I wanted to build a system with a Xeon in it. So I went with a Xeon X3440 in an Asus P7H55-M Pro motherboard. This was also my first opportunity to try out a tower cooler, so I went with the classic Hyper 212. The motherboard supports up to 8 GB of memory, so I went with two 4GB sticks of G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3. I spent more than I probably should have and got a used XFX RX480 4GB. When I got that I had to replace the thermal paste, no big deal. And I got new fans for it to match the 212's lighting. For some reason Best Buy still sold those fans. Everything is powered by a 600w EVGA BQ bronze 80+ semi-modular power supply. For fans, I used a Rosewill fan with red leds for the exhaust and two Coolermaster Blade Master fans for the intake. A 250GB Samsung Evo 860 SSD and a 1 TB Western Digital Blue HDD make up my storage.
This case is a Raidmax Scorpio 868. Earliest reviews of this case came in around 2004. It was a recycle from a custom-built gaming system an old schoolmate gave me. I cracked it open and discovered the reason why it wouldn't turn on, the motherboard's caps had blown. No idea if anything else on it is working or even worth salvaging. I gutted it and got to dremeling. The case originally supported 5 80mm fans. Two in the front, two in the rear, and one in the side panel. I turned both the front and rear into 120mm fan mounts. Then I spray-painted the inside black with plasti-dip since the case was originally bare metal gray on the inside.
After I got everything put together, I discovered an issue. The power supply had to be mounted so it would intake air from the case. There was no other option for mounting. So I would have negative air pressure if I didn't mount another fan. I couldn't mount one on the side panel because the Hyper 212 took up that area over the mount for the 80mm fan. So I found a design online for a fan mount that could go into 3 5 1/4" drive bays. Since I wasn't using those, I had a guy I met through 3DHubs 3D print it and send it to me for $10. Worked like a charm.
Next issue was the way the case dealt with its audio ports on the front. It originally had this bass ackward method of getting audio from the system by running a cable through the interior, out a PCI slot in the back, and plugging into the motherboard's audio jacks in the back. That obviously was not going to fly with me, so I replaced the spot the floppy drive used to be in with a 2 port USB and Audio ports that connected directly to the motherboard.
Then I ran a strip of LED lights over the top and down the side of the inside of the case and plugged them into a simple 3-button LED controller plugged into a 4 pin molex power connector.
Overall, I spent way too much money on this thing. So much nickel and diming brought the total cost of everything to over $550. But I learned a lot along the way, so I guess that's what's more important.
The king of cheap air coolers. Can't go wrong.
Got this used and have not had any problems with it so far.
Got it used. It's memory. It works.
Windows loads instantly. Very nice.
Mass storage for $40. No issues here.
I like the hot-swappable LED fans.
This thing runs HOT. I don't know if the heat is coming out of the PSU or if it's the heat from the system since it's turned inside to act as an exhaust, but when running a heavy load on the PC, this PSU blasts hot air. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, if anything it's impressive the fan blasts that much out so well.
Wireless Network Adapter
I just wish the antenna had magnets on the bottom of it.
These things get loud when they get going. Not for a silent build.
Simple bracket to get an SSD into an older case without double sided tape.