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Small Beast on Steroids

by samsam7

Description

Starting with a small upgrade to my old pc with a 1080 ti GPU for around 700 USD in July 2017 before prices went crazy. Then in April 2018 I decided to upgrade the whole thing. This is my first build since I was 16 (14 years ago) and I had LOTS of fun building it.

There is an image with temps after 5 minutes of CPU and GPU stress test.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions or comments or if there is something you think that I should have done better.

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accuRage 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Fans, Ram, Cooler and Desktop Background match so well, damn! Just built in this case as well if you want to check it out, was a dream to work in!

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Yeah I spend a bit of time getting all the colors to match :) I have already seen your build, it looks badass! Its a very nice case to work with and it has great airflow.

Samuel_Gadient 2 points 11 months ago

That looks sexy as ****

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks man!

customgtp 24 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

This really is a clean good looking build.... And how you got all the colors to match up so well! Great job! +1

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks man!

AtomicDonut17 1 point 11 months ago

This is so clean, it hurts. It makes me want to dust my computer until it looks good. It never will, lol.

abdula123 1 point 11 months ago

Hi, how you fit the msi 1080 ti in this case? I have the same case with the x62 cooler at the front but have just 28,5mm space for the card. But the msi card had 290mm inet says. I wanted to buy this card too. Could you make a photo of the space between? Regards. Sry for my bad English.

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Hi there. I only have less than cm before my GPU hits the Kraken radiator. So the MSI 1080 Gaming X will fit into the Meshify Mini case with a Kraken X62 installed in the front. I am traveling at the moment but I will be happy to share some images when I’m back.

ComputerGuy22 1 point 11 months ago

How do you get all the lights the same color/ how do you control them( I am wanting to build a similar pc but with a EVGA Gtx 1080 TI

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I use MSI mystic light for the g.skill ram rgb and GPU rgb, and NZXT Cam software for all the NZXT fans and Kraken cooler. It requires a bit of adjustment but it’s not difficult to archive same colors. The EVGA has awesome RGB lighting. What mobo are you going to buy? Make sure that the GPU has the correct dimensions. If my GPU was one CM longer, it wouldn’t fit.

ComputerGuy22 1 point 11 months ago

Was thinking about the same motherboard as you

ComputerGuy22 1 point 11 months ago

Is there any way I could just send you my list??

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

But then you will need EVGA rgb software running separately to control the GPU rgb. That’s 3 software to controll rhb. I would either consider an MSI GPU or the EVGA Z370 Micro mobo

ComputerGuy22 2 points 11 months ago

I really wished all the msi gpu’s Weren’t all red. Because i am going for a sort of black and blue

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

There is the 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio. But I agree. One downside of this GPU is that the red light cant be changed. You can only turn it off

0verfiend 1 point 9 months ago

No type C on the EVGA. Can install on pci e but then you lose your only spot for m.2 pci e. I THINK....

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0verfiend 1 point 9 months ago

The non hybrid evga ftw3 is 299 or 300mm. A little longer than this MSI at 190 mm or the hybrid EVGA at 189mm, so maybe it wont fit. Again, idk for sure.

0verfiend 1 point 8 months ago

Correction

A little longer than this MSI at 290mm or the hybrid EVGA at 289mm...

0verfiend 1 point 8 months ago

Correction: A little longer than this MSI at 290mm or hybrid EVGA at 289mm...

m8kin 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

My PC is 9 years! Old i7-950 and Asus Sabertooth... not quite 14 like yours.

Nice build and i'm looking to do pretty much the same. Was going with Asus MB but doesn't have the usb-c like the MSI and casewise I don't like how the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Mini ITX case shows the psu.

Did you use the kraken x62 or x52 as the case specs say max 240mm for top mounted radiator?

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Cool man.. i really like the MSI mobo for many reasons, one that it has build in WiFi and usb-c. Also it offers great options for modifications and overclocking.

I use Kraken X62 mounted in the front and it works very well.

0verfiend 1 point 9 months ago

It seemed rather slim picking for micro atx with type c and this chipset. I keep looking at this MOBO. Always nice to hear some positives. Thanks.

gurkensaft 1 point 10 months ago

This looks great. I have a few questions:

Does the Meshify C Mini still fit two 3.5 HDDs with the Kraken X62 installed or should I go for X52? Also, does the Kraken cover up one RAM slot?

Thanks a lot!

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks man!

Im 95% sure that I was forced to remove the HDD tray, so that only 1 x 3.5 fits into the case with the X62 mounted. If you go for X52, you can keep the HDD tray in there and have 2 x 3.5.

No, the Kraken cooler head/pump does not cover up any RAM slot on my mobo. In fact, I use the one closest to the cooler and the 3rd. Are you going with the same mobo? If you are going for 4 X ram, then you might consider one of those mobos that has 2 ram slots on each side of the CPU socket. Looks cool.

