That's weird, they should just slide right in.
They go above the little ridges, not below, I don't know if that helps. The pull tab should line up with the screw hole on the left side.
If your CPU 8-Pin is a 4+4, you should be able to route it thru the top right cutout, provided you pass each 4-pin thru separately.
You should be able to route the 24-pin thru the top left cutout if you take the ODD out temporarily. Need a really tight bend to fit it though.
You can get the ODD SATA cable thru the top cutout as well, and the fans should have a cutout to pass them thru behind the 2.5" drive mounts.
How much clearance do you have between motherboard components and the side of the PSU? Seems like routing things like USB and FP headers would be a nightmare.
Looks great though.
And yeah, definitely worth $60 for this case with 3 fans included.
That's weird. Did it fit in the drive tray properly?
You may be able to position the drive and hard mount it with screws - there are holes on the side of the cage that should line up, and you'll have an extra 2 or 3 mm of clearance without the plastic tray. This would be more annoying (you'd need to take off the front panel to mount screws on both sides) and you wouldn't be able to easily remove it, but better than having it stuck on an angle like that IMO.
FYI, the 330-G Air is identical to the 330-G, except that the Air costs ~$15-20 more and includes 3 LED fans, while the 330-G has just a single black exhaust.
You can always add the Air as a custom part, and if you submit the product link from Amazon/Newegg/wherever, PCPP will add it.
I'd check that HDD again, I have the 330-G and fit 3.5" drives in the bays no problem using the included trays.
I'd RMA your board and get a refund if possible, swap to a B450 Tomahawk MAX (~$115), and use the ~$100 savings to pick up a decent AIO or top tier air cooler.
No ARGB on the Tomahawk though, just the 12v 4pin standard RGB. Not sure if that matters to you.
Just FYI, you can edit prices on your completed build to the price you actually paid.
Your front intake fans are installed backwards.
No, this user already did this, 4 other times lol.
Just putting this out there; I have the same board and CPU, and enabling XMP to get that RAM up to 3000MHz is literally less than 10 clicks in BIOS. You will see a measurable performance gain from doing so.
Looks like a pico PSU, so in the 24 pin slot on the motherboard, with an external brick required.
Late reply on this, but I did just upgrade the monitor to an Acer CB272 27" 1080p 75Hz IPS.
The 970 can still push 1080p 75Hz without a problem in the games I play, though GPU will likely be my next upgrade, probably to a 2060 Super or 5600XT.
That was my exact experience.
Fitting everything in was a little tight, but once everything is where it goes it looks great, airflow is fantastic, no issues.
Nice to see more builds using the MX-330 - IMO best value case under $50, hand down.
If your 8 pin is a 4+4, you should be able to separate and pass each 4 pin through independently.
I made the same mistake on my build, in the same case, but was able to squeeze the EPS connectors through without taking everything back out.
They are the exact same case except that the Q500L has the optional bracket to mount the PSU in front for ATX support.
If you use a Q500L and mATX or mITX hardware there is no difference compared to the Q300L.
His board is the Aorus Xtreme Waterforce. The point of that board is that it has a CPU/VRM/Chipset monoblock and comes with a binned 9900k at 5GHz preinstalled.
Noctua fans are going to give better performance than the vast majority of standard black fans while being quieter as well.
I would flip that bottom fan or mount it as exhaust somewhere else - the front bottom fan isn't going to get much airflow to the GPU with the exhaust right there.
Other than that, nice build, I like the paint and it looks really clean.
Not quite, there are 4 APUs across the entire Ryzen lineup, the R3 2200G and 3200G, and the R5 2400G and 3400G.
Most (all?) recent Athlons are APUs, however.
Depends entirely on your budget and intended workload.
Chipset fans are tiny and proprietary, and will likely be the failure point for the current crop of X570 boards in most cases.
There are a few with passive heatsinks. Alternately, you could look at adding something aftermarket if you aren't concerned with looking stock.
You should know that you are talking probably 5+ years for a chipset fan to fail though - most of what I've seen indicates they shouldn't even spin until the chipset is 60-70c or higher.
Yeah, next upgrade is going to be a monitor, maybe monitor and GPU together depending on how much I want to push.
