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(Late-May 2019) Finally done with my updates and loving my computer but not the process of building it this time around. Almost everything was difficult, from the rearranging on a smaller chassis to the positioning of the GPU Cooler, the position on my bulky be quiet! air cooler and reinstalling the software to my liking. It did not have to be this difficult but I guess, not every built is the same. Included are the pictures of the first built vs the updated look.

(May 2019) Has been a sucky month for my computer as you will read next. NZXT Kraken X62 died last month and almost fried my CPU. I was forced to get a new motherboard and pretty much have now a new computer.

New parts:

  • Seasonic Prime Platinum 750W
  • Fractal Design Meshify C
  • be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
  • Corsair x3 LL120-RGB
  • ASUS Maximus XI Hero Z390 (Wi-Fi) - (the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X CODE Z370 died on a "freak accident")

Decided to add components and move the parts to a smaller chassis, so I chose the Fractal Design Meshify C. Love this chassis, so much smaller than the previous! However, I do have bad news. Doing my updates tonight, I managed to screw up my motherboard because of a freak accident. I was trying to clean spilled thermal paste off the motherboard. To be honest, it was ironical a very insignificant amount that I should have left alone now looking back. The microfiber rag I was using to clean the side of the CPU slot very carefully, got caught on the tiny pins and several of them were bent before I noticed. I do not think I can fix it but I should at least try doing it. There are no broken pins but are only bent. I feel so stupid! I have been checking to find the same motherboard and the price has increased... by a lot! How is that even possible?


(Fall 2018) I was finally able to put together this first PC build. I have been a Mac user for over 15 years and I am still satisfied with their environment. However, I recently went back to school to study what I always loved, CS (Computer Sciences). So I started classes this year and noticed quickly that there was more availability for free Windows programs than for mac. I started using Windows 10 on the mac using Parallels Desktop Virtualization Software. Both programs were available to me for free from the school.

Being that I was taking a class on Computer Maintenance, I decided that it could be a good idea to practice what I was learning by building a PC to my specifications. Deep inside, I always wanted to start gaming but I knew that the mac environment was not optimal for that. So without knowing much about it I purchased my first part, the Intel Core i7-8700K and went from there because I wanted to be able to overclock the system if I was to start gaming. I don't need a very powerful computer for my degree (Computer Programming), but I wanted a PC I could use for some gaming and could last me a few years. I realized how much Windows had advanced from their nightmarish sorry days after using Parallels and Windows-10 together. I was blown away by that experience. I still love my mac environment (say what you want to say) but I am not going to fall on the Mac vs. Windows fight as both systems are good for their intended purposes (well... now).

Main System Components:

  • Intel i7-8700K 3.7 GHz (6-core)
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070-Ti SC Hybrid Gaming
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB DDR4-3000
  • Samsung 970 Evo 250GB
  • Samsung 970 EVO Pro 512GB
  • Samsung 860 Evo 500GB
  • SanDisk SSD Plus 250GB
  • Windows 10 Pro

Overall, the system was very easy to get put together. Had issues with the Audio but I think I solved that by updating audio drivers and main OS. I am still doing research on how to dual-boot and getting acquaintance with different Linux distros (starting with Fedora). I am running out of space (well... cause I am paranoid about "space") and I am looking into getting a new 1TB NAND and use my current 250GB to run a Linux distro.

Have yet to test both GPU & CPU for their frequency. Any recommendations for software are appreciated!

-Johanna

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Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build mate congrats!!!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

What is the Nvidia baracket thing

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

It is called the EVGA PowerLink. It is used for cable management for the EVGA GPUs beginning with the GTX 1060 and over and now including the RTX 2080 Ti. Cheaper than the nice pretty cables at only $10 USD at newegg.com.

EVGA PowerLink

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe he was referring to the Nvidia acrylic piece. Also seen in this build https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Q6jypg. "its a lazer engraved acrylic piece. got it from this persons etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreambigByRay ----they are in china so it will take a few weeks to get over but they also accommodate custom jobs along with already having a bunch of laser files to choose from"

If it's not I apologize.

Edit: Nice build, thought I made this comment initially.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right! Thanks!

And thanks for the link. I have never used etsy.com.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops! I misunderstood your post, sorry! The RBG bracket thingy I got on ebay to help avoid GPU sagging that happens overtime. There are other means but I happen to like that particular one because of the RGB effect.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Totally fine thanks

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, I think you should dump the optical drive as it spoils the look with that big window, if you must have one get an external usb3 ODD. If you're worried about space just get a hdd, they're still the best value for large amounts of storage .

