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*MY first Official PC Build!

Finally made a much needed upgrade to my incredibly reliable ~3 year old Architecture Scool build, originally built by a friend. Primarily used it for 3D modeling softwares(Rhino, Vray, Revit, UE4) Adobe Suite, and plenty of gaming.

First, a bit of context. The Original Build was:

EVGA GTX 970 - later upgraded to the 1080ti SC2 because of the MASSIVE price drop EVGA SuperNova 650 psu MSI Skylake H110 Mini ITX Mobo wifi enabled Intel i5 6600k 3.9 ghz quad core CPU 32gb (2x16gb) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler Corsair AF 120 x 2 and AF 140 x 1 Fans Samsung EVO 250gb SSD (C: drive) Some old 500gb laptop HDD that my friend managed so squeeze into the 2nd 2.5" drive slot (game storage) All stuffed Inside the corsair graphite 380t case.

The build suited me quite well throughout college, with how demanding the different softwares i used could become. The case was great for when i needed to unplug the desktop and move between home and our studio on campus, as it had a built in handle and compact frame. The case's extremely open design with mesh panels on the front and sides allowed for exceptional airflow, so it kept cool even while under heavy load from rendering/modeling/drawing at the same time for multiple hours on end.

Since 2015, i've had to replace a failed motherboard, upgrade the cpu, and add more RAM(started with 2x8gb) to keep up with the heavy schoolwork demands. I managed to also nab the 1080ti SC2 whenever its price dropped heavily last summer, which brought my render times down dramatically. I began to find that a total of 750gb of storage wasn't alot, but I was pressed for space within the case to fit another drive - leading me to resort to an external 1tb. Now that i'm out of school and not as mobile with my PC, its time to overhaul!

Overall goals for the new build: 1. STORAGE - I got very sick of the continual process of clearing my drives of unwanted games and archiving older schoolwork 2. Extra Ram - (32gb to 64gb) to Run things like UE4 more smoothly/ help with texture streaming/ because gotta go fast/because more memory can never hurt/because why the hell not 3. Aesthetics - now that I see my PC as more than just a utility, I can make it look good. First step towards my dream battlestation. 4. Performance - better CPU and memory = better overall performance (since i still do Architecture work at home/personally) as well as better gaming performance and option to multitask, but only a little.

Since this was technically MY first build - given that my friend had done it for me the first time while I watched - I wanted to go all out and make something I was really proud of. I practically replaced every component aside from the OS, all my files/programs, and the 1080ti SC2(beast of a GPU) and brought them into the new build. Researching parts around my graphics card led me to the fractal design Meshify C case, which I came to appreciate after looking at a few other builds using it. From there, I decided to build a list around what was compatible with it and needless to say, I'm completely satisfied with my decision.

The Meshify was the perfect choice for my needs. 2 x 2tb hard drives gives me plenty of storage, and the space for 3 additional SSD's once my budget recovers ensures I have plenty of space for everything I need/want.

I cloned my old C: drive onto the new M.2(Macrium Reflect Free, worked like a breeze - took 40 mins to copy ~350gb of stuff including OS to the new drive.) I really underestimated how great 3200mb/s can be until I began running a few programs off of it. However, I ran into a slight problem post-boot, where the remaining 650gb partition was left as "unallocated" and wouldnt allow me to extend the space of the C: to the full capacity of the M.2. Creating a new simple volume in disk manager requested that i formatted the drive - which I didn't want to do. I read that many others came to the same issue, but this article was able to resolve it with a free version of AOMEI Partition Assistant.

As for the case itself: Everything fit PERFECTLY, aside from a bit of cramming in the back(Probably due to the extra wiring from the sleeved Phanteks cable extensions). Luckily the Meshify has a pretty big cable management channel with 3 velcro straps that really helped keep all of it packed in. I had to shove the CPU and GPU power cables in the small space between the 3.5" drive sled and the PSU, but otherwise Id say I managed the mess of cables pretty well. The 3 NZXT fans' control cable was difficult to route to the Hue+, as it was just not quite long enough in a few earlier configurations. I managed to make it work but the cable is going to have to be accounted for once i add some SSD's. Luckily the built in full PSU shroud gives the Hue+'s control block somewhere to sit, though i dont have anywhere to actually fasten it(yet). The case also includes large rubber mounted cable management cutouts that make it easy to route cables into the back, as well as hold the heavier sleeved extensions in place.

