Follow-up: There's a definite heat issue on the CPU, making me wonder if I forgot the thermal paste. Will post back after I tear it down to investigate.
Having revisited the interior again, I'm pretty sure I was addressing the airflow challenges of the tight space as well as the choice between 2 PCIe slots with ×16 bandwidth for the RTX. Due to its thickness, it actually has more bottom clearance for air intake when mounted below the other cards. In the top slot its fans are half covered by the next card down. There it would also effectively cut the interior in half, concentrating more heat in the top half with the CPU. That might be less of an issue now with the addition of the top exhaust fans. So far I haven't felt the same startling exhaust as I did from last year's configuration.
Thanks, I think overall it's one of my better budget builds. I have found it necessary to replace a couple of power supplies lately, one that failed on the buyer of a PC after 2 days of use & another that never powered on for me, which I had purchased used from overseas (no more of that). I realize there are more expensive conscientious ways to build for a discerning user, but a lot of what I've done lately are budget starter PCs just to get people thinking outside their consoles, cutting costs where opportunities are most obvious.
I will try that first GPU again in another build, because I don't have any conclusive point-of-failure evidence on it. Just a variable I changed that ended a problem at hand.
Indeed it's a used PSU of unknown mileage, so always apply some reasonable doubt. One red flag during the initial testing, I got a few black screen crashes near the end of PassMark's graphics segments. I reproduced that a couple of times & then eliminated the problem by switching to this current video card.
Glad you like it, thanks for stopping by!
It actually needs all the air it can get because the GPU heat can be alarming. I think removing that piece of the shroud will do a lot of good. Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks, that's one of the bigger Chromax fans on top of the cooler — Noctua shipped out the special clips for it.
It was the best option I found for maximizing PCIe bandwidth on this particular motherboard & set of devices. The crucial factor escapes me now a few months later, but I remember this was the conclusion I reached after trying a different board first (ASRock's Z390 Taichi). It may have been the requirements or recommendations for the sound card that forced me into this bottom-heavy arrangement. In any event, the top PCIe slot is most commonly preferable & so anyone would ask this. Mine happens to be a "workstation" motherboard I picked mainly for its PLX chip to give this lower slot the same resources a GPU would demand from the top position.
The idea was to run a few non-gaming screens without dividing the attention of the main GPU. Currently have 2 monitors on integrated graphics and another pair on the GT 710, trying to dedicate most of my rendering resources to the center screen. This is another thing that will take some comparison over time to confirm or deny, but I thought it was worth trying.
Yeah, I'm not sure how much they will work against each other, but I knew the GPU had a lot of heat to exhaust from the side while the CPU needed to draw as much fresh air as possible. At some point I may do some comparisons with those fans flipped different ways.
Thanks, glad you like it. They keep ramping up the frequencies of memory — this motherboard claims to support up to 4400 MHz. I still need to give manual overclocking a try. My first lesson could be with this memory I'm using here, trying to get at least the 4133 on its label.
Did you also have an optical drive in there? I don't have this build anymore, or I'd take another look, but I'm 99% sure there was no solution for screwing both of these fans to the front panel. Since I found it so baffling, it's plausible that I picked up some kind of mis-drilled unit sold at a discount.
Anybody know what causes that dismal 2D Mark score? Could it be connected to the crashing of Unigine Heaven? I've considered trying some different memory. . . .
Funny you should say that, I did replace the front fan with a non-LED Thermaltake from a Core G3 case. Really trying to get rid of as much frivolity as possible.
Same as the exhaust. Originally it was pushing air through the heatsink from the front, but that interfered with the drive mounting plate.
Thanks, I had a similar thought while I was putting it together. It sure doesn't look like an entertainment machine, but that's really what it does best.
Yeah there's a different kind of satisfaction that comes with a plain Jane exterior, no visual boasts. I'm more happy with it than I would have expected. Thanks for checking it out
I think the camera exposure & the lighting are exaggerating that tone, because it looks much more regular black to the naked eye.
Thanks, yes I found the double radiators kind of mesmerizing. I have a different copper Zalman cooler ready & waiting for an upcoming Intel system, looking forward to using it.
Thanks! It was about equal parts fun & rage. If you don't get all name brand LEGO® stuff, there can be some unwelcome tension or looseness in just the wrong spots. But it's pretty great how they can hold the power switch & the I/O shield just right.
I've looked at those riveter tools hanging in the hardware aisle & wondered if they could replicate the rivets in PC cases. You must really be comfortable with the NZXT to do all that. The window tint is kind of a strong green but it's definitely reminding me of a Game Boy LCD overall. Nice work!
What a great heatpipe on the motherboard. I would have liked to use that for my copper theme build. Lots of character, almost a shame to enclose it behind a solid panel!
Just a proof of concept, mediocre PC parts held together with toys. I learned a few things that will help in another project I'd like to try later.
