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Gaming build - finally upgraded from my 3570k based system built in 2012.

Intel Core i7 9700k

Corsair H100i RGB Platinum SE

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI ATX

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB DDR4-3200

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB

MSI GeForece GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Duke OC (only part from old system)

NZXT H510 Elite ATX Mid Tower

Corsair RMx White 750W 80+ Gold

Thought I'd share some thoughts on the build/components in case anyone goes for a similar one. Lots of questions I had trawling through various forums and posts to find the info I needed. Some I just had to work out.

NZXT H510 Elite Case The case looks great (imo) and is of good build quality. There are restrictions on configurability due to it's size. If you want the windowed front, that is the only reason to go this over any of the other H5XX models.

You can only put a cooler of that size at the front. Not only that, to do this, you have to remove the 2x AER NZXT Case Fans to fit the H100i Platinum+ it's fans in to position (I decided to try the AER fans on the radiator, more on that below).

It supports a 140mm Fan on top, but the Gigabyte Aorus Pro WIFI juts out too much so I can only get a max 120mm Fan in there.

The rear only supports 120mm and came with a black one in the case.

At idle/browsing or watching a movie, it is dead silent - faintest hum of the Corsairs whirling as exhaust

Cooling - Corsair H100i Platinum SE w/ NZXT AER 2 fans Configuring the cooler positioning in this case was tough.

Not a great deal of info out there on this specific combo and not a lot of options for positioning.

Firstly - the NZXT 510 Elite front mounting bracket has a step in it unlike the other models, where the bracket sits flush on the frame. That extra cm or so prevents you from being able to sit the radiator AND its fans on the inside of the bracket.

So when I first built it, I had (left to right/back to front of case when looking into side window):

RAD > BRACKET > CORSAIR FANS > FRONT OF CASE air pulling in from outside, pushing into rad (there is one image above of this original config)

I didn't like the look of the corsair fans in the front as much as the purpose made/same brand case fans that came with the Elite case (Aer 2's). I also didn't feel the corsairs were pulling as much air through the narrow grill on the side of the case.

So, I changed it to:

RAD > BRACKET > NZXT AER2's > FRONT OF CASE air pulling in from outside, pushing on to/through the rad The H100i fans are now rear and top exhaust for the case (this is what most images above are, with the bigger fans in front)

Checked cooling, everything seems about the same as the original config.

One note though, due to the placements of holes for screws in the bracket and sizes of the parts, it was TOUGH figuring out how to secure it all together.

In the end, if you try to do this, before you attach the RAD to the BRACKET, place the screws for the fans in the bracket first. So in this order:

  1. Place screws for fans in bracket
  2. Screw Rad to bracket (will partially cover your placed screws)
  3. Screw fans to bracket (using your pre-placed screws)

PERFORMANCE I'm not big into deep specs and stats, I just know what I know:

Starts up in 3 seconds

This thing chews up everything I've thrown at it on max settings - not a stutter! Those things to date are:

GTA V BF V Escape From Tarkov BL3

It does exactly what I bought it to do - buttery smooth, max setting gaming @ 1440p without a stutter, runs cool and reasonably quiet.

I did notice (on a warm day) the system got a little warmer than usual. I might consider buying 2 more Corsair case fans and going back to the H100i fans on the RAD and proper case fans as exhaust, but I'll see how it goes after some sustained gaming.

I will also upgrade to current gen GPU when Ti prices go down considerably.

All in all, super happy with it!

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I registered just to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for this guide; I was in the market for a minimalistic style case that could support a rad, and I saw a ryzen bundle with a 240. Like you, I wanted to use the original front fans too, but wasn't sure it would work.

I get the parts next Friday and will be following your guide!

Also I think I found a couple mistakes in your post: "It supports a 280mm Fan on top, but the Gigabyte Aorus Pro WIFI juts out too much so I can only get a max 240mm Fan in there.

The rear only supports 240mm and came with a black one in the case."

Pretty sure that should be 140mm on top and 120mm at rear :-)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right! Lol thanks!

FYI I've had the NZXT AER Fans running for a while now, been playing GTAV, BFV and BL3 a lot.

It's getting to summer here at the moment so it's a bit warmer, but I gotta say the AER Fans do keep the CPU a little warmer than the Corsair fans that came with the rad. Only 3-4 deg though and nothing I'm worried about at all.

The only complication is that:

  • your Corsair fans will still need to be powered and controlled by the controller in the H100i
  • your NZXT fans plug into the controller that comes with the case

You'll want the NZXT fans to adjust rpm based on CPU temp and the H100i fans to adjust based case (or other) temp.

I'll fix up the fan sizes in the post now cheers.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

gorgeous