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I hadn't built a machine in about 5 years, or even had a full blown PC for that matter. I primarily play Destiny 2, so when cross-save was announced this summer I knew it was time to dump the PS4 and finally make my way back to PC gaming. I started researching and it turned out that the Zen 2 launch was just a few weeks away on 7/7.

My nearest Microcenter is about 2 hours from my home, so I like many others woke up early and bought my 3700X right on release day, along with the RX 5700. Microcenter happened to have a flawless, "open box" Asus B450-I mobo and some crazy combo discounts running that day, so all in all the CPU, GPU and Mobo only cost $707.94 pre-tax.

Over all the build was challenging but in the best kind of way. Taking your time is key. Some other users on this site had noted that the individually braided PSU cables corsair sells are a must with this case. While I think you could maybe get by with the stock ones, they certainly made everything a lot more pleasant. I think that routing all the cables for the RGB lights and fan cables+splitters took me the most time- there is an adapter cable you need from Phanteks to link it with your mobo. I took a lot of care to make sure the blower card is getting good airflow to keep the GPU nice an cool. I moved the included fan from Phanteks to the very bottom of the case, for a push-pull config on the bottom mounted radiator. Two corsair fans are installed in the front slots, bottom as an intake, top exhaust. Temps are really solid for the size. CPU idles around 35-37 and the GPU at 53. Under synthetic loads the CPU will hit 75 and GPU as high as 90 but generally during gaming things are around 55-60 & 85 respectively.

I obsessively routed every I/O cable down the back of the case instead of using the hole Phanteks provides at the top. This includes: Two DP cables (one not in use... just in case...), an HDMI cable, an Ethernet cable, 4 USB 3.0 extension cable to allow for plugging in the KB, and the monitor based USB hub without having to be so close to the machine. Then I wrapped everything in wiring loom to keep the underside of the desk nice and clean.

This has been a ton of fun and plays D2 at 1440p just as well as I hoped. I've even started to try and do a little bit of twitch streaming on here while playing and after some fiddling it seems to be working okay through Relive... though I'd be lying if I didn't say my main drive for playing around with streaming & recording is so I can make an excuse to build a second rig ;) I have a plan in mind already... and it's only $830...

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your twitch?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you tell me which chip this LPX uses by checking on Thaipoon Burner or CPU Z? Could you also confirm if it is the 3600 model with 18-22-22 latency?

THX

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Mine are Micron E-Die, and those are the correct timings.

I just bought a G Skill Trident Z Neo 3600 c16 kit so I may be switching these out and selling them very soon.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, thank you so much .. is that I'm buying a cheap setup, and I hear about it comes from Micron Chip E-Die, although the most praised is still the Samsung B Die .. and here in Brazil, I could opt for a Crucial with E Die 3000MHz or pay 30 $ more for Corsair 3600, but I had hoped to be B Die .. so I will go to Crucial anyway, since I doubt the R5 1600 and B350 would work with the Corsair 3600MHz.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice build!

Was the PCI extender long enough for the 5700 to be turned with the fans blowing towards the glass? I've seen some builds on youtube where the PSU was getting in the way and they were forced to turn card inwards. There is a new "air" variant of the case with a mesh exterior, so the direct airflow would be nice.

Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Can confirm the riser is long enough! https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2r4qqs

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That is really good cable management for the ENTIRE setup! Well done!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build! Well done!

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

How are the temperatures with your 3700x? I've been having issues and ended up just going back to my 1700x for now.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and cool given the size of the case and limited airflow- 35-40c idle ~76c after a few passes of Cinebench R20.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you mess with anything in the bios?

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