Hi! So I've been meaning to share my rig ever since I got it last year.
I've made some changes this month and I'm now calling this build "final" (hence, posting it in completed)
It's nothing special (relative to modded builds or DIY watercooling). I'm just bored and I wanted to do some showing off ahaha.
I'm calling it FOOTBALL because it kinda reminds me of the POTUS' nuclear football. Also an Adventure Time reference :)
What do you use the machine for?:
I'm using it as my daily driver.
General Use: Internet, Watching TV/Movies, etc.
Gaming: LoL, OW, some old single-players.
What worked well?
Uuuuh. Well I like the whole Ryzen platform (note: this is my first).
- cooler installation was a breeze as compared to Intel's stock.
- Got lucky with my Trident Zs that worked seamlessly @3200MHz with just a simple XMP overclock
- Samsung SSD has been serving me for at least 3 years now.
- I had some problem switching to the RX580 when I installed it (after I initially setup the rig without discrete graphics). Windows wasn't detecting both iGPU and dGPU properly. (SOLUTION) DDU the drivers and then reboot. Make sure your monitor is connected to the discrete GPU. Disable iGPU in BIOS. When you get into Windows. Install the chipset drivers for Raven Ridge. Reboot. Install RX580 drivers as you would in any system.
- System wouldn't POST when my first RAM (1x8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz) was overvolted to more than 1.23V. SOLUTION: change RAM ahaha I'm still not sure if it was some sort of early compatibiltiy problems with Raven Ridge. Or maybe I just had bad RAM. Anyways switched to the TridentZ's and enabled XMP for 3200MHz CL16. Works perfectly.
- Initial 2.5" HDD won't fit in the Silverstone ML08 tool-less HDD bracket: SOLUTION: Apparently the tool-less brackets will only fit 2.5" HDD/SSDs that are 9.5mm thick. My sister offered to buy the incompatible HDD from me so I could by this WD 1TB WD10SPZX which is a perfect fit.
- AORUS Graphics Engine - the most horrible piece of GPU software I've ever used. I'd warn anyone using Gigabyte's RX5xx Gaming line not to use this as it will screw with your clock and fan speeds. It would often bug up the GPU fans to not go over 1500RPM for some reason. I was playing LoL and I was reaching 89degC because the fans weren't ramping up. I experienced this in both my first and second RX580 Gaming. However, obviously you won't be able to set the RGB with the engine uninstalled. SOLUTION: Install the engine, set the RGB. Uninstall (the GPU has onboard memory for RGB). Upon uninstall you'll notice that your GPU SCLK will lock at 300MHz even when gaming. Just reinstall the display driver (w/ DDU).
for other stuff see component reviews (under development)
The APU works really well especially when you have good dual-channel RAM. I tried playing with while I was on a puny 1x8GB 2400MHz and I was getting FPS drops allover the place.
I came from an i5-7500 (ikr the 7500 probably had better IPC). Basically this was a sidegrade. TL;DR:
- I had an i5-7500 paired with my RX580.
- Bricked my RX580 (BIOS stuff), sent for RMA
- Distributor did not give ETA on replacement, however local community have been spreading rumors that some replacements take as long as 6 months what with the shortage and all.
- Decided to shift to the 2400G for the time being. Sold my i5-7500.
- A week after I got the 2400G, RX580 RMA replacement arrived. -__-
This was the only AM4 mITX board available in our country. However I did my research on the other boards so here's why it's 4/5.
- USBEEEEEEEEEEE (like 8 on the I/O alone)
- straightforward BIOS settings
- it just, works haha
- RGB. It's only on one side of the board though.
- no optical audio out. this might be preferential, but I've had 3 motherboards in the past 3 years, and they all had optical audio.
- this board is known to have VRM temp problems. however I do not OC so I doubt I'll ever encounter those said problems.
- no USB Type-C
- (preferential) hate the antenna style
- Gigabyte's 3rd-party tools are mediocre at best.
works flawlessly on XMP (16-18-18-38-1T @ 1.35V). looks really nice too.
this has been serving me for 3 years now and it still works as if it was new.
however I did notice some chip-off on the SATA and power ports but that might just be me tugging to hard during plug/unplugs.
250GB is just enough for OS, programs, and all my games. Given that I don't keep alot of games installed. I usually just play games one-at-a-time, with the exception of online multiplayer games (e.g. LoL, OW).
As of this moment I still have 150GB free
this is a placeholder. I'm pretty sure this isn't the same model as the one I bought (WD10SPZX).
it works, it's slim, and it's 1TB. 4 stars!
performs similarly with other RX580s.
- RGB, but not much, only on the GIGABYTE logo
- Factory OC of 1355 is higher than most of the other cards at the same price range.
- AORUS Graphics Engine is a turd software.
- already loud at >2000RPM (not sure if this is normal tbh).
- MINING RELATED: Gigabyte gimped this card and only has timings up to 1500.
- probably the best commercially available "portable" 12L case.
- can fit long graphics cards.
- CPU heat is "separated" from GPU heat.
- advantage over the Node 202: the handle.
- it fits the Wraith Stealth
- omg airflow and temps are REALLY BAD. hahaha some owners have resorted to modding (e.g. adding fans in the GPU chamber) to get the temps down. if you're sucker for good temps, get the Node 202 instead.
- cable management is non-existent
- side panels are "weird to install" and it would more-often-than-not misalign.
- case itself is pretty heavy and isn't as portable as one would expect it to be.
Suggestions for prospective owners:
- always, always, ALWAYS remember to switch on the PSU switch before closing the panel. I can't count how many times I forgot to flick the PSU switch after screwing everything in.
- as much as possible, do a test run without the sidepanels (and handle).
- route the front panel cables through the PSU cutout and the motherboard cutout (see pics).
- if you have the money, get a good LP cooler to help with temps. The Cryorig C7 and the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev B would be your best bets.
- PSA: the HDD brackets will only fit 7mm thick HDDs like the 1TB WD10SPZX.
So normally when looking for SFX PSUs, one would go Corsair > Silverstone > everyone else.
I owned an ST45SF-G from Silverstone but I hated the colored cables so I decided to either switch to a new PSU, or buy the cable kit from Silverstone. I found this FSP Dagger stuff for around 100$ straight from distro, decided to sell the Silverstone and buy this instead.
- cheap but good quality
- 80+ Gold
- fan is really REALLY quiet
- weird SATA cables with berg and MOLEX connectors.
- cables are really hard to fold or route.
- some cables are way too long considering its SFX form factor.
best OS I've ever used since Windows 7.