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Hi everyone,

So I recently made build my first PC with a lot of advice from guys here and on Reddit. So thank you for that!! I wanted to share it here because I'm very proud and would love to hear your comments or advice.

First attempt at cable management was a challenge, managed to get the wires kindoff sorted. There still goes a backplate over the wires before the actual backpanel so was decently well done I think

Side-note: I could use a program that oversees all RGB, Temperatures and Fan speeds at the same time rather than having 4 seperate programs open. If anyone has advice.

PS: The temperatures I listed are not accurate. These are the ones I've seen during idle/gaming (total war games) but have never seen high cpu/gpu loads(always below 65%) and fan speeds have never reached above 900 RPM. During idle, my normal fans are at 700 RPM and GPU fans aren't even spinning(which probably explains higher temperatures). Not sure how to properly test it. If anyone has tips/a guide, let me know and I can update the temps. Also, this was during the heatwave here in Europe and temps are at 30-40 degrees ambient. So they may seem high.

Part Reviews

CPU

A very popular CPU at the moment and I can see why. It has a very decent price, performs amazingly. I could have gone with a 3600 but wanted this one for tasks aside from gaming.

CPU Cooler

Probably absolute overkill for my system but I have several reasons for why I wanted one this size. My pc is stationed in the attic where it gets very high ambient temperatures (with the recent European heatwaves, about 40+ degrees celsius). Another is that it provides proper exhaust with all the intake I have in this case. Lastly, I just love the CPU cooling block looks.

Motherboard

Mostly easy to work with and looks great. Have only had great performance from it. Only thing that seemed odd during building is that internal usb 2.0 were shown on the schematics but weren't there on the actual motherboard, made me improvise a bit.

Memory

At first I wanted to get the Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600 but these were not available anywhere in my country and these seemed like a decent alternative as all other 3600 MHZ dimms were 2x more expensive. Performance seems great, runs at listed speeds.

Storage

At first I was looking at the Intel 660p NVMe drive but I kept hearing several bad things about it. I could get this NVMe drive for only 20 euros more and although it has less GB, I prefer having a fast boot drive. It performs amazingly well.

Video Card

It's powerfull and quiet. Fans rarely start spinning as it just doesn't reach the temperatures required for the fans to start. Haven't tested on 1440p or higher yet.

Edit: The GPU is very heavy and thus comes with a support bracket. This support is horrendous to install and I am still not sure if it will prevent any sagging as it connects with the GPU on 2 points but not very well.

Case

I think there's little I need to explain about this case due to it's popularity. It is a great thing to build in. It's not completely without problems though. Due to the screws used in mounting the 3 fans at the bottom, the dust filter will barely hold on to the case anymore as the magnetic strips just aren't powerfull/sticky enough. Top panel would not go back into place at first, reason unclear. It seemed like the screws holding the Kraken X72 at the top were making it more difficult? Not sure, still need to investigate.

Case Fan

Paired with a Corsair Commander Pro

First things first, they look amzing, seem to perform quite well at low speeds. Which is why I wanted them. The installation was a pain though as I had to install 6 of them. I didn't expect that each fan would have 2 wires coming out, which need to go to seperatly the commander pro and the fan hub. This means 12 wires just for the fans + wires for powering the commander pro & fan hub + connecting the C-Pro & fan hub to eachother and to the required ports on motherboard results in waaay to many wires. Especially as you still have wires for all the other components in the same space.

TL:DR Works and looks great. Installation was a pain.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! that case is super clean

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build idd! Love it when people have more intake than exhaust fans, good job! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I figures positive pressure in the case would be the way to go! And a test looking at fan setups determined this was the best setup for cooling too so win-win.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, nice rig. Does that ram work perfect with the MOBO? I'm wanting to get the same combo but the Ram isn't listed on Gigabytes QVL list. You used this ram right CMW16GX4M2C3200C16? Thanks.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I only had a minor inconvenience with the RAM. When enabling the XMP profile, the speeds didn't show up as increased but later during tests it showed to be working at the advertised 3200 speed. Has worked perfectly since.

You used this ram right CMW16GX4M2C3200C16?

Yep, used that. Checked my box for you :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I really appreciate the help!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, have fun building!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but for a 2.5k$ build, that monitor looks kinda old. :P

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Oh it is an old monitor, it is about 8 years old? I have added a LG32GK650F as my main monitor which is an 1440p 144hz monitor. I'm using the old one for stuff like spotify!