From the past to the future

by amoy1110 Posted on: 12/28/2021

Build Description

The build name is in reference to my now old pc which has lasted me up till this point.4790k, 1070, 16gb DDR3 1800mhz, maximums vii mobo built in 2014.

Built this for gaming and streaming (twitch.tv/AdamM3__). Need all the frames I can get, as the saying goes, frames wins games. Currently playing Apex Legends and Escape From Tarkov and the improvement in how many shots connect just because of the increase and constant 144+fps is astonishing. Also put on VR games for when friends and family visit to give them some non-gaming gaming entertainment. Then i'll hop on over to my sim rig and fire up iRacing to keep my driving skills up to par.

The funniest and luckiest part about this build is that I bought all the parts in two days in my first two trips all from Micro Center and two days before Christmas. Walked into Micro Center on 12/23/2021 about 8pm, one hour before closing, I went up to the build your own computer center desk and asked the guy if he had any video cards, totally expecting there to be none at all, however to my surprise, he said "Yup we have some right here". I lit up like a Christmas tree, pun intended! I couldn't believe my eyes. Little known fact is that this was my first time visiting Micro Center since 2014 and first time ever trying to find a video card in stock at a brick and mortar store. I was speechless to say the least. Going into the store I had my mind set on buying a 12700k and a DDR4 mobo, as everyone knows DDR5 is sold out right? WRONG, apparently they also had DDR5 32gb in stock!!!! That's when I made the decision to go full out on this build with a 12900k and DDR5 mobo. I just couldn't believe it, I legit hit the PC part jack pot 1 hour before closing two days before Christmas. The MC employee guy was just fantastic, gave me all the insight I needed and answered all questions without judgement hesitation free. I barely did any research because I was not going to build a PC if I could not get a graphics card, but because they had a few in stock, I had to go all out. Unfortunately for the employee, I had to return the initial case and heatsink I bought because I went home and did some more research, came back the next day, and was able to pick up the parts I needed, the Lian Li Lancool 2 Mesh and Lian Li Galahad 360mm.

The only bad part about this build is that you cannot fit a 360mm tubes down (the proper way to orientate the AIO). I tried my hardest to get the 360mm orientated properly, but it was just not possible because the video card is in the way. However, during my test fitting, I believe If you mount the gpu vertically (I have no tried this yet, but in theory I think it would work) you could get the 360mm positioned so the tubes are down. I haven't done it because the glass side panel will hinder gpu cooling. However it is possible to put two fans underneath the gpu when it is mounted vertically to aid with cooling, which I plan to do in the future. This is not directly the fault of the case itself because it is certainly possible to mount the AIO properly as you can remove a plate and the HDD bay for tube down position, however the tubes are just not long enough to go around the video card. Would love to see a version of a 360mm AIO with extended tube length to accommodate this.

Favorite Feature

The side panels being able to open like a door with ease. No more annoyance or frustration with unscrewing the back panel screws and sliding out the side panel, then having to slide it back on only to miss a gap and have to re-seat the whole panel again. I am also not into the whole RGB thing, but everything comes with rgb by standard, so I hooked it up anyways. Unless I take out the PC for VR with the family/friends, the lights are completely off and easily controllable by the onboard light controller built into the case.

Parts contained in build

Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake 3.2GHz Sixteen-Core LGA 1700 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included
Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake 3.2GHz Sixteen-Core LGA 1700 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included
Qty: 1 $569.99
MSI Z690-A PRO DDR5 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard
MSI Z690-A PRO DDR5 Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $209.99
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti TUF Gaming Overclocked Triple-Fan 8GB GDDR6X PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti TUF Gaming Overclocked Triple-Fan 8GB GDDR6X PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $949.99
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5-5600 PC5-44800 CL36 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit 5600U36C16TZ5RK - Black
G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5-5600 PC5-44800 CL36 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit 5600U36C16TZ5RK - Black
Qty: 1 $529.99
Lian Li Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Mesh Mid Tower Computer Case - White
Lian Li Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Mesh Mid Tower Computer Case - White
Qty: 1 $134.99
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 GT 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 GT 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $119.99
WD Black SN850 1TB M.2 NVMe Interface PCIe Gen 4x4 Internal Solid State Drive with 3D TLC NAND (WDS100T1X0E)
WD Black SN850 1TB M.2 NVMe Interface PCIe Gen 4x4 Internal Solid State Drive with 3D TLC NAND (WDS100T1X0E)
Qty: 1 $164.99
QVS DisplayPort Male to DisplayPort Male 8K UltraHD Video Cable w/ Latches 6 ft. - Black
QVS DisplayPort Male to DisplayPort Male 8K UltraHD Video Cable w/ Latches 6 ft. - Black
Qty: 1 $24.99
Lian Li Galahad 360mm RGB Water Cooling Kit - Black
Lian Li Galahad 360mm RGB Water Cooling Kit - Black
Qty: 1 $159.99
Lian Li Galahad LGA 1700 Bracket
Lian Li Galahad LGA 1700 Bracket
Qty: 1 $4.99
Lian Li Graphic Card Anti-sag Bracket
Lian Li Graphic Card Anti-sag Bracket
Qty: 1 $7.99