for a couple of days I am thinking / planning on building a new ITX build based on a Ryzen 2400G.
Since I am a fan of Level1Techs Youtube videos around Linux and stuff I thought I might find some helpful ideas in this forum. (PS: I am mostly a linux [Kubuntu] user)
First of all, please excuse me, if my english is not as specific, as I would like it to be. It is not my native language.
So as mentioned earlier, I’ planning to build a SFF Ryzen 5 2400G system in the not too distance future. I’d like the system to be as quiet as possible for a SFF - especially during office and web work. Low noise under load would be awsome, no question. But since I do not play games too much in the last couple of months/years, it’d be ok for the coolers to spin up a little under load. But while working, programming, surfing and stuff, it would be best to have the lowest noise as possible
So my first task was/is to find a suitable and nifty case and currently I prefer the Fractal Design Node 304 the most, since I lets me eventually use a dGPU (got a spare 1060 3g somewhere, which I would plug in) and it lets me use all of my 4 SSDs. I found a couple of other good looking options, like the Kolink Rocket Mini-ITX or the DAN A4-SFX V3, which I would prefer on the design side, but as far as I could find out, their cooling options will be considerably louder due to the space problems. (and they come with a hefty price tag, as well). Another problem would be the low amount of 2.5’ drives on those cases. Currently I am using 4 2.5’ drives, which would be easily reduceable to 3 and with some effort I might be able to only use 2 drives, but… yeea… I will see.
If one of you has another good option for a good looking case, I will be happy to have a look into it. Until then I will most probably stick to the Node 304.
For the PSU I am thinking of a Seasonic FOCUS SFX GOLD 650W. I love the idea of the fanless mode. I also assume the SFX-L space savings over an ATX formfactor might be very helpful, to reach a better and more silent CPU cooling solution + airflow? For future upgrades of CPU/GPU I’d go for the 650W. In case that it will make absolutely no space difference I can use my 1 year old bequeit! Dark Power Pro 11 850W PSU, which on the other side would be a little overkill on the power side I guess. It would’nt hurt though.
So now I reach the difficult parts of my plan.
Firstly I have no idea, which ITX AM4 motherboard would be advisable. In a lot of threads here I read, that linux support for Ryzen APUs was not very well optimized in the past.(e.g. this thread right below mine xD) Stays that true for the time being? (GPU passthrough is only a nice to have). Since I might want to upgrade the CPU and/or GPU in the future, I assume a X470 motherboard would be the way to go? I assume the next Gen Ryzen CPUs will still stick to X470, right?
Lastly I am heavily unsure on which cooling solution to choose for the CPU. Theoretically I would love to use a custom watercooling solution (got a couple of spare things, when I switch my current build to the new ITX), but besides the (not too noisy, but hearable) pump, the space problematic will most probably prohibit a custom solution.
Another option might an AIO watercooling? I have no idea of the noise level of current products. Do you know a very low noise option here? Would you recommend it at all?
In the end I assume a quality air cooling solution might reach the lowest noise level, don’t you think? Since I have not yet had the case in my hands, I can not imagine, how much space I will have for the CPU cooling. Maybe someone has experience on that case? What is your opinion on the Nofan CR-80EH? Would you think with a decent airflow from low noise case coolers that passive cooler would even work under load?
I would love to read your advices and critics.
Thank you very much for reading.