Description

You're not meant to spend your time looking at this hardware. Nothing in the darkness of this sawed-off mid tower beckons your attention. There's no attempt to embellish or distract from the main event, made possible by a secret society of top-shelf components conspiring against their own eminence. From this sardonic union a morbidly meta anti-idol is born to create a transcendent experience apart from itself. Behold . . . or whatever, it doesn't care.


Ultra-nightmare vivid

It can be argued that immersive 3D rendering is more lifelike at the highest possible refresh rate, not the highest possible resolution. With barely room to breathe over the power supply, this smoldering behemoth ray-tracer lunges for 240 frames on a brilliant 1080p e‑sports monitor, moving as many pixels as a 4K squinter at 60Hz. Almost unnoticed, the pipsqueak sidekick GPU dishes mundane refresh rations to secondary screens. Lounging in the top slot, baring its op-amp-encrusted shoulder, a sultry studio-ready DAC sound card pumps pristine audiophilia directly to in-the-ear electrostatics for even more intricate sensory saturation.


A unique result of grit-blasting the chopped panel's outer surface, microscopic expansion of the metal on one side creates a smooth & subtle convexity. The swollen stainless grimace exhales volcanic heat under heavy GPU load — a reminder that air cooling & tight spaces are not for the timid (or sensible) to combine.


Learned in the process

  • Motherboards don't deliver all their features simultaneously. This won't come into focus until you crowd your system with bandwidth-hungry devices. I changed my Z390 late in the game, having discovered a requirement for more robust PCIe lanes.

  • XMP acceleration of four DDR4 sticks is not to be expected as with two. You're going to need manual overclocking skills & a tyrannical motherboard to approach full speed with a full load. For now, I'll just keep a pair of 8s boxed in reserve & use the XMP boost with 16 GB. I can console myself with the option to run a slower 32 GB if I ever need it.

  • Setting up RAID 0 storage is easier & more enhancing than I expected. Optane makes it so filthy fast, I can't even justify owning it. I should be doing more important things with gear like this. Shame on me.

  • Noctua is a world-class manufacturer. I made a special request for clips to hold a larger fan to my heatsink, ready to pay what they asked. All they wanted was a look at my purchase order & they sent me these pieces quickly without charge. Twice the number I needed. From Austria. That is what you're paying for when you buy Noctua.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Thoughtfully designed, versatile, perfect for builds accentuating fans while downplaying branding.

Motherboard

What made the difference for me here is the PLX chip, allowing me to use more PCIe slots without sacrificing the bandwidth I had lost in my previous motherboard selection. Not a total game changer, still reluctant to XMP boost more than 2 DIMMs, but it's a very capable Z390 that should be plenty for anything I'm likely to do.

Memory

These are faster than I need, so it doesn't matter much that I couldn't run 4 at high speed. I'll have to learn about manual memory overclocking to get what I paid for.

Storage

I'm using these for game libraries. Something on the faster side will help prevent that loading-time lull when your immersion is most in jeopardy.

Storage

Reasonable & reliable on its own, plus a smart way to supplement limited storage of a faster SSD.

Video Card

The most expensive part of my most expensive PC. A Steam friend saw me playing Quake II RTX & I sheepishly admitted to buying this ludicrous hot rod, then pretended not to enjoy the palpable envy coming through chat. Mine is smothered in the bottom of a compact case, so I underclocked it for 80°C. But it's a future-proofer with power to spare. That's what I keep telling myself about the 4-figure price tag.

Power Supply

This was my first SeaSonic purchase & I'll be going back to them for my next one. It's nice when something unglamorous like a power supply comes in a package like this.

Case Fan

If you don't like little fans, you probably don't like little dogs. Both can sense that you are evil.

Case Fan

This one will scoot more CFM than its 10mm cousin if you can spare the depth.

Case Fan

Bigger fans are the future, mark my words. I've been saying it since the fans were little. Noctua isn't denying it.

Monitor

Please stop using the word "buttery." It's time to stop. You don't put butter in your eyes.

Keyboard

If you're like me, loudness & resistance are not your favorite characteristics of mechanical keyboards. Allow me to suggest the "Speed Silver" switches G.Skill put into this model. The mechanism is perceptible but not at all overbearing. This RGB customization software is decent & the keyboard has its own memory to save your changes. For these nice-to-haves I think the price was very fair. 1 star off for the bright red-only indicators for num lock, caps lock, etc. Almost flawless for my purposes.

