Description

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.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

It needs pikmin.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's a pretty good idea

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Add some pictures if you do it :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I had a look around but can’t find any mini figurines

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

They are pretty rare. Most of the little figurines have been snatched up by collectors.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

My girlfriend has just seen your build and now she wants to do same to my pc! :-D You have such a great setup, well done!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I recommend using double sided mounting tape if you’re having trouble getting foliage to stay where you need it

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome and thank you for your advice

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What the heck....

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, what sort of specific fps are you getting in the games you play? +1 for the plants

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think it's around 70-80fps on max in Battlefield V with vsync off but tends to drop as the video card starts to heat soak. It's a constant 60fps with vsync on otherwise. I'm unsure about other games but I haven't noticed any screen tearing due to getting under 60fps with vsync on.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Being an older card, it might be a good idea to reapply thermal paste.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

It’s currently using Kryonaut rather than stock paste.. I went through a lot of thermal paste testing it out

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Really nice, unique look. What figurines are those? +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! They're generic AliExpress miniatures.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

can you take a picture with the kraken color set to white or yellow? i feel like it can be a sun or moon

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Done.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

+1 For the build

-1 for too little pictures

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I completed this build quite some time ago so didn't taking any process photos, but is there anything in particular you'd like to see?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If you could take some pictures of the setup and the pc with some lighting that would be great!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How is the NZXT Kraken M22 i heard its really bad is this true?

  • 1 month ago
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The cooler itself isn't bad, however, the mindset of only one fan on the radiator doesn't really make it THAT much better when compared to an air cooler.

  • 1 month ago
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It isn’t a bad cooler. The thermals and acoustics are good but I’d only recommend it if you’re short on space.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

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