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Hey all:

 

I've been watching a ton of LTT videos on YT recently, and it inspired me to finally replace my laptop that has been dying a slow horrible death for a longtime. I haven't built a system in 2 decades, and I stopped following hardware progression when game hardware requirements outpaced my system about 15 years.

 

I'm going for a small form factor/htpc/gaming machine. I ordered all of the parts last weekend, and I'm waiting for the last few parts to show up this coming week.

 

Original Build:

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MOBO:  Asrock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3

CPU:  AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

COOLER:  SilverStone NT06-PRO-V2

RAM:  Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z DDR4 3200 (2 x 16GB)

GPU:  GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 x16

STORAGE 1:  Sabrent 500GB Rocket NVME PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD

STORAGE 2:  Team Group GX2 2.5" 1TB SATA III SSD

OPTICAL DRIVE:  LG WH16NS40 Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter

CASE:  Fractal Design Core 500

POWER SUPPLY:  Segotep 650W Modular 80 Plus Gold Power Supply

FANS:  SilverStone AP120i-PRO / Noctua NF-A12x15 / Noctua NF-S12A

SATA CABLES:  SilverStone CP11B-500

 

 

Updated Build (see post below for details/photos😞

 

MOBO:  Asrock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3

CPU:  AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

COOLER:  Bitspower BP-MBASRX570PGI Monoblock

RAM:  Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z DDR4 3200 (2 x 16GB)

GPU:  Asus ROG Strix RX 5700 XT

GPU WB: EKWB Full coverage block & Backplate

STORAGE 1:  Sabrent 500GB Rocket NVME PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD

STORAGE 2:  Team Group GX2 2.5" 1TB SATA III SSD

SATA CABLES:  SilverStone CP11B-500

OPTICAL DRIVE:  LG WH16NS40 Blu-ray

DRIVE ENCLOSURE:  Vantec NexStar DX

CASE:  Fractal Design Core 500

POWER SUPPLY:  SilverStone 800W Modular SFX-L (w/ PP08 ATX-SFX Adapter)

FANS:  Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM (2x)

RADIATOR:  Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 X- Flow 240mm

PUMP:  Laing DDC-1T plus

RESERVOIR:  Alphacool 1U Reservoir (15377)

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Looks good, but I would suggest going for the 3600 non x version, you won't lose performance but you will save a bit.

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If I were you I would have not bought 32GB of RAM (you only need 16 for gaming) and I would have used that money on a better GPU

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G / Sapphire R9 290X / 16gb (2x8) Kingston ValueRam @ 2666Mhz / Gigabyte A320M-S2H / Kingston A400 120GB M.2 SSD / WD Blue 2.5" 1TB HDD / Cooler Master MWE450 / iCute Thing / LG 22MK400H-B 1920x1080 @ 75Hz / Dell P2210 1680 x 1050 @ 60Hz / Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury / E-Blue Memcanical Keyboard / Razer Kraken Xthose lights off!

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1 hour ago, XAIXER said:

Looks good, but I would suggest going for the 3600 non x version, you won't lose performance but you will save a bit.

 

Thanks. Parts are already purchased, and I installed the cpu and cooler on the MB today. I considered the 3600 but decided on the X version because I don't plan to OC the system, and the $30-ish difference was worth the slightly higher clock speeds to me. I also considered the Ryzen 7 3700x, but it wasn't worth the 50% price increase.

 

1 hour ago, NZgamer said:

If I were you I would have not bought 32GB of RAM (you only need 16 for gaming) and I would have used that money on a better GPU

I considered just doing 16 GB but figured more is better, and the price difference wasn't that much. LOL

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I started assembling things last weekend and found that I needed a few more parts.

 

The SATA ports on the motherboard are at 90 degrees and pointed right at the power supply, so I need low profile, right angle connector cables. The SilverStone CP11 cables were the only ones that I could find that were small enough to fit.

 

Also, the fan that came with the case won't fit with the cooler, so I picked up a 15mm thick Noctua fan to replace it. I also picked up a standard 120x25 Noctua fan for a second case fan.

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I got everything assembled last night and got the system to POST. It took a couple of restarts before it booted, but I think that may have just been me being impatient. I got Windows 10 installed and started updating drivers and installing programs.

 

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Build update time!

 

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I've been running the system and haven't been satisfied with the performance of the Silverstone cooler. My CPU temps at idle run 40-50 °C. Also, during the week-long F@H event, it sat at around 80 °C with the fan maxed out.

 

Bitspower released a monoblock for my motherboard, so I decided to cram a custom water loop in my Fractal Design Core 500. I also decided to upgrade to an RX 5700 XT and watercool it. I'm waiting on delivery of the EKWB block.

 

I also upgraded to an 800 watt SFX power supply to give a little more case space. Asus recommends 650W for the 5700 XT and Ryzen 5, so I also don't have to worry about running out of power.

 

Starting to tear it down:

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Moved optical drive into external enclosure:

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New power supply installed:

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All, I'm in need of some advice. I was cleaning the thermal compound off of my CPU, and I ended up with some pushed to the top edge of the CPU/socket. For some reason, I decided to pull the CPU out of the socket to clean it up. In the process, I got a little on a few pins. I got the majority of it cleaned up, but I'm trying to determine the best way to make sure that I have it all out from between the pins. I'm using small alcohol wipes for the cleaning, so I'm thinking of folding it over a razor blade and using the dull side to go between the pins. 

 

Anyone else have thoughts or experience with this?

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