Description

I am using it for everything! Gaming, business work, and web browsing.

Just put it together on 6/12/2018, but I have been buying parts periodically whenever I found a good deal.

I am playing on a QNIX QX2710 27" 1440p Monitor OC'd to 110Hz. I am buying a Dell S2417DG later tomorrow locally for $230 to replace it, as I don't really like the huge size of a 27" monitor, and much rather prefer 24". Just got the Dell S2417DG. Good GOD. 165Hz with G-Sync. Does life get any better?

Also my case is not as silent as I hoped; on idle it is pretty bad. I am pretty sure that my PSU is the culprit, as my CPU cooler is supa quiet and my case fans are quiet as well. I will be replacing it with an EVGA SuperNOVA P2 850W PSU that I will buy soon for $40. Fans settings in the BIOS were crazy. CPU fan was set to 1600RPM all the time and case fans were at 1000-1200 RPM all the time. Once I dropped them down, it is virtually silent at idle. At load it is pretty quiet, minus the PSU, but that issue will hopefully be resolved soon. :)

All of the pricing is what I paid for each and every one. The i7 8700, DDR4 RAM, PM961, 850 EVO, GTX 1080, and PSU were all bought used. The CPU Cooler, Motherboard, Case, and Case Fans are all new. Windows OS is activated, and I am using Windows 10 Education 64-bit from my university for free.

Part Reviews

CPU

Simply amazing. Crushes everything. No need for any OC'able chip. I was originally going for an i5-8400 for $160 new, but my parts guy hooked me up.

CPU Cooler

I did not want to use the stock cooler for obvious reasons, so I looked for the most quiet CPU cooler that was cheap, and this one is great!

Motherboard

I love the black and silver design. I especially love the fact that it has 2 M.2 drives, as I do not use any 2.5" or 3.5" drives. Probably the best B360 "budget" motherboard.

Memory

I wanted 4 DIMMs so that my build would look complete and uniform, and well, it does. Bought it used from eBay.

Storage

NVMe is ridonkulously fast. This one is super cheap, as I got it used from my parts guy. I was seriously considering doing a RAID 0 with another one of these I have, but I wouldn't have much space left for games...

Storage

850 EVO. 250GB. Not much to say here. Fast drive, and enough storage for me. Bought used from r/hardwareswap.

Video Card

Amazing graphics card. I bought it used from r/hardwareswap, and it still has full warranty intact till 2020. I'm not really into OCing, but I got 100+ Core and 314+ Memory Clock stable on Unigine Valley and Heaven. I won't be playing it on that, as my temps go to 74C and at a fan speed which I can hear, and I prefer silence.

Case

I just love this case. Beautifully minimalistic, just what I was going for. Airflow is... cute. It is very well built and the size makes for a clean and well proportioned mATX build.

Power Supply

Gold Fully Modular PSU. 550W. Would not recommend getting this for a build that would be a huge load on this PSU if you care about noise. Even on idle it is bad, but it may just be an issue from the specific unit I have. I have not had any stability issues or anything like that. Wish the cables were flat. Bought used from r/hardwareswap.

Operating System

Windows 10 Education 64-bit. Nothing much to say here. Got it for free from my University.

Case Fan

Got 5 of these for my case. Here is my orientation: 1 for Intake Behind CPU Cooler. (CPU Cooler pushes air away towards front of case.) 2 for Intake underneath GPU. 2 for Exhaust in the front of the case. (As InWin meant for it to be used.) No complaints, they are very quiet, hence the name. I love the branding and aesthetic. Bit expensive, but I saved some $ in other parts, so figured I'd ball out on these. Since my mobo obviously doesn't have 5 fan headers, I used 2x4-pin splitters.

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

how are the temps?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad, as I have used up all of the case fan slots.

Under full load benchmarking 30+ min, GPU goes to 71C, which is a bit high with 2 intake fans and the Twin Frozr VI heatsink, but it stays underneath 50% fans, so basically silent if you're next to it, so no complaints.

i7 8700 goes to 70C max under stress testing.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

np :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful and elegant non-rgb rig. +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

lol I was going for non-rgb

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe, me too ;) don't like rgb and aio coolers trends. PS: I see now to your rear fan is mounted on the wrong direction. this fan should to exhaust hot air from case. you should check your cpu fan too. just my 2 cents.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right, however...

InWin set up this case for the front to be the exhaust, so I made the rear an intake and blow air towards the front through the CPU cooler so that all of the hot air would leave from both the PSU above the CPU cooler, and the front exhaust (through the side Hexagonal vents)

https://www.in-win.com/en/gaming-chassis/301

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

oh I see, that make a sense :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. No coil whine ?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think there might be, but I never noticed it because of headphones. Not sure if it is the GPU or something else.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you ever replace your psu with the EVGA P2 805W? I was thinking of getting this case with the EVGA PS2 750W but it said the maximum psu length is 160mm, while the the EVGA P2 psu length is 165mm.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I have replaced it with the P2 850W. :)

In order for it to work, you will have to sacrifice the hard drive cages. :(

I don't use hard drives, so it works with me, but if you can't remove the HDD cages, I'm not sure if you would be able to make it work.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I might have to look for another case then since I do have HDDs.. Thanks tho :D

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

So did this help with noise at idle?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! The 850P2 PSU is overkill for most builds, especially mine, so fan noise is virtually nonexistant at idle.

Full pc load for me might be over 50% load on the PSU, which helps decrease the noise levels on the PSU side, although temperature is still a big factor, especially in this case which has terrible airflow.