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After a hiccup with a faulty 2070 Super, and a Dan Case A4 which was brilliant but limiting in the way of future-proofing (with GPU's especially) I decided to grab the new Lian-Li TU150 and give my AMD build a nudge, changing over to the 5700XT for the GPU to make an all-AMD machine!

Some gotcha's experienced during the build:

  • The Dark Pro Pro 4 is big, especially on a mITX motherboard. I'd suggest pre-routing the CPU and motherboard power cables, as well as I/O adapters, prior to screwing the board onto the case

  • The BeQuiet Silent Wings 3 120mm fan I put on the front of the case is fantastic, however if you use the anti-vibration fittings be aware that the dust cover for the front-fan intake which comes with the Lian-Li doesn't fit over the top of the thumb screws. For now I've had to leave the dust cover off.

  • A lot of folks using the Lian-Li TU150 do some nice cable routing using the top area of the case. I would have done this however the power cables which came with the Corsair SF 750 are short (which makes sense; it's a SFX unit, presumably tailored for smaller builds with limited space) - so if you're aiming to hide as much cabling as possible consider some custom cables.

Beyond the aforementioned, the build was seamless and a real joy. The case is really great; room to move, and plenty of clearance for big air coolers like the Dark Pro Pro 4 or the Noctua NH-D15 and large graphics cards.

Part Reviews

CPU

The price to performance on this chip is amazing. There's a reason it's coming in on the #1 'best overall' spot on a lot of CPU 2019 round up videos/reviews around the Internet. I do a mix of gaming and design work, and it never misses a beat. Can't recommend this CPU enough.

CPU Cooler

I've been a Noctua fan for years, and have constantly used their air coolers in my builds, however for both price and aesthetic reasons this time round I decided to go with beQuiet! for my CPU cooling. The installation process was easy beyond the metal brackets you wrap around the middle fan to fasten onto the heatsink. The acoustics on this unit are really impressive; a must-have for the builder seeking a quiet PC experience. Performance wise, it hasn't disappointed. I'm getting idle temperatures around 35 degrees (ambient temperature in east-coast NSW, Australia) and 70 under load (gaming; not stress)

Motherboard

Nothing too much to report here; it's a Ryzen 300 series ready board for a reasonably good price point. I know the newer models have additional M.2 drives, for example, but if you can get by using just one M.2 drive, or a few 2.5" SSD's I'd really recommend grabbing a B450 board like this one to save some money without compromising on performance. I also fancy the Gigabyte BIOS interface; accessible and straight forward.

Memory

I've used this RAM for the last 4 or so years in my builds and have never experienced problems with the set. If you're planning to use a large air cooler like the Dark Rock Pro 4 or a Noctua I'd recommend the Vengeance over most other options considering their low-profile.

Storage

Easy to install, lightning fast. Nothing more to add!

Video Card

This was the biggest gamble in the build. I've only really used NVIDIA cards historically, so I was really interested to see how the 5700XT compares. As someone who just came from a 2070 Super I must say that the different is non-existent. This card is performing beyond expectations, and I couldn't be more pleased. For the price point, and comparing it to it's NVIDIA rivals, I think grabbing one of these 5700XT cards is a no-brainer, especially if you're lucky enough to have a monitor with FreeSync capabilities. The acoustics on this card are great as well; whisper quiet, even under load with the fans spinning at full speed. I did a fair chunk of research on which 5700XT card was considered the 'best' from a price to performance POV and this Gigabyte card typically came out on top. Steve from Gamers Nexus does a great review of it for anyone considering picking up the card.

Case

This is a brilliant case. There's plenty of room to build in, and clearance for GPU and cooling units is really impressive considering it's mITX footprint. The build quality is great, I'm happy with the silver (no finger prints!) and the handle on top is surprisingly handy when you're building and moving it around a lot. There's plenty of holes and inserts for cable management as well.

Power Supply

This unit has performed really well so far. Temperatures are great, and I don't see any sign of bottle-necking from a power distribution POV throughout the system. The included cables are sleeved which is a nice aesthetic thumbs up.