I am maxing out my monitor at 75Hz 900p with all settings capped, so i expect I could do 1080p without much difficulty, even at 75Hz.
I'd like to move to 1440p at 75Hz or better at some point, but that would definitely require a GPU upgrade.
Since you asked for recommendations:
Katamari Damacy REROLL, Minecraft, Roblox
If you take PCPP prices on my build, my mouse and keyboard were each over $200 and more expensive than the rest of the build combined.
FYI - SeaSonic is the OEM (company that actually produces the part) for a number of other companies who just slap a sticker on the side.
They are about as far from off-brand as you can get.
There is no such thing. The only thing you can do right now that would constitute "future proofing" is to get an X570 board, due to PCIe gen 4.
Other than that, plan for the best value for money parts within your budget.
Yeah, wasn't meant to be a knock on that case. More like "this was the only gripe I had, and it's super nitpicky".
I also just did a build in the MX-330G, can't recommend it enough. Since originally posting it I've upgraded the PSU to a semi-modular EVGA unit, added the case fans listed in the parts, and moved the SSD to the front side mount.
ODD spacing is a little tight with a full ATX motherboard, but that is a minor concern for me (and irrelevant for most given how ODDs are basically a thing of the past at this point).
Update: Replaced the original Rosewill 600W PSU with an EVGA BQ 600W Semi-Modular PSU.
Custom sleeving on your first build? Brave.
How did you like the Q500L?
Seems like a neat design to fit a lot of hardware in a relatively small chassis. I was considering it for a while but opted for the Cougar MX330-G instead
How is the performance/noise of those fans?
Depends entirely on the workload.
Look at the notes OP put on the 960, he was basically content using the iGPU before but is enjoying hardware acceleration making his GUI snappier - clearly this is not a gaming tig.
USB dongle sticking out of the motherboard IO.
The IO shield only goes in one way, otherwise the cutouts don't line up with the motherboard IO.
Shows as $984 for me.
Sorry, I meant how do you like it?
How are you finding the MX330?
I'm looking at that case for a build as well. Seems like one of the only cases that supports an ODD without a massive cage at the top.
I smell a feature.
If you don't mind my asking what did you pay for it? I'm looking to pick one up as I like the look but the CPU I'm eyeing has the Stealth variant with a much smaller heatsink.
Did your 3600X include the Wraith Spire RGB, or did you have it from a prevous build? I was under the impression that the box cooler was the non-RGB variant.
I've been planning this exact build since the ASRock Desk Mini Mini-STX barebones kits were announced, but haven't had the funds to put it together yet.
Zen APUs are the Athlon 200GE/220GE/240GE, and the Ryzen 3 2200g and Ryzen 5 2400g.
Zen+ APUs are the Ryzen 3 3200g and Ryzen 5 3400g, as well as any potential Athlon 3xxGE APUs that have not yet been announced.
Zen 2 APUs will be available eventually, but probably over a year out from now.
There is still a (CPU) performance gain going from the 2400g to the 3400g. The GPU performance should be near identical, as they both use the same Vega 11.
You can do an industrial aesthetic and keep things performance-focused without trashing people who have a different opinion dude.
Lot's of people don't like beige and brown fans. Given the price premium that Noctua (rightly) commands due to their performance, it is not unreasonable to want something aesthetically pleasing as well. Even Noctua realizes this, else they wouldn't have started making Chroma fans (or expanded the Chroma offerings at Computex this year).
Your videos have inspired me to get into modding. Seeing scratchbuilds like this gives me something insane to aspire to.
Hats off to you, good sir.
Is there clearance for an ODD with 3x 120s in the front?
I assume there isn't with the 240 rad on the inside, talking strictly about the fans here.
Thanks to everyone who gave feedback.
Unfortunately, my friend's wife decided that a new couch was more important, so this is indefinitely on hold.
Not sure where to post this but I'll put it here - I'm a huge fan of the new responsive layout.
Thanks to you both for the answers.
Guess I'll have to deal with the brick, which is not that bad considering the original GameCube had a brick nearly the size of the console anyway.
How many USB headers are there?