Description

My goal was to build a workstation that would handle a lot of creative applications including; Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier), Clip Studio Paint, Blender, and also some gaming.

I wanted to keep it under USD $2000, and also have some flair.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent performer but worth the bucks

CPU Cooler

Fantastic cooling and looks great. Very quiet. A pain in the butt to install! Also don't bother getting RGB RAM if you get this beast as it will block it from view. Also will restrict which case you get as most mid-towers don't have the height clearance for this mammoth

Motherboard

Great VRM's. Possibly the best for it's class. Looking for awesome VRM's for overclocking for a motherboard under $160? THIS IS IT.

Also still comes with plenty of bells and whistles; onboard RGB lights, 2 M.2 slots, WiFi, USB C.

Memory

Looks good and it definitely was able to work at 3200MHz after XMP Profile was enabled on the motherboard. Solid and cheap.

Storage

Wow. Crazy fast and excellent. Easy install. WAY CHEAPER than Samsung EVO but can actually outperform on reads/writes on files smaller than 2GB, but make sure you get the 1TB model as this is the one that has the faster write times that can beat a Samsung EVO. The smaller ones can read faster but write slower than EVO.

Get this and save your $$.

Video Card

A bit to pricey for its performance.

Case

Looks gorgeous. FANTASTIC airflow! The mesh front really makes a difference and will probably drop 10 degrees C on the interior of your case.

Also the cable management in the back and the power shroud that can be adjusted to acomodate fans and radiators is a blessing.

Power Supply

Great power, reliable, and cheap. Get this.

Custom

Yeah, you need a remote control. But the lights are bright, the fans are quiet, and the remote control is UHF so distance isn't an issue really. Also crazy dirt cheap.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you find the MSI RTX 2060 for $306?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Microcenter in Fairfax, VA. They had an open box special.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. I'm planning on getting one and wondered how you got such a good deal. I may have to check the Microcenter near me. Thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

How is the M.2 Drive performance so far? is it stable?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Totally stable and great speed. Haven't had a single hiccup.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm curious about those fans. I've seen them in a lot of builds lately. I see the $27 price point and think that's not too bad for an RGB fan until I realize it's a pack of THREE. Would you recommend them? They look spectacular in your build.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I would recommend them if you are doing an airflow build with good air flow design (an open intake on the front is really needed). Also they don't crank hard enough to cool a radiator.

So as long as you are using 5-6 of the UpHere's in a good airflow case, and don't mind having to use a remote control for the light settings, YES.

They are way cheap, but look great, and does the job quietly and adequately for airflow.

If you are doing hardcore overclocking, you'll need something stronger to cool radiators.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

AWESOME. thanks bud

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Fractal has done a nice job with this case. You took a lot of pics, clean set up & you kept it under your budget. But I bet you got it lower than what is displayed especially with MicroCenter & Best Buy. I know I did, check above.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build overall, how about noise ?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

When I ran bench and stress on CPU only it was still very quiet.

The BeQuiet fans are silent. All 6 of the UpHere fans were also pretty quiet.

I don't know the DB count but it's not bothersome.

The GPU fans are definitely audible when playing a game or running Heaven benchmark. But then when I'm playing a game the game makes enough noise that I don't notice the fans.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Top build ! I got a similar/almost identic build, but was looking for cool fans. See that you're using the upHere RGB fans. Was thinking of getting a pack of 3, for a rear and top exhaust. I planned to keep both fans coming with the Meshify C for the front because they seem's okay. That's going to be a 2 intake/3exhaust.

Do you think that's a good way to go ?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the bottom shroud on again with the 3rd fan? I am having issues with that right now. Looks great though!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I believe there should be instructions that came with your case on how to do that. Sorry, I don't recall that now.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I was looking at that & looks as thou he did switch them but with the "UPTHERE" facing outwards.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, had them in wrong when I first took some of the pictures, then fixed it.

Just didn't want to re-do some of the pics. Good eyes

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, did have them wrong at first. Fixed later afterwards, but didn't go back and re-do the pictures. Good catch.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Its still a great build! Mine is used for gaming & school stuff etc.

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