Description

This computer originally began as a prebuilt early in Secondary School and has slowly been added to over the past 8 years. This is the latest edition.

I have upgraded from a Phanteks P400S to a Meshify-C as I found my RTX 2080Ti wasn’t getting the clean air it needed. A case change and rebuild was the perfect excuse to add some ARGB fans.

Sadly, my motherboard (Asus Prime X470-Pro) doesn’t support the newer 5V 3-pin ARGB standard, so I needed a simple workaround. Thanks to some digging, I found the device I needed was only bundled with CoolerMaster AIOs - at this point I had my heart set on a Castle 360EX RGB AIO however I found that I wouldn’t be able to control the ARGB via software and was limited to the presets.

On eBay, I got lucky and found the ARGB controller I was looking for with cables complete (with the exception of the 3 in to 1 ARGB splitter which I subsequently bought on Amazon.)

This controller could be used with the CM ARGB fans I had bought at great expense but was now limited to CoolerMaster ARGB devices supported by this specific controller (future AIOs, RGB strips and fans), unless I was willing to use the old 12V 4-pin RGB header with Aura Sync (which controls my motherboards lights.)

The Meshify-C is easily the best case I've worked with - I knew going in I was going to be using a lot of cables (albeit smaller ones; fan and RGB cables). Despite the messy bundle under the PSU shroud, I was surprised when I was able to close the back panel with ease although this is also a more skilled operator nowadays.

As you may notice in one of the images, I made a little modification. Typically, if you wish to have 3x 120mm fans in the front (with an AIO perhaps, or for looks like mine) you would have to sacrifice a small cover on the PSU shroud and the hard drive cage, or at least move it even closer to the PSU which was not an option for me as I had a full size PSU and bundles of cables to wedge under there. Fortunately, Fractal offer the ability to mount a hard drive to the bottom of the case directly. My modification came to the cover on the PSU shroud towards the front of the case which you would remove to house a 360mm AIO or 3x 120mm fans. So I cut a slot big enough for a 120mm fan to comfortably fit inside (in hindsight, I should have cut it big enough to fit a radiator just in case) and allowed the panel to be screwed back in, as originally intended. This is probably not great for airflow - but also is, at the same time. It provides some airflow to the PSU, cables and hard drive while also sharing it with the GPU and CPU obviously.

I was determined to control all the fans properly, hence the purchase of the 3 in to 1 4-pin PWM fan splitters. I already owned a Phanteks PWM hub but wanted to control each section of fans differently (front, top and back), so made use of all 3 chassis fan headers on the board. The 3 front 120mm's running at a higher RPM for a positive airflow, the rear exhaust slighter slower and the top fans hardly running at all. I found Asus's AI Suite (FanXpert4) quite usable and non-intrusive.

The build is a definitive showcase of how far my PC building skills have progressed as well as being the most high-end build I've made.

The last original component from the 2012 prebuild (i7-2600, Radeon 6850) was an OEM Seagate 2TB hard drive which has now been replaced by a Seagate IronWolf NAS 4TB drive bought second hand for £60 (16 power cycles, 7500hrs).

The price listed is certainly not represntitive of what I paid. I bought the Meshify-C second hand (but in great condition) for £60 and the 2080Ti BNIB for £850 on eBay, while some parts I've had for a long time and some that have gifts for Birthdays & Christmas'.

Part Reviews

CPU

Totally overkill for what I need but it was priced so well on launch I decided to upgrade from a 2600X to get 8 cores.

It puts out some heat and was a little bit concerning when i first bought it but it seems that is the nature of 7nm Ryzen.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is a beast. Better than most AIOs and although I have been thinking of replacing it for a snazzy ARGB AIO, I think I might keep this. The Pro version is very large and considering the last air CPU cooler I used was the stock intel LGA1155 cooler that came with an OEM 2600 (non-K), its a bit of a difference.

its size blocks a considerable amount of light from enterting the bottom regions of the case and such could use some RGB or atleast a more standard method to mount different fans to the cooler (instead of the wirey clips).

Came with a fantastic long screw drivers which is now my primary PC-building screw driver too.

Motherboard

Originally bought for a 2600X and used for a year on it, I was pleased to see regular and complete BIOS updates for my 3700X. At first, it struggled with my 3200mHz C14 ram but has stabilised with later revisions.

Just wish I had realised I was going to be using ARGB in the future as this board doesnt support the newer 5V 3-pin ARGB standard.

Memory

Works as advertised. Hits the speeds stated on the box although wasnt stable when selecting the DOCP profile in the BIOS and for some reason required the speeds and latency' to be added manually for stability plus a little bump in voltage. This is most likely a motherboard issue/instability however.

Storage

In a previous life, this was used as my C:/ Drive but is now relegated to my 2nd slowest/3rd fastest drive used to house some games and creative software (Photoshop/Premiere Pro etc). Has been chugging along very well since I got it a good few years ago now.

Storage

Used as my primary games drive for my regular played games and does the trick.

Storage

Im not much of a storage connoisseur when it comes to reads, writes and I-OPS but this drives is plenty fast enough for me. It is used as my C:/ Drive and houses some of my most played games. No issues thus far.

Storage

A massive drive! Bigger than anything I need but I felt it was high time to retire my old hard drive in favour of this, which I got a good second hand price for. Used to house all my personal documents that are too large for Google Drive. Contains films, images and houses a small shared network drive with some shared images/videos etc. Needed some added reliability as my current setup has the hard drive screwed to the bottom of the chassis covered in cables although does have a fan on it keeping it steady around 30 degrees.

Video Card

Once again, its totally overkill but perfect. Got it quite cheap at the time. It runs hot and loud when improperly cooled (durr?) and forced me to buy a new case etc but was well worth it. Temperatures are stable and safe and runs everything incredibly at 1440p 144Hz.

Case

Best case I've built in, small but somehow has more than enough room for cable management. Plenty of options for cooling and storage. It has a great look especially with RGB, the dark tempered glass and the wicked cool front panel.

Case Fan

These look great. I've got 3 in the front, 2 at the top, 1 at the back with each area connected to a different header. I cant vouch for the included controller, as I dont have a 5V 3-pin ARGB header to software control the fans instead opting for the file size ARGB-USB controller. Lots of wires and extra headers to connect (the 3-pin RGB ones are very delicate).

There arent that many effects on the MasterPlus software but probably enough for most users.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how did you get the fractal design tag off the mesh front?