AMD Ryzen 2600X – An Essential Gaming Upgrade 2


That upgrade itch never really goes away, no matter how many times I tell myself, that’s it for now. In another trip to the UK this March (the second in twelve months!) I’d decided that my five-year-old Corsair H100i All-In-One (AIO) water cooling system needed replacing and whilst I was at it, why not throw in another 16Gb of DDR4 into those two spare RAM slots? I mean, they’re just sitting there doing nothing and RAM prices have fallen sharply in the last few months.

RGB Is All The Rage

As you may have read in AMD Ryzen 2600X – An Essential Gaming Upgrade, last October  I carried out a substantial upgrade to my main gaming PC, replacing the motherboard, CPU, and RAM. The jump from an AMD FX8320 to a Ryzen 2600X was significant, not to mention the motherboard upgrade to an Asus Crosshair Hero VII WiFi, which is an overclocker’s dream. I did, however, leave the old Corsair H100i in place, in spite of its clear wear and tear, not to mention the noisy fans. I also left the Sentey 850W PSU with a view to upgrading it to a fully modular power supply, should funds allow. Luckily I found some special offers at Scan UK and Amazon and had the new items delivered to my brother’s house before I arrived in the UK. By the way, if that makes the notion of the carefree door to deliveries a luxury, that’s because it still is merely a notion in this basket-case country, but that and its related subject will be a topic for further articles in the near future.

The Corsair H100i RGB Platinum is a much-improved version of the original, with added RGB for the pump head and fans, all controlled by iCUE, Corsair’s own suite of software for all their RGB hardware. It’s also very silent when set to the quiet setting and maintains my CPU at between 35C and 40C when idle. It only ever goes much above those temperatures when gaming or encoding video and the highest temperature so far (in summer, no aircon) has been around 53C, which is well within the limits for a Ryzen 2600X with a TDP of 95W.

With iCUE I can also control the RGB lighting on all other Corsair connected devices, such as my RGB Strafe keyboard or, if preferred, no lighting at all.


The Asus motherboard and GPU use a similar RGB lighting system known as Asus AURA and whilst the two software programs don’t actually talk to each other, iCUE works perfectly and is constantly updated through user feedback. On the other hand, Asus AURA fails miserably on this count, resulting in me not being able to control the lighting effects on my motherboard or GPU. First world problem? Maybe so, but ASUS should get real and fix the broken code, instead of handing out platitudes to thousands of users who can no longer use their crap software.

Fully Modular PSU

I’ve built hundreds of computers over the years and it’s always been a puzzle wondering what to do with all those PSU cables that you’ll probably never use, which is why I went for a fully modular PSU this time around. You end up with less clutter and although my CM Storm Trooper Full Tower case has plenty of room for hiding cables behind the motherboard, less is more in this situation.

Memory Matters

Whilst it’s debatable whether 32GB of RAM will gain much benefit over 16GB, except maybe a few FPS (frames per second) when gaming, there’s also the possibility of using the extra unused RAM as a RamDrive, a subject well known to our editor Richard Pedersen and something I’ll be looking into very soon.

I opted for Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400Mhz to match the 16GB I already had installed and bearing in mind that many games still use an enormous amount of RAM, at least now I have a huge overhead in terms of future-proofing. That’s my excuse anyway.


Tempered Glass Is The New Kid On The Block

As I mentioned earlier, the urge to upgrade never really goes away and as I see more and more new cases with full, tempered glass sides to show off our PCs in all their glory, I can definitely see that as my next upgrade path. My Storm Trooper has an acrylic window on the side panel, is prone to scratches at the slightest touch and only fills about two-thirds of the case. Anyway, for the moment, here’s a side view of my current setup, until the next time.

About the Author

Marc Thomas

Marc is an avid traveler, motorcyclist, entrepreneur, and gamer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His interest in computers and technology began in the early 1990's when he was introduced by a friend to a Zenith Data Systems computer running DOS. In the years following he has experienced all versions of the Windows operating system, built hundreds of systems, and fixed many more for his customers. Marc also has an interesting forum you might like to check out at Argentina Expats

2 Comments

  1. I reckon you went for luxury (modular PSU) despite being able to hide the cables 😀
    I made the experience that, when you have a lot of drives like BluRay, Burner, several HDDs, you end up using all cables anyways. But I do admire the clean look of a system like yours with only one visible cable of the AiO cooler.
    Are you living in Argentinia? How much extra did you need to pay for customs and is it still worth it?
    I live in germany, and sometimes I am tempted to order stuff like SSDs from Amazon USA, because they have way better bargains. On the chekout page Amazon even claims that customs are included with the shipping prize and everything will be properly disclaimed. However, I had several packets held back at customs before, so I don’t trust it.

    • Hi Stefan
      Yes, I live in Argentina, but as I mentioned, I bought the components in the UK when I went there on a visit.
      Buying hardware like this is almost impossible here, because of corruption and bureaucracy.
      Besides, Amazon don’t ship to Argentina and probably never will.
      Many thanks for your comment.

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