Description

Build went pretty smoothly although some of the parts were pretty difficult to shimmy in there due to size restrictions. Because of this, the build had to be assembled in a very specific order in order to fit things in the case. The biggest problem was the graphics card, since it had essentially no clearance in any direction when finally installed. Because of this I had to do things in this order:

  • Uninstall EVERYTHING from the case including the power supply, fans and brackets
  • Install SSD to the back of the motherboard
  • Install cooler to motherboard with tubes facing away from PCIE slots: this was the only direction that worked for me
  • Install motherboard to case
  • Install graphics card carefully
  • Install RAM (believe it or not, the graphics card would not fit in with the RAM installed first)
  • Plug in PANEL headers (very difficult to route well after installing the radiator)
  • Install the secondary fan to the radiator of the cooler (could not reach the screws after the radiator was installed)
  • Install radiator to front of case
  • Plug in fans and pump
  • Install power supply, which really squishes the tubing on the cooler, but it seemed to be ok
  • Plug things in
  • Organize cables.

Everything ended up fitting and the end result was actually pretty clean, but there is definitely less than 1mm of clearance between the backplate of the graphics card and the radiator fans and less than 3mm of clearance between the end of the graphics card and the front of the case. Note that there is absolutely no way to fit the optical drive or drive caddies with the cooler mounted. If you're looking to mount 2.5" drives, take a look at the "Minish Box" build for some ideas of where to put extra 2.5" drives. I don't think it would be possible to put in any 3.5" drives neatly.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done for getting that all in!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Nice write up, and now my head hurts trying to resolve the many issues this build would have thrown up from concept to this point. Great effort in this case.. Any reason for the locked CPU on the Z170 chip set and water cooler?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's kind of a long story on that. I did want the water cooler for space and board stress reasons, but I was originally going to go with an H170 motherboard, but there was a great sale on the Z170 Fatal1ty that allowed me to do HDMI 2.0 over the integrated graphics, so I ended up going for it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice mate. How are the temps?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's about 70 load for both CPU and GPU. I purposely have things clocked that way.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the La Croix