Description

Always wanted to build a PC and finally had the budget and a bit of time.

The main motivation behind the build was to have a small gaming machine that would be capable of 4k gaming. This is obviously a bit of an ask without SLI but I'm pretty happy with the results.

The build was relatively simple after having watched a few videos of similar builds including the partpicker one for the 250D. Had a few issues as you would expect on my first build.

1)The IO shield caused some stress in getting the motherboard to fit and required quite a bit of force to hold it in-place while screwing it in.

2) I also struggled getting the H100i on correctly and it required a bit of working into place.

3) Some issues seating the graphics card correctly , it does fit but its pretty tight.

The 840 Pro was recycled from a laptop. Quick mild overclock on the cpu which seems to be rock steady using automatic settings , will look at an overclock on the gpu at some stage.

Have to say PCPartpicker did make the whole process of selecting the system so much easier.

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build for the first time out.

The IO shield is a pretty regular problem, in my experience, about 50/50 shot of getting everything to seat perfectly.

Your GPU states 267mm(L) and your case states 277mm(W), 10mm is not a lot of room to play with when trying to install, I can empathize with the seating issue. Picture 6/6 shows a lot of cabling just behind the GPU, I would suggest getting a pack of small zip ties and using them to help wrangle a few of them out of the way; leave a little play so the cords can "breathe". Online or at an electronics store you can usually find multicolor packs, helps in organizing.

Again its a great looking build and hope overall you had fun doing it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the feedback, I did make some attempt at using a few zip ties but I sort of forgot about them as the build went on, definitely need to go back and clean it up a bit.

It was great fun and less stressful than I was expecting , probably helped it powered up first time.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Those GPU temps seem a little high for a 980 ACX 2.0 right up against a vent. My 970 with a stock cooler gets about those temps and it's right up against my PSU (EVGA Hadron Air).

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Those temps were with both the CPU and the GPU being stress tested at the same time with Aida64 so it might be a bit of an extreme test possibly. I'll have another look at them.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

So, did you replace the screws on the CPU Power Daughter card heat sinks with longer screws to mount it to the case? Or do you only need to use the two free mounting holes?

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Trying to remember just what I did , I'm pretty sure I undid the screws on the CPU power daughter card and then I used the screws that came with the case to mount it on all 4 points on the motherboard to the case . I didn't have any longer screws and it seemed to make a good connection still, even though it was also reattaching the daughter card as well.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool thanks! I just got the board myself and noticed that the manual said nothing of the daughter card screws already occupying two of the mounting holes

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you router the PSU cables for the GPU under the ODD ? do you bent them? If so to which direction and how ?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great temp on the overstock.