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Obligatory tempered glass peel HERE

Hey PCPP, lifelong Mac user here - I have now joined your ranks. I realized that I was easily hitting the graphical ceiling in Boot Camp while gaming, and realized that I would have to sell my 2015 Retina iMac in order to upgrade the speed since Apple works on the computer as appliance model. Apple’s model of ignoring the tower category is what left me behind a long time ago, my build cost less money than a loaded Mac Mini which has been ignored since 2014 and was a downgrade from the 2012.

I will say that the iMac is a good product for a lot of a certain kind of user, but I’m not one of those and their way of doing things is too restrictive for me. I had been looking at my software and realized that all of the important stuff is available on the Windows side, and that I don’t want to have to sell my whole computer to realize upgrades, so here I am. I’ve made the switch.

Big thanks to Gamer’s Nexus, BitWit, Paul’s Hardware LinusTech, and PcPartPicker for making this so smooth. My scariest part in this build was putting the CPU into the socket and trying to figure out how to properly use the plastic aligner with the socket arm, figuring out how tight to torque the Dark Rock 3 cooler (thought i might break it), and at the end of the build I didn't completely seat my displayport cable into my graphics card (it is pretty tight) so I thought something had gone wrong. Otherwise it just took me quite a few focused hours. I have no idea how to do cable management better than I got it. ​ Performance is excellent on this computer, and it's pretty quiet! My temps at the top end are with fans between 60-70% I think, I bumped them up on the case and card until I could run Witcher 3 maxed out with high fps and maintain the 75c mark. CPU hasn't been an issue with temps. The most annoying fan noise comes from the graphics card, the case fans are all much nicer - the gpu fans have a slightly metallic hum to them compared to the woosh of the others but its a minor complaint and offers no issues with headphones on. Definitely pick up the GPU support brace for this card or similar ones, as it is so long and heavy that it sags if you don't have it.

I leave the 144Hz refresh rate turned on at all times because I quickly grew to love the smoothness even on the Windows desktop. You can check that you properly turned it on by going into the display's menus and enabling on screen display refresh rate, and you need to change it in your settings: https://m.windowscentral.com/how-change-monitor-refresh-rate-windows-10 [windowscentral.com] Also, I'd recommend playing with your settings in games. In the Witcher 3, for instance, you need to disable the frames per second cap by setting it to Maximum, and turn off V-Sync. You might also like the look of the game with motion blur and those sorts of settings turned off as they will obscure some of the smoothness that your monitor is capable of. It's really nice. Make sure you all try the settings created by Zerocool23 over here (it's post #1563): https://www.overclock.net/forum/44-monitors-displays/1581181-acer-xb271hu-share-your-experience-show-pics-157.html#/topics/1581181?page=157 as it will help you get solid performance. You use the on screen settings and then download and apply the color profile that he has attached to his post. Nearly everything runs at high or maximum and still hits or gets near the 144fps/hz mark and it is extremely useful for fast paced action games like shooters.

I added everything into my build for completeness sake, as I noticed that most people leave out useful items like velcro ties, fan splitters, led lights, keyboards, mice, and even Windows itself (though I realized later that I didn't need Pro). The only items zeroed out in cost are things that I carried over from previous computers.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build with a good amount of pics.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! It was kind of scary making a full on operating system switch after only using Windows installed on Macs via Boot Camp in the past. I’ve been very pleased with it so far.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I understand how you feel, I still use a Macbook for almost all my internet and computing needs. I'm about to put together a proper pc for myself in the next few weeks.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Best of luck with your build, it’s too bad for Apple that they decided they didn’t want to keep us as customers, I suppose.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Love those Dark Rocks! So damn industrial looking. Would’ve gone that route myself but darn case too small. Built a similar system myself for the sole purpose of playing Witcher 3 & Fallout 4 on max settings at 1440p ( whatever else comes along is a bonus). Picked up A Strafe myself along with a m65 pro ( and matching pad!) to go w it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Was thinking of going for a Noctua, but I agree with you regarding the superior aesthetics of the Dark Rock coolers. It seems to work great!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

love it +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

ITS AWESOME. Finally something different and not so flashy. I mean.... I like RGB builds but they have became common to see here.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you, one of my friends convinced me to get a couple of RGB light strips for this build as he gave me the advice to keep it subtle with simple color combinations, and he also convinced me that it would work well with the dark tinted glass. I’m glad he talked me into it!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to the pc community! Also- nice build! :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice indeed, love the Meshify C case like you have, have the same myself, along with the Dark rock cooler, quick question, where did you put you LED strips too ? Looks very nice with the white light, you cannot see much, but just enough.

