Description

A mini-ITX build in a Streamcom DA2 case. PC will be used for mostly gaming. I used some parts from my previous machine (the video card). I went for a budget CPU with the Ryzen 3, however AMD reports plans to keep the AM4 socket for several years so I will replace the CPU with a fast 7 nm process chip in a few years. The place where I really invested was the 1 TB NVMe drive and I think it was worth it; it actually installs on the back of the motherboard (see pictures of the backside of the mobo in the case).

The Streamcom DA2 case is really clean and slick. It was relatively easy to work in and everything just fit even two extra fans (a 91 mm and a 120 mm fan, see pictures). The trickiest part was fitting in the 120 mm radiator & fan on the EVGA hybrid card. I do not think you could put in a 3.5" drive and a radiator in this case simultaneously. I threw in an old 2.5" SSD into this build. Hard drives mount just in front of the SFX PSU in this case so it sits very close behind the GPU radiator's fan: it may be restricting airflow. Cable management was tricky and if I really wanted to improve things I would perhaps order some custom shorty power cables now that I know exactly how everything fits. Space is tight but with planning it all works.

Update: A few months ago I put in a new CPU: AMD RYZEN 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6 GHz. It is great.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 5 points

this is such a weird combination of parts. why the ryzen 3??

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

I was upgrading from a machine that had a much slower CPU so this is already and upgrade for me. I will replace the CPU with a fast 7 nm chip when AMD releases them so I didn't want to waste money.

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I am too waiting for ryzen 3rd gen

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like waiting payed off

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

I get that the graphics card is important but why such a budget cpu to start i might be wrong but dont u get cpu bottlenecks with such a beefy card

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, most likely will get some bottleneck. But I had even more bottleneck with my previous build which had the same graphics card and a 7 year old CPU!

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

yeah i get it

If you do upgrade i recommend the Ryzen 7 1800x or the Ryzen 7 1700 as thats what i have now and what i used to have and they work great.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Or just a Zen 2 CPU lol

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I like the build with the upgrade path you have. The NVME SSD will be a great addition. I heard there may be a 7nm processor this year(???????) so could be a good Holiday gift.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Zen 2 is coming out this year and is 7nm

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Such a great build ridden with "Bottleneck" comments. Great job, I have the same exact GTX 1080.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

At least get a ryzen 5 im worried that thing is literally going to fry itself

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Tom's Hardware CPU hierarchy gives the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 a gaming score of 83% versus the CPU I chose (Ryzen 3 220 G) of 66% so that is something like a 25% performance gain for twice the price.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay I respect your choice

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Smart little build!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm here to comment because this may be the first Streacom DA2 build I've seen here. Looks pretty packed! I do like that extra fan over the stock cooler. It shows you're making the most out of this case while you wait for final upgrades. What's your CPU cooling plan once you upgrade? Also, how'd you find the overall build in that chassis?

I'm also waiting to see what Ryzen 2 might bring to the table. I'm also waiting to see what the new chipsets might have in store before deciding if I try to recycle an older motherboard or go with a newer one.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the reason I posted this build is because I couldn't find many Streacom DA2 builds so I help this helps guide other people. I'm probably going to get an aftermarket CPU air cooler pushing air out into that fan on the side once I get the new CPU in. However currently my CPU doesn't get too hot at all, so it depends on the thermal output of the new CPU. Overall the build was great.

  • 10 months ago
  • 0 points

Don’t get water cooled version, save $300 and get a 8700k

  • 10 months ago
  • -1 points

Bottleneck?

  • 10 months ago
  • -2 points

My lord, I'm afraid that the GTX 1080 will bottleneck the hell out of that 2200G.

Also, 32GB of RAM? Isn't that too overkill.

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

People were pairing the 1080 with the i5-7500 though, which has similar performance to the Ryzen 3. I don't think there will be much bottleneck, have a little faith in the guy. :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I accidentally listed 32GB, I only got 16GB. I just updated the build list.

  • 10 months ago
  • -2 points

Bottleneck?

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