Description

So!

Since some of you made me feel like crap about my last build, I made a new one... Kinda.

I had a couple things I wanted to change.

1) To upgrade from a 980 to a 1070.

2) A larger case

3) A vertically mounted GPU

I was able to build my friend a new computer and sold him the 980 plus my case. Thus, allowing me to make my upgrades.

The ASUS 1070 is beautiful. RGB is a plus, cause I can match my Riing color. Now I wish I would have done RGB Riing fans. I get better FPS than I did with the 980, but because my monitor is 60Hz I don't actually see the much difference. Only noticeable change was the GPU is at much lower usage. I believe it stays around 60-65% usage. (Per MSI Afterburner)

Mounting the card wasn't hard at all. You can see the back somewhat, I can add a closer photo is others are interested. I just used a dremel to cut out a flap to rest the card on and for the screws to fit through. Then I cut two slots at the bottom so the tabs could add some stability. A hole for the DVI port cause it sticks out, and then the hole for my DisplayPort cable. It isn't beautiful, but I didn't have to buy any other mods. Just the PCI-E extension.

I will find another way to stabilize the far side of the card just for longevity, but honestly it is more secure than I had anticipated. As long as I don't throw the case around it will hold fine, I hope.

The Phanteks case is amazing. I love the build quality and it has so much more room. Easily the best case I have owned. I originally wanted the Luxe, as I like the LED glow on the sides. However, they weren't available through Amazon. It takes at least a month for anything to get here to Italy, while Amazon Prime takes 7-10 days.

I really like the fan control module that came with the case, but I had already soldered mine into the SATA power cables so I just gave it to my friend. It is a lot of wire clutter in the back though. While no one will see it, I know it is there.

I would like to add some Para cord to my cables. I bought some braided wire and it didn't turn out as expected. It'll have to do for now.

Sorry about the room, had a quick 20 min to take pictures and didn't make the bed.

Let me know what you think.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Build nicely done! Thumbs up!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

The first line of your description made me go look, I wouldn't have let it bother you but as for this build it looks very nice, I actually fancy a vertical build now... damn you! +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw it somewhere and thought why we don't have this option built into every case. It isn't like there would be much change in the engineering. Just cut some holes so we can mount it. Maybe one extra bracket that they can recoup the price in the case.

Either way, I love it. This card has a lot of options to get the look you want. I have mine set to a "breathing" effect. They put a lot of design into the fans and heatsink, why not show it off for a little extra labor.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm the same as smcgothboy I had to go look.

To be fair they're not really harsh comments they are more friendly advise (Well that's what I'd try and see it as). Either way your previous build is good and this has worked on top of that.

Both nice builds.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I know it was fine, and I would have kept it, but the opportunity to sell them and upgrade for only a total loss of 50$ was worth it to me. Appreciate the input!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build man! That case looks amazing. Your other build wasn't bad either but this one is definitely a step up

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I am pretty happy with it. Only thing I would change right now is RGB fans so I can just change the color a little bit. I was playing with the GPU and really like more of a baby blue look, but it doesn't go with those Riings. So normal it is. Maybe I can pawn those off to another friend : )

That and I'm gonna stabilize the card on one end. Maybe a black piece of plastic to squeeze inbetween the PSU cover and the card. Or painted wood?

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Mod.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good. How are your GPU temperatures now that you've gone vertical? I always like the look but having the fans blow into a solid wall an inch away makes me wary about keeping it cool.

I have the same card and I'm loving it so far.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

So I have two 140 fans up front blowing in, one 140 on the bottom blowing in, one 120 fan blowing in from the rear, and then the two top 140s are blowing out. Cause, you know, heat rises (at least I feel that's the best way to do it). So theoretically I have 170-200 CFM blowing into the case at any given time, with 100CFM being forced out the top. There is plenty of air flow in the case. The ASUS 1070 blows air DOWN across the heatsinks, sending the warm air into the middle of the case. Being that it is about an inch and half away behind the window, I just feel like it isn't really hindered by it.

My temps hang around 40 Celsius in BF4 playing in 1440 on ultra. I have my fan profile set to run 1% fan speed per 1 degree C. And that room currently is not air conditioned, sitting around 26 degrees C ambient. (Room is closed off cause it costs too much money on the Italian economy to cool)

Hope that helps. You should mount it!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! How is the GPU mounted? I'm looking at the second picture, but still not sure how you did it... Thanks in advance!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I added a picture without the GPU mounted and a sticky note that simplifies how I cut it. Lemme know if they make it a little clearer.

To secure it I wanted to do a nut and bolt style, but the screws were such a tight fit that they hold it pretty well.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the added pictures and explanation. Metal case mod can be tough and you made it work!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Just takes some confidence to make the first cut!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Out of curiosity, why did you go with the Enthoo Pro over something like a Define R5, which has a single vertical slot? Great build, but I think it had the potential to be a bit neater.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't do a ton of research on cases that do have a vertical mount. More important to me was looks. I came across one case that had it and it was something like 250$ So that was out of the question. I knew I could do it myself so I picked what I liked and modded it myself.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build!