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Hi guys,

This build was what I would consider my dream build of 2016. I set out to build something that was different, small but had zero compromises. The result was this amazing system that I am just so pleased with. I feel this system has so much character I decided to name her Catherine after my niece. They are both small, smart and little power houses :)

I dont really know where to start with my commentary on this system. I have built many systems for other people the past 2 years that I wanted to do something that just was unlike any of them. I will go down the list of categories and describe what was in my head when choosing that part.

Case: This was probably the area I spent the most time trying to figure out. I wanted to go ITX and pack it full of everything anyone could want. I wanted this system to be special and unlike the common great selection of ITX cases available. I was so close to making this a Lian Li Q10 till one of my friends on Instagram mentioned if I looked into Caselabs. DuH!! Why didnt I think of that. I remember seeing Mattmodspc's ATX Caselabs Bullet chassis and that was my lead. I checked out the their selection and knew this was the case at first sight! I was so glad they had an ITX version!! This case has all the options which includes the side windows, handles and the LED light bar mounts. Once this case arrived I was even more pleased with the quality. It was so sturdy I literally thought to myself "I thought this was aluminum" so I got my magnet and confirmed all panels were aluminum. This thing feels WAY tougher than some steel chassis I have worked with! I also love the thought that Caselabs put into this as they have a rubber bump stop right where the PCI-E slot is on the motherboard area in order to support the weight of a GPU. I later added another one near the end of the GPU so that when this thing leaves my home it will be fully supported.

CPU/Motherboard: I am a huge fan of x99 but on this one I really wanted to go z170 and the 6700k so that I had a hope to overclock the CPU with the limited space I had for an air cooler. Next step was deciding on a motherboard. I have always loved Asus and while I wish I could have gone with the Asus ROG Impact motherboard, I needed a m.2 slot so I got the next best one which was the Asus z170i PRO GAMER. I have been very pleased with the layout of everything on this motherboard and it has worked perfectly. I have become a huge fan of how Asus lets you shut fans off with an auto profile. It is something I use with the front intake fans, they shut off with CPU temps below 35C.

RAM: I wanted to max out the amount I could use, technically I knew I only needed 16GB but went 32GB since there are only two slots and didnt want to regred it later. I choose the HyperX Fury line because I have had good success with them on many x99 builds, their heatsinks are low profile and the timings are good with the 2400mhz I went with. I was tempted to go 3000mhz but I didnt want that to potentially limit my CPU overclock potential.

GPU: I knew this system needed....ok I just wanted a GTX1080. I was limited to 11" and thankfully the EVGA FTW fit right in with 10.5". I really love using EVGA cards for the companies customer service and excellent quality. The FTW card was choosen over the SC primarily for the larger diameter fans to help cool the card in this tight space. I did not want a Founders Edition either just because I wanted as quiet a system as possible and I knew the fan pitch noise at higher RPM on that card can be annoying when trying to prevent the card from throttling (I live in California where it gets hot). The EVGA 1080FTW did not disappoint. At stock fan profile the card does hit 82c (8)F Ambient) but it is quiet and still holds a boost clock of 1890mhz. AT BEST the FE card would do this. When I crank up the fan speed to 80% it is not annoying or high pitched at all and will sit at 1920-1960mhz depending on the game with temps at 69-71C in 80F ambient.

Fans: This was another area that I wanted to do something different. I thought about this a bit and then remembered the Noiseblocker fans I used a while ago on another build. Their build quality is amazing and their looks were perfect for this build! I went with the 1500rpm pwm version because I knew I didnt want anything loud so I avoided the 2000rpm model. I can crank these to 100% without any annoying sound profiles, all I really hear is air move. At about 600rpm in this case as a pull fan they did have a hum sound I wanted to eliminate so I added some spacers to pull it away from the grill and that solved my problem. Besides that they are off at CPU temps below 35c and when they do come on I cant hear them at normal to moderate work loads. The only time I can hear the fans really is when I crank them up to 100% for gaming at low temps. It is not necessary to run them at 100% but since I cant hear them over game volume why not. Cooler parts live longer.

