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This is my second build which I mostly use for gaming. The graphics card came from my previous build but I'd like to upgrade to a X080 ti at some point. I might wait until the next gen. given the launch issues and scarcity of 2080 ti cards. Something all black would suit the colour of the other bits better.

I've wanted to build in this case since the first time I saw it, really happy with it so far. It is a bit louder than I was hoping coming from a Define R4 (with sound deadening) but I love the look and it was a breeze to build in. Everything seems to line up well and it makes cable management easy.

The motherboard was the hardest component to choose, I had settled on an ROG Strix Z-370-H but couldn't source one in the last couple weeks. I wanted an Asus ROG with mostly black look and this one fit the bill with all the specs I wanted. Right now the board/cpu are power limit throttling in Prime95 small FFT, limit seems to be 125W. I need to play around some more and try and remove that before I can start overclocking.

CPU, RAM and the main M2 hard drive were easy choices, probably more than I need but they should last me a long time. I was initially looking at AIO coolers (had an H60 in my last build) but I thought I'd give an air cooler a try and loved the look of the Dark Rock 4. It runs quiet and cool at stock speeds, we'll see how it holds up to some over-clocking in the future.

I was going to keep the RGB to a minimum this time but after building it up I thought I'd like some diffused light from the front of the case to show the components through the tempered glass. I'd already ordered the fans I spec'd but adding the Phanteks Halos seems to work great. I know black and red gets a bad rap haha but I like it anyway. If my GPU wasn't red themed (or allowed the red led's to turn off on their own) I'd probably run white. The white from the mobo is pretty blue though, not the best.

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Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build!! Great Job!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Very clean, nice job

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like how those cables are managed

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, took some time but I'm happy with the result

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Luc! great build, question: the cooler does not allow you to use the first memory slot?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The cooler fan does sit over the 1st slot but you can change the height the fan sits at when you install it. I've read in a few places that you can just shift the cooler fan up a little ways on the cooler and it will clear the 1st slot RAM. The RAM I used is pretty low profile though I doubt you'd have to shift the fan up much, maybe ~1mm (2/16").

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi I know I might be late to the party, but how's the be quiet cooler? Is it enough to cool your oc i7 cpu? Thank you and nice build!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey F-X, thanks! The cooler is excellent, MAX temp so far is 67°C while running Prime95 small fft (avx on) using the motherboards "Silent" PWM fan profile. I'm still running the i7 at stock speeds, though I expect it will work well for overclocking too with a more aggressive fan profile. Fan noise is noticeable with stress tests running but really quiet otherwise. No sound at idle or while gaming so far. The cooler was easy to install and looks great in my opinion.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!