Description

For many years I was on the Haswell platform, using an Asus H87M-PLUS motherboard. Originally it was built with an i5-4440, 8GB of DDR3-1600, and a GTX 560 Ti. Several upgrades were made over the years, but the motherboard started to fail a few months ago. Audio out was great, but audio in was both very quiet and very noisy. The motherboard would no longer recognize my video card. I couldn't properly update my video card drivers, or do multi-monitor. So the motherboard had to go. Around Black Friday I saw amazing deals on the Ryzen 5 3600X ($230 CAD), ASRock B450M Steel Legend ($90 CAD with MIR), CM Hyper 212 Black ($40 CAD, lukewarm deal) and Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200 ($99 CAD). The timing was perfect to start a new build. I also got a good deal on a Samsung 860 EVO ($55 CAD), allowing me to abandon having a HDD in the system. Any parts without a price are carried over from the previous build.

Everything came together extremely smoothly, other than a minor issue with the cooler. The CM Hyper 212 Black had a horrible buzzing sound for about the first week of use. I had put in a RMA request, but then the buzzing randomly stopped and hasn't come back since. Now the build is extremely quiet. The upgrade from an i7-4790 and 16GB of DDR3-1600 to Ryzen 5 3600X and 16GB of DDR4-3200 is much greater than I expected. There's a noticeable difference in smoothness both in and out of games. This is my first use of RGB lighting, and I have to say RGB looks much nicer in person than it ever does in pictures or videos, but I plan to keep all the lights white.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic performance. Fast in all types of workloads. Can't speak to the included Wraith Spire as I didn't use it.

CPU Cooler

Had a horrible buzzing sound for about a week. Went away on it's own randomly. The performance is good, so if it stays as quiet as it is right now I'll be happy, but the buzzing was quite disappointing. Love the look of the cooler. The new mounting of the Hyper 212 Black Edition is much easier to install than the old Hyper 212 EVO.

Motherboard

I've had no problems with the motherboard. I read reviews of people having problems with RGB, or lights staying on when the system is shut down. My board came Ryzen 3000 ready, and I upgraded to the latest BIOS immediately. Set up was easy, RGB works, lights don't stay on when system is shutdown, memory worked at rated DDR4-3200 easily. The board looks absolutely beautiful, pictures don't do it justice. It has plenty of fan headers. All headers are in logical locations. BIOS is intuitive and easy to use. Audio quality both in and out is excellent. This is my first ASRock motherboard, but if it turns out to be a reliable motherboard for me long term it won't be my last.

Memory

It's in my opinion one of the best looking kits of RGB memory on the market right now. Worked easily at it's rated speed. Looks great. iCue software was easy to use and doesn't have to be run in the background after setting up RGB.

Case

This is probably the best mATX case on the market right now. It's beautiful. Construction is solid everywhere. Airflow is great, and cable management is even better. The glass is tinted maybe just a little bit too much if there are no lights inside the case, but with some lighting behind the glass it's perfect. I can't stress enough how easy building and cable managing this case is. If I could give this case more than 5 Stars I would.

Power Supply

Quiet. Fully modular. Comes with cable ties and a convenient bag to keep spare cables in. Cables are all black instead of ugly ketchup and mustard. Very happy with this unit.

Case Fan

Extremely quiet. Feels like it pushes a good amount of air despite the low noise levels. Great looks, unbeatable price. I can't understand why people pay more for fans after experiencing these inexpensive Arctic fans.

Case Fan

Extremely quiet. Feels like it pushes a good amount of air despite the low noise levels. Great looks, unbeatable price. I can't understand why people pay more for fans after experiencing these inexpensive Arctic fans. This model comes with a 4-pin PWM splitter built into the cable.

Case Fan

Before I had a motherboard with a RGB header, I wanted a LED fan to light up the case a bit, but didn't want to deal with the cable management of a RGB device. It was surprisingly hard to find a PWM white LED 120mm fan. This did the trick. It looks good, it's quiet, and it pushes a good amount of air. It was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but less expensive than Corsair's option.

Headphones

Audio is okay, but this headset is terribly uncomfortable. It's hard to find a comfortable position initially, and my head and/or ears are sore after an hour or two. Wish I would have bought a different headset. I previously wore HyperX and Turtle Beach headsets which I had no comfort issues with.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!

Quick question - have you noticed any coil whine noise?

Thank you!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! No coil whine that I've noticed. Initially I was worried that the buzz coming from the 212 Black was coil whine.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

The noise may have been one of the fans not being fully clamped onto the heat sink? You said it went after a week so maybe it just needed a nudge? Anyways great looking build and at least that noise Is gone

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought that might be it too. I opened up the case and re-attached the fan. It didn't fix the problem. One day is was buzzing, the next day it wasn't. Very strange. But it was a good suggestion!

Thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey the buzzing might be if the fan is a 3pin set to pwm mode, just double check it. Good luck

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Refreshment done right. Great looking build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

If that CPU cooler doesn't get rotated 3º clockwise I'm going to lose my s#$% over here.

Seriously, my OCD is literally clicking in my ear right now.

And also, nice refresh. +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it look crooked to you too!? In my pictures it totally looks off, but I wasn't sure if it's just the camera playing tricks. From where I'm sitting right now it looks perfectly straight. If it was slightly crooked I wouldn't know how to rotate it given how the bracket is on this cooler.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build! +1 What do you mean when your mobo came ryzen 3000 ready?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It came ready to use with Ryzen 3000 series processors without needing to update the BIOS.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome! Just a slight upgrade lol

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Haha yeah just a slight one! Honestly I'd have probably kept going with the Haswell system a bit longer if the motherboard hadn't started to give me problems. I'm very happy with what I have now though!

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

Kinda confused me. The price is super low for the specs, but then I looked and half your items don't have prices.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Read the description.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Anything without a price is carried over from my previous system. Only the newly purchased parts have a price listed.

  • 5 months ago
  • -1 points

Then leave the prices for those items that you spent previously. You're confusing people.