CPU Cooler: I originally wanted to run a Corsair H100i v2 but I did not feel comfortable with the amount of pressure on the CPU socket since the hoses are so stiff. For someone wanting to do an AIO I recommend using a cooler with the older small soft tubes....the ones on the NZXT x61 to be exact but this case only accepts 240mm rads. So thanks to Overclock3d's recent air cooler mega test I decided on the Noctua U9S. I decided to not use the pooh brown colored fan and installed two Noctua Redux 92mm fans in push/pull. This cooler really keeps temps on check. At stock speeds it can be run at super low rpm and keep things cool but even with 4.6ghz, I can spin the fans to 100% and with the 4.6ghz overclock it keeps it in the 55-62c range; its not even loud enough to hear over the GPU anyways and overall the system is still not heard over game volume.

Storage: I wanted the best so I got the Samsung 950 PRO 512GB for OS and applications and paired it with the Samsung 850 evo 500GB for data. I may later add more SSD storage but for now I am good with this amount.

Power Supply: I went with the Corsair SF600 because of how well it did with Jonny Guru, its small size, watt output and gold rating. The included cables on the 24pin mobo harness were long enough to reach the motherboard during initial testing but I dont think the 3.5" hard drive cage would have fit because of the path the harness needed to run from being too short. With the system mocked up I measured the cable lengths I wanted in order to bypass the drive cages and placed the order with Cablemod. I have to say the cables came out great and arrived quickly.

Length of cables I ordered:

24pin Length: 450mm 4+4 EPS Length: 450mm 6+2 PCI-E Length: 550mm

Lighting: The NZXT Hue+ was a no brainer! I ordered this directly from the NZXT store and it arrived SUPER fast. I knew this lighting option was amazing from reviews but man, seeing the software options first hand really blew me away. During the photo shoot I had it set to run in the spectrum mode so I could capture the different lighting for people to see. This thing does it all though. AMAZING! I ended up using 2 of the 4 LED strips included. The challenging part was finding a place to mount it. Ultimately I placed this between the chassis and the 3.5" drive cage and secured it with Velcro.

Operating System: Windows 10 PRO because what choice do I have as a gamer. I do like windows 10 though, it has been buggy on several builds from time to time but I do actually like it overall. I also hope that Vulkan will allow for AAA games to make it over to Linux in hopes of one day not needing Windows to play any game I want on my PC.

Well I think that sums it up. If you made it this far I especially want to thank you as it took some time to write this all. I like the community here and I hope this build inspires others to build their dream build!

Thanks, Anthony

Comments

  • 32 months ago
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Ah yes. Finally uploaded to PCPP.

Looks absolutely wonderful in every way.

+2 if I could.

  • 32 months ago
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haha thanks man! I really appreciate it! This thing came out so perfectly, I stare at it sometimes lol

  • 32 months ago
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This is the first build ive sen in This case Labs case and its AMAZING! +1

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks man, I appreciate it. Not only do I love the design; It was a plus that it is fairly new so not many people have seen it :)

  • 32 months ago
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Yeah i also love the design of this case and it's so small. What are you using this for? Gaming htpc or lan rig?

  • 32 months ago
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Currently it will be gaming but I want to try to go out to LAN events in 2017. The Tek Syndicate looked like a lot of fun this year but all that has gone on with them who knows if there will be one in 2017

  • 32 months ago
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This thing is sweat +1

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks!

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  • 32 months ago
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Im guessing he meant sweet, but perhaps sweat is a compliment as well :)

  • 32 months ago
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what a great looking box!! love it!

tiny and extremely powerfull.

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks! Now I need to upgrade my 1080p 120hz to 1440p/144hz :)

  • 32 months ago
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Awesome build. Wish we could see the complete setup you'll be putting this little powerhouse into. +1

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks!

I plan to use this in my garage workshop and inside the house on occasion where I dont want to game in the garage. The desk is a gloss white ikea model with black legs. Asus 1080p 120hz VG236H, Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid with reds (also own blue and brown model and change it up on occasion) and the Corsair M60 mouse....I may be changing the mouse soon though.

