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Corsair 350D + 280mm Rad + "The Red Mod"
by billyevans
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Description

Decided to downsize (hahahaha) to a Corsair 350D mATX case, and try my hand at some (albeit AIO) watercooling. This includes the Corsair H110 for my CPU, and the Antec Kuhler 620 for my GPU. Pics are attached (some before attaching the cooler to my GPU, some after), let me know what you think!

Details
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.18Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.4GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load53.0° C
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lenoz [2 Builds] 10 points 15 months ago

Clever.

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 9 points 15 months ago

I try

 
 
lenoz [2 Builds] 9 points 14 months ago

wow - have you got a hater or something? some idiot has just downvoted my comment, your reply... possibly all the comments on the build judging by how many "0 points" entries just appeared. Weird.

If my comment was at all ambiguous, it wasn't meant to be sarcastic. Genuinely clever. :)

 
 
philip [Staff] [8 Builds] 9 points 14 months ago

I'll be rolling out some anti-spam measures for aggressive downvoters soon. There have been a few people who have been quite "active", if you will. That'll restore karma scores for quite a few people.

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 14 months ago

I saw it too. It doesn't really matter to me, but I'm glad you're doing something about it!

 
 
lenoz [2 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

Good news. Thanks as ever Philip, look forward to seeing a little boost to my score! :)

 
 
skordebog 6 points 15 months ago

1600 memory wouldn't of hurted ur pocket too much.. but overall, good job

 
 
tehfreeeman 8 points 15 months ago

he can just overclock the ram to 1600.

 
 
Stigs 2 points 15 months ago

This is awesome (the mod especially)....Also, great cable management!

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks! I've since reworked it to be even neater with the introduction of a fan controller.

 
 
xbit [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Awesome build and great mod :) I love the 350d corsair case and you did a great job filling it up.

NICE WORK!

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I was looking forward to this case for ages. I actually got it the day it was released at NCIX, but I never new that you could upload your rig here!

 
 
edman545 [10 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Where did you get the kuhler for $30?

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Reddit /r/hardwareswap

 
 
TheDevo 1 point 15 months ago

Nice build! Very clever mod indeed, though doesn't that void the warranty on the card? Also, why the slow RAM? It's a pretty nice build for the price! Cheers

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

It was just RAM I already had, and I didn't think it was really worth dropping money on another set.

The mod doesn't void the warranty (for me). It's exactly the same as if you watercooled it with a regular universal waterblock. You should make sure of policies on watercooling with your card manufacturer

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DjArtifact 1 point 15 months ago

Ah man when you said 280 I thought this was going to be a custom watercooled 350d.

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I wish I had those funds, otherwise you wouldn't see an AIO cooler hooked up to my GPU.

 
 
Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Hmm, nice built seriously, but with the mod, how can you still get 65 degrees with the gpu? :P

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Turns out my motherboard was regulating the pump speed to be very low, but now that I've got a fan controller, it actually tops out at 53C under full load overclocked.

 
 
Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

That's very nice! good job dude

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billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks a lot! It's my first really real build and I'm definitely happy with how it turned out.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Isn't there a header on the GPU's PCB that regulates the stock cooling fan? Why didn't you plug the pump in there?

Also, I'm thinking of doing The Mod on my GTX 780, and I'm planning on using the zip-tie method to mount the pump. Do you think I could zip tie the fan to the VRMs? And iff I zip-tie the fan against the VRMs, could the fan frame melt?

Sorry for so many questions lol. Hard to find "The Mod" builds that are recent.

 
 
TestBuilds 1 point 15 months ago

How did you get everything so cheap?

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I bought every part minus the case used from either Overclock.net, Anandtech BBS, or Reddit's /r/hardwareswap. No problems with anything, and hopefully I don't run into anything down the line.

 
 
TestBuilds 1 point 14 months ago

Smart and effective way to save money

 
 
Sabotage 1 point 15 months ago

Just wondering why you went for a 2500k? An ivy bridge or haswell would have been a better over clocker. Other than that I love this build, I would get the 350d for my next micro atx build.

