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This is the same build you saw here:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ChYTwP

But with all the peripherals I purchased along with it. This is why I couldn't get the GTX 1080 lol. (That foreshadowing is on point)

DESK: 14 square feet of space, and as you can see, I don't have a mouse pad. "How does that work??" you may ask. Well, the whole thing is a mouse pad. It's beautiful. Machine washable too!

P.S. on this one: SERIOUSLY- if you don't plan on using coasters for your glasses, trays for your food, and don't have a good sense of cleanliness, DO NOT buy this desk. Sure, the full-coverage mousepad is washable, but after about 3 months of use on this $400 desk, just thinking about trying to wrap and finagle the main use feature around the washing machine cylinder, I start sweating. To make matters worse, as far as I know, there is no way to order a replacement mousepad.

SECRETLABS OMEGA CHAIR: It has ruined every other chair I have sat in since. I want to roll it around with me in case I want to sit down.

MONITOR MOUNT: Not much to say here; holds my 27" and 24" monitor decently. Tilt mechanism isn't very easy to adjust, but it was $29

NZXT KRAKEN G12: Bracket I used to mount the Corsair H50 AIO liquid cooler to my GPU. Works great. If you have short hoses on your cooler, it can even reduce the GPU sag by a bit.

CORSAIR COMMANDER PRO: At $65, this was a pain for me to purchase. Now that I have it and it is installed, I wouldn't trade it for any fan controller out there. This is thing is great. Allows me to change fan speeds (even the fan I have on the Kraken G12) and control the color of the fans. It ALSO lets me change the pump speeds, and the color of the LED on the pump. All of this only using one USB 2.0 header on the mobo. This is the sole reason my wire management looks so great.

NOTE: The picture of the back of the case is no longer accurate. After replacing the MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard, I restructured the layout of the fan hubs and commander pro. I'll upload a picture of the back of the case when I get it right. This case is a real challenge to manage cables in. All the reviews said so, and I thought "Wow what a bunch of lazy reviewers". Nah, cable management with RGB fans (two wires per fan) can easily take 2-3 hours.

I guess I could add another note here that i overlooked. I drink a ton of water. Like 150oz per day a lot. This leads into me "mounting" my 3 liter (~100oz) camelbak reservoir underneath my desk. I say mounting in quotations because I hold it up by using the hangers already on the reservoir and attaching it to the clips on my golf towels (google golf towels and you'll see the clips). I had to use two to bear the weight of 100oz of water. I then attached a magnet to the bottom of my desk using 3M double sided tape. The camelbak backpack the reservoir came from includes a magnetic clip that holds the reservoir tube onto the strap of the backpack is secured by a magnet. This makes it so that the mouthpiece will stay under my desk and out of way, but still in easy reach.

UPDATE: I added a white LED strip on the sides of my desk along the walls. Did a little under-desk cable management, but I'm moving soon so there's really no point!

UPDATE: Just ordered the EVGA 1080 SC 8GB because it was on sale and I have no self-control. Look at how beautiful that 49mm thick radiator is. T H I C C

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

With no RGB fans you could have gotten a 1070.

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

But this fall I’ll get the new series of nvidia cards, so there’s really no loss.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 7 points

Money is relative. What's a waste to you isn't for someone else. If a 1060 holds him over until the 1180ti comes out, what loss is it of yours?

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Well, I needed a good graphics card to play the games I want right now. It would be silly to have a completed build with no GPU. I had the money for a 1060, so I got one. I'm sorry if that bothers you.

If you think about it, this entire build is a waste of money since I have an xbox and a MacBook Pro.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

Would I be able to play Far Cry 5 at 1440p with intel graphics? Honest question.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

IDK. When he's done, it's a GPU he doesn't have to buy for an HTPC or something like that. Also, Intel graphics can't game, let alone at 1440/144.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

the desk is litterally a mouse pad, wtf

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Right?!?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

wish i had it! legit

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really nice. But personally I would have skipped the expensive stuff and gotten the 1080. Performance-wise it just makes more sense in the long run since a 1060 can't run 1440p at 144Hz anyway. Nontheless the setup looks dope! Is it possible to put the NZXT GPU cooler on another GPU?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

When I saw the prices of GPUs, I figured I could get the best bang for the buck by buying everything I wanted right now, but wait for the new generation of Nvidia cards that are coming out this fall.

But as for the NZXT Kraken G12, yes! You can put it in a ton of graphics cards. Their website is super helpful with figuring out if your card is compatible or not.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok. Then the 1060 makes sense! hopefully the G12 will be compatible with the PCBs of next gen GPUs.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that by that time, I'll be ready for an EKWB custom loop :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This comment is part of the reason I just went ahead and bought a 1080. Very good point. The G12 isnt even compatible with the newest AIOs (Corsair H150i Pro, H100iV2, and others I cant remember off the top of my head).

