I recently upgraded my rig with some new-ish parts that I purchased on the OCN marketplace! However, I never got around to upgrading the case, the Fractal Define XL, or making it look very good on the inside. You can see the mess below.
Mobo: Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon
GPU: GTX 1070
RAM: TridentZ RGB 16 GB
PSU: Corsair RM850i
Boot Drive: Samsung 870 Pro 512 GB
Storage: Samsung 840 Evo 250 GB
Case: Fractal Design XL
One thing to note is that before, I was using a Corsair H50 to AIO cool my Phenom II X6 1090T. When I installed upgraded components and started using the i7-7700k, the H50 was NOT cutting it. Kaby Lake runs hot, and the little H50 was on its way out. I installed a Noctua NH-D15S (not pictured in before pic).
The Fractal Design XL is one behemoth of a case! I remember purchasing it because it was advertised as being super quiet, and with the side panels on you cannot hear a thing. But it's so freaking heavy! Lugging it around to LANs was a feat of strength. Today I retired the Fractal Design XL in favor of a newer Fractal Case - the Meshify S2! With the new case in mind, I figured it was high time that I put some effort into making this rig look really good.
So without further ado, here is what I purchased (pic below):
Fractal Design Meshify S2 - White with tempered glass side panel
Chromax Noctua NF-A15 HS-PWM Fan
Chromax Noctua NA-HC4 Heatsink Covers (white)
Asiahorse PSU Extension cables (white)
Cable combs (black)
GeeekPi 5 inch HDMI Monitor
This case is absolutely huge! I couldn't wait to get started building in it!
Some shots of the Chromax Gear
Guys, I really believe Chromax is one of the best things to happen to Noctua
My first time building in a case that has a PSU bracket, a neat little feature
Getting a lay of the land
Dropping in some components!
Also my first time working with cable combs! These little things really help keep the cables tidy, highly recommend!
EPS and 24 pin connectors wired up!
GPU is wired and ready!
Shot of the sketchy cable management job in the back
EPS closeup, and some insight into wiring the upper LED strip! So glad this case has an open spot in the top corner!
Everything seated! I'm getting real hyped right about now!
Playing around with the LED lighting
Remember that 5" LCD panel? Testing it out and seeing what kind of nonsense we can do with it. I mostly want it to display temps and stats!
Propped up inside the case while I decided where to mount this bad boy
Ultimately, I decided to attach it to the PSU shroud toward the bottom of the case. I considered mounting it back in the case were a reservoir goes (behind the BAWLS bottle), but I wanted it to be closer and more focal, so I chose this location instead.
And there we have it! We went from a mess to not half-bad! I want to put a LED coaster under the BAWLS to make it stand out. It will likely be a part of the case until I start watercooling and need the space. The Meshify S2 is an amazingly large case, there is so much room to build, and you can tell that each design decision was made for a reason (well, maybe not the fan controller, but it's better than nothing). I highly recommend pickup up one of these cases if you are on the fence about it! In the future, I will be getting back to watercooling and doing a build inside this case, and I cannot wait!
Thanks for sticking around and please drop a comment if you have any ideas for improvement!