Description

I was a previous owner of an Asus Gaming laptop when I decided to upgrade to a desktop PC - since the latest titles are getting more demanding and my laptop was showing its age. I originally wanted to buy a pre-built pc to save me some time , but the truth is I really have no IDEA on how to build a PC. (4 years of Philosophy in college did not help at all for some reason)

After 3 months of studying builds, gathering information, researching parts and all that jazz, I managed to cultivate an interest in PC building - so much that it excites me more now than playing the actual games on it (IKR???)

So without further ado, I humbly present my first creation - Project Drowl (Dragon + Owl)

I chose to build a mini ITX build mainly for aesthetics but on the long run, I figured its the only size that would fit my table so the decision was a win-win.

The Tecware Quad Case that was surprisingly cheap here in the Philippines was actually pretty cool since it has enough airflow and ventilation (200mm front fan) plus it can support up to a 240mm radiator. It also has 3 clear windowed panels on the top and sides to showcase your PC innards.

So there you have it... any comments or suggestions for this build will be very appreciated, after all I owe it all to you guys for paving my road to the PC Master Race! Cheers!!!

Part Reviews

CPU

Perfect for my demanding - non overclocking woes and just enough to not bottleneck the performance of my GPU like a nice nacho+salsa combo.

CPU Cooler

picked mainly for aesthetics but I figured I needed the extra temp lowering since my case only has 1 path of airflow (front to back) and very minimal on the sides.

Memory

I only game on my PC so no reason to exceed 8gb of RAM. Standard reliable corsair RAM sticks

Storage

I primarily opted for a 2TB WD Blue but then it had 5200 (or 5400?) RPM so running my OS and games in that would slow me down a bit so I went with this 1Tb instead and I would just upgrade later on if I will need additional storage. As of now I have installed all the games I play and only consumed 50% of the total capacity. Still running fast processes and loading times.

Video Card

the bread and butter of my rig, the Asus Strix GTX 1060 OC 6gb (what a fuing mouthful -_-) that can kick a whopping 1837Mhz which is perfect for my 1080p woes and dreams. I had difficulty installing it at first since its a big-* GPU but after some chord fiddling, proper angling and contemplating of my life choices, I was able to angle my way out and fit the card nicely. I can now play all the games at 1080p with no worries thanks to this bad boy. Recently I overclocked it to a stable 2050Mhz which is good, it reaches some 68-71 degrees but nothing it couldn't handle. I am very happy with this card (well I should be for a $330 card)

Power Supply

I was planning on getting a corsair PSU but the store ran out and I got something better. They told me that Seasonic manufactured some of Corsair's PSU stuff so basically a coincidental good deal. At the end of the day, its a PSU, so, who cares.

Monitor

I like how the bezels are so slim for this guy and I really appreciate how it looks sleek and rough at the same time. Im not a fan of elegant looking monitors since they take the MAN away so yeah, this piece is just right for the aesthetic and the budget. Although, since it is not mainly a gaming monitor, some minimal screen tearing can be seen with fast paced games like Mortal Kombat X, but with all that gore, you wouldn't notice it that much. I might upgrade to an Asus PG24Q in the future when the wallet allows it.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Pics 22-27...there you go!

Thumbs up.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

haha the first batch of pics were taken with a PS Vita and my shaky hand. I apologize. Glad you liked it, thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

even though it is 8 gbs at least u want with 2x4 because it is better than just getting 1 stick because of bandwith i think not sure but all around nice build +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

His parts list has a 2x4 config.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

o lol i thought it could hold 4 slots :P forgot it was a mini itx or micro atx dont know which one

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I use single channel and its completely fine

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah u can but it is a little better with 2 sticks instead of 1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

doubt it

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

1 stick is better for upgrading in the future without having to worry about your slots being full or changing the sticks

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

well there is a difference, but very minor.. the thing is, I just don't want my RAM stick to be alone, it might cry and wet the other components so...

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

definitely went for dual-channel. thanks man! glad you liked it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Suggestion 1: Overclock your monitor. It's pretty easy and totally harmless. Go into Nvidia display settings > monitors and resolution > custom resolution > boost your refresh rate in small increments and hit save.

