To commemorate the red team's 2019 launches of 3rd Generation Ryzen and Navi, I upgraded one of my favorite builds with, among other things, a new CPU and video card. Although this is not my first all AMD build, it certainly is the most powerful yet. The upgrade was not as traumatic as version 1. This is mostly because I replaced the old Dark Rock 4 with a slightly smaller but more capable CPU cooler.
Behold! I present to you "In it to Inwin it v. 2.0 (Team Red Edition)"
From reading and watching quite a few reviews, there's not much to gain from overclocking the 3600x so I'm not going to bother. Plus, I avoid adding unnecessary heat. Under normal use, the Dark Rock 4 was doing alright but it couldn't keep the CPU under 85 with a load from Prime95. I know that's not a realistic load but that would just nag at me and keep me up at night. I have issues. So the cooler got an upgrade as well. With a shiny new cooler I might as well get some illumination on those RAM sticks right...
I love this thing. The non-x version is really the best bang for buck I think but I went with the 3600x so I didn't have to mess with overclocking. Maybe I'm getting lazy in my old age. Anyhow, the speed improvement is perceptible coming from a 1600x. Don't take my word for it. Just look at all the benchmarks. If you're looking to upgrade but also don't want to splurge, I say the 3600 would probably be better. I don't think the x is giving you $50 worth of performance over the 3600.
The hype is real. There are 7! Count 'em 7 heat pipes. I only have one of the 2 fans installed but this blew my Dark Rock 4 out of the water. I would give this only 4 and 1/2 stars because it costs an arm and a leg but if you have to squeeze NH-D15 performance into a small form factor case, this is one way to do it.
My favorite of the ITX B450 motherboards. It's not flashy so no RGB but I don't like how most of these boards implement RGB lighting anyway. It's all business and the price is reasonable. The bios update that supports 3rd Gen Ryzen worked without a hitch. (Updated 8/26/19: I had originally encountered boot issues using an Asrock B450 Fatal1ty ITX motherboard. I had guessed the issue was with the motherboard but after further troubleshooting, I was able to isolate the issue with the old M.2 NVMe SSD. I opted to use the 970 Evo Plus as described below in the final build.)
Trident Z didn't cooperate with me when I first tried a set on a B350 motherboard but G.Skill has been reliable ever since. The RGB implementation on this particular model looks great and the software isn't a pain in the butt to use.
My friend recommended the 970 to me. Its a bit pricey but it is fast.
Reasonably priced and hasn't given me any headaches. What else can I ask from an SSD.
I haven't lost any data yet. Even after multiple transplants from one build to another, this drive has held up to the abuse.
Finally! I knew they could make a decent card that handle 1440 with high frame rates and not melt my computer or cost over $500.
I do like the looks of this case very much. I like that it can take even long video cards. I like that it can take a CPU cooler as tall as a Dark Rock 4 (It takes some doing but it'll fit). I just wish they sold a version that didn't come with a power supply.
Daisy chain rules.