Description

I mostly use this computer for gaming, but I also use it for some personal coding projects that tend to be ML-heavy - the Radeon VII is super nice for that, and all the cores are nice for large builds.

I've been slowly Ship-of-Theseus-ing my last build while in college, and I'm finally at a point where I can call this a "new" build that I'm happy with. For a bit of background: my last build was dropped when a family member was moving it, the radiator cracked, and the motherboard was never quite right after that; I ended up replacing the motherboard/cpu/case/psu a while ago and went from a 4690k -> Ryzen 1700. My rig pretty much sat at that until I got a Radeon VII at launch, and then until I got a 3900X recently :)

I'm incredibly happy with where this is at - I'm glad to be back in an NZXT case again (my god, the cabling space) and this case has MUCH better airflow/thermals than my previous "temporary" case. I'm also glad to be off of Gigabyte - the Intel motherboard I had from them was superb; the AMD board I got from them sucked.

My one mistake with this build was that I didn't realize the Asus Pro ACE doesn't have any USB 3.1 Gen 2 headers on it, and there don't appear to be any easy solutions to this - there's a chip on moddiy for about $50 that you can use for converting a 3.0 internal header to a 3.1 Gen 2 internal header (at whatever speeds the underlying header gives); I haven't gotten around to that since I don't urgently need the usb-c port on the case.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU slaps. Even with lazy air cooling it keeps low temps under load.

I dislike the mounting mechanism on the stock cooler - give me screws! I don't care about how the mount is screwless; I'm already dealing with 8,000 screws and they fit better than whatever weird mechanism cpu manufacturers come with.

Motherboard

Pretty solid. My old motherboard worked with my keyboard/mouse hubbed off of my monitors (so I can KVM them to my laptop) but this one doesn't, for whatever. No big deal since I never need to go into the BIOS, and I can pretty easily just grab another keeb to plug in if I need to.

Video Card

Sidenote: I actually got the vanilla AMD Radeon VII.

Pretty solid; occasionally mysteriously blackscreens/crashes in games.

Case

I love love love love NZXT cases and their internals. I missed my old H440 and this case very much satisfies me - though the panels are a bit weird to get off at first, the insides are SUPER nice, with grooves for running the thicc motherboard power cable, among other things.

One minor nit is that one of the screws for the hdd cage was in super tightly and stripped when I tried to unscrew it, and is a bit messed up now. One screw for the entire case is pretty understandable though.

Power Supply

It hasn't blown up in the first week. Packaging was superb.

Monitor

I never thought I'd actually get a curved monitor, but wow. Curved 1440p ultrawide? There's so much room for activities.

Monitor

Amazing color range. It's just such a beautiful monitor.

The KVM on this is super nice - at the press of a button I can switch that monitor to my laptop & it'll auto-route my kb&m over to my laptop. It's generally just a nice monitor.

Mouse

My old Corsair Dark Core wasn't holding a charge well, and its mousewheel was squeaking, so I replaced it with the G502 Lightspeed - this feels more or less like the same mouse, but the G502 has the unlockable scroll wheel & a button that makes the mouse flash what its remaining battery is.

I have a PowerPlay mat for continuous charging - it's easily one of the best investments I've made so far. You can use the Powerplay mat for both charging and as a wireless receiver, so you only have to run the one cable... while not dealing with cable drag! Win-win in my books.

Headphones

Picked these up on a sale a while ago. They're pretty comfortable and sound great. The cable is a bit short so I got a nice 3.5mm m/f so I can cable everything nicely.

Custom

I love my Yeti. It's the first microphone I've ever owned that actually sounds accurate - I swear most gaming-y microphones are only tested with guys, since my voice ends up sounding way deeper on most other mics.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

Commenting just to say that I love to see you use the term slap when it comes to the CPU lol

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm so glad I'm not the only person who uses it, haha

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build it's super colorful, nice flag and art super nice.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build my dude

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a Silent base 600 jammed between two desks just like this!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your background ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

uwu

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

owo

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

370 dollars for a motherboard is what is keeping me from building a new x570 ryzen build.

  • 4 months ago
  • -1 points

Yeahhhh. I feel that. After my last motherboard (Gigabyte Aorus Gaming K-5) having sucked at ~$200, I decided I'd invest a bit more for a less-****** motherboard. Really glad I did.

