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first time builder and gotta say that this site has been awesome...i've practically lived on here for the past month or so. i work in IT, and my personal machines have typically been obsolete company computers that i would throw some upgrades in. my most recent pc was an old dell optiplex from about 2011, and it did everything from run my plex server, to general all-purpose work, and even light gaming. i figured now was as good a time as any to finally build my own.

all hard drives came from my old pc, and picking the rest of the parts was based on popularity, review quality, and aesthetics. i was shooting for a clean all-black build, with some rgb accent pieces for when i wanna feel festive lol

as far as the build, it went pretty smoothly, despite it being my first ever. shout out to bitwit and paul for the detailed videos. one hiccup was having no clearance to plug in cables in the top corner, with the cpu cooler mounted. i had to unmount, plug everything in, then remount the cooler at the very end.

i was anticipating issues with the pccooler fans, but they worked right from the get-go. the gigabyte b450 aorus pro has a 3-pin 5v header, so i was able to plug the rgb splitter directly into it. i don't get the addressable moonlight/corona light effects, but i'm fine with the tradeoff of being able to control them with my mobo software.

i went with a ryzen 5 2400g with the intention of using the integrated graphics for a while, and i did for a couple weeks....but i eventually ended up buying my friend's old gtx 1070 ftw dt for cheap. runs like a champ and its just a plain good-looking card.

couldnt be happier with this nzxt h210 case. the size is perfect and it looks awesome with how the parts of a completed build just fill it up. its a premium feeling case and the cutouts, railings, and basement make cable management pretty foolproof. i went with an sfx psu and grabbed a set of cable extensions from amazon.

overall, i feel pretty accomplished with this whole process. learned a ton...all the way from researching what i need, finding out what things do, how they all fit together, and setting it up to make it work for me. appreciate all the helpful people and content on this site...thanks for reading!

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  • 5 months ago
  • 4 points

Very nice halloweenish build when it's just around the corner good job.

+1

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

I love this.

More pictures maybe?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

...and sure thing, just added some more pics!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

So the real question is how did you get SSD card for $0.00 and a 4TB western blue HD for $0.00 LOL no really tho how?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

ha....storage was the only parts coming over from the previous build. the prices reflected all the new parts i had to purchase.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks very nice in the nzxt mini itx, good job.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

What an absolutely beautiful build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

very cool

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello! I want to do this build with the fans and the mobo. Is there anything extra I need to buy besides the 3 pack and the mobo? Do I need to buy an RGB splitter?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

nope! the fans come with a 3-way rgb splitter so you can run all 3 fans into the 5V 3-pin header. same with the 4-pin fan cables...you can daisy chain them and plug them into a single fan header.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The fan splitter is only for 3 fans. I had to buy an extra to have 4. Also, I have it connected on the right corner of the mobo. Where do you have it connected? I can't see it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

right, the 3 pccooler fans are on their own splitter. theyre plugged into the SYS_FAN1 header on the mobo (bottom right). my 4th fan is the stock nzxt fan on the top (daisy-chained with the cpu cooler fan, which had a splitter), and those are plugged into the CPU_FAN header (top left).

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you sync the MOBO RGB with the GPU?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

not able to...i control my cpu cooler fan and the pccooler fans with my mobo software (rgb fusion) and my gpu is controlled by the evga software (led sync).

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build man, i can see how my future build will look like :D

btw how did you connect the type C header from the case into the MOBO?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, man!

yeah so i dont currently have the front panel USB-C port hooked up yet =\ but i took a look at what would be needed. so there’s an adapter (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WG8ZJ41/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_c_api_i_0kV8DbGRG0JP9), a splitter since my mobo only has one 3.0 header (https://www.moddiy.com/products/20-Pin-USB-3.0-Internal-Header-Y-Splitter-Cable-12cm.html), and i would probably use a right-angle adapter since that splitter is super ugly (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FN1KW81/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_fjV8DbW0FXQ0S).

so yeah, thats like $50 just to get that front port working...which is why mine doesn’t work yet lol. hope that helps!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

guess its really not worth to get that adapter lol, found out also that there is a b450i motherboard with that header, but not available in my country :(

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the motherboard that have the b450i header!!!! I gotta know! Please

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the build! We're the fans easy enough to put in? Did you experience any problems?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks! no issues with the fans other than the seating of the aRGB cable into the onboard 5V port. it doesnt click or secure itself or anything, so it easily slides itself out. have to give it the proper amount of slack, or the fans wont light up.

i use the aorus mobo software to control the colors and effects, and that works just fine. really happy with the quality of the pccoolers, factoring in the inexpensive price.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh also, are those thermals correct? 61° C is like 141° F lol that's burning.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, they’re right. that’s the temp under full load.

https://www.hardwaresecrets.com/what-temperature-should-my-cpu-be/

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh alright! Also one last question if you don't mind. Did you like the motherboard that you got?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

for sure, np....so i needed to go with a mini-itx mobo since i had the H210 case, and my only other requirement was wifi. from there, i just looked at the most popular ones and compared reviews, as well as price and availability.

my choices came down to the gigabyte aorus (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ZGDJ7P/gigabyte-b450-i-aorus-pro-wifi-mini-itx-am4-motherboard-b450-i-aorus-pro-wifi), the asrock fatal1ty (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/N4jJ7P/asrock-fatal1ty-b450-gaming-itxac-mini-itx-am4-motherboard-b450-gaming-itxac), and the asus rog strix (https://pcpartpicker.com/product/kbx2FT/asus-rog-strix-b450-i-gaming-mini-itx-am4-motherboard-strix-b450-i).

they all had their pros and cons, but were overall pretty close in performance and reliability, with no overall "best" one out of the bunch. i ended up going with the gigabyte and have had no issues at all...i'm sure the other 2 would have been just as good.

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

did the cpu cooler cover the ram in any way?

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

the fan is pretty close, but there’s just enough clearance. seat the ram in first and the cpu cooler the very last, even after the mobo is mounted in the case and all the cables are plugged in.

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I have almost the same build. Tho im on the stock cooler now and want to buy the hyper 212. But the backplate cover the "electronic chips" on the backside of the motherboard, is it much pressure on them buy the hyper 212 backplate?

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

pressure from the backplate? like, if you tighten it too much?

i followed this guide on youtube:

https://youtu.be/TSbW-UcLS-g

...and at the 5:05 mark, he says the backplate screws "stop at a certain point, so you can't actually overtighten them at all." you should be fine.

  • 5 months ago
  • -3 points

Wow you must get some serious bottlenecking considering you have that GPU paired with that CPU. I'd recommend an upgrade to an R5 3600 when possible. You'll also probably want to upgrade that PSU. Otherwise, great build.

  • 5 months ago
  • 5 points

That is definitely not going to bottleneck, Bottlenecking is going to be like an Athlon paired with that CPU. Jayztwocents did a great video on bottlenecking and how it's very overrated because of how extreme it has to be to actually affect performance.

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Bruh.... that is definitely not a bottleneck. It takes more than that to actually bottleneck a computer, and some people think of bottlenecks when you have a slightly slower CPU paired with a faster GPU. It takes a lot more than that to actually bottleneck a computer.

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