*MY first Official PC Build!
Finally made a much needed upgrade to my incredibly reliable ~3 year old Architecture Scool build, originally built by a friend. Primarily used it for 3D modeling softwares(Rhino, Vray, Revit, UE4) Adobe Suite, and plenty of gaming.
First, a bit of context. The Original Build was:
EVGA GTX 970 - later upgraded to the 1080ti SC2 because of the MASSIVE price drop EVGA SuperNova 650 psu MSI Skylake H110 Mini ITX Mobo wifi enabled Intel i5 6600k 3.9 ghz quad core CPU 32gb (2x16gb) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler Corsair AF 120 x 2 and AF 140 x 1 Fans Samsung EVO 250gb SSD (C: drive) Some old 500gb laptop HDD that my friend managed so squeeze into the 2nd 2.5" drive slot (game storage) All stuffed Inside the corsair graphite 380t case.
The build suited me quite well throughout college, with how demanding the different softwares i used could become. The case was great for when i needed to unplug the desktop and move between home and our studio on campus, as it had a built in handle and compact frame. The case's extremely open design with mesh panels on the front and sides allowed for exceptional airflow, so it kept cool even while under heavy load from rendering/modeling/drawing at the same time for multiple hours on end.
Since 2015, i've had to replace a failed motherboard, upgrade the cpu, and add more RAM(started with 2x8gb) to keep up with the heavy schoolwork demands. I managed to also nab the 1080ti SC2 whenever its price dropped heavily last summer, which brought my render times down dramatically. I began to find that a total of 750gb of storage wasn't alot, but I was pressed for space within the case to fit another drive - leading me to resort to an external 1tb. Now that i'm out of school and not as mobile with my PC, its time to overhaul!
Overall goals for the new build: 1. STORAGE - I got very sick of the continual process of clearing my drives of unwanted games and archiving older schoolwork 2. Extra Ram - (32gb to 64gb) to Run things like UE4 more smoothly/ help with texture streaming/ because gotta go fast/because more memory can never hurt/because why the hell not 3. Aesthetics - now that I see my PC as more than just a utility, I can make it look good. First step towards my dream battlestation. 4. Performance - better CPU and memory = better overall performance (since i still do Architecture work at home/personally) as well as better gaming performance and option to multitask, but only a little.
Since this was technically MY first build - given that my friend had done it for me the first time while I watched - I wanted to go all out and make something I was really proud of. I practically replaced every component aside from the OS, all my files/programs, and the 1080ti SC2(beast of a GPU) and brought them into the new build. Researching parts around my graphics card led me to the fractal design Meshify C case, which I came to appreciate after looking at a few other builds using it. From there, I decided to build a list around what was compatible with it and needless to say, I'm completely satisfied with my decision.
The Meshify was the perfect choice for my needs. 2 x 2tb hard drives gives me plenty of storage, and the space for 3 additional SSD's once my budget recovers ensures I have plenty of space for everything I need/want.
I cloned my old C: drive onto the new M.2(Macrium Reflect Free, worked like a breeze - took 40 mins to copy ~350gb of stuff including OS to the new drive.) I really underestimated how great 3200mb/s can be until I began running a few programs off of it. However, I ran into a slight problem post-boot, where the remaining 650gb partition was left as "unallocated" and wouldnt allow me to extend the space of the C: to the full capacity of the M.2. Creating a new simple volume in disk manager requested that i formatted the drive - which I didn't want to do. I read that many others came to the same issue, but this article was able to resolve it with a free version of AOMEI Partition Assistant.
As for the case itself: Everything fit PERFECTLY, aside from a bit of cramming in the back(Probably due to the extra wiring from the sleeved Phanteks cable extensions). Luckily the Meshify has a pretty big cable management channel with 3 velcro straps that really helped keep all of it packed in. I had to shove the CPU and GPU power cables in the small space between the 3.5" drive sled and the PSU, but otherwise Id say I managed the mess of cables pretty well. The 3 NZXT fans' control cable was difficult to route to the Hue+, as it was just not quite long enough in a few earlier configurations. I managed to make it work but the cable is going to have to be accounted for once i add some SSD's. Luckily the built in full PSU shroud gives the Hue+'s control block somewhere to sit, though i dont have anywhere to actually fasten it(yet). The case also includes large rubber mounted cable management cutouts that make it easy to route cables into the back, as well as hold the heavier sleeved extensions in place.
Upon completion, it finally dawned on me that I wont have internet due to the mobo not being wifi enabled. I don't exactly have the option or desire to run an ethernet cable all the way to the other end of my apartment, so I ordered a USB wireless adapter. I couldnt find any PCIE wireless adapters that suited me, since they're all butt ugly and would ruin the aesthetic inside of my case, so i was fine sticking with USB.
-Better Pics and updated Stats to follow soon.
Please let me know what you think of my first actual build!!
the lighting effects on the cooler head are AWESOME. So many effects to mess with really help you to customize your look.
Comes with a patch of thermal compund pre placed on the center of the cooler, which helps evenly distribute cooling across the CPU. Radiator is open enough to allow airflow to pass through, which allows for multiple cooling options.
only reason i didnt give a 5 of 5 is due to the fact that the cooler can't be flipped about the CPU to allow for different configurations. the supply and return tubes coming out of the cooler are just a tad too close to my ram slots and squish them a little bit, which could've been prevented if I could live with the text in the logo being upside down. I hope future models have a slimmer profile for the tubes' fasteners...
