Description

I built this PC to replace my old build that was damaged in a brownout. Typically my PC builds are pretty tame aesthetically. I usually opt for cost efficient cases with very few, if any, aesthetic features. I was planning to go the same route with this rebuild until I saw the Lian Li 011-Dynamic. At that point i was pretty set on making my new rig into a showpiece.

An ASUS 2070 is shown in the prebuild picture, but I ended up returning it in favor of the EVGA XC Ultra 2070 after reading how many issues people were having with the ASUS cards.

Can't say enough about the EVGA PowerLink. My GPU power cables were pinched between the GPU socket and the tempered glass side panel. This added more stress on the GPU and the cables themselves. The PowerLink solved that problem easily and doesn't look out of place at all. In fact I think it makes the GPU power cable look even cleaner.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Runs and cools great.

Knocking a star off because the installation instructions were woefully incomplete. Any experienced PC build should be able to get through it without too much of an issue. However, for anyone who may be building their first PC this would have been a bit confusing.

Motherboard

Not too many boards left out there with accent colors to match you system. This one does not disappoint. Tons of RGB options as well.

*The lower RBG light is mostly covered by any typical graphics card, just as an FYI.

Memory

Great RAM, and the best RGB RAM you can find. The RGB is so customizable, and with 4 Sticks it creates a nice lighting display in your case.

Storage

Great price, and super Fast. Easy to install as I would expect from any M.2.

Video Card

This card is fantastic! It runs everything I throw at it with ease, and outside of benchmarking, I can't seem to heat it up. It sits between 65C-70C playing mostly Overwatch, Apex, Fortnite and CS:GO.

Case

This case is near perfection. It was easy to build in, it has plenty of space. The power supply compartment gives you so mo much space to route cables and mount drives. You can hide nearly anything back there.

The only slight knock on this case is the lower fan mounting. If you populate all 3 of the fan slots at the bottom of the case, they start to really crowd your headers at the bottom of your motherboard. This wont be a problem for all boards, but for me I wasn't able to plug in my USB 3.0 Header without an additional low profile connector.

Power Supply

Great PSU with perfect White/Black theme.

The stock cables for this PSU are quite stiff. I had trouble with the bend radius on a few spots in my case. For instance the GPU power cables were being smashed into the side glass panel of my case, because the included cables are so stiff.

Case Fan

With the CommanderPRO these are super customizable. They can run silent and still move air quite well.

FYI The light right is on the intake side, so in my case and fan setup, I end up seeing the back side of most of my fans. It's a more subtle lighting effect, but sweet nonetheless.

Custom

The PoweLink is a lifesaver. My GPU was too close to the side of my case, causing the power cables to pinch and torque the GPU. Installing this solved my problem, and improved the looks of my rig.

Custom

Essential for controlling your fan setup in a rig with a bunch of Corsair fans. It can be a bit tricky understanding how to install your fans and nodes, but the iCue software picks everything up seamlessly once you've attached everything.

Custom

This support is a lifesaver. My GPU was sagging so much I was afraid to move my rig at all with it installed. This brace installed in under five minutes and supports the GPU perfectly. Highly recommend this for any of the larger GPUs these days.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

this rig is sweet

overall just great!

a light blue/orange theme with the rgb lights would look cool in there; in my opinon at least

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

I'll give it a shot. I'm always looking for new themes to try.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet!

Another great theme idea:

lime green and yellow

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The Blue and Orange didn't look the greatest to me, but the Lime/Yellow was sick! I used the "Rain" light pattern on the ram slots and it was awesome.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Bloody hell, that's a nice build. +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm really happy with how it came out.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Any issues with fitting everything in the back or with corsairs icue? Those two issues have me worried about a build like this, clean as it is.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

The cabling for the 6 Fans was absolutely the biggest hassle in building this. I put a lot of effort into keeping it clean, and it still looks like a mess. The lighting nodes and the commander work great, and they're easy to work with. The software has been great so far, and they plug and play super easily.

The main problem is that for each of the 6 fans you had a lead terminating into the lighting node, and the commander pro. Having the extra space in the side compartment was definitely needed.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok that’s reassuring thanks for answering man I appreciate it. I might be wrong but I thought the fans connected to the rgb hub and then the commander pro so the lightning pro wouldn’t be used. Did you do it differently?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

It's possible I was sloppy with my last description. I'll try to clarify and see if we're talking about the same thing.

-Each fan has 1 lead for fan control, and 1 lead for RGB/Power. -Each "fan control" lead goes straight to the commander pro. -Each "RGB/Power Lead" goes to the Lighting Node. Now with all the fans connected. -The lighting Node/Nodes connect to the Commander Pro. -The Commander Pro connects to a USB header. -Power both the Commander and the Node/Nodes with a sata power connector.

Without being able to verify until I get home, I beleive this is how I set them up.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep that’s how I thought it worked too, I might have phrased the question wrong. Last question, how’s the noise with that many fans?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Using the stock fan curve, the fans never run more than 1000 RPM so the system is silent. If you crank them up, obviously it gets pretty loud. Although, aside from benchmarking and stress tests, I can't get the system to even heat up enough to pull them off their low RPMs.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

did you encounter problem with the connectors on the bottom of the board with the fans in the way?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I did, the USB 3.0 Headerwas very difficult to fit between the fan. So much so that I was uncomfortable leaving it in, and have a low profile connector on the way.

Hopefully that helps me sneak the header between the fan wall.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful. Love white themed builds

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful. It would be more beautiful if the side fans were exhaust!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo very nice asthetic like the theme but in my opinion i would have put some contrast

Very nice job though:)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi. Great build. You should route all of the pump cables under the mobo. That will give it a cleaner look. I removed the second psu bay and it exposed the giant hole to pass the cables through.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the second bay out as well. So you took the pump cabling too the top, but instead of going through the cable grommet like I did, you wrapped them under the board? Seems interesting for sure.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct. Really cleaned it up. I also moved all of the fan headers under the board. OCD I know but looks a lot better.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask where you purchaed the low profile connectors? thank you

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

cablemod is the most popular site for them but there are many cheaper alternatives.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can the Asus prime Z-390 A's RGB be changed to white?. And or can it be disabled?. Thanks In advance!.

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

It can be white, but honestly it's still a touch Blueish in color on its white setting.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's a beautiful build. I'm just curious does the RGB lighting raise the case temp at all when they are white? That's probably a silly question as there is so much air moving through this case but I know of a few builders that ended up getting over-temp shutdowns on their SSD's because some genius put 70+ LED's in the storage they chose to show a bright white RGB effect.

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

I can't say the RGB does anything to temps. The heat produced by LEDs pretty much rounds to zero, so I don't think you have much to worry about from them. That being said, you still need to power all the RGB components, they may be forcing the PSU to generate more heat than it typically would.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is the fan setup the most optimal or have you changed them since?

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

I think it's the most optimal cooling wise. The side fans would be visually better looking if they were flipped.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I am just finishing up a build almost identical to this and have the same issue withe the front panel usb 3.0 connector and it blocking the fans. Do you have a link for the low profile extender you used?

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

hey im thinking of building in this case and surprise surprise you're using the same motherboard as me as well. I have a few questions. Whats the cable management like? How easy is it to get all this set up? Hows the case quality?(i hear its pretty good). How easy is it to build in this case? and also would there be enough room for this thing [STAFF REMOVED] ?

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

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  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks mods i will keep that in mind