Description

My first build. After years of getting by on an Acer budget gaming rig with a part upgrade now and then, I decided to take the plunge into the world of mid-range PC builds. My goal was a well balanced machine for 1080 gaming at high frame-rates (with potential to upgrade to a 1440 monitor in the future) as well as something that could juggle multiple simultaneous demanding productivity programs for work without a hiccup.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, both aesthetically and from a performance standpoint. Big thanks to the several users of this site who answered my questions and inspired this project, you guys are really helpful. Shout out to nerwin, for the air-flow inspiration. Also, shout out to the Microcenter employee who looked at me like an idiot when I told him I'd be cooling the i7-8700k with a Hyper 212. Jokes on you, this thing is cool as a cucumber.

The name: when I finally pulled the trigger after a month or so of research and daydreaming on PCParkpicker, I realized that between the high airflow, "stealth inspired" Meshify case, and the ROG Strix GPU and motherboard, I had something of an airship/spacecraft theme going on. So I thought back to my favorite airships in video games, and FFVIII's Ragnarok came to mind as a fond childhood memory. That's when I threw in the B.O.S. funko pop as an impulse buy, because every airship needs a crew.

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Part Reviews

CPU

Bought it on sale shortly after the 9th Gen was released. Coming from a 2014 i5, I'm really impressed by how powerful this thing is. Great value in terms of price to performance. The ASUS AI originally overclocked it to 5.1 ghz, but now it seems to have adjusted to 5.05 ghz, abut that's more than enough for my needs. People say it runs hot, but I haven't had any issues, though that might be in part due to the case's excellent airflow.

Motherboard

This has more bells and whistles than I need, and I probably could have gone with something cheaper, but I wanted to give myself room for upgrades (e.g., maybe grab an m.2 next Black Friday?). It was easy to work with. The BIOS is relatively user friendly, especially the AI overclocking, which flipped my 3.7ghz i7-8700k up to 5.1 with a single click. A few of the Bios settings don't seem to do what they're suppose to, and sometimes you change one thing and it tries to change several, but that's Bios for ya. The Aura RGB software is solid, if not elegant. Except that it doesn't seem to be able to turn the Ram RBG off on sleep, which is annoying.

Memory

I watched a Linus Tech Tips video that said 3200 was the best bang for the buck in terms of diminishing returns, so I got these because they're 3200, reasonably priced, and sexy.

Only complaint is that the RGB on this always looks slightly more green than the other components, if set to the same color.

Storage

This is actually an upgrade I'd made to my old rig, and ported over. Before this I only ever had hard drives, and I can't believe I waited this long to switch to SSD. Worth every penny. Might get an m.2 in the future, but this gets the job done for now.

Video Card

Based on my research, this is the best GPU in the under $400 range. (Normally this is a little over $400, but I got it on sale for $380 at NewEgg.) Looks cool. Keeps my Fortnite and Overwatch games crisp on the highest settings and high frame rates. Stays in the low 60's after a couple hours of gaming.

Case

Originally I was looking in the <$100 range, and the Meshify C caught my eye. I like that the design is interesting, without being over-the-top. I find NZXT's square cases dull, and Coolermaster cases better suited for teen boys than manly men like me. This was a happy middle. Except I didn't like how compact the Meshify C was, especially since I had a larger graphics card, and I wanted to make sure I had room for more robust cooling if I decided to make those upgrades in the future.

Meshify S2 was the perfect solution. Its basically just a longer version of the Meshify C. Almost a little too roomy, but it was easy to work with. PSU shroud was a little tight to get the power supply in, and I cut up my knuckles on the CPU cooler a bit trying to squeeze in to get the top motherboard screws, but the velco and ample pass-throughs made cable management easy for a novice like me.

Plus its really pretty.

Power Supply

It powers things and is black. Yay.

Case Fan

The case came with three fans and room for nine, so I grabbed a pair of these to put in the front to fully take advantage of the front-mesh airflow. They work great, and the stickers came off easily, which is good because I don't like the logo. I moved the three case fans to top and rear exhaust, and they get the job done, but I'm glad I have this high powered PWM pair on the front. They're silent, as advertised.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

I have it overclocked to 5.1 ghz, and its more than enough for my needs. / CPU Temperature Under Load 50.0° C ... Hyper 212 - 35€ CPU Cooler? NO CHANCE. Voltages? Stress test? Cinebench score? Anything?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... unless you got the worlds best silicon on that 8700k. Heck, even if you DID get the world's best silicon... that's still literally unbelievable.
My 8700k at 5ghz get's into the 70's under load.
And it's cooled by a Noctua NH-D15.
And it's de-lidded...

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The hyper 212 is only part of what keeps it cool. The Meshify case with the silent wing fans on the front and exhaust fans directly behind and above the cpu move a lot of air.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I'm not one of big guys when it comes to OC and stuff... but I'm not sure you are telling us the truth. Just make a few screenshots of stress testing and CPU score - you might have the best 8700K on the planet and you can sell it out for 5x the price of that CPU with such an OC potential...

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a stress test that also shows temperatures? I'm basing this off what NZXT Cam is showing me while I'm running things.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Use a monitoring software like CPU Z or MSI Afterburner. Run Prime 95 small FFT and see what your temps are. What voltage are you running? If you're doing any higher than 1.35, that CPU would easily hit high 80s-low 90s on that cooler.

Edit What stuff are you currently running to stress the CPU? I assume various games, but those are a pretty poor CPU stress test. They won't even bring it to 100% load, let alone what P95 will give you. When you do run P95, use version 26.6 or earlier. That was before they added AVX, and AVX will overheat your CPU with that little 212.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for giving some actual useful information instead of just calling me a liar. Yea, the number I posted is from running Heaven, and also from checking after extending gaming. Didn't realize people would assume that "load" number to be a completely maxed out stress test, I understood it to be based on actual heavy use. Seems like that's more more relevant information anyway.

Not sure on the voltage, I'm using the Asus AI overclocking, so it sets that for me.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Even then, 5.1 on an 8700k almost always needs at least 1.38v, often upwards of 1.4. That's a crazy amount of heat, and a Hyper212 could never hope to cool it. It's not a bad cooler, but it really can't handle high heat loads.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Part of the problem is I typed in "high 50's", and the box just kept the 50. It's more like 58/59

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

You're going to get a bunch of comments about this, but you should move the graphics card up to the top x16 slot.
Two reasons why:
-One, it is technically a faster/more direct connection.
-Two (and most importantly), it will allow the graphics card to breathe much better, and it will run cooler and quieter.

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

I was wondering how much that actually matters. I think it just looks so much better on the lower slot. I'll move it up and see how performance changes.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It's mostly just because the card is sitting almost directly above the PSU shroud/basement cover. Moving it up a few inches to the other slot might not seem like much of a change, but it will allow it to breathe much better.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I shifted it up and my benchmark increased.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

super nice build! just wondering how the CPU cooling is still going with the hyper 212. I have the 8700k and was looking for an air cooler haha

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it's working just fine with the 212 -- though if you're planning to really push the overclocking I'd recommend something more substantial. I have AI overclocking on, which is getting it it up to around 5 ghz, but I'm not doing anything that would sustain that demand over a long time period. I also would note that this case has excellent airflow, which makes things easier on the 212.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

is this for sale??

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nope, this is my baby. But I'd be happy to answer any questions about how to copy it.

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