By now you've probably seen from Leo's build that be quiet! are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary, and are launching a new range of FX branded products to commemorate the occasion. After seeing Leo's build, I decided to try and take things to the next level with a second anniversary build, incorporating an LCD display and powder-coated orange panels…
- be quiet! Pure Base 500FX
- MSI MPG Z690 Edge WiFi
- Intel i7-12700
- Zotac RTX 3070 Amp Holo Edition
- XPG Lancer RGB DDR5 16GB(2x8GB) 6000MHz
- 4x Seagate FireCuda 510 NVME 2TB
- be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1200W
- be quiet! Pure Loop 2 FX 240mm
To celebrate be quiet!'s 20th anniversary, I've built a unique system incorporating the new Pure base 500FX and the Pure Loop 2 FX 240mm. This system boasts a custom colour scheme with powder-coated panels and vents, and also includes a modified SSD bay to the side of the motherboard where we have installed an 11.9-inch display to be used with AIDA 64.
On hardware for this build we have teamed up with MSI, they kindly sent over a Z690 Edge WiFi. The board supports Intel 12th gen processors, DDR5, has 4 m.2 slots, WiFi 6, 2.5Gb LAN, and a premium thermal solution. It’s a great-looking board and while I was tempted to remove some of the heatsinks and send them off to the powder coaters too, but we like the design of this board and with all the other orange parts, didn’t want to go too over the top.
The CPU was sent over by Intel and is their i7-12700 processor. It's not a K SKU but this system is possibly going to be used more for storage and back up so there wasn’t a great need for anything too powerful and the 12700 is more than enough for our needs.
For memory, we used 16GB of XPG Lancer DDR5 at 6000MHz in a 2x 8GB configuration. For storage, we are cramming all four M.2 slots on the MSI motherboard full of storage thanks to Seagate, using 4 of their FireCuda 510 NVMe drives.
Zotac sent over an RTX 3070 AMP Holo Edition, a great-looking card with a metal backplate that helps stiffen up the card and includes great lighting integration. To tie into the theme we were going to powder coat the backplate and spray paint the original Holo shroud orange, but we chose to go black instead, again conscious of overdoing the orange in this build.
Our CPU cooler is of course the Pure Loop 2 FX, the 240mm version with 2 included Light Wings fans and this is installed on the top of the case. I was tempted to use the 360mm version to the front of the case, but that would then block some of the display. It’s an easy-to-install AIO and performs really well, it’s nice and quiet too and has that lovely backlit be quiet! logo.
Finally, on power, Kris used the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 12 1200W, yes it’s a little overkill but it’s such a great premium quality power supply that he just thought why not? To compliment the power supply, Michael Sheppard at To The Wire Mods has generously sent some custom extensions over to finish off the build with a touch of orange.
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KitGuru says: Well, its a great little gaming system! This is truly unique and ticks all the be quiet! boxes.