Description

If you want most of the other details, you can go to my last build. This is for new additions. Which there are a lot of.

TL;DR of uses: - Gaming - Anime - Anime picture viewing - Occasional coding - Lots of music listening

I could have just hidden the mess bottom section, but eh might as well show everything in its glory. Please don't get too anal about the cables. It was kind of hard to even get things hooked up properly with this much crap in this case. Some of you might be eying that dangling SSD, but I needed 4 HDD's and there wasn't any space for it. SSD's don't benefit from orientations or cooling anyway. I guess I could tape it down, though. Oh and before you ask HDD temps are fine with those 80mm fans (<40C). Moving on...

Changes with this iteration

Sound Card, Amplifier, Speakers Speakers were off Ebay, Amp from Amazon. Probably the best decision I ever made. Cheap audio upgrade that boosted my enjoyment of all of my music by at least 10 fold, and beats the crap out of those generic speaker setups so much that it's just silly. They sound better than my Sennheisers. Unfortunately the left speaker recently developed a tear its woofer surround, so that's why the left speaker looks weird (I removed the speaker driver). It's expected in Ebay speakers that are this old; they were going fine for around four months before literally yesterday. Going to repair it soon. Simple fix.

Case I found that the Fractal Design R4 did not do a very good job with a heavy duty SLI non-blower setup... even when I replaced the GPU cooler on my other card with a Kraken G10 with Corsair H55 (more on that later). So, I changed cases. I decided on this after looking at both it and the Corsair Air 540. Ultimately what made me go with this is because it has an excellent design for cooling. I'm surprised more people haven't caught on, but this case is literally perfect for airflow. Hot air rises, and there's a huge vent on top (and a large fan to boot). Every other fan can be intake and then the hot air just naturally goes out the top. None of it reaches the HDD's, and the HDD's get their own little fans for cooling, and the PSU is fine as well. Excellent cooling setup. However, you might have noticed this, but it's quite a cluster@#%! down bottom. Doing meticulous wiring in this case is simply beyond someone like me.

Kraken G10 + Corsair H55 The Kraken G10 is really great. While it's essentially a large piece of metal that they're selling for 30 bucks, it really does do its job. It keeps AIO units snugly on the GPU. The Corsair H55 is quite adequate for GPU cooling, but the lack of controls that the Kraken X40 has makes it really annoying to set up. There's no software fan control at all, so I had to buy a fan controller to quiet it down. Long story short, though, full load temps of around 55 C on the card with this setup.

RAM I got it for 53 bucks on Amazon, which meant it was a great upgrade from 8 gigs to 16 gigs (and lower latency). Thanks, Hardforum. I love you guys. Works great.

UPS Pretty much has everything (TV and PC included) hooked up to it. This thing just silently does its job, and has saved my system from brownouts countless times. Got it off of Ebay, been working great since. Excellent server-grade UPS.

TV Plasma TV's still have the best picture out of anything except perhaps save OLED. So, since I have a condo now, I bought one. It has excellent blacks and it's a pleasure for watching anime on (in my thrift store recliner La-Z-Boy, hell yes). Also, I plan to get a wireless controller for my PC, so I plan to do PC gaming on this plasma TV eventually. Yeah, just imagine 60 FPS 1080p maxed out graphics action. Gotta watch out for image retention... clears up pretty quick, though.

Fan Controller Does its job, and it's low profile. Wish I could turn the LED's off entirely but whatever.

CPU Clock I did get my CPU relatively stable at 4.5Ghz with around 1.3vcore, but I just decided to clock down after getting a blue screen in Civ 5 (after no blue screen for weeks). So, I just clocked down since some say that core degradation happens at and over 1.3Vcore. I'll mess around with it later, probably get it to 4.4Ghz.

Misc notes

  • The front section has 4 fans mounted (look at the frontal shot, you can see through the grille a bit). Yes, they're all 140mm. No, I really don't know how I mounted them. It was a pain in the butt to get the ones on the near the graphics cards mounted properly. The radiator fit just fine though. So did the Corsair H55 on the back.

