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I had started building this machine in early August 2013. At the time, I had picked up the CPU, Cooler, Motherboard, Memory, Storage, Video Card and Operating system. The cooler and video card both had a $30 rebates. The case I wanted to use for the build had not been released yet, so I had stuffed the parts into an ugly old case with a spare 450 watt Enermax Noisetaker to power it. The keyboard I had received from my wife as a Christmas present and the mouse I had gotten for $25 with money I had earned on AppTrailers. I had finally received the case in mid to late February as well as the SFX power supply and modular cable set for it.

For CD-ROM and DVD usage, I have an external USB drive that I normally use for my netbook. I also have 2 3tb external hard drives for backup duty as well as media storage.

About 2 weeks was spent trying to figure out the best way to orient the parts in the case to maximize airflow in the case; outside of working full-time. Luckily due to the length of my video card, I was able to fit the radiator in the front compartment of the case. Originally I had used one of the included Silverstone fans, but the max temps rose to around 90 degrees Celsius using a program called Heavyload. I ended up using the one that is included with the water cooler and the temperature now maxes out at around 70 degrees Celsius. I am not overly fond of the fan as it makes a small ticking noise at low rpm. I am thinking about replacing that in the near future. Under normal gaming usage the CPU temperature is around 50 degrees Celsius. The motherboard temperatures barely ever budge from idle to full at around 45 degrees Celsius.

For future upgrades, I will eventually plan on getting a SSD drive. Currently what I am doing is using 6 Gigs of RAM in the system as a RAM Drive using the Radeon RAMDisk program and another program called Ready Cache to treat it as a caching drive. The end result performance right around SSD speeds upon multiple times loading a program.

Update 5/6/14 - Since the radiator fan that came with my Seidon started developing a loud clicking noise, I purchased a Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition fan. Since this came in a twin pack, I am using the second fan under the video card to help with cooling. I have also finally picked up a 256gb San Disk SSD drive due to a shell shocker offer on NewEgg. Cloning the OS was a pain as I had to backup over a terabyte of data to external hard drives to be able to do it. I used EaseUS Todo Backup for the cloning program.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting— "Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore! Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!" Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Sand your desk down and refinish it with some polyurethane and it'll look awesome.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually looking at replacing the desk soon. A friend of mine is going back home after college and wont be taking it with him. The current desk I am using is definitely worn out as I've had it for about 30 years... LOL

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I love small form factor builds and Poe, so +1 from me! The only thing that I would consider upgrading is the video card, though you did get an awesome deal on it, so I can't really say too much.

Awesome build! :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

At the price I got the video card with a rebate, a 7750 was actually more expensive, so I thought it was a great deal as well.

I am not that heavy of a gamer, so the 7770 has been sufficient for my needs (League of Legends, Smite, World of Tanks, Rocksmith 2014, Typing of the Dead: Overkill, emulators). Once I run into that next 'must have' game and my video card can't cut it anymore, I will probably upgrade.

The only issue I may run into with a new video card is space since if the video card is too long I will have to move the radiator to the other side panel. Doing so would require replacing the fan with a thinner one.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't looked @ measurements yet, so you for sure need a thin fan if you want to use your cooler w/ rad on side panel?

Cheers

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, with even the thin Silverstone fan, the radiator nearly touches the water block. The one with the AIO is definitely too large to fit there.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I've chosen this cooler (for the time being) for my build, because of seeing your build and reading your forum posts. I'd need it on the side panel though. Thanks again

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Were the flat cables worth it? I have this same case, and cable management looks terrible but ultimately wasn't that hard. Without a window on the case it felt like a waste... but at the same time whenever I open up my case I feel a little sad since it looks chaotic. Also I didn't have a 3.5" drive in my build so I had all that space to play with above the PSU for coiling cables.

+1 for a very pretty build

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Biggest thing that I wanted the flat cables for was to be able to route behind the power supply along the case walls. I was concerned that if I had too much of a wiring mess inside the case, the wires might catch on one of the fans or restrict airflow enough to cause temperature issues. But overall, I don't feel that they're necessary; just a case of convenience (easier to bend). Going with a modular power supply I feel is a definite must unless you have plenty of extra space in front of the video card.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I am just using a stock CPU cooler and again no 3.5" drive so I have all kinds of places to hide cables, although if you go look at my build... I didn't do that good of a job. How was the process of installing the AIO liquid cooler in this case? I have thought about adding one to my build, although my video card might get in the way. My biggest issue with cooling right now is my Entertainment center anyway, so that is the first MOD I will be doing for cooling.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Installing the AIO cooler was the biggest pain in the butt with the entire build. Originally I tried to put the radiator on the CPU side of the case, but had problems trying to get it to fit due to the stiff cabling; plus I'd have to use the Silverstone fan. I have seen on the overclock.com forums where people have successfully gotten it to fit though.

For the radiator in the front section of the case, I had originally tried to orient the section where the tubes connect to the radiator to face the video card, but it ended up blocking the card. I had then also tried rotating that position by 180 degrees, but the cabling would not reach; even with a remounting of the water block to have it face the other way. Finally, I ended up getting everything to fit by placing it sideways as it is setup now.

The other problem I had ran into is that the first couple tries mounting the radiator sideways I was using the Silverstone fan on the top and on the bottom of the radiator, but couldn't get my temperatures down. I had switched back to the Cooler Master fan and put it on top of the radiator, but had issues mounting the radiator the the case (could only get 2 out of 4 screws in). The final solution was to have the fan on the bottom of the radiator blowing in and use those screws to secure it to the case.

If I had redo this again, I more than likely would not have used a liquid cooling kit and gone for a Zalman CNPS8900 instead; assuming it doesn't block the RAM or riser card with this motherboard.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. I just put mine together Tuesday night. I used a GeminII M4 CPU cooler and the stock case fan above it too. Without the flat cables it was a pain to get them not to touch any fans. But it's quiet as a monk now and running cool as a cucumber.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/NCX

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. :) Your build is very nice as well. Best thing with yours is you have plenty of room for the video card (an issue I will probably run into if I eventually upgrade mine) with the temperatures still staying low.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a bit confused about how the cooling in this case works. I see your liquid radiator on the right there, but is that on top of the gfx card? Is it taking the space of a 2.5" drive bay or the dvd slot?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

It is in front of the video card (literally almost touching it), under the shroud the DVD drive would attach to. Normally that space is used for longer length video cards. Due to the way they designed the case, the shroud is riveted to the bracket that mounts the video card to the case itself. I should take a picture of the video card on the shroud before it's put into the case though.....

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, so you would've had problems if you had gotten a larger more powerful video card.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, or I would have had to mount the radiator on the cpu side, forcing me to use a low profile fan (included silverstone one) and sacrifice cooling.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Are your fans in the gpu area all intake or is one exhaust and the other intake?

I plan on using this case with a radiator mounted like yours is but idk whether to run the fan on the rad as intake to bring cool external air over the rad and make cleaning easier with the provided filters or run the fan on the rad as exhaust. I heard this case does well with all fans as intake. What are your thoughts?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Both are intake. According to the case design, I believe it should be as intake as there are vents on the side of the case for air to escape. With the radiator, I did try both as intake and as exhaust; with the intake giving better results.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow and water cooling too. Nice squeeze. I am amazed you pulled that off. +1