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Just another monochrome build

by NeatFreak


So this is my very first PC build that I built back in April, which was the result of about a year of planning.

As I'm a Computer Science student, I've always wanted to have a crack at building my own PC, get into the hardware side of things, and after everything's said and done, I have to say, it was a lot of fun.

Even though software development doesn't really need this much horsepower, I wanted something that would be snappy in pretty much anything I wanted to do, and to manage most games I'd want to play at 1080p 60fps.

The build itself went quite smoothly, no real problems anywhere, just took a while to do cable management, which although I think I did ok on, was a lot harder than I thought it would be going into it.

I got the GPU backplate from coldzero, as annoyingly, the dual Asus cards don't come with one, and I got the sleeved cables from CableMod to keep things looking nice.

The only things changed from stock are the overclocked CPU, which I probably could've got to 4.5, but in benchmarks it was getting a bit too toasty, and loading an XMP profile onto the RAM to get it up to 2666 (which I couldn't get working for a while until I updated the BIOS)

I already had one of the monitors paired with my laptop, so I just needed another one of the same (of course they have to match). Since I found out that they could be pushed a little over stock on the frequency side, I managed to get both monitors running at 75Hz.

A little while after the build I thought I should get some kind of monitor mount since these monitors don't have the best stock stands. Since I've heard that the monitor desk mounts and Ikea desks really don't work well together, I made the wooden thing to distribute the load onto the desk so the mount doesn't cave it in. Looks nice enough and kinda matches the headphone stand.

One thing I didn't expect was the tempered glass gathering dust so quickly, and with the lights inside its really easy to tell. So I end up having to open the case around once a fortnight to wipe the dust off the case interior.

So at the end of the day, I still enjoy looking to my right and seeing my baby nice and lit up, and I hope I won't have to upgrade for a while.

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Enrico411 2 points 15 months ago

Very nice and clean build! +1

Kyojin93 2 points 15 months ago

Everytime I see perfectly straight sleeved cable I shed a tear of joy. Too many times I see messed up and wonky sleeved cables, they should deserve better. +1

Beatiful setup by the way. If you want, get a white extended mouse pad.

NeatFreak submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Thanks, the gpu cable really doesn't like being straight, i've found that a bit of blu tack anchoring the cable comb to the case works quite well.

Kyojin93 1 point 15 months ago

Did you try to have like 2 cable combs sandwiching one of the edges of the gpu cable cutout? I think that might work as long as the combs are pressed against each other but if blu tack works I have no objection.

NeatFreak submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Guess I could try it yeah, i'll give it a go the next time I open it up for a clean.

SioWolf 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Looks great! Were you able to get the exact parts/performance you wanted while still matching the color?

NeatFreak submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah pretty much, tbh I probably payed slightly more for the colour combination but i'll take the hit for how nice it looks.

PCDrifter 2 points 15 months ago

Love it man!, this is what I want to build my next computer like.

CiarlilloM 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Super clean build man!

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Nice, really like this build. Looks great and the Monochrome works perfect.

f16poom 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Sees clean build > +1

Sees managed cables under table > Bookmarked

Adrew24 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Still a damn good monochrome build! +1

ryo4ever 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

I love how white and blue makes makes it look cold inside. Does the CPU run cooler with the colour scheme?

Daruguis 2 points 15 months ago

What a fantastic looking build!

MylesH 2 points 15 months ago

This is my favorite build on here so far even though it's specs aren't the BEST . The color and cable management make it an A+ in my book. Cheers.

Busqi 2 points 15 months ago

Hey man , first of all forgive my bad English:) Very nice setup and I'm planning to get something like it cus I'm in love with white & RGB combination , I just want to ask u from where did u get that white back plate(above the GPU ) looks AMAZING, Did u bought it or made it by yourself? Because I have never seen something like this before Hope u get it

NeatFreak submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks man, I brought the backplate from www.coldzero.eu/, they do lots of custom stuff, shipping isn't too bad either. Its pretty much the only place I could find at the time that made backplates that weren't just blank pieces of plastic. Best part about it is you get screws with the plate to physically screw into the card to make it a full unit.

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