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After spending months with my Expanded HoRyzen build, I've made a handful of upgrades. The first was the RAM; I wanted some RGB and a bit more speed, but could only afford 2666MHz at the time (and it was my only option, the rest sold out). The Thermaltake Riing 20 RGB Plus replaced the stock 200mm fan. It gave the build more pop and spun faster. The RGB controller was definitely useful, I was able to remove my fan splitter and not worry about controlling 3 fans out of sync. Both the RAM and fan were purchased in Newegg.

The next upgrade was the edition of another 3TB HDD. I'm starting to expand my PC library and would need at least another 3TB worth of that. $35 on eBay, again.

Following that upgrade, I went to Microcenter and purchased an Inland Professional 1TB M.2 SSD for $139.99. It's only a x2, but the x4 model was double that so I went with this one. It's definitely faster than my SATA III M.2 and has quadruple the space. I'm more than satisfied with it.

And finally, I wanted a nice monitor (and desk) to complete this stage of the build, so I purchased an LG 27UD68-W 4K Freesync monitor on eBay for $222.50. it was missing the stand so I bought the stand for the 27UD69P-W for another $14.99. My monitor doesn't have the locking mechanism for that stand, but it fits nicely. The sheer weight of the monitor keeps itself in place, anyway. Looking into getting the back panel swapped.

Overall, these upgrades improved the look and performance of the build. I have more upgrades incoming: Radeon VII (still benchmarking it), 32GB RAM @ 3000MHz, more SSDs, and possibly some watercooling.

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Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the front red glow :) +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

It actually rotates, like the Ryzen logo

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you score such a deal on the white edition rm850x?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

eBay is my best friend.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Any heat issues? Can you get an AIO cooler in there?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Only if your fans are really passive, like "silent" passive. Otherwise, temps have been fine. Vega 64 is blower style, so most of its heat escapes through the back. It's pretty loud.

The Radeon VII, on the other hand, can definitely heat soak, though undervolting by 100mV alleviated a good deal of that heat. It's not blower style so more heat escapes in the case.

As for an AIO, yes, the case was built with compact watercooling in mind. I could still pull that off if I wanted to, which is tempting.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I love how compact it is for the power it kicks out, good build my guy

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The 2700X/Vega 64 pairing before my current setup (Radeon VII currently installed) was actually pretty balanced. I'm thinking about getting a Ryzen 3000 (Zen 2) CPU after launch, preferably the 7 or 9 series.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you have to buy the controller for the 200mm fan seperate? I love how bright it is I might switch out mine for that! Nice build!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

No, this was the Premium edition that included the controller.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried to overclock the ram?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I have, but didn't set the correct voltages and timings, so 2933 MHz is unstable. I'm trying to figure out which Hynix die this RAM kit is; I'll be able to get the right calculations.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Doing a similar build, any issues fitting the graphics card into this case. Pc partpicker is giving me a warning...any issues blocking bays?