Named BirdBox due to the fact there are 3 little birds inside this – a Falcon (Aorus), a Vulcan and a Little Owl (Athene Noctua). I’ve been out of the building game for about 2 years and thought it was time I got back into it. This is also a little reward for myself for coming to the end of my Computer Science Msc and for securing a technician/dev job in London.
The biggest upgrades since my last build are to the case, cpu and gpu. I needed an ITX for ease during relocating and as you can see in the photos it has a much smaller footprint than my old rig. The Kolink Rocket is a good mix of size, looks and build quality for it’s price. It’s not too difficult to build in cleanly if you think ahead. The most difficult bit I found was installing cables into your sdd when it is in the lower tray, because of it’s location it is very tight on space. To rectify this I instead screwed the ssd in backwards and used a usb sata adapter to the motherboard. This also allows me enough space to fit a slim 92mm fan under the PSU if I ever need to. The upgrade from a 1070 to a 1080ti is obviously a massive one and it enables me to now use my PG348Q to the max! I’m glad I waited for the release of the new Ryzen 3000 series, it blows my old i5 6600k out of the water and is great value for money.
I struggled for a while choosing a cpu cooler. I'm going to experiment with the Noctua and Cryorig with a mix of fans to find the best balance between temps and noise minimization. I may also buy an Alpenfohn Blackridge to do some tests with.
Thanks for those who commented on my forum post regarding my BIOS update issue, that threw me a bit, and thank you to all on here who motivate me to want to build everyday!