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So, here is my latest build.

It's an interim machine until the next generation of nvidia cards are released. I had two Zotec 1080 minis so I made the best of them. I think the rig has turned out awesome, but the thermals are giving me a little bit of a hard time, so any advice would be appreciated.

It's a Corsair 280x itx case with all this stuffed in it. Not sure which way the fans should be pointed. I currently have both the radiator and top chassis fans pointed inwards to provide positive air pressure. But the GPUs fans are sucking in from the bottom... not sure if the top chassis fans should be sucking... instead of blowing... if that makes sense. Anyways, the machine is pumping out serious horse power and I'm very happy with it's power, the 3950x is a beast an is cool even under load.

Anyways, here are some photos of a pretty heavily modified case and I'm still waiting on a commander pro to hook up all the fans and light loops.

Thanks! TS.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

With as much heat as you are generating in this build, you need a lot more air flow. Your only intake is currently pre-heated air from the CPU radiator, and then the dual GPUs are further heating the air. I recommend that at a minimum you turn the top fans into an exhaust (pointed up). Ideally, I would measure and install an 80mm fan or whatever you can fit (92mm?) into the back to help exhaust heat. It looks like you might have room for some slim 120mm or 140mm fans that you could install at the bottom as an intake as well. The idea is to bring in fresh air from the bottom to off-set the warm air coming from the front, and then exhaust all the hot air out the top and rear of the case. I wouldn't worry too much about getting positive pressure so much as just pumping air through the box. In the meantime, a box fan will do wonders!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heaps for the advice, greatly appreciated.

I'll spin them around and leave the AIO blowing inwards... I do notice that the hot air is still rising around the fans at the top of the chassis, so not much point trying to force air down.

I have some noctua redux 120mms I might try and get one on the back as well...

Cheers!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Made those changes, exhausting out the top, in normal game conditions (Doom on ultra - 200fps) doesn't get above 51C and under full synthetic load (Heaven benchmark) its sitting at 71C... much better, but the machine doesn't look as good :-/

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like you fixed the problem; nice work. PCpartpicker is full of pretty builds that are suffocating for lack of airflow!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Jeeze, "heavily modified" doesn't even being to describe what it looks like you did to the back of that case!

But, it is still an impressive feat to get all that in an MicroATX tower. That alone deserves a +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Beast, you're right, sorry, it's a MicroATX tower not ITX.. and don't worry, I've since unpacked the machine and cleaned up the rear... It was sufficating the GPU so I just bent it to begin, now it's much cleaner...ish.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it too late to correct the build title?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Apparently not. :) Thanks Maddog

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

thing is dope

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Why 1080 tis?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Upvoted, nice, very clean!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build w/ modern high end components. Congrats!

Please consider adding some PCI 4 storage when the price becomes more affordable. Other than that, I'm speechless. Thanks for posting. Thumbs up from me. Enjoy!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I'm considering going full watercooled when the new GPUs come out, or if I can get a 2080ti Cheap... thinking vertical mount and a monoblock for the mobo... hardline in the same case... thoughts?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I have no experience w/ water cooling. I know a little thanks to YouTubers that build PCs for a living.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

ummm... just in case I killed it and needed to send it back to Amazon :P

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