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UPDATE AND NEW PICTURES: Since completing the build during black friday and saying "I didn't want RGB and stock fans are fine..." I changed my mind and some slight alterations to my setup.

So firstly I got p****d that I didn't have bluetooth so I installed a Gigabyte GC Wireless + bluetooth 5.0 PCIE card and it's awesome. Easy to install, barely noticeable in the case, runs off the bottom PCIE slot and uses a USB2.0 header on the mobo for bluetooth, but this gives me coverage pretty throughout the house and allows me to run an xbox pad, wireless headphones and an echo all at once.

I decided the stock NZXT fans were a little garbage and they didn't control too well with DC so I purchased some Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 120mm PWM fans and replaced both exhausts and decided to use the third (yeah amazon had a min order of 3!) as a second fan on the cooler in a push/pull config. Since setting this up it's barely audible when idling/standard usage and no louder than a typical console when gaming. I've adjusted my temps slightly too so my idle is now around 36c but under load my CPU/system doesn't get above 68c. It took me AGES to understand fan curves though.

I then decided I wanted a little light in the case, so I purchased Speclux RGB strips off Amazon, they connect to the mobo using 4 pin RGB header and they stick in the case magnetically. I added a short strip on the top of the case and one vertically at the rear. Just enough to illuminate the fans so I can see them! Also they worked out the box with MSI Mystic light which was cool.

I've been on the look out for a monitor for a while and decided to stick with 1080p gaming - despite a 2060Super being capable enough at 1440p I don't think it's future proofed for that and I'd prefer to run games in high/ultra with decent anti-aliasing or supersampling with a minimum of 60fps so I went with the AOC 24G2/U which is a 1080p 144hz IPS panel with amazing colour accuracy and brightness and even Gsync compatible.

The other parts of the setup which can be seen in the new pics are my keyboard, a Drevo calibre, mouse (an ancient G500) and I use an Xbox One Controller.

Temps and Performance Update I decided to use the auto overclock on the CPU after much reading and this seems to achieve a fairly consistent 4100mhz clock, with the GPU I've applied a 10% overclock so it's running around 2150mhz.

On Red Dead 2 with most settings maxed out (FXAA and MSAA off) I've been getting an average of 70fps. Outer Worlds all settings on max it's a max of 144fps with lows around 80. Witcher 3 everything on ultra with hairworks on and AA at x8 its hitting about 95fps.


My first foray into building my own PC. Got back into PC games a couple of years ago with a gaming laptop, the more I've enjoyed it, the more I've wanted to enhance the graphics, reduce fan noise and play the latest games.

I wanted to build a pretty capable PC for under £1,000 to allow me to game (mostly RPGs, single player story driven games etc) at ultra 1080p or try out 1440p at at least 60fps, if not 100+ but last a good few years before requiring upgrading.

For aesthetics I wanted a pretty plain, mainly black build with white accents. I'm not too much into RGB (I know, I'm losing frames!!) so I'm pretty pleased with the glow of the cooler fan, mobo and GPU lights. I would've liked 1 RGB fan in the rear exhaust to balance the look, and maybe some custom PCIE cables but they can wait!

Settled on a Ryzen build after watching a tonne of YouTube videos. It seems like the most capable CPU at the price point right now. I'm not a streamer so no need for more cores/threads and the 3600 seemed like a good price. Currently not overclocked, but I added the Hyper 212 if I want to go down that path. That was super easy to install but I did have to watch a YouTube guide as the included manual is garbage!

Fairly standard Corsair 3200mhz RAM running dual channel. Easy to install and the XMP picked up the frequency of it immediately.

The M.2 drive as a boot works well and this one is really fast! Also less cables to even easier to get the motherboard set up and in the case.

I was going to get an MSI Armor 2060 Super, but I read a lot of reviews stating they were loud and ran hot, so a Palit Jetstream came up in Black Friday and had an even faster factory clock (1800mhz ish) I grabbed and glad I did.

The build was pretty good - the NZXT case is fairly good to build in, although I had massive issues with one of the standoffs. It was poorly drilled and screws kept slipping in it, making it real hard to ensure the mobo was properly seated. I also found the I/O shield for the tomahawk was really flimsy and quite hard to align with board. That made the build frustrating but eventually got there. The pre-installed case fans for the NZXT case are kind of loud and only 3-pin so maybe they'll get upgraded soon.

It posted first time and all components were recognised which was awesome. I've not installed much on it yet as I want a SATA SSD so don't want to overload the boot drive much.

Benchmarks and Temps

But I have run Heaven benchmark and it seems to average around 100fps with everything on extreme. The only real world game I've played so far is The Outer Worlds, with all settings on ultra at 1080p I was averaging around 130fps with the GPU around 68c and the CPU around 50c

Next thing to learn is overclocking and controlling fan curves and noise without causing thermal issues. Any tips let me know in the comments! (and any recommended replacement fans!)

Apologies about the photos, need to get the pc setup on a desk and get some lights to get some decent pics

Part Reviews

CPU

Its fast, unlocked, comes with a cooler and is less than 200. I don't know enough to compare it to anything else but it works for me and was easy to install.

CPU Cooler

For the price I can't fault it! It was easy to setup, easy to install. Comes with mounts for AMD and Intel, even supplied with thermal paste. With the RGB lights and under 30 quid what's not to like?!

Motherboard

Dropping a star as there's no header for USB type c or wifi/bluetooth support - I knew that when I bought it, but c'mon on it's 2019 and that's pretty standard on everything these days! other than that, great board, lovely design, easy for a first timer to figure out all the elements to it and great BIOS for a beginner.

Storage

Easily a Samsung killer. Got a OEM Samsung M.2 in my laptop and this things feels faster!

Case

Nice design, great layout for a first time builder, plenty of space. Tempered glass side panel, all the HDD/SSD bays you'll need, hidden cable routing and PSU shroud.

But... the finishing lets it down, the thumb screws aren't great, some of the screw holes weren't well tapped and drilled out, the manual is non-existent. Thank god for YouTubers!

Case Fan

They're not very noisy, they push a good amount of air in quite a focused stream and the have 4 pin PWM control. Probably overkill having two of them but they're nice and discreet in all black.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

👍

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Deepcool RF120M(5 in 1)... 40 bucks and its 12v will work with your motherboard

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll check them out. Do you know if they're quiet?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yep they are, she is using MSI command center and you can set the speeds.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Msi command centre... can you set fan curves in that? I really need to get my head around fan curves!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yep msi command center controls her fan speeds, but it does need a update as she has to click on her profile inside after shutting it down at night. I preset 3 profiles for her.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

what fan setup are you using

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry just saw this! I’ve got x2 arctic p14 pwm 140mm fans as intakes in the front. Currently using the x2 standard 120mm case fans (not PWM) as exhaust. The intakes are chained on a splitter. Since building I’ve adjusted the fan curve slightly, so my idle temps are about 30c and using something like chrome it goes to about 35c under load e.g gaming I’ll hit about 55-65c and fans ramp up to about 50%. To be honest fan choice and curves was the hardest thing as a new builder

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god your review on the NZXT H510 reflects my opinions exactly, the thumb screws are awful. It feels like I'm going to strip threads every time I screw and unscrew them.

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 points

I know right!! The sweat dripping off my face when the standoff wouldn’t locate either!! I found with the thumbscrews the best solution is to use a screwdriver the first few times, it’s like the hole isn’t tapped properly or something.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Honestly what I just did was, return it and buy a thermaltake core p3. Much nicer case, but a PITA to assemble. Only problem I had with it was the adhesive holding the dust filter is bad, and one of the grommets are a little mangled. Other than that I've been enjoying the P3 a lot more than the H510.

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

that's one hell of a design! I do love the understated look of the h510, fits better with a subtle office look. I'll post some new pics now I've got the rest of my setup done