Description

This is my first build. I do CAD work on a less-than-ideal laptop, and am entering VR development. It was about time I built a computer.

Overall Notes: I returned the Corsair PSU and replaced it with a SeaSonic one. The stock SATA 90 degree connectors had the "L" shape facing down, which led to poor wiring. I had to purchase straight and "reverse L" extensions (the red-yellow wiring) for the connectors to fit properly. This was an extra expense.


Case: I wanted a semi-portable case. When I first saw the CM Elite 130, I thought it looked like an oversized toaster, so the name Burnt Toast stuck. Other considerations: Shoebox, Cucumber

Processor: It was either this or a lower-end Xeon. I don't plan on overclocking, but it's nice to have the option.

Motherboard: A friend recommended Asrock, and it fit the bill with a WLAN card and plenty of ports. I couldn't find the Z97 motherboard, so the next best option was the H97 version.

Video Card: Because I do CAD work, It was a decision between a GTX 970 and a Fire Pro W5100. 1: I didn't feel I needed the extra stability or precision floating points, and 2: the 970 is recommended for Oculus development. The EVGA was on sale, and it was a somewhat shorter card than the ASUS blower I considered.

Storage: Nothing much to say here; I went with reputable manufacturers.

Cooling: I decided to drop the CD drive and use the extra money to pay for a Corsair H60. Initially I was going to purchase a Zalman for reference. It was a PIA to install, and even now I'm not entirely sure if I seated it properly, but it seems to work. So far I'm idling at 16-21 celsius, according to Cool Temp. I have the main 120mm fan bring air in through the radiator, along with the power supply as it is mounted upside down. For exhaust, I flipped the 80mm side fan that came with the case and wired it with a fan splitter.

Memory: Nothing to say here. It works. Hooray!

Power Supply: UPDATE: I decided to return the Corsair CX 600W and replace it with a SeaSonic. Nothing much to say here; I went with reputable manufacturers.

Monitor: UPDATE: Added the AOC Q2778VQE monitor and a dual VESA mount. This monitor is worth the $260. Comparable to an IPS (blacks are especially nice). The only con is that the giant glossy bezel scratches easily. Otherwise, no dead pixels and very little light bleed several months later. Now, for the other AOC: dark colors are fine, but white and pastels are terrible. It's held up fine for a second monitor.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Cucumber?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Because of the liquid cooling. It's as cool as a....

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You see, while the CX600M is far from a terrible PSU, I really would've gotten something that was more efficient, fully modular, and had a ball bearing fan.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Why so much partisanship on the CX 600M? It fit my build, and so far has not konked out on me.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a mediocre overpriced unit.

  • 48 months ago
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Question about your H60 install. I purchased the same cooler. Do you have your fan blowing air into the case or out? I see my motherboard temps are getting a little high and assume its because I am now blowing hot air on it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, pardon the belated response. I have the main fan blowing air into the case. Along with that, the psu is blowing air onto the motherboard since it's upside down, and I have an 80mm exhaust fan going out of the side.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

So yeah, I noticed your PSU is upside-down so the vent points in the case. But isn't that an intake vent? I have my CX750 pointed so the vent is in the case, but it sucks air in and through the PSU. So the PSU is getting hot air from the motherboard, which makes it pretty warm.

My front fan is blowing hot air over the MB, which makes it pretty hot. PSU is taking hot air from the case and expelling it out the back. And the side fan is blowing cool air over the MB to help cool it down.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine felt like it was blowing out ever-so-slightly. Since I replaced the Corsair unit with a SeaSonic, I flipped it rightside up.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this build pass the Oculus compatibility checker? I'm planning a mini-ITX build to use with Oculus but I'm struggling to find mobos that will definitely meet the USB 3.0 requirement. Would be really useful to see if your ASRock passes the check! Thanks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

As far as I know, Oculus only specified cpu and graphics card performance. As long as the motherboard has USB 3.0 and enough ports, I think you should be fine.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

From the oculus forums and subreddit it looks like a lot of boards are failing on USB 3 due to unsupported controllers unfortunately. Thanks for the reply though! I think I'm going to step up to Micro ATX so I can always add a compatible USB 3 expansion card if I need : )

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Noted. I haven't tried yet, but I'll let you know if I do have problems with the particular mb.

That expansion port gives a ridiculous number of usb ports, but I guess you can never have enough for a stationary build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in the same position as you were and this was helpful thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi sorry for the VERY late post but i was wondering how is your Monitor holding up? The 250$ price tag is really low for a 1440p monitor and i wanted to get some reviews on it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Eeep. Talk about late reply...

The 1440p AOC has been really good; no dead pixels, and very little light bleed. Colors are comparable to an IPS monitor. The blacks are delightful.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

so are you sad to see that the 970 you put in there 8 months ago isn't strong enough to play vr well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have stopped doing VR; am right now doing solely CAD, photogammetry, and rendering.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Every other build on this site has CX in it.

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  • 49 months ago
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I'm not the builder here.

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  • 49 months ago
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Actually, no. The EVGA is out of my budget, but that Seasonic looks nice...

  • 49 months ago
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Most likely due to popularity and people usually knowing nothing about psu's.

  • 49 months ago
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It fit my need. I've been happy so far. And my budget was slightly smaller, since I looked for sales.

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