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THANK YOU FOR THE FEATURE!

Ten years ago on October 4, 2009, I learned that one of my best friends from high school had died in a car accident. We hadn't talked as much since graduating, but while we were in school, he was the one who encouraged me to build my first PC in 2004. It was an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ with 1 GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon 9800 PRO.

I built two other systems since then, one in 2006 and then started watercooling in 2012. All three were very blue. You can find the 2012 build here

Yesterday, exactly a decade later, I finished my fourth PC after about a month of building. It's the second one I've watercooled, and the first one that isn't blue. Everything worked right out of the box and leak testing was a success. I'd like to think I had some help along the way.

Many of the parts I already owned: namely the PSU, monitors, peripherals, and water pump. Below are my impressions of the new parts:

Case: Coming from a Corsair Obsidian 650D, I wanted something with a smaller footprint. I really like the aesthetic and internal layout of the Meshify C, and it was a fun challenge to fit two cross-flow radiators in it. The front fans are slim Noctuas mounted externally from the case frame to give more internal clearance. Standard thickness fans would not have cleared the front mesh, and I didn't want to cut any of the plastic. I had bought 3 Chromax fans for the top (2) and rear, but the rear wouldn't fit with the tube coming out. My only real gripe with this case is that the glass side panel is mounted with thumbscrews.

CPU: Eight cores and sixteen threads at a lower TDP than my old i5 3570K. Ticking all the boxes of a great upgrade.

GPU: Speaking of great upgrades, my old GTX 970 was not cutting it when it came to pushing pixels to a 27" 1440p 144Hz monitor. This 2070 Super XC Ultra should be able to handle what I throw at it no problem.

RAM: My first 3 builds used Corsair memory. In fact, this is the first build that has zero Corsair parts in it. The heatspreaders on this ram look sharp, and literally are sharp. The LEDs are uniform and easily manipulated using Asus Aura.

Mobo: I was considering an MSI board but for the third time ended up going with Asus. The chipset fan doesn't sound anywhere near as loud as I had expected, the aesthetic looks pretty cool, and I used the yellow and gunmetal accents on the PCB as the basis of this build's color scheme.

SSD: Boot times are incredible with this NVMe drive. 500GB isn't a whole lot of space nowadays, but I plan on adding a less expensive, 1TB drive in the second M.2 slot to use as storage, while the Samsung will be solely for OS and applications.

CPU Block: Looks great, cools well, but the mounting hardware never seemed to fully bottom out at the end of the threads like I would have expected. CPU idles at about 30c.

GPU Block: Same deal. Looks great, keeps the GPU under 30c at idle. Mounting again was a little tricky. EK instructions aren't great, and the fact that they put 5 different types of screws in a single bag doesn't help either. The manual said to use all of the same type, but clearly some holes needed longer screws.

Radiators: I won't use anything other than HardwareLabs. Fit and finish are spectacular, cross-flow really helps with draining in a vertical orientation, and very little if any flux leftover from the manufacturing process.

Fans: After treating fans as an afterthought with my previous builds, I went with the best of the best and tried out Noctua for the first time. Under 50% speed they are literally silent, and air is still moving through the radiator fins. Very impressive. The Chromax fans rubber corners are interchangeable, but I got the grey ones (not included) to compliment the color scheme.

Reservoir: This model comes in dozens of colors, and the D5 pump screws right into the base. My only complaint is that the clear acrylic tube was not cut at an exact 90 degree angle, causing it to appear slightly skewed when viewed at certain angles.

Fittings: Look great, match the colors perfectly. They're a bit difficult to screw the compression collar down, and end up turning the tube with it, so there was a lot of trial and error when getting tube runs lined up.

Tubing: Pretty flexible compared to traditional soft tube. The matte black is a perfect match for the blocks and Mobo.

Cables: Almost went with Cablemod, but their color selection is limited. Ensourced delivered a quality product and the colors match perfectly.

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  • 10 days ago
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Sorry to hear about your friend. Can we have an F in the chat?

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With utmost respect, I hereby place my humble F.

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F. Rest in peace fellow enthusiast.

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  • 4 days ago
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do you who know joe?

  • 10 days ago
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my god that's beautiful

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Thanks!

  • 7 days ago
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Wow, featured! Thanks for the support everyone!

  • 10 days ago
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Damn u should definitely get featured! Really dope build, +1

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Thanks!

  • 7 days ago
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You called it!

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this deserves more love, beautiful build

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Very neat and clean. Great color scheme with the subtle RGB on the ram to match the other yellow components. Nicely done!

  • 10 days ago
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Thanks. The ram have 8 LEDs each and you can control each LED individually using software. I might try to change the lights to match the color pattern on the 24 pin cable.

