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So long story short, I built my first PC 5 months ago, and while I loved the performance and building it, there were a couple things that I knew I wanted to change. Fast forward to now, I've made any changes that I wanted to know and I love how the computer looks. The pictures date from when I first started and then to present so as you can see quite a lot of changes have occurred. Sorry for the potato quality camera, its looks a lot better in person. So onto the parts:

CPU: This has been the same throughout, and I'm happy with its performance. Overclocked it to 3.7Ghz easily, probably can push it, but I don't really have a reason to.

Cooler: This was the stock Ryzen cooler for a while, but when a 240 AIO went on sale for 40, I just picked it up for the lols. Worked fine but ended up switching to the Cryorig Quad Lumi because of space constraints.

Motherboard: Have had this motherboard throughout the build and I don't have much negative to say about it.

Memory: Originally I had Corsair RGB but after hearing everybody rave so much about Trident Z RGBs I picked them up. The colors on the Corsair were better, but the addressable leds make these so much better.

Storage: 1TB HDD, works great, also glad I went with a m.2 ssd because it really helps with cable management. Interestingly after installing my ssd my HDD light is now permanently on.

GPU - Originally had a Zotac mini 1060, was a great card but I really wanted a zero fan option. When I saw the Strix 1060 on sale for cheaper than I bought the Zotac card for, easily jumped on that.

Case: Mixed emotions on this case, has OK airflow, but don't buy if you want to fit lots of stuff into it. Cable management is really a nightmare. Looks really good though.

Fans: the software for the Riing RGBs isn't great and I don't like the control box, but other than that high quality fans.

Peripherals: Overclocked the monitor to 75hz no problems, love the keyboard, mouse and headphones

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  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! You might want to flip your front fans. They are set up for exhaust right now. Or I would place them on the bottom for intake, you get a lot more airflow. My temps improved (I have the same case)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I could but if I'm being honest the space behind is completely blocked by wires and I'm okay with my temps so I don't really see it as worth it. Thanks for the suggestion though!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your build! +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Where was that awesome GPU for sale at? I mean that's a really nice 1060 6gb.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it from r/hardwareswap but because of the mining craze it's selling for almost 200 more :( right now.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice purple.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the wires to be white? great build btw!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

cable extensions. This kit was 30 from Phanteks

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man just curious. did you use sleeved cable extensions for this? or did you just sleeve your own PSU cables?

if the former, how did you manage with the length of the cables?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

it was a pain, kind of bunched up everything behind the psu

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

the important thing is, you got it managed ahaha.

I'm planning 301 build myself and I was contemplating if I should get my cables sleeved or just buy extensions.

I have an SFX PSU so I might have more space than you did.

how's the temps? I assume you went front intake back exhaust

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

The front doesn't really do much, I ended up removing the fans I had there. There are two intake spots on the bottom but the cables there interfere with fan mounting. So i have one intake and one exhaust. Temps aren't great, 37c idle, ~55c load. It's a great looking case, but I think I would personally get a Define Mini C TG over this if I did it again. Also don't even try to fit RGB fans in there. Cable management goes from a nightmare to actual hell, otherwise if you have an SFX PSU you can just bunch up cables behind the PSU, extensions should be fine

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks! I actually plan on installing all 5 fans with back exhaust, front and bottom intakes.

Here's my plan so far:

  • the front intakes - will just be for show, will probably just install cheapo fans with white LEDs (non-RGB).
  • back exhaust - will be the heart of the airflow system (at least for this case) so I'm probably gonna install something like a Scythe GT. Or something prettier ahaha
  • bottom intakes - this I will judge after I get most of the components in. from what I've seen, it looks like LED isn't necessary since it'll mostly be blocked by the GPU. so maybe some slim 15mm fan will do the trick.

CPU Cooler will be a Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi blowing to the back.

Temps aren't great, 37c idle, ~55c load.

wait this isn't great? I'm comfortable with with 40C idle 70C Load on my ML08. hahaha so I think 55C Load is pretty awesome ahaha

I would personally get a Define Mini C TG over this if I did it again

actually alot of people (from forums) have been recommending the Define Mini C TG over this. but

  1. it's around 40$ more - atleast where I'm from
  2. it doesn't come in white
  3. it's around 7L bigger than the 301 hahaha

Also don't even try to fit RGB fans in there.

Not really a fan of RGB (hehe pun intended) so might not be a problem for me.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It's definitely a great looking case, make sure to shoot me some pictures when you finish building!