This machine is utilized as the first phase of my 2018 gaming rig. The goal with this build was to create something that was aesthetically pleasing, while downsizing from a large tower to a mid tower. The build needed to support streaming, as content creation is a casual hobby of mine within the gaming community.
I definitely spent a bit more than necessary to get the same amount of power, having added the RGB aesthetics - so it's totally doable to accomplish the same power and spend a good amount less, if you don't care for the RGB look.
This was my first attempt at a build that took aesthetics into consideration, and I tried to make something with a bit of character and play off my gaming background with the Mario / Rainbow Road theme. Hope you enjoy!
(Please note, due to silly bitcoin hardware inflation - phase 1 of this build utilizes the existing GPU from my previous machine, a 980 Ti and a primary Ultrawide monitor. Phase 2 of the build will include an updated GPU and a primary 4k monitor replacement.)
I came across a few issues with this build that I can hopefully save you some time with.
- If using NZXT RGB lighting and you want both fans and lighting strips, you'll need both the case smart device and the NZXT Hue+, as they can't mix channels and have a limit of 5 fans per channel.
- If using 6x NZXT RGB Aer fans, note all the fans are one-way intake only. I had to flip around the rear fan to turn into exhaust, so the bright RGB ring is not facing inwards to the case (but still visible). The flipped fan had some issues with screws not fitting nicely, but sits fine.
- I ran into an issue where I did not have enough USB headers on the motherboard, so I had to buy an internal USB header hub.