Top notch,

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

The ones that I have listed in my build parts are installed magnetically onto the top front and back ceiling of the case. I tried other areas, like up the left front and right front (glass) side but couldn’t see a way to obscure them from direct view which made it look sloppy with the strip just hanging out. The magnets work fine, they could be a bit stronger, and I suppose you could find something that would be easier to tweak to fit - I literally just added them on a whim as a low cost option. They shine light downward well enough to satisfy my desires, and they work well with the Asus Aura Sync software (which allows for color changes, cycling, brightness control etc)

I think I daisy chained them together, and ran the front ceiling strip with the power side routed along the motherboard shield side of the case, and tucked through the cable pass-through a bit to make it tidy, then back out of the cable pass-through and along the top backside with the power input routing back and into the main motherboard cable pass-through (and down into my motherboard’s RGB port for control). The tightest spot is right at that junction, as I didn’t bother to take my strip apart by cutting and soldering to fit the case, I had to shove it between a few pieces of case metal, but it works fine. I used black twist ties that I had laying around to keep the power wires tidy by tying them off through the case mesh.

Let me know if you want more info.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah that is brilliant, yes i just bought the same ones in your build, many thanks for that detailed instructions on how and where you placed them, it does make sense.

Again many thanks for your time in replying.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the meshify c and your build! I have the same case myself. Check my build. I am using corsair. LL120 rgb case fans for illumination over led strips instead behind the dark tinted glass. Either approach is good & not overbearing with the tint! Only thing I can recommend is some cable extensions. It'll make your case look even better you can see the phanteks branded ones in my build. I went black /white, although the white is more silver color. This won't be too bad since you have the G3 shorter psu by evga. I have the full length 650 g+ psu from evga and I had to remove the HDD trays (wasn't using anyway) to make room for cable extensions.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/D7dXsY

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind compliments and the tip on the cables. I didn’t know about cool looking individually sleeved cables until after I did my whole build, and that would definitely improve the look of motherboard 24-pin and GPU connections. Yours looks great!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem! Most kits will have general selection of whatever you need to plug in to your normal psu cables in back of case. You will certainly need gpu, cpu, and atx 24pin. They are the most visible

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Really helpful info, wasn’t sure which ones were most necessary even though I have seen a few videos about sleeved cables. You’re right, those are much more affordable.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Update with a picture if you do end up going that route!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Phanteks 24 Pin/ 8pin (4+4) M/B, 8pin PCI-E Extension Cable Kit 500mm Length, Black/White (PH-CB-CMBO_BW) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G7VSDO0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_1STKBb22RJYDT

This is the exact ones I am using. The combs included suck to me. I just got a cheap pack under $10 USD on amazon to fix this. For cosmetic purposes this is way cheaper than the $100 cablemod custom sleeved cables, if you have room in your case to hold the extensions.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

looks really nice +1, did you overclock that CPU?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Not yet, I intend to try it out sometime soon to see how I fared in the lottery but I’ve been short of free time (usually gets put toward games when I have it) or familiarizing myself with Windows shortcuts and functions as I’m doing work. I appreciate the reminder to give it a shot though, I have a video by Der8auer over on YouTube that I plan on using. I haven’t even clocked my memory up to 3000Mhz yet, even though I know they are good for it!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

update the build if you do, i really want to know how that dark rock 3 performs

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, so I should have done more screenshots and pre-overclock tests for comparison, but I don’t have a lot of free time and just went ahead and did my overclock straight to 5GHz at 1.35v sync cores with Intel SpeedStep enabled so that it can clock down when demand is low (just followed Der8auer’s advice) and then ran Cinebench, Realbench, and Time Spy. I’ll add my screenshots and description detail for everyone when I have the time.

Here’s what I ended up with in terms of temps and % speed gains:

Tested in an approx. 20.6c temp room

Pre-OC idle temps: around 30-34c Post-OC idle temps: around 40c

Post-OC full workload temps using ASUS RealBench stress test 15-mins with max fans: 79-82c peak

(I don’t get anywhere near this peak temp on CPU when playing Witcher 3 or other games, for that I just keep my fan curve in line to make my GPU keep around 75c)

Still not too loud from my perspective so I guess I could have used higher CFM be quiet fans for more performance if desired. Being new to building I just watched some airflow recommendation videos and did my best to approximate the CFM rating with my input fans being similar to the static pressure CPU cooler fan, and the output back and top fans are the Meshify stock fans. Front fans (see parts list for those) are about 61 CFM max, CPU fan is static pressure 67.8 CFM, Newegg says that the 2 stock Meshify fans are 52.3 CFM - https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16835352028.

Don’t have pre-OC numbers for this, sorry. This test was 100% stable, no issues. Silicone Lottery suggests that this frequency is attainable by 86% of their 8600k samples, though they ran them at 1.4v for maximum stability: https://www.reddit.com/r/hardware/comments/9p38iz/silicon_lottery_officially_releases_binning/?st=JNHR3GY4&sh=27a86859

Cinebench CPU: 70c peak temp, 1190 score - up from 988 - 17% gain Cinebench GPU: 14% gain (surprised me), screenshots have full details so I’ll have to put them up later.

Realbench heavy multitasking: 30% gain Realbench encoding: 27% gain I forget what the image processing one was, have to add details later.

I think Time Spy was somewhere around 12-14% faster.