Description

My new PC to replace my laptop, after it inevitably stopped working on me. It is mainly used for digital painting, sculpting, and rendering, but I play games on it occasionally. Currently rocking a portal theme

I based this build loosely off of the one that Gear Seekers did with the H210i, but decided to opt for an RTX 2070 Super and a Ryzen CPU, having to change the MOBO because of it.

Cinebench R20 Score: 4826 pts

UserBenchmarks: Game 112%, Desk 140%, Work 129%

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X - 94.7% GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070S (Super) - 113.9% SSD: Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB - 319% HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2018) - 125.6% RAM: Corsair CMW32GX4M2Z3200C16 2x16GB - 90.5% MBD: MSI B450I GAMING PLUS AC (MS-7A40)

For anyone planning a similar build as their 1st, BE SURE you have enough internal USB ports on the motherboard to actually complete the build. I didn't and it costed me about a week waiting for the internal USB hub to arrive. so that I could complete the PC. Additionally, with the SF750 PSU from Corsair, make sure to get longer PSU cables or at least extensions, as the stock cables will not reach the PSU from the motherboard (mainly CPU and 24pin). I also didn't realize that the X52 comes with mounted thermal compound, so I added my own anyways - meaning I had to remount my AiO a fair few times because of too much thermal paste. ;-;

I'm currently running this system in Push/Pull, with both the AiO fans and stock case fans being used. I know it isn't the most ideal setup, but it keeps my pc cooler for now until I can afford some better fans for the pull part of the configuration.

Part Reviews

CPU

Brilliant for handling intense workflows, not had any issues so far.

CPU Cooler

A real pain to get in the case but it performs well and looks beautiful.

Thermal Compound

Great thermal paste but didn't expect it to be so goopy, easily gets everywhere. On the plus side, it's ceramic-based, so won't short out your MOBO if it gets in an undesirable place.

Motherboard

Gets the Job done but only has one USB 2.0 Internal Header, so be aware when building ITX with an AiO.

Memory

It's fast and pretty at the end of the day. The only thing I don't like is how much of a pain it is to create custom lighting in iCUE.

Storage

Great for work in Premiere Pro and as my OS drive.

Storage

A lot of decently fast storage for a great price. No complaints here.

Video Card

I had to RMA my 1st one but the performance is amazing for the price and size. It doesn't look cramped in my case either, allowing for better airflow.

Case

I want to give it a higher rating because it's a beautiful case that was nice to build in, but pretty much every screw that I had to undo gave me grief. Felt like undoing cross threaded screws for the most part.

Power Supply

A small and powerful PSU that is perfect for small form factor builds. The power cables are painfully short though.

Operating System

It's Windows 10 kinda speaks for itself. does the job basically...

Case Fan

really pretty fans that run at a decent speed. the controller is easy to set up and being able to daisy chain the lights made life a hell of a lot easier.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the color scheme. Great work! Using as inspiration for a future ITX build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

r u planning on a better monitor

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yep, I couldn't afford one at the time and I mainly do art on this thing, Its a huion kamvas pro. will be getting a monitor at a later date tho because one, this thing is tiny, and two, 2 screens for art is a life saver.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Dope build! What are your VRM temps? How many USB2.0 headers did you use?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

the MSI B450i only has the 1, but it can be worked around with an adapter like the one in my part list, I think I needed 3 in total? one for the aio, one for my fan controller and one for the front of my case i think. not too sure about vrm temps, sorry :|

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I just used this case for my first PC build. Really love your cabling here -- did you do the sleeves yourself, or order from a site?

I'd love a picture with the back panel off to see how you made out with the cable management!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, forgot I had an account here... They are cable extensions as corsairs ones weren't long enough, ill upload a pic of the back, but it ain't the prettiest XD

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I just ordered the extensions from amazon if you're wondering where I got them

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell us when you're done with pull/push please? I've almost the same project about my H210i but that's my first build and a photo of your PWM connectors will be helpful! Thx

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hiya, sorry for the late reply, forgot I had this account 😅, I've added pics for ya. Basically, I've split the push and pull fans up, as most fan headers only support 2 to 3 fans in terms of power. They can probably do all 4 fans, but I'd prefer to split them so it's less taxing on the socket delivering the power. The Push fans are connected to the AiO, and the Pull fans are connected to a pwm splitter that runs to FAN 3 on the fan controller. I'm currently using different fans for my Push and Pull, which isnt recommended (changing that soon tho) because they have different static pressure and speeds, so if you can get the same fans, go for it 😊. The NZXT AER P120 fans are what come with the x52 and they work just fine. They're relatively cheap aswell. FAN 1 and FAN 2 control my case fans, and the lights are connected to the HUE 2 controller. Any other lighting (like the led strip up top) is connected to the other side of the fan controller, on LED 1

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your reply mate, your project was an inspiration de mine! Finally, I didn't use a push/pull because I admit, I was a little scared. I stayed simple and the case is finally well cooled. I invite you to go see my project:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/tYrV3C

thank you again for your answer, i finally learned a lot.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Was thinking more portal (portal 2 because I now have plants around the tower 😅) but ice and fire works too 😊

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

cheers :D