Building my First PC in the IQUNIX-ZX1 Case

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  • Post published:December 27, 2022
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In this post, I will share some helpful tips and tricks that I learned while building my first PC. I was inspired to build this PC after watching some desk setup videos1 featuring the IQUNIX ZX-1 case, and I ended up purchasing the case and a few other components (detailed below). πŸ’ͺ

Disclaimer: I will not delve into the step-by-step process of building the PC. Instead, I will chronologically list tips I found helpful during the build. These tips were not included in the user manuals and were only discovered through Reddit threads and YouTube videos. Also note that the PC was the first PC I’ve ever built, so any of the following tips may be redundant if you’ve had previous PC-building experience.

If you decide to use some of the same computer parts, I recommend to Ctrl-f those computer parts and read all the relavent sections with those computer parts before building.

Computer Parts

Here are my ingredients:

Case: IQUNIX ZX-1
Mobo: Asus ROG Strix B550-I
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB 3200MHz
SSD: Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition
PSU: CORSAIR SF750

In addition to the above, I also purchased a second motherboard:

Mobo: Gigabyte B550-I Aorus Pro AX

I’ll detail the pros and cons of the two motherboards. While the Gigabyte motherboard is easier to physically install due to a better build quality and a connected IO shield, troubleshooting computer parts on the Asus with its Q-LEDs was much easier. Depending on which of the three computer parts (GPU, CPU, or RAM) is installed incorrectly, a Q-LED of a certain color will light up (white, red, or yellow respectively). Moreover, Reddit threads seem to favor the Asus for connectivity reasons and better slotting positions for RAM and CPU. Ultimately, I recommend the Asus motherboard.

As for the GPU, if your work doesn’t entail graphics-heavy applications (or you don’t plan on gaming), consider buying a cheaper GPU that meets the specifications for the Iqunix case (found on their website or the instruction manual).

Unboxing & Building

1. After unboxing the Iqunix case, I thought they’d forgotten to include the screwdriver bits. However, they were actually hiding in the body of the screwdriver – just pull off the black cap to access them.

Screwdriver cap with screwdriver bits and the screwdriver body

Here’s some common sense that I didn’t completely have πŸ˜… while building the PC: when performing a disassembly that’s not in a manual, make sure to keep track of what type of screws go where.

2. Much of the PC-building process was straightforward after the unboxing. A thorough reading of the installation instructions from the manuals of the Iqunix case, Asus motherboard, and Corsair PSU accompanied by an installation instruction video by Iqunix brought me most of the way there.

3. The motherboard should be installed upside down in the case, so make sure to install the IO shield upside down as well.

4. Although it’s not stated in the Iqunix’s instruction manual or video, remove the bottom panel from the case for easier motherboard installation. Remember to screw the bottom panel back onto the case after installing the motherboard.

Image of the bottom panel and its feet

5. A minor difficulty I faced was that the System Panel header section of the Asus motherboard manual referred to the power switch (Power SW) as the power button (PWRBTN). Keep this in mind when trying to connect the case’s power button to the motherboard.

6. The Founders Edition graphics card comes with a power connector adapter that’s needed to connect it to the Corsair PSU. The Corsair PSU comes with a PCI-E 8 pin cable, which has two connectors at one end. Make sure to try both connectors to see which one fits.

PCI-E Connector Cable with 2 (6+2) Connectors

Troubleshooting

When trying to boot up my PC for the first time, nothing showed up on the monitor even with all my parts running. For this situation, the πŸ‘ Asus motherboard Q-LED πŸ‘ was immensely useful for me to figure out which part was installed incorrectly. I also watched TechSource’s video to learn the basics of PC troubleshooting.

1. At the time of writing, the PCI-E riser cable that comes out-of-the-box with the Iqunix case is a PCIe 3.0 riser cable. Since PCI-E riser cables cannot communicate with the motherboard, the motherboard defaulted to assuming it was a PCI-E 4.0 riser cable. Consequently, nothing was displayed on the monitor. To fix the issue, you can either (1) buy a PCI-E 4.0 riser cable or (2) connect the GPU directly to the motherboard. Since NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition works with PCI-E 4.0, connecting it directly with the motherboard allowed me to go into the BIOS, and ultimately change the motherboard settings to work with PCI-E 3.0.

2. Make sure to adjust the BIOS settings so that you use the full extent of your RAM. To identify the speed of the RAM in MHz, I checked my purchase on the website (Newegg) that I purchased the RAM from.

Conclusion

Building a PC can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be quite frustrating. With a little patience and some helpful tips and tricks, you can successfully build your own PC and have a great time doing it. As a newbie to PC building, deciding which parts to buy and building the PC took a total of 5-6 days , so don’t be discouraged! I hope these tips were helpful to you, and happy building! πŸ˜πŸ‘

An article for what to do after setting up your PC is in the making… the expected publication will be in late February.
Here’s a YouTube video to watch in the meantime to optimize your BIOS.

Footnotes

1. I occasionally enjoy watching desk setup videos. And after four aesthetic YouTubers reviewed the Iqunix case, namely devaslife, maiseyleigh, Keo Tsang, and Oliur, getting the Iqunix case was a must for me (the links link directly to their respective videos about the Iqunix case).