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First personal build. Wanted something for higher than 60fps at 1440p gaming (because screw 4k), and also needed a workstation that would speed up video editing. As you can see in the first photo, this PC is part of my "Portable" or "Mobile" desktop idea: to turn a desktop into a laptop. Got my PC, "laptop", and UPS all on that steel shelving on wheels. Check out my other completed builds to see how I accomplished the "Laptop" part of this.

Priced out ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, and Asrock builds, with near exact spec comparison. All with syncing argb. I was very surprised to find they were all the same price +/-$100 total. In all honesty, they only have minor pluses and minuses between them all, and they are all the same quality physically. I know a lot of people probably disagree, but that's the unbiased truth. It literally comes down to preference. To me, they all offered enough ports, and I decided ASUS was just badass. Not to mention the case I really was settled on happens to be ASUS ROG certified.

On another note, when building this computer, I wanted it as future proof as I could, and as low maintenance as possible. I prefer air cooling over water for this reason. A fan, especially a high quality one, will generally outlive a water pump. So water-cooling wasn't my favorite option. But with the heat-spewing i9-9900k, I needed some powerful air cooling. Noctua NH-D15 (LTT Edition).

But now I was limited by this CPU cooler, I needed a case wide enough for this monster. To which I fell in love with the Lian Li XL ROG. Also, this huge case had room for many, many fans. As if human nature, of course I'd wanna fill all those holes! Though the price tag of 10 fans was a tad annoying. And wiring them, and all their RGB was a literal nightmare.

I needed to make sure my RAM was short enough to fit under the CPU cooler as well, which limited my options for RGB ram. After installing, and finishing the build, I got super super lucky too, because the CPU cooler is literally touching the tempered glass side. If it was any bit bigger whatsoever, I would of essentially had to rethink my entire build.

Was able to overclock my graphics card to 2Ghz, and my CPU to 5Ghz all cores. My i9-9900k was stable at 5.1Ghz, though the temperatures at that clock didn't exactly scream "I'm gonna have a long life", so I dialed it back. Though, I'd say I definitely won the silicon lottery with my first personal build, which is an awesome bonus.

Overall, this build is way more then I needed, but I'm super glad my (now ex..) girlfriend let me spoil myself. And this thing will last me hopefully most of my life, and take anything I could possibly throw at it.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Wasted too much in RGB. Could’ve had a 2080ti at this budget.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

agree. some people are just totally mesmerized by it lol

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You're probably right. However I wouldn't blame just the RGB. It didn't make as much of an impact on final price as you'd expect. However, I certainly could of toned down on many other things. The vertical graphics card mount was way overpriced, and unnecessary. And I probably didn't need 10 case fans in general. Definitely didn't need this case either. Almost $300 and no fans included! Though admittedly I did fall in love with this case at first sight, so what can I say! I definitely knew a chunk of budget was going towards aesthetics going into this thing.

Also, it would seem I live in the least techie state in North America, so showing off a half-glass case, and bright dazzling lights, is quite a pleasant shock to guests. Kind of an "out-of-this-world" vibe you know? Admittedly, the RGB is only for photos and showing off to friends. I keep it off when I'm alone xD. Though I still find her just as beautiful whether the RGB is on or not, just a tad distracting when I'm focusing on video editing or something. Regardless, I wouldn't change my build if given the option to. I'm in love with it just how it is. Ultimately, I will say I wasn't shooting for raw performance only. Definitely wanted it to be something I could look over at and just enjoy. I do appreciate your insight and comment though.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

This is just beautiful, Did you mod the case for the vertical bracket or you just installed it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd heard a lot of good things about this particular vertical bracket. It was specifically designed to fit any graphics card. And it's greatest strength being that it keeps the graphics card farther away from the side panel than any other vertical bracket. Allowing actual airflow, and not suffocating the card against a wall. I did have to cut one tip off of a bracket piece, because it was interfering with the hot-swap drive bays in the back of the case. Seemed like a case problem, and I wouldn't blame the bracket though. However, there is one genuine problem this bracket has created. Yes the graphics card is farther away from the side panel than any other bracket allows, though it's actually TOO close to the motherboard now. At least in my specific situation, there is a USB front panel connector right behind the card, and the plug doesn't fit on the header because the graphics card is so close. Ultimately had to uncomfortably bend the header and plug downwards to fit under the graphics card. Though this vertical bracket isn't flawless in my situation, with my motherboard and my case, I'd still buy it again, and would highly recommend it. Your graphics card will thank you for the air.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I found a 90° connector for USB 3 on Amazon, looks janky, but works well

