As a Shift owner, I enjoyed the shot with the dremel maybe a little too much!
Would that be all three fans set to intake? Or the bottom fan intake, two front panel fans to exhaust? I see what you mean by recycled hot air.
That mobo's really in there isn't it?
I haven't stress tested it yet, but I plan to after finals. I'll let you know how it goes.
Nope, it's the standard cable that came with the Corsair SF 600. I'd love some softer cables. These were a PITA!
I hate to say it, but I've been so busy lately the only time the GPU gets a workout is when I stream for my scheduled de-stress time/raider hunting. Streaming + gaming is the only time it gets worryingly hot. I usually pop the lid when I stream. I've forgotten a couple times, and it's never throttled.
The fans are quiet. The C7 is the loudest fan. The case fans are PWM, and I doubt they've ever reached top RPM. I don't think I can hear the GPU fan over the C7. This case unfortunately is made of poor clearance, but it seems to be working. I doubt there'll be much difference in clearance space from your current GPU.
And thank you!
Right on both points. When I talked with Corsair and (I think the other AIO I looked at was) CoolerMaster (?), they didn't appear significantly better than the C7 which I'm hoping also helps with airflow. It's still something I'd like to try.
And the monitor is temporary due to my living situation. Also planning an upgrade.
I'm still learning about all the smaller parts. Could better VRMs help minimize the heat issue or would the board maybe pull more voltage and have to deal with that heat if it's technically for a more powerful processor? Maybe all that could be controlled via BIOS?
Thanks a lot either way, both of you!
D'oh I guess that was an unnecessary info dump. (For some reason PCPP wouldn't let me edit this comment?) For a 2/2.1 channel for gaming, you just need to make sure they emit in at least stereo. For immersion purposes, a 2.1 set might be a better start if it's in the budget. It's hard for tiny speakers to reproduce lows, but that doesn't stop manufacturers from trying
For <$100 (depending on shipping) the Logitech Z623 200W 2.1ch Speakers are very well reviewed and certified by THX. I haven't listened to them yet, but they are pretty tempting. They can put out a lot of power, and reviews say they don't distort too badly at high volumes. They use standard 3.5mm cables, so you'll need to make sure they're hooked up properly (easy) but won't waste an HDMI port.
For more than that I still recommend visiting a local store, even if it's just Best Buy, to listen. Even if you don't end up spending that much, it's still a good idea to figure out what you like.
For less, I'd stick with a the best Logitechs you/he can afford. There may be better stuff out there, and others can feel free to offer their recommendations. Logitech isn't high end, but they usually offer a good value and convenience for the price. Keep in mind you'll probably get better sound quality and immersion for your money with headphones, so when you visit a store, try out those too.
Cool. I'm no pro, but the more we know about what you want the better we can help you pick out the perfect setup.
The gamers I know use headphones. It's easier to communicate in a team setting when your mic isn't picking up everything. That's also the most economical solution. You can get a high end set of headphones for a few hundred dollars (don't know what currency you use).
Depending on how much you want your windows to shake, and how many ports your PC has, and how big your budget it, you could go for 2, 2.1, or 5.1 setups. With a dedicated sound system, you could do even more, but that's... expensive.
Oversimplified, there are three types of speakers or drivers: highs (or tweeters), mids, and lows (or subwoofers). (Edit, your 2 or 5 will typically be a combo of highs and mids while your .1 is the sub. Some cheap speakers will install fake tweeters and attempt to do it all with mids.) As an audio noob, it might be a good idea to look into sets that you know will work well together. Generally, audio power is measured in ohms or watts (they're different, but this is an oversimplification). It's like monitors and contrast ratios, it matters sort of... You want speakers that produce clear sound even at high volumes.
The hard part about speakers is, you really have to hear them. Speakers are made for a variety of audio inputs. Some speakers are "punchy" for pop songs or have an emphasis on highs for classical music. I would recommend visiting some stores and hearing what you like. Then, after you know more what you're looking for, you can better research other kits and brands.
