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Introduction

This build went through several phases before I actually started building it and ended with my current setup. In 2016 I started looking at PC Builds to get me out of the Mac range. Mac's current pricing and vendetta against custom upgrades pushed me away from the platform. As such, this is my first PC build.

Initially, I was going to use an Inwin Chopin, however after two days of use I realized the PSU wasn't capable of supporting the build. Coupled with a faulty motherboard, I ended up with an NZXT H200i and an ASUS ROG Strix board.

Mistakes I Made

I was impatient. That was probably my biggest mistake. Once majority of the parts were here I started building and got to the point where all I needed was the power supply but had to wait a few days for it to get there. I had to uninstall and reinstall the CPU cooler like four or five times before I was able to actually get everything plugged in where I needed it. The same story happened with the graphics card, as it seemed every time I installed it I found another wire that needed to be routed.

CPU

I chose the Intel i5-8400. The biggest reason for this was the integrated graphics as initially I intended this to be an APU style build. As you can see that fell through, but so far I have no complaints about this CPU.

CPU Cooler

I am leaning towards switching to an AIO cooler (Fractal or NZXT). I like how much space this cooler fills but it was a straight up pain in the *** to install, so I dread ever taking it off and having to reinstall it again. Looks good though.

Motherboard

No complaints. The little orange light that says it has power is kind of annoying so I covered it with black electrical tape but other than that, all good.

Memory

It's RAM. Does it's job.

Storage

Definitely need to buy a second drive or a bigger drive.

Graphics Card

Impulse buy after my wife pressured me into it. Bought a backplate from V1Tech and it looks cheap and eh, so I'll most likely look for a higher quality alternative.

Case

NZXT H200i looks awesome. Doesn't take up too much space on my desk, the side panel looks sweet. Some cable management issues here and there but nothing too major.

PSU

It's a PSU. Does its thing.

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

What about airflow? It looks as if the exhaust fans are blocked by the MASSIVE cooler.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually didn't have much issue with Air Flow. Had some issue with dust gathering at the top of the cooler but other then that temps were pretty good.

I've since moved to a Kraken AIO because I grew tired of the mounting situation on the DRP cooler.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I wan to get a similar build but a bit worried about the temps. What temp do you get under full load on the GPU and does it get loud and force the case fans to go full speed?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I honestly couldn't tell you. I don't have any of that stress testing software so I haven't done anything inclusive. I did just finished playing WoW on Ultra getting over 150FPS and couldn't hear the computer at all. CAM said the GPU reached 66C but...its CAM so I don't know how accurate it is.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems accurate, thanks :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build! +1 I love this case :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks super clean ! Dark rock pro 4 that’s coming out will have easier installation. There’s a bunch of other good coolers that can fit too that cools just as good and easier to install.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm definitely going to a different cooler after this, just haven't decided what. I want to make sure it fills up as much space as possible though so it's still going to be just as large.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I switched to noctua, it so easy ! You can fit noctuas D15(s), u14s, scythe mugen 5 rev b, off the top of my head, that will be much easier to mount and all cool around the same or better, assuming you have some good air flow.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

So far the CPU has stayed quite cool with it. The GPU is what I'm starting to worry about now. Might end up doing the whole NZXT GPU Cooling deal.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your temps, did you set a custom fan curve ? Get 2 good 140mm high static pressure fans like the be quiet silent wing 3 high speed pwm, ya need cool air coming in.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip, I'll definitely take a look!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

BEAUTIFUL

+1

I love it. Like others have said, Noctua makes some really good CPU coolers. However, as your CPU is locked you could also go with maybe the new NZXT M12 or whatever they are calling the 120mm Rad.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually what I'm looking at. The M22 would go on the CPU and the rad would be installed probably on the back. Then an X52 for the GPU with their little cooler gizmo.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

think the g.skill trident z will fit on the dark rock pro 3?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's tough to say. Based on my rig, I think no, or if so it'd be really, really tight.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

i see thanks! :3 1 more thing does the top fan on your build fits fine or is it really close or is it touching the drp3?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's extremely close if not touching.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It fits, if you find hardwarcanucks video of the Meshify C you can see him fit a DRP3 on top of trident Z

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How much clearance do you have between the heatsink and your RAM? I bought the Corsair Vengeance LPX and my Dark Rock Pro 3 causes the RAM to bend when mounted.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I had very little issue. The cooler touched it but didn't bend anything.

I've since switched coolers.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I saw that you dread installing or taking off the dark rock pro 3. Take a look at this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcdM8lGG-H8.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Gpu idles at 47c? That’s high

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

No longer have this case so I can't tell you why. Might've been I had my fans backwards and it was exhausting more than it was bringing in...who knows lol

Moved on to a new case with facing facing the right way round this time xD