Only until after completion did I realize that the new Mobo I went with isnt wifi enabled. Oh well, Ethernet connections are always better anyways.

Please let me know what you think of my first actual build!!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

the lighting effects on the cooler head are AWESOME. So many effects to mess with really help you to customize your look.

Comes with a patch of thermal compund pre placed on the center of the cooler, which helps evenly distribute cooling across the CPU. Radiator is open enough to allow airflow to pass through, which allows for multiple cooling options.

only reason i didnt give a 5 of 5 is due to the fact that the cooler can't be flipped about the CPU to allow for different configurations. the supply and return tubes coming out of the cooler are just a tad too close to my ram slots and squish them a little bit, which could've been prevented if I could live with the text in the logo being upside down. I hope future models have a slimmer profile for the tubes' fasteners...

Memory

Love the look of these Powerhouses. the RGB is vibrant and dynamic, and the brushed metal finish makes you wish RAM was mounted sideways.

However(maybe its just me) i cannot for the life of me get Aura sync to work. I've never physically been able to open the software yet(tried getting it offline and from the CD that came with my Prime Z370 mobo. It always stops working before it actually opens, so for now i cant get anything but a rainbow wave style color scheme.

Will update if i can get it to work.

Storage

Blisteringly fast.

Saves clunky oversized 3D models in seconds. Was a bit of a pain to set up(Had to use AOMEI Partition assistant FREE to extend storage into the 630gb unallocated space leftover after copying my 350 gb worth of OS/C: drive from a previous build) but afterwards it runs incredibly smooth.

Highly recommended. its incredible that a stick of gum sized drive can hold so much and read/write so fast.

Update: after using for a while and running a few games off of the drive, i can happily exclaim that i no longer am subjected to loading screens. They just come and go too quickly!

Storage

Does exactly what an HDD should do. Great price for 2Tb worth of space, and not too loud (using Meshify C case; drives are held behind PSU shroud and i dont hear them, ever.)

Video Card

Beast of a Card. Any new game i boot immediately sets itself to ultra settings if i choose to do automatic setup.

Its too bad most cases don't allow(minus a horizontal GPU adapter) for front facing GPU's, the silver fan housing is so pretty and somewhat of a shame not to show off.

Regardless - Great card.

Case

Spectacular case.

The open panels on the front and top (and back i guess) allow for a decent path of airflow through the case. The case itself is well made, has awesome cable management options in the back, supports a wide range of air and watercooling options, and is a beaut to look at.

Things can be come a tad crammed(manageable, see my build) in the bottom behind the power supply, if you choose to populate and keep the 3.5" drive sled. There is however a 3/4" space between the metal side panel and the inner face where the 2.5" drives are stored that gives you extra space for cables, as well as the incredibly useful deep channel with rubber grommet cable management cutouts. the three included velcro straps do a great job of compiling alot of different cables neatly within. I was able to fit some sleeved Phanteks cable extensions within the channel as well as most of my other cables, so it can definitely support some custom cable work.

I've seen many people complain about the fact that the front IO is perma-wired to the removable front panel... but if you simply remove the mesh panel only from the from and leave the frame w/ front IO attached you can still access the fan screw tracks and some of the cable management cutouts just fine.

I went with the light panel (sorry if i'm technically on the wrong page) instead of the tinted glass, but that was only because i preferred full visibility into the beauty side of the case. regardless of tint, the glass panel itself is designed perfectly - i love that it shows off the entirety of the interior rather than cutting off the bottom. The black strip around the inside masks the areas i want to add LED strips to in the future, completely hiding them from sight (after a rough layout)while giving enough space for illumination.

Definitely would recommend this case for a moderate to high end ATX build.

Power Supply

Upgraded to this guy from the EVGA Supernova G1 650 80+ gold, which was already an amazing model that still works fine to this day. Upgraded to this newer G3 750 since my current recently completed build was using 80% of its wattage cap, and i like to keep a few hundred watts for safety/upgrade potential.

Given that my G1 650 was already amazing, I cant imagine getting any less out of this model. Theyve upgraded the look of the PSU from this ugly textured siding to a cleean formed metal look, which is nice for those who are working without a PSU shroud. Also, it includes an Eco mode, that conserves fan usage and saves you energy/noise pollution(though i've never really heard much from the fans yet).

Everything you would want, expect, and need out of a 80+ gold fully modular PSU. Bought it at $89.95 and even i feel like i'm ripping EVGA off a bit. Comes in a nice box, with its own cloth storage bag and additional bag for the unused modular cables.

