This build was a gift for my girlfriend's 26th birthday. She's an avid rider and a console gamer. She got a GoPro last season to record her adventures, but found out pretty quickly that her old laptop wasn't going to cut it for editing & rendering in 1080p/1440p/4k. Enter my insatiable desire to build PC's whenever possible...
I set out to make her the most clean, yet killer looking rig I possibly could that would allow me to recycle the i5-8600k used in a previous 1080p gaming build - while keeping the theme heavily in line with her current bike, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 - as well as her favourite motorcyclist youtube channel, FortNine. I had to heavily mod the intake fan area to allow the MF120S fans to be used as push configured radiator intake fans, but you can hardly tell unless you get in there with a magnifying glass. Vinyl wrapped the right side and right side top, and added decals that were cut with a cricut throughout. There's 2 Noctua 120mmx15mm chromax fans on the bottom as intake supplying fresh air to the GPU fans, and 2 more Noctua 120mmx15mm chromax fans mounted on the top as exhaust. There is room on the back panel (where I've mounted the Canadian Flag Decal) for 2 60mm exhaust fans, and I had planned to populate these if necessary as I had heard bad things about the temperatures in this case.
I was able to mitigate the need for those extra exhausts by raising the feet to reduce intake obstruction, and raising the top glass panel to increase exhaust efficiency. With an ambient room temperature of ~22c, I'm idle at ~31c on my CPU, and ~36c on my GPU. With Cinebench pushing my CPU at 100% the max cpu temp was only 52C, and running Uningine Valley & Superposition @ 1080p Ultra x8 pushing the GPU at 99% the max gpu temp reached was 72c. I'm more than happy with these numbers, especially given how little was required to adjust the airflow efficiency of this case, including negating the need for 2x60mm exhausts AND overcoming the increased resistance of trying to use the MF120S's as radiator intakes.
Cinebench: 2222 [multi-core] 415 [single-core] 5.35x [MPratio]
Superposition Bench: 1080p Ultra; Score of 10717 - Avg FPS 79.9
I don't have access to any reliable sound testing equipment, but it runs fairly quiet even at higher RPM - very comparable sound profile to my old Meshify C build, mind you we don't sit directly beside the PC when working. I have my curves set to about 60% unless temps exceed 50 on the CPU or 70 on the GPU, and I very rarely hear it increase unless I'm running some sort of bench or playing Destiny 2 @ 1440p.
And last but not least, the EVGA Ultra 2060 KO we grabbed is indeed a TU-104 model, which explains why I'm seeing performance closer to that of a 2070S/2080 - happy day! If anybody has any questions at all regarding this case or how to do similar aesthetic mods, give me a shout and I'll be happy to reply.
Imgur Album; https://imgur.com/a/zImq16M
For the price I have no complaints. Runs at decent temperatures and gives me the performance I'm looking for without breaking the bank. Solid choice.
One of my favourite AIO's, I've always enjoyed the CAM functionality compared to other software suites - and the beautiful visuals it can create. Third build I've used one of these in now, good temps, no leaks - highly recommended.
Perfect board in theory, but not in practice. If it didn't have an absolutely obnoxious built-in RGB backing strip along the right side - it would be much better. It's far too close to the edge of the board and makes individual LED modules visible. I keep it off because of this, but it continues to come back on each time the PC is woken from sleep despite all my efforts in the bios, software, and even contacting Asus directly. I honestly might just paint over the individual bulbs with black nailpolish, which is something I shouldn't have to do on a nearly $300 board. The functionality of this board is incredible, there are several m.2 slots, gorgeous and high performance heatsinks, etc... but this one annoying caveat is seriously a deal breaker for such an expensive product.
Using solely as media scratch drive for editing. Nearly the same performance as the Samsung EVO series, at half the price. Amazing performance, great speeds.
Incredible performance for the price. Getting benchmarks in the range of systems running 2070/2080's - thanks EVGA! <3
Beautiful case. Cable management is beyond a breeze and the seperated chamber for the PSU and drives makes the inside of the case as clean as ever. This is definitely a 'showcase' tier chassis and it shows, despite being a reasonable price compared to similar offerings on the market.
Runs quiet and consistently. No complaints here.
Previously had the CX650M and it made horrible clicking sounds and coil whine. Replaced it with the RMx and never looked back.
Good looks, good performance, disproportionate pricing.
These cost way more than the normal Noctua's despite being nothing but a different colour plastic poured into the molds, and the most average one used at that (black). Unfortunately they were the only reasonable looking slim fans with PWM control that I could find, so I had to bite the bullet.
I will say the temperatures are in the 'good' range, rather than the 'great' range.
By far the best looking fans I've ever worked with. The cooling capabilities surprised me when I attached these "exhaust only airflow fans" as front-mounted in-takes on my Kraken radiator. I was expecting temperatures so bad that I'd need to instantly replace them - but it turns out I idle around 30c (both CPU/GPU) and load for both is around 52c Max - which I've perfectly comfortable with.