for B450 you did not choose the MSI Tomahawk instead. Possibly would alleviate all the woes you been having.

None the less I really like the build, So far it is my favorite of all the new builds displayed for today

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I ended up rushing into the build within a week because the Ryzen 2600, the case (I like the size for my room), the WD SN750 went on sale. I kept saying for 3-4 years I wanted to build but never did, so I figured if I don't buy now I'll delay another year. Being so foreign to building, Motherboard was an afterthought and RGB wasn't actually a desire. I ended up opting for that one because it had the rear IO I like most, and has two M.2 slots (one NVMe & other Sata).

Now that I am much more knowledgeable from my errors, I found some ATX cases that are only marginally larger than this one so I could have gotten a much better board. For now, I'm happy with what I got as I only use it to play strategy games to prevent it from melting. If I decide to upsize, it will be based on needs for work (freelance for TV Broadcast). However, at that point I will need to take a big leap into 3rd Gen Ryzen and X570 boards because the PCIe gear we use needs a lot of uninterrupted bandwidth, or else you end up daisy chaining multiple little machines for every individual task.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

hey dude fyi the setting you're looking for to stop the RGB turning on when system is shut down is in the BIOS. go to the 'advanced' tab, then click 'onboard devices configuration', then disable the 'turn on LED in s5' setting, should do the trick :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

in the future I would look at different cases for the build because this case has been known to have really bad airflow issues when the side panel is on.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

100%. I went for Micro ATX because I was concerned over space in my room. This was on a sale when I was ready to pull the trigger on a build, so I just went for it on a whim. I also didn't think I would make use of extra PCIe slots, but with work we've been using some A/V stuff and it would be great to bring them home to test. So if the need becomes apparent, I will just migrate the build into a larger case and get a larger mobo.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

what are your GPU temps like?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

63-71 depending on the game or use. It was reaching high 80s a few weeks back when a summer heat wave kicked in, so I kicked up the fans at lower temps to keep it under control and so far haven't seen it exceed 64 the past few weeks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any sort of issue fitting the cooler into the case? Weird how it worked for you, but says it's not compatible when putting together a list. Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

None at all, I just popped it in and closed the case. There is about 1.5 cm of clearance. I only realized it wasn't "compatible" when I couldn't find the part to update my build on here having the compatibility filter enabled.

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