  • 32 months ago
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Stunning build sir, was loking at that case and been trying to picture a build in it for a while. You did a smashing job. Great work, an easy +1 from me

  • 32 months ago
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Thank you! This is a great case and I do highly recommend it. Caselabs just does such an excellent job. While its aluminum they used thick gauge so it feels stronger than most steel cases.

The only potential problem is the SFF PSU formfactor, the cable length was the trick part as I mentioned in the description. I posted the cable lengths I used though. Also, some people who tried the larger silverstone model found a 3.5"HDD basically rest on the PSU so the standard SFF PSU would be ideal.

If you build in one have fun! If you use Instagram tag me @remiscs I would love to see how yours comes out!

  • 32 months ago
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Hmmm me like.

  • 32 months ago
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Don't know why you were downvoted, let me help :)

  • 32 months ago
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Thats weird but good looking out!

  • 32 months ago
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The human race is challenged.

  • 32 months ago
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Yes

  • 32 months ago
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lol agree

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
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I really got amazed by your PC bro, so so nice. :')

  • 32 months ago
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I appreciate it, thanks!

  • 32 months ago
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One of the nicest builds I have seen in a while +1 Now I'm really tempted to do a Mini ITX build. That case looks fantastic.

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks man, go for it and have fun! I have done a few M-ITX builds but they were all HTPC builds so this was my first all out gaming M-ITX build and loved it!

  • 32 months ago
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There's definitely a feature in here! Awesome build. :)

  • 32 months ago
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haha thanks! I hope I get a feature, would be so cool!

  • 32 months ago
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I smell a feature. Smells good.

I would make multiple accounts to just +1 this build more.

  • 32 months ago
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haha thanks! Crossing my fingers it gets featured, would be an honor :)

  • 32 months ago
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Finally someone is using the Bullet line of cases on here! Great, simple build! +1

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks man, that was the goal. Something powerful and simple so I can take it with me and not worry about anything failing or leaking. I literally want to throw it onto my carry on luggage one of these trips just to say its been air-born haha

I think once more people see the Bullet line it will get super popular! Its a small chassis that fits all the hardware you could want.

  • 32 months ago
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See ya on featured.

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks man, hoping it happens, lets see if it makes the cut!

BTW that is a very nice build you have.

  • 32 months ago
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What a beauty. Please take my one.

  • 32 months ago
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I will gladly accept your +1, thank you!

Man 10 builds posted on here, great job. They look good too! Gonna spend some time looking through them!

  • 32 months ago
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This lady is happy to know that you accept my one. :)

Man 10 builds posted on here, great job. They look good too! Gonna spend some time looking through them!

Thank you, I'd be so honored. Lately I been somewhat late with some builds. I hope to post a few more here soon but when my schedule is not so busy. I will check out your other builds too because I'm interested of what you have done. That is when I get done with my work and assignments, today.

  • 32 months ago
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I apologize, its great seeing skilled female builder! Just what I quickly saw is how well you cable manage the build, I use tons of zip ties in my builds as well :) Thanks in advance on checking out my other builds too.

I also relate to the late posting, this one was on time but the other post I did were posted a month or two after they were completed :)

  • 32 months ago
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Lovely looking build and some great pictures. Very nice indeed.

  • 32 months ago
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Thank you. I tried to capture the beauty of this build in my photos. I think they came out well. I am just so very happy with the outcome of this build.

  • 32 months ago
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Oohhh my god I looooveee the case labs cases! They look so nice and seem to be made for builds like this

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks :)

  • 32 months ago
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WOW, you achieved something different and that Case LAbs is ****, cool, clean build, cheers!! Enjoy!

  • 32 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 32 months ago
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I am a victim of having my PC's purchased for me by my employer for the last 19 years - trying to squeeze gaming in to a work pc is the junk (I work from home) - having enough of that, I'm dipping my feet in to building my own - learning a lot and scared as hell trying to go it alone

Every time I search here on PCPP circles me back to your build... Congratulations on that... LOL

I just felt I needed to chime in here and say thank you for your information on what you chose and why. When someone is trying to really hard to get up to speed on what is what and why - a great write up is invaluable of people who are lurking and learning.

