Description

This system is used as my home theater and for gaming. I needed a small box for the wife agro and I wanted it to be quiet. The SSD gets the system up and running faster than my TV can power up. With everything installed from my sitting position you can't hear the pc at all. My PS4 is louder by far than the fans installed here.

The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD fit inside with no clearance issues at all even with the cougar turbine fans installed underneath. The only issue is the placement of the cardholder clip for the video card had to be further up the card because there is 3 fans rather than 2. It seemed to be holding tight but I think I will have to be gentle when moving it around.


I forgot to mention. The card placement means the nice blue "windforce" light logo shines out the top of the case.


The Zalman keeps the cpu cool but I had some placement issues with the short ram and the Asus Z97i's cooling block. (which was thankfully mounted with springs) The cooler fit only 1 way with no heat pipes resting against the ram or the motherboards cooling block but still had the fins pressing against the cooling block. With no overclocking the cpu in a prime 95 run never got above 66deg which should give me some headroom for overclocking.... We will see.

Silverstone's 600w power supply is fully modular and comes with shorter cables with makes cable management somewhat easier. Although as you can see by my pictures it still not that pretty.

I have a synology server for movie storage so I wasn't overly worried about internal hdd space that said the case still has room for another 2.5" and 3.5" hdd if needed and a slot load optical drive.

Sorry for the bad photo's I decided to post the build after I finished building it.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the PSU holding up? I read alot of bad reviews about fried HDD/BR Players..

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

psu and comp are working very well. runs very cool.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

66 deg C sounds really good for the CPU under load. I have a very similar setup and I'm seeing 85 deg C with a Noctua NH-12L cooler. Are you using the case fan above the CPU?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

yes I put a case fan above the cpu. Mine is not overclocked yet if you have that could be the temp diff.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of fan do you have above the CPU, and is it intake or exhaust? I have a Silverstone ML06-e case (7 liters) and i'm thinking of upgrading my CPU cooler (currently Silverstone AR05), which gives me temps in the high 70's in prime 95 (i5 4690k). I'm wondering if the Zalman combined with a new fan over it like you have would be much of an upgrade for me?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I replaced all the stock fans with cougar turbines. I have had a few people ask me which makes me wonder if my ambient room temperature of 20degC helps it out or if it is just the zalman. I have all 3 fan slots filled in the case.