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Venomous Frost

by DigitalBoss


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Date Published

July 13, 2018

Date Built

June 21, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.708 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.108 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


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.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

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 The X61 has been superseded by the X62 but it is still a capable cooler.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.

Video Card

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.

Case Fan

These fans are awesome. Great static pressure and quiet. Highly recommended.

Comments Sorted by:

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Any reason for the Manta over the H200?

DigitalBoss submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Nothing specific. A bit more room for cable management...which still needs more work. :)

pixelhuntress 1 point 3 months ago

Great & aesthetic build! I also love the white manta case, but am a bit scared it might be a challenge to build in for a noob builder. So why did you reinstall the stock case fans after using the Corsairs? I keep reading the NZXT fans are fine if you're not OCing which I won't be.

DigitalBoss submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

It was a challenge to build in but don't be scared. Have patience and go for it. It works well. I had to move the Corsairs to the radiator because the bearings were going out on the OEMs. I had the stock fans on hand so reinstalled them.

pixelhuntress 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks, I will! So for the Manta case you need a mini or micro mobo? I get an incompatibility error if I add an ATX one, but not sure if they're using the Manta's specs or just the mini case category.

DigitalBoss submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago


pixelhuntress 1 point 3 months ago

Ahh, sorry for the noob question :) Would I be too limited by a mini ITX mobo if I was mainly gaming, doing Blender stuff, music stuff & game developing? Not sure if I'll need a sound card yet.

DigitalBoss submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

It may be limiting because with a mini ITX there is very little expansion space. Only one expansion slot for the video card. If you will be adding additional cards, I would recommend a larger board and case. mATX will give you room to add a sound card INTERNALLY. If you choose to use a break-out box (external) for sound, then it won't have an impact.

Ask as many questions as you like... I will be happy to answer!