I've added a few goodies since my original build:
- 2 x EVGA GTX 980 Ti (Superclocked) in SLI w/ EVGA HB SLI Bridge
- Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD (games drive)
- Asus PG348Q 34" Ultrawide IPS/G-Sync Monitor
- Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Gaming Mouse
Needless to say I am now extremely satisfied with my gaming experience, Ultrawide is the future. If you have been considering stepping up to an Ultrawide for gaming do yourself a favor and pull the trigger, I promise you will not be disappointed.
I would also like to give a shout-out to my boy DrowsyDroid for getting me some amazing deals on a number of these upgrades.
Recently I've really enjoyed some of the modern concept case designs that have been released, and when I saw the Thermaltake Core P3 I decided to give my PC a facelift.
I've been using a Lian-Li V1020 for the past 5+ years, and while it has been an excellent case, one could certainly say that it favors function over form. Given how much effort component manufacturers are putting into aesthetics these days, I thought the P3 would be a great way to showcase the artistic side of a PC build. The primary function for my PC is gaming, along with some light productivity work. With the exception of the Thermaltake AIO cooler, all components were from my existing setup.
The actual build process was pretty smooth, with no major issues. I would however say that this chassis is probably not ideal for a first time builder. Instructions could be a bit more detailed, but shouldn't be an issue for intermediate and expert builders.
One minor insight is that the current parallel gfx orientation is probably not ideal for running an SLI setup. I recently was able to source another GTX 970 for cheap which is the reason for my setup, but ultimately I plan on moving to a single 1080Ti once that becomes available. In the current configuration, the inner graphics card has almost no space in front of its fans, so it can get pretty hot (81 C max). A blower-style cooler may also be a more viable option here. If was planning on running SLI long term, I'd probably go for the traditional perpendicular orientation.
I was also pleasantly surprised by how quiet this thing is, despite being open air. During light workloads (e.g. web browsing) the radiator and GPU fans are barely audible. The GPU fans do pick up a bit during heavy gaming, but still relatively quiet overall. It is nice not having to run additional case fans.
Upon completion the chassis looks absolutely stunning in person. Unfortunately my elementary photography skills (or lack thereof) don't really do it justice. If you are considering this case for aesthetics, rest assured you will not be disappointed.
Overall I am very happy with how this build turned out, and I would highly recommend this chassis to anyone who is considering.
PS: In my research on this case I came across some threads where people claimed they were having issues with the PCIE riser cable. I contacted Thermaltake and they told me that the P3 ships with the newer version of the cable which solves previous issues. I also ordered an additional riser cable from Amazon for SLI, and I'm happy to report that both cables appear to be working well. I have not experienced any sort of system instability, and my 3DMark scores are consistent with the scores I got when both cards were plugged directly into the motherboard.