During my last build I came across some SFF cases while searching cases. I loved the Ncase M1 but it wasn't available at the time so I went a different route. It peaked my interest, however and I continued to research SFF for the next build. My chance came when best friend and myself wanted to get another friend into PC gaming, so everyone agreed to sell/traded up their computers. This was a done making payments to the parties involved so I knew I had time to build before I had to give up my computer. Just so happened that the Ncase was on pre-order so I immediately ordered it up. Initially I was going to do an air cooled system but as I had more time to research and look at other builds I decided I was going to do a custom dual 240mm rad open loop water cooled system. This is easier said then done. Lots of research went into what would fit and I have to say its tight! I went with the external res/pump combo (built for the Ncase) and love it! Now that everything is built I COULD have fit the pump internally and run with a "T" system instead of the external res but I like the looks and performance of the Iceman res/pump combo. All the main system components are listed. The water cooling blocks and fittings are mostly Alphacool (EK back plate on GPU), pump is a Barrow 17w ddc, Iceman ddc pump/res combo, bottom rad is a XSPC TX240 slim and side rad is a Black Ice Nemesis 240GTS. Everything came out great in the end and I couldn't be happier.
Initial build had a Ryzen 3600 in it. I built a computer for a friend and decided to upgrade the processor after installing the 3600 in his system. Was going to get the 3700x but the 3800X was on sale for about 5% more at the time of purchase and that made the performed difference between the 2 Ryzen 8-cores worth the upgrade. As with my 3600 the 3800x works best basically running stock. With my cooling I have boost clocks up to 4550mhz and all core of around 4200mhz. Tide temperatures never exceed 82C and CPU 70C. Idles around 40C Tdie and low 30's CPU. No complaints with this processor.
I decided to get the x570 chip set for more "future proof", PCIe 4, top notch VRMs, and (most important) the ability to run dual M.2 drives and maintain 16x on the GPU PCIe lane. Now I know that I don't NEED or will even utilize the full capacity of the board at this time but maybe down the road. This thing does very well with memory overclocking and has all the features I needed. Its a solid board but ASUS's BIOS is a little buggy at the moment. Had trouble with 1405 update and went back to the solid 1404 version. I knew that I would face early adopter issues but overall I am very happy with the board.
Still great ram for Ryzen. No problem running at 3600 16-16-16-16-32 @ 1.35v. Still have more tweaking to do but recommended purchase.
Very fast, best price to performance Gen 4 NVME drive going. Using as boot and core program drive. No complaints
Using as a game drive, overkill I know, but wanted to do dual M.2 drives for this build and this fit the bill for the storage drive.
This was the cheapest reference card at the time of my purchase. I combined this with the Alphacool GPU block, and after some power table registry edits I have this thing clocking along at 1950Mhz with boosts in the high 1990's. GPU temps are great in this system with max GPU/Juct Temp being 58/71C and max GPU memory temps of 62C. Overclocked the memory to 900. Still playing around with it but definitely able to get a huge boost over stock 5700 cards.
Excellent SFF PSU. Braided cables on the platinum models are much easier to work with and basically required for tight SFF builds. The 750w model allows for mostly passive cooling with the fan usually only kicking in during stress testing. Great PSU and one of the best SFF's available.
Great performance for slim fan. Now that Noctua makes black versions of the slim 120mm I might try them out, but no complaints with these fans.
Loved my be quiet fans in my last build and decided to use them again. Work great on the side rad and performance is top notch. Highly recommend these line of fans.