Description

I built this 7/2018 and it's mainly used for gaming and media consumption... I spend a lot of time in front of it. It is replacing a 2012 iMac. This was my first build ever and my hands were sweating the entire time. Overall though I'm very happy with the build.

The excessive amount of SSDs are a result of me buying multiple during black friday and forgetting/too lazy to return them.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This thing is quiet but it's an absolute unit for such a compact case. I put it on the CPU first (maybe rookie move, idk) and had a lot of issues doing all of the connections near the cpu on the motherboard. I'd like to eventually change it out for an AIO at some point.

Memory

These guys have a lot of trouble communicating with corsair icue software. The rgb is always going rogue. They're also a little too tall for the cpu cooler... as in they barely fit right now and if I decide to do another 2x8gb for the other two slots, I don't think I can go with another two sticks of these unfortunately.

Case

It's on the smaller side but I really like the aesthetics of the case, especially with RGB fans in the front. Fantastic airflow

Case Fan

I got faulty ones initially and had to do research to find out they're not supposed to continuously blink. The replacements work much better. Doing the lightning node stuff is a pain in the butt but the fans along with the (magnetic) strips (sold separately) look great

Monitor

Looks great, would love to go dual monitor or ultra wide at some point

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

That CPU cooler is an absolute unit.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

I always laugh when I see a Dark Rock Pro in a compact case. Love how the product is marketed as being acoustically stealth, but is probably the biggest, most obtuse thing you can put in a build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

absolutely, I just went off of reviews and what all of the pc youtubers were talking about. When I sent the picture of it on the motherboard to my pc friends, they thought its size was ridiculous.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean you definitely won't see comments about not using the space to it's fullest. I think for as hulked-out as it is, it still looks great.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it good for a full tower tho?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean, there is nothing wrong with it. I'd say it performs near the top of air coolers. I think it looks great, and if you do to, then its perfect for a full tower.

(Your's is a mid tower, in case you didn't know. Don't know if you were asking in regards to this build or about another.)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

did you remove the front rad fan ? it will cool less about 30% less overall if you don't overclock it should be ok

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I just watched a video about that today! Pretty sure I took the outer fan and moved it to the back of the case. I didn't pay attention to ram clearance when I was planning everything (stupid overrated corsair rgb ram) so moving the fan was my only option if I wanted to use both sticks.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

also i didn't see it at once but avoid puting your loved pc on a carpet it will kill it electrostatic and dust will damage all componenet making them stop and no warranty on it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it's actually on a piece of wood from an old piece of ikea furniture... might try to move it to my desk regardless though. Thanks!