Description

I built this computer mainly for photo edition and light video edition. Did it on a budget, but I want it to look good, I belive that in order to be good, things need to have a pleasent look, so I thought it need to have some RGB. So the first thing I was having trouble to decide on was Intel or AMD? In order to be on my budget, I wanted a cpu with integrated graphics, searching on internet and looking on some videos on youtube, I realezed that AMD Ryzen had the better integrated graphics and much better price, so at the time it was the Ryzen 3 2200G or the Ryzen 5 2400G. The firstone was very cheap, but it was just 4 core, 4 threads, and for a little more I could buy the 2400G with 4 cores 8 threads and a better integrated graphics ($119).

Also I was thinking in overclocking and in order to do this, I needed a better cooloing solution then the one is coming in the cpu box. By looking on the net and thinking on my budget and RGB the best one (at list for me) was the Deepcool Gammaxx GT ($33). This cooler comes with a very silent fan, you can't even hear it when it is at max rpm.

When looking for RAM memory, I also was thinking performance, looks and price, and because I am not so much into games I didn't need very fast memory, and decided on Teamgroup T-Force Delta RGB 16 GB (2X8GB) DDR4 2666 ($69).

For storage I was thinking I need something fast and the best costly efective storage I found was this Sabrent Rocket 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD ($60) I allready have I SanDisk Plus 240GB SATA SSD.

I really don't need much storage in my computer, because I have all the storage I need on a NAS device.

To make all this work together, the mother board I decide on the Asrock B450M Pro4 (I was aiming at the Steel Legend, but at the time I make my purchase, every body was out of stock), because it has very nice cooled VRM it has 2 M.2 slots (I know that only one is Ultra, but I was think in my future updates), and lots of other nice features. ($74).

Another thing that was very difficult to decide on was the PSU, I have read that this is a very important part and in order to make a successful overclock this need to have not only a 80+ certificade, but it to be from a reputable brand, so I decide on Seasonic 500 W 80+ Bronce. I read on some internet reviews that this PSU does some kind of noise when turn off, but my PSU doesn't, it is very silent.

To house all this I only had two things in mind: one was it need to be Micro ATX (I didn't want something to big, but not so small as and ITX format) and it has to look good. By the time I was making the purchase I had in my wish list the Coolmaster Masterbox Q500L, but at the last minuto I discover the Darkflash DLM 21 and for the price ($54) it was everything I wanted for a case, it has very good air flow, the cable managemente is very good, is all metal and it has something that the Coolmaster doesn't have, a PSU cover (I didn't want to see all those extre cables that I am not using from my PSU).

Finally, because the case does not come with any fan and because I am thinking to buy a graphics card in the future, I know that I need improve the air flow in the case, and allways thinking in the good looks of RGB and performance, I decide on the PCCooler Moonlight Series 5 in 1 kit with 5 RGB 120mm PWM fans, a hub an a remote control, you can also control this set with your motherboard ($65)

So since I build this computer in November I have been using this and it has been great. I Overclock the CPU to 4Ghz, the IGPU to 1550Ghz and the RAM to 3200Ghz.

I try the Wraith Stealth cooler first, in order to see if the Deepcool Gammaxx GT was worth it, and boy it was. I overclock the Ryzen 5 2400G to 3.8Ghz and temperatures rose up to 83ºC, just using Cinebench R20, at this point I change the cooler and with the Deepcool Gammaxx GT, temperatures did not pass 72ºC at 4Ghz with the same Cinebench R20.

The computer assembly was very easy as I expected and it turn on the first time I try it.

Today I am very happy with my new computer, it looks really nice and performs great.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a great APU that performs great. I use it for photo edition, lite video edition and some lite gaming. With the Deepcool Gammaxx GT I overclocked the cpu to 4 Ghz and the iGPU to 1550 Mhz. The only thing I didn't like about this APU is the Wraith Stealth cooler, it perform ok with standart setups, but it is not enough when you are overclocking.

CPU Cooler

This Deepcoll Gammax GT is a great looking CPU cooler, it looks really good and really perform nice, compare to the Wraith Stealth, the temperatures went from 83ºC at 3.8 Ghz with the Stealth to 60ºC with the Gammaxx GT, and even let me overclock my Ryzen 2400G at 4.0 Ghz with a max temp. of 72ºC.

Motherboard

Asrock B450M Pro4 is a really nice mother board it performs almost as I expected. A good thing about this MOBO is that it comes Ryzen 3000 Ready. There are 2 things I wish I knew before I bought it: 1.- I think the BIOS-UEFI does not have all features I have seen in other MOBOS. 2.- The RGB control on this bord is not what I was expecting it is very wonky.

Memory

Team group T-Force Delta RGB RAM are everything you need for a great price, they look and perform really, really good, the RGB is compatible with my Asrock B450M Pro4 MOBO and I have read that they are compatible with most boards. My sticks are 2666 Mhz CL 15 and I have them overclock to 3200 Mhz CL 16 and they run nice. I was a bit worried, because I did not know if they where compatible with my MOBO and APU, but they work flawlessly.

Storage

This Sabrent Rocket 512 GB NVMe is the best storage solution for the price ($59.98), it is really fast and it looks really nice on my MOBO.

Case

This white darkFlash DLM 21 is a really great looking case, with really easy access to build the system and work in it and it has a nice air flow. The cable management was very easy, even when I was placing all the cables for 5 PWM RGB fans on a hub on the back of the case. One of the things I really like about this case is the way how you place the extra 2.5 SATA SSD, also the easy way to install the front fans on a tray that you work on, out of the case.

Power Supply

This PSU is very silent I just forgot it is there. All black cables, looks very good.

Case Fan

This PCCooler Moonlight 5 in 1 kit is the first thing you see when my computer turns on. They light al the inside of my computer case, and the best of all they keep my computer cool. The only thing it is a little bit akward about this kit is the cable management, but I think there is no other way. Once you work out your way through all those cables, they just are great. I have some photos on my profile, but you can't see how great they look.

Monitor

This Philips Monitor is great buy for the money, the colors are just great, I use this IPS monitor mainly for phot edition and the results are just wonderful. This Monitor just looks really nice and I did not have to give away a limb to buy it. I am about buy a second monitor to upgrade to a twin set, to improve my workflow.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

You might want to consider flipping the fan above your CPU so it exhausts the rising hot air off your CPU. Everything else looks solid :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much for your advice, I was about to do that, just to try, but on my daily use, the temperatures are not that high, the highest I have seen, are around 60ºC. But I am going to try flip the top fans.

Again Thanks.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get that case in uk??

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I didn't buy it in UK, I bought from amazon US

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

oh