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the cpu has the h60, and the gpu has the h55. i know they're basically the same, but i decided that the h60 was very slightly better so i got that for the cpu. NZXT's gpu bracket only supports the h55.

the acrylic cost around $70, and i don't remember how much the aluminum cost. total cost i spent on the case i estimate around $90.

sorry, i don't have any pictures of the build process, or even any that really show the construction very well. i bought 6 sheets of 11" x 11" x .25" acrylic from tap plastic. i figured out what layout i wanted inside the computer (motherboard on bottom, power supply above the cpu, a fan above the back of the gpu, and two fans on the "front" of the case), and then figured out what i needed to cut out of the acrylic. i cut holes for all the fans, all the IO, the power supply, and a little tiny one to mount the power switch. the .75" aluminum bracket was cut into mitered joints all around. the holes in the bracket are done with a .25" bit, then a little counter sinking. the holes in the acrylic are done with a smaller bit (3/8" maybe, i don't remember) and then tapped to .25". the tap worked extremely well, much better than i was expecting, and got rid of the need to figure out a way to make captive nuts on the inside of the case.

the motherboard standoffs and drilled and tapped straight into the acrylic floor. also worked much better than i was expecting

the power supply is mounted with a little strip of aluminum drilled into the back wall, and then it sits on a little chunk of extra acrylic that i cemented to the adjacent wall.

i had originally planned on mounting both radiators on the front wall of the case, side by side, with the radiators on the inside and their respective fans on the outside blowing in. the third fan would have been at the back above the gpu as an exhaust. the front of the gpu turned out to be too tall for a radiator to be mounted above it, so i had to move that to the back of the case, and the exhaust fan above the gpu.

speaking of air flow, there isn't much. hooray for water cooling.

there also isn't any cable management. i don't have a problem with it right now, but maybe one day i'll go through and clean it up

the water cooling is fantastic, even under load i've never seen the cpu over 50C, and only seen the gpu over 50C once or twice.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I would add a second fan to the radiators for push-pull configuration, but thats just me personally. great looking custom build :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm yeah that might help... air flow doesn't seem to be tooo bad of a problem but thanks!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

The cube :3 +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

+1!!! I LOVE custom built cases and yours is nicely done. The smokey acrylic looks fantastic. Why not move the fans inside and perhaps cover the holes with a charcoal window screen from home depot? It could help with dust and preserve the shape of the cube.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

fans don't fit inside very easily :( would require some extra modification to the case. and the dust hasn't been too much of a problem so far, plus it's not too difficult to take the roof off and give it a cleaning every once in a while. but yes, screens would be nice, and thanks!!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

If you leave your fans installed outside of the case like that, I highly suggest you get some fan filters. Otherwise, you're gonna spend a lot of time cleaning out all the dust build up.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, filters are expensive but they're on the list :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

What are the parts?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

amd fx-6300, r9 280x, 8gb ram... full list on the left

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, also, did you have any problems with the ram at first? Mine is 1600 mhz and it gives me the beep code of ram.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

nope, haven't had any problems with the ram sorry :/ thanks though!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks