Question ITX | Mid-Range System - Does this make sense?

Jun 25, 2019
I wanted to ask the experts here if the build I've in mind makes sense this way:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU | AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor | $279.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $139.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | Asus - ROG Strix B450-I Gaming Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard | $149.99 @ Amazon
Memory | Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $74.99 @ Amazon
Storage | Samsung - 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $117.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | Sapphire - Radeon RX VEGA 56 8 GB PULSE Video Card | $299.99 @ Amazon
Case | Streacom - DA2 Mini ITX Desktop Case |-
Power Supply | Corsair - SF 450 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply | $98.89 @ OutletPC
Monitor | Dell - U2718Q 27.0" 3840x2160 60 Hz Monitor | $399.00 @ Amazon

The system is intended to be a workstation for the next 5 years to
  • design
  • developing
  • time-to-time editing 4k footage (Premiere)
  • Gaming on 1080p for the next year (until streaming is king)
Here are additional infos/thoughts
  • I'm want to wait for Ryzen 3000 release and get the cheapest 3700 version (makes sense?)
  • I'm unsure about the RAM. Is 3600 beter/worth it especially with the CPU?
  • the GPU is less important to me
  • I intent to run Linux Pop-OS mainly, a MacOS VM and Windows from time to time
  • I got the display already - just wanted to let you know that's mainly running on a 4k (not for gaming)
Thanks for taking a look.


Looks pretty good to me. More than capable for your use cases.

As to your additional thoughts etc:
  • Waiting for Zen2 would be a good idea - either you net stronger performance, or the prices of a 2700X should drop pretty quickly.
  • For 2nd Gen Ryzen, you still have a sweet-spot of 3000-3200MHz. Beyond that, you're not likely to see any noticeable gains, especially not to justify the cost increase to 3600MHz.
  • I'm not sure how MacOS VM's play with Ryzen CPUs, but TonyMac86 would be a solid resource:
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Wow, that Sapphire card must have one hell of an OC on it out of the box. Good catch @Calvin7
Sapphire list it as a 280W TDP card (vs 180W for a 'typical' Vega56).
Most of them will run in the ~220W typical max load:,5202-21.html

The SF450 does have 2x8pins, but some added headroom would definitely be a good idea.

The 750W PSU is an overshoot on Sapphire's part, but a quality 550W should be capable.
However, given a 650W SuperNOVA GM can be had for the same money as a SF450, there's really no reason not to pick up the 650W unit:

PCPartPicker Part List

Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA GM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular SFX Power Supply ($95.88 @ OutletPC)
Total: $95.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-25 09:45 EDT-0400
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Jun 25, 2019
@Barty1884 Thanks for validating my thoughts. I will stick to 3200.

Great catch! Thanks a lot.
After reading I see that there should be at least 600W or more. Will upgrade.
One thing about the Power Connectors:
Corsair 450W has
1x EPS/SFX12V 8 pin (4+4) cable
2x PCIe 8 pin (6+2) cable
Beside the power requirements that should be fine, right? Or for what do I need to watch out on the power supply to ensure there are enough connectors?

Thanks for your advice!