Fwiw you could probably go with an Asrock board for a good bit cheaper of roughly similar quality; I was mostly bounded on the 2 m.2 ports since I plan on chucking another m2 ssd in there at some point.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

i would agree, but the line up for cheaper x570 ASRock mobos are starting to get reviewed and they're experiencing some backlash. Mostly the VRMs are too cheap, not enough air flow and no copper tubing which is resulting in bad thermal temps. Would not recommend a cheap ASRock mobo at the moment if your're looking to do a lot of overclocking.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

Ahh, that's pretty unfortunate, in that case. There's not really that many good x570 options in general, I guess :/

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Very pretty build, just take it off the floor.

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

I'll be doing that next weekend after I get some longer displayport cables. Right now I don't have a better spot for it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud is the chipset fan on the WS board?

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

Effectively silent, compared to the cpu cooler/gpu/case fans I have. It's all overall pretty quiet.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build m8

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you need to buy any fans with this case? Most people buy one. I know the front comes with 2 but is there one (non rgb) at the back too right? Planning on buying a cpu cooler with radiator to mount at the top so hoping to get this and not need to buy any fans :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

There's the two in the front, as well as one non-rgb in the back! Apparently it's also supposed to come with an additional fan in the top now - so if there's not one there you can ask nzxt support for an extra and they'll send you one for free :)

(which is a moot point if you're going to put a radiator in the top anyways, but basically, there's fans aplenty :) )

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome that's great thanks for the response!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud does the Radeon VII get in gaming? If it does get loud, I've heard of people modding their VIIs with the Morpheus II cooler and 2 120mm Noctuas, then it becomes whisper silent.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Not terribly loud, but I tend to not hear, well, anything when I have my headphones on. I haven't felt a need to mod the cooling on it yet.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

About the stock cooler, do they lack the proper screws in packaging? If so, what coolers would u recommend?

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

It's just that it's a weird mount where instead of a backplate and screws, it just has those weird plastic pins you push through into a pre-installed backplate that's standard w/ newer motherboards or something.

No idea on alternate coolers since the stock cooler is otherwise fine. Just a really mild annoyance during install.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Does your motherboard have Rgb headers on it or do your Rgb fans connect to it in a different way?

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

I don't believe it does; the case I use has a built-in NZXT rgb controller. Not ideal when I'm booted into linux (most of the time) since I haven't bothered to hack together a solution for there, though I'm pretty sure one exists.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

In regards to the motherboard not having the proper header, there might be room in the 510's top panel to replace the current Type-C header cable with a single port Type-C female to USB 3.0 header cable like this one: https://www.newegg.com/p/181-012U-00028

To get Gen 2 on the top panel, you are stuck with adding a PCIe card like the Silverston ECU02 with a 20-pin USB 3.1 Gen 2 header, which is $50 solution. I personally like the first option at $10 a lot better, but it'll be half the bandwidth.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey just wanted to point out your mistakes in this little “critique”. First of all the computer itself is only 3.5k, you put in the factors of monitors, and others. A custom part called “Valve Index” is actually taking up about 1k of the price. Also this comment was just straight up rude and disrespectful, so hopefully you change how you respond to things.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

You seem like you're directing your anger at someone who didn't even make the build.

The reason I'm sticking with the stock cooler is because this PC sits in a fairly cold basement - the ambient temperatures are low enough that my peak temps under load barely go above 65C. It's nowhere near hot enough to have to deal with thermal throttling; there's no need to involve liquid cooling for the gpu or cpu yet.

The HDDs are pretty much just for storing data that doesn't need super fast read speeds (music, movies, general documents, code, etc). They're far cheaper per GB than SSDs still.

If you'd like to form a coherent critique of sorts you may want to try again from the beginning.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Did it get moved to a different room than the original pictures are in? It just sounded kind of funny after seeing a window in the wall lol. Also, loving that background and art on the wall ;)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, just moved from floor to the desk - I needed to get some longer displayport cables to route them through the dual-arm stand I use (since from the floor I can feed them straight up into it; from my desk I needed another ~foot to run them behind my desk then up).

Very observant, though! And thanks :)

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

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