Edit: Cablecc USB 3.0 20pin Male to Female Extension Adapter Up Down Angled 90 Degree for Motherboard Mainboard (Down Angled) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FN1KW81/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_i_lSseEbK25DDTV

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Might actually give that a try! Appreciate it

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

extremely very godly nice.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Hopefully this beast wasn't the cause of her now being your ex

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Was wondering if anyone was going to think that. In a dark way, that would admittedly, almost be funny if that was the case. Though her leaving was totally unrelated. It's actually almost the opposite really, this computer is whats helping me get through the loneliness of being without her.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Very interesting build! At least for me. Finally have I found a build with O11 XL with AIR CPU cooler (and even a Noctua one!) plus a vertical GPU mount. I had an exact same setup in mind as I decided to not go for water, instead want a good and quiet air cooling and I really like this case. Question if I may - why didn't you go with the lian li vertical mount? I was cautious of the vertical GPU to CPU cooler clearance. In your built that fits well but it is quite close... Did you calculate that and how if you did? I wonder if it is thanks to that vertical mount or the GPU or the MB design? Or is that not an issue in general...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love the 011 XL. As for the lian li vertical mount, there are a few reasons I didn't try it. I had a hard time finding it in use, or any video reviews. In addition, I couldn't find any proof saying that it was compatible with the XL case. My understanding is that lian li are planning to make an 011 XL specific vertical mount, though haven't gone public about the progress, or whether they've even started developing it or not.

To add to my worries, I also believe the current lian li vertical mount mounts directly onto the bottom fan spots. This is also something I didn't want, as I really wanted the max number of fans possible, and I think it would of looked odd missing 1 or 2 of them. Or maybe all 3 bottom fans would be missing because the ASUS card is so big.

Had been looking for a decent solution and saw Jayz2cents video on YouTube about the CableMod vertical mount. Definitely got my attention, as it was designed to allow the graphics card as much air as possible.

And finally, if you look at the back panel of this case, conveniently in my last photo up top, there is a vertical PCIE cover. Not sure it's intended use, but if their future 011 XL vertical mount is supposed to work with this vertical mounting hole, you can clearly see that it will be putting the graphics card right against the glass, suffocating it. Though this is just speculation.

As for clearance concerns. I did have many clearance concerns with all these huge components. At the same time, I assumed it would all work, as this case is huge (XL), and also wide. I checked for RAM clearance under the CPU cooler, as well as the height of the CPU cooler. Not sure if the listed heights are entirely accurate, as this huge cooler is literally touching the side glass. If it was any taller, I couldn't of used it. Though when doing the clearance math, I should of had more room than this. And the listed clearance on the RAM height also didn't seem accurate, as the outer-most Noctua fan on the CPU cooler couldn't fit above my RAM. Had to use a random smaller fan in it's place, which can also be seen in the photos.

However, the clearance between a vertical graphics card and the CPU cooler, was not something I had even considered honestly. After getting all my components and starting to build this PC, I did start to get pretty worried, because that possible clearance issue became apparent. In the end, I do remember sighing loudly in relief when it all went together. And gazing on how close the two got, and thinking how lucky I was!

