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So 2 weeks ago I had never seen the inside of a PC. Heck, I had never touched a PC for more than 10 years. The last PC I had was a Pentium MMX with a whooping 950mb hard drive. You would turn it on, make yourself a coffee, come back and wait another 5 mins for Windows to load so you can play Jazz the Jackrabbit. I thought that big, blocky thing I saw a friend remove from a PC was a processor, I only just learnt it was called a hard drive. In short, I'm a computer idiot.


For the rest of my life I mostly bought prebuilt laptops as they served my needs well enough, but with my reintroduction to the Monster Hunter series, I thought I might buy myself a nice birthday present for gaming. I started Googling what PCs are the latest and hottest, and somehow my searches slowly led me to something called "pc building". I knew my brother-in-law built one recently, and I always thought this was something meant for rocket scientists. But Youtube, Pcpartpicker, Buildapc Reddit and many other sites later, I felt that this was something I could do, and it seemed fun because I love building stuff.


For the next week or so I did nothing but research PCs. Whether I was eating or taking a poop, I was always on my phone learning what an Nvme was or what a RAM does. I tried to piece together my knowledge and what I needed my PC for: Work and gaming and tried to best match parts to my needs. My requirements were:

  • Ultrawide! I wanted to go ultrawide for better multitasking while working, and more more immersive gameplay. If there's one thing I love, it's big screens.
  • 60-100fps while gaming (particularly Monster Hunter). As long as FPS doesn't drop below 60fps I'm happy. I did some walkarounds in shops and determined that my eyes can't really tell the difference for anything above 70ish fps, so yay for me. 60 is already mind-blowing to me considering I am used to gaming at 30-40fps on a good day.
  • Cat-proof. I have a VERY furry cat, so i needed something with as little chance for fur getting in as possible, and still I have to plan that the PC WILL get clogged with fur sooner or later.
  • Quiet. I am sensitive to noise and enjoy music, so quiet is a big plus for me.

My needs led me to put together this build. I went with water-cooling for both the CPU and GPU because it's hot where I live, I could probably run my fans at a lower speed for lower noise and chance of cat-hair clogging, and peace of mind as I know my system will be cool and happy even after long hours of gaming and work. I chose the H700 because it is mostly sealed, and the main intakes are filtered. CPU radiator is at the front with 3 intake fans. GPU radiator is up top with 2 exhaust fans. With a bit of work I managed to fit in an extra fan beside the GPU rad, which I ran as an intake to increase positive pressure even more (because cat fur). I was worried that having the intake fan and exhaust fan at the top so close together means I will be recycling hot air, considering the H700's top panel is mostly covered, so I made a bit of a ghetto cardboard shroud to separate the airstreams.


All in all building a PC wasn't as that intimidating, I just had a lot of redos cos I was trying to rearrange stuff to hide wires. The GPU cooler in particular took me about 5 redos just to reroute the fan wiring so that it looks pretty (read: out-of-sight). Nerve-wrecking moments include installing the CPU because I had no idea it would require so much pressure and sound so crunchy, actually pressing the power button for the first time, and when my cat knocks stuff over as I'm building.

Thankfully it booted up fine first try, and I ran a Userbenchmark as recommended by people. Great decision, because it alerted me that I had to turn on something called XMP, and after doing that, I am actually well-pleased with my results.

UserBenchmarks: Game 142%, Desk 163%, Work 139%

Model Bench
CPU Intel Core i7-9700K 113.6%
GPU Nvidia RTX 2080 165.6%
SSD Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB 353%
RAM G.SKILL Trident Z RGB DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB 95.5%
MBD Gigabyte GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS Ultra

My PC now runs Monster Hunter: World at max settings with volumetric fog off on a 3440x1440 at between 80 to 100fps. GPU temps maintain a very stable, exact 67 degrees throughout while CPU temps fluctuate about 50ish degrees. Gamed for a total of 4 hours and temps still stayed constant, so i'm a happy man. Ultrawide + my old monitor means I have lots of estate to work with code, photos and research material at the same time.

As a bonus, my pet spider shed her skin on the day I completed my build. I decided to rebuild her shed skin and display it in my PC because why not :)

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  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

Now that's what I call "a custom skin"!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I love that pun

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

meow

  • 12 months ago
  • 4 points

He helped. Pushing screws off the table is hard work.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds about right lol. My male cat pushes everything off tables or counters. I thought about gluing all my **** down a few times.

Awesome build BTW! Loving how clean it is.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Saw this on Reddit. :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Heya MCOinky! Yeah I recognise your username from Reddit :p

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool had no ideas tarantulas shed their skin. Also setup looks really clean +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you ApocPony!

Yeah I've been keeping them for many years, it's become so normal for me I forget how other people find it weird lolo

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build .

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you NubbyPig!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool thats a Mexican red-knee right. I also have a pet tarantula its a Honduran curly hair she molted about a month ago.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! When they get to a proper size you can do really cool stuff with their molts :D

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Honestly, though the spider skin kinda weirds me out but love the uniqueness of it haha

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build! Could never tell this was your first haha

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :D

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

added cat for extra fps

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Unstable though. Crashes often, only runs in either max overclock or idle.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

thats sad, i know that cat boosts cant handle a lot of voltage, ur justa another victim of poor manufacturing

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

i was looking at that graphics card wondering how good is it ?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It is pretty good! I run it at least a couple of hours a day playing Monster Hunter: World, which pretty much keeps it working at 2010mhz all the time. Ambient temperature is about 30-35 degrees celsius, but still my GPU temps have never exceeded 70 degrees celsius, and fan speed hovers at about 60ish%. I'm not sure if I can push it anymore, but I do not know much about overclocking and as of now I don't see any need to.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have any issues installing cpu rad and the gpu rad?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

No issues with the CPU rad. For the GPU rad, the top bracket must be flipped to go into "radiator-mounting" mode. That's a pretty smart design by NZXT. Also my GPU radiator is 240mm, and I wanted to mount another fan beside it, but it will not fit. I had to modify the mounting location slightly and managed to squeeze in a fan beside my GPU rad.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

ordered that gpu and just shy of fitting in my current case saw ur build and ordered same case lol then said frick it and orderd a new pc while i was at it lol

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I'm sure you will enjoy that GPU, it performs really well!

I overclocked it to it's full potential now, with voltage and temp limits all unlocked, and it does run pretty toasty in this case (about 80c, which is still within safe limits), but that is considering that my ambient temp is about 35c now cos we're in the full swing of summer and I have no air-conditioning.

If you face issues with temps you can pop the top panel off and temps will drop quite drastically. Or just cut a hole in it :P

I just did it, you can see it here:
https://pcpartpicker.com/b/9ZyXsY
It now runs a max of 67c, which is ridiculously good with the weather I am having and the fact that it is overclocked pretty high.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

you should've gotten the GIGABYTE AORUS C300 or the nzxt h500i or 700i case bc the gigabyte case matches the gpu and all 3 of them has vertical gpu installation and makes it look really nice like 2x nicer lol

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Saw the tarantula and nearly had a heart attack! Great build +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, did you have any trouble (or any workaround needed) to hook the nzxt f_panel connector to the ultra mobo f_panel slot? I can't figure it out with a similar case (nzxt h710i). Not sure if the connector can directly plug in or need to use the adapter to split it out

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