Description

This build is for productivity & video editing first, music production second, and gaming third.

What I Liked!

  1. Ryzen 3000 is awesome! Price-to-performance is absolutely legendary. I've got a clean overclock to 3.8GHz.

  2. Assembly. The H510i is actually quite nice to build in, save for some fan and mobo spacing. I'll discuss that below.

  3. Aesthetics!!! The white case and white cables really pull it all together nicely. And I think the RGB is tasteful.

Some Challenges...

  1. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to use the 8-pin CPU extension due to how stiff the Asiahorse cables are; bending them up and over around the mobo tray was too hard. It's okay though, that's a much more subtle area of the build so I'm really not too disappointed.

  2. Cables got THICC in the back. I could have put in some more effort to manage better, but it wasn't a big deal. A little side panel bulge won't kill ya.

Benchmarks:

CineBench R20:

3132 points - better than an Intel Xeon X5650...

Unigine Heaven:

Time: 260.63 seconds

Frames: 33,609

Overall FPS: 128.953

Minimum FPS: 9.21097 (how????)

Maximum FPS: 283.827

Score: 3248.32

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU is superb when it comes to price-to-performance. It can demolish video editing tasks and gaming, and at $200, it's excellent value.

CPU Cooler

Wary of this one. Thus far, installation has been great, but the new NZXT CAM software is still (more than) a little buggy and so fan and pump controls are a nightmare. It's super sexy though.

Motherboard

It's got great build quality and aesthetics. Simple, cost-effective, and pretty. My one gripe - all of the RGB bits except for the IO shroud bit are trash. And the RGB Fusion software is BEYOND BROKEN and has always been just as such. SMH.

Memory

Woof. This is some sexy and reliable RAM. The RGB LED's are gorgeous and bright and the finish is super clean. Highly recommend these for any Ryzen CPU user.

Storage

Just as fast as expected and at an excellent price. Feels a teeny bit cheap, but it's far from deal-breaking. I would recommend it, especially if you're looking for a good budget NVMe drive.

Video Card

Dang. This thing is pretty and has a great feel to it. It has a great weight to it and the design is incredibly tasteful. The RGB Fusion software is broken as it always has been, but better than nothing.

Case

Wow. This case is beautiful and the build quality is superb. This is what we've come to expect from NZXT. Also, the RGB strips are brilliant and vibrant. The NZXT CAM software is excellent for lighting control and, honestly, not a whole lot else... Otherwise great product.

Power Supply

Simple, reliable. That's about it.

Mouse

Great mouse. Pretty RGB and great mouse function with nice programmable macros.

Custom

Great cable kit! Amazing for the price and only issue I ran into was that I couldn't squeeze the 8-pin CPU cable in to that spot. I used the stock Corsair cables for that, but it's tucked away such that it doesn't detract from the aesthetics.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Super clean build! Very performance/cost oriented indeed. I'm doing something somewhat similar with a black/white theme with minimal RGB. I usually don't care for a ton of pictures but seeing as how a lot of our parts are the same, I really appreciated seeing nice clean quality pictures in your build. Was there software for the Gskill ram?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words! Yeah, G.Skill has an RGB control software but I can also control the RAM with the Gigabyte RGB software. Here's the link to G.Skill's software - it's much more refined than Gigabyte's: https://www.gskill.com/download/1502180912/1551690847/Trident-Z-Family-(RGB,-Royal,-Neo)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ahh I see, thanks for the info. Kind of a specific question but, when booting up your computer, does the G.Skill RAM default to its stock colors (rainbow) until windows & the lighting software loads up (then it goes to it's saved color)? Also, do you think it would be possible to save a set color (ex: white) and delete the software so I don't have to have it running all the time and the RAM will save at that setting?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Here's the deal: RGB Fusion is super glitchy and only sorta works while running. G.Skill software will not hold when the system is shut down. However, for whatever reason, while asleep, RGB Fusion control will keep the RAM in the same lighting color. Sleep is what I usually use and it still keeps the motherboard and ram color in the same setting. Let me know if this makes sense. Closing the G.Skill software is perfectly good and it will keep its setting. Closing RGB Fusion is a lot weirder. IDK. It's hard to explain...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that kind of makes sense, I see what you're trying to say. I'm just debating on ordering RGB G.Skill ram or non RGB. I'd probably just run it through G.Skill's software and not use RGB Fusion. My main concern is the software being able to hold a steady color (white) and me not having to open the software to constantly change it (even when I shutdown/boot up). I've read some people say that their G.Skill ram defaults to its rainbow color upon booting up the pc and once windows/software is loaded then it changes to its saved settings.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks much! Cheers!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

If only this had the 4 sticks of Vengence pro RGB. Only thing I’m debating is getting a white or black h510. But other than that everything in this build is 99 percent how I want it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm very happy with my G.Skill RAM, thanks. I was gonna go with Corsair but they overprice fans, some coolers, and especially cases. If I were to go Corsair, I'd wanna go all Corsair for lighting sync, etc.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ohhh totally makes sense! For me though I really it wouldn’t matter much as I just pick a color and just leave it like that for a while. But listen, I’m glad this build makes you happy! I really appreciate you sharing it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude! Happy to share.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Great build, looks incredible! I have a question about the h10i case tho, I hear reports that the LED stripes reflect off the tempered glass - making it look less clean. Have you noticed this, or is this not true?