Description

Overall Description A Deus Ex inspired build that is also my first foray into PC building. This PC will mainly be used for data science, visualization and machine/deep learning applications. My school's data science program is pretty good, so they have some amazing machines for us to use when doing our schoolwork, but that's only for doing schoolwork. I wanted a machine that could perform near their level for personal projects, Kaggle competitions and allow me to game at 1440p 144Hz. That's the main reason I went with the 1080ti, specifically the EVGA ftw3 edition. The RGB lighting of the G. Skill Trident Z RGB RAM alongside the motherboard lighting accents allow it to maintain a subtle and clean color scheme that can be customized to suit the exact case lighting I was looking for. The gold anodized screws from CableMod add a flash of contrast to the PCIE brackets and match the black and gold theme well.

Initial Prep Seeing as this was my first build, I was excited and nervous at the same time. I had spent nearly 9 months properly researching every single part I was considering and my part list went through numerous changes that were spurred by either new/improved technology and advice from my professor and the buildapc subreddit. Factoring all this in. I finalized my list in mid-August and started ordering the parts in late-August. Alongside my components, I ordered some other materials from Amazon that would help me build my PC. I got my inspiration from this video, where Bitwit (Kyle) went through some helpful tools for building PCs. I ordered short and long magnetic screwdrivers, XL microfiber cloths and the assorted ziptie pack. Armed with my trusty tools, I went in confident that everything was gonna go fine.

Building the PC I initially went into this with a concept in my head and a ton of YouTube reviews on all the components I was considering. I can say wholeheartedly that seeing it on a video screen with dimensions is a far cry from holding the components in your hand. This held especially true to the GPU as the sheer length and bulk surprised me out of box. I started to get nervous that it wouldn't fit inside the case I had purchased. It fit perfectly fine, just as I had been assured it would by the case manufacturers, but the initial feeling of anxiety didn't leave me. The main reason that everything went astonishingly well was due to me thoroughly watching and keeping in sync with a step-by-step tutorial video by Bitwit. He goes very slowly and the process was made simple for me as I was able to follow his instructions clearly.

Lessons Learned After everything was properly assembled and looking gorgeous, I decided to write down a couple notes for my self on what I learned and important takeaways from building that I could use for my next build. In no particular order:

  • Always check for post outside the case
  • Do not over-tighten anything
  • Thoroughly read your manuals both before you start assembling and during assembly
  • Properly manage any and all screws and hardware
  • Keep your work space as tidy as possible to avoid misplacing any small items

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I was set on this beautiful cooler from day one and I'm happy with my choice. It keeps the CPU cool and looks absolutely amazing while doing it. Mounting is a little clunky, but the angled wrench provided helped a lot.

Motherboard

This mobo combines the best amount of premium features for a relatively decent price. The on board lighting is stunning and the color scheme really matches my build, so overall, I'm very happy.

Memory

Colorful and very easy to control, they provide a tasteful amount of light to the inside of the case, which can be clearly seen through the slightly tinted tempered glass side panel. It syncs well with the Asus Aura software, making it easy to control. Overall, a very decent RAM kit, albeit a little more expensive than others of the same level.

Video Card

An absolute beast of a graphics card that can casually handle anything I throw at it. The numerous temperature sensors and intuitive control panel make it a breeze to manipulate settings and overclock the card. The stock clock on mine was pretty decent and I didn't feel the need to really push it further, but I'll probably try to later on. The fans are extremely quiet even with an aggressive custom fan curve, so it's ideal for my build.

Case

This case was love at first sight and couldn't have been released at a better time. Out of the box, it looked just as if not more beautiful than in the many review videos I had watched prior to purchase. Very easy to work in and surprisingly roomy despite being a smaller case.

Case Fan

Extremely quiet and well designed fans that are absolutely amazing at their job. Since I live in a dorm where I can't control the heating/cooling, the sound of the fans is usually overrun by the loud A/C unit in my apartment. However, even when the A/C is off, I barely hear a thing. These fans truly live up to their reputation of silence.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't tell from your pictures, but what fan setup did you use? I really appreciate the temperatures you accomplished using only air in a smaller case. I see the vertical cooler, but that's about all I can safely discern.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I have 2 140mm be quiet Silent Wings for front intake and a Silent Wings 120mm in the back for exhaust. Case only allows 1 120mm in the back and I researched and found that 2 140s would be better than 3 120s as intake. Other than that there's a Silent Wings 135(?)mm fan that is specific to their CPU coolers.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh? What is it that makes 2x140 better than 3x120? I ask because I'm very near the purchase date of this case and still undecided on fan layout.

Edit: used * instead of x which led to italics

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I just googled around and this seems to be the genuine consensus. Depending on fan model of course, but for be quiet Silent Wings, they are known for their silence, so it didn’t make sense for me to buy 3 120s for silence and a negligible difference in temperature.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I've read that article as well. I suppose I'll stick with my current 140 plan. You have my gratitude.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the be quiet! air cooler come with a mounting adapter for am4 motherboard?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Now they're included with the cooler. If you get a unit that doesn't have it(which I doubt you will), you can simply order it directly from the be quiet! website.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the purpose of facing your CPU cooler towards your GPU? I'm looking into the same cooler and wanted some other opinions.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually the default(only) position supported by the cooler on an AM4 mobo. On Intel processors, I think it's from front to back.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay! Thanks for the help!

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's mainly what drew me to the Silent Wings. Both Noctua and be quiet! have excellent fans, but only one of them looks killer.