First build in 8yrs, and first time using a new case in 15yrs. My old Antec P100 from 2004 or so has been good to me so I looked at the new Antec lineup and picked out the P110 Silent. Unfortunately, it's no longer in stock anywhere, and this site doesn't have it in the parts list, thus the P110 Luce is selected (only difference is tempered glass). I ended up getting a used case from Amazon Warehouse and the the inside of the front panel was kind of beat up. Nothing noticeable from the outside though, now that I've spent hours repairing it.
Anyway, the goal of my build was to find something discrete. I purposefully steered clear of tempered glass and LEDs, as that's not the look I'm going for in my bedroom. The Antec case with noctua fans seems more quiet than my last build, but I'm still distracted when the fans rev up. The case is of solid construction and probably weighs 50lbs. I'm not surprised by this, as my last steel construction Antec case was similar. The Noctua fans seem very sturdy and well built, though of course they're not built for looks.
The GTX 1070 is 2yrs old and soon to be replaced when NVIDIA announces their new line. Graphics improvements with the new system are highly dependent on the game.. Old system was an I7-970, crappy Intel MOBO, and 12gb of 1600mhz DDR3 which I don't even think was registering at 1600. Shadow of war 1440p Ultra Settings is 56fps in the benchmark. It was similar before. Heroes of the storm went from 100-160fps to 220-260fps in 1440p and maxed graphics. I was surprised by that.
This was my first time using a liquid cooler and it was almost simple except it took me 10 minutes to realize I'd forgotten to plug in the power. It caused a bit of a panic when my CPU fans weren't running on my brand new processor.
Asus IPS monitor is amazing. Certainly looks better than my old ASUS TN monitor when put side by side. Looking forward to taking advantage of the 144hz more when I upgrade my gfx card.
This Chroma keyboard sucks. It sounds like a typewriter and I may send it back.
I haven't had a chance yet really to test how much faster this NVME M.2 SSD is compared to my old generation 1 SSDs. Looking forward to that.
Anyway, thought some of you might enjoy a non-flashy, built for its discrete, silent performance build. I've never OC'd before but am hoping to at least set all cores to 5ghz.
Also, I did the very best I could with cable mgmt. If you have advice, I'm open to it. It took me over an hour to install the pump at the roof of the case because it honestly wouldn't fit. I had to go with just 3 screws on one of the fans... and also had to take out the mobo and put that in AFTER the cooler. It was a royal mess. I even had to take a pocket knife the clip of the 8-pin mobo power cord because the clip was going to hit the pump fan.