Looking to replace an existing Mini-ITX build that was not performing well with unexplained freezing and non-responsive lock ups, I set out with the NZXT H200 case as the starting point to this build. This is only my second PC build, and although I think I know my way around the inside of a case, I still wanted something that provided room to work without completely frustrating myself with the small form factor.
At the time of purchasing the CPU the second gen Ryzen chips were all the rage and I managed a good deal on the Ryzen 7 1700 from the previous generation. Torn between this on the Ryzen 5 2600 I didn't think I could go too far wrong either way for a machine that would do some light gaming, potentially dabble in some photo editing, but mostly serve as a daily driver for browsing, youtube, and office suite work. The included Wraith Spire LED cooler was a nice addition and so far is the only CPU cooling installed. If this proves insufficient then I think the H200 case will give me plenty of room to try an AIO water cooler.
The Night Hawk RGB RAM was a purely aesthetic purchase and I could not be happier with the white heat sink to match the case and the LEDs to add a little pop inside that clear glass side panel. Managed to pick this up on sale also, which was a nice bonus to help keep this build (somewhat) on budget. These sticks are a little larger than the previous I had worked with, so keep that in mind when working in a small form factor situation.
The Kingston SSD was an item I had picked up previously on sale (seeing the pattern here), and although it may not be the fastest home for the operating system it is more than adequate right now for me. The old Mini-ITX build will hopefully be re-purposed as a NAS/server so I don't intend to store much media on this SSD within the new machine.
Powering the whole rig I picked up the Seasonic 450W SFX power supply purely for the smaller form factor. After reading that the smaller PSU in this H200 case allowed for better air-flow and temps through the PSU shroud I decided that was the best option for this build. I wasn't going to go crazy with cooling so I wanted to provide the best chance for the CPU and GPU to stay cool.
That brings me finally to the GPU, which was the toughest purchase for me coming from onboard graphics with every other PC I have ever used. This was meant to be a budget build since I am not a hardcore gamer and I'm not spending hours tweaking photos or editing video, so when the RX 570 popped up on sale at my local shop I had to grab it. Through endless research I knew I was looking at something in this price range to serve my purposes and I hope I will not be disappointed with the performance. (As of writing this I have not had a chance to really put this build through it's paces yet).
With the plastic film freshly pulled off the tempered glass window of the H200 I am excited to see a quick boot and initial diagnostics showing no major concerns. Now to put it through some bench marking and real world use to see how it performs. I hope this build can inspire/help others, and I welcome comments, constructive criticism, and any general discussion from this amazing community that I relied on heavily for this build.