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I've had this build up and running basically every day for several hours (not much hard work, though) for about half a year now and so far I only had one unexplainable shutdown.

The MB520 RGB was great to build in and it looks great, but visually I would have loved soft rubber covers for the cable holes. The RGB from the fans is not individually adressable because the case doesn't come with a controller but just a 3-in-1 splitter cable, but I guess a controller is not to expect in a ~60€ case. At least it did come with 4 fans pre-installed, three of which are RGB (the three in the front). I have all RGB set to white, but it looks pretty blue-ish. Size-wise I would have preferred a mATX build, but I didn't feel confident enough because I thought I wouldn't have enough room to build (I have rather big fingers). Airflow is great, so far I have no thermal issues (max CPU temp during Cinebench R20 was 54°C, which also speaks for the Pure Rock). After a while there is quite a dust build up on the mesh vents of the front panel, though.

The B450 Tomahawk is great; there is a reason it's one of the best rated B450 board with one of the highest numbers of units sold. Nothing really to report here, installation went super smooth. I just don't really like the BIOS (current version of MSI Click BIOS), I think it's hard to understand for people who aren't that experienced and I would have preferred Click BIOS v5 (where you could switch between Easy and Andvanced Mode).

You already knew that the R5 2600 is a great CPU, and certainly one of the best bangs for your buck; maybe only outshone by the R5 3600. Accompanied by the be quiet! Pure Rock, I get 1169 pts in Cinebench R15 and 2706 pts in R20 with a max temp of 54°C. In real life testing, there's simply no complaints from my side. Everything I do is just so snappy and responsive, especially in comparison to my old PC (that was a decommissioned office PC though, to be fair).

The 1660 Ti Gaming X is a great card (although today I wold buy the 1660 super Gaming X, it's about as powerful, but ~50€ cheaper). I was really lucky to get it from a private eBay seller who won it in a giveaway but couldn't make use of it, so he gave it away for a much better price than retail. Everything I throw at it is very playable on high to max settings. I have a 1440p 144Hz monitor and in most games, that's still the bottleneck. I don't play extreme high end games, though. GTAV and SW Fallen Order run just fine, although the 6GB VRAM keep me from maxing out the settings in GTAV. All in all certainly an overkill for my everyday use, since I am more of a casual gamer. But it looks so nice.

The Vengeance LPX is very reliable, although I could have spent like 10€ more to get 3200MHz. Not that I feel that 3000MHz is bottlenecking me, but just to hit that Ryzen 2nd Gen sweet spot. There's really nothing else to say about the RAM, it's great.

The P1 500GB and the Barracuda 2TB are also very reliable so far and man, oh man does the PC boot up fast with that NVME SSD in comparison to my old one, which booted from a HDD. The P1 is not even close to the fastest NVME SSD out there, but it's more than enough for my usecase.

Last but not least, the Pure Power 11 is a great PSU, though I probably should have spent ~10€ more for the CM (partially modular) version, because the entire space between the PSU itself and the hard drive cage is full with unused cables. Those are really nice at least, they're all black and sleeved. Apart from that I may bite myself when I want to (massively) upgrade in the future for not getting the 600W version, but hindsight's always 20/20.

All in all I'm really happy and proud; in the beginning of 2019 I would have never had the guts to build my own PC; I was way too scared. But then I got into Tech YouTube, learned all the basic and more and more of the advanced stuff and finally pulled the trigger and build my own PC! It's so easy and literally anyone who has ever built a Lego set can do this, too. Shoutout to Linus and the whole LTT gang, Jay from JayzTwoCents, Kyle from BitWit and a special Thank You to Paul from PaulsHardware, whose build tutorial series got me through the whole process. If you don't know them already (which would really baffle me), check all of them out, already! And if you're too scared to build your own PC: In the immortal words of Shia LaBeouf, Just Do It.

Part Reviews

CPU

You already knew that the R5 2600 is a great CPU, and certainly one of the best bangs for your buck; maybe only outshone by the R5 3600. Accompanied by the be quiet! Pure Rock, I get 1169 pts in Cinebench R15 and 2706 pts in R20 with a max temp of 54°C. In real life testing, there's simply no complaints from my side. Everything I do is just so snappy and responsive, especially in comparison to my old PC (that was a decommissioned office PC though, to be fair).

Motherboard

The B450 Tomahawk is great; there is a reason it's one of the best rated B450 board with one of the highest numbers of units sold. Nothing really to report here, installation went super smooth. I just don't really like the BIOS (current version of MSI Click BIOS), I think it's hard to understand for people who aren't that experienced and I would have preferred Click BIOS v5 (where you could switch between Easy and Andvanced Mode).

Video Card

The 1660 Ti Gaming X is a great card (although today I wold buy the 1660 super Gaming X, it's about as powerful, but ~50€ cheaper). I was really lucky to get it from a private eBay seller who won it in a giveaway but couldn't make use of it, so he gave it away for a much better price than retail. Everything I throw at it is very playable on high to max settings. I have a 1440p 144Hz monitor and in most games, that's still the bottleneck. I don't play extreme high end games, though. GTAV and SW Fallen Order run just fine, although the 6GB VRAM keep me from maxing out the settings in GTAV. All in all certainly an overkill for my everyday use, since I am more of a casual gamer. But it looks so nice.

Case

The MB520 RGB was great to build in and it looks great, but visually I would have loved soft rubber covers for the cable holes. The RGB from the fans is not individually adressable because the case doesn't come with a controller but just a 3-in-1 splitter cable, but I guess a controller is not to expect in a ~60€ case. At least it did come with 4 fans pre-installed, three of which are RGB (the three in the front). I have all RGB set to white, but it looks pretty blue-ish. Size-wise I would have preferred a mATX build, but I didn't feel confident enough because I thought I wouldn't have enough room to build (I have rather big fingers). Airflow is great, so far I have no thermal issues (max CPU temp during Cinebench R20 was 54°C, which also speaks for the Pure Rock). After a while there is quite a dust build up on the mesh vents of the front panel, though.

Power Supply

The Pure Power 11 is a great PSU, though I probably should have spent ~10€ more for the CM (partially modular) version, because the entire space between the PSU itself and the hard drive cage is full with unused cables. Those are really nice at least, they're all black and sleeved. Apart from that I may bite myself when I want to (massively) upgrade in the future for not getting the 600W version, but hindsight's always 20/20.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, just deciding between the 1660 ti vs the super, and was wondering if the 1660 ti can really justify the higher price point. Thanks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

In today's market, I wouldn't recommend the Ti. Get either the super or the Radeon 5600XT. The latter has the advantage that there are a lot more affordable FreeSync monitors out there than G-Sync ones (although many FreeSync monitors are G-Sync compatible, but it's still a difference from the real deal (G-Sync certified)). Unless you already have a G-Sync monitor. In that case I would get the 1660 super.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. 5600XT seems like a great choice, but the issues with the bios on launch are throwing me off a bit. Anyway, thanks for the reply and I’ll heavily consider each of those options now!