Description

This machine was loosely based Project RedRum, but scaled down to fit my budget and allow for room to grow down the road.

It is used for Gaming, 3D Animating, Modeling, Rendering and Image Processing. I went with an air cooling system and, as per RedRum, it was a push pull setup. More on that later. Otherwise I tried to stick close to MSI and Corsair brand pieces, hoping for ease of compatibility. Did I mention this was my first build of this scale and budget?

Mobo Super awesome and built for overclocking. Quality build, packaging and simply amazing. It even has a little digital readout that displays the processor temp. Which is handy if I'm playing in the dark and don't want to alt-tab out to check the general temp of things.

Proc WOW it's fast. Love it.

Paste Don't use it all. Learned that the hard way on a previous build. Just a dab. Smeared nicely with a business card.

Ram Love the corsair quality. Wish it matched the red thing I was going for but this was the speed ram that worked. I think the next step up would have required a different mobo and thus put me out of budget.

Cooling Ah the Corsair H100i GTX liquid cooling system. This was probably what I spent the most time thinking about and working with during the actual build. It comes with 2 fans, but I wanted another two for a push/pull. So I went with the corsair 120SP fans without the LEDs. The LED ones performed slightly less I recall, but it was negligible. SP because those are the fans that are suppose to be good when pressed against radiators. So I bought 4 of those and just took out the ones that came with it.

Now that H100i came with 4 6/32 screws that are long enough to go through the fan housing and into the radiator. I needed another 4 of those since I had two extra fans and they needed go mount into the case on the other side. I had to go to the hardware store for this. I forget the exact size, I think it was 1 1/4 inch 6/32, but I could be wrong. Just bring one of the long screws that came with the H100i to your local Hardware store and buy 4 of them.

Ok, so two fans on the bottom pushing air up, two fans on the top pull air out and through the top of my case. To get this working I had to get 2 PWM fan splitters. I plugged the push fans into CPUFAN1 header and the pull fans into CPUFAN2. Great. Setup that pump.

That pump has this USB plug that goes into a mobo header. But it's god awful ugly sticking out of the side of the pump like that. But nothing to be done I suppose since I want to make use of the corsair link. If you look at my pictures you can probably see the cable on the bottom of the H100i pump, right under the glowing red corsair logo. It also needs to be powered and apparently the USB isn't enough so I plugged that into the SYSFAN3 since the CPUFANs were already taken by the push/pull fans.

What is of note is that I didn't use the built in fan splitter that came attached to the H100i pump. With those fans plugged in there it seems that the pump makes noise more often, so I secured them down but otherwise them unused. Next thing with that pump is noise.

Turns out the H100i has some pump noise when turned on full blast. It's not enough to be heard if your fans are running at 100% so I assume I'll never really hear it anyway, but it's disappointing to learn that this model just has a little clicking sound when you turn it up past 75%. Maybe a more expensive model would be more quiet. But, like I said, if those fans are on 100% they get pretty loud, so the pump would be the least of my auditory annoyances.

Aside from that the H100i has been a solid performer. It keeps my proc nice and cool. At idle it runs about 28 degrees which I think is fantastic. Under load it runs around 43-45 degrees. I was also about to change the color to red, which is nice.

Case GREAT fricking case. It's much wider than I anticipated but that's because it just helps you make your build look better by hiding all the power cables in the back.

Fans I went with 3 of the Corsair 120SP Led fans. Love that look. Also replaced the back fan with a corsair 140AF. I only had 2 more fan heads so I used two more PWM splitters and 1 extender to connect the 3 in the front and 1 in the back. Now I have one left over.

HDs In the Corsair case there is this little rig of a bunch of SSDs. The fit in nicely and are otherwise hidden behind the mobo with all the power cables. The only built in place for older style HDs are the two hot swap connections on the bottom. Slapped them them, good to go.

Video Card One of the best cards I've ever had. It's amazing. If I ever really want to I can get another and run SLi, which would be nice but unnecessary at this time. The only, very small problem is that the card is so long that it covers my SYSFAN2 header. Since I have that sleeved y splitter there cuz I just HAD to have it sleeved, it won't bend enough to let the card seat without making scary sounds. So I put the video card in the secondary PCI slot, which is fine. If anyone out there knows where I can get a 90 degree PWM fan splitter cable, please let me know. ;)

Keyboard Well, it's true what they say, Once you go clack, you never go back.

Thanks for reading all that! Lemme know if you have any questions.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

I hate to say this.. But this build deserves a better PSU. Of all the CX series the 750 watts is the worst. And this build is meant for overclocking and the CX doesn't like heat.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=416

Like other person posted move the GPU.

Other than that great build! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree. It's a nightmare when someone is spending 2k on their build and decide to cheap out on a PSU which powers all of their components.

I do like the visual aspects of the build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I tried overclocking with my CX600M when I first built my pc with a 4790k and my computer just kept shutting down. Only staying at stock speeds was when it stopped. Really regret skipping out on a psu.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey-o!

I think you're right. That PSU is the weakest link in this build. For now it's ok b/c I don't plan on doing any overclocking or SLi for at least until my wallet recovers. When it's time for some more I'll put in the mx1000 first.

thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I would work a little bit with your cable management around the cpu cooler and the video card. Move the video card to the top slot and manage the CPU cooler cables around the thumb screws. If you need an example, you can look at the build I made. This is a fantastic build. I also love your Rick and Morty Mouse Mat.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Good point! My cable management isn't as great as it could be. It's that dang pump with all it's cables running out of it.

The mat was a give from a fellow rick and morty fan! Thanks for noticing!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Since I have that sleeved y splitter there cuz I just HAD to have it sleeved, it won't bend enough to let the card seat without making scary sounds. So I put the video card in the secondary PCI slot, which is fine. If anyone out there knows where I can get a 90 degree PWM fan splitter cable, please let me know. ;)

PWM hub perhaps? Potentially freeing up that fan header

  • 48 months ago
  • 4 points

They make 1 to 5 pwm splitter cable that gets power from the power supply to have all 5 fans hooked up to one pwm connection. I've used these on several builds and they work amazing. Put the links to newegg for the cables. Second link is for an adapter so you can use a newer Sata power connector instead of 4 pin molex. This should free up alot of clutter with those cable splitters and allow you to plug in your graphics card into the top-slot.

PWM 1-5 Splitter

Molex to Sata Adapter

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Good thinking! Thank you!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

He's at 542 watts. 600 watts is 80% of his cx750m wattage. He'll be fine till he goes sli.

Nice build, dude.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all - I had the same psu with a xeon and 960. Had massive sudden power failures and coil whine on GPU. That was on a locked cpu and a 960!!! This build will be pushing that PSU beyond is limited limits

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that is dissapointing. Yeah this one is about 200 more watts.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

More than the other dudes build that the psu had failed.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny how people downvote on a comment that is purely from experience. Didn't say it was a bad build at all, just that my experience with that psu wasn't the best. You're welcome

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

maybe you received a bad PSU then...I have a very similar build to his and have had absolutely no issues powering it off the cx750. I've even had the cpu and gpu overclocked(modest overclock) for over a month and have yet to see any issue.

yes, I get that the "tier" system ranks this PSU as not so good, and I am still considering replacing it, but I can verify that it will work with a similar configuration.

my build(for reference): https://pcpartpicker.com/b/kmsJ7P

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  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks Gooberdad! YEah I feel the same way. I'm ok for now but when it's time to put on the big boy GPUs I'll upgrade to the 1000 first.

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the part choices and cable management.