Description

My personal daily rig used mainly for driving games and browsing with some other games and usages occasionally. I drilled holes in the size of a 120mm fan grill in the bottom of the case in front of the power supply to mount my H80i there for drawing cool air from the bottom of the case. Since I had a measly 730GT for a while I had no problems with the H80i being mounted there. But when I got my GTX 960, which is much longer than the 730, I realized exactly how short the tubes on the H80i actually are. So for now it is just sitting down there but is safely positioned, however I call this version 1 because soon I will be changing the water-cooling setup to a custom or possible a H1xxi AIO depending on my budget. In version 2 I will also be doing a custom side panel window, adding a second 120 or 140 fan grill on the top of the case, getting blue LED Corsair SP fans everywhere in the case and using corsair link or some other way of controlling them, and blue LED case lighting. I may also get a second GTX 960 for SLI (unnecessary I know but I want it) and either a i7 3770k or maybe even going with a new motherboard and a 4770/90k. As far as the hardware upgrades go, those will depend on my budget but I am definitely doing the what I consider to be aesthetics which is the side window, LED's and fans.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good!

I wouldn't recommend SLI. I have both 980 TI in SLI and really it isn't worth it (cost to performance ratio). The performance gain is dismal. Most games are not designed to run SLI and scale terribly. NVIDIA has also abandoned 3 and 4 card support so developers are shying away from SLI coding period. You would be better off buying a 980 TI with the price drop (as you can scoop them up cheaper than a 1070 and they are comparable in performance but are older architecture) or go big with a 1080. You could even wait for the 1080 TI release which will likely be this fall to mirror AMDs release.

I also have an I7 4790k and would recommend going the x99 build if you decide to upgrade. Don't buy into a dead chipset. Intel no longer supports it in terms of future upgrades. It isn't much more to hit the x99 bracket.

That is just my 2 cents. Sounds like you got some good future plans though!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You'll like Ver 2 then. I will post it tonight

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point
Interesting...

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

that power supply (corsair cx) is known to die rather early, i would recommend replacing with an evga g2, gs, gq, or p2 unit

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I, for one use, a CX600 and it's been working well for 3+ years now. I do want to replace it but not because I'm worried that it'd die but because I'd like a modular one with more support for HDD/SSD.

Lots of folks have reported noted "CX are poor power supplies", never saw anyone say they experienced a problem...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Had it for 2 years but I did just replace it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build; I wasn't a fan of this case. Too awkward to work in and small given GPUs these days. I think you've experienced this whether you've noted as much or not.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah GPU clearance is a little lacking.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issues mounting it at the rear or top? I doubt there'll be any noticeable difference in temps if so.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No issues I just liked the 5 degree C drop by putting it at the bottom

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoot modify the case if needed and mount that radiator at the top, overclock that 3570k to 4.5ghz and game on, dude. SLI always looks awesome, or pick up one of the new gen monster cards. That 3570k is a great cpu and overclocks nicely.

Looking forward to your next version.

Btw how about a picture of your case mod fan inlet.

Thumbs up.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the wait is almost over! Ver. 2 is here but there's been a wonderful change in plans ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha honestly I'd rather not show it. I was extremely rushed and it turned out terrible and ghetto. I'm actually a welder/metal fabricator so if I had had just a little more time and better equipment I could have made it look factory, but I digress.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you read the description? I explained it in there

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe blowing on the gpu