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About a year ago now (come spring I guess) I had to part with a newly built gaming PC that was absolutely fantastic after less than a month or so of using it. After coming back to my old PC with an AMD Phenom and 9800GTX I knew I had to build another good one sometime again.

With a lot of the same design philosophies in mind as last time, this is the PC that I came up with. The previous build had an InWin Dragonrider case for better cooling, which I loved, but this time I went with the Silverstone Raven RV03B. This case mounts the motherboard sideways so that heat rising from the graphics card doesn't reach the CPU. It also lets the graphics card exhaust from the top of the case (which is where the I/O shield is) and it has 2 giant fans at the bottom to help keep air flow in that direction.

I purchased a Corsair H100 cooler this time instead of the H60 (which was the first time I had used any Corsair cooler). I know some people complain that they have some whizzing noise with the corsair coolers but neither my H60 nor this H100 has had any noise problems. In fact both the previous build and this one are incredibly quiet.. almost silent.

I haven't overclocked it yet because I don't see the need to yet, so at 3.5GHz stock (which is on an Ivy Bridge, so bear in mind that 3.5GHz will yield higher performance than a 3.5GHz Sandy Bridge) I idle around 18-22C and although I haven't run an actual full load program (mostly because I don't know which one to use with the new Ivy Bridge yet) I have been able to run Far Cry 3 on Ultra while having other programs and even another game open without breaking 45C. Far Cry 3 also runs flawlessly on this PC at those settings. Not a single hiccup in FPS or anything.

Also, I chose an i7-3770k and a single stick of 8GB so I could get 3 more 8GB sticks of RAM for some extreme video editing.

My only qualm with this case was that there were 2 workarounds I had to deal with that you might want to take into consideration if you decide to choose the same case. With the motherboard rotated 90 degrees, my SATA ports ended up being in the bottom left side of the case if you were to be facing the side panel. And my SATA DVD Drive is in the very top, front of the case meaning I would need an extra long SATA cable to reach all the way to the ports. I pretty much installed my OS/Drivers with the drive outside of the case where I could reach it with a SATA cable and intend on getting a longer one later.

The other problem I had is that I don't believe the H100 was intended to fit inside this case. I managed to fit it inside the drive bay area after dismantling almost all of the brackets. I was able to get it screwed into that area for the most part, but it needs some special modification to be fully mounted. Also I couldn't get in there currently by putting both fans for the H100 on the same side of it, so if you see the H100 in one of the photos with a fan only on the bottom of it, know that the other fan is on the top of the H100 on the opposite side. This also meant that I had to install my hard drives on the back of the case (another great design by this manufacturer), as you can see by the picture with the Samsung SSD. I also have a mechanical drive mounted on the back as well, and there is room for 3 more drives I believe.

Overall though I'm very pleased with this PC build, and pretty happy I got a chance to build another one. As for pricing bear in mind that I also bought all of these parts over the holiday. I got at least 4 of them in combo deals saving me 15$ or more and I bought every other part at a discounted price. The price you see also includes a Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse/Operating System for about ~$460.

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  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent case! I love how the power supply mounts in the front and forces you to route the cable behind the motherboard! This has been one of my favorite lines of cases for a while now. Anyway to address you issue with the H100, the Raven is meant to be an air-cooled case, the 120mm holes at the bottom of the case are the closest it gets to native radiator support but there is not enough room to fit one, so that is out of the question. You could try to mod it; but neither I, nor the rest of the community would recommend it. It is an amazing air-cooling case though and I hope this build is suiting you, I would question your choice in hardware though. The 3770k seems like it is overkill for what you are doing. Also, for future reference, it is better to get 2 x 4GB cards instead of 1 x 8GB card.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

i went with 1x8GB to get 3 more 8GB cards and the i73770k for some extreme video editing. I forgot to mention that part

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok then, that validates the 3770k AND the RAM. This build is fine in my eyes.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like that case? I am really interested in that case but I've never built with anything like that. And so far this is the only build I have seen using it :P feedback would be helpful and great job on the build btw.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I talk about the case in the description. I really like it so far, but there were 2 issues I had with it to take into consideration.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't want to watercool like that. I'm more interested in how it performs cooling wise and also the general ease of use with the I/O panel at the top. What I mean is if it's more convenient to have it on the top or would you recommend a normal layout case. Sorry to sound stupid but I didn't read anything about that in the description

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I think overall having the I/O shield on top is nice. It allows me to run the cables through a handle that is on the top rear of the case and keep them neatly tied together rather than having them run along the floor. I think the fact that having the motherboard turned 90 degrees prevents heat from rising up to the CPU from the graphics card is also a good choice to keep in mind for cooling. Also the graphics exhaust that usually exits the rear of the case is now also at the top of the case that moves along with the flow of cool air from the two giant fans at the bottom.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't forget that it also puts the weight of the card on the length of the PCB, which helps alot if you have a heavy graphics card as it prevents warping of the PCB

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! For video editing and gaming this thing will be awesome!!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

You picked an excellent SSD and, considering you're planning on doing some video editing, have a well balanced build. The only gripes I have are with the PSU and the Motherboard. The PSU is a bit rubbishy and for the price you could have got better, but if it's working, it's probably not going to be an issue. I assume that, at some point, you plan on doing some overclocking on the cpu (taking into account the H100), that's where the motherboard falls down, the MOSFETS aren't very good quality and so the lifespan of the mobo is reduced when you OC as a result of the poor quality. They're only minor problems and I'm sure you wont have any major issues. Nice build overall :)

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

5 case fans and liquid cooling? I think you might be good on temps lol(:

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you would have probably done better with one of the liquid coolers that come with 140mm or 120mm heatsinks since your case doesn't have a 200mm fan opening anywhere. Aside from that, this looks very nice.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

18°C Idle? unless you room temperature is like 15°C, that's seems unrealistically low.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

Wow you really pulled out all stops to re-engineer that case. That thing is built for extreme overclocking. I may use some of those ideas some day. Good job!

Lol your case is kind of just a huge wind tunnel, until you do some OCing, but that sure was a creative placement of your ssd. Check out my build when you a chance. I put the ssd in the 5.25" bay, but obviously you had no room to do that with the h100 in that spot.

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