Description

Hi there, looks like I'm keeping with the bird theme.

I have published a book, but have not made any money, when my last computer asked me to update. It had been having problems lately where my PC would not come out of the windows boot after any update, and finally after crying a lot and trying to get it working, Candy Crush was finally repinned on my start menu. In fury, I chucked the pc out the window (hyperbole) and did not have my workstation anymore.

Deadlines were coming up, so I panic bought this PC. It is an average cookie cutter build, and I hope you aren't sick of this case - it is a very shiny case. It is not my most cost effective or proudest creation, but it was the easiest(!) to select the parts and put together for my second build. I mostly sorted by highest rating on PCPartPicker and had everything shipped from Amazon the very next day. I thank everyone who rates and leaves reviews, you have not led me astray.

I saw Tech Jesus's review of the case and thought that the way the cpu cooler was set up was very nice, so I decided to copy that. I probably could have gone with better options for cooling. I also bought extra fans since I knew the case did not ship with any, but there were so many to choose from, I just grabbed whatever there was according to the ratings.

But now I had the infamous brown cpu cooler, so I went ahead and bought some green and brown paracord from mainframecustom. And might as well get some MTN 94. At this point I was probably spending way too much, but my brain decided that I need to save money and not buy any cable combs.

Some videos resources: How to paint your RAM! any make or model

Paul's Hardware - Arctic Panther Custom Build Log - Full PSU Sleeving

After I cheaped out, I gave up trying to tame my cables and decided that if it was going to be messy, why not make them intentionally messy, and give them a bit of a twist to make them look like vines. I bought some zipties from aliexpress, and made some brown grommets. My friend pointed out that they look like frogs, and now I can not unsee this.

When I turned it on for the first time, I thought I broke my old GPU after painting the backplate, but luckily it was only my monitor and a bad cable. I kept some old parts from Yata and transferred everything over. Everything worked perfectly. I started to set up my customizations to my liking and candy crush was right back at it again. Stubborn pc ads are my life now.

First wallpaper made on new build.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Selected based on recommendations from manufacturer's site for case clearance. It works well for it's size and does what an air cpu cooler does.

Motherboard

Wow it was my first time getting a board with WiFi - I highly recommend it because before I installed my own internet, but with this, everything works out of the box. I was a bit wary because it seemed like it was marketed towards gamers, and you know how they like to add flashy things and packaging, but it's a very solid board.

The bios worked well. I don't think I liked their manual very much - if someone is inexperienced, I think their newer manuals seem to cut out some details like if it mattered if the ram were in the first or second set of channels.

Memory

A set of ram you can't go wrong with. It was white and the innards are white too when you take it apart. For a first time modding project, these were great for painting.

Video Card

Always the last part for me to upgrade, I was using igpu before, and I didn't need a lot to run much, but having a graphics card gave me surprising boosts in performance when it came to the user interface and stuff, so this was not a bad thing to have.

Case

This is heavy. I learned my lesson from last time - don't get computers that have upward facing ports because dust settles in them like crazy, so I got this one where the front ports were on the side. Since it is all glass and aluminum, it was a lot louder than I thought it would be. It is pretty much an echo chamber if you don't adjust your noise levels.

Power Supply

First time going modular, and evga's psu's have all the details. I like that the cables are all black and the company even has options for colored cable extensions on their site, but I decided to sleeve my own.

Operating System

Worst OS and only OS I'll ever know. It's a love hate relationship with Microsoft at this point and I don't like how they fight tooth-and-nail over user customization it's been getting more and more difficult over the years and ads and stuff. Unfortunately I need it for work.

Monitor

Trusty monitor. The colors are just very nice. I first saw it on youtube when LTT took it to a convention somewhere packed in a suitcase. A monitor that can travel with you in a suitcase seems like a good idea.

Keyboard

Terrible keyboard, do not buy. It is fickle and will disconnect on you any second. Writing to manufacturer for repairs, they will simply tell you to use another cable. The layout is slightly odd and you will never learn to touch type on it because the keys are ever so slightly wrong. Keys will fail after a year.

Mouse

It is only 8 dollars but it has been with me since 2013, so I think it is the bees knees.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 10 points

This is the first time I've seen Noctua fans fitting in without everything looking like an ugly mess.

This is my favourite build on this side. It's creative, looks amazing and is unique. I love the natural vibe from the brown/green combo. Everything just fits together. The messy cables, cable ties, the leather...

Would love to see this featured

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for the compliments. I hope it inspires more people who like the light aesthetic. I think there has been a slight trend going on in r/battlestations where instead of the usual dark and glowy rooms, people have been going for the fake Ikea plants and more cozy look.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the feature!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I agree. There are too many all black builds crammed with rgb so i made mine all white with only rgb on ram. Great build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yep i like one white led strip but no crazy rgb

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely agree, this is incredibly aesthetically pleasing.

  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

I don't typically go around saying things should be featured but based on your use of the Noctua fans alone while making the build aesthetically look good I have no doubt this should be a feature build.

Absolutely 10/10 +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Noctua fans have been affectionately called "poopoo fans" by users who love them so I know what you mean. x'D

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

called it! lol Congrats on the feature.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Also forgot to say that as a user of the o11-Dynamic myself I suggest using a liquid cooler. That case was just not built for air cooling. That would also probably help with the noise. Regardless though, I love this build.

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

Their is nothing wrong with an aircooler some people prefer air cooling to liquid cooling for obvious reasons like leaking.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Oh yea for sure! Both make for excellent discussion. I've been to overclocking forums and it seems they don't care which one as long as you squeeze out every last bit of power using what you have.

AIO cooler would make an excellent upgrade path for me. The case was designed together w/ der8auer so it was definitely made with liquid in mind. The glass makes it a huge echo chamber, and because it's pretty, I don't exactly want to stash it under the table like with my last build. Liquid has also become super affordable now.

Leaking was a concern. I think I mostly ended up with air due to liking the aesthetic and it was what I was most familiar with. Longevity was in mind since liquid cooling had more points of failure, pumps, joints, etc. I try to keep my pc running for more than 10 years, but I noticed with my last build, making your own pc, you really have a lot of control over the quality.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I wasn't trying to argue liquid vs air. OP said that his build was louder than he hoped and I was just stating that a liquid cooler (which is what the O11-Dynamic was built for) may help with that and probably provide better temps. I have nothing against air coolers. I have one in 4/5 of my PCs and I would even say their performance is very comparable to that of my 360mm liquid cooler especially these days.

  • 1 month ago
  • -2 points

Why do you need 5 computers?

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points
  1. Main gaming rig.
  2. Wife's gaming rig.
  3. Media PC for streaming.
  4. My Linux system for playing around and learning.
  5. Portable baby system I mostly use for D&D.

I don't need 5 but bet i'd like 100.

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

No durr

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

This is beautiful! It’s been long since I saw a lian li with an air cooler especially a noctua as most people prefer the mugen 2. Congrats

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

awesome theme! I haven't seen anything like that

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Great build. Thanks for posting!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

So pretty ;u; Has so much personality, I'm in love

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Now that's what I call a unique and amzing looking build. the fact that you made the brown Noctua fit perfectly in this build blows me away and the colour coordination of this build in impeccable.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

"It is an average cookie cutter build, and I hope you aren't sick of this case - it is a very shiny case. It is not my most cost effective or proudest creation," this statement leaves me flabbergasted. This is anything but cookiecutter. You should be proud of what you did. Cookiecutter means i could just buy the same parts you did slap it together and boom! same pc. you were very creative in your build and while your parts are a little pricey for my taste (i do budget builds 99 percent of the time) i cant harp on you for it. Its a strong pc and will do just fine. a Lian Li case with noctua cooling can't be a bad setup. Nice build i really like it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much! Didn't mean to come off humblebragging, my bad. You're right, this PC is pretty darn sweet, and for being a second build, I think I was better at doing things than last time. I bought this PC in a hurry, so there were a few parts here and there I could have looked into more. I do wish I gave Ryzen a look for example, I had no idea they were really good now for the price. Right after I bought the CPU I asked for a price adjust because this intel cpu became $60~ cheaper due to competition from Ryzen. I mostly went around blindly selecting all the top rated parts on PCPartpicker. However I am very happy with my choices as they are all tried and true.

I think, if you did buy all the same parts, the build would be mostly black and white, but you would end up with chocolate/poopy fans that are mismatched. I thought sleeving was going to be hard, but I'm glad I decided to learn how to do it. I probably would have ended up buying black fans and ending up with a very b+w build if I wanted everything to match.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Cable ties with leaves on them? Actual upholstery with buttons? Nobody expects details like these. Noctua should hire you to make their fans look good.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

This is quite possibly one of the best original builds I have seen of late... Nice work.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

So wait.. are you gonna play any games?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Untitled Goose Game

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Don't know you if you know how/want/are able to do this, but you could dual boot Linux for personal and windows for work. Otherwise, this build is really unique and I kinda like it. +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I've been meaning to. It's mostly one of those things that have been sitting at the bottom of a to-do list: learning how to dual boot and use Linux. I'll get to it someday!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I love what you've done here. Some great ideas that have resulted in a system with a highly original feel.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

This is great, I completely see what you where aiming for! At first I thought it was ugly - BUT, I totally get it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Upvoted because of leaf zip ties, buttons and leather. You know how to put it all together. Well deserved feature. Congrats ;)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Really cool build, especially for incorporating Noctua fans in a way that doesn't result in a hot mess. Featured for sure.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Lovely build. Do you neet to water it:)

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Looks really great. I was sceptical with the Noctua fans but since I bought a NH-L9i for my little NAS I think they could look great in the right light.

You gave them the scene they need to look great :o) It's a cool combination of colors. Well done!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Way to embrace the noctua vibe! Well done!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Bruh! The color scheme is looking fine! It’s finally something other than just black or white! I love the ram, and that little zip tie with the leaf! It just looks so clean. You did a better job than most. Fine Job

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

It's crazy and I love it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

This is by far the best incorporation of the brown Noctua fans I have ever seen. I would have never thought to go with brown and green for a nature theme. Great work!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build. Might suggest a new mouse xD

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I literally have no words other than Wow. Such a beautiful build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Build actually looks so sick but a 960 2GB to pair with a i7 9700K? That's a bit of a bottleneck don't you think?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Depends entirely on the workload.

Look at the notes OP put on the 960, he was basically content using the iGPU before but is enjoying hardware acceleration making his GUI snappier - clearly this is not a gaming tig.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Correct. Most of the time, the GPU hardly registers. Maybe I'd like something with more memory because I read that was useful somewhere (4k?), but nothing beats free from not having to buy a new one, haha.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeh I guess so

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What Linux distro?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how to use Linux yet or which one I'm going for, currently I'm using Windows 10.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Oh I just realized you had a theme. I thought it was Linux.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Let's be honest, no real software has the capability to keep up with Candy Crush PC, right next to Red Dead Redemption 2 on max settings.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

What are the exact colors for the cables? I would really like to do something like this. Thanks

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, but the ones I got from MainFrameCustom were "walnut (25ft)" and "moss (25ft)."

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

omg the plant zip ties are so cute!