Description

It is here! Behold, what I believe to be my perfect computer and desktop. I'm studying Electrical Systems Engineering and I'd never thought that I would be able to do something like this before I graduated but here it stands. I will be using it mostly for gaming and studying but I will be doing some photo/video work as well as CAD modeling.

Case: The Fractal Designs Meshify C was a pleasure to build in. This was a lot of hardware to put in this size of case but it works very well. My goal was to find reasonable ground between performance and size. Too small of a case and the components wouldn't get enough airflow or fit. Too large of a case the tower becomes heavy, has wasted space, and is more expensive. The noise levels are very good as it is barely audible. It ramps up during gaming and benchmarks but it doesn't sound like its trying to take off. For less than a Benjamin Franklin I'd say this case is a steal.

CPU: My i7-8700k is overclocked to 5.15 GHz; this overclock was stable for all of the benchmarks I tested except for prime 95. Most CPU intensive benchmarks will run the chip upwards of 90 degrees but the core clock never throttles. I'm considering upgrading the liquid cooler. Please leave any suggestions you may have. The CPU is stable in games so that is all that really matters to me.

GPU: My EVGA 1080 Ti SC2 Hybrid keeps my GPU very cool as is never goes past 60 degrees and is overclocked to 2075 MHz. I have taken off the stock fan that came on the AIO and replaced it with a Noctua NF-F12 fan to keep it quiet; I've also added a Corsair LL fan so the 120mm AIO is in push pull for maximum cooling power! I ditched the stock fan cable and hid it in the shroud of the GPU and used the motherboard to power the fans. This resulted in greater control of the fans and no ugly cable coming out of the GPU near the AIO tubes.

PSU: I replaced the stock fan in the AX860i with an LL120. This nerve racking ordeal was well worth it as the bottom part of my case was given more light and the PSU was quieter than stock. the wiring was tricky, the LL120 was larger than the stock fan and required careful installation to make it fit, and the fan never turns off. This isn't the worst thing as it is still controllable through corsair link and is silent anyways. Well worth it for the RGB flash. I don't know why corsair hasn't done this with their own PSU's already, it looks so good. Let me know if you guys want better pictures of the final result.

Desk: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073K1JSW7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The desktop I made from strips of Butternut and Walnut wood that was glued together and doweled. I finished it with danish oil for a soft feel while still being protected form moisture. It measures seven feet long and 3 feet deep. I will never have a desk any smaller.

Amplifier: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073F8Z565/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's small size was great for fitting underneath my monitor. I am able to use it for both my speakers and headphones. It also has Bluetooth so I can connect my speakers to my phone.

Speakers: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014GSEQ06/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They BUMP!

Headphones: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-sennheiser-hd6xx

They sound very nice and are extremely comfortable for long study sessions.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 6 points

Jesus, this is literally my dream setup. Just did my first build in a Meshify, wished it looked like this, WOW!

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough, p400s is beautiful, but i luv muh meshify

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

S340 Elite Master Race

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Airflow much?

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  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Mind if I call Feature?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a really nice build. The RGB lighting on the fans are 10/10.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

OH the photography skills are on-point! What a beauty!

Love the desk, love the amp, love the headphones, love the Minolta, love the pc, love the overclock.

Absolutely stunning! +1 mate!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

How much room is left between the 1080ti sc2 Hybrid and your rad? Wondering if a 1080ti FTW3 Hybrid can fit. The FTW version is .9 inches longer. Do you mind measuring? Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't go any bigger. its going to be hard install components with that little clearance.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Bigger than the SC2 or the FTW? Thanks! Great build!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Bigger than the SC2. The FTW would definitely be rubbing on the RAD

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

HOLY OVERCLOCK! Do you think you could achieve this level of performance with an air cooler, like the legendary hyper 212 Evo?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

No. Noctua NH-D15 on the other hand, yes.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The OC is really impressive! And nice build in general: i like the smooth combination of the color of the table, the lamp, the monitor and the glass of the case! What do you think about the LL fans? Are they worth buying? Do you have problem with your cpu-aio-cooler or would you rate it to others?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

You really cant go wrong with the corsair AIO's. I love mine, I just with I got something a little bigger for the 8700k. The LL fans I'm not as impressed with as the controller they came with was DOA and even after the new controller the lights sometimes flicker , show odd colors in the light loops, and don't work entirely on occasion. I was hoping for a bit more when spending $40 per fan.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I can relate: if I would pay 40$ for a fan i'd like to have it served on a silver-plate with burger and frites.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Very nice.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I love The Meshify C, its such a nice case to build in, let alone look at it AND THAT PHOTOGRAPHY +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you using any LED strips, or is it just the fans illuminating the inside of the case? +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using three of corsair's lighting strips. The fans do most of the work tho.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

As for you CPU temps, you just need to delid it mate, no cooler will handle it well without a delid. Many people offer that service now, and it's a really fast process. Temps drop anywhere from 11 to 25C!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, this is the greatest PC I have ever seen. I wish I has a system that fast. Those temps are amazing!!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive build and respect to a fellow photographer.

Is your 850 Evo acting as scratch drive for photoshop?

Any info would be appreciated

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I will be using the 850 for the lightroom catalog backups but not the hard saves. For that I have an external hard drive so I can easy work on and backup photos from my laptop to my desktop without the need for the cloud.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

How many sleeved cables did you buy, and for what parts?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought cables for the 24 pin, gpu pcie, and 8 pin cpu

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

That is the coolest PSU mod I think I have ever seen. Bravo!!!

I would love to know how you did it!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

That's amazing...

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am very interested about the Corsair PSU mod, my fans are the Corsair ML120's, wondering how you figured out the correct assignment? What about the rgb connector, did you plug that into the corsair node or into your mobo?

Thanks in advance!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm an electrical engineer so the wiring was nothing too bad but it can be confusing. I just looked up the pin outs of both connectors and used a multi meter to check to see if they were correct. There are a couple of forum posts that explain how to do the fan replacement. The RGB cable was routed to a small slit by one of the female molex connectors on my modular power supply. The corsair node is plugged into a USB 2.0 expansion hub that is connected to the mobo. Hope that helps. :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Thanks for your reply, I have actually done the exact same thing you have just described this past weekend and I am loving it! No noise, and the glow from the bottom of the case is really cool!

I got a h115i so slightly larger than yours, unfortunately I need corsair to send me a replacement as the pump fan is quite noisy. Does your pump crackle in performance mode? Do you have any opinion on mounting that rad with the routing at the top or at the bottom? I guess with the cables at the bottom it wont fit through the slit between the rad and gpu.

Next on the list is overclocking I guess, do you have any tips on that?

Thanks - really appreciate your time!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this the tinted or non tinted version

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

tinted with corsair led strips

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Tinted

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the monitor work well with the gtx 1080ti

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

YES! Absolutely perfect

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