Description

The criteria for the PC: -Able to run most games on High/Ultra at 1080p60fps -Able to run all needed 3d modelling/rendering applications and various programs -The room for future upgradability -Clean aesthetics with no over-the-top RGB lighting -Compact-sized ATX case with tempered glass -Ability to overclock for added performance

Being my first time building a PC, I was very skeptical as well as anxious. Constantly fearing if something might go wrong, and perhaps the worst thing of all, if the PC wouldn't even boot. This PC has been long overdue, having been discussing building and planning a PC for the last 3 years.

Thanks to the likes of HardwareCanucks, TechSource, BitWit, Tech Deals and various other Tech-YouTubers and a tonne of researching, I finally racked up the courage to build my own PC and what an experience! The PC came out just as I wanted and I'm thrilled with the outcome and it booted the first time! No overclocking has been done at the moment but i plan to push the Ryzen 5 1600 to 3.8GHz and run my RAM at 2933/3000MHz rather than the 2800MHz it is running at, at the moment.

I purchased the Phanteks P300, Phanteks Halos RGB and Phanteks cable extension kit for continuity purposes and for assurance of compatibility. The Halos RGB rings are simply daisy-chained and connected to the 12V SATA connection provided by the case, in which the case lighting and Halos can all be controlled by the case's designated button atop the case. I'm yet to download the CAM softwares for the CPU cooler and GPU.

One issue I ran into was the CPU cooler and in regards to RAM clearance. The cooler blocks off the first DIMM slot and thus this slot cannot be populated due to the orientation in-which the cooler was mounted. This is not the case for Intel, as the cooler would have a vertical orientation due to the design of the mounting bracket. I was going to buy 2 extra 4GB RAM sticks in the future but that isn't an option anymore, I'll have to remove the 2x4 and buy 2x8 if I want 16GB of RAM.

Another small issue was the top fan. There isn't enough clearance for a Halos fan frame to be mounted on the top fan or else there would be contact with the top motherboard heatsink.

All-in-all, I'm greatly satisfied with this build, and I'm excited for what the future holds for PC building.

Part Reviews

CPU

6 cores. 12 Threads. The perfect balance of great gaming performance and productivity performance.

CPU Cooler

A beastly CPU cooler, one of the best looking air coolers on the market in my opinion. Comes with a tube of thermal paste which is great.

Motherboard

Good looking AM4 motherboard with all the features you need for a modern PC build.

Video Card

Great looking/performing GPU. Could've bought it for $300 last year...

Case

A Premium budget case. Easy to build in, fantastic cable management, clean lines and elegant looks with RGB integration. This case has it all!

Power Supply

Small enough unit to fit easily in the case and enough juice to power my system.

Wireless Network Adapter

I ended up buying a D-Link wireless WiFi adapter...lol

Case Fan

Good looking fans, go well with my Halos RGB rings. Are quiet and offer great airflow performance.

Case Fan

Good looking fans, go well with my Halos RGB rings. Are quiet and offer great airflow performance.

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

why do you have the cooler that way? is it because of the mount? is ti because you wanted the name to be shown correctly? just asking, your build is actually pretty cool

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. Yeah it is because of the AMD mount which came with the cooler. It didn't allow for vertical orientation. However if it were an Intel CPU, The orientation would be otherwise.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

How happy are you with the Halos ?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm quite happy with them. Unfortunately you can't have them do multiple colours at once I believe. Quality is good and each comes with screws for fan and radiator mounting. Be wary of clearance for top fan mounts tho. Some cases, such as this once which isnt very tall, can be quite a squeeze!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nicely done for a first build. Super clean and I actually think the cooler looks good that way round. +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers man appreciate it! Yeah I had no clue it was going to be mounted that way.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build dude! I just completed a build super similar to this. Thought about going with that case as well. Glad to see it turned out so well.

I just have one question though: Any reason you did your CPU fan facing down? I am no expert but wouldn't you get better airflow in your case if you had it going horizontal? I've just never seen anybody put it facing that direction. But again I am no expert.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

The AMD bracket which comes with the Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi doesn't allow for vertical orientation. I was hoping it would've been vertically mounted, but now that I think about it, this not only looks good, but performs good too. There is positive air pressure in the case as I have that top fan exhausting air too.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

It is. I wish it were otherwise.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

People have done tests and they have found little to no difference with it facing out the back or out the top exhaust so I wouldn't worry. I think it was gamers nexus that did the tests.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are the videos I watched too. And little did I know the CPU cooler would be mounted the way it did. But thankfully I bought an extra fan which I placed on the top as exhaust. So what ever air is being sucked in by the CPU cooler, the top exhaust fan is blowing out.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I really love how this build looks but I’m a noob so can you answer these basic questions? Can this build run games like fortnite and csgo? Are the frame still good? Also does it come with Windows 10?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

With all custom built PC's, Windows 10 will have to be installed yourself. This PC has a 6-core processor and a GTX 1060. Fortnite runs on Ultra easily and so does CSGO (300fps+). I haven't done extensive testing as of yet, but this PC can handle any games in 1080p at high settings above 60fps. For Fortnite and CSGO, I'd recommend a Quad core cpu and a GTX 1050ti.

  • 15 months ago
  • 0 points

Still, if i were to do a build now, i will never go with a 3gb vram gpu.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

It was a temporary choice as GPU prices are through the roof. The 6GB version was going for $200 more. I don't think it's worth the 10-15% performance increase. Would you agree?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

bro your so dumb he doesnt need to spend 200 dollars more on more vram