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by Sabbilon
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I wanted to build my first gaming machine. I was looking at a slight CPU cooler upgrade but came across what I thought was a good price for a liquid cooler so I went for it. I also decided to down size the PSU and upgrade my single GPU.
I was looking for a reasonable case and did not really check available space for the radiator or I might have bought something else. With the radiator inside, the USB 3.0 header was partly blocked and it looked like the output area of the motherboard would be choked for air. Since I had the parts I decided to make them work and mounted the radiator outside the case. I made new rear fan holes , allowing it to be mounted 19mm higher up. I slit the existing air holes to create a flap to pass the water block into the case from the rear. After I added a 4 pin case fan (Liquid cooler came with one) for quite browsing.
I am happy with the results. I am still wondering about my SSD & HDD choice though. I may add a SSD later. If I waited about a week I could save saved $20 on the case, $10 on the PSU and another $10 on the Mobo but I did not know it at the time.

I will probably need to build another gaming computer soon as this puts the Dell Laptop my son uses to shame.

Part List
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load40.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate980MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load63.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP7863
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SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

Nice build for the price! how is that CPU cooler?

Sabbilon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I have a new PSU on order so I will hopefully see how the cooler operates under a heavier load.

Alternate_DM [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I love the way you mounted the radiator. If it was me though, I would have cut the entire grill out the size of the fan rather than just drilling extra holes. The parts of the grill between the fan and the rad will only get in the way of airflow and you might see an decrease in cooling performance.

Sabbilon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Now that I see how it actually fits up. I think I should go ahead and cut out more of the grill. I am pretty sure the rad fins will be good enough for shielding. I will be rebuilding with my new PSU.

Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Nice job man. I agree with the others about the PSU, but I certainly understand wanting a better video card. :) +1 from Starlana <3

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Killerdoom14 1 point 13 months ago

I cringe at the thought of cutting my case. but I applaud you for having the balls to do so :P Also may I add I really like the idea and how it turned out, but that rad looks like its touching the cutains. I would check that ;) +1

Sabbilon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

I had to sleep on it before cutting the case. I was thinking of other option including out the top but I am very happy with how it turned out and would do it again. Cons are: will not fit back in case box and possibility someone using the rad as a pick up handle. Thanks for the warning but it was only there in front of the curtains for photos. There is another pic with it in its operating position.

Sabbilon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

If you are wondering about the PSU, Here is an interesting article and lays my mind to rest.


Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I like how the you moved that cooler outside the case. looks like it was always meant to be there. +1 I don't see how you are rocking out with that psu though.

Sabbilon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I have long ago upgraded to a XFX Pro 750W Black Edition Single Rail Full Modular 12V 70A 24PIN ATX PSU 80+ Gold Cert.

I also added a SSD.

I have also remounted the Rad turning it 90 degree so it pulls air from bottom outside case and exhausts warm air up outside the case. The case air is now just for cooling the graphics card and motherboard/memory.

I hope to do an update post soon.

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Nice, man. This build inspires me to build my next pc without using a conventional case. I really want to use an old tale top juke box, and just the mobo support from a pc case. I mean too say. Seeing the case cut and the cooler in that spot made me wonder if it matters where the components are as long as they stay cool. Shoot, you could put the stuff on the inside of the wall of your house. Very cool.

Sabbilon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Well RF interference play a part in the use of cases but I dare say it is confusing.

l13199l [1 Build] -1 points 13 months ago

i would watch the psu, also, it seems you overpaid on a few things, maybe prices were different at time of purchase, but the seagate drive should have only costed aroubd $65 and the case is currently $35, but it's a nice build +1

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fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

thats a hybrid drive.. it has 8 GB of nand flash for cache.. thats the price for it

l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

i didnt even notice it said hybrid, my bad

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

all good brother :)

Eisenberg73 1 point 12 months ago

how is it by the way. your sshd, are you happy w/ it?

hanss [1 Build] -3 points 13 months ago

change the psu asap!!!!!!! way to low watts. i would go with at least a 550 or 600 watt power supply

Sabbilon [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

That Antec VP-450 is listed as a Tier two Class B PSU. I know I need to up size it it before even looking at overclocking. I am looking for another PSU but am not in a rush atm. I've seen a Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 550W 80Plus Gold Certified Power Supply (RS550-80GAJ3-US) for $50 but it is a tier 3 so even though it is Gold it probably is not much better,

Sabbilon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Okay I have a new PSU on order: XFX Pro 750W Black Edition Single Rail Full Modular 80+ Gold Cert I was hoping for a "teir 1" unit. It was a good price but I had to pay shipping. 750 should work well with any future power hungry upgrades.

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urvianoob 0 points 13 months ago

and its not even 80+