This is my second build using the Corsair Crystal 280X case. My aim with this build was to create a 1440p 144hz reference machine that will run every game I throw at it for years to come.
I decided months ago that the build would be based around one of the upcoming AMD Zen2 chips. I purchased the Strix 2080 OC (a powerhouse of a GPU), and then I started sourcing the rest of the parts with (probably too many hours) research going into every purchase.
The last purchase was the Ryzen 3800X. Knowing that the next generation of consoles will use bespoke 8 core Ryzen Zen2 chips drove my decision to eventually settle on the higher rated 3800X. The high boost clock should mean that it is a competitive processor for years to come. Early tests show all cores are boosting between 4450 and 4525 Ghz with basic PBO enabled in the BIOS.
I chose the B450M Mortar motherboard as it has high rated VRM's, dual m.2 slots and as a bonus I really liked the grey/white/silver aesthetic.
The only other thing that remains from my original build is the Cooler Master ML240L. I did replace the stock fans on the AIO with matching LL120's which reduced the noise level and tied the internal look together. The radiator cables are a good fit in the mATX case and early temp levels are idling around 40 degrees and so far maxed out at 72 degrees under load.
The 32GB RAM is running at 3200Mhz under A-XMP config with no additional tweaking needed. The OS and some games are running off the Samsung 970 Evo 1TB NVMe, with all other game and media storage running off the other Intel 2TB NVMe.
I have the Strix 2080 OC running in Quiet mode and I've adjusted the fan curve in the BIOS for the system fans to bring the whole system noise level to close to inaudible when idling in the OS.
The cable extensions are from Shakmods found on eBay. The keyboard, mouse, monitor and headset are all unchanged from my first build.
I'm really happy with the finished result. Early gaming benchmarks are already really strong and should only get better with further BIOS and OS optimizations.
I hope you like the build and let me know if you have any questions.
Edit 1: I temporarily had a 3600X installed. I changed my mind and got a full refund on that CPU, and went for the 3800X instead, which I am keeping and definitely not swapping for the 3900X.....
Edit 2: I've overclocked the RAM to 3333Mhz 16-18-18-36 which seems to be stable. If I push it any further it fails to POST.
With basic PBO enabled all cores are hitting between 4,475 to 4,525 Ghz. BIOS and OS optimizations should hopefully boost its performance further.
I love this AIO! The cable lengths make it a perfect fit in my mATX case. I did replace the stock fans though with LL120's to match my case and also slightly reduce system noise levels.
A great looking, highly reviewed motherboard (VRM's are best of any mATX AM4 board). I've also successfully used the flashback option when I broke the BIOS playing with memory profiles. Having 2 NVMe slots helped me decide on storage plans as well.
Running 4x8GB of these is most definitely overkill for current gaming demands, but what was I supposed to do... leave 2 DIMM slots empty!! High class, heavy duty RAM that runs at 3200Mhz out the box when paired with the 3600X.
Blazing fast, class leading NVMe that I use for my OS and a handful of games.
I swapped my 4TB Western Digital HDD for this NVMe and I have no regrets. It obviously runs dead silent and is quick enough for my gaming needs.
The Quiet mode is superb! It blazes through every game at 1440p Ultra settings and looks like an absolute beast of a GPU.
I love this case. This is my second build using it and I still never get bored looking at it. The cable management means I throw all the mess in the hidden chamber and keep a really minimal look in the main area. 4 x LL120's running a subtle white light give it the finish I was looking for.
Runs dead silent and the full modular cables means I leave most of the mess in the box it came in.
A great 1440p 144Hz screen. The heavy metal stand give it a real premium feel and the 27" size is perfect for gaming.
No RGB, just fantastic build quality and design. Two USB 3.0 ports make plugging in thumb sticks super easy for quick access.
Battery life isn't great, so I mostly keep it hard wired. Other than that it is perfect for my gaming needs.
I've had countless wireless headset, but I'm sticking to wired after using this headset. It's supremely comfortable even after long gaming sessions, and I never have to kick myself because the batteries are dead!
I bought these to match the clean lines of the 280X case. I don't think I've ever pushed them over 50% and they sound great with huge bass coming from the sub.