Description

This build is an evolution of my Budget Ryzen 3 and AMD "GameCube" builds. This is basically my Budget Ryzen 3 final build. Unless 32GB (2x16GB) of RAM sells for the same price as the 16GB currently sells for, then there's nothing left to really do with this build. Save adding a couple of RGB strips.

And now there's this Mini Monstrosity. Given the APU supports PCIe 3.0 x8, neither my RX 560 nor my RX 580 could take full advantage of the PCIe 3.0 x16. However, they still performed admirably with the 560 depending solely on the PCIe slot for power. And let me tell you, this 580 transformed the build from a beast to an outright monster. This can handle High-Ultra settings at 1080p depending on your game, though I do see the Ryzen 3 start to dip in frame rate a bit at the highest settings. This'll need a Ryzen 5 2600 for a much better pairing, but this 2200G is great even with my overclock set to auto. I didn't get the 2600 because I purchased a 2400G for a separate mATX build. And like my RX 560 in the previous version of this build, I got this 580 on eBay in like-new condition. Ironically, I saw the same card go for $278 on Amazon in the same condition. Either way, I got excellent tips from the owners of my GPUs. Definitely better than the price difference IMHO.

I've added photos of the swapped PSU. The prior PSU was the EVGA B3 450W 80+ Bronze. The current PSU is the Corsair RM550x 550W 80+ Gold. No more Eco Mode switch and I currently have over 200W of overhead. Expect a Ryzen 2600(X) upgrade plus a couple of HDD/SSD upgrades as well. There are also some benchmark photos. I play Gears of War 4 often enough so I used that game as my benchmark.

Overclocking is simple, whether I use AMD software or Gigabyte's apps, I achieve overclocking with ease. 1257MHz is the core clock claim, but AMD is saying 1340MHz is the core clock. Huh. All-in-all, just stick to AMD software for this particular card, as this isn't even an OC edition from GIGABYTE so the AORUS Graphics Engine is sub-optimal for this card. It can't even do a single update and crashed with a simple 5MHz overclock. It's unstable with this card, though the 560 I have is great with it.

Also, I swapped out the Intel 3165NGW WiFi+BT for an 8265, with roughly double the speed and BT 5.0. This card is far better than the one supplied by GIGABYTE, though the stock card runs stable with the latest drivers and an updated BIOS.

And for those curious about space, I was dumb enough to shove a Nintendo Switch (I had two, with one in the hard drive bay, but it blocked the view of the other.) and 2 Nintendo Wii consoles into this thing. With the top panel AND RX 580 in place. That's how much remaining space is left in this build. That's how much airflow I have inside. With semi-aggressive fan profiles in place, I don't go above 65o C while gaming in Max/Ultra settings in Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Gears of War 4.

Speaking of Wii, the extra 160GB HDD was the WBFS drive for my modded Wii back in the day. It'll be my Emulator drive for Dolphin and other emulators. What you saw in the pictures is true: the HDD bays can simultaneously hold a 3.5" and 2.5" HDD/SSD. Or you can have four 2.5" HDD/SSD installed, plus the M.2. I think that'll happen in a couple of years when I get the upgrade cravings again. ;D

After my AMD mATX build (coming soon). I'll start messing with either Intel CPUs or Nvidia GPUs paired to AMD products before doing an Intel/Nvidia build. Any advice, recommendations, and questions are welcome for this build and future builds.

Update: 3DMark benchmarks have been added. Parts list updated with 3TB WD Green HDD.

Part Reviews

Video Card

This card takes everything I can throw at it and begs for more. I was pretty fond of my 560 4GB for punching above its weight, but this big card takes the fight to Nvidia. Sure, there are 6GB 1060s to get, or even 1070s to get a leg up, but I'd have to pay that leg for either card versus this one. This isn't an OC edition, but I don't even see the need to go extreme with this card, it can already overclock pretty well anyway. And I'm not paying upwards of $50 extra just for that feature.

