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This is my first build I did entirely myself, it went well for the most part.

I based the build on three constraints - I wanted to primarily game, I wanted to build an AMD machine, and I wanted great cooling using airflow rather than a liquid setup.

The performance of the machine is outstanding, and the cooling exceeds expectations. I removed the two stock intake fans on the front of the case, and added 3 Phantek intakes instead. I mounted my fourth Phantek to exhaust out of the top of the case on the back end, and left the stock exhaust fan on the back of the case. I relocated one of the stock fans to be an intake on center of the bottom of the case. The idea was to have a mass flow of air moving from front-to-back, with the bottom fan forcing air from the bottom-to-top, and finally venting all of that flow out of back/top corner of the case. I have great cooling across all major components, and have a bulky aftermarket CPU cooler that is installed as well. I leave my computer in a very enclosed space, and I haven't seen the temperatures spike whatsoever - even under load.

By far the biggest headache I had was mounting the after-market CPU cooler I purchased (Macho Rev C). It was so large, and the way the mounting brackets worked, I had to pre-screw it together and twist the back-end screws to the motherboard bracket by grabbing them with needle-nose plyers. Getting a regular screwdriver in was pretty much impossible.

The most enjoyable thing about the build was working with the case I selected. It's quite a large case, but it was so incredibly easy to work in. I especially enjoyed all of the access it gave me for cable management, and having a central hub to connect all my fans to was an added bonus. Would recommend to anyone, easily a 5/5 case.

Another note is to beware of the ports available for the video card I selected. It had one hdmi port, and the rest were displayports (hdmi doesn't support my 144 Hz monitor). I was used to using DVI, and had to order a displayport in order to achieve my desired refresh rate. Luckily, I just used HDMI for a couple of days before the cord came in.

I recommend this build to anyone, it's a great high-end PC, decently future proofed, and has outstanding capabilities for a fair price.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

That is an odd difficulty you encountered with those screws on the CPU cooler. I would have assumed that hole through the heatsink fins would be for a long screwdriver, but you're saying there are 2 screws, not aligned with that center hole. . . . Does the cooler come with 2 mounting kits, and is this disadvantage only with the AMD one?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

My inexperience is showing. The directions were pretty vague and I didn't even realize I could get my screwdriver down through that center hole. I guess all lessons are learned at a cost.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

D'oh! We've all been there . . . myself more recently than I feel the need to report.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi! Are you able to run this RAM with XMP profile on this Motherboard to achieve true 3600 Mhz? (Officially this RAM is not in Memory Support List)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Aside from your cable issue on the Gaming X Trio, how is the GPU as a performer? What games do you play and at what resolution? I'm building a system faily identical to yours and have been bouncing around on gpu options.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't even call that an issue, since DisplayPort is the better option anyways (I just wasn't prepared for it). This is the cable I ordered, and I'm very satisfied with its flexibility and quality.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078HVDMW2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have been playing WoW Classic lately, and I haven't dipped below 200 fps on maxed out settings under heavy load. I haven't tested it on FPS games as of yet, but I'm expecting outstanding performance based on what I've seen. I can link the UserBenchmarks when I'm home for you, but they were excellent.

I couldn't be happier with the machine. I know you'll probably deviate from my part selection a bit, but I highly recommend my CPU/motherboard/case combo. Very impressed with all 3 and how easy they were to work with.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks for the info! I'll probably go with the gaming x trio despite the tad higher price point. Will be on a Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE, with a ryzen 3700x inside of the Corsair carbide 275R white. Cheers!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Great choices.

PC USERBENCHMARK

UserBenchmarks: Game 106%, Desk 94%, Work 95% CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X - 96.8% GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070S (Super) - 120.3% SSD: Samsung 860 Evo 1TB - 113.6% HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2018) - 124.3% RAM: G.SKILL F4 DDR4 3600 C16 2x8GB - 67.5% MBD: Gigabyte GA-X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm happy I sent you the benchmark results, it made me realize I didn't have XMP enabled and my RAM was set at 2133MHz instead of 3600MHz.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

How's your thermals?

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic. 40C steady.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool station you got there. Congrats on being the first to use the Thermalright Macho Rev.C cooler!

What temps are you getting - CPU and GPU?

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Maintaining roughly 40C. Very satisfied.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build looks sweeeet dude! I was wondering, did the Macho hang over any of the ram slots when installed with fan?

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

I was sweating when I installed because it was close, but I had enough clearance to work them in comfortably.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How are your thermals? Im currently using a U12S with Ryzen 3600 and im having 73c peak and 58-60 while gaming. Im curious and willing to change just because the noctua one are so ugly...

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic. I keep my case in an enclosed location, and I maintain 30-40C, and I've never pushed beyond 65C at peak loads.