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Red Sapphire

Another mid-range gaming build. This may be my last of these for a while due to price increases.

I bought this case as its the cheapest tempered glass case I could find. Acrylic side panels scratch too easily for me to build with them anymore. The case is a pretty standard cheap case with poor cable routing and no nice-to-have features. It would probaby be $15 - $25 with a steel/acrylic side panel. The front panel looks pretty nice and provides decent filtered airflow - much better than some of the other cheap cases from Cooler Master and Thermaltake. I had to drill out the some rivets to remove the 3.5" HDD cage to make room for the GPU ( a slightly shorter one would have fit ). I also had to cut out some of the steel in the front of the case to get airflow from the front fan. It wasn't pretty, but it was easy. The GPU runs nice and cool with this setup - never above 75 deg C in Furmark.

I added a cool white 12V LED strip along the ceiling of the case to illuminate the internals. I'd never done it before but it turned out well. Its a nice effect to be able to see the insides in the dark.

The Wraith Stealth on the Ryzen 5 2600 is underwhelming. The Wraith Spire that came with the Ryzen 5 1600 allows for significantly more voltage and it could be an interesting test to see if the performance increase of Zen+ outweighed the OC headroom of the Wraith Spire.

My previous OLOy RAM overclocked really well (3400 MHz on a poo motherboard), but this stuff didn't... Its advertised as 2400 MHz without XMP and can't even boot at 2666. Voltage doesn't help. Vsoc doesn't help. I was able to pull CAS latency down to 12, after adding some voltage. Its almost as if the RAM is artificially limited to 2400MHz somehow, but timings can be tightened without any issue and scale with voltage. The red anodized heatspreaders look pretty slick.
Color(s): Black Gray Red White
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: none
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build


$ 140.00
AMD - Ryzen 5 (2600)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
$ 159.49
ASRock - B450M-HDV
Chipset: B450
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Micro-ATX
micron - Generic
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
$ 199.99
Sapphire - Radeon Nitro+
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: RX 580
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 78.00
Intel - 660P
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: PCIe x4
Capacity: 512 GB
EVGA - White
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+
$ 68.94
DeepCool - MATREXX 30
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
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