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I couldn't help but build a new rig :) This time I sold everything and built the computer from scratch. I wanted to stick to a silent PC having quite of a minimalist look. You can see the parts on the left, so here're a few sidenotes based on my experience during the build of this machine.

The be quiet! Shadow Rock LP is a cooler meant to be used primarily in mini ITX cases. Therefore I had some issues with it, because there was only one direction where it neither clashed with the TUF Gaming Armor shield, nor got too close to the graphics card. It blocks the closest memory slot anyway, no matter how you place it. I really like the look of it and it also cools the VRMs because of the fan facing down and being close to the board.

Because of the cooler is being close to the edge of the motherboard I struggled with the NZXT Aer F120 case fan on the top. Although they are close to each other it fits without any problem, I'm just not sure if this short distance generates turbulence or any other unwanted thing. As I keep every fan's speed low, I didn't hear anything strange yet. I was contemplating on putting it to the front, but I didn't want to lose the dust filter on the top.

The NZXT H500 case has one big Front Panel Connector which I really like. It has all the POWER_LED, HDD_LED and POWER_ON "switches" in one place so by having a look on the pin layout it was very easy to use without having to open the motherboard's manual.

The tempered glass side panel is a bit tricky to open. It's not enough to just unscrew it and pull the left side of the panel towards yourself, you also have to use a flat screwdriver (or rather a small, thin knife) to release the other side of the panel too. It could be a bit scary for the first time, but it's a really safe mechanism which prevents the glass to be broken easily.

Placing the Wi-Fi antenna was a challenge. Thanks to the cable you can't put it on top of anything, because it just falls over. I did want to use it anyway so I decided to lay it on the top of the case, adding another design element to the build. Of course, its sides are in parallel with the respective sides of the case :) After I bought the used graphics card it turned out that it was used as a mining card previously, so I'm just hoping that it won't fail after a few months - although it has warranty until early 2020. It can easily hold 144 fps (I'm using VSync) in Quake Champions with Low settings at 1440p. It could hold it with higher graphics as well, but I want to avoid as much distraction on the maps as I can.

Sorry for the ugly mouse pad, but it's made from cloth and can't be cleaned at all. The new chair I'm using is an ergonomic Vertagear Triigger 275. The desk lamp is an IKEA HEKTAR with built-in wireless charging. The monitor has an average IPS glow that can mostly be seen from left or right. It also has black light bleed (or leakage) close to the lower right corner which it's only noticable in dark areas in games - in this case it can be a bit annoying for some. For me, the picture quality, the fast response time, the very low inpuit lag and the high refresh rate compensate it easily.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the minimalist look. Awesome job.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I love the orange-grey-matte black combination too :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

-1 for keeping rig under desk.

+1 for having an awesome rig.

Your final score is: +1-1 = 0

Find a place to put that PC on = +100000

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thank you! :) Maybe I need to replace my table after 10 years with a wider one. It should be much wider though to have enough space for the large mouse pad. Apart from not having enough space, it's also better to keep the machine under the desk from noise perspective :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for replying.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

what makes you think the cloth mousepad cant be cleaned, i have seen a quake veteran show how to clean a mousepoud to almost brand new, using a soapy bath, and he was using a cloth pad, or is there something particulaar about your current one that states not to clean?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried to clean it the same way, but because the air in this district contains lots of dust and my hands sweat almost all the time it gets dirty really quickly :(

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok yeah i have the same issue, i live in ireland and my room is extremely dusty, my pad has been cleaned a couple times but it gets filthy again after maybe a month.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :) I'm in the planning phase of three(!) new builds, a matte black, a black and light green theme and a complete white one - all of them will be minimalistic, I can't wait to put them together!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

wow nice job

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

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