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by Vreaker12


So my younger brother wanted to upgrade his 7 year old setup when Monster Hunter: World for PC finally came on Steam and after some brainstorming session finally came up with a goal: to be able to game in 1440p and with a budget cap of $2K.

I know by budget he meant including an upgrade in monitor and peripherals as well but since it was not mentioned specifically or in writing... I digress. Long story short I finished that budget in just the PC but at least he seems happy with the finished build.

Right off the bat I suggested we start the build with Fractal Design's Meshify C. I've read many positive things about this case and price-performance wise it's hard to beat. The case sure did not disappoint in terms of quality and design. If there's one thing I was surprised at it was that it's much smaller than I had thought initially. With all the excess cable length and miniscule space left, the rear side of the case was much more messy than I would've liked it to be.

Next would be the heart of the build. For CPU i recommended either a four or six core processors (unlocked) with 16GB of RAM and nice motherboard that would allow him to overclock should he wishes to do so. To achieve the stated goal of gaming at 1440p a GTX 1070Ti seems like an obvious choice.

For storage I went with a 1TB SSD as his main boot drive and a 4TB conventional HD which should give him ample flexibility and legroom capacity wise while keeping the cost relatively reasonable. I had discussed the possibility of using M.2 as the main boot drive but decided for his intended use the gain is unnoticeable over a SATA SSD and we can save some coins to spend elsewhere (like RGBs which always add FPS to your games hahaha).

Had wanted to do an industrial look with white/dark blue/black color scheme for this build but decided in the end to have a bit of fun and play around with RGB fans and RAMs which I never got any chance to previously. Apologies if the photo had too much cotton candy technicolor since I did not get to configure the system at all since it'll be my brother's computer. I do admit that the fans and RAM's default color setting was too much bling for my taste but I'm sure with the right setting it'll be elegant and glorious. Also apologies for the crappy photos. I had to take them quickly on my mobile before my brother came by and pick his PC up.

Thanks for reading this and checking out this build.

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HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Were you able to get the full 3600 mhz profile with that corsair ram? I haven't seen it on asus QVL memory profile. I have the asus crosshair vii x470 and I know it's not "officially" on there either.

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I don't know as my brother wanted to do the OC tinkering himself though I doubt it would hit that 3600 MHz speed either.

kenlao 1 point 6 months ago

think the trident z (non rgb) would run on 3200 mhz or will only run at 2933? the trident z is cheaper than the flare x both 32gb 3200 mhz though 1 is cl 14 and the other cl 16. any comment about this? P.s. Still confuse about the cl things XD

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Actually I should have read your whole part list. I have more parts in mail coming for this upgrade build. Same meshify c. Same 2600x. I'm curious why you went with the x52 instead of the x62, 280mm. I assumed it would fit. Or alternative corsair 240-280mm rgb aio. I'm just curious on your choices. They are very good certainly. I will be using the evga 1080 ftw2. So it's good to see that you can still front mount the rad, enough space.

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

The original idea was three 120mm fans up front with two 120mm fans top side with the X52 there. However when I read the manual for the case I noted with that configuration it's recommended that the RAM stick height is limited to 40mm which the Vengeance RGB Pro exceeds by about 11-12mm. That led to placing the X52 up front.

Why NZXT X52? You're right I could've gone with X62 or other 280mm rad but I've always preferred same size fans in builds for flexibility (i.e. like not reading the case spec carefully) and luckily this time round it came out ok. Secondly I don't think my brother will go too crazy with his OC (if at all at least in the near future) and third why NZXT over Corsair was I already had a Corsair AIO build before so wanted to try the NZXT which looks soooo good. Hope this helps and good luck with your build. Looking forward to checking it out.

dixonerfais 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

What a great big brother! +1, very well put together.

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! Two birds with one stone. Been itching to build so if it's on his dime then why not :)

Love your featured build by the way. Am hoping someday I'll be able to take the plunge and build a custom hard loop like yours.

zincfusion 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Very familiar build lol! Noticed that the stickers on the fans are likely for warranty but you could face them away from the window for a cleaner look but nonetheless nice setup!

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Checked your build out and yeah the similarity is uncanny hahaha. Loved your setup and the pictures looked professional grade.

Did think of the stickers (always had mine peeled away) so I told my brother I spent the hours putting the rig together he could spend the minutes peeling the warranty stickers (they're tough. I know from experience hahaha). Reason why I put them that way was always to ensure the cable point is closest to the rear side of the case for cable management. Didn't want to end up with having to reposition fans due to just a few cm short of PWM cable. Really appreciate the input and attention to detail. Thanks

zincfusion 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Vreaker12! Yeah those stickers are a pain to get rid, you could try applying some WD40 or olive oil with a cotton bud, helps dissolve the glue and make it easier to remove.

PC_Mate 9 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Question: You have mounted 3x 120mm fans in the front. How did you opened the shroud (front/right side)? Thx for your answer.

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

By shroud were you referring to the front mesh/cover or the floor plate (PSU shroud)? Apologies for my being unclear of your question.

PC_Mate 9 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Front bottom (right side). How did you manage the 120mm fan under your aio? Did you cut the shroud?

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Nope didn't have to cut anything. I'm still a bit unclear on what you meant the part I cut to fix that fan but if you refer to your case manual you'll see that the case has mountings and can accommodate three 120mm fans up front. All I had to do was remove the PSU shroud cover (trap door kind of thing that opens up part of the PSU shroud to allow that third fan to be mounted), slide the HDD cage on the bottom towards the rear just enough to squeeze in that fan while still leaving space for the cables connecting to the PSU.

If you're referring to removing this panel on the PSU shroud then all you need to do is unscrew two small screws on front (refer to the case manual). Definitely did not have to do any modding to the case.

Hope this helps.

jasondaigo 1 point 5 months ago

so this case can take 180mm length psu without removing the hdd cage?

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

With the HDD cage up front you've got plenty of space, however as with this build where I had to move back the HDD cage a bit to accommodate the 120mm fan it's a very tight fit.

Shpeeeeeeeeee 1 point 4 months ago

You went OTT on PSU and storage but great black blue build! I would've saved a buck and gone for some cheaper RGB fans (like putting some LUX RGB fan frames from phanteks on the stock fans). I'm thinking of doing a similar but cheaper PC with a B450 tomohawk.

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Storage was my brother's choice. Ditto with fans. Think he went with those out of convenience as well since they're readily available in our country as opposed to Phanteks, Noctua, etc. For PSU I did ask whether he wanted some headroom in case he wanted to upgrade his GPU or even go SLI. Difference in price is negligible so he went with the higher wattage PSU. In retrospect you're right we could've considered the B450 Tomahawk which is very, very good as well.

MoonMoney 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Your builds are works of art, Vreaker12. Great combination of parts, and I love the cable organization. Even the NZXT Kraken tubes are nicely done. When I saw "Palico" I knew it was Monster Hunter ;) And for your little brother too! Very nice :)

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Your cable management for the rear of the case puts mine to shame. I've much more to learn. Definitely going to work on it for my next build.

MoonMoney 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Have you tried velcro straps? I cut mine either in half or a bit shorter so there's not so much to wrap. I have tried those zip ties, but I constantly like to adjust those wires until they have a flow to it.

Vreaker12 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yep however my main problem with this build was the lack of basement as I had to accommodate the HDD and the third 120mm fan down there. So I had to either learn to cut the excess cables and re-sleeve or just somehow squeeze everything there. Think it's obvious I went with the (lazy) latter route.