If the RX 560 was a step into mid-high end gaming, then this 580 introduces you to the deep end of gaming. Anything past this is either really expensive for its performance gain, or ridiculously overpriced now. I'm looking at you, RX VEGA GPUs.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Really good use of budget, it is spread across the parts very equally (except PSU/case but those are less important). I agree with maybe upgrading your power supply and possibly getting a better CPU. The case seems a bit small and the parts are tightly fit but if you want to be able to put it into small cupboards or something then I guess it works, but good use of fans for airflow in the case.

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

The Core V1 is a great case to build in for mITX builds. It might look small but is quit roomy with excellent airflow. The one downside from my experience being, GPUs which are extra wide and full-length (longer then 10 inches) hit a cross member in the front pass through which can bend the motherboard.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You'd have to remove the front panel to get past the 255mm limit, extending it to 285mm. I don't consider this a downside because Mini ITX builds are already limited in form factor. Increase room for the GPU length means decreasing height. You'd need a clear path and some powerful fans for a decent cooling solution. Micro ATX solves that issue.

Besides, I see no need for a GPU larger than the one I have with this build.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the input!

I actually just ordered a Corsair RM550x PSU. In terms of power, I'm nowhere near its limit but I wouldn't want this to go nuclear on me once I do a CPU and HDD/SSD upgrade.

In terms of space, don't let the close ups fool you. I've got enough space to stack 2 Wii Consoles with a Switch or two on the side. The GPU is plenty snug, you can see I had space to tuck its power cable away. And temperature management is excellent. I'll post another pic so you can see how spacious it is compared to other ITX cases.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Just did the PSU swap AND took pics of the claim I made regarding space in the case. Check them out.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like that case. Is it easy to build in.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is excellent! I recommend removing all panels (except the front) so you can do a quick and clean installation. It's fairly straightforward to build in.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet

Great build btw.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

[comment deleted]
  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

upgrades in effect ;)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. My final checklist is:

Corsair RM550x PSU, WD or Seagate 4TB HDD or higher, and an AMD Ryzen 5 2600.

The PSU is already on its way, but getting the other two will take awhile since my money's tied up in another build right now.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Oo nice. those upgrades will be very nice!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely, although I'm debating whether to get the regular or the 2600X. I think the X would require a motherboard upgrade or a more substantial PSU upgrade. I'm not too sure at the moment.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

As long as you update the BIOS, it'll work fine. The 2600x also has better cooling over the 2600 with the wraith spire over stealth. 550W would do just fine, maybe 650w just for the efficiency curve but thats about it.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

My BIOS is up-to-date, so that shouldn't be a problem. But I would want a better motherboard for overclocking. This board is fine with its auto overclock settings, but I'd like to push things a bit harder if need be.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

small, simple and cheap love it

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The beauty of simple goals.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice final build like it! You could add a CPU Liquid Cooling if you wanted to. Replace the 200mm fan in front of the case with a fan and radiator. Definitely helps lower the temps.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking into that for my expanded HoRyzen build, which I'll definitely update once I acquire the Radeon VII (currently running Vega 64).

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Change out that PSU as reviews indicate it is a fire hazard. Reason being is OPP is set to high so it could explode.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I was confused by the term >OPP , but it's the same as an OLP. I'm keeping an eye on power consumption as I'm waiting for a Corsair PSU I just ordered. At the moment, I'm still over 100W shy of its limit.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU swapped for a Corsair RM550x.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice. Glad you can have a piece of mind now :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

It's fine, I have peace of mind knowing this is suitable for future upgrades. If I added a couple of SSD/HDD and a 2600 X CPU, I'd be a bit close for comfort.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

How’d you get those fans to work???

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Which ones?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're talking about the rear fans, I used a splitter to connect the front and rear case fans.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I'm going to build my first pc is this case good for beginners? Nice budget build during the GPU crysis.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

The 580 was a big L for me, but it paid off.

This case is great for Mini ITX builds. It was my first case and it's spacious. Definitely recommend it.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I decided on a different case thanks though

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the phanteks eclipse p300 all black

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

An excellent case.