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The Fame Monster

by mekberg

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118 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 6, 2018

Date Built

Jan. 31, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.016 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

Description

3/3/18 Update

I've added the EVGA FTW3 Hybrid kit. In this build everything was virtually silent except the graphics card. Furthermore, temps were in excess of 80C in some games. Removing the side panels had little effect. I even wedged the Noctua A15 that came with the D15S between the power supply and the shroud to supply even more fresh air through the shroud to the GPU. I noticed no change in temps. This combined with JayzTwoCents video of GPU thermals in this case led me to believe it was just the card.

I installed the kit with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (because why not?). Temps now are in the upper 40s using RealBench stress test (LuxMark). I'm using a Noctua F12 chromax on the radiator controlled through CAM. The stock EVGA fan was incredibly loud. I bundled up the 2 pin fan wire from the graphics card and left it inside the shroud since I knew I wasn't going to be using it. Now there is a slight hum from the pump but the system only gets marginally louder under full load.

Since I knew the GPU fan would be replaced I took the opportunity to swap to a full sized ATX power supply. This gives me a bit more headroom while placing me in the optimal part of the efficiency curve under load.

Added a 1TB Samsung 860 EVO because I'm quickly amassing a game collection.

The Fame Monster

The build gets its name from the Gaga poster my girlfriend has in our office. I am admittedly also a Gaga fan and wanted to play off the black and white color scheme.

Background

This build began life in early January as a couch gaming rig in a Fractal Design Node 202 with an EVGA GTX 1060 6GB card. I managed to snag the 1080 Ti via an EVGA in-stock alert a few weeks ago which necessitated the move to a larger case. Around the same time I scooped up the Alienware 34" ultrawide monitor through Dell with a nice discount through my employer.

A bit of inspiration was borrowed from Vincanti's and Rdoxey's H200i builds.

Currently overclocked to 5.0 GHz @ 1.31 volts and a -2 AVX offset.

NZXT H200i

A big fan of the aesthetics of this case. I was also cross shopping the Fractal Define Nano S (window) but ultimately decided against it due to lack of TG. I am not a fan of the durability of acrylic.

The Smart Device on the NZXT case didn't matter much to me but I gave it a chance. After several attempts (NZXT servers were down) I finally got the adaptive calibration process to complete. Unfortunately I was not happy with its results and manually configured the fan curves myself. This took me 5 whole minutes as opposed to the ~2 hours I spent fiddling with the calibration process. Do yourself a favor and bypass that feature.

One benefit of the NZXT Smart Device is the 3 individually controlled PWM fan channels as opposed to the 2 (CHA + AIO) on my motherboard. The CAM software allows you to key off the GPU or CPU temp for the fan curve. This allows me to run the lower front tied to the GPU with a more aggressive curve than that of the top fan. The rear is set for the CPU but again a more aggressive curve as it is a smaller fan.

As a whole the CAM software seems half baked. The in-game overlay doesn't work, the remote app on Android wouldn't work for days on end (same server problem?), and the system monitor features are no better than HWInfo but seem to utilize more of the CPU. I still have it installed in case I want to mess with the RGB but prefer HWInfo for system info.

8600K

At the time of my build the 8700K was out of stock. Since this rig was intended to be a gaming machine I wasn't too bummed to miss out on hyperthreading.

Noctua NH-D15S

Due to the length of the GPU I knew I couldn't run a Kraken, thus my second (serendipitous?) choice was a Noctua cooler. This thing just barely fits. Clearance to the top of the case is a bit tight. I had to use a long, flat screwdriver to push the fan clips up and over the top of the heatsink. The Noctua covers require some coaxing. Overall I think this cooler was the correct choice over the regular D15.

EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW

Not much to say here. One of the best 1080 Tis out there. After a week of trying to get any reasonable 1080 Ti I just happened to get lucky via EVGA's website (had my billing and shipping info prefilled for fast checkout).

Corsair SF600

Recommended minimum spec for this card. As originally stated this build started as a couch gaming rig with a 1060. I had planned a little headroom for upgrading, but I didn't think I would end up at a 280 watt card. With the overclock and all of the other estimates via PCPartPicker I'm somewhere in the mid 400s for utilization. If I upgrade in the future I'd look at something SFX from SilverStone (if Corsair doesn't come out with something > 600w).