I like this 2-tone interior with the white quadrant surrounding the CPU. It could be carried over to the GPU backplate somehow, a white section of that surface to reinforce the rest. In any case your refinements here are obvious. I will think more about this "color zone" idea & maybe try something like it.
Did your work on the headphones include stitching the fabric? I like your choice of lighting & your coherent desk theme with all the Rubik's type stuff. Looks like your lower PCIe slot is only ×4 bandwidth while the top was ×16 . . . I wonder what games you're playing & how much difference you might notice in a very demanding game.
Sure, it used the XMP setting with no problem. Have you heard of the 1600s holding people back with memory speeds?
I think I accidentally clicked over to Better Homes & Gardens
Why . . . not?
Yes at the very least it's nice & neat after some inexpensive rehab. Already got some response — in my local area it seems like the cheapest builds are most in demand. We'll see what happens. . . .
No complaints about this case, I'd be comfortable using it again. It accommodates these 3 SATA devices without any struggling. Came with an 80mm rear exhaust fan, I replaced it with 90mm only because I had some handy. It was nice to find an old PCI card with 2 Ethernet ports as a consolation, doubling what the motherboard offered originally. Not very exciting stuff but satisfying.
OK, I'll watch out for more pics here. I've been wondering how to start my own custom case, which materials to try with the simple tools I have . . . there's a working Mini-ITX system waiting naked on a table. So I'm interested in your choices here, looks like it's going to be a success.
Is it epoxy holding the angle aluminum together as well? With a good cutter I guess there's no limit to the frames you could design. Is there a notification for updates to completed builds? I'd like to see the how finished acrylic surface comes together.
I'm working on something right now with LED fans colored like your diagram. You speak the truth about prior generations of parts still meeting realistic needs today. Sometimes this PC part picking business looks like a contest of future-proofing starting now — now — NOW . . . but when you've been there & done that once or twice, it's hard to keep worshipping the next scheduled trend.
Oh, that's different from the "custom prebuilt" thing I've been doing. I'd like to build something to client specifications someday. Instead I have several computers done on speculation that someone around here will want them sooner or later. Maybe I'll get some relevant contacts out of this so I can try your way pretty soon.
I like the 2200G, it's modest but not a total sacrifice, then you can always add discrete graphics. But I saw red when I recognized that case — did you find it cumbersome for the ATX board? The back of the optical drive & the 2.5" SSD mounts in particular were badly crowded in my build. Looks like you saved yourself some of the torment I endured, however I must say some ATX mid towers are not ATX friendly. Rant concluded, your build looks nice.
Gotta love those hard-to-locate noises, ahaha. This is a good timeline of gradual improvements though. Seems like most of us throw out the whole bathtub to justify a shopping spree, but I learn more from a system that's cultivated over time.
On the one hand I'm sorry you couldn't get the airflow you wanted inside the case, but mods like this are always fun to look at. You have given that radiator all the air it could possibly use!
Wow I miss the sound of dot matrix printers. Going & going on the continuous paper, printing long banners in school. Tearing off the side strips & using them for streamers. Yeah I'm old as dirt. I like the look of those keyboards too, but I doubt I'd use all the keys. And the case & the GPU — all the way around it's an attractive setup without any goofy stuff.
Hey, looks cool. For HDMI audio you have to select that audio output device, in your case something like AMD High Definition Audio, or if you don't see the device then you may have to install the driver for it.
I like how you say school work first, "and gaming" . . . You can't make this thing any less fun with a parental spin. It's clearly designed to make the kid smile bigger than any school work ever will!
Hey, custom cable extensions look great but they are just vanity items. You got to the real heart of why we're here, which is the connections we make with these computers as our tools. People can say "ketchup & mustard" all day without ever meaning anything. That's a fine PC you built there.
I see, they must do it with a water jet or something in a factory. Well I'd be happy with that size of a desktop, and looking for more ways to gear up the interior space.
Ah, I like its simplicity. I could have used this recently instead of something with too many pieces.
I really wonder why more cases aren't offered in a bare metal version. Maybe a total mirror shine would require something like chrome plating, or a special type of aluminum, but that's a very thorough polishing job & it looks spiffy.
That is a very good execution of the colored stones theme. What did you use to control the individual fan colors? Or are they each a single color LED? I think your part list on this could use some more customization.
I like that you have something suspended from the ceiling in there. Seems like a Florida State theme at least partially, but you named it Coyote Wild, but the case says Cougar & your desktop is a dragon. You got it running nicely, anyway. For a personal setup I guess you can combine any inspirations you want.
Alright! Finally another ATX case with 40mm fans on that rear grid. That's been one of my favorite additions since I built my first system. Leave no air unmoved!
There is now a demand for 240mm RGB fans. Somebody get on that
The simplest method I found was just starting from scratch, booting from the Windows installer. Keep your network disconnected until you're past the initial setup of Windows 10. You will start with a local account instead of a Microsoft-tethered account & the folder name will not be chopped down to their 5-character standard. Then you can just put everything back the way you had it, even use your Microsoft account if you want.