Case Fan

Great fan for the price. I'm just using it to draw in some additional air from the front and it seems to be doing a great job so far. The packaging on this unit is really impressive; options for both screw-style or anti-vibration thumb screws included. Really easy to install.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great system and one that comes fairly close to what I want to build. I wonder how much space is left under the graphics card? Could I fit intake fans for cooling the GPU and how are GPU thermals? Does it make sense to add two more fans at the bottom of the case?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

In this case I wouldn't bother with additional fans. I actually purchased more fans to install but considering the air vents on the case, an effective CPU cooler, and the one mounted SilentWings fan I have at the front, thermals across the board are fine here in Australia (where the ambient temperature can get rather hot!)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Cool (pun intended), thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, just curious why you didn't go with a 570 MB and a ryzen 7 3700? Was it price or another reason?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was price. Sure, the next-gen motherboards have some nice additions but none of them are paramount to me. Nor is the upgrade to the 3700; the difference in performance between it and the 3600 isn't significant. I think the 3600 is a much better options from a price to performance perspective :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that case. Thanks for the review on the be quiet! fans. I was thinking about trying them.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's great so far. I'd put in another one at the back but the Dark Rock Pro 4 gets rather close to the back grill on the case, so I doubt there'd be room.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How are your thermals? I have a similar build and with 4 fans the case still feels slightly warmer than I would like.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thermals have been fine. I find this discussion is pretty subjective; some folks freak out if their CPU goes above 70 or 80 degrees, whereas others are okay with it. I'm quite liberal with the whole thing. If it heats up so be it. As long as it isn't hitting above 90 for extensive periods I'm happy!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, this is a nice build.

Actually I found in the bequiet website that this motherboard is not compatible with the cooler but you managed to build this. Can you explain why and how? besides the installation steps as you explained.

I have the same board and now have Node 202 case but I am considering to upgrade my case since I will have 3800x coming.

Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I just checked the official website as well and it says the Dark Rock Pro 4 is indeed compatible with this motherboard. So you might want to check that again :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right! Must have been edited, I am 100% sure it was crossed xD Good news though! :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hah, glad you have the green light now. Enjoy! It's a fantastic cooler!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Is a 750W psu overkill or is it just enough for this build? I'm making a build with the same cpu and gpu but with 650W and i dont want to have to buy another psu if 650W isn't strong enough.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

For this setup you want to have a 600w or higher, 650w is more than enough.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, this build is truly beautiful. I'm digging all the parts you've picked as well. After building my girlfriend a mITX rig, and seeing yours, I reaaaally want one! Great work!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot :) I'm loving it so far. Can't say enough good things about that case as well; it was a real joy to build in, and acoustics are fantastic. Price point isn't too bad either, considering some of those premium mITX cases like Dan Case and Ghost are more like $400 Australian!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, congrats with the build! I am planning to use the same case and PSU. I think about order cablemod cables for proper cable management. Have you had a chance to measure how long cables should be?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't, sorry! I just used the nice cables that came with the Corsair unit. Mind you, they don't bend around the back so if I were you I'd go longer rather than shorter. Sorry I can't be of much use!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

great build. Could you post a finished build of inside look (hoping to get tu150 and do something similar). Thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Did you have any issues with the motherboard and the 3600, or did it work out of the box? Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It worked out of the box!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

"After a hiccup with a faulty 2070 Super." Was there an issue with the 2070 with this build or just the 2070 you had. I have a 2070 Super and was planning on a build almost identical to what you got going on here, so I am curious if this build had an issue with the GPU or if the GPU just had it's own problems

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I think I had a lemon of a 2070S to be honest. I haven't had any issues with the ASUS Strix I've got now.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it! I’m planning to build a nearly identical configuration in the near future, but I'm a bit worried about the USB-C. How did you connect the frontal USB-C to the motherboard?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually didn't because there isn't a USB-C header on the motherboard. This wasn't a deal breaker for me, but if it's different for you definitely do your research and make sure your mITX motherboard has the correct header!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome the build I would love to put together, just changing the gpu and mb glad to see it works well.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Good luck :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Love the build and the white brick walls!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you kindly :)

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi there, same case and cooler here. Did you ultimately have to skip the top left mobo case screw? I can't figure out a way to mount it. Dark pro in the way if installed but if I install dark pro after, there is no way to fit the middle fan

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you think so.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, it's fine :)

Mixture between design work and gaming.