Corsair Vengeance LPX

Originally picked this due to its low profile nature for Big Shuriken compatibility in the Node 202. I've always been a fan of Corsair memory.

Asus ROG Strix Z370-I

Usually stick with Asus for motherboards and this was the only one available for Coffee Lake. Does everything I need. Built in wireless is nice.

Samsung 960 EVOs

250 GB is set up as OS drive with the 500 GB for games. I typically only play a couple of games at a time so this shouldn't be an issue. If I need more space I have room for 3 2.5" drives that I'll fill in as needed.

Misc

Based on a couple reviews I've seen of this case with an SFX power supply I knew the stock cables wouldn't work (also had the premium cables in the Node 202). Although spendy I think the white cables go well with the build.

Noctua case fans because they're the best.

Comments Sorted by:

pepeo 6 points 10 months ago

Amazing build, the chromax noctua rocks.

jk184 12 Builds 4 points 10 months ago

Came here to look at computers. Found Gaga. It's going to be a good day. +1

Pera1996 3 points 10 months ago

do you think that air cooler will fit in the h200i with an am4 motherboard? Anyway excellent buil man!

Zakipoo 2 points 10 months ago

it does, I have it in my build. you just have to buy the separate am4 bracket for the cpu cooler or get it through noctua for free but it takes like a month.

Pera1996 0 points 10 months ago

TY! Which motherboard ad RAM do you have?

Zakipoo 1 point 9 months ago

The gigabyte b350 itx one and g.skill tridentz 3200

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

That's a good question! I would email NZXT and ask them.

hbseawell 2 points 9 months ago

great cable management, looks great!

Design1stcode2nd 5 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

I love the whole build and I'm really liking the Chromax. Just to make sure my math is right you replaced the stock D15 fans with 2 from the Chromax line plus covers so $163.60 all together?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

That's correct.

CarlosCoconutt 2 points 1 month ago

Hi, very nice build ! can you tell me please wich fans models are linked to the noctua ? You bough a single fan nh-d15s and plugged another one ? Did you replaced the fan on the back of the case ? Thank you very much !

ORACLEpcb 6 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Simple and Clean

AAABattary 1 point 10 months ago

What monitor is that? It's huuuuuuge.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Alienware AW3418DW - it's 34" ultrawide @ 1440p.

AAABattary 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks! The Alienware monitors look really sleek.

Otterman366 10 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Where did you get those covers for the cooler?

Otterman366 10 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! These really make this cooler look so much better

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Ah I should have included these in the build in the custom section. Thanks for pointing that out.

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Looks amazing +1

theMFNmaster 1 point 10 months ago

If this build was any cleaner you'd have to rename it "Mr. Clean" Really nice. I love the simplicity.... +1

DeadCarrot 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

What a beauty! You sir just built your way into my favorite computers on PCPP list. Truly a masterpiece, I absolutely love the look of this build!

+1

OfficialP90 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

B&W For The Win! +1 This rig has an exceptional selection of components all thrown together into a sleek & classy build. I love the overall simplicity of the build that beholds such immense power without anyone really knowing it without a closer look. I mean the cpu cooler is sort of a dead give away that something incredible is going on with this build, but that would be easier for a fellow builder rather than the common eye. All in all, well done with this build! I Love the theme and I'm loving that monitor!

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks!

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Wow, a very nice clean build. In part as that Noctua covers everything lol, but looks extremely well done. Easy +1

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Haha yeah it does cover everything - but there's nothing to see anyway! Just some boring, black RAM and a couple of connectors.

The CPU cooler was the last thing to go in before cables were managed.

GergelyF 1 point 10 months ago

Very clean build! +1 What about the noise level (at full load) and temps?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I can make a couple of videos tonight for noise.

Using Asus Realbench I saw a CPU peak on one core around 75c with the average about 67c. GPU if I recall was maxed at 74c as well. Playing Destiny 2 CPU is around 50c with the GPU anywhere between 67-74c.

GergelyF 2 points 10 months ago

thx, vid would be appreciated ;)

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry I haven't gotten around to this - been sick the last few days.

Related: Subnautica doesn't have an FPS cap and absolutely pummels my GPU even worse than the LuxMark bench. It tries to run, in this case, 3440x1440 @ 144 FPS on max settings. I'm seeing temps peaking at 80C with 100% utilization.

