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In 2016 I built my first PC on a tight budget, which was a FX-6350 Paired w/ a GTX 750ti. It ran fine, with a few issues here and there, but I felt like I needed to upgrade it with how frequently I'm on it throughout the day. With the Ryzen CPU at a great price and the used GPU market doing great I knew It was time to go through with it. It totaled out to about $800 after I applied the cashback I was saving up. :)

I named the PC Vanitas after one of my favorite Kingdom Hearts characters, his color scheme is predominantly Black and Red. The black and red color scheme was set in stone after I found the SAMA Maxcool case. I wanted to use a mATX mobo this time around and this was perfect for it in my opinion. Its very roomy and the fans look great on it. I might end up buying a figure for the space right hand of the GPU. Speaking of the GPU, I was also really happy to get a MSi Gaming X card, I just love the design of it so much. I was initially looking at used mining RX 580's for around $150-$200, but ended up finding a great listing for a 1070 that was only used for light VR. The only little downside I had with the case is the side panel because it looks a bit streaky as of right now. But I think that can be solved with the proper cleaner which I need to figure out.

In the end it's given me such a great performance boost.This is my first time with an SSD and I've been in love with the boot and loading times, don't know how I lived without one before. With my current monitor I'm running games 1080p @ 60fps which is perfectly fine to me. Everything I've thrown at it so far has been running great. One thing I've yet to do with the computer is overclock the CPU because I'm using the stock fan. I would like to try it eventually but I heard it's not good to do with the stock cooler. I'll probably get another cooler later down the line but it's not a priority for me. I was thinking of going with liquid cooling later on down the road, or some low-profile fan like the stock cooler. Any suggestions?

Thanks for checking out my post! :)

First Build Mentioned At Beginning

RX 580 Mentioned In 2nd Paragraph

Part Reviews

CPU

For well under $200 you can't go wrong with this CPU for a build on a decent budget. The CPU cooler is nice looking and performs well if you don't plan on overclocking. It'll run fine on the turbo mode, but for manually overclocking you'll want to buy a better cooler

Motherboard

Solid little mobo, only downside is one of the RGB connectors was bent, but I wasn't using it anyway and theres a very slim chance of another arriving that way :)

Memory

Cheapest Red DDR4 3200 sticks I could find on the market, looks nice and does what it's supposed to.

Storage

First time using a sdd, I use it to boot, for various programs, and World of Warcraft. Everything is lightning fast now :D

Storage

Used for 2 builds so far, this time for a secondary drive. It's a very reliable and price efficient option in my opinion :)

Video Card

I've wanted a MSI Gaming X GPU since I first laid eyes on one. And now I finally got my hands on one and I love it. It looks amazing, handles anything I throw at it, and runs super silent. The fans only spin when they absolutely need to due to the Frozr technology. If you could get your hands on one you definitely won't regret it :P

Case

This case pretty much solidified the Red/Black theme and switching from an ATX to a mATX build for my PC. The design feels so clean, the fans look so nice and it's very spacious inside it. The built in fan controller and SD card reader on the front was another added bonus. Very satisfied with it overall :)

Power Supply

Clean black mesh sleeves for the wires, 5 year warranty and is virtually silent. Overall a solid PSU all around.

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Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Great deals, good parts choice, clean build. Take my upvote :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! :D

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build, awesome job. looks great

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

where'd u get the 1070 for 280?

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

eBay :D Used 1070s are generally within that price range at this time. I'd suggest reading the sellers description of the item and getting in contact with them before purchasing though. Also skim through their reviews to ensure they're legit. You can find more here :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Prob got mined on lmao rip nice build tho :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Possibly, but it definitely wasn't for a dedicated mining rig if anything. The seller said he only used it for light VR and never overclocked it. The reason he said he was giving it up is because he was going for a mini PC build. Regardless of whether it's true or not I'm happy with the performance of it, and thanks :D

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the included fans in the case connected up with the front panel IO, noticed you didn’t use the fan header on your motherboard. Great build

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! In the first picture you can see the little fan controller next to the SD/TF slot. It has 3 settings in order from top to bottom of the slider: Top━High + Bright LED Mid━Off Bot ━Normal speed + slightly dimmed LED I'm 90% sure that there's 1 or 2 extra connectors just in case an a top exhaust fan is desired (I'll open it up and double check if you want 100% confirmation on that) And thank you :D