I'm not so sure this is something that can be calculated though. To find that measurement between vertical graphics card and CPU cooler is going to be totally, wildly different depending on so many factors. The vertical mount, the graphics card, the motherboard, the CPU cooler, and even the case all play into that specific clearance. I'd have to say, as long as you're not using a massive CPU cooler, you're probably good and don't need to worry. Though if you are planning on a huge CPU cooler, I'd say all you can rely on is either luck, or seeing what specific components people have tried and succeeded with.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot for the answer! I saw the vertical mount for XL from Lian li in the review from GGF Events on youtube, model O11DXL-1, see here for example https://www.caseking.de/lian-li-o11dxl-1-riser-card-pci-slot-blende-geli-821.html. It should be available in the US too. It looks you can choose positions of the GPU between the window and the MB. Interestingly it seems to help cool the GPU a bit better, i think i saw a few degrees benefit in the review from Gamers Nexus. And it does mount above the fans, limiting the rad thickness but for our case more than enough space. In the GGF Video he uses a GPU which is quite narrow. And i really hadnt found ANY built doing what you did / what i had in mind. Mostly it is an AIO for CPU and i thought that the clearance between GPU to CPU cooler might be why. I found some discussions on forums not giving a definitive answer but saying it can be tricky. From what Ive seen i think it should be fine though. :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey you're right, looks like Lian Li did end up releasing that XL vertical bracket. Didn't even hear about it. Even so though, it looks like there would be lots of extra bracket sticking out forwards from under the card if I have the card back against the motherboard. Though I give points for having the option to go forwards and back with the card. It looks sturdy and totally reliable. I see that it even sneakily mounts to the case at an additional spot, for extra support. Although, personally I think I'd still stick with the CableMod bracket, simply for aesthetic reasons and nothing else.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thought that was a laptop at first glance. Great build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It kind of is a laptop. Sorta. That was the idea 😂. Check out my other completed build, of that contraption that's on my chair. Everything's on that metal shelf with wheels, even the UPS down below, and can be rolled around as one unit pretty easily, anywhere in the house I'd like to go. Even have a high-grade extension cord attached, (that could support an entire RV camper), to allow me virtually anywhere that doesn't have outlet accessibility in my home. I can roll this monster to my chair, the dinner table, or next to my bed. Anywhere really. And I don't have to shut down between movements and unplugs, because the UPS gives me plenty of backup battery power to move wherever I want to go. It essentially is a laptop, with mobility as it's priority. Craziness huh? 😂

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Love the build! I'm looking to use the same case with the same CPU cooler... was it really that tight to fit in the Noctua NH D15?

I'm worried that perhaps a different motherboard might have a slightly higher CPU mount so that it doesn't fit; even fractions of a mm might mean it doesn't fit.

I noticed you replaced the second Noctua fan with a 120mm rather than 140. I guess the RAM would have raised the 140 too high?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks man. Yeah the CPU cooler is pretty close, but I would still recommend it totally. I've seen the clearance between CPU cooler and side panel anywhere from 0.5 to 2ishmm with this case, guessing, based off other builds I've seen. Not heard of anyone not being able to fit it. Unless you have some real oddity of a motherboard from an unknown manufacturer, I couldn't see you having much trouble here.

As for the second Noctua fan, I can't see fitting the second 140mm no matter what RAM you have. MAYBE if you can find some really short ram, without rgb or large heat spreader. But even then it'll be stupidly tight. Raising the second fan higher on the fins would be the obvious solution, though the side panel clearance doesn't really allow that option. Going with a 120mm is the best choice in my opinion. I also can't imagine that having a 120mm instead of the 140mm makes much of a temperature difference. I could see only 1-2C temp increase on CPU, if you're unlucky. Which is hardly note worthy. However, I would also recommend a 120mm with similar specs to the Noctua fan, especially in regards to rpm and dB rating. The random 120mm I slapped on there, is on the same header as the Noctua fan, and spins at higher rpms and make more noise. Kinda defeating some of the purpose of having a nice quiet Noctua beside it.

Ultimately, I would say go for it. Would love to see your final build, and if you've got any more questions while you're part picking or building, feel free to private message me and I can help the best I can. Good luck!

  • 20 days ago
  • 2 points

How are your thermals?

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

In regards to CPU, over-clocked to 5.1ghz, idle temp is at 35 degrees Celsius, and under full load she reaches 93 degrees Celsius. Though anything under 100 degrees Celsius is 'safe temps" according to Intel for this particular CPU, I still prefer to down-clock to 4.8ghz to stay under the 90 degree mark. Just makes me feel better I guess, though not necessary.

Doing everyday tasks, and even 2D, and light 3D gaming, I can keep the fans completely off, even the Graphics Card fans, because the huge heatsinks' passive cooling is more than enough on its own. So I'd say temps are great overall.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

ArrGeeBeeee lol