Luckily I found a console command work-around to cap the FPS at 60 which has me hanging around 68C.

Wootcore 1 point 10 months ago

i am also interested to see how much noise this guy makes.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I will see if I can get to this tonight.

Spieler40 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hi, im planning a build very similar to this one i was wondering if you know what kind of FPS you get normally on games. Im also going for the Ultrawide thats why im asking.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I've really only played Destiny 2 since the build. I'm capped at 100 FPS @ 3440x1440 using GeForce Experience recommended settings which is almost maxed out. I haven't overclocked my display to 120 Hz yet.

friku 1 point 10 months ago

Hi Mekberg:

I´ve noticed that you placed the CPU cooler more towards the upper part of the case than the Vikandis build. Any problem you´ve came up with or would you be able to place the cooler the same way?

I´m asking because I´m looking forward to do a similar build myself but I was thinking about placing a 12mm fan on top of the case, is this possible or is it better to go without it?

Another thing I´ve noticed is that you used a second NF-A15 on the cooler but the one placed near the ram is slightly offset from the first one, a little more to the upper part of the case to clarify, any reason for that? Any problems with the ram? I like the idea of having another of this fans installed also that´s why I´m asking.

Sorry for so much questions. Really nice job. Congrats ;)

mekberg submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

The D15S is offset away from the first PCI Express slot compared to the regular D15. This isn't anything that is adjustable. I opted for this version because I have seen other photos of the D15 heat sink resting on or near the backplate of GPUs. With the size of the FTW3 card and its backplate I decided to play it safe.

With the D15S it is definitely not possible to run a top fan at the same time. With the regular D15 it might be possible if you run a slim fan like the Noctua A12x15.

The front fan is slightly shifted upward for no good reason at all. The metal fan clips can be bent a bit. It is likely The middle fan's clips are bent because I took the fan on and off several times for fitment. It does bother me somewhat, but due to the large pain in the *** of removing and reinstalling the fan with a screwdriver (due to my inability to get my fingers above the heatsink) I am unlikely to fiddle with it any longer. With the regular D15 this shouldn't be an issue.

Ram clearance is not a problem as the 2 DIMM slots on this motherboard are directly below the front heatsink. The height limiter in this case is actually the 24 pin connector. I had to press the cables down and toward the front.

Let me know if you would like any close up photos.

friku 1 point 10 months ago

Hi Mekberg:

Thanks for the reply ;).

Asked you about the D15S placement because the Vicantis build stated that he´s using the same cooler and in his build it looks nearer the GPU as you have indicated here so I was confused if it has something to do with different mounting options this cooler could have. I like the way it looks in your build, I think the way the white top color part of the case flows nice through the two white covers of the cooler without any spaces in between. Your indications about the upper fan helped me a lot, I´m going to buy another A15 fan for the cooler and go with no upper fan installed, as there is no space as you told me. Thanks for that.

I´ve got the same Trident Z Ram as you, only change is the red color trim mine has. Been thinking about repainting them white, don´t know if I´ve got time for that...

Thanks for the photo offer, I think it´s ok, I assume that there is a lot going on in the gap between the cooler and the Ram space, Ram itself and the cabling, seems to be tight. I´m going to have a bad time there for sure also... ;)

Thanks again sir, nice job.

Cheers, friku ;)

TheLeadMachine 1 point 6 months ago

He's using Corsair LPX RAM. I also am concerned about spacing between the Trident Z RAM/Corsair LPX vs 120/140 front heat sink fan options.

x300nukez 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I will dedicate my money to replicate this in your honor. It will be my first pc build lol. I will be using an am4 motherboard, now I'm just waiting for my paycheck.

I'll keep in touch!

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Awesome - good luck! I can't wait to see it.

Pera1996 1 point 10 months ago

Tell me if this cooler will fit!

x300nukez 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Will do!

Sharvard 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build! I was thinking about getting the same case (the white version) and I wanted to know how the little NZXT hub thing worked. Does it consolidate all your case fan cables into one usb connector? I pretty confused by how it works lol.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! The Smart Device has 3 fan channels controlled via a USB 2.0 header. The first channel is supplied with a 3-way connector - so you can run a total of 5 fans from the Smart Device. I chose to remove the 3-way connector in order to set individual fan curves for my 3 case fans.

Just know that you are mostly tied to CAM if you choose to utilize the fan channels on the Smart Device. They do turn on without CAM installed but I do not know their default configuration (silent? fixed?)

If you want a close up photo of the Smart Device I can take one for you.

Sharvard 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah, a close up would be nice! I'm just interested in if the hub consolidates all the fans you plug into it into one fan connector to plug into my MoBo. If it doesn't I'll have to buy a splitter.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

There are no PWM connections to the motherboard with the Smart Device - only the USB 2.0 header. The fans are controlled through CAM. If you want BIOS control of your fans your best bet is to take the 3-way splitter off the Smart Device and use it on your CHA header.

Sharvard 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry I'm sorta new to this so I don't really understand a lot of the terminology yet haha. So did I understand you correctly? The NZXT hub doesn't consolidate the fans plugged into it into one single USB connector that goes to the MoBo. That means I'll need to buy a splitter that connects to the MoBo through one of the fan headers and plug the case fans into the hub and the hub into the splitter?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

The NZXT hub consolidates the fans into a single USB 2.0 connector on the motherboard. It does not utilize the motherboard's case fan header - which is normally how you control fans via the UEFI BIOS. This means you need the CAM software to do so.

sodom 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

awesome and clean build!

do you can tell me please how much space you have between gpu and front fan? I have 970 G1 (312mm long) and don't sure if I can fit my gpu with both front fans.

thanks.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

9.5mm from the end of the FTW to the fan. You're out of luck unless you run a 15mm slim fan.

sodom 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

thank you very much for answer. I'm still very optimistic and I ordered h200i yesterday :)

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Good luck! You may be able to run a 120mm intake fan mounted as low as possible - depending on the thickness of your card.

sodom 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

thanks mate! I think about that or maybe use 14cm low profile fan. case should be arrive on friday, so I will see then.

sorry for my english :)

sodom 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

hello again and sorry for spam :) I successfully finished my build two days ago and everything is great. this case is awesome! anyway, it was a mistake on a couple sites, my gpu is 300mm long, not 312 like they say on the net. thanks again mate and take care ;)

Brennen2009 1 point 9 months ago

This is an awesome build even as far as to say my dream build.

Brennen2009 1 point 9 months ago

May I ask why you got a custom water block for a 1080 ti evga when the evga 1080ti hybrid exists?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Well it's not really a "custom" water block - the kit is made by EVGA.

I originally purchased the standard FTW3 because it was the only 1080 Ti I could get my hands on in January. At that point in time I did not intend to go the hybrid route.

Have you seen the prices of graphics cards lately? If a hybrid 1080 Ti were available at a reasonable price I would gladly sell my regular card and purchase the hybrid.

Brennen2009 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah ik i was just wondering if the hybrid was availible to you. Thanks for responding

justrichie 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Was it hard getting the d-15s to fit?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Not really hard - just required some planning:

  1. Mount MOBO first.
  2. Plug in all connectors.
  3. Install cooler backplate.
  4. Plug A15 fans into Y connector.
  5. Install Chromax magnets to D15 w/ clips.
  6. Install D15.
  7. Mount fans.
  8. Install Chromax covers.
justrichie 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

How'd you get the left chromax cover in? The side panel screw thing blocks it.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

"coaxing" :)

TarikDurak 1 point 7 months ago

This means that you would connect the fans and just lay them off to the side, then install the d15 and attach the already hooked up fans? doesnt that make it hard with the wire being in the way?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Yes to the fans being hooked up and off to the side. Wasn't too difficult because the case was lying flat with the fans/cable up and over the top of the case (the Noctua Y cable is pretty long).

rasesh 1 point 8 months ago

Hey, seriously amazing build! I really wanted your opinion between the Noctua D15 and the D15S. I don't see much of a difference between the 2... Any reason you didn't go for the regular Noctua D15 which is rated the #1 air cooler? Would they both fit?

Thanks!

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

D15S is a high-compatibility version of the D15. It is offset away from the GPU PCI-E slot. The cooling capacity is identical.

I chose this because I was worried about the backplate thickness of the FTW3.

Vincanti is using the regular D15 on his build HERE and it's really tight.

rasesh 1 point 8 months ago

Seems like he's also using the D15S according to his parts list. Another question I had for you if you don't mind is why you didn't use 2 x 140mm fans up front especially since the case allows for it. Would the 2 x 140mm up front have intruded or come in the way of something?

Thanks!

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

His parts list is wrong. You can clearly see the difference between my Noctua and his.

rasesh 2 points 8 months ago

Makes sense. The website on NZXT H200i states max cpu cooler height is 165mm. The D15S is 160mm + 5mm for the chromax accessory. The D15 is 165mm + 5mm for the chromax = 170mm.

Usually case companies will have an extra few mm on top of what they say is "safe" being 165mm.

Now that you have the D15S + you know the thickness of the FTW3 do you think you could've fit the Noctua D15?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I used to run 2 x 140mm fans in front until I got the hybrid GPU kit. I even tried the Bgears 140 to 120 fan adapter but the supplied screws don't work for this application. The F12 edges out the A14 in static pressure so I went that route.

Samaritans 1 point 8 months ago

Wow, awesome build! I'm gonna make something like this soon in the h200i, thanks for the inspiration! Just one questions though, You have 3 case fans, which I assume you plugged into the smart thing on the h200i, what did you do with the 2 fans on the CPU i think there's only 1 CPU_FAN header right?

rasesh 1 point 8 months ago

I also wonder the same. I wonder if he connected the CPU cooler fans to the h200i thing or the motherboard itself. If he connected the cpu cooler fans to the h200i then he can control it's speed I believe. Not sure how he would control the CPU cooler fans if they are connected to the motherboard.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Correct only one CPU_FAN header. I'm running a Y splitter which I already had (from an NF-12X15 PWM).

calebzhou138 1 point 8 months ago

One suggestion for your setup, try wall mounting your monitor. Other than that everything is perfect. Good job.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Okay. Any particular reason why?

calebzhou138 1 point 8 months ago

That is just me. No need to worry.

calebzhou138 1 point 8 months ago

The monitor stand just distracts me. That's all. Great PC Build. Did you have to do any adjustments to fit the cooler in?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Actually I don't think that is possible in this build as the height of the radiator would prevent me from running a 140mm bottom fan.

rasesh 1 point 8 months ago

Can this fit 2.5 thickness cards like the Gigabyte Gtx 980 Ti Xtreme?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Maybe? I wouldn't recommend. The white cable management bar would run right up against the front-most fan - choking airflow.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

You can remove the bar, though. Just know that there is very little clearance between the perforated shroud and an ATX power supply. With a 2 1/2 slot card you wouldn't get any air there unless you ran an SFX power supply.

rasesh 1 point 8 months ago

How much space do you have between your front fans and your 299mm long 1080Ti FTW? Reason I ask is because I'm thinking if you can fit a 328mm gpu + fan at front or not. Thanks.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I only have 19mm free (for a total of 318mm) but I am running the Noctua rubber pads on both sides of the fan. NZXT's website lists 325mm as max GPU length. Perhaps some slim fans?

rasesh 1 point 8 months ago

Is it 325mm max gpu length with the front fans mounted or without front fans mounted? The rubber mounts on the fans aren't too thick though are they?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Seems like 325mm could fit if you use the front NZXT fans. The rubber mounts probably add 1mm on either side. I haven't compared the thickness of the fans themselves (NZXT vs Noctua) but I assume they're the same.

Nyvkroft 1 point 8 months ago

Sick buid, totally coping this build. Is there any space above the heatsink to fit another fan in the top slot?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Not with the D15S. Possible with the D15 but if you run the Chromax covers they wrap around the top and bottom of the heat sink. As such, looking from the top, you would see fan, cover, fan, cover, fan.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Though I have thought about modifying the covers with a hack saw (removing the top and bottom). The magnets which provide most of the fastening power attach to the user-facing end of the heatsink.

Worst case scenario it's a $30 mistake. I've made worse!

Samaritans 1 point 8 months ago

I finally got myself the h200i and NH-d15S and tried to put it in but no luck. I ended up putting in the d15 "upside down" so there's a big gap between the top of the cooler and the case and tiny gap to the GPU. How did you put in that beefy cooler? I tried the other way around, but I literarily cannot clip on the fans and the white cover afterward.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Did you remove the top fan?

Samaritans 1 point 8 months ago

Yup, I tried to put in the cooler the "right" way but I can't reach in to clip the cpu fan or clip on the magnets.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah I had to use a long flat bladed screwdriver to push the clips over the heatsink.

kenlao 1 point 8 months ago

think the g.skill trident z ram will fit?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I'm 99% sure. I can look through my front fan and see the top of the RAM. Looks like 1+" between the Vengeance LPX (34mm?) and the bottom of the fin stack.

kenlao 1 point 8 months ago

thanks, i want to choose the trident z over the lpx because in my country the lpx hz is only 2400 and 2666, while the trident z is 3200hz idk why. that's why i'm leaning to the trident z somehow.

TarikDurak 1 point 7 months ago

Can you please tell me which ones are the fans in front? There's so many and I'm confused.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

2x Chromax Noctua A14s were in the front until I added the hybrid GPU cooler. Then I replaced the top with a Chromax Noctua F12.

TarikDurak 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you! One more question, how did you connect all those fans since the motherboard only has 3x4 pin fan connectors. Are they connected to the back unit in the h200i? If so, how do the cables reach all the way back there? Especially for the back exhaust fan.

I'm only going to use one fan in between the two heatsinks of the noctua cpu cooler, so that ends up being 2 intakes, one exhaust, one cpu fan.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

The H series cases from NZXT feature a "smart hub" that has 3 PWM fan connectors. The included fans have enough cabling to reach without any issue. Since I'm using Noctua fans with short pigtails I had to use extenders which I had from another build.

TarikDurak 1 point 7 months ago

I was considering connecting the fan in between the heatsinks of the nh-d15s to the motherboard, aswell as the exhaust fan. (Also using the asus z370-i motherboard) and then connecting the two front fans to the hub in the back, by using two sets of Noctua NA-SEC1 extension cables to make sure they reach to the back of the case into the smart hub.

Dark-Ice 1 point 7 months ago

This looks really really good, amazing build, excelente hardware choice, I'm a little bit jelous to be honest hahah.

RuffyEU 1 point 5 months ago

Hey nice build! I have a very similar build. What temps do you get on the m.2 drives, mine are up in 65C after some minutes of gaming or other tasks.

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I actually haven't looked closely but that seems about right.

UNOO 1 point 5 months ago

Hi mekberg, just copied your build last week: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/96CX29. I switched from Phanteks Evolv Shift, awesome looking case but the air flow was a total disaster, even with 3 3000RPM iPPCs: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/g77zBP

Now I'm happy with the H200i build, thanks for sharing such a nice build with us! GPU temp maxed at 47 degrees at 2050 MHz on slaved vbios and power fan on smart mode (tested for like 2 hours), CPU 4.2G temp maxed <50 degrees with Prime 95 1 hour test.

8700k was delided and topped with an aftermarket copper IHS; GPU used liquid metal while installing the hybrid kit (note that I've done a push/pull on the radiator).

How do manage to fit in the middle fan on the D15S and how do you keep the two A15 level? If more specifically how you use the big flat screwdriver? Love to talk more with you!

T8 1 point 3 months ago

What PSU is in the pictures?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Corsair SF600 initially then switched to Corsair RM850x.

jackty89 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

So if i understand correctly aircooled the gpu had temps around 80C bit hybride it lowered to 40C ish

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

80+C on air and high 50s or low 60s on AIO.

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Beautiful build, and one that I want to mimic. But, how did you manage to fit both Noctua fans on the CPU cooler with your ram in place?

mekberg submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Vengeance LPX is as low profile as it gets. 31mm tall. Noctua lists 32mm of clearance but there is some wiggle room in the "depth" you mount the fan since it's attached with clips.

https://noctua.at/en/products/cpu-cooler-retail/nh-d15s/specification

TheKaramazovs 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you for the response!

KEN.SG 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I HAVVVE THE POWER!!!!.. Nice build :)

emoninjah 1 point 1 month ago

you should add. just one more fan to make the radiator push pull and youll have this insane jet engine in your case

brucenoose 1 point 24 days ago

Where did you book all the fans up to?

brucenoose 1 point 24 days ago

Do you reckon I could fit trident z ram with this cooler?

ULTRASTEVE 1 point 24 days ago

Any problems with the Noctua getting in the way of the VRM heatsinks?

WAHHH 1 point 16 days ago

Hawwwt

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