Description

I put together this build primarily to use for video editing in DaVinci Resolve, with gaming as a secondary consideration. I can say that it truly excels at both.

The 3900X is truly a revelation in the mainstream desktop market, offering an insane amount of cores and threads for a very reasonable price. Sure, there's the 3950X, but it is 1.5 times the price of the 3900X and in my opinion sits in a league of its own. I know the Ryzen chips prefer faster RAM, but 16GB modules faster than 3200 MHz are prohibitively expensive in my local market. 3000 MHz CL15 offered the price to performance sweet spot.

For Resolve, benchmark tests show that anything above a 2070/2060S offer diminishing returns. I would have loved to go for a 5700XT because I think it is an amazing value but it still seems that most production software performs better on Nvidia cards.

All of the SATA drives in this build are running in RAID 0 for maximum performance. The HDDs could definitely stand an upgrade, but they are what I had lying around and my home server and offsite, offline backups are taking care of my archival storage needs anyway. The TCSunBow SSDs really surprised me with their performance, especially considering the price and that they are a no-name brand. I never did any thorough testing with them, but in my day-to-day workloads, they certainly suffice.

The Dark Rock TF was also a pleasant surprise, as the Corsair 280X doesn't offer enough vertical clearance for most beefy tower coolers. The cooler runs quietly and while the 3900X definitely pushes its limits, thermal throttling is surprisingly not an issue (although perhaps just barely). I love the design and size of the case though. For me, dual chamber is absolutely the way to go. In hindsight however, I probably would have gone for the cheaper, non-RGB 280X, ran with all Noctua chromax fans, and had only light strips providing the RGB. In any case, my plan of grayscale and unassuming when off, colorful when on worked out wonderfully.

Ultimately however, I'm really happy with the way this build turned out, both from a performance and aesthetic perspective.

Part Reviews

CPU

12 cores, 24 threads for around 500€? Truly incredible.

CPU Cooler

If you need a down-draft CPU cooler that can handle some toasty CPUs, this is the one. Quiet and effective.

Thermal Compound

The best price-to-performance thermal paste.

Motherboard

This mobo has a good layout and connectivity, but sub-par VRMs. If MSI or Asus had made an mATX X570 board, I probably would have went for that. But this is literally the only choice when it comes to X570 in the mATX form-factor.

Memory

Performs well and looks clean at a reasonable price.

Storage

Performance is great but it is normally so overpriced that I have to knock a star from it. I got mine on sale but in hindsight, a higher-end 1TB M.2 probably would have made more sense from a price to performance perspective.

Storage

These SSDs are regularly offered as Amazon Lightning Sales and at that price are far and away the cheapest 1TB SATA SSDs. Performance is surprisingly good however with the 1GB cache.

Storage

Slow but reliable. The drive I'm using is almost 10 years old. If you have one lying around like I did, it works.

Storage

The drive I'm using is 7 years old and is still going strong.

Video Card

Performs exceptionally well and stays quiet. What more could you want? There's also enough extra room at the end of the shroud to hide the 8-pin power cable, really cleaning up the look of a cable that normally is an eyesore.

Case

I just love the design and aesthetics of this case. With 3 120mm intake fans and 2 140mm exhaust fans at the top, thermal performance has been just fine for me. The only issue I have is that neat cable management in the back is tricky, but there is at least plenty of space to tuck everything away.

Power Supply

Does what it should and remains completely silent.

Operating System

I actually like Windows 10.

Case Fan

Expensive but worth it. Now that Noctua offers their most popular fans in black, there's no reason to go for anything else when building a premium PC.

Case Fan

Expensive but worth it. Now that Noctua offers their most popular fans in black, there's no reason to go for anything else when building a premium PC.

Custom

They look nice and the price is not bad.

Custom

Great wifi card. I'm using ethernet now, but the price is reasonable enough that I don't even care to take it out of the system and try to sell it.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Good but you could’ve done a better job in terms of RGB strip placement.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It unfortunately wasn't possible with the fan placements.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

can you provide some cpu/gpu under load temps?

nice build

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Radeon VII seems to really fly in Davinci Resolve, but alas, because of it's commercial failure, it's no longer being made.

You may benefit though from using the Nvidia Creator drivers rather than the Geforce drivers.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! I'm liking the build, I have a 280x and I'm interested in replacing my motherboard. What I'm trying to do is place some fans on the bottom of my case like you've done, I can't do this at the moment because my motherboard is in the way. What size fan do you have at the bottom of the case? how did you fix the fans in place? did you have any issues in terms of the motherboard being in the way or is the end of the motherboard higher up?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried to fit 140mm fans in the bottom but they didn't fit due to the motherboard, as you mentioned. Ultimately I could only get the one 120mm fan in there because the Corsair PCIe3 SSD is in the way on the lefthand side. But if you only have the top PCIe slot filled, like with a graphics card, you should be able to fit 2 120mm fans in there no problem. For attaching the fan, I just used regular fan screws coming up through the bottom of the case. I hope that helps!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Looks really good. I was leaning towards an InWin A1 plus case but now I’m not too sure. This case looks just as good and will compliment the rest of my Corsair components.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Where is the RAM? Is it just obscured by the fan?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes.

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