Mouse

This is a next-level mouse, no doubt about it. I'll never take full advantage of its programming features but I have been driving & flying in games just by tilting it in my hand, which is novel if nothing else. Other than that, it has all the buttons you'll ever want & comes with its own piece of luggage to store the various attachments you can swap out to your liking.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

'Its my character, I'm the Trashman, I come out I throw trash all over, all over the ring, then I start eating garbage'

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahaha I found that clip. Danny DeVito with the dachshund on my TV screen is from the nihilistic film Wiener-Dog (2016).

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

In the first picture, I feel that your PC is judging me for things that I have done and I don't like it. But I know that it is right to judge me.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

I know what you mean. It's telling me to get my affairs in order. Somehow it's even worse hiding behind that right side monitor.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Exactly. It's kinda like the equivalent of your parent telling you "I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed in you." It hurts but you know that they're right.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the black theme of the build. is it actually black or photo edited? Anyways, nice build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The smaller fans are the standard Noctua brown & tan, but I ordered the black version of the 150mm because that option exists (yes I would prefer everything monochromatic, even though it's out of sight). Thanks for taking a look!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny looking PC +1. What's the two side monitors you've used to make your triple setup?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are HP LP1965, refurbished & cheap. 1024×1280 in portrait mode.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thx lad

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build! Nothing else to say, it looks really good.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm not usually this extravagant, so it's a good occasion to mark here on the site that helped me plan it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The last picture cracked me up enough to create an account here to tell you that.

Great build, good comedy. Cheers.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, glad I could snag a new user for the site. I honestly need to keep a sense of humor about this computer because of the dire amount of money I threw at it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had that setup to go with my rig(Last Picture). Thats one helluva battle station. I was going for a "fan in every possible spot" mentality when I planned Jester but wow. You have fans in places I never thought possible. :D

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It is kind of a fetish for me, not sure why but I've always been compelled to add more fans. Fan trivia: Noctua uses brown text in their customer service emails!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll give Noctua a try in my next build(which will probably be in a few years unless someone wants me to build one for them sooner). I was leaning towards them at first. Only reason I didn't was I needed a fan controller that could handle a bunch of RGB fans and ROG AuraSync.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah Noctua cares about moving the air & anything else is a distance second consideration. I see them budging a little with their Chromax corner bumpers & their non-brown fans, but as far as I know they don't do lights.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing!! That set up is Fire!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I don't think I'll be repeating a luxury spree like this any time soon. My focus now is budget building from used parts, I guess to balance my economic karma. It is pretty satisfying to bite the bullet & drop some bigger money once in a while, but to be honest my favorite part of this build was modding the side panel. First for necessity (GPU heat), then for fun. I think you reach another plateau of ownership when you sacrifice resale value & just follow your heart. I'm going to always look for some way to do that.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this furnace/bad robot style! Your monochromatic presentation is also very nice!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It just started as a necessary vent, then I couldn't help seeing it as a mouth. Somebody stop me before I stick a nose on it! Thanks for stopping by.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You need more fans.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Who doesn't, brother!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go with 4133mhz 16gb when intel doesn't perform well with that fast of memory, and you could've gotten 64gb of 3200 for $240?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You could've gotten 32gb of 3600mhz for the same price too.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I started out with 2 plans, one being a high-end Ryzen. Got the memory before settling on 9900K. So there's not much benefit to be had, but it doesn't seem to cause any problems. I probably will swap this memory out when I get around to the Ryzen project again.

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

How's the CPU and GPU temp?

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Most of the time they both hover in the mid 40s, but when I play certain games (most recently Conarium) the GPU starts blowing like a hair dryer & I'm sure it's approaching the limits of healthy operation. I haven't taken a proper reading at times like those, but I intend to come back around with some more attention for this build pretty soon.

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Your CPU while gamin gets 70? That GPU is need some fresh air.

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is a tighter space than I would recommend. That's why I cut the vent in the side panel & adjusted the GPU to keep itself under 80°C. Eventually I might migrate this system to a larger case. I will update the post with more monitoring in the future.