Description

Built for gaming at 4k offline. 60fps, Vsync, Ultra settings. Spent more time working out positive air pressure with this case then anything. Another problem I have is dust with this case, I have placed filters now after seeing an issue with the dust and it has helped. The case was not compatible with the Noctua Nt-D15, the first push fan was to tall for the windowed side panel, so I had to swap it out for a 120mm SS02 Noctua fan. It works great with that setup, and now there is ram clearance and the side panel fits. Cable management is not so great with this case, so you must take some time to organize and plan your wire routes, use some zip ties. I also went with 24gb ram not just 16. I do plan on getting a 48.5in 4k 4ms monitor soon so that way I can game while the kids watch tv without issue.

Revise: So I went back and modified the old case from my previous build. The new case said it was an Atx full case but after measuring the inside and comparing it to the old case I think its really more in line with a Atx mid. So what I did was took the hdd cage out and ordered a rosewill 4 hdd cage for 12.99 on ebay and placed it in its spot. Then I cut the side panel and made a window in it. Now I can use both 140mm fans on the noctua heatsink and my temps are down by 4°C.

Re-revise: I thought that the first cut out I made for the window on the side panel looked a little to small and poorly done. So I went back to it and cut out another inch all the way around. Grabbed some air hose line and sliced it down the middle and ran it around the edge I cut and voila. I dont have a lot of cash and I improvised and saved myself $100 dollars by modding my old case and its much better than the new I bought. Better airflow, better cable management, better dust filtering, and a whole lot more room. For real I have a wife and 2 kids, little cash, and me and the kidos threw this together. Not to bad.

UPDATE: I bought a new case and fans. 3 x 3000rpm noctua 140mm fans for intake, replaced the cooler fans on the Noctua Nh d15 with 2 x 2000rpm 140mm Noctua fans and have 1 2000rpm Noctua on the rear for exhaust. I also delided my cpu and have seen 30° C drop in max temps.

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome processor. Has a perfectly balanced performance to power ratio, where it has 6 cores without hyper threading the L2 and L3 cache dont have a paging issue keeping up after clocking up past a certain point. The more you increase the clock and voltage the more performance it turns out. From what I can tell it has decent thermal compound, Im sure delidding and applying better paste would drop temps a little but I get pretty decent temps.

CPU Cooler

Very large, durable, and efficient. 5.0ghz on Core i5 8600k max temps of 86°. Very quiet, practically silent. Just make sure your case and ram are compatible for clearance because this thing is huge. I did have to swap out the 1st push fan for a 120mm Noctua fan, but it honestly didnt make any difference. It helped with the clearance problem above the Ram modules and allowed me to put my side panel on. If your buying this cooler I would suggest getting a larger model ATX full case for your build.

Motherboard

Very surprized by this board. I wasnt expecting it to be as sturdy, and have the overclocking capabilities that it does. Its basically a Aorus Gaming 5 with 1 less Nvme slot and little slower ram speeds. There is a slight whinning noise in the headphones while gaming during load screens but once in the game its not distinguishable. I love the board, all the benifits of the Gaming 5 but saves a little money and so much better then the Gaming 3.

Storage

Awesome read write speeds. Became corrupt after 3 months, but Adata has pretty much a hastle free 5 year warranty on these. I didnt know there was a warranty but Im so thankful it does. Waiting on my replacement now, should take about 10 days.

Video Card

Monster, simple as that. I have it under clocked and it still hits 1996mhz on boost clock. Never hits temps above 76°. Has passive fans to save power, plus the RGB looks awesome.

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Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, now go ahead and do the laundry. ;) Also, that is some really hi-fi fan orientation in pic #2.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah we were in the middle of moving. The pics at the end with the floating desk are after the move. As far as the fans go, 4k gaming peaks around 80-84°C. So lately I have been removing the side panel just during gaming and achieve temps around 70°C. The case looks good but its cooling is not the greatest. I have a better case, its older but I think I may switch.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the Meshify C, it has the best cooling performance and as we can see, you have plenty of fans at hand. It costs about 85 bucks. I personally think a case like the Meshify equipped many, many Noctua fans is a setup that is gonna stay great for a decade.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the info. I looked into quite a few mid towers, and that one in particular does not have an optical bay. Plus Im a big fan of the space that the full towers give me. I have an older case here that my old Amd build was in and it has awesome cooling performance but its dated and offers very little as far as front usb 3.0, card readers, and cable management. I really cant complain with the new case to much, any system running AAA games at 4k 60fps with vsync is going to run warm. I dont see temps above 80°c and my i5 8600k is at 4.6ghz, and my gpu is at 2.0ghz. Those temps are all within reason for the load.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that's true, old cases have a thing to them. And yeh the Meshify C does not really give much space, it is a cramped up system. I like that, strictly my own opinion, because it does not leave any other room to spare, which full towers do of course. And just because an optical drive is necessary to you, I think you should look into Rosewill or Silverstone cases. And one question for you, you said the CPU sits at 4.6 GHz, so you did not overclock it a lot or what?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I did, it held 5.0ghz completely stable. 4.3ghz with turbo on, so I gave it a little more juice. V-core 1.22. Lower temps, no throttling, and it beasts 4k gaming without bottleneck. The awesome thing about the 8600k is it has 6 cores and six threads and a perfectly balanced performance to power ratio, there are no extra threads to impede on the L2 and L3 cache so it keeps giving more performance as you give it voltage. Unlike the i7 which starts to loose the higher the clock and voltage. The L2 and L3 have extra threads to run per core so it does loose performance in higher clocks and just gains heat. 4.6-4.8ghz on the i5 8600k adds so much processing power without needing much more v-vore or giving off heat. So its really just that kinda sweet spot I found.