Built for gaming. The purpose was to move away from laptop to future proof the system, allowing me to upgrade parts as and when I need to. Initial aim was a £1000 clean build, no specifics. I knew the case came with x2 pre-installed white rgb fans regardless of the case colour, so when I went to a computer fair and saw the white RGB ram, I could not resist. As luck would have it, I discovered Fractal made the case in white as well, so one thing lead to another and I was going all out for a clean, white RGB build.
This was my first attempt building a pc, as I fancied a challenge after becoming addicted to pc building YouTubers throughout December, and I made mental notes when I watched these videos hoping to just wing my own build. Surprisingly, ALMOST everything went to plan, and it posted on the first attempt. It took around 5 hours to build from unboxing, to finishing cable management. However, at least 1 hour of this was spent on my aio. I had it in my head I would be installing the rad in the top of the case as an exhaust, but it did not fit above my mobo. I removed the pre-installed front fans and had to mount it in the front as an intake, however I couldn’t figure out a way with my case to mount the fans first, in front of the rad. So instead the fans are behind the rad, pulling air in through it. So far this seems to be working fine, note my cpu temps. I have not yet overclocked but will be trying this soon. I was very lucky to fit the tri-fan gpu with this front mounting, a matter of about 2mm!
I couldn’t give a bad review about any of the products I have used, all in all everything went smoothly. The only other issue I had was x2 of the atx screws would not screw, like the thread has gone and would not grip into the standoffs. I am not happy about this in the back of my mind, but it was around 2am so I just decided to move on, as the other 7 screws were holding the mobo securely with no movement.
Purely for aesthetics I measured and ordered some cut white acrylic to make a psu shroud to help hide cables. The white psu extensions look fantastic, but because they are just extensions and not replacement cables I definitely recommend having a shroud to hide the nest! There is not a lot of room for cabling behind the mobo in this particular case.
One final annoyance; how ‘white’ is different with every rgb product I have. It seems to be much more difficult than I expected to match the whites across my components and peripherals. I have set everything to pure white in every piece of software, but the only parts that actually look white to me are the fans. My keyboard looks pale pink, my mouse looks pale blue, the gpu looks pale blue, ram looks bright grey, the rgb strips behind the desk simply look bright blue. I think this is just something that I will have to live with.
Tell me what you think!
EDIT 30/03/20: I changed a few things... Upgraded aio to the white Corsair H100i RGB Platinum. Changed case to Corsair White SPEC-09 RGB. Added a heat-sync to the m.2 to hide the blue WD label. Got a cheap GPU support bracket and spray painted it white. These were all mostly aesthetic changes. I actually took a hit in temperatures despite spending almost £100 on the aio, but I put this down to going from a mesh front case to a more restrictive airflow case.
Not overclocked yet, but so far it is coping very well in my system. Was worried about potential bottlenecking with my 2070 super, but have not experience this at all so far and temps aren’t going above 50 under load
Looks great, and I bought it only for looks - so I'm happy. Unfortunately the same story as every other radiator I've tried to install where the screws fail to bite. After damaging the rad with the screwdriver trying to secure it, it is currently held onto the case by 2 screws, 1 of which is very questionable. I have much higher temps now than I did with my £40 CoolerMaster aio, however I changed my case at the same time as this cooler from a mesh front panel to a very restrictive air flow Corsair Spec-06; so it's most likely the case throttling airflow causing the higher temps.
Very easy to navigate around, bios is clear, handled everything and more for my first build. Just missing a rgb header and built in wifi for me!
Perfect, nothing more to be said.
First m.2 I have ever tried, so I can’t compare to other mainstream ssd’s but I have no complaints, seems very fast
Wondered why I hadn’t seen the qvo around much, only the evo, but this was a lot cheaper and is working perfectly
Nothing to see here, just a good priced reliable hdd
Fantastic card, huge upgrade from the 1060 in my laptop, running everything I throw at it with 100+ fps paired with a i5-9600k. Pretty long though, so make sure you check your measurements especially if using a front mounted rad
Lovely looking, easy to work with. Has the option to install GPU vertically if you purchase the appropriate cable, but I would advise against this. It's very restrictive on air flow, adding an extra 10c to my cpu and gpu temps since changing from a mesh front Fractal Design Focus G. I was under the impression the RGB version of this case did more than just change the colour of the front panel 'streak', however it does not, so I would have much rather saved money and just got the standard white case with a solid white light.
A very capable psu, can’t fault it, and the white ‘RM850’ on the side looks great in my white and black build