It was a spare dvd cover I had laying around and it fit.
I was replying to someone who deleted their comment :P
Yes! You have the build bug now. If you get an itch that you need to scratch, try messing with older cheaper hardware. I do it all the time when I need to tinker and usually sell to friends/coworkers/family at their request.
Why? So it can look like every other build on this site? LOL.
OP: I think this is a very clean build and you can really tell you took your time to do it all right. Congrats! It looks great! +1
It fit just fine with plenty of room to spare. Good luck with your Dell :)
Most of your comments are you asking people "why did you go with X instead of Y?". Do you ever have anything positive to say?
To OP: Awesome build! I'm also curious about the display on the power supply shroud!
Yeah bro, the bracket that supports the 5 1/4 drives can easily be removed!
Very cool! I love the fake grass, where did you get it?
with the 80->92mm fan upgrade, I just put the 92mm fan up to the 80mm mount on the outside of the case and used a sharpie through the fan blades to make marks on the case where i would need to dremel out for airflow. I did the same thing with the sharpie to make the holes for the screws. After the cuts, just use some of that u-channel you bought to cover up the rough edges and you're all set.
Looks like you're going to have a neat little build. I would like to see it when you're all finished. Are you using that hole saw to install a 120mm fan in the top?
I haven't found one that doesn't support 16gb of ram. Should be fine :)
Congrats! These pc's are a lot of fun to play with. My only word of advice would be to be careful with what cables you plug in and remove from the motherboard as these Dells love to throw bios errors for anything out of the ordinary. For example, if you install a soundcard and then install the hd audio from the front panel to the soundcard, you will get an error every time you boot because it sees that it's missing the front panel connector on the board.
Yes, I had to cut and drill holes for the larger fans.
Awesome! I love slapping graphics cards in these older hp/dell machines and cleaning them up. I'm currently using one myself as my daily driver and loving it! +1
Nice username :D
The board and GPU were chosen purely from a budget standpoint and I just went with whatever was cheapest. I sold this PC awhile ago but I remember the board being pretty good... I think I had a 4.9ghz overclock on the 2500k if i remember correctly. All of the different 1060 models should perform the same for the most part. Basically the differences in models are the acoustics and temperatures so just get whatever you like the most :) Good luck!
Thanks! The metal that I cut was kind of tricky. If you notice the rubber u-channel I used to cover the edges, I had to cut right, then down, then left because the way the case is designed wont let you just outright remove it. I think I did use my dremel, that or my 4" cut-off wheel. I do recommend the rubber u-channel to clean up the edges as well.
You are correct! I used the tool I mentioned in the description and a drill for the upgraded fan mounts :)
Thanks! I edited the description to explain that, haha. I know what you mean, I get the same way about the board filling up the case! :) All of the components came out of a Cooler Master Elite 130 build that I have and didn't want to risk messing up painting that case, so I used this cheap one instead xD
These were parts that I already had and migrated from another case, Thanks for the comment!
I too loved the case and plan to do another build in it again soon. I have since sold this PC and don't have it anymore but I didn't notice the case scratching. The reason it looks like it's swapped is because this case was meant to be inverted but I didn't really like it that way so I just switched the top & bottom panels around and viola! Now it sits this way :) I liked it much better with PSU on top instead of bottom.
I agree... you can't tell what's going on with so many close-up pics of parts... would love to see the whole thing.
it's a 92mm fan.
3200mhz but I could only get it stable with 2933mhz.
Nice and clean! Good job +1
I think going with a sfx psu in this case is a great idea, since normal atx psu's always look questionably close to the gpu as you mentioned.
+1! Awesome looking PC! Good pictures and a great description. I am really digging that case and you are right that a window would look great on it. I have cut out a few side windows in my days and with the right tools, it's pretty easy. I don't blame you for sticking with a CPU that your brother has had success with, since it is your first build it's better to play it safe. Ignore all the DUHH SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT G4560 OR RYZEN DUHHH as those comments plague any FX series build these days. For a first time builder, this PC looks like you have got the skill down! Congrats!
May your framerates be high, and your temperatures low
I can't remember if it came with the exhaust fan but yes, it does come with the front 120mm blue led fan :)
Wow, thanks for taking the time to be supportive and helpful in your post eyeroll
To the builder:
Even though the part choices are a little dated, as you know, it still is a great looking Rig! The 8370 would be a solid choice for a cost-friendly upgrade as I saw one on eBay for $95 the other day. Keep in mind that you'll need a better cooling solution for the CPU as well. Btw that case is awesome :)
There is always a guy like you on a build like this.
He literally said he doesn't recommend his PC and that others should go with Ryzen 3. Don't you think he knows this... Or did you not read the description? You're not really in a place to tell someone they made a bad buy, especially when you're gaming on integrated graphics. LOL.
AWESOME BUILD! I'm a big fan of the 1050 Ti and that is a neat case. +1
Woooo awesome build! It's so clean and looks great! I really like what you did with the GPU and the Noctua fans. Kinda got my gears turning.... I can hear my wife now....
8+2 power phase :) I agree! The case also came with 5 120mm fans, can't beat it!
I was hoping to see some of the outside of the case, but the interior looks great.
I used an H7 on a stock Ryzen 7 1700 for a customer build and temps were low 60's under stress.
I used the stock cooler for a 3.8ghz overclock on the R5 1400 with temps in the 60's under load. Stock cooler is acceptable unless you're doing extreme overclocking, even then you would need to be on X370 to squeeze out the most from the chip. If you're on B350 I wouldn't worry about it. Don't spend money unless you have to.
It came with it.
A no-nonsense build, looks very good! +1
The latest xbox one controllers have bluetooth which is used to connect to the PC.
Awesome build! I really like that case. BTW what desk is that? I love it.
I received a confirmation that my AM4 bracket was on its way on 04/24/17 and received it the following week. Did you ever receive a confirmation e-mail?
Thanks for that info!
I got the idea from someone on reddit awhile ago and it dawned on me when I was staring at the large black PSU shroud that I was dying to do something with, lol. It's a great case, highly recommended especially if you get it for the usual sale price of $40.
Thanks! It was a great case. I have since sold this build and i'm thinking of picking it up again down the road.
That's weird, I have added GPU's and sold several OptiPlex 390's and never noticed a proprietary 24 pin connector on the motherboard or PSU. Yes the system accepts 16gb no prob. I remember reading somewhere that the motherboard will only accept 8gb max in Dell documentation but all of the one's I use get 16gb and work fine :)
The PSU had a 24 pin connector.
This is really special, very impressive and original! Thank you for sharing.
Great build! This case has a really good layout. I have also built in 2 different DIYPC cases and I love them for the price I paid. This case might be my next! Thanks for sharing.
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Yes, I have had my eye on it for quite awhile now... almost purchased when NewEgg was offering 10% off but I missed the deal :(