Well done and thanks again.

  • 32 months ago
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Your saved parts lists are solid; however, my only suggestion would be to change the power supply to a EVGA "G2" or "G2L" version (you currently show a "G1" which is the older not as good power supply).

  • 32 months ago
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Hi Mike thanks for the input. Still DEEP in to the selection process. Also about to change MB over to a Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 - the more I read on them the more it appeals to me.

Feel free to comment on anything you see thanks.

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks Slugnutty, if you have any questions shoot me a private message and I will try to help

  • 32 months ago
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Great build! Do you think the case you built in allows an AIO for CPU (240mm?) and also a 120mm AIO for the GPU?

  • 32 months ago
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That will be tough. I wrote about the AIO in the CPU cooler section. Let me look at things a little closer and see what I can make an educated guess.

  • 32 months ago
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Man! Nice Clock Speed!!!

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks, I was surprised I could get the temps I am getting in this CA summer weather. Right now I am as low as 1.315v at 4.6ghz but I havent attempted my Stability test, only 30mins of stress testing.

Eventually I will do my full validation process and I guess I may need as much as 1.325v

  • 32 months ago
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Great build, Can we please have a picture of this PC next to your monitor in your setup so we can see How it fits together?

  • 32 months ago
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Also does the power button on the front change colour, seems like the blue would interfere with colour schemes

  • 32 months ago
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The button is not RGB, it is what is included with the case but you can disconnect the LED from the switch if the color doesnt match. I havent removed this switch but I have changed LED lights on switched before so its usually possible. I like the Blue/Purple color theme so it works well for me.

  • 32 months ago
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This build is beautiful! I almost moved my Air 240 build into the mATX version of this case, but decided against it as I was looking for a mATX case that could hold a 160mm air cooler. But this is a stunning case that I hope to use one day!

  • 32 months ago
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Thank you! Yeah I almost went for the matx version as I really love the matx formfactor (my now backup pc is matx z68) but I wanted to challenge myself with itx. I also dont like how the matx version of this case uses the SFF PSU. I mean 600watts is enough but Im sure there is no way the Corsair SF600 cables would reach the 8-pin on the motherboard.

  • 32 months ago
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As do I! Both my builds are mATX. I did not even know the mATX version could only use SFF PSU. That's disappointing. My rig that I was considering putting in there is an Asus X99-M WS, 5930K, and 1080 SLI. So that would not have worked for me. I ended up getting the Silverstone KL06 mATX case. I am very pleased with it so far. I mostly made the change from the AIR 240 so I could switch out my U9S with a D14. I should be getting it posted on here this weekend.

  • 32 months ago
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Oh man I love that motherboard, I have done a few builds with it. Its clearly the best matx x99 board but I just wish Asus allowed the m.2 to be pci-e 3.0. I have to use an adapter card to not bottleneck the 950pro. Only thing I havent had time to look into is if turning off wifi/bluetooth maybe allows for pcie3.0 x4 on the m.2.

The KL06 is basically the same chassis as my other build which is a tj08b-e (2700k and gtx770, older system). It has a glass window mod and I absolutly love the chassis. I really hope Silverstone revises it with one 5.25" and 280mm radiator support. Currently I have a 180mm radiator for the CPU loop.

  • 32 months ago
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I totally agree! I have been very pleased with it and it has been extremely reliable! That is my only complaint as well but I have never though about removing the WIFI. That's a great idea!

So far I am very impressed with the case. It seems very sturdy and very well built. I was skeptical about the inverted motherboard layout but so far I have really liked it. I also am getting better temps especially on my top GPU (which I guess now is physically on the bottom) and the CPU. But I suppose the top GPU is no longer suffering from the heat off the bottom GPU. I have the windowed version but I do plan to replace it with glass just so it wont scratch so easy.

  • 32 months ago
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Sounds like a nice setup

  • 32 months ago
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glad your liking it. I also love glass over plastic. I am actually planning on seeing if I can get glass windows made for the BH2, I just havent had the time yet to visit glass shops.

  • 32 months ago
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Wow! I love this build!

