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Scott

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Just throwing something out there in case it's an option..... VR aside, you could put the PC effectively anywhere and just use an appropriate length of HDMI cable to reach the TV. You don't actually need it within X-feet of the TV. I have my PC in a cupboard under the stairs and control it completely remotely (wireless keyboard/mouse, remote access from my tablet/phone, etc).

Just in case that's an option.

The rest of the setup is completely in hand. I love the look of the Crystal cases but if you can't get a decent cooler on there I would go with the Meshify-C. Calling up is a great shout, if they can fit the 240mm cooler then go for it, the airflow using that cooler will keep everything happy. The H60 isn't up to scratch for the airflow you're going to need in that space.
 

neeb

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Great, thanks both!
Oussebon said:
Don't underestimate the size of the "mini" cases though:
Fractal Meshify C: 440 mm x 395 x 212
Corsair 280X: 398mm x 276mm x 351mm
Yup, I've been measuring things out - the volumes are very similar (in fact the Meshify has 5% less volume). But it's the shape and height of the Meshify that doesn't appeal - I think it would look a bit weird and out of proportion on the TV stand being almost as tall as the space under the soundbar and maybe sticking out a little from the front. I suspect that the top front corner would protrude unpleasantly into one's peripheral vision while watching the screen... Whereas the Corsair being squat and wide would fit much more naturally into the space on the TV stand and generally be less of a big pointy object.
Scott said:
Just throwing something out there in case it's an option..... VR aside, you could put the PC effectively anywhere and just use an appropriate length of HDMI cable to reach the TV. You don't actually need it within X-feet of the TV. I have my PC in a cupboard under the stairs and control it completely remotely (wireless keyboard/mouse, remote access from my tablet/phone, etc).
I thought about that, and in fact that's pretty much what I'm currently doing with my laptop. But there really isn't an obvious place to put a PC box, in the same room at least. There's also an advantage to having the box near the indoor trainer etc. for Zwift, it helps to avoid potential issues with the ANT+ signals from the trainer, HR strap and power meter. You can run the ANT+ USB dongle on an extension wire of course, but that would be another cable to run under the rug along with the HDMI...
 

Oussebon

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Whereas the Corsair being squat and wide would fit much more naturally into the space on the TV stand and generally be less of a big pointy object.
That's fair enough, was just mentioning so you didn't get 'ambushed' by an unexpectedly large case on opening the box :)
 

neeb

Member
When I try to configure it tells me that the Gigabyte B450 MB won't fit in the Corsair case and only offers me the very expensive ROG as an alternative.. Can I assume that this is incorrect?
 

neeb

Member
Just returning to this.. Let's say that compactness was my absolute top priority. Is the V1 case just not a viable option? Would it be possible to customise some sort of dust filter..?

Alternatively, I could just get this straight off the shelf at my local Currys / PC World... (And maybe upgrade it a little, e.g. more memory straight off, perhaps a faster processor further down the line?).


The specs on the Currys website appear to be wrong - actual dimensions of the case are 128(w) x 348(L) x 244(h) mm.

Weirdly, Currys seem to be selling two versions of this for exactly the same price, one with the RTX-2060 and the other with the GTX1660 Ti!

It does seem unfortunate if there is no sensible way to build a custom machine of similar dimensions..
 

Gham

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Hi, I am considering a similar build also for zwift, I was wondering how the starter of this post got on with the Ryzen 3600?
 

neeb

Member
Hi, I am considering a similar build also for zwift, I was wondering how the starter of this post got on with the Ryzen 3600?
I'm getting on very well with it! In the end I just went for the Thermal Take Core V1 case after all, because although it may not be optimal for cooling etc., I was assured by PC Specialist that the configurator wouldn't let you put anything together that wouldn't work and they wouldn't guarantee, and I just liked the size and design, these things being important to me. And at the end of the day it's mainly being used as a desktop PC with "gaming" on Zwift for an hour or two every other day or so..

I'm just using air cooling - the big inbuilt fan on the case at the front and a Noctua NH-L9i CPU cooler fan.

I consistently get average framerates around 100 fps on the top graphics settings (4k resolution, maximum shadow resolution on the ultra profile).

Compared to my ancient laptop it's night and day - it doesn't necessarily make Zwift any better in a practical sense (except in races and large group rides), but it's a much more pleasant environment to be in. One of the nicest things is that Zwift now boots up in a few seconds and never hangs or crashes on startup - it used to take minutes to start on my laptop!

And the PC in general is so much faster for everyday tasks in Windows 10 - probably mostly down to the solid state drive and extra RAM.
 

Gham

New member
Thanks for taking the time to reply it helped me make up my mind in regard to the processor working well with zwift!

Happy cycle gaming to you, hahaa
 
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