  • I had to slightly bend the sound card's PCB. getting it to reach the out port on the case is hard... it's like the slots don't line up with the MB 100%

  • Those cheapo 80mm fans are surprisingly very quiet. Very pleased for the price.

  • I wouldn't even be able to open the lid if that top fan wasn't mounted using the leftover Noctua rubber mounts that I got. I literally have to stretch on those a little bit to pop off the lid because otherwise the fan hits a radiator trying to unlatch the lid.

  • For the air cooled graphics card, its full load is only 72C at like 60% fan speed. Pretty dang good. Planning to overclock sometime.

So overall relatively happy (besides all that groaning I did even trying to connect things together down there...) with what I have changed since my last build. Moving to this new case has been especially interesting. So fire those cable management comments away. >_>

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

fine build but fix up the cable management. also how goes managing one gpu with a lower temp and the other with a higher temp?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I don't have to worry about it anymore. With this case setup, I could have left the other one on air cooling and both probably would have been fine even for overclocking. However, this wasn't possible on the Fractal case. In the Fractal case, the top card would inevitably break 80C and start throttling at some point. I should have switched the case out earlier instead of going water. But it works, and now I think I can overclock these cards a bit further. The important thing is that both cards are far from throttling now.

I'll probably get to the cable management at some point (few months or so), but it's just that bottom section can be incredibly difficult to access AFTER the parts are in. I think the MB section comes off though.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Why such a small case? I'm getting anxiety just looking at those poor components.

Your PSU looks like it was installed wrong too it's tilted really funny.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I actually fixed the PSU while I was taking these pictures. What you're seeing is when it was messed up. I didn't notice it till after, though.

Also, the case is far from small. You get that misconception because it looks small because of how much is in it, but it's a pretty big case... for the top section. I do think the bottom section needs a few more inches, though. Also this case's setup makes it so that it easily beats any larger case in airflow. These "poor components" are doing much better than they would be in any "larger" standard case. Trust me.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you weren't joking about the title haha :)

I see you added in the cost of your TV, interesting choice, first time I've seen that :P

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Basically using it as a monitor... but yeah, not normal I guess.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

lol yeah until I noticed that was in the list I thought to myself oh he must live in australia with those prices (hehe kidding australia we love you) being normal is for suckers btw. +1 from me ;)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I use my 60' plasma as a secondary tv when my friend comes over to LAN party. Gaming on it at 1080p really is a trip. Blows away the wife's xbox 360! Only issue I've run into is having to move my head to see the HUD in Smite and World of Tanks sometimes... lol. As with image retention, orbiter mode helps a lot with it. I've only seen it happen once due to a web page that was open for about an hour. The 'ghost' was gone in ~10 min.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

100" PROJECTOR SCREEN FOR THE WIN! Haha lol, gaming on >30" is so awesome...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

ARGHHHHH ANGRY CABLE MANAGEMENT COMMENTTTTT ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

ANGRY OCD COMMENT ABOUT HOW YOU HAVE MORE H'S IN YOUR SECOND ARGH AND YOU DIDN'T CONSISTENTLY STRETCH OUT YOUR T'S.

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

YOU CAN'T BE OCD IF YOU DON'T KEEP TO A COLOR THEMEEEEEE ARGHHHHHHHHHH

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the watercooled 780.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build so much. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Worst case ever designed goes to....

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanna note... the biggest problem with this case is how they set up the bottom section's HDD's to be a hot swap bay. It was a huge mistake because their hot swap PCB was found by users to be unreliable anyhow, and it causes it to basically be RIGHT UP AGAINST the PSU and have no room for fan cooling. If they rotated the bay 90 degrees and got rid of the hotswap bay. there would be a lot more room for wire management and the HDD's would be better off.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I modified my hot swap bay. Tools: pneumatic saw. Materials: Hdd cage from another pc, bolts, black paint. Bye Bye hot swap.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've went with AMD cuz better CPUs at a very cheaper price but still +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

was that TWO kurisu pics? +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

steins;gate love kurisu!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Two words- Zip Ties. Great build. I'm using the same case, cooler, and fan controller.