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Yep, using that Ryzen pun right there. This build, like my previous builds, is all-AMD. I've always been drawn in by AMD's more affordable solutions. For the record, I've only purchased one AMD Netbook versus 2 Intel/Nvidia gaming laptops. I'm looking forward to seeing more mobile Ryzen solutions in gaming laptops, but the competition definitely has that market cornered at the moment.

The current AMD Pinnacle of "budget performance" for me at the moment. The B350N board has been my day 1 board for my evolving mini ITX build. This'll remain until the B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI launches, which will result in the board's upgrade. The RAM has served me well, though that may be upgraded to 3000MHz or better given decreasing RAM prices. Granted higher prices in early 2018, this build is pushing the $1000 US mark. A 3000MHz or better dual channel 16GB kit (2x8GB) could reduce the cost of this build by roughly $30 if I go with ADATA or even HyperX, around $20 if I go Corsair. That's definitely in the cards.

Honestly, jumping on every bargain opportunity was pretty fun as it kept me in my element. The Ryzen 7 2700X, for example: this was open-box at a Micro Center for 215.96 USD (already discounted at $269.99 from $319.99 brand new). I used my Thermaltake $25 MIR card, reducing the cost to $190.96, basically the cost of a 2600X I had my eye on (it was $189.99 at Micro Center). I reserved the 2700X online and picked it up the next day. Let me tell you it was a satisfying experience. It was open-box yet wasn't even used, as evidenced by the thermal paste on the included heatsink. Manufacturer's Warranty still intact here, so it's a huge win for me.

As for the GPU, it's a used reference-style Gigabyte RX Vega 64. I used an eBay coupon to get $60 off the $400 purchase plus an extra $6.70 on my PayPal balance for some internet service study. So I paid $333.30 out of pocket. Yep. Never mind the GPU was sold at Vega 56 MSRP, I paid the equivalent price of a GTX 1070. Yep, I'm feeling great.

Aside from the impending board and RAM upgrades, which'll actually cost as much if not less than what I paid for the current setup, I'm probably going to switch to a custom watercooling setup (copper tubing FTW). After those upgrades, this Mini ITX build is complete for the next 3-4 years so I'm pretty content with this build. I'm sure the VEGA 64 will hold out for a good chunk of those years as I'll hold out on GPU shopping for a couple of generations. The 2700X is going nowhere for awhile, it's plenty robust. The only swaps I may have to do in the meantime are the case fans and probably some storage upgrade.

I'm currently testing out this setup and can say it's definitely an improvement over the previous build. I recommend checking the Budget Ryzen 3 trilogy for a more budget-friendly solution.

I'm open to AMD-related suggestions (already mentioned it's an all-AMD build) or cooling solutions. I'd love to switch to all-SSD storage and maybe get the 7nm Vega GPU that's just been announced by AMD today. Any feedback is welcome.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

First comment! My boy JD what are the odds I'd find ya just randomly getting on here this morning. Looks like we upgraded around the same time & in different directions. Take a look at mine & let me know what you think. Nice work on that gpu find. I had a similar find on ebay myself. Evga 1080 ftw2 for under 400

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I swapped the parts in the middle of the night while people were sleeping, in low light. Everything ran fine, but once I updated my Radeon software and restarted the PC it was a wrap. I found out yesterday that it was the BIOS that acted up (couldn't boot my SSD) so I cleared the cMOS and got it running again.

This thing is deadly. I already loved my RX 580 (I'm installing copper pipes into its heatsink for watercooling) with its 1080p and 1440p capabilities. This card takes things to another level. Unless Vega 20 wows me across the board (it's claimed to be better than Turing by around 20%), this 64 will be here to stay. I'm actually going to build a second personal desktop for the 580, pair it with a 2600X.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

wow that deal hunting is LEGENDARY, you destroyed with this build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

I got that PSU refurbished from Micro Center, the Motherboard was from previous builds and I got that open-box on Amazon. I got the GPU, SSD and HDD from auctions on eBay.

The only brand new (unopened) parts were the RAM, 2 case fans and the case. The motherboard and CPU were unused, but open-box.

I've seen similar builds go for $1100+ with bargain hunting, so once I optimize the build (RAM swap, motherboard swap, possibly an extra HDD) you'll either see this build between $950 US and $1020 US. And I will hunt open-box AORUS B450 I Pro WiFi boards for the next few weeks (Newegg just launched it).

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. The Aorus B450 AC board is a great choice.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Got that board (finally). It's performing better than the board listed here, which was great at overclocking my 2700X. And I even retained my LED settings, too.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

nice.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually dead set on getting it. I know the extra M.2 from the ASUS ROG Strix X470-I would be worth it, plus the RGB on the shields, but my builds have been consistently Gigabyte, Thermaltake, and Corsair. So far, they've been pretty good.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hunt for an open box x470-I strix. That thing isn't a beast. I had it before it settled on atx

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm split between the B450 I from Gigabyte and the X470-I from ASRock. The ROG is beautiful, for sure, but I'm having a hard time settling for even an open box. I've seen it new for $180, but the ASRock's always next to it at a lower price.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want the 470 settle for non other than the asus. Just my opinion. I felt the quality in my hand over the asrock 370 itx board I had in my V1 cube.

If you go 450 I would pick the gigabyte over others. That 2700x just feels like it pairs with 470 chipset the best regardless of better budget 450 boards

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

It does, I'm more tempted by the ASUS due to the Wraith Prism cooler's LEDs. I also have RGB fans so I'm gonna swap the red LED fans for my spare RGB fans. The red ones can go with my 580 in another Mini ITX build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same dilemma when picking atx 470 boards. Had it down to the asrock taichi & asus crosshair vii. It was hard to pick + taichi had a video port for 2400g so I didn't actually have to buy a gpu right away. Haven't regretted crosshair decision at all. The gigabyte board is very nice I can't get past the orange accents in a glass window case though not for me.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The AORUS boards suit the Ryzen color scheme really well

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows temps and cooling for the Vega literally doing the same build but with 16 GB ram Nd 2 1 tb ssds is it portable not like every day but I work out of town every so often for weeks at a time and dont want to get a laptop...TIA

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the settings. I increased the fan speed to around 3200 RPM, so it's loud but it keeps temps below 80°C, typically between 65 and 72 depending on the game.

As for portability, it won't fit in a bookbag, but it's fine in a small/medium duffel. It's like carrying one of those personal belongings boxes for cubicles in an office job. Except the PSU and GPU sure make that a bit heftier.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha seems there are way more pros than cons I really want to make a build with this case but my buddies say minis are terrible for cooling and try to get me to build a full size tower which I'm trying to avoid I think ima go through with this build as well

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

If you ever doubt going Mini ITX, then go Micro ATX and get either the Thermaltake H18 or Core V21. Those are lovely cases to build in and your overall build would cost ~$40 less for it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Just scored the case for 20 bucks from a guy in town extremely happy

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Enjoy! That's definitely a good case to build in.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same case and gpu but i'm having trouble connecting the power cables to the gpu. did you plug in the cables before you put it in the case?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, I connected them after placing the Vega 64 (and later the Radeon VII) in the case. I routed the cables through the gap where the fan is mounted, then connected the cables. The separate two pin goes in first, that way it's easier to connect the six pin after.