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Here's the new PC I built!

I bought a new 3D video accelerator to play all the latest & most demanding games, like Quake II (RTX)! And my new PC can play CDs, too! And DVDs! It even does Blu-ray!

I chose the AMD Ryzen 3700X as the CPU. Overkill, sure, but I had the money to burn. I also got a deal on some fast Samsung B-die RAM. I'm running the kit at 3600 CL16, which is quite fine, since my Infinity Fabric won't overclock anyway.

I'm running all this on the X470 Gaming Pro Carbon, since I don't need PCIe 4.0 right now. Sure, the Crucial P1 has QLC NAND, but at such a price I couldn't help but relegate my old MX300 to secondary storage. Look, no hard drives!

The 2070S Gaming X Trio is huge (and bulky)! It has quite some weight to it. The GPU support bracket is really a necessity, it's not there just for show. The zero-RPM feature is very nice.

Noctua's fans are all excellent, as usual, in both their grey and black variants. So is their NH-C14S cooler, which is one of the tallest coolers this case will fit. The temps get a little toasty with the side panel on, but that is to be expected.

The three Corsair SP120 RGB fans (now with iCUE flavour!) are quite good as well, being perfect as static pressure fans for additional (and quite needed) airflow.

The RMx 850W unit was bought used, a while back. It's been serving me well. Indeed, I used this same PSU in the last build I did, with an 8700K. I sold that build (without the PSU), since I didn't have the time to put it to proper use.

edit: People on the Corsair subreddit were worried about my PSU temperatures. I really wasn't, but my paranoia got the best of me, and I replaced the RMx unit with a RMi 1000W one. This allows me to control the PSU fan via iCUE, and exhaust hot air out of the case via the PSU, like these old cases intended you to do. Both my idle and load temperatures dropped quite a bit!

The unit was bought used, being an ex-mining PSU. I might not need that much power, but I did get it for quite cheap, and there aren't a lot of RMi-series power supplies floating around in general. Also, it was compatible with my existing sleeved cables, so it was quite easy to swap it out.

But eventually I needed something stronger than the 2200G I bought to replace it, so here we are.

I should probably get a newer monitor at some point...

edit2: Thanks for the feature!

Part Reviews

Memory

Five stars for the cheap price and performance. The kit did arrive with the heat spreaders falling apart, but that was quickly fixed with some cheap no-name aluminium heat spreaders from eBay.

Storage

A nice little M.2 NVM Express drive.

Storage

I've been using this drive for almost two years now, with no complaints! It'll be used as a secondary storage drive now.

Power Supply

Overkill for this build, but it was cheap! I really wanted this for the ability to control the PSU fan, which is essentially like adding another 140mm fan to the case. With my airflow, this is a godsend.

Optical Drive

It plays (almost) everything. Now to find some optical media to actually use it with!

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

Allways a pleasure to see such an old case in use, lovely! +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

And CG to the feature :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

Love the writing. Im guessing that computer had an ATI Rage card in it or a Nvidia Geforce 4 in it if it had dedicated 3d graphics (this was probably a bit after having a dedicated 2d card).

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The sticker on the back reads G550, which corresponds to a Matrox graphics card, meant for workstation/business use. But the general date does seem to be around ~2002, from the first availability of a 2.4 GHz P4 part, and the XP Professional (1-2 CPU!) sticker on the top.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

matrox lol i remember watching an LGR documentary about them, wasn't the killing blow to them their memory bandwidth and driver support?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Weirdly enough, unlike 3dfx for example, Matrox is still around today! I've even seen some of their stuff for sale. It seems even back then they stuck to niche markets.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, people who want to use lots of monitors (think 18 monitors on the same computer). Specialised GPU's with the outputs for this. Of course, as you said, this is an extremely niche market so people in the stock market would look at these sorts of setups.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! I always loved seeing sleeper builds. I hope to do my own one day.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you liked it! Seeing all these sleeper builds (LTT especially) was my inspiration as well.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the best sleeper builds I've seen, great job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Sleeper PCs are so cool, I bet you had fun with this. I wonder what might be the most deceptive or ironic case one could use to conceal a modern monster system.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

A CRT television

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

or better yet, an old VCR

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Using Apple G5 cases comes to mind, or even things like old radios or microwaves. But that might be going a bit too far!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually have a plan for my 2006 Mac Pro — and a VCR around here somewhere. PCPP could pioneer a new form factor: Mimic-ITX . . . the sleepest of sleepers. Dude.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

You should try to get the floppy working, they sell usb floppy controllers that plug right into the drives, and you can connect it to your computer using an internal USB to USB-A cable

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your sleeper build. Hopefully one day I'll get a chance to do one of my own. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

First time seeing a sleeper and it looks so cool. Maybe I'll save up and build one.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I’ve never seen a better example of don’t judge a book by its cover. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Better than watercooling and better because its sleeper pc without any mods to the cage and stuff except the bottom because I see you used it for intake :), this looks Lit man nice <3

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

Can we get a pic all covered up? Excuse the dirty talk..

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

After a late-night photo shoot, I've added a fully side-panelled picture.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw this on the Nvidia Reddit, then went to PcPartpicker and saw it was featured :D Congratulations!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

That’s not an Intel! Super duper deep deep sleeper!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Now this.. this is glorious.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

good job, but were's the cpu fan though? +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Underneath the heat sink (the black Noctua fan doesn't stand out), it's a top-flow type of design.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

i LOVE that you got custom sleved cabels but you cant see into the case. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The Intel Inside sticker cracked me up a little bit. Nice build and congrats on getting featured!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm building a sleeper too! I just bought a IBM NetVista the other day

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! Good luck with your build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

bro this is actually insane

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow Blue-ray...

Great Sleeper Build

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Might switch to a case like that for my PC I'm building next month so my parents don't think I blew a bunch of money on a "gaming" computer.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

zzzzzzzzz :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Imagine someone selling this on FB marketplace for $40, then you get there to have a look and see this when you open it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

super beautiful and nostalgic!, love computers like these!, they always remind me of Windows XP Pentium 4 like computers, even with the Geforce 8800 GT graphics cards, if it can run games through Steam at a high speed.

i would ask you to make one for me and i'll buy it. ;)

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

You OC the CPU and still under 70? I dont know the airflow from that case, and what's the fans config? Is it Pull or Push?

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