This is a gaming build to replace my wife's mid-tower 4th-gen Core i3-4000 setup, with goals similar to my other mini-ITX build.
- Compact - has to fit on a 53x30" desk with a 30" monitor, so mini-ITX is required.
- Cool - Stay cool in summer with no AC. Not a huge issue in this since it doesn't run high-end hardware.
- Affordable - stay under $1k.
- Upgradable - leave some options for improvement. With Ryzen 3 and Navi being announced next month I may be upgrading my other build and moving some parts over to this one.
I ended up covering the visible part of most cables with white braided cable wraps and heatshrink tubing for aesthetics.
Case - Thermaltake Core V1 Snow Edition
Choosing the case was not difficult - it was my second choice for the previous build. It doesn't quite fit into the volume limit of r/sff's definition of a small form factor PC, but it's still relatively compact. The advantages of this model include space for extra drives, the top-facing window and flexibility in panel placement. (So the window and feet could be swapped with any side.)
Mobo - Asus ROG Strix B450-I
No complaints here aside from the RGB/ARGB headers being flimsy (which seems to always be the case regardless of make and model.) Setup is identical to the X470 version from my other build, but with less OC flexibility.
RAM - G.Skill Trident Z RGB 2x8GB
Not picky about RAM or CAS latencies. LED's are bright and colorful, no special setup thankfully. (I keep hearing that first-gen Ryzens are picky about RAM, but didn't have any issues with this one.)
Storage - Intel 660P 512GB and 2x Samsung 1TB HDD's
Haven't benchmarked yet but the SSD feels fast. I'm supplementing it with a couple of 1TB HDD's in a mirrored Storage Space that I'm using for File History and System Image backups so I don't have to reactivate Windows if the SSD dies.
CPU Cooler - Corsair H60 (2018)
Since the screws included with this cooler have rounded heads (instead of flat) I could only mount it with 3 screws instead of all 4. If I use all 4, I can't completely attach the 200mm fan on the front. Not sure if this is Thermaltake or Corsair's fault, but it's quiet and still attached securely.
I did end up replacing the default fan with an ARGB one from DeepCool for aesthetics.
I also didn't want to risk damaging the rubber tubing with heatshrink, so I opted to cover the ends of the braided cable sleeves with Velcro instead. (You have to look closely to notice the difference. Doesn't look great, but it works.)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8GB NITRO+ Special Edition
GPU prices weren't dropping fast enough so I went for a gently-used RX 580 from a reputable seller on eBay, and will replace it after the Navi announcement next month. The fit in the case was very tight, so I had to wedge it in there and remove a couple of screws from the plastic housing. Fortunately the case has an opening in the front to accomodate longer video cards, but it would not fit until I removed a couple of the screws on the GPU holding the plastic shell together. The blue/white color scheme works well with this case.
CPU: Ryzen 5 1600
Unlike GPU's, Ryzen gen 1 pricing was dropping pretty fast so I found a deal on this. I'm planning to upgrade my other build after the 3rd gen Ryzen release and moving the Ryzen 2600X to this one.
PSU - SeaSonic 650W Semi-Modular
This is leftover from my wife's previous desktop. The SFX form factor was not required in this build thankfully, so that saved us around $100. Cables are a bit long, but the case has plenty of extra room for them.
Case Fan - 2x Silverstone FQ81
A lot of people are saying these 80mm's are unnecessary in this case and noisy, but after auto-configuring the fans they barely make any noise. This particular model actually includes some rubber mounts to prevent vibrations from transferring to the case, so I'm very happy with them. I chose these over other models due to color scheme and PWM. (Both fans are connected to a 4-pin splitter.)
Case Fan - Thermaltake Riing 20
Thermaltake's 200mm fans are confusing - even though it claims it uses an internal USB 2.0 header, the connector is one pin off from matching the on your mobo. (Ground in this case is in the wrong place so it doesn't match.)
I eventually figured out that I needed to purchase the "Plus" version with the fan controller included. Then I figured out that it doesn't support Asus Aura (which is an easy mistake to make because ALL of the RGB support logos look the exact same) so I'm ordering yet another one to replace it.
Case Fan - Thermaltake Pure 20
Got this to replace the Riing fan, and it actually fits. I had to use a 4-pin (PWM) fan splitter to connect this and the 120mm DeepCool fan on the internal side of the AIO radiator so that the speeds of both fans would be synchronized to some degree. I did have to order an ARGB splitter to keep it connected - the Pure 20 is not as bright as the Riing, but it means I don't have to run both Aura and Thermaltake's solutions at the same time.
Also as a side note, the RGB and ARGB connectors are pretty fragile. To prevent damaging the connectors attaching the splitter to the fan, I ended up sealing them both up with heatshrink tubing. (It's not perfect but should make it a little more resistant to bending later.)
Case Fan - Deepcool CF120
This one is being used to replace the AIO CPU cooler's 120mm fan. It's quiet, the specs are close to the one Corsair included, and the colors are bright.
ARGB LED Strips - Deepcool RGB 200PRO
This is my first time dealing with light strips ever since cold cathode tubes were all the rage. The magnets and adhesive are weak, but together they stay in place, although it's easy to move them out of place when doing cabling.
Dust Filters - 4x Custom Demcifilter
I ordered two filters for the rear exhaust fans and two for the side panels. The rear filters are not necessary and actually limit the airflow from the fans a bit (because they block off some of the exhaust holes) so I'll need to test a bit to see how big of a different in temperatures it causes.
The side panel filters are great though - they fit perfectly and don't block anything off. The magnetic frame of the filters is a bit flexible so you need to pull outwards on the sides a bit to keep the filter tight against the chassis.
Overall I really like the quality of the filters - the colors match the chassis and the magnets are strong enough to keep them in place, but if you pick the case up you may accidentally reposition the filters.
Great color and brightness, and Asus Aura compatible. The included cables were useful and the two strips can be daisy-chained together. Using magnets or the adhesive is not sufficient for keeping this in place though. Using both together worked for my build, but when doing cabling or moving the chassis there's a good chance that you'll need to reposition the strips again.