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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.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Could easily be a feature +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the kind words, I really hope that others can see this build and take something away from it. Even if it's nothing more than seeing the possibilities inside this case. Hopefully I can update the write-up with some real world use and benchmark numbers.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

not just a clean build, but good photos as well! nice

+1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I spent longer than I care to admit taking those with my Pixel 2 XL. Really wanted to show off my first entry here on the site.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case and build. For the love of PCPartPicker, straighten out the 3 cables on your 24pin. XD

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how I didn't notice it before closing the case up, and I didn't want to risk fingerprints on the screen before photos so I just kept going... But it's been driving me bonkers ever since uploading and I will go back in and straighten out those combs. Just needed someone else to call me out on it I guess. That's what I get for building/photographing late at night.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does it run fortnite

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I don't play Fortnite so I have not been able to test this. If I manage to find some time to give it a try I'll be sure to let you know.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the cables on this PSU long enough without extensions? I have heard that some SFX PSUs' cables are not long enough to reach MoBo? Great build, I am doing a similar one here in the next month or so. Thank you!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The 24-pin to the mobo was fine (although a little stiff with that cable cover on the H200). I also had no problems with the power to the GFX card. However, the ATX 12V connector that you see at the top left of mobo would probably have been a very tight stretch. I received the custom cables prior to trying to make that connection so I can't comment on how that would have actually played out.

Best of luck with your build, and feel free to drop any other questions and I will help if I can.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for getting back to me, I really appreciate it. I think that the safe bet is to just get the extensions in the first place...although I will have to go down to non-RGB ram to make the difference fit in my budget, I don't want to risk anything. Plus I love the look of the white cables in this case!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you say some more about the power supply? I really need an SFX PSU, and they're all super expensive, shady, or non-modular, which is a necessity in the case I want. This one would be perfect but there aren't really any in-depth reviews. Edit: In fact, this one is ALSO super expensive, but it's on sale right now + rebated to make it $70...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I just saw this now... I have nothing but good things to say about this power supply. I also picked it up on sale because as you said the SFX size is super expensive. But it is well worth it.

The modular cables are a bit stiff, but the only one that I had issues with was making the stretch to the GPU. It reached, but since it was stiff it was difficult to work with and make it look clean.

The PSU itself is very quiet, and although I don't know a ton about the specifics of a PSU I can confirm it has been completely reliable. Sorry I can't give you much more information than that, but if you have specific questions please ask and I will try and get a proper answer. I will be getting another one of these for another ITX build coming up.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does I run the average FPS game

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I have not had a chance to play any FPS games on this machine yet unfortunately. If I do get around to it over the Christmas break I will let you know.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been considering an M.2 drive for the operating system and then maybe some other small SSD for file storage. My plan right now is to re-purpose some old parts from my previous Node 304 Mini-ITX build as a NAS/Plex Server, so most of the file storage would be in that machine.

I appreciate the heads up about the A400 SSD though, and the potential downsides to it. I honestly bought it on a whim because it was cheap.

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

So I picked up the MX500 SSD when it went on sale and just connected it inside the case this weekend. I'll run the cloning software that Crucial provides and see how it goes. I suspect the boot times won't noticeably change, but the peace of mind will be nice. Going to keep the 480GB Kingston A400 for saving games, temporary downloads, etc.

Thanks again for the heads up.