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I've been using an old refurbished HP with a Q6600 CPU for what seems like forever, and it was finally time to upgrade. Decided that I wanted to build my own since it's something I used to like doing way back when. My first PC had a 80286 CPU and a separate co-processor, so I've been in the hobby for a minute. But man, have things changed!

I do a lot of general computing, but also gaming and wanted to put something together that would outperform my Xbox One X if I got the itch. Originally, I put this build together with a RTX 2060 card but I use a 50" 4K HDR TV as a monitor and the 2060 just didn't get me the 4K/60 performance I was looking for. I ended up upgrading to the EVGA 2080 Super XC Ultra recently and could not be happier with how it is performing. I didn't win the lottery on the core OC, but the RAM on it has been very solid with 1250 added in MSI Afterburner (and I may try to push it further).

The Meshify C TG case is an absolute dream to build in, especially considering my last build was done back before power supply shrouds (and modular power supplies) were a thing. Absolutely love the way it looks! I ended up throwing in a total of 4 black 140mm PWM fans since the pictures were taken and did some fan curve tweaking to keep it just slightly pressure-positive while keeping the noise low.

This lives in my bedroom and tends to run overnight, so my initial urge was to keep it as dark as possible. Then I toyed with the idea of some RGB and by the time it all came together, I had added a couple of addressable strips around the edge so things show up better through the Meshify's dark tempered glass. Keeping all the RGB shades of blue makes it look nice without being so bright that it might keep me awake if the system is left on at night.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

can you give more photos and can i ask is the stock cpu cooler so noisy? Is Video Card so noisy? Nice build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I need to take a few more pics since I changed things around anyway.

The Wraith Prism cooler is actually pretty quiet, BUT... you have to play with the fan curve a bit to keep it from pulsing. Sometimes, the CPU will bounce up and down in temp and cause the fan on the Wraith Prism to go up and down repeatedly. Even then, it isn't loud, but the pitch change is noticeable. Adjusting the spin up/spin down times seems to help.

The EVGA card is surprisingly quiet. In fact, the fans don't kick on at all until it hits 50 C, and even with it under load, it stays pretty quiet and hovers around 70-72 C.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Very nice modern components/build for gaming! What display or TV did you hook it up to? Some close-up pics w/ it off would help. Thanks for posting. Enjoy!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I'm using a Vizio P50-C1. 50" 4K set with decent HDR support. I bounce between my PC and my Xbox One X on it, so it makes more sense than a monitor for me.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What LED strip did you use to add the blue light in your case?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I got "LED RGB PC Light Strip - Speclux Computer Magnetic Addressable LED Strip Kit, Motherboard with 5V 3pin RGB Header for Asus Aura, Asrock RGB Led, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light (2 PCS 42 LED)" from Amazon. 2 21 LED addressable strips with magnets and adhesive. I was worried that it wouldn't hold around the top edge, but so far it hasn't budged.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Kind of an odd question, but how did you route the CPU cooler's RGB cable? Did it have enough length to go behind the motherboard or did it have to stay infront of it?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I used the USB one (so I could have full control) and ran it flush against the board to the front of the system, through the grommet, then down to the USB2 connector on the bottom edge of the mobo. If you zoom in on the interior, you can see it running just under the bottom of the DIMM sockets. The heatsink on the NVMe drive helped hold it against the board.