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AMD Ryzen 7 - 2700X Mini (Second Build)

by That1WhiteFoST

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 14, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 18, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.56GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

Description

This is my second PC build, which was completed in the summer of 2018. The purpose of this PC is mainly gaming, 3D modeling, and a ton of college work. The college work consist of "normal" engineering homework to more advance simulations and of course the aforementioned 3D modeling. At the time of purchasing all of the components for this PC, excluding shipping and mail in rebates, the build cost was about $2,600.

I did do some over clocking earlier in my computer's life. I was able to hit a stable 4.1 GHz overclock at 1.2875 volts, but I stop there for the following reason. While it did score much higher in Cinebench than the stock frequency, the performance in game was lower. At the stock clock frequency, my CPU runs at a consistent 4.0 GHz and will go as high as 4.5 GHz when under a load.

I have had absolutely zero issues with this build and it performs exactly the way I expected. Leave your thoughts and any concerns you may have in the comment section below!

Monitor: MSI - Optix G27C2

Keyboard: Corsair - K55 RGB

Mouse: Corsair - Glaive RGB

Headset: Corsair - Void Pro Wireless

Speakers: Logitech - Z333

Part Reviews

CPU

The AMD Ryzen 7 - 2700X is an absolute beast, flaunting eight cores and sixteen threads, it has been able to chew through everything I have thrown at it. I have dabbled in some overclocking earlier in my CPU’s life. I was able to hit a stable 4.1 GHz overclock at 1.2875 volts, but I stop there for the following reason. While it did score much higher in Cinebench than the stock frequency, the performance in game was lower. At the stock clock frequency, my CPU runs at a consistent 4.0 GHz and will go as high as 4.5 GHz when under a load. Now, I will admit that Intel would've been a better choice for gaming, but my setup doubles as a workstation so I regret nothing. Not only that, but it is a huge improvement over the AMD FX-8370 I had in my previous build.

CPU Cooler

This liquid cooler is one of the nicest looking AIOs I have ever seen. The LED's are easy to adjust, although the remote is attached to the LED cables and must be inside the case, which makes it a little bit of a hassle to change the settings, but an overall controller might do the trick to make it work with a wireless remote. Newer motherboards, like mine, will have LED controllers built in with them allowing the AIO to sync with the motherboard and other RGB components through a software such as Aura Sync. It was easy to install like most AIO and the parts are made with quality! This AIO is worth every penny in my opinion. The fans are not too loud, and the spinning flow indicator is a nice touch. Also props to Enermax for providing all cables you might need, such as a Y adapter to be able to plug both fans into one slot.

Motherboard

Beautiful motherboard, and in my opinion the best Mini ITX option out there for the X470 chipset. I do have two things that do somewhat bother me however. Firstly, the HD audio plug is placed in a very awkward location on the motherboard, just above the M.2 heatsink. Which this makes it difficult to maintain a clean look inside whatever case you may be using. I was able to hide my HD audio wire fairly well under my AIO CPU mounting bracket, but that may not be the case for everyone. Secondly, there are two SATA ports located between the M.2 heatsink and the RAM DIMM slots. I do not use these two SATA ports, but for anyone that would, I believe this would cause the same wiring problems as the previously stated concern.

Memory

Colorful and very easy to control using the Aura Sync software provided with my motherboard. These RAM sticks provide a tasteful amount of light inside my case and look great pared with the rest of my RGB components. Overall, a very decent RAM kit, albeit a little more expensive than others of the same level.

Also, for you AMD Ryzen builders out there, I had zero issues getting this RAM to run at the advertised frequency and CAS despite not being on my motherboard’s approved list of RAM. These are also made specifically for Intel I believe, but like I said, not issues what so ever.

Storage

I wanted this build to be as quick as possible, so I decided why not get one of the fastest storage options out there. My new build boots from a cold start just as fast as my previous build would awaken from a sleep despite having a Samsung 860 EVO SATA 128GB SSD as its boot drive. I partnered this Samsung 970 EVO M.2 250GB SSD with a Samsung 860 EVO SATA 2TB SSD, which I use as my main storage. Samsung is my first and only choice when it comes to SSDs, I have yet to have an issue with any of their products.

Storage

This SSD is fast, it's as big as my primary drive over on my old FX system, and looks decent through the glass of my case. In my experience, an SSD is the difference between an entry level rig and an enthusiast level rig. Practically everything opens instantly, and CAD files load with relative speed. Samsung is my first and only choice when it comes to SSDs, I have yet to have an issue with any of their products.

