Description

I've been wanting to post my most recent build here for a while, might as well dedicate this to a legend. Rest in Paradise, Black Mamba! 🙏 Your legacy lives on!

Built this one with parts I purchased back in USA during my 6-month work assignment there. I really want to thank r/buildapcsales for a bunch of steals! Only parts I purchased locally (PH) are the case, PSU, GPU, and motherboard (converted the prices to reflect Amazon exchange rate + CA tax). All others are from Amazon. It was a challenge figuring out ways to bring all the parts back home, especially the 24" monitor and the soundbar! Luckily, it went well and now the build is up and running.

Upgrade Path:

☐ 2TB SATA SSD

☐ 1440p Ultrawide Monitor

☐ A more powerful graphics card to run 1440p ultrawide

☐ Ryzen 9 3950x, if needed

Part Reviews

CPU

Best CPU of 2019. Enough said.

CPU Cooler

First time using an aftermarket cooler and had some minor difficulties in installing. Temps are quite hotter than expected but still okay. Maybe the weather back here is a factor, will test as time goes by. Also, this one is really quiet! Overall, really happy with my first experience with Noctua products.

Motherboard

Best B450 motherboard out there. Was planning for a mATX build but no MSI mATX B450 boards have addressable RGB so I went with this. Bluetooth and Wi-fi was worth the added price. Did not encounter any issues with compatibility and BIOS updates.

Memory

I'll admit that this is quite overkill. Updated motherboard's BIOS before enabling XMP and did not run into any problems. Ran at 3600MHz right after and was detected by Mystic Light 3.

Storage

This one's a steal from r/buildapcsales ! SSDs are truly a blessing to the computer world!

Video Card

Ordered it during a local online store's 12.12 sale for a great price. Thankfully, I did not run into driver issues like some folks did. Used the Adrenaline driver update right off the bat and haven't experienced any issues just yet! I also bought a 3pin cable to sync this to the motherboard.

Case

Very very fun case to work around. Cable management is a breeze! I replaced the foam filter at the front with one from DemciFlex as you can see in one of the photos.

Power Supply

I was looking for the Focus+ variant but the store gave me the Focus-GX one and said that this one's the updated version. No professional reviews just yet for the GX line but the removal of the in-cable capacitors is a big improvement.

Monitor

Finally got the 144Hz experience and all I can say is WOW! No dead pixels for my unit but just ONE overly bright pixel but isn't really noticeable except for white backgrounds.

Purchased this from Amazon US on the first weeks of release and I was worried about how I'll bring this back home to the Philippines. Good thing that I managed to pack this into a box (with some clothes) that doesn't exceed airline limitations and had this as check-in baggage during my flight back home. Pretty good monitor overall!

Headphones

Got this for 20 bucks thanks to r/buildapcsales lol

Custom

Good soundbar quality even for the small size. Not much of an audiophile so no more deeper comments on this. I managed to bring it home via sea cargo and waited for it to arrive before I post this build.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

This is incredible man. Beautiful design and a nice touch for Kobe. Love the keyboard as well. Recently bought that Ducky and can't imagine using anything else.

Did you need to update the BIOS on the motherboard before assembling?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! He's been an inspiration. For some reason, I can't seem to add a review for this keyboard but yeah it's amazing.

Nope, it came with a Ryzen 3000 ready sticker. I believe the latest shipments all have BIOS flashed. Unfortunately, the BIOS is only the lite version (black and white) but still have all the settings I need. I updated to the latest BIOS right after windows installation.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

A little late here, but sick build! I’m wanting to get this mobo w 3700x. You said the latest mobos come 3rd gen ready so thats awesome. What do you mean by the bios being lite version?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Yes. Latest shipments come in "Ryzen 3000 ready". About the BIOS, MSI actually has a statement on that. "Only the user interface looks different. Not the functionality!"

This image might help. https://imgur.com/NFFkHUd

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. Never was a Kobe fan (Spurs fan) But I respected him a player and family man. May he and the others who lost their lives rest in peace. Awesome build again.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Rip Mamba.

Good **** my dude.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome concept. Great build. Respect.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Is fractal design meshify c tinted version?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it is.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I noticed your comment under the Sapphire 5700XT, and you mentioned a cable to sync your GPU to your motherboard. Im guessing you were talking about your GPU and MOBO RGB, I was wondering what cable you were talking about and if it works with all RGB softwares. BTW great build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought a cable like this: https://www.amazon.com/XSPC-3-Pin-Extension-Cable-Black/dp/B07D51XT4V

You'll probably find cheaper ones out there but make sure that it's 3-pin 5V addressable RGB cable. There's a dedicated 5V RGB header on the Nitro+, connect it to your MOBO's 3-pin header using the cable and then, on the TriXXX software, set it to "External". After that, you can control the GPU's lighting using the MOBO's RGB software, in this case, MSI Mystic Light 3. I'm pretty sure it will work on other MOBO RGB softwares as well

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome. I'm saving up to do a Kobe/Laker themed build also. Your build gives me good inspiration!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind words! Good luck on your build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

50C idle?!?!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I have to admit it runs hotter than I expected but it doesn't really bother me that much.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi There,

I'm new to PC building. Quick questions regarding your build: 1. I thought this mother board couldn't handle up to 3600 RAM. Was I incorrect? Does it work at the Trident Z NEo full capacity? 2. I could really use some help on knowing how to make sure my monitor is being used to its fullest capacity. Do you use HDMI to set it up? I'm so new to this, and I hear horror stories that people buy a great monitor but never use it to its full capacity because they have the wrong cables or settings on their motherboard/video card or something.

Thanks, any help appreciated.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hello! Welcome to PC building :) 1. The specs on the MSI website tend to reflect the features during the first release (Ryzen 2000 series). You just have to update the BIOS to the latest version to utilize the RAM capability of Ryzen 3000 series which is higher than 3466MHz. 2. I am currently using DisplayPort on my monitor to fully maximize the 144Hz feature. Good thing AOC actually provided that particular cable. Make sure you connect it to the GPU slots and NOT on the motherboard ports (rookie mistake). Hope this helped!