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Protos - not so budget build

by sren


After more than a year of gaming CS:GO in 720p on a crappy laptop (with 80 FPS average), I decided to build my own gaming rig. Since the announcement Ryzen and Kabylake I decided to wait for Ryzen, but due to the late availability of AMDs Polaris Cards here in Austria I think Ryzen will not be available before Q3. I planed for a budget build with an Intel Pentium g4560 which I would be able to upgrade to an i5 or i7 later this year when the prices on the CPUs drop due to Ryzen. But all came different. I've got all my parts except of the CPU because of supply difficulties. So I was impatient and went with the available i5 7600.

For the case I planed to go with an NZXT S340 Elite, because I fell in love with "dat glass"!!!! But after I measured my Ikea MICKE, I thought of an mATX or ITX build but wasn't happy either. Due to the fact that my space is limited and the bedroom door opens directly into my back, I wanted to go with case that has an inverted layout so I can put the PC on the left side on the desk. I stumbled on the newly released Raijintek Thetis. This is a pretty damn small case for a ATX enclosure. It is smaller then the Cooler Master Silencio 352M mini I build a system for my father in law. The Thetis has two beautiful tinted tempered glass windows, where you can see your damn cable mess ;-).

I went with an semi modular power supply because I thought that a longer graphics card would interfere with the cables of the psu. Now I would go with an full modular PSU because the thick 24 PIN cable is hard to route behind the PSU to plug it in. I wish that the PSU could be mounted with a little bit more space to the motherboard. Maybe the routing of the cables would be easier with a full modular psu. I think of building a psu shroud to hide some of the cable mess in the back of the case.

For the fans i went with the Thermaltake Riing Premium because i don't want to open the case to change their color. I don't know if i can recommend this fans. The software sucks! Sometimes it stress one full core of the cpu without any predictable reason.

The Thermalright HR-02 Macho Rev. B is a giant monster. The fan on mine makes some noise like the bearing is defect. So I will replace it soon. The thermal paste is crap. I ordered MX-4 to replace it.

All in all im pretty happy with this build. Except of the RGB software from Gigabyte. I'll hope this gets better with the time.

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DEnumber50 4 points 27 months ago

that upside down GPU is making my OCD squirm a little, but really a good build.

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Well at least you tried to make it a budget build :D

silly_rabbit 1 point 27 months ago

Great build! If I may, how well does the rx 470 perform 1080p ultra on some AAA games?

sren submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

The only game i tested was CS:GO so far. DOOM needs ages too download with my Internet connection. But i will test it as so in as it is ready. CS:GO delivers above 200 FPS and from DOOM with Vulkan i expect above 100 FPS.

silly_rabbit 1 point 27 months ago


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t.daniels903 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build. How tough was it to fit your motherboard in with your PSU freestanding like that? Also, does the power cable that runs under the PC get bent in a weird way or is there enough clearance?

sren submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

You need to mount the MoBo first, second the PSU. The power cable is plugged in on the back side of the case, a extender runs through the case itself an is plugged into the PSU. Which can be a tight fit depending on the orientation of the power plug on the PSU.

nlarkin 1 point 25 months ago

I'm assuming the ram is covered by the CPU cooler?

sren submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago


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