This was probably the hardest build I have done to date.
The assembly part was fairly easy, the hard time I had was picking the right components. The build will be used for heavy web programming with lots of virtualization, running Archlinux. It will run with lots of virtual machines and containers, and heavy IDEs (PhpStorm, IntellijIDEA) I knew I could benefit from having lots of cores, so Ryzen was the way to go. But Ryzen is still pretty new and there were a lot of things I was worried about :
Getting an ITX board was painful, since there is only 4 models on the market. The Gigabyte had bad reviews, the Biostar was not sold in my country, and the two Asrock came late. I ended up with the Asrock X370 because I thought it would be getting more updates than the B350 model. Looks like it is not the case.
Choosing the RAM was difficult as well. I knew frequency was important for Ryzen systems, but the benchmarks were only focusing on gaming tests. I was also afraid of compatibility issues with the motherboard. I went with a RAM/Mobo combo that users had tested to be sure everything would work out of the box.
I was not sure how linux handles the NVMe drives, but I could have used it on another build if it did not work as intended.
PS : To anticipate your concerns :
- The V300 SSDs are only for data, not OS. I had them already, I know there is better choices.
- The GTX 1060 might be overkill for my work.
- I could have bought the B350 version of the board, it would have worked perfectly.
- I could have put the X62 on top of the case, but it seems more smart to put in on the front since my CPU will handle most of the workload.
- 550W might be overkill for this build.
Amazing CPU for the price. Really good for anything bu gaming. Clocks really well. The stock cooler is doing a great job and is really beautiful as well.
Probably one of the best 280mm cooler out there. Silent, performant and beautiful. But it can really be improved :
- No open source / Linux support. Even on Windows, CAM software is unstable.
- The pump is reflecting a lot.
- The pump can block RAM slots on certain motherboards.
- The radiator is less pretty than Corsair H series in my view, it looks cheap, even if it's not.
- I got a dead pump, I had to RMA and to wait for a replacement.
- The pump cables are not really beautiful
Probably best ITX motherboard out there. The looks are not insane, but it just works perfectly. The bios is good as well.
Amazing performance and stunning look.
Great performance for the price.
Nice card, does the job for my build.
Stunning case. Yes, it's big for an ITX system, but it's ok for me. The case looks awesome and its build quality is great for the price. It's also really easy to build, probably the best case I have seen so far, especially for cable management and airflow.
A few things could be improved though :
- The window is easily scratchable, a tempered glass panel would really be appreciated, even if it would increase the price of the case.
- The NZXT logo has changed, so the case is outdated. Not a big deal.
- The SSD caddies are reversed.
- Fan Hub is powered by molex connector. This is non sense, this standard should disappear.
- GPU clearance from PSU shroud is too small.
Awesome PSU. Dead silent when idle, with no coil whine. The build quality is so good that I feel guilty putting it into a shroud.