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howkey
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Open AIR build

This is probably my 10th build (I have built my first pc almost 20 years ago) which I built two weeks ago. It all started by just buying a new nvme storage to my old rig and ended by changing cpu, mb, ram, case, fans and cooler :D

The goal was to have the best possible airflow for my CPU a GPU with lowest noise. I read and saw many reviews of my potential new pc case but every had some drawbacks to me. I like different layouts than most people, that was another "problem". I also don't like fancy rgb things EmojiI ended with two candidates Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M and Thermaltake Core P5. I choosed Thermaltake over CM because it was cheaper (~100 bucks less), affords more build apprroaches, it is better for eventual watercooling and the price included a pci-e riser.

Issues I found during installation
Installation manual is in A5 format? It is really small so sometimes was difficult to find what screw to use. And not everything is desribed easily, at least for less experienced people.
The case build quality is well overall but the back panel could be from thicker material to avoid "deflection". Also one hole for screw on the pannel doesn't align perfectly so more power is needed to fit it.
Another issue I had was installation the GPU horizontally. I did it as a last step and found very small space to put it to pci-e holder because of CPU cooler constraint.
Last thing to mentition is that inside the case you have less options for cable management (in comparision with my old Fractal Design Define S), to me not big deal.

Noise
It is almost inaudiable, but I had to choose the cooling components properly. You can slightly hear the moving air from front fans. Current setting:

  • GPU fans are set to constant ~800rpm (even in games) and core is undervolted to 2000Mhz@1125mV
  • CPU cooler fans are set to constant ~890rpm
  • front fans are set to constant ~680rpm


Front fans
I want to eliminate any possible hot spots of hot air and help to cool other components like ram, mb, ... I choosed Noctua 200m fans at first because it is Noctua. They were quite, but their disadvantage is how they disperse air into the environment. The Silverstone 1800mm Air penetrator makes something like wind tunnel so the air is moving with higher pressure towards the cpu and gpu cooler. The difference is amazing and with lower price (almost 2x). CPU is cooler by ~3°C with Silverstone against Noctua at ~680rpm and at full speed ~1100rpm its ~6°C.
Another benefit is that they fit better to this case (size constraint).

LCD panel
It is Waveshare 4" IPS panel with HDMI port, used as second monitor in Windows 10. To display info about system I use Rainmeter app with modified CircuitousTwo skin.
Color(s): Black Red
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: none
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 374.75
AMD - Ryzen 7 (3700X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 8
Motherboard
$ 199.00
ASUS - ROG Crosshair VI Hero
Chipset: X370
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
Memory
G.Skill - Trident Z (3200MHz) (Red/Silver)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 64 GB
Graphics
AMD - Raden
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: RX 6800 XT
Interface: PCIe x16
Storage
Samsung - 750 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Capacity: 250 GB
Storage
$ 75.88
Transcend - TS512GMTE220S
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 512 GB
Storage
Western Digital - WD Black Desktop
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
PSU
$ 179.98
EVGA - SuperNOVA 750 G2
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
Thermaltake - Core P5 (Black)
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Open
Case Fan
$ 55.42
Cooling
$ 59.99
Scythe - Fuma 2
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 120 mm
Monitor
$ 340.99
LG - UltraGear (27GL83A-B)
Size: 27 Inch
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Keyboard
SteelSeries - 6G V2
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Cherry MX Red
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 40.18
SteelSeries - Rival 310
Interface: Wired
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