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Black & Red Virus - Custom PC Build (2 Radiators)

by molgli


This is my first custom PC build which was initially for audio production but recently upgraded the graphics from a MSI 960 GTX to a Hydro GFX 980TI so that I could also use for video editing and also gaming.

My first concern when upgrading my graphics card is I wanted a AIO liquid cooled GPU as I work in hot enviroment for long periods, so I needed a case that would support 2 radiators (240mm & 120mm).

So I did some research and was at 2 minds between the 2 modular cases; Corsair 400c or Phanteks P400. Eventually picking corsair as the P400 support for dual radiators wasn't very compatiable whilst the 400c would support both radiators and still allowed me to keep all my hard drives in my build (The NZXT H440 was also another option however I'd lose to many hard drive bays due to radiators).

As you can see from the pictures I was able to fit the radiators with enough clearance to install 2 dual 120mm fans at the top. (140mm fans wouldn't fit with the cables routed through the top such as CPU connecter)

I had custom sleeved cables for my build to make cable management easier as the case with standard cables might of been a tighter fit I believe (also choosen for better aesthetics). I didn't have much trouble routing the cables in the small PSU slot.

I also have RGB LED lights installed around the case controlled by a remote controller, which was just enough room at the front (under radiator) to fit the power block and reciever. (may of crammed some loose cabling into the unsed hard drive slot).

The PSU shroud, I found quite difficult at times. Main issue was getting it to slot back in place against the bottom MOBO cables (Also routed the lighting strip underneath the shroud). However I do like as it hides the PSU and untidied cables.

And finally the acrylic window is very nice. Wouldn't recommend the case if your build is bare as its a very open view so your case might end up looking empty. Easy to open the panel and very satisfying locking mechanism. Be warned it does attract dust so needs to be cleaned reguarly.

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Edison528 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! amazing build and set up you have going! I would have loved to see that CPU cooler up top and the GPU wires a little more neater but overall you get my upvote! Very well done, especially for a 1st time build.

OccamAsylum 14 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Sexy setup. Digging the pop figures. I have about 20 on the top shelf of my desk. +1

Proward 1 point 34 months ago

Love than anime themed background, +1. Also, when did MSI make Hybrid cards?

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

It looks like that weird corsair AIO cooler with a blower style cooler over the top for VRM and VRAM cooling. I'm all for AIO cooling since its generally easier to do than open loop stuff for people (like me) that have no idea how to design a custom solution, but I am worried about a pump failing on these cards. If a pump fails on a AIO cpu cooler the computer will overheat and then shutdown because of cpu temperature being too high. Will a GPU cause a system shutdown if the temperatures were too high?

Edison528 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I currently own a H100iV2 CPU cooler and a EVGA 980ti Hybrid and I can tell you that they have a warning when temps reach a certain goal. I have CPU cooler to turn RED when temps go over 70C (playing it super safe) and same for GPU.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Yes, but in a closed case and under gaming who the hell would notice that? I'm sure that in Linux I could write a service to check the temp and shutdown if it reached a certain temperature...

MafiatechTeam 1 point 34 months ago

your computer would simply turn off if the cpu got too hot, i assume that if the gpu gets too hot it shuts down

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

It's that assumption that I wonder about. I don't know if there is an instruction to the motherboard to send a shutdown signal or just shutdown if a temperature extreme was hit on a GPU

molgli submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thank you. MSI partnered with Corsair around about November 2015 to make the MSI Sea Hawk (now called Hydro GFX) which I believe is only sold directly from corsair.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Absolutely amazing setup, and great looking build, really great for the price.

Cpt_Jkeys 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

just beautiful! hope to build a pc like this one day...

NZXTmk1 1 point 34 months ago

crazy machine and very beautiful theme... Nothing to say, really :) +1

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