There's a site that helps make sure your monitor isn't skipping frames, I just don't recall at the moment. And if you get a "signal out of bounds" error or something like that, don't worry, it will revert in a few seconds.

And if I missed something there are several online tutorials.

Suggestion 2: Download MSI afterburner and start tweaking your clock speeds and fan profiles. I know you said you aren't into overclocking, but you might find it interesting the same way you ultimately found PC building interesting. I found it helped pass the obsession of building into getting the most out of what you have.

Suggestion 3: Don't be afraid to paint things! If you want to go for a different look later you can always do that.

Otherwise, yeah, I like your build.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for those tips man. I will definitely try all those, actually I am overclocking my GPU and monitor right now. WIth the CPU it has a 3.9Ghz cap so i was fiddling with it as well. I definitely get your point about making the most out of what you paid for but so far the results are already pretty awesome.

About the color, i just really love how the color mixes with my collectibles (Babymetal, Punisher, Deadpool) since my room is full of them.. the kid inside right? ROFL =D

thanks again and Im glad you liked it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah that's a good point about the colors, I'm not done with my build yet so I'm still accessorizing. Glad my advice was helpful though!

-edit-

Oh, yeah, so if you use MSI afterburner (generally regarded as the best) for overclocking, I recommend unlocking the voltage controller after you get it dialed in to a point where going higher causes instability. After that you can up the voltage and push it a bit further if you desire. But honestly at 1080p with a 1060 it's borderline overkill. Let us know the results of your overclocking though!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

i went in with afterburner and had a whopping 2136mhz for the GPU from a stock boost of 1873mhz. I think im pretty happy with it. The DirectCU cooler of the strix is superb. my temps didn't even went beyond 60c. I recommend it highly.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

That's awesome, I'm rocking a 750ti right now so I'll have to look into the Strix lineup for my next upgrade.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

If I went with an matx board, will the 1060 gpu still fit without issues? also thinking of getting the captain 240 - would it be a good idea? btw, nice build. first ive seen to utilize the tecware quad. hope you can share pics of the cable management as well. thank you in advance.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

still updating cable mgmt. since I ordered some cable extensions - more pics in the future. =D

regarding your mobo I don't think there will be a problem since you will just use the same PCIE slot anyway. The fit is very tight for a long gpu like mine and you need a lot of positioning techniques to put it in. But if you're planning on another variant of 1060, then I don't believe you'd have a problem. Also take note that the M-ATX mobo will fit until the other end of the case so the cables that you are to plug at the bottom of the mobo below the PCIE slots will be visible in the panel.

On the Captain 240 I think you will have clearance issues since the rad-mount is very close to the mobo, and the pump of the captain being large as hell, you might be able to fit the 240 rad but you might have problems installing one of the fans which is close to the mobo since it is a very tight fit. If you want to stick with the captain, get a 120 like mine; or if your willing to change the AIO, then try something with a FLAT cpu block instead. (i.e. ID cooling, Corsair, Thermaltake)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the helpful information - I appreciate it a lot

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend the case? I'm getting the same one but instead I'm going to be using a microATX mobo. I really like the aesthetics of it but i'm not sure if it will fit inside.. Do you think it would be a tight fit or it would be alright, or should I just get a different ATX case?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build dude! haha yeah Tecware is cheap here in our country Im going with Quad too but my room is not airconditioned so i might go with Tecware Edge TG or bigger case with better air flow.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a photo showing the other side of your GPU; length-wise. I need to see how much of a clearance left once you installed GPU as long as this Strix version.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

haha i can tell you myself that there is ABSOLUTELY NO CLEARANCE LEFT.. fitting that card inside requires you to flex the front a little to even fit it in. When I say flex I mean to really stretch the front side forward forcing the card to be in place horizontally. Its doable but a little difficult since you dont want to scratch neither the case nor the gpu shroud.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is the radiator/fan getting the air from if it is facing the glass side panel? If I put a 120mm radiator/fan as an exhaus, will it fit?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

hi, i can see that you have replaced the stock 200mm intake fan. What is the model of the new fan? Is it possible to use other 200mm fan to replace the stock?

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

yessir... up to a 180mm CPU cooler height. It looks tiny but it's actually very spacious inside like a "tall cube".