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Hello this is my very first completed build guide. I had a computer that was a legit rainbow. Blue motherboard, green/black psu, brown/beige fans, you get the point. So I wanted to change that... and get a little upgrade in performance. I came up with White Night (thanks to my friend for the name). I saw the Inwin 303 case, a $90 case with a tempered glass side panel. It was the perfect case with unique top fan slots exhaust which sits vertically.

Motherboard: The motherboard is weird, at least for me. The ram slots' only have one side with the latches. So you unlatch those and put in your ram, but you have to listen for the click on both sides (this was a stupid mistake of mine). The chassis' i/o shield area is a little recessed, so keep that in mind while putting in your i/o shield. Now the internal ports at the bottom of the motherboard will sort of be in the fans' way, but if you can wiggle it in right it'll fit fine (it will be squished a bit).

Fans: The fans also come with rubber mounts. I recommend these over hard mounts (normal screws) for noise reduction. Using pliers and looking a video on how to install rubber mounts will help a lot.

PSU: The power supply I would recommend positioning the fan inward of the case so it can pull air from the bottom of the chassis which has dust filters. Now I don't know if this is a problem with the PSU or not but if you turn off your computer and turn it on shortly after it does this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XsMU206FIM This triggered the anti-surge on my motherboard and asked me to click f1 to change some settings of the bios. I searched this up and even asked on the Tom's Hardware Forums of this issue, almost everyone says it's fine and to just disable "f1 if error" message in the bios.

CPU Cooler: I also recommend putting the cpu cooler so the fan is facing the ram. The Cryorig H7 is known for "zero interference" but only in that position.

Cable Management: Now there aren't many holes for you to route through. Especially for the CPU pin and Chassis Fan pins. I just routed it around my cpu cooler as you can see (if i put up pictures). The back side of the case is also somewhat difficult because of the hard drive. Just route it around or even on top of it. The ssd was also pretty difficult to route. The bracket that it's screwed interferes with the power and sata cable, but if you wiggle it right it should be fine.

CPU: I was able to overclock my cpu to 4.4 ghz, 4.5 was a bit too loud for my taste.

RAM: I was not able to move it up to the advertised speed of 2666mhz because whenever I did my computer would just have a black screen or take forever to boot up. And the leds for the ram does a "breathing" effect. Edit: I was actually able to get my ram to 2666 mhz by disabling TPU. I have since deleted that part of "enabling TPU" from the guide.

GPU: I recommend for you to go with a gpu to fit with this black and white build, I just had a gtx 760 and didn't feel the need to upgrade yet.

Note: Some components I already had like the gpu and storage. Buying these things with mail-in-rebates and sales will also really help the price. The PSU I was able to get for about $70 and the CPU was for about $200.

Hopefully I answered some questions along the way, if you plan to build a PC similar to this. If you still have a question comment below and I will more than likely answer it. Thanks for reading!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice to see corsair led ram being put to use!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool build. Kudos on picking the -A a great board for this kind of build. The look and feel is awesome and always love to see the INWIN & ASUS combo.

Some tips you may consider as it looks like you are not fully taking advantage of the fan control and connectivity that the -A offers compared to other boards.

  1. Remember that if you assign the output of the CHA fan headers to PWM you can use a PWM splitter. This will allow you to control multiple fans from one header and improve cable routing. It also is great for situations like what you have where you have multiple fans for a radiator or intake.

  2. You may want to consider adding the fan extension card an accessory that can provide some nice cable routing flexibility and connectivity options to streamline the setup you have.

Beyond that some other items to keep in mind especially as first time builder you may not be aware of.

The TPU switch is only for users looking for easy preset based overclocking. Normally I would recommend not using the switch in either 1 or 2 stage. This is due to the fact presets are a hit or miss in regards to working on your CPU. Every CPU varies. Additionally, different users have different cooling solutions, power supplies and memory that affect their OC.

This is why Auto Tuning was developed. You may have not tried out this function/feature but it is one of the best reasons to get an ASUS board. You can check out a video linked below if interested. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLkzMamoRbA

Additionally, Auto Tuning will automatically apply XMP so it should set your memory to it's XMP operating value.

Keep in mind if you do run it I would recommend you have your BIOS ( UEFI ) set to defaults before doing so.

In regards to the QDIMM ( memory slot design ) it was done to make the install easier especially when you have a graphics card already installed. Having a card installed while trying to lift the retention clips on the bottom of the DIMMs slots without this type of design can be frustrating.

As to your issue with start up start & shut down. I would recommend you update to the latest UEFI. You may also want to test a power draw or short issue. You can do this by disconnecting items when the system is fully powered off and then test to see if you can duplicate the problem when you power on. Add one item at time to see if one causes the trigger. Generally, the anti surge is caused by a device causing a pooling issue , PSU , power fluctuations or a OC settings.

Hope this helps and again kudos on the build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info! I have a question. I am using a 2 way fan pwm splitters. I was thinking 3 way pwm splitter, but I thought that would be a bit too much for the headers for these kind of fans. They each have 18 led diodes, wouldn't there be too much power going through one header and possibly damage it? I was planning to get two of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004CLFOK4/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

To feed off the top right and bottom right fan connectors, but thought that was too much power through the connectors.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

With LEDs yes it could be. Generally, each header is safe for 1.5 to 2amps. That being noted speeds ( RPM must be factored along with LED load. You may want to consider a PWM splitter that powers via MOLEX/SATA. The main need of PWM splitter is purely for a control signal.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Reminds me of snow in a way. A very beautiful computer. +1 :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point
THE FANS! They're gorgeous! :O Hope you get white sleeved cables soon :3

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a little white.....I like it!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!

I'm looking to do something similar but am torn on the ram. Are you happy with the all white look or would you recommend a splash of color. I was thinking about going with Blue led ram but your all white build looks so good!

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/nCRRJV

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think it'll look fine because the front i/o ports also light up blue, but if you want to try and color match everything you can I would recommend white led ram.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I ended up going with the white ram. Looking forward to building it. Any tips and tricks as to the order of doing the build? Do bottom fans first or last?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Do top fans first. Put in the motherboard and front i/o connectors. Then put in bottom fans. So bottom fans last.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much. I just realized that the fans I have are 3 pin :(

How do your like your fans? Are they too bright? I figured I could put a cloth or something in front when I'm going to bed as this will be right by my bed.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

They're fairly bright when put into PWM mode on in the bios. DC mode becomes a dimmer, but it can only go down to 50% fan speed where as PWM mode can go down to 20%. The tinted glass panel should help with the brightness. I have them set up on a manual fan curve which makes them 20% most of the time. I really like them, I cannot comment about their cfm because I keep them at 20% most of the time. I think they're overall good fans.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Also thanks to ASUSTECHMKTJJ, I was told to disable TPU and I think because of that I was able clock my ram up to the advertised speed, 2666mhz.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember seeing that Hardware Canucks did a review of this case, but for the life of me I can't remember what that top chamber was for. Help? too lazy to look it up

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's where your psu and acts as an exhaust.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

now that you said that, I see it oh so clearly in pic #2. thanks for clearing that up, enjoy the PC! I love white ASUS motherboards, definitely putting one in my next build

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What was the cpu load temp?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's 60 C Average.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question, So when i went to the Inwin 303 website, it says it supports only a ATX12V power supply, So since you have a ATX power supply, will the ATX power supply be compatible inwin 303?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is compatible