Description

This build was sparked off by a lucky find - an ex-mining Palit GTX 1070Ti for £240. From there, I needed to build a system to: Edit Video, Edit Photos, and Play around with Ubuntu after a 10 year break from Linux.

My 'other' PC is an Intel gaming build, so I wanted this to be functional, powerful and cost effective. I think I achieved that.

The CPU Choice was easy given the price: Ryzen 2700X with it's awesome bundled cooler. That lead on to the mATX MSI Mortar, with 2 M.2 Slots, 4 Ram slots and great functionality. I've got to say I prefer MSI's BIOS too. mATX enabled me to choose my favorite case, the Fractal Design Meshify C.

For 'looks', I opted for some cheap amazon cable extensions just to tidy up the interior, as well as £10 worth of 5050 RGB strips. That's all I spent on Aesthetics.

Speaking of which: My editing on these images isn't on point! This is my first attempt with Darktable, and it's not as intuitive as Lightroom!

For Cooling I retained one of the 2 fans that Fractal supply with the case, and used a pair of Corsair ML120's I already had as intake fans. The Meshify can look great with RGB fans behind the front mesh, but this system is for go, not show and I didn't want to slip over budget.

This system shares mt Acer Predator X34P with my gaming system. I use a cheap USB switcher to flick between systems with the same keyboard and mouse (Corsairs). The monitor is via HDMI for this system, as I can stand to lose the refresh rate and g-sync on a Linux workstation but not my gaming system.

Overall, I'm really happy with this system. It POST'ed first time and it only took a few alterations in BIOS to get it dual booting correctly.

Future plans - I've just fitted a 3Tb Toshiba HDD, and it may end up with 32Gb of 3200Mhz RAM if it proves it's worth. For now, I'm happy with it as it is.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 5 points

It looks really nice. I don't know if it's because of the photo angle, but it looks like the gpu is pulling at the board, may want to get a gpu bracket.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's actually an artefact of the GPU having been damaged in shipping. It wasn't well packaged and it obviously got dropped, bending the I/O plate. I tried to straighten it as best I could. I may well get a bracket as you suggest, I saw a cheap one on amazon that will do the job.

Just the perils of buying second hand. Card functions perfectly though so that's good.

  • 14 months ago
  • 4 points

is the tint on the case side panel really that dark??

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I messed up the edit a bit on that photo. It's dark but not that dark. Definite tint though.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to say, the pictures look pretty good! Shows off the good components.

Also, If you want something even more powerful and less intuitive, try RawTherapee.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and clean build and great choice on parts.

Though that cooler on the GPU must be rather heavy as I can see a fair amount of GPU sag especially in pic 4.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that's actually an artifact of the Gpu having been damaged in shipping. It wasn't well packaged and it obviously got dropped, bending the I/O plate. I tried to straighten it as best I could. I may well get a bracket as you suggest, I saw a cheap one on amazon that will do the job.

Just the perils of buying second hand.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

clean +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Noice! Nice cable management and attention to details.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Outstanding mate. Any chance of the link for the link you used for the White PSU Cables. Im just looking for them to finish off my build. Cheers!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go: http://amzn.eu/d/14fSRQu

They are quite stiff as they use plastic sleeving, not paracord. Best I could find, and 30cm ones fit this case well. They come with 24 pin ATX, 4/8Pin MoBo Power, and 2 sets of 6+8pin PCIE for 2x GPUs. And some cable combs.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

A true Gent. Cheers mate!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

We when read "ex-mining Palit" all I could picture was an old tired miner doing his best to keep up...

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Poor Palit, when will he ever get to rest.....

It was actually great: The guy was selling 8 of these, he'd benchmarked them all so I got to pick the one with the best score. It's in the top 10th percentile of 1070Ti's out there (if you choose to bleive userbenchmarks methodology) http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/10888213

It seems to be in fine form. I think of it like retiring a dog from the puppy farm.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you try overclocking it at all?? Because that's a great score already! :O

Here's my 1070 Ti userbenchmark: Link

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, That's as it came. I'm really not looking to squeeze the last ounce out of this one, I have a 1080ti build for gaming.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh absolutely!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks great, and you're also a good photographer.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful!!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely gorgeous. Spectacular photos as well. Beautifully balanced part choices.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

so damn simple it's beautiful.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I like simple things. It stops them outwitting me.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

A very well earned feature. +1 from me

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Never thought i will live to see the day when i will actually like to see one of Palit GPU's in a high end build.... But... DAMN !!! That looks amazing. Especially on that picture where TG side is closed (2nd pic).

