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?
The A300 is a standard AM4 mini-STX motherboard, correct? Not one of the embedded ones?
Does it have a standard 24 pin ATX and 8 pin EPS connector, or just the DC in from the brick?
I'm looking to do a brickless miniSTX build in a GameCube, using a 2400g and a 300w DC/DC HDPlex PSU with the internal AC/DC brick stashed under the mobo, and I'm reasonably sure it will work, but not quite sure enough to rush out and buy a DeskMini barebones to test.
RGB RAM, Case, and ODD are non negotiable - those are the only things he picked.
PCP wattage calculator shows 294W, I figured ~150W was enough headroom and might even support a mild OC, how much wattage would you recommend if I stick with the 580?
I will look into 850 vs 1660 again, my understanding was that 580 is considerably better value but 1660 is better performance (though I may have been looking at 1660ti).
Thanks for the feedback.
Check your math, there is no price listed for the 2080ti FE ($1200)or the C70 case ($160, assuming you can find it, probably need to pick a new case).
Adding in both of those puts you at ~$2720, which leaves ~$280 for Monitor/Mouse/KB/etc.
That's definitely doable, but you will likely need to compromise a little on the monitor if your budget is hard capped at $3k.
Alternately, drop down to 2x8GB RAM, save about $100 (that you can spend on the monitor), and add another 2x8GB RAM down the line if you think you need it.
How did you mount the SF600? SFX to ATX mounting plate?
Ah, that makes sense. Adjusting the fan speeds would also be way easier than rerouting all the cables.
I'd recommend swapping the 140s at the top and the 120s at the bottom, so you have positive pressure. Should help to keep the dust down (which I assume is awful with the pets).
Other than that the build looks awesome, I'm excited to do a build in the Q500L myself.
Does this mean the new responsive layout will be going live soon?
Much as I love PCPP, I spend most of my time browsing on mobile and using the desktop site on a phone is a rough experience to say the least.
You can unscrew the 4 screws on the top of the heatsink to remove the fan, then rotate it 90 degrees counterclockwise, putting the logo on top.
That will give you the clearance for RAM as well as put the logo upright.
If you don't want to go that route, you could also take the whole cooler off, reapply paste, and put it back in with the logo pointed to the left, towards the I/O shield.
Also consider rotating that front fan 90 degrees clockwise, that will have the cable coming off the upper left corner instead of the lower left, and should give you a bit more slack.