Description

Backstory: This is my first build!! My first PC was an Alienware aurora r4 that I got around 2013 (I was 12 don't flame me lol), that was my gaming pc til now. It was mostly fine, gpu died after 2 years of having it so i put a 970 in there but it completely died last week and I wasnt sure if it was the motherboard or the PSU and because its all proprietary from Alienware/Dell its a pain in the as* to try and fix or reuse it so decided to build a complete new system. Here is the moment I decided to build new

(GPU IS TEMPORARY until benchmarks for 2080ti come out)

Storage

I had the WD HDD from my Alienware and I had bought the SSD for that PC so just reused both here.

EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0 Video Card

THIS IS TEMPORARY. I'm waiting for the benchmarks for the 2080ti to come out. If its worth it ill get that card and if not ill go with a 1080ti. This was just temporary so that I can play my games for the time being.

Let me know if you guys have any questions, I really enjoyed putting my first pc together and I think I did a decent job for the cable management considering its my first time haha.

I've already ordered cable mods and once I get them I will update the build with pictures here, also planning to order the Hue+ once its back in stock. GPU will be upgraded to 1080ti or 2080ti depending on benchmarks.

Part Reviews

CPU

Good cpu, great for gaming and unlocked for overclocking if I decide to do that

CPU Cooler

From my research this silent loop beat every other AIO in its 240mm, I got the 360 because my case could fit it (its' also a be quiet case) and I won't have to upgrade again for a long time, at the time of me buying it was only $10 more expensive than the 280mm. Keep in mind they don't stock this in the US so I had to wait for it to come from the UK. I bought it for $159 and paid $49 for shipping. Very high quality, easy install, came with 3 be quiet fans and does its job, cpu temps ranges between 30-60c.

Motherboard

Nice looking motherboard at a good price with cool backlit RGB lighting. Unfortunately I didn't plan very well and chose a case with a USB type c and realized the motherboard doesn't have that after ordering. I don't really have anything that needs USB type c so didn't bother changing it.

Memory

They look absolutely incredible, very high quality, I love the RGB on them, the RGB also works with Asus Aura software.

Storage

Pretty quick, startups are usually under 10 seconds and my main games load very quickly

Case

Gorgeous case, extremely easy to build in, lots of room for everything, didn't have any problems at all with decent RGB trim on the front. The top radiator bracket that comes out is a bit finicky and can get stuck but just wiggle it around and it'll be fine. Brushed aluminum body makes it look extremely nice, fingerprints easily get on there and you'll have to clean it but its worth it to me since I don't touch the case that much lol

Power Supply

Very quiet, nice sleeved cables, does its job.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job and great cable management.

Im hoping the 20 series kicks *** si the 10 series will continue to drop in price ;)

Thumbs up.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!! Me too haha if the 20 series dont have a huge improvement im hoping the 10 series go down so i can get a good deal on one

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Low key RGB show PC builds, have their charm, you know? +1 For the incredible first build

I was 12 don't flame me lol

Lucky you i don't have a lighter here!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

yes thank you! always wanted to do a nice low key build haha

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

You achieved it perfectly ;)

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I love the case +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Me too it was really easy to build in and looks great

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice I’m going to do a 2080 to build

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

I'll be starting my build soon on the Dark Base 700 and I'm wondering how the top fan is doing in terms of noise?

I'm a bit torn at the moment whether to go with push+pull for the front rad or just pull/push and then stick a few fans in the top mounting bracket.

Thanks in advance for the advice!

Cheers, Iggy

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! honestly noise is not bad at all, when i have my headset on i don't hear a thing! As you can see I only have 1 fan up there. Its the fan that came with the case mounted in the front and i mounted it on the top for exhaust. and then my be quiet rad came with 3 fans so i mounted those on the front.

the top only has small cut outs on the back where i mounted mine, front mounted rad works great for this case!

Good luck on the build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect, thanks for confirming!