  • 10 days ago
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f***ing beautiful. I wish I had the money and knowledge to do a full water cooled pc

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Thanks. It does get pretty pricey once you add everything up. However I tend to keep my systems for 6-7 years rather than constantly upgrading, so in the long haul it ends up being worth it for me.

In terms of knowledge, I learned before my previous build by watching Linus Tech Tips olllld videos multiple times, from back in the NCIX days. There's tons of resources out there now, and it is a lot of info to digest, but the quality youtubers will cover all the necessary topics in enough detail to put you in the right direction.

  • 10 days ago
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Tubing looks lovely. Nice job.

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Thanks. I'm really digging the look of the matte black. I've seen more and more people using it lately, at least on reddit.

  • 9 days ago
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Pretty especially the matte tubes👌🏽👌🏽

  • 7 days ago
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Well deserved feature... This thing is gorgeous!!

  • 7 days ago
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So here´s someone that does soft tubing nicely. Great to see. Love ZMT. Nice job. And yes, that tube turning while screwing the fittings on is anoying as hell... :)

  • 7 days ago
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Thanks. The Swiftech fittings I used in my previous build had a LOT more bite to them so I was pretty annoyed at these, but still managed to make it work.

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AMAZING + CLEAN BUILD!

  • 5 days ago
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= AMAZING CLEAN BUILD

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Math checks out.

  • 7 days ago
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Holy crap that is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your journey and keep building!

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Beautifull build man! Really enjoyed the pictures of it. Nice color matching and component choices.

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Im savind these pictures btw they are stunning for new ideas and just because its looking beautifull man. Good inspiration

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Thanks. I must have looked at a hundred builds just to get ideas and inspiration myself. That's why sites like this exist!

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Stunning build, well deserved feature. Congrats! +1

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Thank you

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Wow +1! Great looking build.

  • 6 days ago
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Love the minimal rgb

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Gorgeous.

  • 5 days ago
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Story really touched my heart man, I of course didn't know the guy, but I think he would be pretty proud/happy to this build

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Thanks. I'm sure he would. I showed his parents and they loved it.

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That's probably one of the cleanest builds I've seen on here in a while. Love the loop & the TUF color scheme, great job!

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Thanks! I struggled with picking a color scheme at first primarily because most motherboards these days are just varying levels of gray. I'm glad it all came together the way it did.

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Love the build! May your friend rest in peace. By the way I'm going to use your build to make something similar one day!

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Thanks! I got plenty of inspiration from sites like this, so glad to pass it on.

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Beautiful build! How did you end up filling the loop with your res like that if I may ask? Looking to do something similar in my Meshify

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I rotate the case onto the front so the fill port is facing upwards.

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No words to describe how great this is! Respect brother!💪 I would love to see the entire set up!

  • 6 days ago
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I think if i built this, i'd go for...prettier fans. Noctua fans are great, but not the best looking.

Maybe beQuiet fans?

still a +1 tho

  • 6 days ago
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If you're talking about the classic poop brown fans on the front, the color doesn't show through.

I think the Noctua Chromax fans fit this theme better. Be Quiet makes great fans too, but from an aesthetic standpoint I don't like their frame design at all.

  • 6 days ago
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huh.

I guess the quality of noctua fans makes up for their poopy looks....

I do like the new LTT lineup, because it is their first all black lineup.

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Thumbnail looks great! Whats the FPS Average?

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Short Question:

How did you manage to get the fans in between the radiator and the outside of the case? i tried it once but couldnt close it afterwards.

the Noctua A12 is 25mm thick, exactly as thick as others are...

  • 2 days ago
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The front fans are the A12x15 - 15mm thick.

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Why'd you go with soft tubing?

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Mostly the matte black look, and ease of maintenance. Plus I'm not sure if I'd ever have the patience for hard tubing lol

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Still a nice build 1+

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Building a very similar build but I'd like to ask you what your opinion is on the soft tubing?

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EK ZMT in particular I found to be more flexible than traditional tubing that I've used. It may be the material, or the fact that this is slightly smaller tubing than my last build. The main issue I had was the tube not always staying in place as I was screwing down the compression collar. Turns out the inner diameter had some slight variances, so i just had to trim off a cm or so of tube and try again. The outside of the tube does have a slight texture to it, so if you try to wipe off fingerprints or whatever, it may grab some fibers off the cloth you're using to wipe with. One of those thin microfiber cloths that come with an eyeglass case is probably best.

  • 6 days ago
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I used some rubber handgloves, like the ones the doctors use, to screw the fittings in and mount all the tubing. The texture on the tubes catch mostly everything ;).

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I was looking at all the grades you've given so far. Has anyone ever gotten Virtually Wireless?

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No (they deleted the alt, this is my main)

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I'll take it!

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They deleted my alt Cable_Management_Police :(....

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I was lokking at the rules, probably for spam. Meh I had it for a day. But I will make a police alt.

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I shall be Paul Blart Official PCPP Mall Cop!

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