Description

Originally I was planned to build a Bitfenix Prodigy machine, but discovered the EVGA Hadron case just days before I went to build the machine. Seeing the 2 cases side by side at Microcenter just sealed my decision. Yes, I can't liquid cool my processor but that's overkill for my needs. I'm a graphic designer/developer with a 3d printer hobby. I'm not editing video, etc.

Motherboard: Went with the Gigabyte because it was on sale at Microcenter. Plus it should make it easier if I later want to play with hackintosh.

Wiring: Power cable was zip tied to the hard drive cage. Also ran the 4 pin power UNDER the motherboard. Also hid the grey front panel audio wire by running it below the PCI slot. The only thing I really want to change is the blue USB3 connector. At some point i'll hunt down a black extension cable and run it under the mother board.

Cooling: I went with the EVGA cooler as they had it at Microcenter. Only issue is that it blocks the PCI slot when installed on the Gigabyte. So rotated the cooler and flipped the fan to PULL instead of the default PUSH. One word of advice if you have this same setup, install the cooler to the board without the fan attached. My hands were too big and it was killing me to reach the pins to snap the cooler into place.

As to the Noctua case fans, I picked them up thinking they had higher airflow than the stock ones. Nope. I was wrong. But hey, they run quiet.

Future Plans: I'll replace the existing HD with a SSD next month. Also once the dust clears with all the new Steam box stuff i plan to setup my machine to dual boot to SteamOS.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

That's not actually a bad price for the case/psu combo I was expecting worse haha

Nice build, glad to see this case finally made it here!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Its even cheaper then that on Newegg right now. $35 promo plus 35$ mail rebate.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn nice

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Juuuust bought the case with the rebate. Posting in a week :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Lookin forward to it!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

check inbox

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Haha! Boner jokes!

In all seriousness though, awesome build! :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice H a r d o n

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

middle school all over again in these comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Because the person at EVGA didn't think hmm what would this case give a bunch of nerds? Oh and lets just move the "R" to the other side of the "D". Its a very nice case but a terrible name.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadron

it's not like they made the word up.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the downvotes and wiki :/....Take a joke.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

lol nice incorrect assumption. maybe someone else didnt like your joke

  • 71 months ago
  • -1 points

Because you knew about that word. As why you went to Wikipedia? The most unreliable source for information.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

more like a steambox hard on LOL Good components, good build and for a good price. Not to mention it is really good looking!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I really like that hadron.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It is like middle school in here. Lol. Very nice build by the way. I love that case. Wish they had a bigger version.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a slightly larger version, but it has the top mounted 240mm rad with the coolant tank mounted somewhere inside.... somewhere...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the thermal paste that comes with the cpu cooler good? Or do u reccomend gettinh another one?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems to be good but i'm kinda a noob when it comes to the different kinds of thermal paste. So I guess i'm assuming EVGA wouldn't ship a cooler with cheap stuff.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the EVGA cooler fit ok? I'm planning on building a Hadron with the MSI mITX AC mobo and didn't know if the EVGA cooler would fit into the right place. The Gigabyte and MSI look like they have similar CPU positions.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It fit once I turned the cooler 180 degrees. Then just had to flip the fan around so it still blows the air toward the 2 case fans.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Orientation of the CPU fan isn't a huge deal in this tiny case, as the air in the case gets refreshed every second (those dual 120mm fans aren't pushovers)

Personally, I have it set to PULL from the back, which would be the coolest part of the case (besides the areas around the PSU, where the GPU draws cold air from the bottom of the case)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why replace your hard drive with an SSD? Why not run both your existing laptop drive, as well as the SSD?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the EVGA mITX noisy for the price? If so, I will buy a Noctua NH-U9B SE2 instead.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

I may be mistaken, but I think those fans are made for radiators, not airflow.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

yep I know they're commonly used for radiators, but i'm pretty sure the packaging mentioned using them for cases too. i'll have to double check though.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

never even crossed my mind that it might not be a good idea to route wires under the board. At the moment it's just the 4 pin power. I'll have to do some research..