Description

So, my son (14 years old) and I built a PC for him back in October (soon to be submitted) and I got caught the PC building bug. I had built one before he was born but have stuck with console gaming since then (PS4 mostly). Now that the kids are getting older, I'm reclaiming my basement and converting it from a kid's playroom to my man-cave. I figured that the room needed a show-piece of a PC and after months of reading other people's builds, it's time to do my own. I bought the monitor on a pre-Christmas sale from NewEgg, got the GPU from eBay, and the Thermaltake Fans from Amazon. Otherwise, all other components were bought in a single trip to MicroCenter (with one return trip to swap one of the components due to missing hardware). Here's a couple of notes on my part choices:

Case - Lian-Li PC-O11 DX - I LOVE THIS CASE! Ever since I first saw it here on PCPartPicker, I knew this is the case I wanted. It's easy to build in and it's beautiful to look at plus there's plenty of ventilation so temps are no problem.

CPU - AMD Ryzen 5 2600X - I knew I was going to be building with an AMD CPU. I feel that AMD provides the best value for performance. For a long time I assumed that I would be using a 2700X, but for gaming, I don't need 8 cores. I saved $90 by going with this CPU instead and I have no regrets. I also didn't want to overkill with the processor for this build since I might try to upgrade to Zen 2 when it comes out later this year.

Memory - G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3200 - I knew I was doing an RGB Build and G.Skill is on the QVL for the ASUS Mobo, so this is what I went with. It looks great and it's working well with the Ryzen CPU. That's all I wanted from my memory....

GPU - EVGA GTX 1070 FTW2 - I got this GPU on eBay for $250 and I love it! The 1080s were just getting too much money for used cards and I didn't want to drop $500+ for RTX.

Mobo - ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming - This was another compromise. I knew I wanted to go with an ASUS Mobo after using one for my son's build, but I had planned to go with the Crosshair Hero VII. However, I couldn't figure out what features I'd get that I would use for almost double the price. So, I saved some $$ and went with the Strix.

CPU Cooler / Fans - Thermaltake Floe Ring 360 & Riing Plus Fans - So, with a gorgeous case like this, I knew I needed a showy CPU Cooler and fans. I also knew that if I was going with an AIO, that anything less than a 360 wouldn't look right. My first thought was to go with the Corsair H150i and then to fill the case with 9 Corsair LL120's, but then that is $450+ in fans and cooler. Instead, I went with the Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 with 6 more RGB fans which saved me over $100 from Corsair and it looks and works great!

SSD - Samsung 970Pro M.2 - This is one place where I upgraded. I was planning to go with the 970Evo, but a friend talked me into upgrading. The performance difference is read/write speeds is noticeable and worth it for my boot drive. I'm planning to keep my eye out for other SSDs in the future to add more storage, but 512GB is good for now.

Monitor - Acer ED347CKR bmidphzx 34" Curved FreeSync WQHD Ultrawide Gaming Monitor - So, I really wanted a 2K ultrawide with a refresh of 100Hz or more and this fit the bill perfectly. I feel like getting this monitor for $400 was a great deal.

Build Notes: Building this PC, in this case, was really easy! The toughest part was cable management for the fans. However, unlike the Corsair fans, the Thermaltake fans only have one cord that plugs into the fan controller. Plus it worked out perfectly that the 9 fans plus the AIO head take up 10 slots in the fan controller and each fan controller works for 5 devices. The two controllers (one with the AIO and one with the 5-pack) worked perfectly. I'm still getting software installed and running, but I've been gaming for hours with CPU temps in the 40's. I plan to run some benchmarks and I'll update this summary in the future.

Let me know if you have any questions!!

Part Reviews

CPU

Gaming performance as good as the 2700X for a fraction of the price! Perfect since I plan to primarily use this this for gaming and watching cat-videos. I don't stream or edit photos or videos.

CPU Cooler

Great 360 Rad that comes set up with RGB fans. Keeps my temps down and looks great.

Motherboard

Great features for the $$$. Allows me to tinker with overclocking without the price of the Hero.

Memory

Fast RAM compatible with Ryzen that looks great!

Storage

SO FAST!! No lag loading or saving.

Video Card

Drives my 34" 2K ultrawide monitor with high resolution and good FPS.

Case

I LOVE THIS CASE! It's gorgeous and really easy to build in.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty close to the same build I am doing with alot of the same parts, do you suggest the larger case because I was looking into a mid tower instead

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

No. This case was perfect. To be honest, most of this build was designed around the Lian-Li case which I had fallen in love with. The only issue I had was some minor interference with the fans on the bottom of the case with the USB headers on the Mobo.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard performing so far and do you play on daily basis ?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning to build in this case as well with just about the exact same part list, I guess ryzen 5 2600x are popular these days. Do you find the 120mm or 140mm to be the perfect fit for the vertical mounting area by the front? Was originally planning on using a Meshify C but then remembered this case so I need to add extra fans to my list. And I agree with you're description, a 240mm AIO would definitely look out of place.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, to me the benefits of the 2700x over the 2600x are: 1) 8 cores vs 6 and 2) better stock cooler. Since there isn’t a significant multi core gain for gaming, I didn’t need 8 cores and since I planned to go with the AIO, I didn’t need the stock cooler. Plus, I’m hoping to upgrade to the Ryzen 3rd gen within a year.

Secondly, the 120s were a perfect fit. I wouldn’t do 140s anywhere in this case.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You recommend not to go with 140mm fans in this case yet your pack of 5 are 140mm. I am planning a similar build, and I was wondering if I should get 140 or 120?

By the way nice build!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for pointing out an inconsistency that I have resolved. I used all 120mm fans, but selected the incorrect Riing pack in my build list. All 9 fans are 120mm. I don't recommend using 140mm in this case. I don't they'd fit in a way that looks as nice.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

What fan controller did you use for this build? Did it come with one or did you have to buy seperately? :) Looking to basically COPY this build it's SO beautiful.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! For the fan controllers, I used the Thermaltake controllers that came with the AIO and the 5 pack of fans. They each came with the same controller that is able to control 5 fans.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this build loud at all? I am also looking to create something similar but i feel like the all the fans togethor would be quite loud.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think it's loud. The Riing fans are quite quiet, however I don't sit immediately next to it. I have the PC on display several feet away from me when I'm gaming. In short, I feel like there may be a little sound just from the air movement, but not fan noise.

  • 10 months ago
  • -3 points

you should of got the corsair spec omega rgb case because that case is better than the one you have. Other than that you got a good build so far with those rgb fans.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The Spec-omega is actually the case I have been interested in, but it is considered a mid-tower so wasnt sure if it would be crammed

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally, the Spec omega had too much plastic for me. I like the look of the aluminum and glass with no plastic sides.

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