Description

I put together my first build in many years a week or so back. My last PC was a Dell XPS 9100 that I got right before Civilization V came out, so it's fitting that I put this together in time for Civ VI.

A few notes: Asus GTX 1070 Turbo This was purchased from a coworker who sold it for $280. I originally was going to go with a 1080 but for the ~$100 off retail on the 1070, it was worth it. I'll just plan to upgrade the video card in 2-3 years, but the rest of the rig is mostly meant to last at least 5 years. Initially I regretted it because I often would rather spend more for something I know is top quality, and especially with this card being a blower style, I thought I should have just bought something better... BUT this card has been awesome. 16 hours of Battlefield 1 on full max settings (at 2048x1152@60hz) and it has only creeped up towards 70-72c a couple times. Most of the time in BF1 it tops out at 67c. (Running OC'd btw)

be quiet Dark Base Pro 900 This case was definitely overkill but I fell in love with the look and after reading some reviews it was clear that this was the case for me. Parts of it definitely feel old school (which is what I'm used to) with screws for everything instead of the quick release brackets on some new cases for hard drives and such. This case is really quiet.

As you can see I eventually loaded it up with 4 mechanical drives in addition to the Samsung 850 SSD. Only one of those mechanical drives is new, the others are the 2TB WD Black, which was used as the main drive from my last PC, and two WD Green 2TB drives which were removed from WD MyBook Essential external drives. Still not quite sure what I'm going to do with all that storage, but I do dabble in video editing and I back things up religiously, so it can't hurt and the case has room for them.

In fact the only "noise" I can hear from the case is when one of the mechanical drives is working hard. I put "noise" in quotes because it is still barely audible. I have to try to hear it to even notice it.

The fan controls and lights are nice to have. A few times I've cranked the fans before doing some heavy gaming but I don't think it was necessary. Also, as you can see in the photos, even though the motherboard tray is removable, I built it right in the case with no issues.

Monitor I didn't buy a new monitor yet. Using a 6 year old Dell SP2309W (which is 23"/16:9/2048x1152/60hz). Not sure whether I want to go ultrawide or 27" 1440p.

Notes Photos are in reverse order of the build. Lots of cameos by my long haired dachshund. Some prices reflect coupons/gift cards/other savings (especially video card which was bought lightly used from a coworker).

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Easy to install, looks good, keeps the CPU really cool. It was interesting running a stress test on the processor and seeing the temp creep up over 60c and watching the number quickly drop back down. Have only experimented a bit with overclocking but I'm sure this will handle whatever I throw at it. Oh, and it is SILENT.

Motherboard

Easy setup. Had no issues with it finding my USB thumbdrive to load up Windows 10. It was easy to enable RAM overclocking to get the full speed of my ram.

The App center apps aren't that great... I also accidentally messed things up enabling Ultra Fast Boot. The mobo fixed itself though and just reset to default settings which wasn't an issue.

Memory

So far works great. Seems to be very speedy and looks nice and subdued in my not-too-flashy build.

Storage

This is my first SSD, so for me it's night and day from my mechanical drive on my last PC. Machine boots up in <10 seconds and everything I've put on it loads really fast. Might upgrade to a NVMe boot drive eventually, but this will do for a couple years.

Video Card

Have been really impressed with this card. As mentioned above, I was concerned with the blower style but it runs everything I throw at it very well. Running it overclocked through the Asus GPU Tweak software, it usually hangs around 67c while playing Battlefield 1 maxed out at 2048x1152@60hz. Curious to see how it does when I upgrade to ultrawide or 1440p.

Case

This case was definitely overkill but I fell in love with the look and after reading some reviews it was clear that this was the case for me. Parts of it definitely feel old school (which is what I'm used to) with screws for everything instead of the quick release brackets on some new cases for hard drives and such. This case is really quiet.

I loaded it up with 4 mechanical 3.5" drives, a 2.5" SSD and put my old Blu-Ray drive in the top 5.25" bay (but didn't actually hook it up). and there's still plenty of room for everything to breathe. I added 2 fans (bottom front in, top back out) but even with the stock 3 fans it is really cool in there. I just figured I should add them now while I'm elbow deep in this thing.

The only "noise" I can hear from the case is when one of the mechanical drives is working hard. I put "noise" in quotes because it is still barely audible. I have to try to hear it to even notice it.

The fan controls and lights are nice to have. A few times I've cranked the fans before doing some heavy gaming but I don't think it was necessary. Also, as you can see in the photos, even though the motherboard tray is removable, I built it right in the case with no issues.

Arrived in a huge box with a nice fabric cover protecting the whole thing.

Not worth a star removal, but one nitpick is the HDD activity LED is BRIGHT. I put a tiny piece of gaffers tape on it for now but will think of a more elegant solution. I usually leave it on overnight to let Carbonite do its thing, and it looks like a little orange spotlight on my ceiling.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 3 points

is it sad that the first thing I noticed in the first picture was the dog...? Fantastic build tho +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

But can it run crysis?

I'm talking about the dog of course...

Nice build though. You should work on cable management and you have a nice setup.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is an ongoing thing but I spent a lot of time on it when I put in the last 2 drives and the 2 fans. The ugliest issue is the GPU power cable which just won't behave. I need to figure out a way to secure it more cleanly but the big rubber element is what makes it so ugly.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Dam I love those Be Quiet! cases :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not as familiar with Be Quiet cases but this one looks sharp. The orange and black is really cool.

You shouldn't run out of storage space anytime soon. ;)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The orange and black really caught my eye too... then the more I read about the case, the more I realized it would be worth it and I'd probably never have to buy another case even if I redo everything else in 5-6 years.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely! With the great cable management and the layout of the case being as good as it is, you can definitely reuse it when your next upgrade comes along.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice lil doggy and nice build :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! He's the best. The PC isn't too shabby either.

Side note, his name is Baxter and I named the computer BXTR.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

How nice :D I was also thinkin of putting my lil dog in a picture next to my PC- for comparison how big the case is or how small my dog is haha :P

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the case. I don't think it is overkill. It is a case that got good reviews and looks great. You get what you pay for and if you are willing to pay for quality then there isn't anything wrong with that.

Nice build. Nice case. Cool dog. +1!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and great case choice! Did you get upgraded version with the wireless charger?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! It's actually convenient for me to charge my phone there while at my desk.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Overspent on the case but can't get a better chair.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, there are functional reasons for that chair given the square footage of the room it's in. Just to the left of where I stood when I took the photo is a comfy chair that I swap in there sometimes.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build, I think the first one I see in this case. Why did you choose a blower style GPU over one like the giganyte wimdoforce? I think those get a little warmer than the ones with a beefier cooler. Also I see a hell lot of HDDs

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's in the wall of text in the post, but basically because a coworker was selling the card for $280. I would have chosen a non-blower style card otherwise.

I was worried about heat but so far it's doing great. The fan has topped out at like 40% and the card has barely crossed the 70c mark. Things might change if I go 1440p soon though. I'll update the build if I start having heat issues at higher resolutions.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. Guess I didn't read carefully enough.

These temps are not bad.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it come with the dog? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fans did you get on top?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I only added one on top-back. So I have one top-back, one back-top (comes with the case), and in front I have the two that came with the case and I added one bottom-front to keep some positive airflow. With the blower video card it's just a tiny bit positive but I barely have any dust breaking through.

  • 37 months ago
  • -1 points

Do you really need that much storage?

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  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Within 2 seconds of unpacking the case there was a nose print on the glass... I'm sure it won't be the last one either!