Video Card

Awesome GPU that has handled everything I have thrown at it with incredible speed and most importantly high FPS. The only reason I took a star off is that, this card is not meant to be overclocked. It not only has slightly worse cooling than that of its FTW3 counterpart, but also less power. This makes it a little more difficult to overclock, but at the time the price was impossible to beat for a GTX 1080 Ti.

Case

In terms of Mini ITX form factor cases, this is by far the best I have seen aesthetics wise. It much smaller than any of the previous cases I have built in before, but still maintains that sought after gamer PC look. The cable management was a breeze despite my lack of experience with running computer cables in an efficient and visually pleasing manner. The only complaint I can see someone having is that this case is a little big for a “true” Mini ITX build, but it was perfect for me.

Power Supply

It is EVGA so the quality as always is good, comes with a nice storage bag for unused cables, and at the time it was cheaper than any other gold rated PSU on the market.

Operating System

It is better than Windows 8 so....

Case Fan

The fans look amazing, are easy to clean, and push air extremely well. With that being said, they do not match with the two other fans I got with my Enermax - Liqfusion liquid CPU cooler. The LED colors do not perfectly match and the RGB patterns are far different from one another.

Other

Cables worked right out of the box, I got mine for an EVGA 850 G2, and they look great with my build.

The 24-pin layout for this cable kit is different than the cables that are included with my EVGA power supply, but it caused no issues. The cable kit comes in quite a large box with each type of cable individually packaged, which made for quite an impressive unboxing experience considering the contents just being cables.

The cable combs included with this kit are rather flexible. like a pliable rubber rather than hard plastic, but they were included for free so no real complaints there.

Other

This product works well with my Windows 10 OS, just plug and play.

Comments Sorted by:

Cobbleborg 2 points 9 days ago

Nice and neat! Nice build! +1

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Thanks!

Cobbleborg 2 points 7 days ago

No problem

Kisalida 2 points 9 days ago

Good job looks nice

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Thanks!

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Hey long time no see That1WhiteFoST, since the time you posted your FX build!

I see you ditched the idea of a SSHD and got a 2TB SSD instead for your game drive. Really nice looking build and super clean cables, for sure a huge step up from your older PC in both power and aesthetics. Those are some nice looking fans too and should light up the case enough without the need of a seperate LED strip.

Definitely a +1 from me on this build.

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Yeah! I figured why not just go all and go with just SSDs. And yeah the fans do a really good job at lighting the entire case up for sure.

Thanks!

pinkoctapus 2 points 4 days ago

Nice build! Can I ask what your GPU temp is? I notice you are using an ATX psu, does that choke the GPU fans?

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Thank you! And under "normal" gaming conditions I have yet to see anything over 64.0° C, but under a stress test it has gotten up to 68.0° C.

I don't think the PSU chokes anything up due to me have the bottom fan of my 240 mm rad blowing air under my GPU and the fact I have two exhaust fans pulling air out. Without those, especially the fan from my rad, I think the GPU would get much hotter.

pinkoctapus 2 points 3 days ago

Good to know! Thanks! I was thinking of building in this case but have been on the fence for a while, now that I can go ahead with it.

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

No problem! And yeah, I honestly think this is in the top five when it comes to best Mini ITX cases on the market.

Razorbomb2 8 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

I have been waiting for this! Nice man! It turned out really well +1

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

Thank you! :)

m1roy 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

Very nice and clean built, good choice of components! How did you connect the rgb?

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Thank you!

And I connected the Enermax T.B. RGB 120 mm fans that are located in the rear and top of the case using the ENERMAX RGB control box the fans come with. This control box plugs into the RGB 4-pin header on the Asus ROG STRIX X470-I GAMING Mini ITX motherboard.

The Enermax - Liqfusion Liquid CPU Cooler comes with a three-way splitter for the two RGB connectors for the fans and the one RGB connector for the flow-meter. This three-way splitter is then connected into the motherboard's addressable RGB header.

The RAM just plugs into the DIMM slots like normal.

I use the Aura Sync software developed by Asus to sync all the RGB together.

m1roy 1 Build 2 points 8 days ago

Aha, I see. Thanks for the details!

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

No problem!

cooperj600 2 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Dude you got some storaggggggge Nice build

That1WhiteFoST submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Haha. Yeah, my first build had a Western Digital - BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive for my main storage and a Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive for my OS. So I didn't want to decrease the amount of space I had, but I wanted to have all SSDs this go around.

And Thanks!