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

:D the 1080 wont let ya down

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet setup! Hopefully you get that 1080 soon!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I’m waiting for Turing! Gonna get me that 2080/1180/ whatever they’re gonna call it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

extremely well built and I absolutely love the look of this build and if you really wanted a 1080 you could have gone with a last gen gpu and go for 980 or maybe even 970.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Since this is my first build, I really appreciate that! But as of right now, my 1060 with my OC is killing 980s. I'm more than happy to wait for the next generation to release this fall.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How’s the motherboard? It looks cool but I want your opinion of this one against other ones such as the Z370-F Gaming from ASUS.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got it installed yesterday, so I don't have too much experience with it yet. I like the onboard power buttons and a switch to change between BIOS profiles. As of right now, my favorite thing about it is how it looks with my other hardware. But the BIOS is super easy to navigate, and I OC'd my CPU to 4.2GHz. It's a light OC, but I don't have much experience with OCing CPUs. My MSI board that I had before this had a "Game Boost" that put my CPU up to 4.2 with one click. It was nice but this motherboard looks nicer and has more features (LED readout, microphone, reset and power buttons, etc.)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply! And also you have a nice build, hopefully I can make one like this!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If I can do it, anyone can. I didn't know anything about gaming PCs four months ago.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the nzxt g12 with the H50 worth it?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the H50 for free when I bought the case, but it works surprisingly well. The next upgrade will involve switching out the H50 for a double or most likely triple rad. It all depends on when the new GPUs release.

The NZXT Kraken g12 is actually genius. It works so well with so many different styles of GPU and AIO coolers. It looks fantastic too.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The more I see these white fans from Corsair the more I like them. Really brightens up the inside. I might grab these and see if they'll lighten up the dark TG of my Meshify C.

Nice build. GPU thermals under load seem great.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans are the HD120 RGB fans. I just like the look of white the best. Unicorn puke isn't something I dig too much.

Thank you! but yeah I was really surprised since it's only a Corsair H50. I guess that really shows how big the difference is between air cooling and liquid cooling.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, to me, RGB is only useful to dial in a specific color you're going for. I used Aura Sync to give me a nice light blue. RGB rainbow is too much.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

dude. to. many. RGB. fans.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude. Guess. What. Well, two things:

1) You can dim them and/or turn them off

2) You don't have to worry! It's not on your desk, it's on mine.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

i guess.... well, now that i think about it, we all have our own tastes and preferences (and fetishes) soooo i cant judge you.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

lol I appreciate it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build (although I have nothing to compare it to). Wanna give me that 1060 when you get a 1180? lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

For $300 I'll ship it right to your door ;)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had the money and if I did, I would probably just buy it new and not used. Thanks for the offer though :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

haha it was just a joke. Keep saving!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

lol okay thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the Psu shroud came with the case???

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! I’m assuming they updated it because people were complaining about it not coming with one.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the Evga Mobo? Any issues? Im looking for a nice mobo to purchase soon

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been great so far. No issues to speak of. I did a BIOS update when I first got it and it went smoothly.

Literally just got done OCing my CPU to 5.2GHz..... at 1.315 Vcore. Bonkers. Stress testing in Prime95 as I type this.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Aaaaaand now it’s being tested at 1.305V. I’m pumped.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, running stable? Hows the bios to work with? Would you recommend this motherboard?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooooo I was running prime95 without any problems at 5.2GHz, 3.05Vcore. And then I decided to do a cinebench run because prime is usually a little more strenuous. Nope. Blue screen. Upped the voltage. 10x cinebench runs. Blue screen. Upped voltage to 1.32. We good!

The UEFI BIOS is pretty good with a few caviats. I hate how hard it is to find the hardware monitor. Every time I clear my CMOS I immediately have to go into the hardware settings to change my pump speeds to 100% so they don’t damage themselves.

Also, there’s no LLC as far as I can see. Mine is all “PLL”. Which I have no clue on how to use. EVGA is weird sometimes.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

New to all of this, whats the hardware monitor that was hard to find?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

So the hardware monitor in BIOS show you things like fan speeds, temperatures, and some mobos even let you create a custom fan curve. This one does not, but it does have a “smart” setting, which I don’t use for anything.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I have a question. How did you manage to have a backplate on there. and could you have the bottom plate on as well with the g12? When I watch videos of evga gtx 1080 with kraken g12, they dont have backplate or bottom plate on.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The face plate (bottom plate) is not on there. The backplate is just sitting there. i have two or thee spots screwed in, but since it's two pieces, it's not perfect. Luckily my phone's camera isn't good enough to pick that up!

I would just leave the bottom plate off. Cooling the vrms with the included 92mm fan directly is better than trying to cool them with a layer of thermal pads and a layer of bottom plate with the same fan. I never notice anyway.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reply. I saw Jaytwocents video and he has the face plate gets in the way of aio making contact with the gpu.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi OP, I know this is VERY old thread, but I am going to be using a NZXT G12 with my EVGA GTX 1080 Classified... I just have a question in regards to you using a NZXT G12 and a H80i V2.

I know that it doesn't officially fit, I am just wondering how you did it? The comments are saying you're using a H50 but the part list is saying H80i V2? I just wanna double check this, as the H80i V2 is the AIO I REALLY want to use. If not, I will have to buy a H75.

Hoping to get a reply, and this is kinda important. Lol

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, I haven't been on PCPartPicker in a while. The tubes are very stiff so the orientation I have them in is almost necessary. Putting the pump onto the bracket is NOT as hard as people say. Mine slipped in just fine. The thick tubes are the biggest issue. I just used some zipties to keep them under the bracket for aesthetics. Otherwise, not hard at all.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Lots of time invested in it.