Description

I built this PC back in September as a birthday present to myself. I have been planning a build on an off for about four years, but never had the money to build one. The idea behind this build was to be powerful, but also aesthetically pleasing. With that in mind, I did sacrifice some performance for the sake of rgb lighting.

A big part of this build was the rgb lighting system. The motherboard and graphics card were chosen for their ability to sync lighting as well as their overall aesthetics and of course performance. The fans are my favorite part of this build. I chose the Corsair HD140 and HD120 fans because they have, in my opinion, the best lighting effects and the transparent casing gives them a unique look. I looked around at all the popular lighting ecosystems such as the hue+ and aura sync, but none of them had fans which surpassed the look of the Corsair fans. These combined with the lighting node pro give me access to all kinds of lighting effects and in my opinion is worth the cost.

The Fractal Design Meshify C is my favorite case so far. It offers a power supply shroud, a gorgeous tempered glass side panel, and plenty of air flow. I was originally debating between the Phanteks P400s and the Evolv ATX, but I was concerned that front intake would be hindered in both of these cases. Once the Meshify C was released I knew it was going to be my case of choice. The tempered glass is on the darker side, however I am glad that is the case because the Corsair fans would be too bright in a case with a more transparent window. The only gripe I have with this case is I wish it were a bit longer as to accommodate a longer gpu and front mounted radiator. As of right now, my only option for possible future AIOs is to mount a 240 radiator on top or replace the gpu.

As I said earlier, I went with the 1080 instead of the 1080 ti so I could divert some of the money to the Corsair fans. While I know I will probably receive some criticism for this, it was worth it in my opinion. The 1080 can play every game I own at 1440p at high frame rates and even at 4k. My gaming preferences are more towards the casual side so a 1080 ti was not needed. This was already an astronomical upgrade over the nvs 4200m gpu in my old laptop.

Now before you ask, the seconds 960 evo ssd was purchased on accident and I did not notice it until the parts had shipped. Instead of returning it I decided to keep it as an extra drive to more steam storage. Had I noticed this mistake earlier, I would have either not purchased it or I would have gone with a 500gb ssd instead.

The wifi card was purchased to try to remedy a poor wifi connection. The motherboard wifi was giving me poor performance as was just not cutting it. Now that I have upgraded our router I can see this purchase was unnecessary, but it will hopefully help to future proof this pc.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Another lovely application of RGB within the Meshify. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really nice! I love how the Meshify looks, how easy was it to build inside?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

It was a dream to build inside! There's plenty of room for everything you could want and no sharp edges (although I did manage to make a blood sacrifice, not sure where that happened). Cable management was also very simple with the included velcro straps!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get RAM for $154 bucks?????

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought it from Amazon back in September before the prices went through the roof.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question for you, why kaby lake? its basically a dead platform right now. why not coffee lake or ryzen? also lol for the second drive.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't call it a dead platform. It's perfectly viable.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Because coffee lake was not released at the time I bought the parts and honestly it's not a big enough improvement to be important. I went with Intel because it performs better in dolphin emulator.

Also not sure where you're getting this dead platform idea from.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build but, $3200 pc build and $10 speakers lol............

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, fair criticism. They are speakers that I've had for a long time. I got them for free from my mom, but I don't really use them anymore. I primarily use my headset.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw I see, use my headphones alot as well, but i also love cranking the speakera as well

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any recommendations for a good set of speakers?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes get either the Logitech z623, or the klipsch promedia 2.1, those 2 are probably some of the best pc speakers out there. Most pc speakers don't have a decent subwoofer. These both do, and are practically identical. Even the wattage is the same, the only diff is Klipsch has 2 addition tweeters on it's 2 speakers, and the Logitechs subwoofer enclosure is a little bigger, and the subwoofer on the logitech is .5 inchs bigger.

I have the Logitech and my brother has the Klispch, I think the Klispch sounds a little better, and the logitech has a little more bass.

Logitech z5500 is a beast 5.1 too, I also have that one, I found for under $200 bucks at a pawn shop, it's better than it's newer older brother the z906.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Among the best sounding and overall is the Corsair Sb2500, that one is a lot more expensive and not worth the cost diff. (Usually 100 bucks more)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The ones I have are speakers from a Logitech s220 and a subwoofer from a z313 (I believe going based on some google searches). How does that compare to the ones you mentioned?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any issues with the RAM, I’m running the same mobo/cpu and the qvl from Asus is less than helpful while trying to select the appropriate memory. Have you tried to see if Aura can control the rgb?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any issues with it. Everything just worked out of the box. As far as the RGB goes you can only control the lighting from Corsair Link software sadly.