Description

Why? Well, my Alienware 17 R3 started having heating issues and started turning off randomly. I'm just tired of losing weeks of work because the laptop felt like turning off. Totally not reliable.

Budget: This started as a low budget build that be just enough to run a few games and run Unreal Engine and Maya. I really got carried away. Plan for 256GB SSD for OS became 500GB +1TB for another SSD. Plan for GTX 1060 became 2070 Super.

The Case: I was torn between Meshify and Mastercase H500. Two 200mm fans in the front for intake caught my eye. Bigger fans = More air with lower RPM = Less noise. So I went for it. Also you can literally hide everything under the power supply shroud and have no obstructions behind of the intake fans. Coolermaster mentions this will fit a 200mm or two 120/140mm fans on the top but their own megaflow 200 fan doesn't fit. Its too thick. At the top, there's space to fit a fan thats not more than 25mm in thickness. Coolermaster's fans are 30mm thick. I ended up getting Aerocool 200mm fan cos its only 20mm thick. I couldn't get a LED-less version of it. It came with blue LEDs that were just plain ugly. I cut the wires to the LEDs to kill the lights and mounted it on top. Also, the screws that came with the Aerocool fans are terrible and didn't fit the holes. I ordered rubber screws and got it mounted. I figure i would've been fine with a couple of 140mm fans but like I said, Bigger fans = More air with lower RPM = Less noise.

Processor: 2700X To be honest, I wanted 3600 so it can unlock PCie 4.0 on all the slots and get more single threaded performance but 2700X came with a pretty sweet deal. $140 for the processor and the cooler. With 3600 I would have to buy another cooler with LED. If you haven't noticed yet, I like RGB!

Heart of the Build: GPU: I wanted something that is not expensive and doesn't feel like a compromise. 2070 Super was perfect with a $499 price tag. Although, taxes and insurance cost me $600. I wanted a Founder's edition card because it looks elite than the other cards in my opinion. Initially, I wanted to mount the GPU vertically. Later on, I learned that if the vertical mounted card is too close to the side panel, it'll choke and performance will suffer. I did not want to take a chance. Not with this case. Maybe, if I got the Phanteks 400A I would have, but not in this case.

Unexpected Surprises: Ryzen came with 1 month of Game Pass which means I get to play Gears 5 and a few other games I missed. It also came with a choice of games. Borderlands 3 or Outer Worlds. I picked Outer Worlds. I heard its so good. 2070 Super came with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. I'm not a multiplayer person but I have a feeling I'll like the campaign. My PS4 Pro will rest for a while. (On a totally unrelated note, if you're waiting to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on the PC, just don't. Unless you got like 8 hours free time everyday for 2 months. When I was a younger, I would have loved it but with a day job now, I'll never be able to finish it. The game is just too long. I gave up when I read that the last mission of the game is a 6-7 hour story arc.)

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Uhhhhhhh what's with that light strip lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it gives it some character. May as well use the empty space :-)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I was wondering the same

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Light strip doesn’t bend to my will. Had to do something with it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The light strip looks awesome! These lots pcs all just look like boxes with some parts in it and yours stands out! I like it

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

imagine if that's the basic description of every single pc in existence.

"a box with parts in it"

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What about a testing bench?

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You will light me up when you plug it in

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

haha ur a thot

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

Surprised pikachu face

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

My friend posted this, I'm not a thot..

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

yea sure

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What software are you using to control the lighting on the Ram and the cooler?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

GIgabyte’s RGB 2.0. Controls all headers on the mobo. Also cooler master’s software for the cooler. They made the cooler so the software is available on their site.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I gotta say, I'm loving the look of this build. I'm building my first gaming PC and would love to draw some inspiration from this one. I'm hoping to be able to run Skyrim and such on the highest setting possible without losing FPS. Have you had the chance to test this build out on any games?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Will be running Gears 5 and Outer Worlds today. Wish I can run it all maxed out. I’ve been gaming since 2000 and played on all platforms. Never played at maxed out settings. I’ll test and get back to you.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I just tested this with Gears 5. All maxed out settings with ultra texture pack. This card did not break a sweat. Temperature was like 48 to 52. I’m sure Skyrim will work with all maxed out settings.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks for that! Can't wait to construct my build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The AMD Ryzen 7 2700X comes with a Prism Cooler... why pay for a Wraith one?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Catch. You're right. Cooler came in the box. I had problems fitting it so I was looking up Wraith Cooler installation videos and it got stuck in my head. Removed it now. Also updated my description!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! overall i like your build but it just seemed weird to build a cooler for me so, i thought i might mention it :D

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm concusses why people include windows in their parts list

this is a great build though xD

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

*confused

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Because there was an option to select OS and it adds to the cost..

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

can you link me the software for the wraith prisim rgb cooler's controll software

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it is the new Phanteks ones

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s the Phanteks Neon. Pictures don’t do it justice. It looks amazing in both static and multi colors. One drawback is that it cannot be cut or bent vertically.. It’s great if you’re only doing straight lines. My power shroud was breaking the line and bending didn’t support the angle. It’s kind of hard to explain. I did not know how to route it through the case and I bought only one. Maybe I’ll buy few more and update the build. Also you can only buy it through their site.

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