Well thank you! This one was quite an exciting build, it isn't often that someone comes to you and says "Take my money and build me a monster." We went with white so she would have something "clean and formal," which I think is nice compared to the traditional black. So it is just a little bit custom without going too crazy. The photo series was kind of a failed experiment on my part, I thought it would be cool to see the whole thing come together piece by piece. It failed when I realized my lens was wrong about halfway through and I would have to move my whole camera assembly to get the case in frame.
The 3900x is the perfect CPU for what she needs, the i9-9820x (which is what Dell recommended) was more expensive and not quite as effective as a workstation. The extra cores make a big difference when rendering with "buckets."
Her final price was about $800 less than what Dell quoted and significantly better for the money. Their quote was $3600, not including monitor, windows 10 pro, or aftermarket cooler, and had a 2tb 7200rpm HDD which I swapped for the 1tb 860 Evo.
Thanks so much! I had a lot of fun with this one. I did check the manual, I haven't checked the BIOS, but it seems that the M.2_2 slot closer to the CPU is labeled as "A." That's about all it says, so I think you might be right. I really wish there was more info in the manual about the differences in sockets.
The card runs at about 67 under normal load with most games. This is in VR without doing too much texture work (as I don't have very demanding games at the moment.) It actually feels really good in the case, not too crowded, but I do feel as though the cable orientation when the card is set vertically out of the slot puts a little strain on the bracket and the cable itself. Overall though, I love this case.
Thanks so much! I really tried to put some love into it. I got lucky with black friday sales, and rewards points on that card. I was originally going to put an RX 580 into it based on my budget, but with the extra money off from the sale and reward I spent the same amount of my own money and was able to get the better card. It runs like a dream!
Very nice! I did a team red build in the same case. How did you like working with the Thermaltake Core V21?
Send me an direct message with the description of what you are looking for! I would consider it depending on what it is.
I am using a TWO cables with zip-ties holding them together along the length, which might explain why it looks like a single cable. It was just easier that way.
I am! I haven't had any issues with it so far. I would recommend it.
That is also his favorite game actually.
Thanks! I really only had three guidlines, build it with parts that don't suck, use AMD parts, and customize it a bit.
I really like this case. Working with it was great, everything EVERYTHING can be removed except for the cube frame and the front and back walls, so you can put the feet on any side wall. Very easy to work with. It is a little larger than I expected, and there isn't a lot of room for cable management, but I think it makes up for that with the ability to swap the position of just about everything on it. The only reason I wouldn't use this case again would be that Thermaltake seems to be discontinuing support for it. I got lucky that I purchased the extra window panel early, because I couldn't find it again once I actually got around to etching the acrylic.
Thanks, I did my best to hide everything below the metal plate under the motherboard and added a black acrylic panel just inside each window to hide the view of the wiring. not really much else I could do without custom cables.
I do to. The ability to remove and reconfigure all of the walls is fantastic.
I would LOVE to!! I don't have anyone in need of a computer that could finance it right now though... and thank you!
Hah! One can only hope... Thank you!
Thanks so much!
Love this (these) build(s)! Mind if I ask what case you used for the little guy? I'm trying to find something simple and black. It looks like yours meets all the requirements.
Love the colors, love the paint job. It is always nice to see when someone says "custom pc" and they really put some thought into customizing it and not just "parts selection." I really like this case. I used it for my own custom build and its ability to remove and relocate panels/interior layout is great. D.Va is bae
I think your next investment should be a larger desk. Nice build. +1
Love the Sombra theme. How did you etch the acrylic window? I am doing the same on the Thermaltake V21 case windows. I would appreciate some pointers.
Thanks for the info! I like the simplicity of your setup.
When was this completed and has it been profitable? How difficult was it for you to set up AFTER assembling all of the hardware, i.e. to get it running?
Excellent build, excellent photography. Your living room is so clean, and your cables are well managed. Honor for you, honor for your family, honor for your cow.
Good luck on your new upgrade! My situation is a little different as I am using two window panels on the sides instead of two mesh (breathable) panels like the case comes with. But anyway! I have (3) 140mm fans, not including a blower card for gpu, and the power supply exhaust, and th2 (1) 200mm fan that the case comes with. I created positive pressure in the case by having more fans pulling in air than exhausting with the intention of keeping out dust through internal pressure. The 200mm fan is in it's default location at the front of the case as an intake fan, there is another 140mm fan attached to the inner front wall as another intake. The "roof" fan that you can see in the picture is also an intake. Then I used the cpu cooler fans to pull that air through the case, and I have the final 140mm fan attached to the back as an exhaust fan. Sorry for the long post. [tl;dr : 2 intake fans at front, one intake fan on top in front, one exhaust at back, supported by cpu fans pushing air toward back]
Unfortunately since my friend is in Japan until August I haven't really used it. I've only really started up the computer a handful of times to install some things. That wifi card was really only meant as a backup in case his new apartment doesn't have a decent Ethernet location. BUT I'll let you know if there are any issues.
Thank you! That was just a test cut on extra acrylic. I haven't cut the actual window yet, but probably next week!
Thanks! It is my friend's favorite game series.
Good choice of thing.
With this case you can remove all 4 panels (2 sides, top and bottom). The case also has removable tracks to mount the fans on. It comes with 2 pairs of rails (left & right) and you can see from the top down photo that he only has one set along the top. It has enough space to mount 2 fans along the length of a single rail.
Source: I own this case.
SO fresh and SO clean clean!
Did you custom create the GPU backplate? I'm thinking of making one myself.
I REALLY like this build, the thing that caught my eye was the budget and the size of the case. I always appreciate when people can put a lot of effort into something small, powerful, and efficient.
How did you manage the color coordination between the corsair fans, the NZXT cooler, and the G.Skill RAM?
Seriously, well done.
You're suggesting a better cooler first. I'm working on a build similar to this one, is there a cooler you would suggest that performs better without being too expensive?