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My second build ever (first one i made was a full tower ATX back in highschool like a decade ago) but this is my first Mini ITX Build and BOYYYYYYY did i have some issues.

I thought I did my research and was able to fit the H100i GTX cooler in my case, which I could, HOWEVER, with my current motherboard, the hose coming off the radiator prevented it from seating completed. This prevented me from fitting that side of the radiator into the case without breaking something off my motherboard, it kept me from mounting the lower brackets that held the fans in place, and it prevented the side panel from closing.

I was so frustrated....BUT I NEVER GAVE UP!!!! I remounted all of the fans, completely flipped the radiator and had the water lines exiting towards the front of the case (which is not the way you are supposed to install it). They said it couldn't be done and i would need to buy a new cooler, but with some shimmey shimmey here and there and some SERIOUS cable rerouting/management and LOTS AND LOTS of pressure, I was able to fit the radiator in the PC and place the optical drive bay correctly.

It came at a cost: 1) I couldn't mount the lower bracket for the radatior fans cuz the case wouldn't close so I had to just leave it off and secure the cooler with just the top mount, it worked fine and the case closes without bulges 2) The case is so tight and the radiator is so big and hoses are so thick that there was barely any room to remount the front chassi fan (140mm). In fact, there wasn't any room cuz the hose was blocking the corner of the fan, so I cancelled the 200mm fan i ordered to replace the 140mm, took out the 140mm and replaced it with a 120mm fan (sad face). EVEN with the 120mm I still couldn't mount it correctly using the screw holes cuz of the huge freakin cooling hose so I went the super ghetto route and mounted it via zip ties.

I know.... i know.... but hey, the thing runs great! So for all you H100i GTXers using this case out there. DOUBLE TRIPLE QUADROOOOOOBLE CHECK that your motherboard won't interefere with mounting. Or go straight up YOLO like me and do whatever it takes to get that sh*** in there! :)

-jHoon

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That intake fan looks like it being crucified hehe! #17

Nice ITX build, interesting read. Thumbs up.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job on getting the cooler to fit with that motherboard. I have the same asus z170i in my 250d but went with the thermaltake 3.0 Riing 240 cooler after seeing the trouble people had with the 100i and it fits perfectly with the hoses toward the front. With 8 pin mobo cable and fan cables try running them along the channel under the cooler and through the gap at the back wall if you want to hide them.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

Yeah if I could go back I definitely would have gotten another radiator lol. My final cable management was actually not too bad considering how much was down there, I used some of the velcro straps that came with my PSU and used those to really consolidate some of the wires, worked out nicely!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, yeah some velcro straps would of been handy, I might go and find some to use with my 250d. Seems like they would be easier to apply and change than cable ties.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Carful with the gpu heat. I have it in my rig and it can pretty hot. No performance issues or anything just a concern for the life of the product. But over all +1 Looks awesome

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know thanks for the tip!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great little build. I will say I wish more manufacturers made Green GPU's/ Ram / Mobo's so many people would use it. Anyway +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I completely agree, its the coolest looking thing in my computer heh.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god... Picture 17. How that poor fan pushes any air through all those stuff?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I was to consolidate a lot of it before i closed it up, but yeah its pretty dense down there lol.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It must be a very tight fit i understand that. But my advice, remove the optical drive. It's not like you will need it all the time. you can just put it's connectors somewhere accessible, and plug that externally when you need it. This way you will get lots of space for cable management which will probably result in lower temperatures.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I def will consider. SO far the temps are perfectly fine, but if I see the spiking I think i will tak eout the optical drive. Would definitely relieve some tension on the water hose

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Tension on water hose 0.o!? Mate, it's calling for a disaster...

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

ITX is always a pain. Great job.

+1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the full sized SSD instead of the supported M.2? At least Newegg lists the Asus Z170I as having an M.2.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I just didn't want to dish out the extra money, but yeah It would be nice to utilize that socket

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you try mounting the cooler on the top screw holes? There are two mounting placements on the case for the cooler (I have the 250D with the GTX inside) and looking at your pics, you've got it setup on the bottom setting. You probably don't want to take it all apart and redo it, but you may get a better fit if you use the top mounting holes for the cooler. I had the same issues getting the cooler in with my build. +1 for the effort though!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm about to build my 250D with an H100i v2... Corsair states the thing should fit, but yeah it seems like it may take a bit of elbow grease. I recall the H100i v2 is the same as the GTX... I'll take heed on your advice and try to install it in the upper placement. I read somewhere that per corsair a bracket may need to be removed to get it to fit in, but that once the bracket is out, the cooler provides the added bracing/support and is plenty adequate.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

And the removed bracket can be screwed onto the cooler and slid back into place. Makes it easier to install with only one set of hands.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Very similar to what I am currently building. A few diff's - I went with an M.2 500gb SSD (Samsung EVO 850). EVGA 650 G2 80 gold supply. ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 mini-itx (got I desperately hate that brand name.. but the board is decent). Vid is a 970 Strix OC, though essentially the same as the MSI you have. A few other diffs here and there, but overall very close. Mini-itx is hiliariously small but in an awesome way. I actually never messed with that size board before and when I looked at the board I had to do a double-take. LOL

I got totally SICK of my old HUGE lumbering tower case. A good number of years old. The Corsair 250D is awesomely compact and looks sweet on the desktop. I have yet to throw the thing together as I'm waiting for mem, power, and the SSD to arrive by mail. All other parts in hand.

Its primarily a gaming rig, with hopes to possibly get a Vive VR at some point. Should be plenty to drive VR. I'll upgrade the 970 to next-gen vid later to bump VR capabilities up further. I don't do lan parties. The itx size isn't for portability so much. Though I may drag it out to use on the 4K tv on occasion or load up blu-ray movies.

I'm still on the edge about the onboard audio for the Asrock.. your board seems to have a different audio chip than the asrock.. but curious, are you relying on the HyperX Cloud surround primarily. Any thoughts for buffing up the audio? I've been eyeing the Creative Omni, but just haven't convinced myself to jump on it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Way to make it work. +1 on your build

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

For the GPU i think honesty a reference cooler would've been better. Only for the fact that it doesn't need that high of air flow . The blower will keep it around 60c with fans at 60 percent which isn't audible when your headset is on.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a standard membrane keyboard with the tactile click and feel of a mechanical keyboard for about 1/3 the price of a mechanical.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a mesh board with mechanical keys on top. Clicky and solid, but they have 1/5 the lifespan of actual mechanicals.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah It was a cheap alternative to the $100+ mechanicals out there. Gets the job done, but I will probably be getting a full mechanical sometime in the future.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

There aren't really any name-brand Half-Mechanical keyboards but I could recommend the http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/331790316603 it's reliable I tested it once.