Description

This is my first desktop build since 2008, back then I was using laptops for college. After I finished a part-time postgraduate study a couple of months ago, it's time to retire my previous gaming laptop bought in 2013 and return to desktops.

Honestly I'm not interested in RGB lighting, what you'll see in this build is kinda "bland" by today's standards.

A build lasting for at least 5 years (with minimal upgrades and replacements) is my 1st principle in PC building since my teenage days, that's the reason why this build costs me at around HK$20,000 (US$2,560). My year-end bonus for last year had been completely spent on this build and paying the taxes...

Part Reviews

CPU

I think this is the 3rd gen Ryzen processor with the best price-to-perferomance ratio. Glad to see AMD backed to its glory days, especially my first brand new computer (bought by my dad, previous computer were used models) was an IBM Aptiva based on AMD K6-2, and my first DIY build was based on Athlon 64.

CPU Cooler

Perhaps one of the best AIO cooler in terms of thermal performance. However, I'm looking forward to replace this due to its "not-so-friendly" locking mechanism for Socket AM4, which requires some help to fix the socket backplate during screw tightening.

Motherboard

I believe X570 will be the flagship chipset for both 3rd gen and 4th gen Ryzen (also the last flagship chipset for Socket AM4), similar to X399 being the chipset for 1st gen and 2nd gen Ryzen Threadripper. I plan to start streaming occasionally after moving to a larger apartment after a couple of years, so an upgrade to 16-core 4th gen Ryzen processor is already in the 1st place of my wish list. So, this MB's direct 16-phase VRM design attracted me to make this investment.

Memory

Got it in Newegg black Friday sale last year. A pair of Samsung B-die memory which will be good for everyday use, though I plan to upgrade it to a 4 x 8GB kit after the release of 4th gen Ryzen.

Storage

Originally I bought a 1TB of Samsung 970 Evo Plus, but I loaned to a local tech website as they were asking for one to conduct a NVMe SSD shootout. However, the editor-in-chief asked me if he can pay me for the drive due to some damage to the physical appearance during their test. At the same time he advised me to get WD Black based on attained result at that time. (Finally, the Samsung drive died of high temperature during torture test. LOL)

Storage

Used for my Steam game library. However, multiplayer games (like CS:GO, Rainbow Six: Siege, Apex Legends, etc.) are saved in the WD Black drive to ensure the fastest loading speed.

Storage

Hard drive with enough capacity for my photos, documents, music and videos.

Video Card

MSI is my preference for graphics card, and choosing 2080 instead of 2080Ti is due to my personal feeling on still not accepting a graphics card can be priced closely and even above HK$10,000 (US$1,280)...

Case

A decent ATX mid tower with USB-C port at the front panel.

Power Supply

Also got it in Newegg black Friday sale last year with the memory kit. It was on 75% discount back then. 850W is a decent power rating for a system like this with adequate headroom for future upgrades.

Case Fan

Purchased with Phanteks Eclipse P600S case for rear exhaust. The original 3 nos. of 140mm fans come with the case are used as air intake at the front.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

Honestly I'm not interested in RGB lighting, what you'll see in this build is kinda "bland" by today's standards.

If that is bland by today's standards, today's standards have dropped :)

+1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

MORE. PICTURES. aside from that i love that its not rgb instensive, but still has it. +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Since it being a mid tower case. How big is the motherboard in the case? Does it have any issues fitting into the motherboard tray?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It fits perfectly to the MB tray, just next to the holes for cables.

However, some cutting is still required due to right-angled design of the ATX 24-pin power supply and USB 3.0 19-pin header. Nonetheless I have metal cutting tools and it's not a problem for me.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the response. That would be an issue for me. Since i have no metal cutting tools

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I heard good from Eisbaer, however you are telling me its not so friendly for AM4? Can you explain me why? I was looking at that AIO but I have AM4 myself

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can’t exactly tell you on words, but you’ll need an extra hand to hold the socket backplate in place while tightening the screws...

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Why... just why nobody needs a 900$ motherboard especially considering you only have a 3700x.

And there’s no 4th gen ryzen yet.