Transistor Glow #Bitwit

by Walter Z Posted on: 8/2/2021

Build Description

All parts and accessories will be listed at the bottom. My gaming rig, used mostly for Destiny 2, Escape From Tarkov, Battlefield 4, Far Cry, BioShock, Batman, and CS:GO. I also use this setup for Hi-Res music, it’s connected to my receiver and speakers as well as my headphone amps, and headphones. I also used this to record and digitize my entire record catalog in 192 kHz WAV.

This build was designed to have very minimal RGB, and for the little it does have stand out inside a case with dark tinted tempered glass. Only a small line on the motherboard VRM heat sync, the ram sticks, and the GPU have RGB, and I went with a soft orange color to match the glow of the tubes on one of my amplifiers.

For future upgrades, I would really like to get a matching RAM kit and have 32GB of RAM. However the more pressing upgrade is the GPU, I already had the 1660ti that is in it now, which is pretty serviceable. But I am trying to get a 3080 for a reasonable price so that my 1440p ultra wide can actually go to it’s full 144hz. I would also like to get some custom sleeved black cables at some point to really neaten up the cable situation, but I think it looks great for now with the stock cables.

The biggest focus for me was performance and understated style and also minimal size for an ATX chassis, with essentially all black components, and a dark tint on the case glass. I went for a cooler that was going to more than handle my 5900x with a slight OC, and thankfully the 280mm rad fits perfectly in the front of my case. I also made sure to take advantage of my PCIe 4.0 compatible m.2 slot by putting in a 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 drive for games, and a 500gb PCIe 3.0 NVMe for my boot drive.

My brother and I put a massive focus on correctly managing the cables, and making sure it was all as clean as possible.

At the end of the day this is essentially my dream PC, and I cannot wait to finish getting the rest of the parts I need to be at the maximum potential for this build.

Parts List:
Tower: AMD Ryzen 9 5900x, MSI Gaming X 1660 ti, Gigabyte Aorus x570 Elite, Sabrent Rocket 4.0 1TB, WD Blue 500GB, 16GB Crucial Ballistix RAM, 2x 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD, EVGA Supernova GA 850w PSU, Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280mm CLC

Monitors: 24" AOC 24G1WG4 1920x1080 144hz, Acer Nitro 34" XV340CK P ultrawide 3440x1440 144hz

Audio: Sennheiser x Massdrop HD6XX, Hifiman Sundara, Hifiman x Massdrop HE-4XX, XDuoo TA-03S tube amplifier, Drop O2 + Grace SDAC, Harmon/Kardon Aura Studio 2

Hifi setup: Pioneer SX-10AE, Pioneer PL-520 turntable, ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers


Peripherals: Corsair Harpoon Wireless, KBD Fans Tofu 65 Acrylic, with Kailh Box Jades

Favorite Feature

My favorite feature is probably the case, it was the second Fractal case I have built in, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with. It’s small, but not prohibitively so, and it’s also got nice dark tinted glass, a cool front mesh design, and excellent airflow. The cable management and grommet situation was also superior in this case. For me this case ticks all the boxes, easy to build into, great performance, and amazing esthetics

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Vermeer 3.7GHz 12-Core AM4 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X Vermeer 3.7GHz 12-Core AM4 Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included
Qty: 1 $549.99
Gigabyte Aorus Elite WiFi X570 AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Gigabyte Aorus Elite WiFi X570 AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $229.99
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming X Overclocked Dual-Fan PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming X Overclocked Dual-Fan PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $459.99
1660 ti not super
Crucial Ballistix RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G36C16U4BL - Black
Crucial Ballistix RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G36C16U4BL - Black
Qty: 1 $109.99
Fractal Design Meshify 2 Black ATX Flexible Light Tinted Tempered Glass Window Mid Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Meshify 2 Black ATX Flexible Light Tinted Tempered Glass Window Mid Tower Computer Case
Qty: 1 $169.99
Meshify 2 compact in dark tint
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GA 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GA 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $139.99
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Qty: 2 $54.99