As some of you may know, my virtual fleet is currently grounded because of an unfortunate workplace incident. My CoolerMaster AIO decided to die and bleed its innards all over the top of my 1080Ti, who was incredibly unimpressed with the act and immediately resigned from active duty. I was therefore robbed of the one piece of kit I was going to move from my aging rig into the new one, which is a pity.
Anyhow, while it is a miserable time to build a new computer, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any cheaper any time soon, so I’m just going to bite the bullet and do it anyway - I don’t want to wait for a year or two for the world’s chip / semiconductor / ship shortage / pandemic to sort itself out - from what the trade managers at work are saying, the situation is, and I quote verbatim, “completely forked”.
I think I have a fairly good idea of what I will build, as I’ve been watching @Troll 's build thread carefully, but you guys know so much more about PCs than I do that it would be silly not to involve the village and stop me from doing anything super stupid.
Here’s the build plan, approximately.
The goal is to build a high-end gaming rig built for simming, in a compact mid-tower case. Air cooling only. Don’t care a toss about RGB. Other notes looks-wise - I personally don’t care, but the less flash it looks, the less flak I’ll take from the board, so low key is good. If it can be quiet, that’s great, but as I said, I’m not touching AIOs after my recent experience, so it has to be air cooled.
My current office nook is fitted into a built-in wardrobe, which is about 520mm deep, so in order for me to fit the PC well into a corner, there’s a limit to the size of the case. You can get 90-degree angled power and ethernet plugs, which I can use to reduce the space requirement at the back, however obviously it would be good to have a bit of space for the hot air to go at the back.
The best case I’ve found so far that fits the bill is the Fractal Design Meshify 2 Compact.
It’s 424mm long, leaving me with almost 100mm of air between the wall and the back of the case.
It fits a 340mm GPU (360mm if you remove a front fan), which is enough for a 3090.
165mm CPU cooler clearance - this is tight but enough for the high-compatibility Noctua NH-D15S cooler, which requires 160mm in the standard single fan configuration. Wider cases have more space and would fit the normal dual fan NH-D15 but they start to dig into the limited room for pedals etc. I have under the desk.
In terms of parts, here’s what I’m thinking / have bought so far:
- AMD Ryzen 9 5900X CPU
- Noctua NH-D15S Cooler (bought)
- AMD X570 Motherboard - I think I need an X rather than a B to use the faster PCIe 4.0 speed on the NVMe (possibly not?)
- G.SKILL Trident Z Neo RGB F4-3600C16D-32GTZNC 64 GB RAM (4X 16GB) DDR4 3600MHz, CL16 1.35V Desktop Memory 16-19-19-39
- Samsung 980 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD 2TB (bought)
- Some big old HDD for stuff that doesn’t need to go on the NVMe
- Corsair AX1000 PSU
- A good GPU - I’m currently thinking of going for a 3090. You can’t even buy 3070s or 3080s in NZ at the moment and they are not great value for money even if you get one…so if I’m going to pay myself sick regardless, I might just as well get something that’s good for a long time.