Description

I am using this build primarily for gaming.

I upgraded from my previous build, i7 3770k and Maximus V Extreme, as the processor seemed to be dying. Unfortunately with an upgrade from 3rd gen, serious investment is required. That said, I already had the 3 SSD drives, the WD Black and the 1070ti, so I filled in the gaps with this build.

I went with mATX for this build as, although I looove e/ATX builds, I needed something a little more mobile; a little cleaner (my last full tower, the Akasa Venom Toxic, was really, really ugly-); and a little more aesthetic.. and well, damn, doesn't the Fractal Meshify C Mini TG deliver here. What a joy this case is to build in.

I'm not a fan of over-the-top RGB, so I went for something subtle; without the unicorn puke.

I fortunately had no issues with the build (I didn't read good things about the Strix Z370-G but took the risk anyway-), all parts successfully tested to post outside of the case. Due to the excellent design of the case, cable management was really simple and it's a clean finish. Pro tip; hair bands for cable management (I picked up 20 for <£1). Genius. Just don't use the kind with the small metal bar.

A couple of honourable mentions from the build that don't get a spot on the parts list;

TEQI silicon fan mounts (great alternative to screws; find them on eBay.. or.. anywhere I guess), Corsair Commander Pro.

It isn't the flashiest build out there, but it's clean, it's simple, effective, does it's job for what I need it for and I simply cannot complain.

:)

Future considerations:

Replacing the WD Black 2gb with a new 4gb storage drive (possibly the Barracuda..?). Adding an Optane module to accompany it.

Update 28.10.2019:
- Added SteelSeries Apex M500 keyboard, Rival 500 mouse.
- Added AOC Agon AG271QX, Asus PB277Q monitors.
- Added two Corsair LED strips.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

After I purchased this motherboard.. I did my research. I was doing it all wrong, I know.. but I have been an ASUS user for years and didn't expect that a couple of days after buying it I would see a torrent of negative reviews for this board.

However, now it's installed and I've been using it for just under a month.. I cannot complain. The board is solid. It gets a little on the warm side when I play games, but there's no concern in the temperatures.

The only downsides to this board concern the lack of a rear IO enclosure (this doesn't effect me so much as my AIO covers the back corner of the board), and the RGB on this board being terribly lacklustre. It doesn't bother me too much, but others looking for fancy RGB lighting would probably want to give this board a miss.

As mid-high spec mATX motherboards (with integrated WiFi) are few and far between for Z370, this board was one of, if not, the best choice out there.

Happy with it.

Storage

Using this as my boot drive. No issues. Solid quality from Western Digital, as expected.

Case

If you want an mATX build, this case is the absolute necessity.

I cannot find any faults with this case whatsoever.

Stunning effort from Fractal.

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful, Amazing, Daring.

Otherwise known as BAD. (jk)

Awesome build, love the sick purple light. Hope it becomes a feature.

+1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Slik and beautiful, good choice of Cpu. I advice to dellid it. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this alot, seriously, its very similar to mine in some ways, going to be upgrading to the same cpu and gpu :P hope it treats you well. +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Good looking build!

How come you didn't go with a 240mm AIO and mount it in the front? I ask because I have the same CPU, Cooler, and MB as you and the one thing I wish I could change is the AIO. I am restricted to a 120mm due to my case.

+1 for delidding the 8600k. It did wonders on mine!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I did consider a 240mm AIO, but I also read that with a front-mounted AIO, the space between the fans and the card in the Meshify Mini can be quite tight with a push-pull config. At the time, this was the overall concern that prevented me from buying the 240mm AIO.

The case came with two decent fans which I kept and which are now top-mounted, so I opted for the H80i v2 which as you know, compensates for being a 120mm AIO with an increased radiator depth, in push-pull; as also on the basis that I wasn't sure if a front-mounted 240mm AIO would also have room for the two top-mounted fans.

