So beautiful 😍
Fair enough, I've found some pretty cheap ones on Amazon too
Thanks. I'm actually pretty happy that this all works. And the fact that most of it was free XD
I did get rid of some of the jank like the 140mm fans mounted to the side panel with double-sided tape. But I'm still playing around with the configuration lol. I'm sure this thing will go through many incarnations just like my gaming rig.
I've decided to swap the original case fans back to where they were and actually use the case as it's designed lol. I might get a different fan for the CPU cooler though. Not a fan of the whine on the stock fan. Unfortunately it's 70mm, which is hard to find. There's a Gelid that looks decent, but not much else.
Nice thing is you basically don't need to mess with the voltage to hit 4.3 GHz on this CPU. So it probably won't make a noticeable difference to the temps. Especially with that 3000 RPM fan on the CPU.
Ya I looked at the temps and this is way overkill lol. The side fans for sure are unnecessary even though the front panel is so restrictive. I might bump the CPU clock to 4.3 GHz at some point.
Good point on the RAM disk. I won't futz with that then.
Honestly, this case looks pretty attractive, might consider ordering one myself for my next build.
So what was the reasoning for having a front exhaust? Was it just to avoid heat getting trapped behind the desk or was there more to it?
I believe the temps did improve with the new fan, but I don't have any comparative data to back it up. I still have the original fan, so I could maybe do some testing and get back to you.
About a year and a half or so after I built the system, I did also replace the thermal paste with some Arctic Silver 5 since the original stuff had gotten crusty. After doing so, I noticed about a 10C drop in temps under a stress test. If you've had your system for a while, it might be worth it to take off the cooler and see if the thermal paste has dried out.
Needs moar pics!!!
Don't think it's a great idea to have all your fans running as exhaust.
That cable management around your desk is so clean. That is the kind of cleanliness I strive for. +1
Need more pics my dude!
That's really cool! I've heard you can get old server stuff on the cheap. I couldn't imagine that you actually went out and spent $1000 on that processor unless you specifically needed it for something.
Have you actually tried any games with RTX?
Wow, you really crammed it in there. Plan on taking the plastic off that GPU?
Nice build :) Cable management is clean in the back, and the pictures are sharp.
One thing I'd add is some zipties or cable combs for the sleeved cables in the front. The GPU power cables especially are kinda messy.
I'm guessing you have a specific application for the Xeon?
I like this :)
Why aren't both of your top fans spinning? Are they not all connected or something?
Nice custom watercooling and acrylic job, my dude! Why isn't this build featured??
C'mon man, peel that dang sticker off!
Really like the aesthetics you've got going on too. Personally not a big LED fan kinda guy, but you rock it. Where did you get all the Deadpool decals from?
My dad has a CLC on an i5-750 (also a locked processor); he prefers it because it exhausts air straight out of the case. I've just got air cooling cuz it's cheaper and less points of failure. There isn't a right or wrong necessarily.
There's always better choices we can make. I still feel pretty stupid about going with an Athlon 860K on the dead end FM2+ platform. Really wish I had gone with a locked i5 and a cheaper motherboard and gotten better performance for the money. Could have maybe even gone SFF at that point. But the system does what I need it to, and it looks pretty dang good doing it. So I'm pretty happy with it. Probably won't need to upgrade for a few years.
I've read reviews on the 500/600B, and they're not terribly favorable. I mean, yeah, it's probably not going to blow up like some Diablotek or something. But I believe reviewers weren't impressed with the build quality and the amount of AC ripple under high load. That's why I spent a bit more on my PSU when I built my machine. I want something that's going to be rock solid for years to come, maybe do some long term overclocking (I'm not currently).
I thought Inland was just another one of those no-name Chinese SSD manufacturers, which one should definitely avoid. I'll still stick to name brands like Samsung though.
I'd avoid no-name SSDs (and you probably want 120GB for a boot drive), but otherwise this is solid. Probably could save some money and go with something like a Cryorig C7 instead of the CLC, put the money into a GPU.
Gotta agree that the CLC is basically unnecessary for this processor, but overall I like your part choices. That PSU especially is really solid.
I like the majority of your part choices, but I would have put in a better PSU. I'm also wary of that SSD since I've never heard of the brand.
But there's always something one could quibble about.
Our second family computer was based on an Athlon XP. I ended up killing this computer inadvertently a year or two ago :(
Nice wood accents. Very tastefully done.
Love the look of this, but the negative air pressure situation you've got going on there isn't great. I understood why you did it for aesthetics, but I'm sure your temps could do better.
man, I had no idea this build was so inexpensive when I saw it. A+ quality work man!
Kind of a neat looking case.
Very creative. Interesting that you decided to use an SFX power supply.
Really sweet build, but would it kill ya to buy some custom cables? The ketchup and mustard is kinda killing it for me.
EDIT: of course I didn't read the description and you already know you need some. I'd recommend Silverstone extensions, they won't plug into your PSU directly but they're pretty inexpensive. Maybe you could fashion some sort of cover for where the cables come out of the PSU
Wow. The features just keep getting better and better. The attention to detail here is just immaculate.
Super clean setup. The cable management is impressive. Could learn a thing or two from you.
A very nice looking PC indeed!
I like the inclusion of an optical drive, but cable management could use some work.
For sure. Not to mention the customization and choice that it offers.
Good to hear the PSU is working out for you.
I know people like to crap on Mint for its security practices and whatnot, but I think Mint is a really solid distro, especially for people who just want things to work and not have to futz with them. I've installed the Cinnamon edition for a number of people and they've been pretty happy with it (actually afforded some significant speed improvements too).
Currently running Solus 3 Budgie myself and couldn't be happier with it. I love how quickly it boots up on my SSD - it's probably twice as fast as when I had Ubuntu on my rig.
I mean, I run Solus on my rig, I game on it, and I'm quite happy with it. The work their team has done with Linux Steam Integration (and optimizing the OS for modern, 64-bit processors) is second to none. Games run well and compatibility issues with Linux-native games are practically nonexistent.
Plus, I'm one of those guys that doesn't really care about having all the latest AAA titles anyway, so the more limited game library doesn't bother me.
Yeah, my other concern would definitely be airflow, since there's no ventilation on the top of the case. Perhaps one would have to drill some holes.
I like this build a lot. Very tidy and shows off the hardware nicely.
I mean, you might be able to shove one in there but it'd be super tight I'm sure. I don't think that's the purpose of the system though.
I love this little build and the fact that you're using Linux on it! This has got to be a really snappy machine, and it is so cute!
My question is why wouldn't you want to boot Linux, especially on such a cute little machine like this? (Maybe I'm biased.) You don't have to pay for a license, and it'll do pretty much all the stuff that a little machine like this would be able to do (web browsing, word processing, etc.). Plus Mint is a really solid distro which I can recommend to just about anyone.
Glad you got it working. I know I had to disable fast boot myself because it was causing some problems like my keyboard not getting detected by the boot loader (I run Linux) :/
Start spamming the delete key as soon as you press the power button. That works for me. Half the time the boot logo doesn't show up for me either. I've got a Gigabyte motherboard too.
It's got more RAM too, plus onboard Bluetooth and WiFi.