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This is my first build since about 1996, since 2000 I've been using laptops but finally a few months ago started putting together a part list for a gaming rig.

I'd decided to go down the Ryzen 2700x early and the MSI RTX 2070 Gaming Z and then at end-January saw Overclockers dropped its price on the Sapphire Vega NITRO+ below £400 (compared to a 2070 at £550-600).

All the parts came two weeks ago but the motherboard failed at the first hurdle - the screw mounting for the M.2 heatsink was detached from the MB. To Amazon's credit they replaced it immediately and I only lost a week.

In terms of the build, it went fairly smoothly although if I was to do it again I'd one or two things in a different order. M.2 went in first them I swapped the CPU cooler brackets for the Deepcool mount screws. Then mounted the MB into the MC600P which has tonnes of space, although I left in the partition above the PSU which meant a little less room when I was connecting wiring under the GPU later on. One of the advantages of the case for me was that I could mount the Deepcool radiator onto the detachable frame in the case and drop it in after I'd mounted everything else into the case.

Memory-wise I went on the expensive side, apparently this is one of the best for pairing with the 2700x. You'll see that the GPU takes up quite a lot of space and with the support bracket you need to take out four spacers. Two can go back in but you'll need very flat head screws for them so the support bracket can sit on top. Make sure you move the small spacer on the support arm to between two of the fans! On idle the fans don't run, apparently they only kick in at 50 or 60, and at idle it sits at 30 degrees.

I then mounted the Deepcool before starting to wire everything up. However, I'd suggest attaching the CPU power before the cooler as getting it connected with the radiator and fans mounted was a little frustrating. Beware when you are mounting the CPU cooler - I forgot that you have to push the mounting bracket up from the back of the MB towards to cooler before your screws will reach the mountings. Holding the cooler on and then trying to lift the case to get my arm underneath to push the bracket up wasn't fun. Looking at my temps, it seems to be fine but I'll need to keep and eye on the CPU temps in case I need to reapply the thermal paste.

Connecting all the wiring was okay for someone with big hands and on first start up everything worked so I was happy enough. Remember on the first start-up it takes a lot longer, maybe as long as a minute, to start and it restarts a couple of times. Initially I thought it hadn't found the GPU but finally everything sprung into life. Even though I'd seem videos saying this would happen I was still worried.

First job was to update the BIOS which was easy with a USB stick. The changing the voltage and frequency of the RAM - the MB autos to 2400MHz and 1.2v rather than the required 3200/1.35. I changed the timings to 14-14-14-34 later. I left it running for 20min and had a stable CPU idle temp of 42 degrees (apparently normal idle temp for the 2700x).

Then back to the table to tidy up the wiring. I am running the RGBs off the ADD header (including the LED strip) and all of the fans apart from the rear fan off the power splitter that comes with the Deepcool AIO. The rear fan is running off the CPU fan header.

Windows installed and now downloading updates. Everything seems to be running good. Not planning on overclocking anything yet. Will wait a while to make sure everything is stable. One of the Deepcool fans had a faint intermittent hum but that seems to have passed. Probably just shaking out a cold. I should add that there is also a 960MB SSD attached as the second HDD but it wasn't in my part list as I'd had it a while.

With the GPU a Sapphire blue, I just had to switch the RGBs to match...

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cable management and attention to detail. Good selection of components. Beautiful build. Hope you are having a blast with it!

  • 11 months ago
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Thanks. I don't think I've managed to make the Vega break a sweat yet, it's cruising in second gear at 1080p.

  • 11 months ago
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That looks awesome! Love the color!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build!!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

+1... for the Sapphire.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Great CPU/GPU combo, that's exactly what I plan to build with in the coming months.

  • 11 months ago
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1+ for the Sapphire Vega 64 good choice :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

blue like a sapphire

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow 1996 that is some time ago. I still like that build. Never did ai water cooled built. I see you went WI-FI, RYZEN AS WELL.