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I already had it from my previous build and didn't feel that it was necessary to upgrade. As you can tell, I try to keep my costs down.

 
 
Sabotage 1 point 14 months ago

Okay then, there is not much of an upgrade between 2500k, 3570k and the new 4670k that would warent that upgrade anyway! Great to see a matx build.

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Was dying to the try the mod on my 6870, but decided to upgrade instead. Looks sharp and good job. Did you use one of DWood's brackets?

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yes I did!

 
 
xbit [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

man, the more i look the more i really dig the 350d. I have a 650d, but its somewhat dated. Time for an update Corsair :)

Anyway, me wants a 350d :)

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

It's definitely nice. I went to it from a 400R, and it's not too much smaller than the 400R. It's still very much a mid-tower, it's just a little bit smaller.

 
 
MontalvoMC [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Pretty awesome to see "the mod" outside of OCN! Sick looking build man!

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 15 months ago

That's where I got the idea from!

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Did you get the mod from TripT? How is the vram cooling working for you?

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

From what I can tell, my card had heatsinks on the VRMs already. Even if it doesn't, there was no thermal tape or anythign to indicate that they were being actively cooled by the shroud/heatsink, so the fan does just fine keeping them at around 65C under full load.

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Nice. Is it the TripT mod?

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yes it is, sorry!

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Jimmy 1 point 15 months ago

Did you use dwood's brackets? Or did you just perform "The Red Mod" with zip ties? Also it's called "The Mod" if you do it to Nvidia's gpus, if you do it to an AMD GPU it is called "The Red Mod."

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 15 months ago

Potato, potato (???)

I used one of Dwood's brackets. I wouldn't have minded zip ties, but there's no place to put a fan with zip ties!

 
 
Jimmy 1 point 15 months ago

Oh, yes, I didn't even think of that. Also you might as well show a little loyalty and call it "The Red Mod" eh? Up to you, but personally I don't see why the mod on a Nvidia card wasn't called "The Green Mod" but I didn't name either of them.

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

My loyalty is now shining brightly!

 
 
Jimmy 0 points 15 months ago

That's the spirit!

 
 
bode927 [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Very nic e system for the price.

 
 
gtmsnba13 1 point 14 months ago

Good part selection. Well build. And I love water-cooled GPUs. And since it's windowed, maybe you can add some interior lighting if you wanted to?

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I'm trying to figure out the best way to do it. I don't know if the NZXT Hue will work since the 280mm rad partially blocks off the top drive bay. Do you have any suggestions?

 
 
gtmsnba13 1 point 14 months ago

For your case, not really.

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I'll try and figure something out. Maybe an NZXT LED strip or something

 
 
duramax08 [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

So the exhaust of the GPU is going back INSIDE the case?

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Is it? What am I doing wrong? Since it's my first build I don't know much about airflow and whatnot.

 
 
duramax08 [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

It depends how you have the fans set. I would look at the direction on the fan exhaust and that will tell you where the heat is going. Its kind of crazy to have the heat going back inside the case and its crazy to have the heat exhausting from the front panel. You can do it, but it kind of beats the point of liquid cooling.

Since the CPU radiator is on top of the case, I would do my best to move the radiator from the front of the case to the back. That way all heat exits the case keeping the insides nice and cool.

 
 
billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

All case heat is leaving through the case exhaust. The front draws in cool air as does the top.

 
 
gill2k [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Nice mATX build. I'm actually planning on doing the same thing "downsizing" to mATX with this case. I currently have a Corsair C70 and don't need anything that big. Feels a bit clunky too!

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Want to sell me one?

 
 
FaPooCcino 1 point 13 months ago

Whats your CPU temp under load?

 
 
petetaylor 1 point 11 months ago

would you have any problems installing the psu ? dont they have to be under a certain size ?

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billyevans [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks!