Description

This is taking over for my old 2010 MacBook Pro. I'm mostly running Unity, Maya, Photoshop, Fusion 360. I got the Ryzen 2400G with the idea that I can add a dedicated GPU later if I need to. I'm pretty happy with the way it has turned out. I had fun modifying the case.

The case stock is someone restrictive in the front. I was seeing 89 C with the front on and 83 C with it off. After extending the front out a few mm and opening up the holes quite a bit with new 3d printed parts the delta between having the front on or off is only 1-2 degrees C.

I thought it was pretty silly to have a piece of glass so you can see the backside of your motherboard. So I replaced the sides with simulated wood grain (joking, it's real wood), to give it that old Woodie appeal from our parents old station wagon when we were kids.

Part Reviews

CPU

I got a noisy fan on my Wraith Stealth cooler. So far AMD is asking me to jump through a lot of hoops like reinstalling my drivers and operating system. It's a bit ridiculous. But at least I got a good chip!

Motherboard

It would be great if they could include 3 connections for the case fans. Otherwise no complaints.

Memory

Overclocked to 3333 with no issues.

Case

I found the cable management to be great in my opinion. Cooling could be better, but it's not bad really.

Wireless Network Adapter

I originally bought the ASUS PCE-AC55BT, which I had to return. After I bought this I realized I could have bought the AC1200 for $10 less, which I probably would have done.

Case Fan

I'm happy with these. I can't hear them over my Wraith Stealth fan anyways.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

The wood side panel is great!

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

The wood side panel is soooo creative. Nice job! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Me gusta. That is a sexy machine. The wood is a nice touch.

I do think the 2400g does not have the same value as the 2200g for $90--because that cost delta buys half of a RX 570 (or a whole used RX 470), but it a fine choice if you intend to run with integrated graphics for a while.

I'm glad to see that you had better luck with that RAM than I did. I returned mine when the highest clock I could get out of them with any stability was 2666 MHz.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yeah it seems like you get lucky with some parts and unlucky with others. :) I actually was able to clock the RAM to 3400, but it didn't improve performance much if at all so I bumped it back down.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Windows 7 will forever be in our hearts... the same way this build will always be on my mind. Sweet build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You do realize support for Windows 7 will end soon, forcing you to get a new OS?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I was able to use my old Windows 7 code to register Windows 10.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

when the wraith stealth isn't so stealthy anymore.

my guess is that you could drill holes in the left side where the cpu pulls air in to improve temps a bit. maybe even mount a fan really draw it in.

anyway, nice build! one of the more unique ones i've seen in a while!

+1 for no distracting rgb and 3d printed mods. and the title too.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you using this machine for?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Some game development (mobile mostly) and general purpose stuff.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I love, love, love the custom side panels. +1