Love the look of these Powerhouses. the RGB is vibrant and dynamic, and the brushed metal finish makes you wish RAM was mounted sideways.
However(maybe its just me) i cannot for the life of me get Aura sync to work. I've never physically been able to open the software yet(tried getting it offline and from the CD that came with my Prime Z370 mobo. It always stops working before it actually opens, so for now i cant get anything but a rainbow wave style color scheme.
Will update if i can get it to work.
Saves clunky oversized 3D models in seconds. Was a bit of a pain to set up(Had to use AOMEI Partition assistant FREE to extend storage into the 630gb unallocated space leftover after copying my 350 gb worth of OS/C: drive from a previous build) but afterwards it runs incredibly smooth.
Highly recommended. its incredible that a stick of gum sized drive can hold so much and read/write so fast.
Update: after using for a while and running a few games off of the drive, i can happily exclaim that i no longer am subjected to loading screens. They just come and go too quickly!
Does exactly what an HDD should do. Great price for 2Tb worth of space, and not too loud (using Meshify C case; drives are held behind PSU shroud and i dont hear them, ever.)
Beast of a Card. Any new game i boot immediately sets itself to ultra settings if i choose to do automatic setup.
Its too bad most cases don't allow(minus a horizontal GPU adapter) for front facing GPU's, the silver fan housing is so pretty and somewhat of a shame not to show off.
Regardless - Great card.
Amazing Case. Perfect for a tricked out ATX build.
Coming from the corsair graphite 380T (looks like a spaceheater), that had excessively efficient cooling, i can say that the Meshify's openness still flows air through pretty substantially. The front panel works well being used as an intake while the back and top are exhaust. with 6 120mm fans all of my components are running quite cool. Mesh front panel comes with a rather thick(in a good way) foam dust filter that doesnt hinder airflow, and it even has a full length dust cover on the bottom!!!
The actual design of the case is great - The inside panel is a bit tight but aesthetically i prefer everything to be closer together than overly spaced apart. The moderately sized cable management channel and cutouts w/ rubber grommets made it ridiculously easy for a first time builder like myself to manage all of my cables cleanly - even with sleeved phanteks extensions. You would barely know there are cables in your build, with how many routing options you're given.
It did require some extra effort when fitting all of the cables between the PSU and the 3.5" drive sled, but i was able to make it work by shifting the sled closer to my front fans. The drive sled unfortunately blocks 1/2 of my 3rd fan at the bottom of the case, which reduces its effectiveness a bit. This could've been avoided had i done a bit of extra research chose to go with 2.5" SSD's instead - which fit on a bracket that covers the cpu cooler bracket on the mobo. I'm not too worried about it, since it never hurts to blow a little bit of cold air onto drives and any areas stuffed with cables, and since the other half of the fan still gives some air above the PSU shroud. I like that the case gives you the option to remove part of the PSU shroud for different builds, as a full shroud would really lock you into certain configs. I'm satisfied with how i have it put together now, and don't think i will be removing the 3.5" drives, even if i add some SSD's in the future.
I am glad that I chose to go with the clear TG panel rather than the dark. Judging from pictures by other builders, the full sized glass panel w/o tint really shows off alot more than the dark, which tends to mask components and illumination. However, i imagine that is all up to personal taste.
Overall great case.
To summarize, Airflow is solid. Cable management options are exceptional. Can be a bit tight but just asks for more patience/ingenuity. Tesselated mesh panel is a nice beauty feature Easy to manage tweaks/additions if you need to get back into the build post-completion.
I love it!! highly recommended for any ATX builds.
Upgraded to this guy from the EVGA Supernova G1 650 80+ gold, which was already an amazing model that still works fine to this day. Upgraded to this newer G3 750 since my current recently completed build was using 80% of its wattage cap, and i like to keep a few hundred watts for safety/upgrade potential.
Given that my G1 650 was already amazing, I cant imagine getting any less out of this model. Theyve upgraded the look of the PSU from this ugly textured siding to a cleean formed metal look, which is nice for those who are working without a PSU shroud. Also, it includes an Eco mode, that conserves fan usage and saves you energy/noise pollution(though i've never really heard much from the fans yet).
Everything you would want, expect, and need out of a 80+ gold fully modular PSU. Bought it at $89.95 and even i feel like i'm ripping EVGA off a bit. Comes in a nice box, with its own cloth storage bag and additional bag for the unused modular cables.
Cables themselves are very well made and sleeved. They were very easy to pre-bend into shape to fit into my cramped Meshify build, and fit just fine even with Sleeved white cable extensions.
I definitely Recommend any of the EVGA SuperNOVA models.
Quiet, beautifully made, sturdy, and offer a good amount of illumination.
Only complaint is that one of my 3 had its corsair sail sticker applied poorly to the front.. when it spins the black sticker on clear illuminated fan makes it seem as if the fan is seconds away from flying off of its frame. I'm a tad hesitant to remove it knowing how well stickers like to act when removing/reapplying... I would only take off half a star for this buuuuuut i kinda cant.
However, the other two of three were applied perfectly, and look sharp. i set them to full speed recently just for the heck of it, and they actually aren't too loud when at full blast. They move alot of air for 120's.
Highly recommend these fans!
They can hold their shape if you bend them into place and hold for a few seconds, making it very easy to turn corners/ go for a specific look. Included with the cables are some(wish there was a few more) clear cable combs for each sized cable, which are easy to place and move.
Highly recommend these, if you can manage to fit extra cables into your own build. These are not intended to replace the PSU cables, so it requires a bit of extra cable management skill to include these.