Description

Built to replace my wife's aging Dell Inspirion. An aggressive look with subtle RGB made this build a pleasure to not only put together but to look at as well.

The only gripe I have with this setup is the Corsair AIO, idle temps for a front-mounted radiator could be better IMHO. I suppose if I added a push-pull configuration it would do better. Asetek pump is mounted with MX4 and it did drop the idle seven degrees over the Cooler Master goop I originally put on there. But as soon as I enabled Precision Boost Overdrive, temps shot right back up.

The case is gorgeous. Pictures do not do the finish any justice at all. The build quality is what is to be expected from Phanteks too. Good job guys! Quality construction and a good Z-depth for cable management made it that much more enjoyable to build in.

As I mentioned, the RGB is on the light side. I am not a fan of Unicorn puke at all, not to mention the headaches that come along with all of those added cables. Keeps the price down too which always cements the deal with me.

Overall, I am very happy with this build as is my wife. You know, happy wife, happy life! She's good. She's responsive and fast. Good enough for government work! (And I mean the computer btw, lol!)

Part Reviews

CPU

Three words, "Precision Boost Overdrive." Lock it in, and you're good to go. Hey, it's an X-chip, and it works phenomenally. Just don't forget to put in your negative offset voltage setting, usually 50-100mv. Considering every system is different, you gotta play with that setting though, otherwise, it's running at 1.5v. Not good. Great CPU for the buck and while everyone else is running for the new kid on the block, I'm still using AMD's (previously) flagship processor.

CPU Cooler

This is a great AIO. Keeps temps in check at load and it's as quiet as a mouse. Corsair's iCue software does a great job of managing it too. Everything from fan and pump speeds to RGB settings. It also plays nice with Mystic Light 3. And more importantly, aesthetics. Gorgeous.

Motherboard

You know, I was surprised when I took this box out of the Amazon box it came in. Big gold sticker on it that read, "Ryzen 300 Ready." I'm like, what??? Lol, it's all good. At least I know it's ready for the upgrade. Great board. Great aesthetics. The BIOS/UEFI is easy to work with too. You don't have to dig for settings. In the box, you get motherboard screws, three SATA cables, and some tweezers, uh... I mean zip-ties! Nice VRMs to keep overclocking temps at bay, abundant connectivity and WiFI/Bluetooth support. What's not to love.

Memory

Very nice looking RAM. Well manufactured and very overclockable. RGB works with Mystick Light 3 too. Looking for 3200 speed RAM? Look no further. Great buy for the price!

Storage

I wish I had read the write speed on this thing (1050/Mbps), somehow I missed that. Oh well, it's plenty fast enough as a boot drive right now. I had Win10 installed in minutes. Happy days!

Storage

Great for a game drive. It doesn't get hot and read/write speeds suffice as a secondary drive. I wouldn't use it as a boot drive, not fast enough. A year and a half ago, I paid $99.99 for it. The price is insane on Amazon as of this writing. If it still is, grab something else. Kingston has some great deals, look there.

Video Card

As a 1080p card, it's fantastic! I built this rig for the wife and she really doesn't need anything faster. Still, it's an awesome GPU. Make sure to watch Jayztwocents video on overclocking a GTX 1660 TI. You'll get some grand slam performance out of yours if you do, We're talking somewhere between a 1070 and a 1070 TI in FPS, I kid you not. Sure, MSI has an overclocking video specifically for this card, but nothing beats a manual overclock over a machine algorithm that's for sure, and the numbers don't lie friends. Love this GPU!

Case

Sleek, sexy and great bang for the buck. My only gripe and I was hoping the airflow issue was addressed with the new front panel, regardless of what Steve over at GN said, was exactly that. Airflow. If a front-mounted 360mm AIO is having some difficulty keeping CPU temps down then maybe they haven't. Still, it's nothing drastic and it works fine. I'm just saying, it could be better. I'm going to try some IC Diamond and Thermal Grizzly next to see what I can get. Failing that, we're going to a push/pull on the rad. I will update in the future how that goes.

Power Supply

Fully Modular and an 80+ Gold rating. This is a good PSU. Plenty of connectivity and cables that come with it. I had no issues installing this in my P400A save for one. Cable length. Albeit they are quality cables of the highest workmanship, they are very long to be putting in a compact mid-tower build. I am going to buy another one and put it in a Corsair full-tower just to save some room lol. Loving the performance. Keeps the juice flowing to stabilize my overclock and that makes me a happy camper!

Custom

What I like most about Mailiya's products. Scalability. No matter what application it's put to use in, it just works. This is the second build where I've used two separate USB/PCIe models from this manufacturer and I couldn't be more pleased. Ignore the bad reviews, just plug it in, boot up and Windows takes care of the rest. Good to go.

Custom

An awesome RGB strip that gets the job done and for the right price. I'd recommend and I'd buy it again. It comes with a 4-pin extension for those hard to reach places too. A little on the bright side but if you put it in the right place you won't have to worry about the glare. It works with Mystic Light 3 perfectly too.

Custom

Ugh, don't even get me started. The only reason I'm giving it three stars is because of the cable quality itself. But let's just review the product before I digress. Okay, as I said, the cables are gorgeous. Quality workmanship and attention to detail was definitely on point. Good job. There is no power drop-off or overheating to deal with, so that's good too. I had no trouble attaching these to my be quiet! PSU cables either. Worked out well.

HOWEVER

The issue at hand is what CableMod stated in their product description, "Pre-Installed Closed Cable Combs." Yeah, not so much. I got four cheap open-ended cable combs that were not pre-installed, rather just thrown in the bag. Yup, Asiahorse, EZDIY, Cooler Master, Thermaltake. They all make PSU cables too. And for less money. Enough said.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

cool build. a mortgage payment well spent

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man!

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 points

Looks Great!

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

"Subtle RGB" lol +1 Does the USB card adversely affect your GPUs temperatures?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

No, not at all. What is affecting temps is the lack of airflow from the AIO. I need to add a push/pull config for sure.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build. I have a question regarding the PSU cables / case. I bought the same case & motherboard but the Corsair 750W SFX PSU (https://www.corsair.com/fr/en/Categories/Products/Power-Supply-Units/Power-Supply-Units-Advanced/SF-Series/p/CP-9020186-EU). Do you think the cables are long enough to reach my motherboard ? (the length of the cables are posted on the link I provided)

Thank you :)

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 points

The case looks a lot bigger on YouTube then it actually is, it's not very tall. The stock cables on that bequiet! PSU I used I had to literally stuff under the basement shroud to fit the extension cables. If you must know exactly what you're working with check the manufactures specs on the length of the cables vs the height of the case. But trust me, a standard PSU will work just fine.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Couple questions. Did you end up trying push/pull on the radiator yet? Also you got the fan controller/non-RGB version of the p400a correct? Is the power button light only white or do you know if it has RGB LEDs even though the fans aren't RGB?

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 points

Hey, thanks man. I haven't been able to edit, they haven't unlocked that build yet. But yeah I did and it dropped the temps 5C. The H150i fans have a low static pressure rating (1.78) and they needed a little help.

The case is the non-rgb version yes, and the power button is a static white, no changing it.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch for the quick reply! Great to hear that it fits push/pull. Regarding the case I wouldn't use the included fans either way, but man that RGB power button is nice. Can't believe I'm considering an extra $20 for a shiny power button, what's wrong with me lol.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's an expensive hobby for sure lol.