Video Card Cooler
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So some of this I got cheaper than listed below, like I was able to get the OS a bit cheaper through work and some of this I've had for a long time. This is my first real gaming desktop build, coming off using a laptop that I had for about 4 years. I've had desktops in the past but mostly second hand parts.
Anyways, on to the build. I'm pretty sure that a fair portion of you out there just look at these builds hoping desperately to see good cable management some day. I hope my cable management doesn't disappoint. The flat cables on the RM series corsair PSU were really nice to work with, and I think I got cable management as elegant as possible with this case and PSU.
The Kraken g10 bracket holds a corsair H75 cooler to the GPU, and the temps are pretty amazing. I haven't pushed the card very hard yet (I may not, it's a very fast card) but my temps are lovely. I struggle to get the card past 50C at even high loads.*
The CPU is going to be delidded when I get around to it. Maybe I'll write an update, but I doubt I'll have anything new to say about the delidding process.
I included some full battlestation pics in this build because I thought some of you might enjoy the completely makeshift joystick and throttle mounting brackets I made for my desk chair. The platforms are actually recycled bits of annoying mini shelf/cd rack things that were present on the crappy desk I have, and were in the way of the new big monitor. This is a super comfortable and sturdy feeling solution for playing flight sims. I use a track IR 5 for in game head tracking.
I'm mostly happy with this build as it is. As I said, in the future I'll likely be delidding the CPU. I am also strongly considering moving the HDD and SSD up to an empty optical drive slot and removing the HDD cages to improve air flow and looks.
Looking forward to Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous, hope to see you guys out there.
*The number one question about the g10 seems to be BUT WHAT ABOUT VRAM TEMPS. From what I understand it goes like this: at high load, they're a lot cooler than normal, and at low loads they are a little bit hotter than normal. This is because the GPU is being cooled so well that it's not heating up the parts around it, but the bracket fan itself is maybe a bit worse at what it does in terms of taking away heat generated by the VRAM itself. If you like the look of additional vram heat sinks, go for it. I may at some point use the ACX cooler's front plate as a sort of vram heat sink, but I'm not in a big rush to do so because the vram should never reach uncomfortable temps as is and some warranty destroying dremel work would need to be done on the acx front plate to make it fit proper with the H75.