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Correction! Im using the 2nd and 4th RAM slot, and the Kraken wires does actually cover the first RAM slot . Didn't ever notice that. However, you can rotate the Kraken so that the wires are below or above.

gurkensaft 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for your answer. Yes, I wanted to use the MSI Z370M AC as it's really the only µATX mobo available right now that fits my needs. Unfortunately I already ordered the parts, so 2 RAM slots will have to do for now or maybe I'll send the Kraken back and go for a Corsair AIO...

Anyway, thanks again!

hamzahfelix 1 point 10 months ago

Was contemplating a build on a Meshify C mini when I stumbled upon your build. Really clean and dope btw. Looking forward to start my own, hopefully in this case too.

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks man! Glad to hear that. Good luck with your build. LMK if you have any questions.

NoMagg 1 point 9 months ago

great build, mate! A quick one, the Kraken rad & fans, I assume fit at the front of the machine? Sorry cant figure out from the pictures. I am still working on doing my first PC so (very) novice :) The two HUE+ on the top are just additional ones for push-pull. Correct? Cheers,

nk7 1 point 8 months ago

Why did you go for a matx version of the case?

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I already had the mobo from a previous build, so I just went for a matx. Also I don’t need all the extra space and expansion slots.

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I don't need more space. There is plenty of space in the case.

HellRaizrRod 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Hi do you think the strix 3 fan GPU would fit in here with 240mm kraken aio? I'm not sure the radiator thickness difference between the x62 and x52. The 62 isn't that much better of a performer really. I don't plan to overclock. I had a good deal come up on a 1080 asus strix and wanted to use it in this case. It's listed as 298mm long. 11.73 inch.

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Okay let me put it this way. The X62 is an extreme overkill for this build. They are not running faster than 50% at any time and my GPU never exceeds 50-ish Celsius. Had I known this I would probably have considered the X52. However note that there is only about 1 cm between the radiator and the GPU. You can look up the dimensions of the 3 fan GPU and see, if its more than 1 cm longer than the MSI Gaming X, then it won't fit.

MyVendetta 1 point 7 months ago

I love your build! Brilliant job. I just had a quick question - are the top two 120mm fans pushing air into the case, and i'm guessing the rear 120mm fan is pulling air out? Also, is your NZXT fans pulling air out? I.e. so the two fans are touching the front of the case and the radiator is behind it. Sorry for the noobie questions, it's my first build! Thanks in advance :)

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

The two (big) fans on the radiator is pushing air in and the other 3 are pushing air out. The radiator is impressive and almost doesn't create any heat into the case. I tried different setups and this is definitely the one that keeps my case coolest. Also, the bottom fan on the radiator is providing the GPU with air. Yes the the fans are between the radiator and the front panel.

_Roller_ 1 point 6 months ago

How much clearance is there between the GPU and the front mounted radiator/fans? Was planning a similar build and would like to know just how long a GPU I can fit in the Meshify C if I front mount the radiator in a push or pull configuration.

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Sorry for late reply. There is only about 1cm left between GPU and radiator.

Dvdking14 1 point 4 months ago

Is the NZXT kraken a 240mm rad or a 280mm Rad. I was looking to build a pc in the meshify c with that cpu cooler

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Its a 280mm

kru20o1 1 point 21 days ago

Nice build man! I'm looking to build a new gaming PC with the same MOBO, CASE and color scheme after 10 years.

I'm still using a i7 920, EVGA X58, EVGA GTX480, 12gb RAM, Corsair 1000w PSU and Antec Nine Hundred case. I haven't gamed on it for a long time!

Here's my new build (still making minor last min adjustments). Not sure, if that 1080ti would fit using the NZXT X52 aio in the front of the case.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/3TmhHh

AZAZELMILLZ -1 points 11 months ago

nice build man..........did u really just spend over 3000 dollars for just the gaming pc and monitor?

Benstein 2 points 11 months ago

it was most likely closer to $2500. In the description he said that he paid $750 for the GPU, but in the part list, it says $1400 at the time of me writing this. So subtract $700 or so and that should be what it would cost if you got the parts at normal price.

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah, I don't think the prices from the part list are that accurate, but I think you are right, we may be closer to 2500 than 3K.

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I can see that the price has dropped to 2.8K and I didn't do anything ;D

timmy111089 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

These look like AUD prices

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I don't think they are.

timmy111089 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

That's the only way I could come up with a price over $3k lol

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Lol, i wouldn't rely on the prices. Today it went under 2.8K and I didn't do anything :)

samsam7 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Quite frankly, I have no track of how much I have spend, as I have build and upgraded the PC over time. E.g. I bought the GPU, SSD, PSU last year. And also, I just picked the parts that I have used from the lists, I'm not sure those prices are that accurate.

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