I've been looking for a case for my build(pretty much the same parts as you) and I think I found it. Hope you don't mind that :]

How long did it take for your case to get to you? Right now CL says 8-9 weeks.

  • 32 months ago
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Oh man I dont mind at all! Im glad you liked the build! Yeah I had to order mine from Amazon from Titan Rig. It got to me super fast with the Prime shipping. The only downside is you need to buy the handles and window version, luckily for me I was going to order those options anyways.

  • 32 months ago
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Congrats on the awesome build and loving it! I was thinking of a similar setup and having a cryorig h7 cooler instead of the noctua. However the website states that the max Cpu cooler clearance for the case is 143 mm whereas the h7 is 145 mm. Not too sure whether how much actual cooler clearance you have in yours before hitting the roof of the case.

  • 32 months ago
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Honestly I think it might clear but at worst case without running the top bracket for fan mounts. I dont have that top bracket installed on my build. I have the chassis assembled at this moment so cant actually measure it, but there is plenty of room above the cooler to say its worth the risk. Also since its so close, if there is an easy way to remove the top plastic cover on the H7; that might be the 2mm you need to shave off in case it truly is 143mm max.

I was tempted to try a cryorig cooler but I was super surprised that the Noctua u9s performs so well in the air cooled mega test OC3D did that I ended up going with the u9s.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/cpu_air_cooler_mega_test/39

Good luck with your decision

  • 32 months ago
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Got it thanks for the suggestions. I will prob get the case and the mobo before deciding. The noctua seems to be punching above its weight class. How do you find the overall airflow within the case itself, esp with clearing the heat dispensed by the 1080?

  • 32 months ago
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Actually this case moves air very good with the front 120mm fans. I even feel air come out the bottom compartment as well.

Oh and adding to the GPU temps. with the intake fans at 1500rpm which is not loud for gaming the gpu is only about 4C hotter than with the top chassis panel completely off.

  • 32 months ago
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Ok that sounds good. I was initially worried about the lack of an exhaust fan, but definitely with the u9s at the back in push and pull, you get a pretty wind tunnel going.

Also, with the u9s installed, is there enough height clearance space to install 2 x 120 top exhaust? Also, is the 60 mm fan slot at the bottom any good, if there is no extra hdd or ssd to care about?

  • 32 months ago
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I dont have a fan in the lower fan slot and yet I still feel air coming out from the front intake fans. I think the key is getting front fans that are pressure tuned like you would use on a radiator.

Im not looking at the BH2 right now but if there is any hope of that it for sure would need to be slim 15mm fans. I didnt even bother because I didnt want them interrupting the air flow from the front fans; potentially starving the gpu. Instead, I switched the venting on the top to be more on the GPU side so the video has exhaust vents. The top cover is reversible so no modding necessary.

I really think the arrangement I have is most ideal. The lower fan I would probably only consider if I had two 3.5" hard drives down there but man that would be a cable management nightmare.

  • 32 months ago
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this computer case has a face. two big eyes up front

  • 32 months ago
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Yup lol

  • 32 months ago
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This is a really cool build, the parts are great and the pics are crisp.

Have you tried changing the colour on the FTW to match?

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks man I appriciate it, sorry about the late response. I havent messed with the colors much on the FTW but like how the white (very cool/blue'ish tone) is neutral.

When I have more time I want to try to set one channel on the Hue+ to do gpu temp and the other channel to do CPU temp for gaming situations. NZXT is also adding a CS:GO update which will Change LED color and flash the LED depending on whats going on in game! I told them the more games they can add the better, its awesome they are thinking that way.

  • 32 months ago
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Dont worry about it. Yea it doel look really nice and white pretty much goes with everything so it's not a big deal.

I do like that Hue+ feature, and being able to (sort of) monitor your temps while gaming without having to bring up additional software seems really useful especially for example if you have an AIO and the pump fails maybe a little notificaion could pop up warning you of such things.

Also imagine, in for example BF4, your health is tied to the RGB and it changes from blue or green to orange and then red as your health goes down, it may not be as useful or as easy as just looking at your health bar, but it's cool!

