Description

Another 8700k 1080ti set up. Went with some RGB so I can sell it in the future. RGB is a royal pain in the A. In order to get it all synced up at startup without opening software and to shut off the annoying start up effects (orange GPU, ram lights freaking out) you have to first install the separate light control software, turn off the lights, uninstall those and then install the Aura Sync. Also if you want to control the Ram lighting with the sync software you will need to download a separate version of Aura sync that is not listed for the motherboard. I found some reviewers on you tube that couldn't find this and to their credit I didn't find that tidbit posted anywhere.

Undervolted CPU,,, so quiet, Waiting for 2 more PWM Bequiet fans to replace he fractal fans because, the fractal fans wont run less than 60%!!!!!!

Note: I had 2 140 mm fans on top but found that the one in front was just stealing fresh air so I took it out.

Wish I could post a video of the lighting effect, the color runs down the IO cover then down the ram and drops on the GPU It's hard to look away so I turn off the lights.

Part Reviews

CPU

Almost went 8086k, then I saw the reviews. C'mon intel your better den that..

CPU Cooler

undervolted 8700k goodness.

Motherboard

got this instead of the F model just for the Wi-Fi. Personally would have preferred the darker F model but I wanted to make sure that I could sell the build someday and Wi-Fi helps. In the bios setting (best case scenario) shave like 10c off my CPU temps... Awesome sauce. Kinda surprised that there is no light on the chipset at this price

Memory

to use Aura sync, first download the patriot software and turn off the lights, uninstall that and then install the Aura software specifically for Patriot! not the Aura software found in the support section of your MOBO. Enjoi

Storage

I've had a few 250GB evo 960's. I didnt realize that the 250GB models are so much slower in Sequential Write. Thing is fast, nough said

Video Card

Wish I could Undervolt this. I've been running it in silent mode... Feels good man. If you want to turn off the ugly Orange breathing effect at startup you have to first install Asus Aura (Graphics card) then install Aura Sync

Case

I was torn between the tinted or not. Should've gone tinted, I don't need to see every thing inside, Just the lights when I feel like turning them on. In my experience a cool system is a quiet system and this thing lets the air flow

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. I think the Fractal Case is going to be on my next build!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Tinted or clear? I would personally like the solid side panel that's easier to remove with 2 captive thumbscrews but I'm afraid of never being able to sell it :/

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'm going to get the tinted version. I have a clear panels on a few of my builds and things are just too bright specially when you have a ton of RGB components. I'm actually thinking about getting some Plasti Dip smoke spray for my current build.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build mate, love a silent beast!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome stealth black build! Only thing is the GPU looks like it's kinda sagging, or it's maybe just the angle, but something to think about~ Very cool and thanks for sharing!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

No sagging what so ever

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Great to hear! Good looking build again, cheers!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the top exhaust fan help alot with case temps? i only have 1 exhaust fan as exhaust (standard placement) ...I have the tinted version..loving it, plus a Atlas gpu brace helps with gpu sag, i also downgraded from dark rock 3 pro to dark rock 4 (non pro) just so that the rgb memory sticks be more visable… prob 5 degrees temp difference at most my guess

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the top fan definitely helps. I started with two top fans but the one in front just steals cool air

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build looks awesome! I've been looking into the Meshify C for my next case, coming from an original Enthoo Evolv mATX. You've done exactly what I want to do with the four intake fans and two exhaust. I've been addicted to Noctua fans for years, but I'm really interested in the be quiet! fans.

Do you have any experience with both brands?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

TY, I don't have any experience with Noctua but I can tell you this... I had the stock fractal design fan in the basement until I got another be quiet in the mail. I accidentally put the new fan in backwards (exhausting through the basement) and my GPU temps went up 10 degrees playing overwatch at 140fps. Flipped the fan over and back to a cool 60 degrees.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

That's good news! After upgrading to a 144hz Gsync monitor, my quest for silence suddenly had to keep up with my newfound desire for higher frames which resulted in much more heat. Things were silent when I used to cap everything at 60fps...

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got the Meshify C and the same RAM as you. Did you have to adjust the DRP4 to fit the Viper sticks? Like raise the second fan or anything?

Viper DDR4 RGB has a 45.4mm height, and the DRP4 is listed as 40mm clearance under the fan. Did it fit because the highest part of the RAM is on the ends?

I hope you're still paying attention to your build post because you're the only picture I can find of the DRP4 fitting with my RAM lol. Thanks!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I had no clearance issues with 2 sticks. Yes to the taller at the ends part. I think 4 sticks might touch but I'm not sure. If I was going to do this build again I think I would go with the 8700 no K and a dark rock 4 (not the pro.) That way you would be able to see the RGB goodness and save some $. I run this system with a slight undervolt on the cpu so I can game without hearing any fan noise.

P.S. PCPartpicker Email notifications are great

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You caught me at the perfect time, I just set this build up in a new apartment and was sitting down to some youtube when I got the pcpartpicker notification. Anyways the front fan of the DRP4 sits perfectly between the 2 sticks of RAM. If I had tried to fill all 4 slots with ram sticks the tallest parts of the ram would just barely collide with the front fan where the mounting holes are on the fan of the DRP4. Hope this helps

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes that does help! Thanks so much! Exactly what I needed to know. Good news to wake up to lol. I really like your build I looked at it a bunch working on my own :)

I see now that the mounting holes are right there at the edge of the high ends of the RAM. Your tip mighta sold me on DR4, but I can rest a little easier now xD.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought an AIO (H115i Pro) after a lot of internal debate solely because I felt like it would be a waste to not see the pretty RAM. Returned it in 24 hours lol. Always done air cooling and wanna stick with it. So much less to worry about or manage.

Do you prefer your rock or the EVGA CLC you have in your other build?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

All things considered I prefer air coolers now because there is less to mount, no pump gargling and I would rather undervolt and have a quiet system than overclock and fight noise. I had an EVGA gtx1080 hybrid in that build too and when overclocked it got loud! I wish I still had it because I would try undervolting it (I can't remember if I ever tried that on that build). My next build probably wont even have a window, the only reason I did RGB was to help sell when I go to upgrade. I feel like I waste a lot of time setting up lights that never work perfectly.

I will say that the mounting system of the DRP4 is a little wonky. Even when the cooler is mounted you can twist it in place slightly, enough to make it look like any gpu is sagging.

Are you going to post your build when it's done?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Amen on the air coolers.

I only have the RGB because the Viper Kit was on sale for a really good deal, which led me to pick a Meshify because of the window.

Planning to add an LED strip eventually and that's about it for RGB. Down the line, maybe some Phanteks Halos.

But I do like being able to see inside the case. It gives me some peace of mind lol.

Yup, I'm planning to post my build. Just need the cooler and a couple case fans. Still struggling to make up my mind xD.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm considering something similar to yours—that is, the Meshify C case, Dark Rock Pro 4 CPU cooler, Asus Strix GPU, and new case fans—as my focus is on performance and a quiet build. How are the noise levels when the rig is placed next to you on top of the table?

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