Description

This machine was built to be ergonomic. It is situated in a smaller apartment / workspace and will be used for both office and gaming purposes. It therefore makes use of a mini-ITX build to save space. However, because of my limited building experience, it had to still be somewhat simple to build.

Thus I opted to use the NZXT H200, which is a compromise in that it is still plenty smaller, but also relatively easy to build in, offering plenty of space and cooling. This was a godsend for me. I was able to fit in all the parts I wanted, including a 240mm water-cooler CPU cooler. This is a mini-ITX build, but it's not so "mini" as to force you to make compromises on your system build.

The Ryzen has been OC'd up to 4.0 GHz. Temperatures for my CPU using a BurnIn test under full load max out at around 55 degrees Celsius. Furmark GPU stress-test maxes out in temps at about 68 degrees Celsius. So the temps are very good and could definitely be pushed further.

Part Reviews

CPU

Able to easily get OC'd to 4 with minimal voltage boost and given my PC setup, temps are great. No issues so far and runs well for my purposes. Can probably push higher if I really want to, but no need.

CPU Cooler

The main key for me was that it fit into the case I chose. It did, even if the screws had a few issues and I had to put a little bit of effort into making it stick into place so that the screws could properly go in. Other than that, it runs well and the temps are great so far. One other issue was I was worried that in plugging the CPU cooler into the AIO pump, the fans would run at 100% RPM all the time, but I was able to fix this in my mono BIOS.

Motherboard

This is probably the best mini-ITX Ryzen mobo on the market right now and from what I can tell the build quality is fine. It had everything I need and the built-in wifi is working great. I like how they positioned the various parts of this mobo; in particular, it's the M.2 SSD slot was very efficiently positioned.

There is only one chassis fan slat, one CPU fan slot, and one AIO Pump slot, but given this is a mini-ITX build, that shouldn't be an issue. I connected one exhaust fan to the CPU slot and one exhaust fan to the chassis slot. Then the radiator/CPU cooler was connected to the AIO Pump slot and I was able to dynamically adjust the AIO Pump settings in the Bios so that fan utilization % changes based on temperatures and doesn't run at 100% constantly.

Support on the website could be better on the instructions for doing certain things, such as updating the BIOS could be more clear. That said, the utility that comes with the mobo made updating the drivers painless and easy.

Memory

I was worried because the QVL for these cheaper sticks of RAM (compared to corsair, RBG, etc.) didn't supposedly support AMD, but recent updates on the part of the mobo manufacturer/AMD have eliminated this issue and I had no problems getting these to run at their advertised settings using AMD's equivalent to XMP in the Bios settings.

Memtest also found no issues with these sticks and I am very satisfied. Fancy looking RGB isn't worth the additional $40 cost.

Storage

Storage is storage. This is very fast storage and it works very well with the mobo and mini-ITX build.

Video Card

The card just fit into the case (I was worried for like 15 seconds) and runs well and at good temperatures. I probably should have gone with the RX580 instead (though some RX580's are just as expensive as this card). However, I am satisfied with this and it should be future-proofed for awhile.

Case

What can I say? I am increasingly impressed with NZXT cases and this is a great one for someone doing their first mini-ITX build. Is it as small as other such builds? No, not by a mile, but that is exactly why I chose it. It was very easy to disassemble, it fit all the parts I wanted including a full 240mm CPU cooler, temps are great, and it was relatively easy to work in.

Next time I build a PC, I'll probably do another mini-ITX build using something smaller, but for my first time this was great.

Case Fan

Great fans that run pretty silent while helping keep good temps. The additional rubber "anti-vibration" mountings you can optionally use worked great and remain firmly in place.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have routed the GPU power cable from underneath but, overall a nice build!