A fresh take on a PC build. I didn’t want to do something simply ‘clean’ and minimal where the main acoomplosnment were clean lines.
(NOTE: People seem to think they’re real plants. They’re fake...)
This build is for gaming with consideration mostly in quietness and aesthetics while maintaining 60fps at max settings for the majority of FPS titles. It accomplishes this well for the most part but the intake for the Inwin 301 is awful to say the least so it can get rather loud when vsync is off. When doing office work or browsing the web, all fans are off. The only noises are pump noise and the HDD.
The GPU cooling combo (NZXT Kraken G12 + Fractal Celcius S24) has some minor problems because of the form factor too. The S24 pipes stick straight out from the cooling block and have no flex on the block.. so the pipes block the use of every other PCIe slot. Recommend using a NZXT cooler that has right angled swivel ports on the cooler instead. This particular cooler also doesn’t seem to work all well with the G12 bracket too. I had to put an excessive amount of mounting force and thermal paste on there to make sure it cools at all.
Note: The case only supports one HDD mounted in the case. The second one is taped to the back of the case with 3M VHB double sided tape with cables passed through the bottom fan mesh. The Corsair fan controller literally doesn’t fit anywhere as there isn’t any space in the back... so the plastic case was removed from the controller. The PCB is mounted against the PSU with 3M VHB tape. Cable management is near impossible in this case. The end of the GPU back plate was also hacked off to fit in the case.
It was one hell of an experience building this. Changing one component means taking out all of the components. I changed components a lot of times to get fitment and cabling right. Never again.
Things I’d change: AIOs with quieter pumps. EK Vardar intake fans to Noctua. Noctua fans sound nicer. The case to a H400 for more space. Get rid of the HDD for more quiet.