Description

Hey everyone, this is my 4th self built computer, but the last time I built one was in 2011. This new build was made with gaming as well as multitasking in mind. The intent to go with the theme of white and purple lights was made after owning a real nicely colored watch of the same colorway. So far I have not pushed it much do to not having a game I specifically want to play, but my intent was to keep all options open ie. streaming, video editing, gaming, and vms.

Building the computer was not as easy as everyone in my social circle made it out to be. It felt around the same level of complexity as when I built a computer back in 2011 and even further back in the early 2000s. The first issue I ran into with these specific items were two standoffs for the motherboard that were preinserted in the NZXT were angled. It was frustrating and caused a lot of second guessing, until I removed the standoffs and reinserted them. Another annoyance was with the H100i CPU cooler that has thermal paste on it, but when putting the AMD brackets on... the plastic cover over the thermal paste would not go back on. This caused me to have to suspend the part with the thermal paste somewhere safe while mounting the radiator and fans. If you are AMD and using this, remember to worry about the mounting bracket last so you can keep the plastic covering the thermal paste on. Last little thing is the color of the G.Skill RGB does not sync the same color with the MB using Aura.

Right now the only things I feel like I want to consider are 2 more matching white Corsair fans to replace the NZXT stock case fans and maybe some cable mods to make the power cords look streamlined. At the end of the day, I think this computer looks beautiful compared to the ones I have built in the past.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Overall great experience working with this. The only hassle came as an AMD user, I boneheadedly removed the plastic covering the thermal paste making my installation of the radiator more challenging.

Motherboard

I did not have any issues working with this motherboard while putting all the pieces in place. The only thing may be due to the software for RGB syncing. The ram I used did not sync the same color ie. one was blue and one was purple.

Case

Outside of 2 of the standoffs being slanted causing me an extra 30 minutes of struggle, this case met my expectations. It is very clean looking and was overall easy to work with.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 6 points

Put the gpu in the top slot, so you can use it at it's full potential.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh thanks for that tip! Did not realize there was a difference!

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

The difference is negligible. If I were you I'd do whatever you think looks better.

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

^ not true.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking build. Is there any way to fix the small color sync of the MB?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I am looking into it at the moment, will let you know if I figure something out :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the color theme

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I have been having issues with that AIO cooler. First time, I update the device's firmware, the update hung and failed (I let it sit for over an hour because I didn't want to reboot during the process). Upon reboot, the cooler's fans spun at 100% for the rest of it's life. I had to RMA (which was a debacle unto itself, I had no PC for almost 6 weeks) and eventually got a new one. I mis-clicked and accidentally opted to update the firmware again and, once again, the update failed and the fans spun at 100% constantly. Luckily, when I rebooted, the fan spinning stopped, however, I would get the windows notification sound of a USB device being plugged in / unplugged incessantly, literally every 20 seconds. I had to go into sound settings to disable that sound. Now, about once a week while gaming my cooler's fans will, out of nowhere, shoot up to 100% and never go back down until I reboot. I just don't have the energy to RMA again. Hope you have better luck!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't run into any issues with the AIO so far. I wish you the best!!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! Well done!👍

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

which m.2 slot did you put your NVME in? i just bought that mother board because i also have the H510 and the top m.2 doesn't have a heatsink but the bottom does, just wondering if you know if it makes a difference

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

how are the temps both idle and under load?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Can you post the specs of your computer? Like FPS and how it runs on games. Thank you!