This all started because my 8 year old son wanted to play minecraft on PC instead of Xbox. We only have laptops and Ipads around here so I threw around the idea of building a desktop for months. I'm OCD as all get out so after doing some research I got kinda obsessed. An idea turned into 20 solid hours of internet research and shopping around. Even remodeled his room to accommodate a better setup. I can't believe how well it went. The only problem I had was with the freezer pro CPU cooler. After installing the 2nd round of RAM I kept getting an error that the CPU fan was not responding. After about an hour of researching I actually got in there (should have in the first place) and noticed that the fan its self was hitting the RAM housing. You will see a ton of people posting that it will not work because of the plastic casing on the RAM. That is incorrect with my setup, you just have to be a little innovative. The plastic guard over the CPU fan has two sets of rubber things (not sure what to call them). One holds the guard in place and one is actually like a rubber band that pulls the guard closer to the heat sink. I pulled the band ones off and set the guard in between my RAM sticks. There is no pressure on the sticks FYI. By taking the bands off it just sits perfectly and allowed the fan to fall back closer to the heat sink. Works like a charm and does not hit the sticks. I even zipped tied the guard to the case just to make sure it doesn't move back.
I had a blast building this and even built my ex-wife one for our son at her house. This PC stuff is highly addictive lol! I am currently tweaking my OC on the CPU and video card. That Asus 770 is bad mama jamma too. Runs quiet and under full load hasn't broke 62 degrees yet. I used to be a huge FFXI fan and am waiting for XIV to come out now. So far I have cranked out a 8000 ish benchmark on the FF benchmark test with mild OC.
I'd love to get some feedback and all questions are welcome. This site is a life saver and makes building a lot easier!
After some good advice from this forum I pretty much rebuilt the whole thing again lol. Added the H100I, FC3 fan controller, ambient lighting, plexi glass window, white power extensions, and reconfigured fan set up. Everything is set to intake except the push/pull setup for H100I. It was a very tight fit but worked. My temps are a lot more stable now and the PC it's self looks a lot better. The before pics end at the stock fans at top of case. The after begins after it.
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||74.0° C|
|Extreme Preset Score||X7448|