Description

Updated 12/29/2019:

  • Replaced and relocated old components on another PC

  • Acquired a motherboard with Z chipset to overclock the CPU and RAM

  • Delidded and overclocked the 8600K

  • Reinstalled Windows 10 on new NVMe

  • Added peripherals to part list

The ARCTIC Accelero Xtreme III is still the finest and smartest purchase I have ever made, Undervolted and Overcloked, my RTX2080 will last until I decide to buy a new graphics card, whenever that happens.

Now my experience: Please chek Part Reviews further down

I stand by everything below this line. Granted it's unnecessarily controversial. I only keep it, albeit crossed out, for the pleasure of future readers.

Edit 06/19/2019:

I feel the need to address a few comments. I care about everyone's opinions, but I don't have time to respond to everyone individually.

* I have noticed that the most critical comments are also the best rated, please note that in any case in which someone responds something like "so much salt" to an opinion, even if it's unconstructive like mine, it means that they are the salty ones, always. So I'm glad those kind of reactions are also the most visible, thank you for that. They may try to argue that I'm rude and disrespectful, that because I don't like something and say it without justifying why I don't like it I'm salty and childish, but in reality they're just RGB fanboys triggered by what I've said, we all know it. Those of you who use words like elitism or pedantry to define my opinion, you are correct. My build doesn't need colored LED strips, glowing fans, or RGB AIO water coolers to be aesthetically pleasing or to perform to the maximum of its capacity, so it's justifiably superior.

* Now, to all those people who have been able to summarize my purposely controversial opinion in very few words, such as: salty, childish, hard to read, distasteful or simply rude; Maybe the way of expressing myself was a bit harsh, but I stand by it and in any case I appreciate all of your opinions and I am glad of the discussion it has generated. I am inclined to say that some of you seem to feel personally attacked by my way of expressing my opinion. I advise you not to be affected by anyone on the Internet, it is full of trolls, jerks and ignorants, as well as people who are unfortunate when it comes to making an statement, if you know what I mean. Also, my negative stance towards RGB and the people who like is just a personal opinion and a generalization, like all generalizations, it cannot be applied to everyone.

* I have tried to soften the introduction a little so that it is suitable for social justice warriors and easily offended individuals.

* To everyone who liked the build, regardless of my introduction, I'm glad you like it and I'll be happy to resolve your doubts one by one and upload some more pictures now that I have the time, it's the first time I've checked this page since I uploaded the build, so I'm sorry I haven't been able to answer anything so far.

End of edit.

Subjectivity Alert: Below you'll find my experience with the assembly and use of this PC, but my personal opinions are interspersed.

First of all, I would like to keep the basics out of the way. I have been true to myself when it comes to assembling this build, therefore: RGB is useless nonsense and in my opinion a black or white case without or with very few lights is extremely aesthetically pleasing, in addition this is a build focused on performance, temperature and noise volume.

By the way, if you love those builds with tempered glass windows, liquid cooling, custom cables and 20 million LEDs, but then you think Noctua fans are ugly because they are brown, congratulations, you are part of the herd.~~

This goes for those who love to help:

First of all, your advice is always appreciated.

The Samsung monitor, the external HDD and the SSD NVME, I already had them before making this build, those comments like "Why buy that instead of this?" are out of place in relation only to those 3 products. Which means that I'd love to receive recomendations regarding any other component of this build.

Also, ALL the elements of this build except the Accelero Xtreme III and the Corsair case were chosen to fit in a different box.

Part Reviews

CPU

As of today I would have considered buying AMD, but this processor is good and reaches 5.0Ghz like a champ.

CPU Cooler

Magnificent cooler. Before you ask me why I bought a C-shaped cooler instead of a traditional tower cooler to take advantage of the direction of the air-flow, well, this cooler with a fan underneath pushing air from below up reduces by 20C the temperature of the passive cooling components placed on the motherboard. For example, due to the heat emitted by the GPU, the NVMe used to reach 84C, now the disk does not exceed 64C. All this while also keeping the CPU at a good reasonable temperature.

Video Card

Please don't buy Gigabyte unless it is Aorus, the quality of the stock Cooler in the Windforce is so bad that it heats up as much as the reference cards, but pushing the hot air inside the case due to being an open air card. What the heck Gigabyte?

Case

This case is a marvel to build into, I come from cheaper cases so I can't say much about the quality. It's a mistake not to have made it a little higher (or wider depending on how you place it), the GPU cables hit the side panel. I chose it mainly to fit my room space requirements.

Case Fan

In relation to all Noctua fans used, as usual extremely efficient and quiet. They are placed in the best possible way, I have made sure to get positive airflow by always keeping the GPU fans at higher speeds than those placed in the case.

Case Fan

This one deserves a special mention. Noisy beast responsible for keeping the GPU below 56C at all times.

Headphones

The inner headband is made of metal and puts a lot of pressure on the skull (I don't have a big head, maybe they're designed for little kids.) this makes them more uncomfortable than the Arctis 5 or 7.

External Storage

Louder than the rest of the system,. Plus it's pretty slow.

Custom

It is absolutely shameful that in 2019 a 2013 Air Cooler can easily outperform many stock coolers. This beast, accompanied by 2 120mm Noctuas is able to maintain a max temp of 55C with a 50% fan duty. Cold and quiet. Best component in the system.

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Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 23 points

so much salt in that introduction. nice build, though

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Full marks to the PCPP mods for giving this a feature, regardless of said salt. It'll spark some conversation at the very least.

Either way I love the build, and the desk, and despise RGB in a similar fashion to OP. Admittedly it's not really necessary to frame it the way he did though.

  • 9 months ago
  • -1 points

i feel the same like him, i cant stand some people online...and its better to clarify EVERYTHING at first hand. nice build from this guy

  • 9 months ago
  • 19 points

Jesus that introduction was hard to get through. "Part of the herd" is rather difficult to read when the builder is just another person who's fallen for Noctua's anti-aesthetics marketing trick.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean it does come from a guy who made g.skill a Computex booth build....... Anyway lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 10 points

Aye but I build rigs for all sorts, my personal preference is definitely not RGB that's for sure haha. I just don't like the smugness given there's nothing to back up the sentiment.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Would you be willing to put some of your other builds on here? I loved the G.Skill one, and the video series was great!

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

I will be indeed, including a number that I did before working at Bit (which IMO were more interesting than most I’ve done recently).

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, like just let ppl have their own preferences and opinions.

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

just points of view... he wnet just for performance and like this industrial design ... intro was funny and awesome.

  • 9 months ago
  • 8 points

There’s nothing wrong with the build, it’s okay and does it’s job. The intro is childish though.

  • 9 months ago
  • 13 points

Nice build, although I almost didn't leave a like due to the distasteful and - rather comically ironic - introduction. "You have become the very thing you swore to destroy". I like your build but this comes off pretentious and elitist. Although I share your design preferences it does not make you any better than anyone else.

  • 9 months ago
  • 8 points

Agreed. It’s one thing to “stay true to yourself,” but then he gets aggressive towards other people’s own preferences just because it’s a part of the majority. Kind of a double standard...

  • 9 months ago
  • 8 points

seems super rude for a featured builder first paragraph insulting people who think differently than you. grow up dude get over yourself and your build

  • 9 months ago
  • 7 points

I've never seen that GPU mod before, but that is sick! Now I'm going to have to consider getting something like that for my build. Being able to have Noctua fans on my GPU would just bring my whole build together.

Nicely done +1

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

Holy noctua.... dats alota noctuas :P

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

i ask why someone did something instead of something else because i want to learn more

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Although I prefer the clean single color addressable rgb builds, I appreciate these builds a lot too. The noctua fans and the gpu cooler look really cool. Nice build.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

your desk game is mad strong

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, this. Can OP give us some desk details?

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Love that mid tower, also the low profile and micro aspects. Coolest gpu mod by far, great job!

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh my word this is truly a fantastic build. My fav case, coolers, fans, colours. This build has it all even the performance. Please adopt me.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

could we get a sneaky pic of the whole setup? i feel that is all thats missing :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

Hi, I saw that you posted several comments and I could not answer before, I'm glad you liked my build, as soon as I get home I'll take some photos of the whole setup.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a great build +1... love the noctua mod...always said they should build their own video card cooling systems....

with that said, I love clean builds... and I also love water cooling, themed build and I just dabble in some RGB..... useless, no... an impressive light system takes some skill and research btw. I did my first rgb build recently and there is more to it than just buying lights. but hey we all have are likes and opinions... some may say buying noctua fans and calling it an awesome build is questionable... but I have done it! But I don't put down people who do either nor should you... people should respect the community and there diversity in builds. If we all build black or white builds and no or fewer lights.... all of the build would look the same! pcpp probably wouldn't exist honestly. It's enthusiast that step outside the box with the wow factor the keeps this going... heck Ive seen a ton of just noctua builds just like this one... but none the less....great build and congrats on your feature

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

You can do an industrial aesthetic and keep things performance-focused without trashing people who have a different opinion dude.

Lot's of people don't like beige and brown fans. Given the price premium that Noctua (rightly) commands due to their performance, it is not unreasonable to want something aesthetically pleasing as well. Even Noctua realizes this, else they wouldn't have started making Chroma fans (or expanded the Chroma offerings at Computex this year).

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Was cable-management a struggle?

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

hey man, if it doesnt intrude on noise, thermals or OC, its an afterthought, especially if its going under a slab of wood :P

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that is some dedication. Good job!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

It is true that Gigabytes coolers are incredibly bad, even the aorus coolers don't do as good of a job as something like MSI or ASUS. It looks awesome though! I really like what you did with the accelero ectreme! Really good temps as well, especially for an m-ATX case.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Now the Noctua NH-C14S, magnificent cooler. Before you ask me why I bought a C-shaped cooler instead of a traditional tower cooler to take advantage of the direction of the air-flow, well, this cooler with a fan underneath pushing air from below up reduces by 20C the temperature of the passive cooling components placed on the motherboard.

Exactly, this is the correct way of positioning the NH-C14S fan.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

this is a very nice build! I love it :D

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man. Congrats on the feature!!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

1364$ feature

BOSS

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh finally someone else who love the Arctic GPU Coolers!!!!!!! It is shameful that all these AIB and stock coolers suck when this Old accessory works SO DAMN GOOD!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree with the build intro a lot. As much as I like some RGB builds, sometimes it’s better to go non-RGB and aircooling to have the best performance. That being said, you nailed the way your PC looks! The way it’s positioned under the desk combined with the clean, modern look of both the PC itself and the desk itself make it look very modern, which I really like. I also like how you didn’t sacrifice performance just to make it look good; that’s a really nice move in my eyes. If it’s under your desk, who cares about a literal freakin’ rainbow glowing from under the desk? All in all, I really like this build. You decided to keep performance whilst also making it look nice, clean, and modern. You’ve shown me that it’s possible to get a feature without using over-the-top decoration. This is a definite +1 from me!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

So what was the reasoning for having a front exhaust? Was it just to avoid heat getting trapped behind the desk or was there more to it?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one. So rare to see aftermarket GPU air coolers used for silence, but I'm not sure why!

The three little fans on my 1080 sound terrible, scratchy at low speed and annoyingly loud under load. A few people online have modded GPUs with CPU tower coolers and greatly improved quietness and/or cooling. I was planning to try it, but the temptation of water is strong...

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very very cool on many levels. May have to consider that Accelero for the dual 2080 TI Threadripper server I am planning. Was already planning to air cool the entire build (be quiet dark rock TR4 for the cpu). Accelero might really be worth doing for the gpus.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build. Just curious why the two different coloured NF-F12's on the GPU?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG! Very Nice!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite unique. And still powerful as hell. No wonder it got featured.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome. I like how it looks almost a part of the desk.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Introduction tops the actual build in here... lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build but bruh, just because someone likes lights and custom cables and tempered glass side-panels doesn't make them apart of a "herd." Fact of the matter is noctua fans literally look like crap smeared on a fan...but that doesn't mean the fan isn't FANtastic (Ha! See what I did there?). Everyone has their own opinions and preferences, no need to get salty and insulting man. Great build by the way!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

calm down with the intro but otherwise amazing build

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

2 questions:

You wouldn't happen to know the total length and width of the Graphics card with the aftermarket cooler, would you? I would like to fit that on my 2070 in my Thermaltake Core P1.

Is the H370 an overclocking board? If not, why did you pair it with a K sku CPU?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick, slick build!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. i'm considering this case for my new desktop. I also dislike RGB, so it's nice to see a case with a lack of rainbow unicorns.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build; thanks for sharing! On the Accelero: are the Noctuas mounted to the bottom of the case with spacers as opposed to the heat sink itself? I'd like to do the same thing in my Air 240 but haven't been able to figure it out.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build I like it and the ideas it embraces. RGB gets over done. I feel the same way about tatoos ...pretty cool until EVERYBODY has one. However I agree with some of the other comments. Its an inclusive community. There is more than one way to skin a cat....most of us just are not too imaginative or daring. Being original is great but by definition not everyone can achieve it. So be kind. I admit that boxy case doesnt appeal to me much but in the right location (like your shelf) its ideal. RBG is not necessary at all and a quiet PC is a very very important design goal. Well done.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build. Inspired me for much of the build I’m working on. Couple questions for you:

I’m getting a compatibility error with the noctua cpu cooler and the Corsair case. Did you have any fit issues?

What desk is that? I love how it fits so snug there. Can you send link?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The Noctua fits perfectly as long as you don't put a fan on top. The only thing that can give you problems is the graphics card, the power cables may hit the glass panel, I recommend you custom cables to avoid that.

I can't tell you much about the desk except that my mother bought it when I was a kid about 10 years ago at a local store, so I don't have much information about it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the inspiration, here's my completed build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/fKWD4D

Very similar to yours. Comments/feedback quite welcome!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you use the included PCIe cables from the Corsair Txm 650?

  • 9 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow bro! what an intro lol, totally agree with your honest opinion. Gotta love Noctua and yes Gigabyte is garbage (most of the time) Aorus FTW.

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