Finally, how you transmit audio from the PC to the speakers can affect the sound quality. Like monitors, don't use a crappy cable with good speakers. Use the appropriately sized cable so you don't damage it. While fact checking myself, I learned from a coax producer that coiling doesn't actually affect the signal as I was taught, so thanks for helping me learn something today!
What kind of setup are you hoping for? Theater, gaming, basic workstation?
I'm in the process of building something very similar. I was just looking through builds with the RTX 2070 and saw my case! How's it handling the the cramped space?
Interested to see what keyboard you end up with.
It looks like the Terminator on the inside! Beautiful!
It might help to know your comfort level with building and liquid cooling in general. I'm brand new, so sorry I can't help much with actual parts or brands. I'm considering it myself and would love to see everyone's answers.
Buying this case today to start playing with fan placement before the full build, thanks for the detailed build order!
Damn. Now that's a box. Thanks!
I think that one has a different chipset, unless the list bugged out on me, which is totally possible the way my browser's been acting today.
I was looking at that cooler. Have you used it? How is it?
So I've read the biggest downside to a small box is the GPU doesn't get adequate airflow. I was considering water-cooling the GPU as well. Any experience? Of course, then I start to wonder about the Mobo... and then a $1750 budget becomes a $2500 pile of tubing...
Is that mobo compatible?
I was looking at the Rog Strix Z370-I myself. _^
Don't have one. But, I like gaming on a big TV, and I have a 4k if that's why you're asking.
^ for Thrawn. Double ^ for shiny.
I'm so glad I checked the pictures. I'm planning a build in this case, and I think I learned a lot just seeing how you dealt with all the pieces. Thanks!
I'm late to this party, but I also appreciated the story. And all the pictures. I'm in the research stage of building my own first PC. For me this is just stunning! The tubing makes the whole case look like a chip. I love that. Congratulations on the feature!
Can't ^ this post enough. Thanks!
As I understand, SATA and M.2 are the more common connection types. There doesn't seem to be a huge difference in price, and I'm almost certain this mobo has both. Is there a good reason for me to go with one over the other?
Did a little more comparison at Newegg. I guess I'm just more used to their spec sheets. Pretty sure I'm going with the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming. Has everything I think I need for now. Before ordering, I plan on drawing a plan to make sure none of the slots are overbooked. Unless anyone else has a different opinion?
I went to Gigabyte's page and found the full specs, which makes me feel a lot more confident about that board. I picked it because of popularity on Newegg, though PCParts seems to prefer others. I guess I need to learn abbreviations.
I haven't had a desktop since 2008, so... I don't really know what I NEED, but I do have some wireless stuff I'd like to keep using. The PCI-Ex1 adapter from Gigabyte also has Bluetooth, so I'm leaning towards using that.
I'm not hard set on any one piece. If there's a standby intel motherboard you trust, feel free to list it.
PSU- sounds great!
1. What about Bluetooth?
2. Do I need a sound card? Most sources say no, but I'm having difficulty confirming that the (mobo? CPU? GPU?) has integrated sound.
802(?).11ac includes 2.4 and 5GHz or is that separate hardware I should look out for?
Thanks! Any mobos with equal synergy I should check out? I'm not confident enough in my abilities to overclock and don't see myself caring to in the near future.
Unlikely to explode, always a plus. I don't know if I could afford parts that need 1000W, though. Does that sound right??
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 $198
- One of the downsides of that case is limited/no front ports, and this mobo is heavy on front ports. Will I be able to use these?
- Reviews say installation is okay but not great
Gigabyte Z370 AORUS GAMING WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 $140
- Has a few front-facing USBs
- Reviews say it's easy to install
Anyone have an opinion on these? I haven't looked into additional wifi adapters. I'm trying to keep this build simple, both for process streamlining and my total lack of building experience. Would they be worth trying?
A more broad question, is i7 + Z370 a good match? I picked Z370 based on seeing them paired a lot, but I don't know why.
Not committed to white at all. I honestly thought by this point someone would point out that much power would catch fire.
Thanks! The first three were all points I'd thought about. It's good to know my instincts + research aren't complete s***, and thanks for the heads up about the wifi. Yeah, it's a desktop, but I would rather have the ability and not need it...