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just flattered you called my computer a high end build!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude.... Here, where i live, a 4 member family can live up to 3 months from the money you spent on that pc. So, yea... thats pretty high cos most of us can only dream about it. So be happy that you own it and may it serve you well.

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  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

'Minnie Riperton'

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely brilliant example of how to prioritize a budget. Well done!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

NICE! I'm digging that case! I ordered the ATX version, can't wait to build in it!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really nice. +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

My question is why have this system and another gaming system? This already is a great gaming system!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Ultrawide monitor that takes a 1080ti to run it well, and I built that system first. This is kind of a 'hackspace' mucking around PC, and it'll end up running minecraft and stuff in it's spare time so my son can play too.

Just seemed like too good an opportunity to build something great in an ATX case. The gaming PC is a SFF Dan A4, so it's not like I have 2 towers next to each other, the dan A4 sits more like a NAS!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing job man, I'm planing on building something with the Meshify C Mini as well, but using a 2600, same motherboard, G.Skill memory and I still have to see what GPU I'm going to throw in, it's a little bit confusing right now to make a choice and I still have to save up a little bit more money.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

nice- what do you have for your gaming rig anyway?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I am lucky enough to have a 1080ti and an i5-8600K in a dan A4 as my gaming/windows PC.

Photos here. I'm not happy with them and the spec may get altered a bit, so I haven't submitted it as complete yet.

https://imgur.com/a/mdzO4vN

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

yes- then there's me ( still don't got a pc, but it's likely to be a gtx 1050,but I got a 1080p monitor, and I really only play esports titles so it works out)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It's important to be proud of what you have. I've spent 20 years gaming on really sub standard PC's - from teenage years when dad wouldn't buy a 3D card in the 90's, to my Student PC when funds limited me to 'borrowing' the 32Mb 3DFX VooDoo that my girlfriends PC had (but didn't need). Then younger years relying on laptops to do my best.

Finally I have enough put aside to justify a couple of Computers to really do what I want. These PC's will last years, be subject to upgrade in time, and no doubt one day feel old but for now I'm lucky to have the current 'state of the art'.

Your 1050 will no doubt serve you well, but look out for a used GTX 970. I have one of those, and it's a beast at 1080p and should save you some money too! Compares favourably to a 1060 3Gb.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it just me or is that cooler seem a little big for a 1070 Ti? I have a 1080 and it's half the size of that.

Great build none the less, my friend. Hope it's treating you well and congratulations on the feature! A1 cable management as well.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh woah, I got featured? No way!!

Yeah, the Super Jetstreams came with a 2.5 slot cooler, it's massive, but not that 'dense'. The card weighs less than my 1080ti. TBH the whole card feels kind of tinny and 'cheap' but at the price I'm not complaining. Great performance too. It also never gets hot, ever, even at low fan speeds.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that's good to hear that it at least preforms well and doesn't get too hot! Definitely important when it comes to a GPU! :D

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing, aside from the easily fixable gpu sag

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I've done the same in the past, find a nice part and build around it, so I know the feeling :) Those cable extensions look very nice, which ones did you buy?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

'uphere!' brand on amazon. They're actually jot great, the cables are plastic coated not paracord and very stiff, and the plugs aren't 100% best quality. Serve their purpose though and we're too expensive.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, what cable is that in pic 5 where it looks like all the fans are connected to? Dope build btw, I have a Ryzen build inside of a Fractal Design Focus G that i managed to get for $40 but i reeeeaallly wanted that Meshify C it looks amazing.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a 5050 RGB Header splitter. It connects to the motherboards RGB (4 pin) header, and splits it out to control the Wrath stealth cooler lights (except the outer ring??) and 2 LED Strips colour. It came with my £10 3 pack of LED light strips.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, thanks for the reply.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am interested in running the 2700x on this motherboard as well. Did you make any changes to the voltage to better handle the 2nd gen ryzen?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

No, I just left it alone and it runs fine.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for your reply, I am a bit new to this so I was a bit confused, but I think I'm okay now. Great looking build by the way!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

What cable kit did you use? And how many splitters did you need?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just an amazon cheap cable kit, I linked it elsewhere in the comments. I didn't need any splitters.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 2700x handle with the b450?

  • 14 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, but that cable management can be neater.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Not with the time I have available it can't. It's a workhorse not a show pony.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Well if you ask me, the cable managment is on point! +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really, really hard to get those plastic sleeved cables perfect. What you see here is 'good enough for internet photos'. They just kind of go where they want.

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I have their hyper x fury 3200mhz in my other build and the spiky but discreet head spreader is great, IMO.