If I wished to revise the build, I would perhaps choose a 240mm radiator, now knowing that it would all fit; but to be honest, I cannot find fault with the H80i, the airflow overall is great in this case in general (I read beforehand that the Meshify was well-known for its excellent heat dissipation anyway-).

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

love this build! simple and neat!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the logo on that 1070ti RGB?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

White LED only unfortunately!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I've just decided to pull the trigger on this case, and was browsing through builds for additional fan options. I really like the look of your set-up here. Would you say the CPU cooler fits easily? Did you have any issues with space at all? No point in having the window if you're not going to RGB it up, it looks as if you replaced the fan on the CPU cooler with one of the Corsair RGB fans, is that correct?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for the delay in reply.

The CPU cooler is great. There is room for a front-mounted cooler, but I opted specifically for the H80i v2 as it gives 240mm performance in a 120mm radiator. I cannot fault it. Not seen any issues whatsoever with the temperatures.

There is no issue at all with space in my setup, however, with a larger AIO, you might run into the following problems; clearance at the top of the case with an AIO in push-pull would likely 'hide' the 8-pin CPU socket, making it more difficult for access (the ATX version of this case would not have this problem-). An AIO in push-pull at the front may leave little to no space for the high-end graphics card with the longest dimensions.

I'm happy with the amount of RGB here. It's aesthetically pleasing whilst remaining subtle. If I would add one more thing; I would possibly add an RGB strip to have some ambient lighting, but that isn't at all to say it doesn't look good enough already.

And yes, the cooler comes with 2 static pressure fans but I placed one SP120 in exhaust on the rear then an LL120 on the other side for push-pull. I researched this quite a lot as I wondered if LL fans would effect the flow if I removed one of the SP fans that came with the cooler. The general response I found was "it MIGHT make 1-2c difference" - not enough for me to be concerned about. To ensure the airflow keeps cool, with this setup in mind, the LL140 fans and the Fractal fans which came with the case are both setup as intake, top & front.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the delay in the reply to the delayed reply! :P

Thanks for answering, though. I bought the Meshify Mini, and the same fan-setup as you. Used your build as a guide to what i wanted and it's perfect for me. Very good balance between minimalist and RGB.

I'm very new to PC builds, this is only the second time i've done it and the first one was just thrown together in a hurry because i was too excited to start PC gaming. I'm not sure how to best set up the fans for proper airflow and lowest temps possible. So thanks for clarifying on that, i think i may have put my top fans on the wrong way around.

Have you played with the fan speeds in the BIOS at all? I find when playing certain games, my front fans go into overdrive and the whine is so loud. It's not a huge problem for me, as i have my headset on and the noise-cancelling on the SteelSeries Arctis is incredible, but my girlfriend is in the same room and it rubs her the wrong way lol.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. I don't use the BIOS to control the fans, as I have Corsair Commander Pro and therefore I use iCUE to control my fan profiles. :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build is simple and very clean. I like it. Are there any issues with the AIO radiator overlapping the motherboard?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for the delay in reply.

The motherboard doesn't have a chassis for the rear IO (I mean on the board itself and not the IO panel that you clip into the rear of the case-) like some ASUS boards (RoG). There's no aesthetics that would be impacted by using the AIO on rear mounts.

Of course, it's an mATX case and it's compact so reaching the top-left cable routing hole when the AIO is mounted is tricky, so you'd want to make sure your 8/4pin and any other cables are routed through before you mount the AIO. Easy enough.

It's a tight fit, I won't lie, but if you wanted more space around the motherboard you wouldn't go for this case.

Hope this helps! :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you tell me how many fans this case can hold and where?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

3x120 or 2x140 front, 2x120 or 2x140 top, 120 rear :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks, : )

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

vrm of this mobo are cool or hot?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi - some people report that the VRM's can get quite hot with an 8700k or better, but using an 8600k and good ventilation, it hasn't caused me any issues at all. Infact, I also read a lot about the use of cheap VRM components on this board, but to be honest - I haven't had any issues at all and I am really happy with the board overall. :)