I have wanted a small form factor build for a long time. I have also wanted an AMD Ryzen system since they were launched. Time and opportunity finally came together and allowed me to put together this machine.
CASE: NZXT Manta - I went back and forth between this and the H200i. I went with the Manta for the slick look and it is a bit larger due to the curved panels!
MOTHERBOARD: Asus Strix X470-I. ITX. Ready for the 2600X. Great feature set.
CPU: Ryzen 5 2600X. Heart of the Beast! 6 core, 12 threads. ldle temp is around 35. It has dropped as low as 32. Gaming temp is between 51 and 55 depending on the game.
COOLER: Kraken X61. Pulled from my previous build. It's days may be numbered. I am tired of the occasional pump rattle. I have it running at 100% but every now and then it buzzes at me. Not feeling that at all.
UPDATE: It wasn't pump rattle. It was a bad fan. Pulled the NZXT fans and moved the Corsair fans to the radiator. Whisper quiet!!!
MEMORY: G.Skill Flare X 3200. Designed to work with Ryzen architecture. I went with function over form. Passed on LED RAM for this.
SSDs: Samsung 970 Evo 250GB M.2 for Windows 10. Muskin Reactor 1TB for games/storage. I will be adding a 2nd Reactor later to separate games and storage.
GPU: MSI Geforce GTX 1080 8GB DUKE OC. Runs quieter than you would think! I use a custom fan profile to better control temps as the default doesn't spin the fans until 60 degrees. Idles about 38 degrees. Gaming temps top out at around 65 with my custom settings.
PSU: FSP Hydro G 750W. Also from my previous build. Solid. Quiet. Does the job.
I pulled out the stock 120mm fans front and back. Install 2 Corsair ML140s in the front and the top rad has 2 140mm NZXT Aer fans. UPDATE: Reinstalled the stock 120mm case fans
I have some minor customization planned going forward but it is primarily done.
The NZXT Kraken cooler is one of the best AIOs on the market. The X61 has been superseded by the X62 but it is still a capable cooler. I have replaced the stock fans with Corsair ML140s due to the bearings making noise after over 2 years of operation. I fully recommend the Kraken!
I always use Samsung drives for boot/os devices. Fast, reliable and the best cloning software in the business.
I use this as a storage drive. Works great. I will most likely be adding a second. No complaints.
Great card. Handles anything I throw at it. Mystic software is a bit odd. Not always responsive to customization changes. That's my only knock on it.
These fans are awesome. Great static pressure and quiet. Highly recommended.