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, I don't like that the OD takes away from the looks. I am sure I can still use that optical drive in the future if I find an external enclosure for it, once I finally decide on a smaller chassis. You are totally correct! The HDD is a possibility but I am not sure how much space I am going to need. I am just getting started with this project and i am not quite sure where I am going with this.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I am jealous of you RGB GPU bracket thing. How was it building inside the fractal design case?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

This is something I found at ebay for around $25 USD, that holds the GPU up to avoid sagging. I was going to give you the link from where I purchased it but it took almost a month and a half to get this, so I would not recommend that ebay store. I was a bit shy to connect it directly to the motherboard since this accessory had NO INSTRUCTIONS at ALL! I used the connector included, a 2-pin male molex cable that connects to a 4-pin female molex from the PSU. The connector included has three buttons to turn on/off, select a color or select one of the preset profiles. I finally found a YouTube video for a similar accessory and that is how I install it. If you search ebay for Acrylic Bracket Brace GPU VGA Card RGB Light Holder Compatible AURA 12V PCI Case, you will find it. It said it was compatible with AURA but I am not risking my motherboard because the box it came with had no prints, instructions, name... zero information.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

So I am super happy you let me know that! I think you are completely correct to not want to connect that to your motherboard! Great job bypassing the motherboard. Buuuuut, for what it is worth, I think it turned out really well! Does this hinder the RGB at all?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

This bracket has its own RGB lights but the colors are identical as the motherboard RGB lights, the liquid cooler RGB lights and the DDR4 RGB lights. You would not notice the difference between the components. The downside is that you must open the case each time you want to change the bracket's colors or profile as there is no software for the bracket, and remember, I did not connect this directly to the mobo. Still, I am having to use Corsair's RGB software, NZXT CAM software and ASUS's AURA. Opening the case every once in a while is not going to hurt.

And thank you!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That was my biggest question mark. How were you changing the colors. and you are completely correct, opening your case every once and a while just to push a button is no big deal. on another note,

I think you said something about being an apple user? How are you liking the dark side? lol

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Long answer here: I’m actually ok with it, really. I like that I can game and overclock the system to make it faster. But I still see why I switched to mac. I like my built because it is faster, of course, but to really concentrate on work and truly know that your system won’t crash/fail on you rather than dedicating a few hours having to figure out what failed, or have to download drivers to be able to use certain features and do “computer maintenance”, etc. I like using my mac for being maintenance free. I switched to mac after a very frustrating weekend I once had over 15 years ago and the poor customer service I received trying to install Office in a fairly new Windows 95 system, years ago. I turned that computer into a Hackintosh and I was so impressed that I said goodbye forever to Windows systems until recently. I’m liking it because of all the new features I found and were finally put in Windows, which ironically were already in place on the mac system 15 years back.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

The RGB GPU holder came with its own RBG system.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

If the r6 is too big for your needs you might want to look at the define c has about the same aesthetics just a smaller footprint

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking into that one! Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

o0o! Very clean! I like it. Nice build. Congrats on the first build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA hybrid cooling is awesome.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

My question is why did you not get a modular PSU as cable management would be much easier? (P.S. Not saying your cable management is bad)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... had all my parts ready and BestBuy was around the corner from where I live and that PSU was on sale for only $60 (plus I had a $10 certificate). I did not want to wait any longer for parts, so I got it. It is semi-modular, so it isn't so bad.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, ok. Nice Job anyways. :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a great looking build! One question about the R6 though. I'm looking to get one but the fact that it has no psu shroud cover bugs me. I was wondering how big the opening is in the front where the cover fits. I have a cover left over from the Define C and I was hoping I could fit it in there. Otherwise I'd probably look into the Define S2.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

For what I remember, the uncovered area of the compartment, in the front of the shrod is about the lenght of a 140mm and about a quarter of another 140mm. I am not home at the moment to measure it. But I can try that Monday.

Actually, It is exactly the width of the compartment door where the HDD covers are since you can remove all of the hard drive shelves and push that cover towards the back leaving a large compartment in the front where you could place a large liquid cooling system reservoir. Check out the manual for the height/width of the Hard drive compartment door.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!