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Outside the Box

by Sabbilon

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CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

980MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.01Ghz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

Description

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.

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SrgtMacfly 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

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

Sabbilon submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 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 18 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 17 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 months ago

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

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Antec-VP450-Power-Supply-Review/1487/1

Gooberdad 3 Builds 1 point 15 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 13 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 3 Builds 1 point 13 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 13 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 18 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 18 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 18 months ago

i didnt even notice it said hybrid, my bad

fsma92 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

all good brother :)

Eisenberg73 1 point 16 months ago

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

hanss 1 Build -3 points 18 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 18 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 17 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 18 months ago

and its not even 80+