Description

Build for a client who wanted to upgrade from his laptop gaming experience.

With the given budget and requirements the Ryzen 5 1600 AF was the best candidate for the core of this build. Paired with a decent B450 and a GTX 1660 this system should provide a great experience.

Personally I would have ditched the 2tb HDD in the initial build and added that down the road and started off with a 512gb M.2 SSD in order to get the 1660 Super starting off. However, mass storage was a must.

Overall given the budget this small system packs a punch for the price.

Part Reviews

CPU

Killer processor. I picked up the AF variant on Amazon for $85.

Motherboard

Great B450 with no issues in my experience. Plenty of fan headers to work with and has both 12v and 5v RGB headers.

Memory

Great looking black heatsink. Worked at 3200mhz with the xmp profile on the ASRock B450 board I used.

Storage

Great for keeping PC builds clean. Not a very fast SATA SSD reason for knocking off 1 star.

Storage

Great deal at $49.99 for a mass storage option.

Video Card

Great budget card that I was able to get for $189. Super quiet fans even though they don't have a Zero RPM feature.

Case

Great case to build in for micro-ATX builds. Front panel looks like it can be restrictive but there is a removable dust filter on the front that should help increase airflow if removed. Tempered glass is very dark tinted, you can't see the internals unless the inside of the case is illuminated. Overall, solid chassis I give it a recommendation to anyone searching for a stylish budget tempered glass case.

Power Supply

Clean black cables, fan isn't audible even under load.

Custom

Budget fans PWM that move air well and have a clean white LED shine.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a very good machine you built! It will play any game no problem at high/ultra settings. Your client will be very happy with the machine

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How was cable management

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Not too bad for a micro-atx case. Plenty of space down under the power supply shroud to tuck some unnecessary cables. There's also a workable amount of space behind the motherboard tray to make some good cable runs.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi i'm a first time builder and i ordered this case, is it good for beginners? any cons i should know of?

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah not a bad case at all especially for the price! Only thing I can recommend is removing the fan filter on the front of the case if you're running some hot components.

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

ah thats alright i only have an r5 1600 and an rx 580 4gb lol, thanks