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After almost 8 years on Team Red (AMD), this is my first Intel build (except for one recently built for a friend). I probably went a bit overkill with the CPU (i7-5930k) but I decided that if I was going to build myself an Intel beast, I was going to do it right. I also figured I wouldn't want to be building another machine in the next year or so to take advantage of DDR4. So here we are.

As you can likely see, my favorite color is green. And this is the first build where I decided to buy aftermarket fans to replace those that came with the case. Through this experienced I learned more than I ever thought possible when it comes to airflow (AF) and static pressure (SP). With all 9 fans (2 front, 1 bottom, 1 rear, 2 internal top, 2 external top, 1 side) the beast is actually surprisingly quiet. And the radiant green glow it emits makes me giddy every time I look at it. In order to install the 140mm fans under the adjustable louvers on the top of the case, I had to use a Dremel to saw off two pegs that I can only imagine were included to keep the louvers propped up. With the pegs removed, I had literally just enough room to install the fans for the pull half of my push/pull config.

The Corsair H100i Cooler was my choice for probably the worst reason one chooses a cooler. It had a controllable LED light on the CPU block. It took me connecting the CPU block's USB cable to an outside port before Corsair Link even recognized the cooler at all (which includes all of the Pump/Fan speeds, as well as LED control). After that, it seemed to work like a charm. Until, however, I powered off the machine and turned it back on to find that the LED color much lighter than before (if I had done Red, it would be Pink). I did some research and found that this is an issue with the firmware and will hopefully be fixed in the next iteration. Other than aesthetics, the cooler functions great and keeps the CPU running nice and cool. Because of how high in the case the motherboard is positioned, I did have to once again use my handy-dandy Dremel to carve out pieces of the cooler's fans so that the 8-Pin CPU connector and the VRM heatsink could fit snuggly into them. Luckily the fans are still completely unimpeded so there's no airflow restriction. But be very wary when you purchase this case if you are planning on top-mounting a 240MM heatsink.

Since the MSI x99s SLI Plus board includes an M.2 slot that supports NVMe and is capable of using 4x lanes of PCIe, I decided to wait until more NVMe capable M.2 drives become available. Until then, I decided to opt for an affordable yet blazingly fast RAID0 configuration using dual Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs. I also migrated over the Samsung 840 EVO 750GB SSD that I used for storing games on my old rig. I'm using this for overflow when (more like if) I run out of space on the 500GB RAID. I've also got 2 1TB drives that I bought a couple of years ago that I keep documents/setups/pictures/music/etc. on. Once funds are available, I plan to replace these with a couple Crucial BX100 1TB SSDs unless something quicker and more affordable arrives first.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

Is it me or does that gpu sag upwards?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

it does wadafak

Still doesn't look bad though!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

No it looks fine haha, if you want to fix it I think you can just re-screw the mounts with the gpu straight.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually yes it does. I my theory is that the mounting holes for the motherboard are about a mm or so higher than they should be which would explain why I had to Dremel out part of the fans even though it's a full tower.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, although the H100i GT would've probably been a better cooler choice. Nevertheless, +1 from me!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

There was a huge recall on them for leaking a month back, personally I wouldn't buy one!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh, didn't realize that. Lol

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

also he said the h100i barely fit

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

True

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The recall was because they were shipped in cold temperatures and the stuff inside froze and cracked...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

ah^ Makes more sense, I couldn't remember too much about it but I thought it was design fault!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

An even better choice would be a non-corsair cooler. Cooler Master, Enermax, and Swiftech all have better AIOs. The NZXT ones are decent too.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the point! I did read about the 100i GTX after getting the 100i but decided I wasn't disappointed for 2 reasons: 1) I got the 100i for about $30 cheaper than the GTX and 2) the GTX is 3mm thicker than the 100i which would have forced to Dremel off even more of the fan housings

And all the talk about the recalls gives me yet another reason.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard that two 512 gb bx100s are cheaper than just the 1tb. But overall a great ssd that I plan on getting since I can't afford nice Samsungs.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

i love green builds i just built a green build myself which i hope to have up in a month or so after i get everything perfected. the only thing that bugs me about your build is the red gpu cable.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed :) I'm planning on getting a green cable kit to replace all of the PSU cables.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

nice. same, i want it to be perfected before posting it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man! just wondering why you need so much power lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

:) Thank you!

Not sure if you mean power as in the PSU or just the all-around power of the PC but I'll try to answer both :)

To be honest, I don't really have one very good reason for the all-around power.. But I'll try to justify it haha

1) This is my first Intel build so I kinda wanted to start off strong and I didn't want to have to upgrade for a while. 2) Gaming 3) Programming 4) Virtual machines 5) Just having the freedom to not have to worry if my machine will be able to handle what I throw at it.

As for the Power Supply, I wanted to make sure I had enough leeway for overclocking and extra GPUs. I'll probably never use it all especially since everything is becoming more efficient. But for the main reason, see reason 5 above :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i meant PSU and yeah i was thinking you would say something about sli :) good luck in the future!

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Looks great!! I've always loved that case and i love seeing green builds. You got one kick *** pc. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

What is nVous?? Google does not even know

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build cheeky name C;

Loving the spectre fans, they really suit the case. +1 Have fun with it :)

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