1st build for years so a bit rusty. Last one was an Athlon 1200. Lots of reading up in the last couple of months before getting impatient and started ordering.
Wanted a mATX case to minimise space,but also have some gaming potential with large GPU so choose a well reviewed mesh fronted case. Not sure I'd have enough space for radiators, plus the added complexity and apparent noise vs air cooling meant I stuck with what are apparently considered good fans.
As I plan to have a go hackintoshing this system using a seperate, yet to be purchased drive, I stuck with an Intel CPU and motherboard having read that using AMD made it trickier. This was also the reason for the GPU choice as although the Radeon 5700 XT is yet to be supported in Mac OS, there's a good chance it will be, which is more than can be said for Nvidia cards at the moment. The Sapphire cards are well regarded in Mac external GPU builds so hopefully the extra length of the heatsink will help to keep the noise and temperature down.
850w PSU more than technically required, but allows for both 8 pin and 4 pin motherboard EPS cables to be connected, as well as supplying 2 x 8 pin for the GPU. Will probably turn all RGB off eventually but photgraphed with it on for effect.
Still lots of work to be done in working out the best fan curves, cable management etc. but for now it's fun to have a fairly powerful PC back in the house. Whatever happens it's cheaper than a new Mac and a damn sight easier to repair!
Uploaded my parts and photos as I used this site a lot for reference and hopefully this may be of help to someone else.
Extra fans added after initial build to help keep the temps down whilst gaming and make the entire system quieter all-round. The two AF14 fans originally used in the front of the case have been replaced with three NF-A12x25's as they are quieter in the RPM range that I want to use them with. This now means I can keep the input fans at around 1000 PRM when gaming at a reasonable 44 decibels.
Still trying to wrangle the AMD drivers and creating custom GPU settings to maintain the best performance to noise ratio. If I limit the fans to a maximum of 45% (about 1400 RPM) they're still the loudest component in the system.
Very impressed with the quality of the kit and supplied accesssories, I guess that’s reflected in the price. Clears the motherboard and DIMMs nicely and can sustain the cpu at 34 degrees at a whisper quiet 250 rpm.
A bit of a limited choice in mATX boards it seems but research pointed in the direction of this one due to apparently better VRMs than those of comparable Asus and Gigabyte ones. Bonus of 4 PWM headers (5 if you count the pump) conveniently spaced around the edges. Inbuilt bit of RGB silly, but fine if you like that sort of thing.
Only annoyance was that the Shipped BIOS had to be updated before Windows could be installed. Turns out MSI boards need these for anything past build 1809, and of course Windows didn’t give you any help in figuring this out, my trusty Linux USB stick revealed the problem and thankfully you can use the M-Flash option from the BIOS to update itself.
Sleek and black so fitted the aesthetic. Reported as 2133 by default before clicking the XMP button in the BIOS to default overclock it to 3024 without any other work needed.
Spent a long time deciding between this case and the Define Mini C as I wanted as quiet a build as possible when not gaming. Considered the NZXT 400 and Phanteks S400 but the airflow of the Meshify won.
For a novice it’s a great case to build in with tons of space, if like me you remove the drive caddy from the front of the PSU shroud. Built-in cable ties and rubber grommets on the main slots make routing the cables really easy and there’s space for a maximum of 7 120mm fans if you’re going for extreme air cooling.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the only real negative is the difficulty in removing the front mesh filter or panel, even with the bottom filter removed it’s still a bit of a faff.
Another plus point to mention is the existence of the Fractal spare parts store, which should allow me to mix and match components between cases of the same size if I feel the need to modify it any further. Fractal will certainly be top of my list when building another PC.
More than required really, as a 750w would have sufficed but a bit more headroom for any future upgrades. Cables are pretty stiff and the 24 pin one in particular could be a little easier to work with in my opinion, but it gets the job done and the silent fan profile helps keep the overall noise down.