Cofee Lake 8700k / H500P / 1080 ti / RGB
It doesn't get much better than this in terms of performance!
I wanted to wait on pics till I got my custom cable extensions and my new desk setup... but I hadda post something.
A controversial case, loved by some (OC3D), shredded by others (Gamer's Nexus).
Aesthetics: For me, this is THE CASE. I think everything looks amazing on and in it. This isn't a true HAF case, it performs on par with modern, trendy cases which tend to have restricted airflow.
Build-wise: I knew what I was getting into with the top and front panels. I watched every review and I knew the ups and downs. I like to take my time building and move carefully so removing and dealing with the panels was no biggie. There's plenty of room to move around. I enjoy the side panel and how it mounts and locks. Love the back plates to cover cables. Shroud is great but its a pain to remove both parts to install PSU, access some wiring / hubs. Disconnecting the front 200mms to mount the rad on the front also was slightly cumbersome.
Nothing here was too arduous though and worth it for the final look and feel of the case.
Switched the x62 kraken to top mount with 2x masterfan pro air pressure fans pushing through the rad.
CPU 27 C
GPU 32 C
Temps while Gaming
CPU 45 C
GPU 61 C - 71 C
MAX GPU TEMP gaming and 3D Mark was 71 C.
I had previously tried the rad front mounted 1st because I cannot fit the 280mm rad on the top and still have 3 140mm masterfans mounted to the ceiling. It just doesn't line up.
This may mean some higher than normal GPU temps. If NZXT makes a 360 kraken then my problem is solved.
Front Mounted Temps:
28c - 32c CPU Idle 60c - 64c under gaming load with mobo auto overclock to 4.7 Shot up over 80c though in Prime95 stress test after about 15 minutes. Around 34c GPU Idle Got to about 80c in 3d Mark though
Would get better results with top mounted rad for sure.
You have to accept some things about H500P. Yes plastic. Those panels just have to come off when you move it or work on it. And they are fragile but if your mindful, its nbd.
Rumors are CM will eventually release modified panels / parts for h500p but that means you could invest $200 total by the time you buy upgrades.
Personally found plenty of space to work. Decent flexibility. Great aesthetics. Below average cooling compared to other cases in its class, but that's based off limited testing with a front mounted aio.
I recommend the h500p if you are patient and careful while building. It was a lot of fun to build in and many small details were very useful to me. My fav case I've ever built in is Phanteks Enthoo Pro. But aesthetically cases like that are going outta style. My Cooler Master Storm Stryker kept my GPU a little cooler but otherwise I am happy with the upgrade. I was planning to do an RGB build in a restricted air flow case so the temp results in h500p are about where I anticipated and my main focus is tweaking the config to get the gpu cooled down a little.
*Coffee Lake: This is hands down the best platform available for gaming! My CPU is running very cool. I do see the same 10 C single core spikes as others on reddit when opening apps. Will update once I overclock but rn I am seeing better than 99% scores in 3d Mark (see pics). While gaming I can get 60 fps in most games at 4k as long as I tweak shadows and may put one or two other values at high instead of ultra. Or by dropping down from HBAO +.
I'm thrilled to have the 8700k. I got it by using DeStill google chrome auto refresh and text check add-on which notified me when it randomly came in stock at newegg.
Thanks for checking out my build. Lemme know what ya think & any questions.