  • 32 months ago
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Yeah, the system would need to be on your desk.....OR have the LED behind a desk controlled by the Hue+ >:)

  • 32 months ago
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OR behind the monitor, could probably route it through a PCI slot.

  • 32 months ago
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Yup! OR make it external with a usb type-a connector adapter and an AC power brick :) Something I have thought about but dont have a clean setup right now. My office/game room was moved out of the spare room into the garage when my twin boys were born last year lol

  • 32 months ago
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holy ham this is beautiful

  • 32 months ago
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thanks man, I appreciate it!

  • 32 months ago
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Dude! We're twins! I was thinking that a 1080 might not fit in the BH2. Holy cow. So glad you commented. Very slick.

Great minds!!!

  • 32 months ago
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haha yeah man I was laughing because our builds looked so similar as for hardware specs, I almost went with the bh4 too because I really love matx but I wanted to try ITX this time. Again man great job on your build!

  • 32 months ago
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It's uncanny! Looking closer I see you have the exact m.2 drive I've been eyeing and I love that you added a second GPU bumper. Did you have to drill a hole for it? I can't recall if there was a second bumper mount pre-drilled...

  • 32 months ago
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Actually man I got the bumper at Lowes and used two sided tape on it. The bumper was 1" tall and I needed to sand it down a bit. My next goal is to come up with a discrete bracket to brace the gpu from lateral movement. I want to get it set up for true carry on luggage durability should I try to make it out to a out of state LAN or something (not super likely but wanna be ready, LANsyndicate was something that caught my interest this year if they do it again for 2017).

Yeah dude the 950pro is a beast but you might as well wait it out for the 960pro/evo m.2 that should be out in October. lol its funny man just when you think you have the fastest something new is around the corner haha. Thats what I love about computers. I am also a car guy but PC tech moves so much faster than car tech.....well the kind that I can afford lol.

  • 32 months ago
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Oh I wanted to add, I didnt drill it mostly because I was initially planning on selling this build and wanted it to be universal enough for the next person. After it was finished I just couldnt part with it. Also I ordered up some coolforce cable combs yesterday for it too lol.

Also planning on aluminum case feet, just need to decide on which ones.

  • 32 months ago
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How could you part with it?!

Such good info. I'd love to see a bracket. You set your case top up the same way as mine, with the vents above the gpu. I bet there's a way to modify the existing fan mount for the top and have it fill that role. No new holes that way!

  • 32 months ago
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Yeah, if I were more talented I would do a spider type cage that would brace the gpu and cpu tower while using the mounting holes for the top fan bracket. Kind of like what you see on track cars lower chassis. I think the U9S is low profile enough to not be a huge worry though.

I have a few things for an easy "U" shape bracket that would be bolted to the mobo tray but honestly just havent spent much time on it yet. I will do it sooner or later though.

Yeah man I cant sell this thing. I built it as if I would build it for myself....then when it was done it was too much of what I wanted to sell it lol. The system it is replacing is a 2700k at 4.8ghz and gtx 770 which are both solid but showing their age.

By the way how is your overclocking coming along?

  • 32 months ago
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What are your temperatures with GTX 1080 under full load? I'm really interested in motherboard temperatures since the GPU is not a blower style and the heat should influence all other component.

Amazing build!

  • 32 months ago
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Thanks, I touch on temps in the GPU portion of my write up but when I game I set it to 80% and it stays in the high 60's in the hot weather we had in California lately. With the top cover off it only drops 4c so the case isnt that bad at all.

With stock fan curve it hits the 80-82c just like on any other card in this ambient temp would since they totally make the fans spin to slow.

At 80% its not loud either for gaming. I havent really gamed much on it yet so Im not sure what 70% will do. Hopefully we get our normal 70-76F ambients soon haha been hot lately

  • 32 months ago
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Oh and motherboard temps I cant recall off hand but think they were in the 30c range. The beauty of this case is that its a wind tunnel. The front 120mm fans blow cool air over everything. I also moved the top vents to favor GPU exhaust too.

  • 31 months ago
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This is, truly, the build I've been searching for. Thank you for sharing!

  • 31 months ago
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Glad to hear and thanks!

