Internals will be as follows:
- Asus ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming
- Intel Core i9-10900K
- 16GB of Viper Blackout 4133MHz
- Nvidia RTX 2080TI FE
- Corsair MP600 2TB
- Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 1000W
- Montech Air Cooler 210
As with any build, it’s usually easier to install your CPU, M.2 drives, and sometimes even ram before you put the board in the case.
Montech’s X3 Mesh came with the stand-offs pre-installed for micro-ATX which readily accepts Mini-ITX. If you plan to install an ATX board, be sure to check the manual and install the correct standoffs.
With the board installed, now is a great time to get all those pesky front panel cables connected to the appropriate headers.
We’ll be installing a dual-slot GPU so we’ll break out the corresponding I/O slot covers by bending them inward, and then rocking back and forth until they detach.
Next, we’ll spin around and install the power supply which slides in from the side of the case.
Our particular power supply is fully modular, but only 160mm long so we have enough room to install cables without needing to remove the 3.5” drive tray.
With the power supply installed, it’s time to run the 8-pin EPS and 24-pin main power cables.
With most of the cables installed, now we can go ahead and install the GPU as well.
We connected the pair of PCIe power cables as well and ran them up to the GPU. Many of the cables came with twist-ties holding them in place, so we reused many of them to tidy up all the wiring we ran.
The only thing left was to install the CPU cooler, in this case, will are using Montech’s own Air Cooler 210 which is a snap to install.
And, that’s really about it. This is a very simple build in an easy-to-build case. It probably took us about 10 minutes to assemble the computer, and most of that was straightening up the wiring.
With the side door installed, we are ready to power it up and enjoy!
It’s always a good feeling when you hit the power button and it springs to life! With all of the LED fans, it makes a rather colorful build.
The case fans all light up statically like this. You get a rainbow of colors, but it doesn’t change, it can only be turned on or off from the top of the case.
With the photography lights turned off, you get strong, vivid colors and the case looks great!