Absolutely stunning work! Well done!
True, mine is shorter although you should still have some clearance (granted it's about 5mm). Another possibility would be mounting a 240mm AIO up top. That's one thing I went into my build knowing, that I would pass on any triple fan GPUs for the sake of clearance.
I have an EVGA CLC280 in mine which does cut it close with the graphics card but still allows room for fans up top. The biggest difference between AIOs will probably be the included fans as most AIOs of the same size use the same pump and radiator. EVGA has a reputation for being loud because their fans spin at higher RPM but I swapped them out for Noctuas in my build.
Speechless. That is a work of art right there.
Here is what I was able to get it down to. I opted to keep your GPU around the same price point, but improve the card. You could, as an alternative, keep it at a 2060 but find a cheaper card. This is all without knowing exactly what you intend to do with this PC, looking only at price.
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First of all, this is how you want to put together your post. Second of all, yes you can save a LOT here. Your case and motherboard are on the expensive side, and there are cheaper options for a 2060 (or for the same money, get a 2060 Super).
For as much of it as there is, the copper really doesn't look overdone. And the matching mice and keyboards are a great touch! How are thermals given the size constraint?
They say money can't buy happiness, but I would think it's difficult not to smile with a build like that. Fantastic work with the tubing!
Me when someone labels their own build clean: "We'll just see about THAT!"
Also me: "Hey, that's a nice clean build."
Simply and clean. +1
The Dark Rock 4 cooler should be adequate and knocks some cost off. I also switched the power supply and case for cheaper (but good) alternatives. In the event that you can't get the sale price on the 9700K, I would recommend the 9700KF (no integrated graphics) as you will have a dedicated graphics card and should be able to save some coin over the 9700K.
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OCD on the logos kicking in in 3, 2, 1... Interesting build. I especially like the last pic.
Yup. Something like a 660p would keep the cost relatively the same. Not the fastest m.2 but hard to argue with the low cost.
Better to use 2 x 8 GB memory as opposed to 1 x 16 GB. It also lowered your cost a little. The Seasonic power supply is for the same reason - saving cost and still a good power supply.
Food for thought: you could get similar or better performance, especially with streaming, by going with a 3700X. It costs about the same as the 9700K but has 16 threads instead of 8 with the 9700K. The main difference is the 9700K boosts to 4.9GHz compared to the 3700X at 4.4GHz. Either one would be a good option though.
What do you intend to use it for?
The soft tubing looks too busy for my liking - would have been interesting to see with hard tubing. Just personal preference though... Nice system and congrats on the feature!
Motherboard and cooler have been great! Yes, this is used on a daily basis as a general purpose/gaming/photo editing pc.
Looks good! Nice pictures as well.
I like what I have seen from Bykski since I came across their distro plates - something I would definitely consider for a future build. How was it to work with? End result looks fantastic!
The building process is generally the same regardless of components, with some nuances for whatever specific case you choose. Those tutorials can still be very useful.
Youtube, youtube, youtube. Plenty of build guides out there to walk you through the process. Specific components might be different but the steps will be largely the same.
Interesting take on the tubing. Would love to see a frontal shot. Nicely done and congrats on the feature!
That looks completely horrible. Kidding! Nicely done! How much of a PITA was it to work with hard tubing?
In the part list. Last item.
Looks good overall. Just a minor suggestion to clean it up a bit - you could probably hide the cables on the right side of the motherboard (and the GPU cable) and bring them out through the cable cutouts. Not a major gripe but offering it as an option.
Just did a quick google search: https://www.quietpcusa.com/Streacom-ST-BC1-MINI-Open-Benchtable
Haha, I can believe it. I wouldn't consider that a major concern by any means, but they do look nice.
Sorry typed faster than my brain could keep up. Almost $300 motherboard....
Throwing this out there as a question for OP or anyone wanting to respond - this isn't meant as a knock on your choice at all: as a non-overclocker to this point, what makes an almost $300 worth the extra expense?
Cable combs perhaps, but really that's just being overly picky. White/black looks super clean!
Being picky, but as nice as the hardline looks, it would have been nice to see that used everywhere instead of the soft tube. That being said, it looks like that would be quite difficult with everything going on in the bottom of the case. Looks great regardless! +1
Ditto! But I'm really tempted to try on my next one.
I did see that! Very cool!
Incredible work to say the least. Takes quite a bit to make me read a full description of that length, but Metro... Metro will do it. I can't imagine the amount of time invested. Stunning.
Clean, clean, clean. Even the cable management in the back. I like. +1
Just enough RGB to add some nice accents. Talk about a close fit with the Vega and AIO. I thought mine was bad! Haha!
I've had no issues with mine thankfully. It's a night and day difference from my previous monitor. I suppose the market for g-sync monitors has changed now that some freesync monitors are g-sync compatible, but I'm happy with it regardless.
+1 for the lighting alone. I like the blue. Nice build - still ceases to amaze me how expensive the RTX cards are.
Well at that price, I can understand! I was looking at the price on your part list. Kudos for picking one up that cheap.
Small form factor has its challenges. Why such a monster of a power supply?
Clean and simple. +1
Tough call on graphics cards. I was lucky to get a 1080 before they stopped production but at this point I think your best option if you DO upgrade is to wait for some sales to hopefully grab something at a better price. That being said, it looks like you have a solid build and it would be awesome to see some other pics of it.
Looks good! I can attest to the tight GPU clearance as well, but it is a great case to build in.
Try a pic without the side panel on. The glass is giving reflections galore on that last shot.
I don't know that I would personally have the patience for a small form factor build, but I find them intriguing. Nicely done and just goes to show there's nothing wrong with reusing older generation parts.
Really nice, especially as a first build! Nothing I would change from your list.
A heck of a first build, congrats!
+1 for title alone
I basically did the same with mine except used the 280 instead of 240. Maybe overkill, but there's the benefit of being able to lower fan speeds as well. One thing's for sure - OP won't have to worry about CPU temps!
Nice all around. The Meshify is easily my favorite mid-tower case, but I agree on the limited GPU space - it was a tight fit for my 1080 as well.