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Don’t need to open it up, thanks!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am going to be building MY FIRST PC soon in this case and Does the case feel thin or cheap at all and are there any cons to this case. Thx

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally I love this case, when I first saw it I knew this was going to be a staple in my build. So I may be a bit biased towards it. My first PC was built w/ a Rosewill Galaxy 02 Case and I actually like this one much better. The SAMA Maxcool has a ton of room under the PSU shroud for Cable management, tons of room since it's a Mid-Size tower for mATX cases (It will not fit regular ATX MOBOs). It has tool-less drive mounts under the PSU shroud, so your HDD will be easy to install. The SSD will fit there as well, but also has a spot towards the front near the case fans for mounting directly onto the case, but I prefer the mounts. The only issue I can see with this case is the acrylic side panel, if you're not careful when you're taking it off and putting it down it's possible to leave a scratch mark on it. I don't notice it but I did get one towards the corner of my side panel. And it might not be as premium as a tempered glass panel, but it's great for a budget imo. Also since this is your first build do you plan on using ethernet? Because I peeped you build and saw you didn't have a WiFi card included with it. And do you plan on overclocking your CPU?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I’m using Ethernet and yes I will be over clocking my ryzen 5 to 3.7 ghz. Why?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the look of this case. Just ordered it for my first build do you have any complaints or things I should about it?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the motherboard play nice with modest OCs? I'm thinking about OCing my RAM a tiny bit 3000 to 3200 Mhz, as well as a slight stable bump on my CPU (2200g), and maybe the iGPU, but mainly the CPU...

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Apologies for the late response, I haven't messed around too much with my overclocking settings because the things I do aren't too demanding.

At first my ram was reading as a lower mhz rate so I manually bumped it up to 3200 till I resolved it.

I run my CPU most of the time on turbo @ 3.8ghz, so I'd say it handles it pretty well. I tried running it at 4.0ghz and it was handling that just fine as well. However I only ran it for about a half an hour because I use the stock cooler and was worried about the increasing temps.

As for the GPU I've used it in the OC preset on the MSi Gaming App, but aside from that I haven't messed with it too much manually.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

So does stealth and spire coolers fit some say no

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I can confirm that the Wraith Stealth cooler will fit. It is currently being used in my PC to this day. I'm assuming that you're talking the ram clearance in regards to my mobo. Cannot Confirm that the Wraith Spire will fit though, but it does seem relatively the same time.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How do u hook up that 4 pin fan controller molex to psu?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The male molex connector built into the case will connect to a corresponding female molex connector on the wire attatched to the PSU. If the PSU is not modular, it will have a female molex connector on it. I've never dealt with a fully modular PSU, so I cannot confirm whether or not it would have one.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

motherboard enable dual channel?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

So just to clarify on the case you used, it comes with only red led fans and led strip, or can you change the color of fans with the built in led controller, and if the fans are only red can I at least change the fans and take out the led strip. I really like the case I just don't like the idea of being stuck with only one color, kind of a vibe thing lmao.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, only comes with Red LED fans. No LED strips, unless you count the ones attached to the fans. I'm not entirely sure if you can take the LED strips off the fans, but you can definitely remove the one fan on the back in it's entirety with just a few simple screws. The ones on the front are the exact same, however the screws are on the side with the dust filter. It looks like there's a way to take the dust filter off in the inner part of the case, but I didn't want to mess with it. But I'm sure you can get in that way. Hope it helps :)

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly it does not come with either of these (Had to double check in the Device Manager to be 100% sure of the Bluetooth part xD) I plan on buying a Blu-tooth adapter in the near future to tackle that problem though. However I never really accounted for Wi-Fi because I planned on using an Ethernet cable from the start. The GPU covers one of the PCIe 1x slots, and leaves little room for the second slot. It looks like a Wi-Fi card would fit, but it would be very close to the GPU fan. But I've read that this isn't a huge issue, might impact cooling slightly apparently. And thank you :D

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that's the best solution for that problem :P Since I was not going for a WiFi card I just decided to use my Xbox One S controller wired to save on batteries and such until I could get both the USB adapter and a charging station. Also I peeped your saved parts list real quick and was just curious, What do you plan on using your future build for?

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks <3