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This was my first complete build after buying barebones PCs back in the 90s. My original build for this had a Cryorig air cooler but the thing was massive. Also, some of the mounting screws wouldn't thread properly so I couldn't mount it. I decided to RMA it and go with liquid cooling. I could have saved $20-$30 on the liquid cooler but wanted to start my build ASAP after having all the other parts. I'm pretty satisfied with the build so far. The case has some intricacies but overall things fit in it nicely. I'm happy with the GPU and CPU so far. Everything seems pretty clean as well (cabling, etc).

The Corsair Carbide 500R case is fairly roomy for a Mid-Tower. I found that the Cooler radiator would only fit if the hoses went towards the back of the case. This forced me to use some zip ties to stop the hose from hitting the rear exhaust fan. I would have liked it if there were more color options on the fans as the fan speed connector is proprietary. I'm sure I can buy some OEM stuff and figure it out.

Really happy with the motherboard. Super simple BIOS and overclocking is very easy as well. The same goes for the GPU.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that a Mac keyboard

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. During my build, I was borrowing my work Mac keyboard as my Corsair Vengeance K70 was being used for my old desktop and gaming. I couldn't find any of my other usb keyboards lying around, so I grabbed the easiest one I could.

Existing stuff I transferred over: Roccat Pure Optical HD mouse Corsair Vengeance K70 (Brown Cherry keys) Astro Gaming A40 headset

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing name with an amazing name, nice, clean build!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, nicely done. I'm curious on your selection of GPU with a new Skylake build but I bet it still runs smoothly. How is the FPS? What are you OC'ed at? +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear ya. I had been going back and forth for months on the GPU (GTX 970. GTX 980Ti, a couple AMD models), but in the end I looked at what I was playing (CounterStrike: Global Offensive mostly) and didn't think the extra $150-$400 on the video card was worth it for me. It made more sense to get onto Skylake with DDR4. I can always upgrade the GPU later if I find this one doesn't meet my needs. In CS:GO I am getting 275-325 FPS during Matchmaking. The GPU fans don't even turn on.

Current OC: Core Speed: 4325 MHz Multiplier: x42 Bus Speed: 103 Mhz

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok good because I almost cried

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive got the same case and going to upgrade to a i7-6700k. I am having trouble finding what AIO water cooler options I have.I cant tell if you mounted the H100i radiator on outside of chassis under black mesh or inside. Any help would be appreciated.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I mounted the radiator under the black mesh, with the fans on the inside of the case. The mesh bulges up a little bit (bows). But it fit...mostly.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm any ideas on other water coolers that would fit slightly better or is this one the best for the case? Also whats your temps like and have you overclocked?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I don't know. I bought this water cooler because it was the only one I could get my hands on (local Best Buy) as my air cooler just wasn't working out on my build.

I'm currently OCed at 4328 MHz. Temperatures are very cool: 25-30C but I'm not running anything right now.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

It was onsale Thanksgiving week and ($20 less than usual on newegg, and also a $35 MIR)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

True that. I still love this case, amazing airflow and the stock case fans have an awesome color

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I do wish the stock fans came in different colors. While you can buy OEM fans, I've read that getting them to work with the proprietary fan control cable is a bit of a PITA.