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This Gaming PC Was Embarrassing! Time To Rebuild!

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Hey everyone! So I haven’t really taken good care of my main system PC, and frankly the cable management is a complete mess. Thankfully as you know I love changing PC cases – and plenty of them come through the office – so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to rebuild.

As you can see above, my cable situation is absolutely embarrassing. I’ve never ever had a case look this bad when it comes to cable management. Literally nothing here is routed properly, and I can’t even put the side panel on. On the inside, I’ve also put very minimal effort into cleaning up cables. I even have a USB cable from the all-in-one cooler’s pump running across the entire the entire motherboard in order to reach a Corsair Commander Pro fan/lighting controller. It’s gotten so bad that even my tiny SFX power supply isn’t even screwed in, it’s just sitting there and it’s the same story with my SSD.

Now recently we published a comparison between the Phanteks P600S and the Meshify S2, and it’s quite interesting so make sure to check it out here. Personally, I want to know what happens with this fabric mesh over time in terms of dust accumulation. So I’m going to put my own system in here and I’ll give you a longer term update about whether or not the front panel gets filled up with some dust particles.

So one interesting observation I found in the comparison between the two cases were GPU temperatures. The GeForce GTX 1080 inside the Phanteks enclosure ran much cooler than when it was inside the Meshify S2. Some people suggested that it might be because of the ventilated PSU shroud on the Meshify S2, and how maybe it doesn’t create as much pressure or something versus the Phanteks. That kind of works out for me because in my current main system I have the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in a case that also has a power supply shroud, so I’m hoping that my GPU temperatures should be better inside the Phanteks P600S.

The assembly procedure is pretty straightforward, it’s just a simple system swap. I’ve done it like a hundred times and I’ve deliberately kept my system a simple as possible, so no hard drives and only dual SSDs. One is my game library and the other one is my projects library, so I can insert them into SATA readers and use them on my notebooks. I also have an M.2 NVMe SSD inserted into the motherboard, which is my main drive for the OS and all the programs. When it comes to visuals, normally I like to spice things up a little bit, but for this system I went as low-key as possible, which just a little blue illumination on the GPU and the Corsair’s AIO pump.

I even installed a Phanteks Halos Lux Digital fan frames on the brown Noctua fan just to hide that unsightly brown color a little bit. The silver frame of the Halos Lux matches the case perfectly. As usual, I configure my fan profiles based on the CPU temperature, so at idle nothing is spinning since the system’s cool and thus everything is completely dead silent. However, when I’m doing video rendering the fans do speed up a little bit so that components are kept nice and cool. Now normally I swap out the hardware on my main PC on a frequent basis, but with my GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, Core i9-9900K, 64GB of RAM, and two terabytes of SSD stuff, I’m pretty set. This is why in 2019 I want to deliver more consistent and reliable temperature and acoustic data for my case videos. I have a Core i7-8700K with a Noctua Cooler and a GeForce GTX 1080 FTW from EVGA, and this is the hardware that I’ll be using for all case videos moving forward. By the end of the year, we will have a nice compilation of data and we can see which case has the best cooling, best acoustics and best overall experience.

I realized that the experienced part is super important in order to realize whether certain cases are super frustrating or a super easy to work in. Of course the whole technical side of things for case videos is something that I’ll definitely be putting more emphasis on so that we can all have this information together. Now I realize that we all like to build computers slightly differently, so if you have any feedback or just general opinions on what you’d like to see included in future case videos, please reach out and let me know.

One last thing I’d like to address that could be relatable to what I said earlier about me wanting to keep my system consistent now is why I don’t want to go the water cooling route. The simple reason until now that I change hardware so often that it makes no sense to go for a full water cooling only to then change the graphics card or change the processor shortly afterwards. But now with my sort of solidified main core system, I might consider water cooling once again sometime in the future, but for right now I enjoy more simple things like all-in-one coolers or air coolers and just sticking to that. Whereas going the water cooling route is a lot more work with the whole refilling process and I just don’t want to think about it. I want it to just work and not need to be tweaked beyond the initial set up process. So I hope that clarifies things up for some of you, and gives you a little motivation to clean and rebuild your own system.

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