it was time. it was finally time.
I have had good PC components for a long time now, but they've been messy, in overly large cases for no reason, and really, they have been changed out so frequently that my primary system started to look more like a test bench than a premium PC. I decided it was time to change that. Don't get me wrong; I love big PC builds, but the case I was using was intended for custom loops, and right now, I dont have the cash for that, but I did have enough to perk up my lackluster build.
For those that hate RGB and big cases, this build is probably more your style. if you do like RGB, you should turn back now.
here's what changed from my previous build:
EVGA Z390 FTW --> Asrock Z390M-ITX/AC
Corsair vengeance RGB Pro --> Corsair Vengeance LPX space gray
Lian-li PC o11 Dynamic White --> Thermaltake Core v1 black
windows 7 HP SP1 --> windows 10 Pro
all other changes like fans and stuff are small and incidental, so I wont bother listing them.
thermals: CPU idle: 24 C. GPU idle: 28 C
overclocking: none done yet, just wanted to show off build, will update when done.
cable mangement: very, very difficult. no good places to route cables in this case. while compatible, the PSU is very large and uses up more space than a normal sized one, which further increases cable management complexity.
I used Arctic MX-4 for the CPU and GPU.
I know the case isnt the prettiest on the market, but it was also the cheapest I could get in the ITX Desktop form factor (yeah ik, gets cheapest case imaginable, buys $30 fan....). shoot me your opinions and suggestions.
one more thing for PCPP staff: the list is compatible, however, the 2080 Ti backplate and both the case's stock fan and noctua aftermarket fan overlap, making it such that the fan is held in on only the right side of the case. I am including pictures of what I mean by this at the end. Just thought you aught to know. to avoid said issue, the GPU would need to be about 7-10mm shorter, or not have a backplate.
great CPU if all you do is gaming and/or very light editing. can get a tad hot without good cooling.
quality is very average, but it does the job as well as a 120mm AIO could be expected to. there are cheaper options that would work just as well.
small, simple, good bios, decent IO and headers. build quality feels premium.
price is right at $70 USD. color is more unique than the usual black or red.
not as fast as a high-end drive, but it doesnt matter for day-to-day tasks, and booting windows is still very quick.
very fast, but lacks both style and cooling. fans need to be at at least 60% to achieve what I would consider good cooling.
price is right, lacks cable management options, window is acrylic/plastic instead of TG. overall quality feels just slightly better than what you would expect from a low end case.
fully modular, large power potential, good protections, stays quiet, well reviewed professionally, pretty efficient. recommended if it is below $140 USD and you need the power.
its windows. large application support level, but has its issues.
not bad, not bad at all.
needs color calibration, but if it can be found around $450 or less, you got yourself a solid 1440p 144hz contender. only good if you have an Nvidia card. if you have AMD or just want to use Freesync with an Nvidia card, the S2719DG is a great monitor using a similar panel for $300.
cheap cherry mx red keyboard. would recommend getting a ducky one 2 at this point over this.
high DPI, wired, "palm grip" (my hands are so large that it ends up being claw grip pretty often). the G602 wireless is larger.
has connectivity issues, would recommend a sennheiser PC37X or something over these.
didnt get to use this yet, but had a red set that I used before. they are a bit stiff and plastic-y, but they do the job and look nice with the proper combs on them.