  • 30 months ago
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Thanks so much for posting your build up on here. I found your website through a Google search & was happy to find all the details on here. I'm stuck between the N-case: M1 or this. I think you've nudged me towards the Case Labs :) I was not planning on spending $200 on a case but this thing makes me happy, haha. The more popular case brand's ITX cases are too bloated for me.

  • 30 months ago
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So happy to hear that man! Thanks for letting me know how you found it too!

Yeah I think the M1 is another sick chassis but I really love the BH2. I have since added a second 850 evo 500GB and a 1TB 3.5" drive to the build too which is nice for an ITX chassis. I am starting to stream live builds to the 1TB 3.5" I had sitting here will get replaced for a higher capacity or just use my other PC as storage.

Another nice ITX Chassis to look into that is cheaper as well is the Lian Li PC-Q10. Its similar to the M1 with a nice side panel window. The Caselabs BH2 is just so tough, the aluminum is thick so there is no flex in the chassis like you see on other manufacturers cases.

Good luck with your choice and have fun! Please share with me the build when your done!

  • 30 months ago
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Ah, man. Last thing I need are more choices =/ Haha. I like that brand but with each case that I've looked into, there's a design flaw(s) make me look elsewhere. At least for a "gaming" capable rig where cooling is a concern.

If you were to have gone with a "founders" edition GPU, would you have the top fans pulling in air onto the GPU? Or still exhausting?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I have some thoughts on that.....I think having top fans intake or exhaust ruins the wind tunnel effect this case really offers. I moved the vented side of the top panel to sit over the GPU and thats what I would do with an FE as well.

Another side note is that if you get an extra wide gpu like the FTW, you wont be able to have fans over the gpu and I wouldnt want them over the CPU either if going with air as it would limit the CPU cooler height.

So all said, the 1080FTW while gaming stays cool and doesnt go below 1920mhz at stock settings. I did bump up the fan profile so while it was 85-95F ambient I had it at 80% to keep temps in the 68-72c range. Now with ambient at 75F the card at 60% is in the 64-66C range. At that sound level it gets lost in the background with my 2.1 system for gaming and with my headset I cant hear it one bit.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, right, I noticed you flipped the top. Again, I'm glad you posted your build on here because I didn't know if the top was perforated or not. I would flip it to how you have it too. I think I'm going with a 1070. As much as I would like a third party design with a better cooler, I think I'd have to go with a "founders" card from a third-party.

Would you think having the top intake onto the card would be best for a blower fan GPU? Or still exhaust? I really like that wind tunnel like design for the case.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

If I put a fan in the top, I think i would only do one fan as an exhaust at the mounting location closest to the rear of the system, that is assuming you have two intake fans; which is what I would do but that would then have me wondering what I would use for a CPU cooler. If you use a top fan it will remove clearance for the cpu cooler.

I use the Noctua U9S which is great for a 125mm tall cooler, I mean 4.6ghz/1.312v on a 6700k is a nice achievement for that short cooler. You MIGHT get a thin 120mm fan to fit, think they come as thin as 10-15mm but Im not sure that would work.

Keep in mind the front fans will not accommodate a radiator.

haha this conversation is reminding me of the trouble I went through in finalizing my cpu cooling solution. I was going to use a corsair h100i v2 but the hoses were too stiff to comfortably mount it inside the case, plus I rather have the vents like I have them now anyways.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Posted after the long post:

Dont under estimate the EXCELLENT airflow you get with two 120mm fans in the front, your system wont need top fans. The FE cards even have an intake portion where the front fans will blow directly onto them. The air pressure will carry everything out the back and out the top. Even at lower quiet fan speeds I feel the air circulate everywhere, even the bottom chassis vents when the GPU fan is off from idle state (so its not the GPU pushing the air there).

