EDIT: I did some updates to the build, which can be found on the forums: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/223190-update-to-my-sofa-desk-powered-by-a-cube-build
First of all sorry about bad pictures, I took them with my phone and in some cases it was too dark to get nice pictures.
I am old veteran PC builder, I didn’t build PC’s since 1998 but I was building a lot PC’s before. Making my own custom water blocks on milling machines and using car heater radiators and modifying my cases with Dremel tool to fit everything. Back in the day these where extreme things to do. Suddenly I stopped building PC’s and went with Laptops, my wife didn’t want a computer in living room and sitting in another room was not an option. But 3 years ago we bought a new house with big living room and my wife agreed to have a PC in living room if I build a nice desk for the sofa I sit and use my Laptop.
So couple months back I started to plan, then waited for Ryzen test results from reviewers, I play World of Warcraft and wanted a CPU capable to do so, since WoW is single core depended game and don’t require a high end graphics card I ordered everything I want and fit my needs. Meanwhile I build myself a sofa desk to minimize cables around and mount a monitor on it. Man I was surprised how easy it was made for PC builders these days, everything was to buy there, didn’t need to modify a lot to get my desired build.
I went for black and white theme.
I had to buy everything for a complete system, since I didn’t have any keyboard, monitor and so on. Only thing I had was my Logitech gaming pad G13
Intel Core i7-7700K: Like I said above I needed a CPU which was strong in single core operations for WoW. I also want to run Plex server on this build, when Ryzen was released the CPU passmark value was high and great for Plex, but dropped in 2 weeks just above i7-7700K, that was reason enough for me to go with Intel, not a fan boy of any of these companies, I am fan boy of my needs and wallet.
Cryorig H7: It was one of the best in reviews and needed a black white CPU cooler.
Asus Strix Z270G mATX: Board is really great, but while I was installing there was a bend CPU pin, and caused me headaches with the RAM, first 2 slots next to CPU caused problem and it wouldn’t boot. It only worked with 2 RAM modules. But thanks to ROG forums I was pointed out to check my CPU socket and I found the problem under a magnifier, pin was not bend but jumped off its place, after fixing that everything works fine now. Great looks and a lot futures for a mATX board.
GT.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB: I got 2 sets of 2x8GB, while I had problems with my motherboard I found out, this model is not supported by Asus or G.Skill for Asus on both QVL lists. But after fixing the problem on the motherboard this set works fine even with XMP on. Nice looking RAM once you have installed with the lights.
Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 I am really happy with this, I was planning to get 2.5 inch SSD but got a lower capacity M.2 for same price since it was enough for couple things I have on Windows. This thing is a beast. Windows startup time is just mind blowing. And applications load really fast. For videos and photo’s, I am using old fashion HDD’s.
XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB GTR Black Edition: Since I didn’t need a beast of a graphics card I went for a cheaper solution and got myself an AMD version, from what I have seen, this one was of the best RX480’s out there. When I play WoW I get around 100 FPS on normal places and the temperature is around 60 Celsius, this is on an Ultra Wide Screen with graphics setting at 6 in WoW. This game demands a lot from the CPU. When I walk around in a heavily populated places the FPS drop to 40 which is normal with this game, and temperature rises around 65 Celsius. I got white LED hot swappable fans for this card, and had same problem with the stickers on the fans as most YouTube reviewers, they wobble like mofo! So I took those off with a heat gun and put them back on middle of the fans.
Thermaltake Core V21: Well I needed a small case but in cube form. I ordered this case as first part actually. While was waiting on reviews on Ryzen I decided to get an extra window… The extra window is offered by Thermaltake but there was not a single vendor in the Netherlands selling these windows, so I contacted Thermaltake, at least I tried to do that, in one month time I send them 3 mails asking if there is a vendor in the Netherlands for these windowed panels, I never got a single answer from Thermaltake, even an answer only with “No” was enough but that was too much to ask I guess. So I checked Ebay and there was one seller from U.S. and the panel was only 19USD but with shipment costs and customs the panel was more expensive than a new case in the Netherlands, so I ended up buying another case… Thanks for nothing Thermaltake!
But I love the Case, it has enough room I could hide my cables nicely even with extensions, but that shouldn’t be a problem for me since I do a lot with electrics and electronics for my work so I am use to work with cables and wires. Drilled out the motherboard plate rivets and painted the plate and inside of the case. Also added another connector to the Case, because I wanted a power switch on my Sofa Desk.
EVGA SuperNOVA 650G 80+ Gold: Nice modular power supply for nice price, I wanted white sleeved cables but there was no sets for this model, but that was my own fault I should check before I bought it. So I went for white sleeved extensions.
LG 29UM68-P Ultra Wide monitor: I wish I could get a 34” instead of 29” but I don’t have the space for it and I like the size so far. The reason for getting RX 480 was also this monitor because of the Freesync. Speakers in the monitor are more than enough for me since I came from a laptop. It is just a nice monitor.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum keyboard: What can I say? Do I need this keyboard? Not really but I wanted a nice looking keyboard since it is on my Sofa Desk and I wanted experience with mechanical keyboards, and this thing is really great has perfect looks and build, feels really good and the volume roller thingy is just perfect for me since I don’t have anything to adjust the volume on the desk.
Logitech G602: I was using a wired Logitech G600 MMO mouse for WoW, but I needed a wireless mouse with good battery life, and after watching and reading some reviews I went for a G602. I was tanking for almost 10 years in WoW and I am not tanking anymore, because of this I don’t need that much buttons on my mouse and in combination with G13 gaming pad I have still enough buttons.
Other things like the fans and pieces I needed are in the part list, nothing to write about these, already wrote more than I wanted :P
Sorry for my English grammar, not my native language and didn’t write for a long time.