Cables themselves are very well made and sleeved. They were very easy to pre-bend into shape to fit into my cramped Meshify build, and fit just fine even with Sleeved white cable extensions.

I definitely Recommend any of the EVGA SuperNOVA models.

Case Fan

Great fans.

Quiet, beautifully made, sturdy, and offer a good amount of illumination.

Only complaint is that one of my 3 had its corsair sail sticker applied poorly to the front.. when it spins the black sticker on clear illuminated fan makes it seem as if the fan is seconds away from flying off of its frame. I'm a tad hesitant to remove it knowing how well stickers like to act when removing/reapplying... I would only take off half a star for this buuuuuut i kinda cant.

However, the other two of three were applied perfectly, and look sharp. i set them to full speed recently just for the heck of it, and they actually aren't too loud when at full blast. They move alot of air for 120's.

Highly recommend these fans!

Custom

Gorgeous cables.

They can hold their shape if you bend them into place and hold for a few seconds, making it very easy to turn corners/ go for a specific look. Included with the cables are some(wish there was a few more) clear cable combs for each sized cable, which are easy to place and move.

Highly recommend these, if you can manage to fit extra cables into your own build. These are not intended to replace the PSU cables, so it requires a bit of extra cable management skill to include these.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Straight fire! That's a sexy rig.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I was going to go with much the same cooling solution and gpu, relief to see that it all fits in the meshify. nice build btw.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! In regards to cooling, my only trouble was that the kraken pushes my slot 1 RAM stick a little bit outwards, which is annoying since the "NZXT" orientation is fixed and you cant really flip it without looking like you installed it backwards. Which... Is actually what I did the first time around, because it didn't make much sense to me that the supply and return tubes are supposed to be routed next to your typical spot for RAM. I could've probably avoided this by selecting a different motherboard but it's not too big of an issue. The RAM slot isn't under very much stress and it's barely noticeable unless you look close.

Hope this helps with your build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

great build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Np

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, looks like you did your research which doesn't happen as much as you would think. Hope it serves you well. I love the Z370, one of the most aesthetic motherboards there is.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yeah, the z370 is a nice piece of hardware, really stands out in an all black case with the silver and white.

If you also have the Z370, Have you managed to get Aura to work? I can't configure all of my colors yet, unfortunately.

Speaking of research, it seems that a large portion of the internet finds it to be a major pain in the ***. Promising...

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does the case look blue inside? Is that just the tint of the TG?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

From which picture? in one picture I have the RGB set to all blue. in another (which i think youre referring to) the sky is coming in from the vent openings in the back of the case.

the case doesn't have any blue tint inside it - and the TG is un-tinted.

  • 11 months ago
  • 0 points

your rad is installed backwards. You want to kick the air outside the case not inside. Mount the rad up top and have the fans below it kicking the air out. Shift the top fans to front for intake. If you can loop the GPU cablemod above the card so it doesn't cover the nameplate

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

You can mount AIO coolers either way. Front mounted like he's got it means it's drawing cool air from outside the case and passing that over the radiator. Technically he'll see better CPU cooling performance because the air is outside cool air... but the trade-off is the interior of the case will have slightly higher air temperatures since it's the radiator's "exhaust" now inside the case. This is a negligible temperature increase unless you have a blower style GPU that relies on exhausting air to cool the GPU chip, which he does not have. Open model GPUs are already designed to operate in heated environments and thus are just as efficient cooling with a front mounted AIO radiator... maybe 1 degree higher on average. As long as there's still exhaust, it's a fantastic solution to cooling. Looks great too!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, he still would have the three fans at the front sucking air inward. But now the rad would be top mounted kicking the heat outwards. Its really win-win

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Well not exactly 100% since the rad would be pulling hot air from inside the case rather than cold air in front of the case meaning CPU temps are slightly higher, but chassis and GPU temps would be slightly lower, so there would be a tradeoff of the CPU temperatures.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to explain my situation but the guy below seemed to pretty much do so for me. The online guides I found for the cooler pretty much stated that you want to align the fans with the path of airflow into the room. With that in mind, i typically pump alot of cold(61 F because I'm a Savage) air into my room, which means those front 3 fans are pulling very cold air into the case - with little resistance

I justified this layout method because I also wanted to see the front of the 3 Corsair fans coming through the front mesh panel, the foam-like dust collector behind the mesh panel gives them a bit of a darkened look, so I was pretty determined to do it this way.

Regardless, I appreciate the tips!