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The Hive Build: Evolved

by TheLoru

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Original configuration: I've been using a Ryzen 7 1700x with a single GTX 1080 for most of this year in the Meshify C case with a only minor aesthetics, but I decided to take advantage of different sales and the RTX launch to scale up to SLI for something a bit more powerful.

Meshify Fit issues: Starting with the Meshify C by Fractal, I immediately had fit issues. The case is slim, so long cards like the Strix will conflict with front-mounted rads. While the Meshify C fits top-mounted rads as exhaust at up to 240mm, if you have a Gigabyte Mobo, it won't fit either (RAM clearance becomes an issue due to how far north Gigabyte puts their RAM modules vs how low they are on ASUS motherboards). I decided on a 140mm NZXT x42 for purely aesthetic reasons (a Corsair 140mm cooler would have been a much more economic choice) and cools my Ryzen 7 with no issue.

2018 Strix GTX 1080 SLI upgrade: Following the launch of RTX cards, second-hand GTX cards have become more affordable. I decided to pick up a second Asus Strix GTX 1080 to add to my existing build. The Meshify C fits 2 Strix cards in SLI very well. Because there is enough height in the meshify C, I was able to put a 140mm fan directly in front of the cards. I went with Noctua primarily for sound. .

Overclocking: I easily achieved 3000Mhz on the TridenZ RAM with the Gigabyte K5a bios updates. The 1700x will reach 3.9Ghz at a comfortable voltage, but 4.0Ghz simply isn't stable. The Strix 1080s are overclocked to 112%

RGB: The fans are NZXT RGB Aer 120 fans (running off of a Hue+) so they can be controlled by the NZXT CAM software with the Kraken. I have had no conflicts of CAM with Asus Aura lighting or with G.Skills software, everything seems to working as intended. The RGB bridge is the Asus ROG RGB bridge, which I went with purely due to matching aesthetics. The photos unfortunately do not do the build justice....

Peripherals: The keyboard and mouse are both Logitech. The Logitech G Pro keyboard is perfect for small desks and the Romer G switches feel excellent. I picked up the G403 Wireless (which I don't believe is made anymore), and is identical to the current G407. Contrary to marketing, the G403 has the same wireless technology and indentation underneath for upgrades. As such, it works great with the Logitech Powerplay wireless charging mat.

Cables: The cables are custom, check out eBayer pntpcs, who did an amazing job on them. With a minor correction to the parts list, I recently changed out the 650W power supply and swapped in a 750W Corsair PS for the additional wattage overhead.

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iMoonTiger 5 points 6 months ago

I actually love everything about this build. Literally everything. Even the compensations for potential incompatibilities (like routing the AIO's tubes around itself, actually looks sick, and having 140mm rad so you could have room for your two 1080s, all inside a tiny case). Love it.

TheLoru submitter 3 Builds 4 points 6 months ago

Haha, thanks a ton! It took a ton of prep to ensure everything would fit the way it did. The second 1080 wasn't totally planned, but I accounted for the possibility of SLI GPUs with the 140mm rad in the original design.

iMoonTiger 2 points 6 months ago

WELL THAT'S A FEATURE AND A HALF IF I EVER SAW ONE

itstan 2 points 6 months ago

Ah heck yeah. +1

BunCactus 1 point 6 months ago

Clean build and love the color scheme +1

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I really love that color scheme!

MrThreePik 12 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Cool, single 1080ti probably the wiser, but not the sexier.

TheLoru submitter 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Well, if I were building something today, I would have definitely just chosen a single 1080Ti (or even RTX), but I already had the first 1080. With the current price of second-hand 1080s on eBay, adding a second one for $350 was hard to pass up.

DiilanP 1 point 6 months ago

Wow! Truly amazing build, so elegant and clean i love it! Really amazingly done, it fits all so neat n perfectly!

ColdConduct 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Awesome build! Color scheme looks great together.

Corns0up 1 point 3 months ago

I'm seriously considering this same build but with an asus radiator and rtx 2080s

Blezys 0 points 5 months ago

140 mm radiators on the 120 mm fan ruins the whole thing ...

ilandz 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

noooo, it looks cool and compact that way!

Twp89 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

he has a 140mm fan on the 140mm rad and the front bottom fan is 140mm

he has 120mm on the rear and top.

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