Description

Started life as a PC gamer building a small ITX unit from the then new i5 Skylake paired with a GTX 970 in 2015.

This quickly became unable to cope with my 1440p monitor so a refresh was in order 4 years later.

I completed this build in stages - first by selling the CPU and motherboard, replacing it with a new Ryzen 3600x and an MSI Mortar.

I then replaced the RAM and finally getting the new storage and GPU.

Everyone knows RGB makes everything better so I went for an unnecessary number of RGB fans - 5 in total. They are loud but seem to do a decent job of keeping the case cool. I've yet to stick with an RGB profile so it does change from time to time - I apologise if you find the look vulgar!

Part Reviews

CPU

A monster CPU. A huge upgrade from my previous intel quad core.

I noticed a large jump in frames in games like BFV even without upgrading the GPU.

Only complaint is the stock cooler is a little tetchy and ramps up the fan a little too quickly (and loudly) for my liking.

Motherboard

Flawless motherboard. Decided to ditch the ITX form factor and go for an mATX instead - MSI didn't let me down on the previous motherboard I owned so figured this would be a good option.

Like the placement of the ports, plus the extra RGB headers are helpful. Particularly liked the flash BIOS feature, meaning I didn't need an existing Ryzen CPU to get the latest BIOS to use Ryzen 3. It worked like a dream and I'd recommend this to anyone.

Memory

Had no problems boosting the frequency up to 3200Mhz, read a bit about earlier Ryzen being picky with its RAM. I had no problems with this, it works completely fine.

The RGB is a winner - looks ace with the windowed case.

Storage

Only recently got this and yet to have the time to fit. Will be used as my Windows Boot drive and plan to install some larger games on it like Read Dead 2.

Storage

Reliable, solid. Bought this from the previous build. Never had any problems.

Video Card

An incredible graphics card and a massive upgrade on the 970. Runs Read Dead 2 at 1440p on almost max settings at 60fps. It's beefy - more than 2 slots and the fans are loud when ramped up.

It barely strains at all when running games like BF5 at 1440p, a remarkable graphics card.

My only gripe is the rubbish fan profile which is set to 30% at stock, regardless of temperatures. This meant the card can push the higher 80's in a well ventilated case. I wasn't comfortable with this so I changed the fan profile which meant that it was a little louder than normal. AMD claim it is safe at even 100c but I'm not taking any risks.

I read a lot of reviews on the 5700 XT line up and this was consistently scored well.

Case

Overall a decent case. My first build in an mATX chassis and the design was good. I removed the stock fan in place of some nice RGB ones.

Pro's: - Can take apart almost all panels to cable route and provide access to every component. - Front IO is good - The tempered glass panel is excellent quality, removed using thumb screws. - Included removable dust filters are decent - Space for a few SSDs at the back of the motherboard panel. - Really cheap!

Cons: - Only a single space for the 3.5 HDD - Quality is questionable in some areas, snap off IO Shield for the GPU is odd.

Power Supply

Quality PSU from my previous build. Might be a little low on the power side for the new GPU but read everywhere that it's not a problem. Invest in a good PSU and you'll have no problems.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

Let's have no apologies for style choices! I've gone with & without frills — there are heights to be reached in both directions. Looks like your patience paid off here, rather beefy for a 3-figure price tag.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. I think the PS15 is a very underrated budget case.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

When did you get this mobo, I really want it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi - Got it from Amazon a few months ago. Having trouble finding one?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes the normal version or the max version isn’t in stock so I decided to do a m atx build as those are the only good m atx boards

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is there a msi graphic card?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That’s my old 970. Don’t have a photo of the new gpu in the case unfortunately.