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Some hardware experts here? Looking to upgrade my PC soon, and would like some opinion on the parts I chose. I'm going for a minimalistic Mini-ITX productivity build, but gaming also.
- CPU: Ryzen 7 2700X
- CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism
- GPU: MSI RX 570 8GB Armor (already have it)
- RAM: 2x 8GB TridentZ RGB
- 1. SSD: Corsair Force MP510 240GB M2 SSD
- 2. SSD: Samsung EVO 860 1TB SSD
- PSU: Corsair CX550M
- MoBo: Asus ROG Strix B350-L Mini-ITX
- Fans: 6x Thermaltake Riing 12 RGB
- Case: NZXT H200i

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    @irene Yea, I noticed 😅 Problem is, I'd like a mobo with AuraSync, so my lighting lines up. Haven't found another one than the B350-L that is both Mini-ITX and has AuraSync 😕
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    @irene Why two times more? AM4 Mini-ITX mobos usually go for about 110-120€, the one I chose is currently at ~140€, so only ~25€ more - or did I miss something?
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    @EDWCode Oh, thanks for the hint with the RAM! Haven't heard of that before, will look into it. Yea, the H200i actually does only support 4, I probably mistook it for the H400 or something. Thanks for noticing!
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    @EDWCode Oh man, that sucks. I'll then probably go for Corsair RAM without RGB or for HyperX Predators, both with 2933 MHz 😀
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    @irene Yea, you got a point on that one. Though, the only thing RGB on this build are the coolers (and maybe the RAM, depends), so I won't really pay that much more. If I wasn't going after Thermaltake Riings, I'd chosen Noctua Coolers anyway, which mostly even are more expensive 😄
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    @irene Of course you can lock the frequency of the RAM or just hope everything goes well, but I want a safe productivity build without taking any chances, as I also use it for work 😄
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    @irene Okay, thanks for the tip - I've heard a lot of good stuff about Noctua, so I assumed they're pretty good - haven't had anything from Cooler Master so far
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    @irene Is the difference in performance really that small? I'll do a lot of compiling and multi-tasking, so I assumed the frequency will do kind of a difference 🤔
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    @irene The 2700x has 14% more effective speed (source UserBenchmark) and only costs me about 30€ more, so I think that's a good pickup
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    @irene Of course it is, but considering I won't upgrade my build again any time soon, I think that this difference is fair 😄
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    @EDWCode Overclocking is exactly one of the things I want to prevent 😅
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    @irene The one I found on German Amazon comes with it
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    I have 3000MHz RAM with my Ryzen 2nd gen and it works perfectly.

    And with Ryzen, the RAM frequency does make a decent amount of difference. I recommend deciding on other parts first, then filling the rest of your budget with the fastest RAM you can get
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    If you can get a PCIe,
    A subtle change that makes a difference, and pretty inexpensive
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    Why mini-itx, blocking all future upgrades unless space is a constraint.
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    @dmoa PCIe SSD?
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    @irene for me, it's RAM n PCIE based storage as I play with lots of VM cluster. As per his comment, gaming was secondary so i guessed similar needs.
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    @irene yes, narrow spec for wider usage :)
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    I went to my mobo support page and sorted the supported ram list by speed and hit buy. Surprisingly it passed many a memtest on 3466 already with a first gen Ryzen?(Summit ridge apparently? Never kept up with Ryzen development). Component pairing is a big deal sometimes.
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    Also I hate AMDs thermal paste they put in their coolers. My suggestion is get something else and clean it off. I don't know if it's necessarily bad, just never got the point of the "sticky" kind.
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    @irene Maybe I'm just salty after having pulled one too many CPUs out their sockets by the cooler lol. Straightening CPU pins isnt fun. Also does anybody know what the word "gently" means? I see it everywhere...
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    I would wait for Ryzen 5 3000 series
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    @EDWCode I'm running G.SKILL RipJaws at their advertised speed of 3200 on a MSI gaming pro carbon and a Ryzen 2700X without any problem.
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    Wow, thanks for all the tips guys!

    @ajit555 I decided to go for a Mini-ITX build, because the PC will rest on my Desk (Currently have a Micro-ATX build) and I just love the minimalistic look of it. Upgrades are no problem for me, since I do not plan upgrading it again any time soon. Even if the RAM is enough at some point, I can still sell it and replace it with 2x16 (do not plan on doing that though 😅)
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