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I have a 5010M Quadro based workstation but I wanted a Geforce for strictly gaming.

High on my list of requirements for the build was compact size and silent operation. I always wanted to do my own build and this is my first. Some may say it is overkill but i had the budget so figured I would build for 1440 gaming. I plan to do mild oc on the CPU and the GPU is already clocked by EVGA.

I was inspired by the custom loop Corsair built in a 250D and so figured why not do liquid cooled on the CPU?? 250D case is 9/10. Looks great but did have some issues with hole alignments on the side covers.

I don't have the patience for waiting for price drops and deals so figure I sometimes paid a premium for the bits. I also included shipping and tax in my pricing, to give a realistic cost analysis.

All in all the build went as I expected. The H60 took a little fenageling and the mounting screws don't feel as solid as I think they should, but went in without a hitch.

I went all SSD for the moment and the MSATA is the raddest.

The RM750 was the same price as the 650 but in hindsight I would maybe not have gone modular. Sure it gives me the opportunity to do custom cables but most of them are out of sight anyways. And the wide, flat cables were kinda a pita.

The only thing that gave me real trouble was the lighting. I wanted UV and originally purchased 12" cold cathodes but they were about .5" too long for the case. I am running positive case pressure and didn't plan to run exhaust fans but since Logisys made an 80mm with UV built in I decided to install two of those in the back and under drive them with the Recon (for my quiet) and basically just use them for case lighting. Well, the two fans wouldn't fit side by side due to the lamps being a larger diameter than the fan. My solution was to cannibalize the lamps and pitch the fans. One light mounted nicely under the ODD and the other went on the back wall with zip ties until I find some washers to rig it permanent like.

I used some colored zip ties for cable management to get a little play with the UV but not totally happy with the look. I think I will source some reactive cable wrap and redo.

Edit: went back through it to make sure I didn't miss anything and to delete the lighting. Wasn't happy with the uv and lamps were basically just adding heat so took them out.

I also noticed the GPU was creating a considerable amount of flex in the MOBO. I realized the root of the problem was actually the case. When I cinched down the retaining screws for the GPU it was forcing the card down into (and beyond) the MOBO. With the MOBO being mounted at four corners this was flexing it in the middle.

My solution was to add a couple washers between the GPU and the case where the thumbscrews hold it in place (see pic).

I did get Titanfall installed and have been playing it @1080p w everything maxed out w CPU TEMPS in the 35c range and GPU just under 60c.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

The outside of that thing looks absolutely beautiful, that fan controller looks very nice in that case. Great components too, +1.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Favorite thing about the case is the really nice perf patterns. RM750 has great hex perf and details too, kinda shame is hidden inside.

Recon does a nice job of keeping the noise levels down too. Not sure yet if I'm going to get external ODD or go the ISO image to thumb drive route. Only drawback to the fan controller...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

but the photo is black and White. show the real please

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

So, does it matter if you put that radiator facing out or in?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Just followed the destructions... The radiator is actually threaded so not really any options. Added pic.

Seems kinda weird blowing heat into the case but so far so good. Has the other fan drawing cool air next to it that pours over mobo and big fan up front pushing everything out the back.

I've only booted to bios so far but Recon reads temps at ~30c at idle. I put a sensor on the radiator, next to CPU and in between memory, all low 30s Celsius with fans running ~60%. Will update once W8 is installed and been staring at Titanfall box for awhile now...

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

flip the radiator around. I wouldn't want this thing blowing hot air in the case. It should blow or pull it out.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I may be wrong about this, but if your H60 is blowing hot air into the case, can't you just turn the fan around 180 degrees so that it blows outward instead?

That's what I did with one of my Antec chassis exhaust fans. The label in the middle of the fan points inwards now and makes the whole thing look back to front, but it is now an intake fan in the front of my case instead of an exhaust at the back.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

ah haaaaa- yes you could do that. Corsair recommends drawing in vs out. THe more I think about it...it does make some sense due to the case having fine screen on the side for filtering intake but only perf on the back for flowing out. From what I understand these liquid coolers don't run any cooler than the CPU itself, basically the temp is equalized throughout the system. Maybe the logic is one would rather draw the cool air from outside across the radiator vs drawing warm air from inside.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

have you done any benchmarks?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Still need to install W8 but will post bench soon.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it i want a Micro build, but I love my 750D too much.+1 for a sick little box.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the fan controller? I'm interested in the same one.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Functionally really good.

Looks really good.

Temp sensors give me real time monitoring of temps.

Fit in the case is a little funky but overall very happy with it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point
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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a tight fit getting it into the case and plugged into mobo. Power cables were a little tight under the ODD tray. Didn't notice any card flex like I've read some place. I understand that the ACX cooler makes the card more rigid.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

See my update. Had some flex in the mobo.