I played around with PCPartPicker’s System Builder for over a year, but this is the first real build. Funny enough, I made the Parts List in the middle of my class when I was a senior at college; I was trying to make a powerful but also quite PC. I changed some things, found some deals and learn some parts are incompatible but, for the most part, this build has the same specifications I choose on a whim in the middle of class haha.
I tried to reduce the noise by eliminating any moving parts I can, even if it costs more. I choose a cheap SATA SSD over an HDD, paid a premium for a fanless PSU, chose a beefy air cooler over an AOI (though I heard some of those are quiet too), and paid extra for bequite! fans, using front 140mm fans over 120mm so they won’t have to spin as much. I chose ASUS’ 2070 since reviews indicate that their GPU enclosure a very quiet. I compromised a bit with the case: the Meshify C is close to an open case so noise will easily leak out. But if the system does get toasty I want it to able suck in as much cool air as needed (also why I kept the second fan on the CPU cooler).
Using a diagram of my case and Motherboard; I planned where everything should be plugged into and how I will route my cables. I even wrote my own step-to-step instructions on how to assemble my rig and what order to do it in. This was really helpful, it made building the thing mostly painless. Bought a WRS-1, cleared a ping pong table, and began to build!
Of course, with my luck, I ran into some trouble. It took forever to mount the middle fan on my CPU cooler and it was even more difficult since you must mount the Dark Rock Pro cooler to the motherboard before mounting the fan. And the PC wouldn’t boot during my test, the digital readout indicated unstable ram; I had to replace my G.Skill RipJaw V RAM with Corsair Vengeance LPX I found at Best Buy. But once I inserted the new RAM (while muttering how you don’t need boot LEGOs), my system turned on and I went to complete the rest of my build!
I haven’t gotten around to tweaking my system that much, I could probably make this a bit quieter and more powerful but for now, I am satisfied. Honestly, the games played on it the most are VNs and some GBA games that I already own but couldn't play since my consoles don’t work anymore. I also use this PC to hardcode subtitles into some videos. Some of my parts came with games like The Division 2 but I haven’t touched them yet. My apologies to the game developers and component manufacturers.
At the end of the day, I think what I wanted the most was the experience of building a PC, the ability to apply my knowledge that I learned to make something that was tangible. And I enjoyed every moment of it (even when things were tense at times). 10/10 would do it again.
The chip I got can get a little warm at times but otherwise, it does everything I need it to do. Seems to be a little picky about the RAM
The cooler itself is very quiet and does a good job controlling temperatures. However, I found that the middle fan is very difficult to mount, compound with the fact that you have to mount the cooler to the motherboard before you try to mount the fan. The fins chip and bend very easily, make sure to check that you didn't bend any after you mount it.
This product would be better it could be mounted without removing the middle fan and perhaps having slightly longer and flexible fan clips
The digital readout on this board was helpful for diagnosing problems with my first boot. Wifi works well.
Quite cheap for what it is: A very fast M.2 drive from a reputable brand.
Well priced for 1TB of storage
The ASUS 2070 Strix Advance appears to be identical to its OC counterpart, other than that the OC model had a higher clock speed at default (1850 MHz vs 1650 MHz boost clock). Otherwise, they both use the same TU106-400A-A1 chip and I couldn't find any evidence that the OC model chips were binned.
The OC Scanner for MSI Afterburner boosts my card to 1960 MHz. To be honest, I don't know much about overclocking so I am sticking with that.
This is a great case. I just find the magnetic dust filter to be a little bit weak and a little sharp. Paint on the silver Fractal logo chips really easily too.
It is really hard to tell how tinted the glass is so in my build I included what the Meshify C looks like with the RGB off and with the RGB on.
Got this cheap for $365. The colors are good after some calibrating. You can find setting recommendations and guides for this particular monitor online.
I wish Ducky had software for Macros for this keyboard, rather than having it built into the keyboard.
Earpads aren't great and I found the headband to be irritating. Had to replace the pads and add a soft headband cover