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Where would you put the 120 mm Fan?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

the 120mm fans are in the front as intake

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The single 120, on the website they advertise 120mm and 240mm rad support so I wondered where it would go.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that, there a bracket to top mount it. You basically need a custom loop to put a rad up there and keep intake fans in the front. If you get an AIO that has the thin soft hoses that might work. I have since gone with a 7700k and the u9s on a delid lets me do 5ghz at 1.31v safely.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

no problem. I do highly recommend the Noctua U9S though. Air cooling does great in this case because of the wind tunnel effect

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Gd day to u sir, Ur build amazed me, and I'm in the process of building a new gaming pc where I take it around at some friends lan every weekends and needed to be portabl. I just want ur advice, I'm planning to have the same case with Asus z270i rog and msi gtx 1080 ti, now the thing is I want it to live long enough to be able to collect for another future build, so how many fans do u recommend to install in this case for the parts to be cooler? As I don't mind the fan noise cuz I always game with headset, have u used the top space for fans or just what u installed? Apprciate your help

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

Honestly the way I have it configured is perfect. No need or space for fans on the top. Just place the top cover vents over the GPU to help exhaust the air.

Also I do not think the MSI 1080ti will fit. To be sure please reference the dimensions of the EVGA GTX1080FTW as it literally is the longest and tallest GPU that will fit the BH2 with fans in the front. I do recommend the front fans over a longer GPU as well. It is way better for the GPU to have a fan in front. The EVGA gtzx1080ftw is tall enough that the power cables just barely touch the top of the case cover and I recall the MSI cards to be even taller.

You will love the Caselabs build. I should do an update as I have since put the Asus z270i and a 7700k (delid and 5ghz 1.315v) on the Noctua u9s cooler.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic build. I was thinking about upgrading my mobo/chip/RAM soon and with this wanted to go mini ITX formfactor.

If I buy this case, do you think a MSI GTX 970 gaming 4G would fit with case fans like you have? MSI GTX 970 gaming 4G = 277 mm. Bullet BH2 specs state GPU Clearance (with fans) = 289 mm. This is quite cryptic, as I don't know if they mean the GPU fans or case fans ;). I know you can buy thinner case fans but this always comes at a performance/noise cost.

Thanks, Rick

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, Sorry for the delay I have not been on here for a while. Im worried it would not be enough. My EVGA GTX1080 FTW barely fits. Might have about 8mm of clearance from the fan. I also spaced the fan away from the grill to help with odd fan noises that the eloops are kinda known for. So actually you might be able to pull it off.

Just keep in mind, check the dimensions of the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW, the height/thickness of the GPU is about as wide as you can go. My power cables make a hard 180* turn down and they just barely touch the chassis. the 4g MIGHT be wider/thicker. Not sure.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for nearly being 1yr late to respond. If you still need help please respond.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!!!

  • 9 months ago
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Im late to reply but thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Are your GPU temps with or without the side windows installed?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I think when I wrote that I already did a "mesh mod" to the GPU side window. I removed the acrylic and replaced it with screen door mesh. It dropped temps a good 8c. I know before some games would preak 84C or so.

Please note I also have the top panel vents over the GPU, that helps a lot too. I did not put mesh on the CPU side as temps when up when I did that, I think because it lost the wind tunnel effect.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

rip caselabs. i will miss thee

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

The system will fit a 240mm radiator and I really think it can be done with some creativity. The problem would be the gpu and cpu on a single 240mm would mean the fans need to spin at high rpm....it can be done though, I did that a short while on my 2700k/gtx770 w/1.39v hardware mod.

I think the easiest route would be CPU only and the Swiftech H240 x2, that way all one needs to do is cut the hoses to length and refill the loop. No other drilling or cutting.

Again, thanks for the compliment :)

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats actually the tricky part about this build. The height clearance for the hoses coming out of the pump may hit the fans installed on the radiator. I may have to post a picture with a ruler next to it on the overclock.net. There is an official Caselabs Bullet thread there.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries at all man, we learn by sharing information. I originally bought the Corsair H100i v2 for this build as they advertise 240mm rad support. The rad must be mounted overhead and since the hoses are so stiff on that AIO that it would have looked like a sloppy mess if I used it. Not to mention I would have been concerned with the pressure the hoses would place on the socket.

The best AIO would probably be a 240mm that uses the small diameter soft tubes like many of the gen1 AIO coolers had.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL thanks man! I appreciate it!