Description

This is almost a complete upgrade from my last build. I've enjoyed the creativity and detailed work involved in building computers, and fortunately I've had the time and money to enjoy this hobby.

I did my own custom paracord sleeving. When I needed extensions, several websites weren't taking orders, so I decided to buy the supplies and teach myself a new skill. Very tedious, but I think I found a great method and I'm happy with the outcome. I chose these colors because I originally wanted a Matrix themed build. I thought about adding some vinyl wrap on my case but it's just too nice to slap vinyl on.

I'm still in the process of making a computer that I really love. I have some issues with this current setup and I'll outline my likes and dislikes in the parts reviews. Please feel free to comment, question or give suggestions. Thanks!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Great AIO cooler. I replaced the stock fans (SP120's) with Phanteks SP120's. They are whisper quiet!

Motherboard

Pros: Small, only needed 2 RAM slots and 1 PCI-E slot, onboard Wifi, cool LED's on the side, great OC potential for RAM and CPU.

Cons: Don't really like the BIOS and AI program that comes with ASUS products. Not very intuitive IMO, and I've had problems getting the software to recognize the fans and keep them at set RPM's. MSI has better software.
Only 2 fan headers (plus one for an AIO cooler but I think it's not PWM). Not a problem in this case since I only have 2 fans for the cooler and one mounted inside the back panel, but could be a problem if I chose a different case and wanted to add more fans.

Case

This is a beautiful case, but as the saying goes, Beauty is Pain. The learning curve is steep for me right now, and after looking at many other builds with this case and other mini-ITX cases, I realize that this is ideal for custom water cooling loops. There's very little clearance for a CPU fan cooler and it barely fits my Corsair H100. As a Lian Li and because of its size, it is very difficult to work in if you have lots of cables. This case is meant to be meticulously planned, built, and then left alone! You have to take off the top, front, and back panels to work on anything inside, again with very limited space. Also, apparently this aluminum case isn't magnetic, so my RGB LED strips don't stay very well. One is mounted using tape. I'm thinking of changing to the Corsair 460X, the NZXT S340 ELite, or the Lian Li QC-37. I like the tempered glass cases, but I want to have more case fans and work with a case that isn't so difficult. My hang up is that I LOVE the ability to vertically mount the GPU. If I ever get around to buying a GTX 1070 or 1080, it would be awesome to have it displayed in all its glory. Maybe I could manage that in a different case...

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build bro ! What are ur CPU thermals like though

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never seen my CPU get above 40 C, even after playing games like Fallout 4 and Doom at max settings. Granted, I'm not overclocking at all right now.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Why Did You Go With A Gigabyte Gtx 1060 ?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I found a slightly used one for $200. I'm saving up for a 1070 or possibly 1080 if the price is right! And a better monitor, something with 144Hz

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interesting case! I've never seen that style before. How are the GPU temps? Does the vertical position make it a lot warmer under load?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU temps were OK, but it did get pretty hot. There's not much clearance between the GPU and the window so that's not great for cooling. I've since switched cases to a Phanteks P400. This case is not designed for air flow, it's more suited for a water loop.