I wanted to breath new life into my old gaming rig which I built in 2011 so needed something a little newer and wanted it to be a bit flashier.
The folllowing is a little novel about my build but if ya don't wish to read that its essentially a Ryzen 2700x CPU, Zotac 1070mini GPU watercooled with a custom water loop run by a D5 Next pump and 16GB DDR4 3000mhz RAM. Thermaltake fans and mini screen built into it.
BUILD: So I started off by finding a new case, I wanted a glass see through one to see everything in it. Because I had a lot of razer peripherals already I settled on the new Lian Li 011 Dynamic Razer case, which I liked as soon as I saw it and it came with a free razer mouse that I sold for £40 so that was a bonus made the case cheaper :D
I had decided from the start that I wanted to fit a small display inside the case, as I was fed up with my monitoring software always sitting on my desktop and getting in the way, sometimes unable to see it, so If i stick a monitor inside the case I can put it on there.
So I bought some black plastic and set about planning and built a case for the screen up. I bought some small resevoirs to add to this peice of plastic and began planning my custom water loop. I wanted all the essential parts to look good and be on display so settled on the D5 Next water pump for the loop with its mini LCD screen to display water temp and RPM (And many other things if you so wish) and LEDs on the bottom it was perfect. As I was in no rush to complete the build I kept an eye on ebay and was able to pick up the EKWB fittings for the planned waterloop aswell as a the radiator for a nice price saving over 50% of what they would have cost new and they are all working perfect.
I needed to buy a motherboard off the comparible list for the case to run the leds built which in a way was a good thing as it reduced my choices for boards down as man theres a lot out there. Eventually I settled on the MSI X470 Gaming Pro Carbon as I had already decided to go Ryzen as it more than copes with what I need, its a nice looking board and added bonus has some LEDs too :D
I bought a Zotac mini 1070 as the prices recently dropped nicely due to the 1660 family coming out. The only sad thing for this was that there was no water block available (Had I thought about it more I would have bought something else) but this worked out in the end as I bought a generic OCOOL water cooler for it and stuck copper heatsicks to the VRMs. Concerned that this wasnt a full cover block and pre empting that the VRMs may need more cooling I also rigged up a small fan on a bracket under neath it and installed a fan which runs nice and silently and keeps the card exceptionally cool, I even tested it without this fan running and it doesnt seem like its needed but as its silent and the way ive installed it you cant see it a lot and it doesnt look out of place ill leave it blowing nice cool air over the card.
I settled on the Thermaltake pacific CPU waterblock as its nice looking and not to flashy I like RGB but didn't want to go over kill it.
I have fitted some 5050 RGB around the inside of the case which I control from the same remote that controls the LEDs around my monitors which is good and I love the contrast when having the case and fans etc set to red and these extra LEDs set to white as can be seen in the main photo.
1070 does me perfect for what im doing for now which is gaming mostly single player type games offline and im very happy with it. I even made a simple custom Cover for it so when looking in the case you dont have to see the ugly looking PCB.
I love the build and am pretty pleased as Whilst Ive always built my own PCs Ive never done anything this extravagant before. The CPU hits max 70c and GPU max 45c whilst underload and best of all its completly silent.
Apologies for some of the RGB puke photos, this was whilst testing the fans and loop before all was set up the first proper boot up.
This has taken me a few months to get going as I slowly built up the case before even ordering the other main parts as I saved for them and found bargains online etc. The SSD a 500gb Crucial and wireless card an ACC68 came out of my old PC as did the OS so didnt cost me anything for this build.
This case and the parts used leave plenty of room for more expansion in future as I may wish to get an NVME drive, a1440 monitor and more beastly graphics card but for now the bank balance has been spent so this does me well and im happy with the result.
If you have any questions or tips for improvement then feel free to comment away we can only learn with education and ill take my advice where I can get it :)
Love this case, as I already had all razer peripherals when looking for a case this one jumped out at me as its razer and the LEDs around it are nice too its a great case for size and being able to see all the internals, whilst the rear of the case has plenty of room for working in and cable managment. The LEDs look very good and its an all round good solid case that I would definately recomend to good friends if asked.
I am loving these fans, the fact that they sync with Razer Synapse 3 software means that at the click of a few buttons the case LEDS, all my peripherals and all the fans sync their lighting perfectly and I can change colours and schemes easily using one peice of software. The only bug bear is try as I might i cannot get TT software to startup on boot up of the PC so I have to manually start it each time so thats why thes fans gets 4 stars not 5.