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ODIN, God of War

by CthulhuSaves

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37 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 25, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 24, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.721 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

I wanted to upgrade my main components while simultaneously downsizing my PC's footprint. This called for an exceptional case with just enough room for incredible components. ENTER THE FTZ01

(Thoughts are below in review)

All in all this build was a dream come true, and if you're on the fence about this build/case, then please take it from me; it is incredible. I'll try to upload pictures of the completed product later today!

UPDATE: For anyone interested in tackling this beast, there's a specific build order you should follow to avoid having to disassemble/assemble repeatedly:

1) Remove everything; GPU and PSU shrouds, Silverstone fans, take it all out.

2) Install Corsair fans in GPU bay with airflow set to INTAKE. There should be little arrows molded on the fan that tell you which way air goes, you want air going into the case! There will be enough clearance above these fans for a dual width GPU, and the Silverstone fans are needed for the AIO. Go ahead and route the fan cables along the power cable and zip tie them, connect to a fan splitter.

3) Install cooler mount underneath motherboard and tighten.

4) Install I/O shield first, then motherboard.

5) Install CPU, followed immediately by AIO (wouldn't want dust settling!).

6) Connect front panel connectors (On/Reset switches, LED, etc.)

7) Install RAM.

8) Install PSU into shroud, then into case. Route cables around PSU, do not plug in power cables yet.

9) Install SSD/HDD to GPU shroud.

10) Install GPU into shroud with PCIe Riser, then install GPU sag bracket and connect PSU power cables.

11) Place shroud back into case, slight force will be needed to line up screw holes/compress power cables (tight space!).

12) Connect everything else and cable manage, front port sound connecter can route underneath and around GPU shroud PCIe connector. AIO Pump to CPU fan header (on this mobo it's at the top right, left most header) and radiator fan to the adjacent header.

13) Mount AIO Radiator to case panel, then install fan on inside of case (ensure it is set to INTAKE, very important!).

14) Grab a beer!

15) Ascend

Part Reviews

CPU

i7-6700k. Ooooooh. This is an incredible piece of hardware. Oob 4ghz with a modest overclock to 4.4ghz, it's blazingly fast with all of my tasks. What blows me away most is that it doesn't pass 62C on a full gaming load. I'm serious; it doesn't get hot enough for fan rpms to increase, so it is unnoticeable as it tears through my workload.

CPU Cooler

H75. If you're going for this build, buy this. Buy twenty. The stock fans are incredible for GPU cooling, and the included Silverstone 15mm fans will service the radiator perfectly. They supply enough static pressure when mounted inside the case after the radiator (ie case wall > radiator > fan) to not restrict air flow or space. All you need to do to make it fit is gently twist the cables twice and then lower the assembly into the case and secure. My case doesn't bulge, and as stated before temps at load are a frosty 62C. Absolutely wonderful piece of gear.

Motherboard

An Asus z170i Pro Gaming serves as my mainboard. Not a whole lot to say, but the layout and orientation of the board was absolutely perfect for my hardware. Cables were easily tuckable and the cooler didn't collide with anything. Built in wifi is more reliable than my old TP-Link PCI adapter lol

Memory

16gb of G.skill Ripjaws V 3000mhz serve as my ram. Not a whole lot to say, short enough to not be a nuisance, and they look great. Best installed AFTER you plug in everything else, but BEFORE the PSU

Storage

Great SSD, but on sale I would pay another $100 for double the capacity

Storage

Expensive if not on sale, but a truly incredible drive

Case

This is an absolute beast of a case, I can't think of enough wonderful things to say about this case. It's sleek, sexy, and has a few ingenious ways of mounting hardware within its confines. The GPU is mounted sideways in a holding shroud with a clever little support bracket to keep the back end from sagging. There's enough space below the hanging GPU for 25mm fans as well, which works so well with the case's passive cooling system. High static pressure fans pull fresh air in while simultaneously pushing hot air out of the innumerable vents. My GPU never passes 55C even on a full gaming load, it's absolutely insane. This setup is whisper quiet, I kid you not even with my monitor muted and the case less than a foot away I hear nothing. No drives, no fans, absolute silence. I am incredibly pleased!

Power Supply

I went with a 600w SFX PSU for this build, wanted to make sure I could supply enough juice for overclocks and this unit does very well. Fan is silent and I haven't had any issues with power dips or coil whine. The modular nature made cable management a breeze.

Comments Sorted by:

villithorne 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Nice build :) But being of the Norse Pagan faith, I must say Tyr is the God of War... Odin is the All Father ;)

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I guess I can't rely on google for everything xD

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Here is an updated build gallery with internals! http://imgur.com/a/pKAgB

ProfessorKaos64 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Can you add that here?

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Will do in just a few minutes :)

ProfessorKaos64 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Ok I definitely wanted to see how you put the water cooler in there. Nice! I may transplant my build then next year. My Cooler Master isn't bad, but this would fit better in the entertainment center.

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Thank you :) What CM case do you have? I downsized from a Level 10 GTS, that thing was freaking massive. Great case, but not so great in a living room lol

ProfessorKaos64 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/bMHNnQ, mobo is different now though. Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower. Bit cramped, like most, but I did an ok job on cable routing. The air flow is very nice. I never hear a single peep from the ACX GTX 1080 or the front fan for the HC 50 water cooler. I checked the temps on each rebuild to be sure things were working :) The fact the newer cards have controllers to only spin up fan(s) when needed scared me at first when was testing with no case on.

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Done!

SwiggityDerpy 5 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Hey, if you ever still check this account, I'd like to enquire as to how you managed to mount the slim fan to the radiator. I have the same AIO (H75) and I'm planning a similar build, but the long screws that come with the AIO are too long to use with a slim fan without piercing the radiator itself, which is no good. How did you manage it?

lambo117 1 point 29 months ago

This is a awesome build. +1

Would love to see pictures of the internals.

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for the support! I'll try and get some in the next few days :) been pretty busy lol

bigstahl 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

please post pics of the internals I want to see how you got that liquid cooler to fit!

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Sure thing and thanks for the support! I'll try to before the week ends :)

Tegle 1 point 28 months ago

Nice build :) Was so impressed that i bought the same setup for my new build - the h75 seems to be faulty though, cant seem to get the pump running. Tried connecting it to both fan headers (not at the same time, of course) and setting bios settings to max rpm, but the cpu temp just keeps climbing to 95 degress. Would you mind telling me any signs that the pump is working? like, are both the water tubes warm in use, because mine is just warm in one of them. Cant hear any sound from the pump, but then again, havent tried watercooling before, so not sure if i should. Any comment would be helpful, thanks in advance :)

Tegle 1 point 28 months ago

Disregard this. Bought a new H75 to test it and its def. the cooler thats DOA. Which directions are your coolers pointing in the case? Ppl recommend that they all pull air into the case, just find it difficult to see how that would make it cooler.

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Oh good glad to hear that's rectified, I have the radiator mounted against the case, and all fans set to PULL air into the case, the reason being that cold air will cool the radiator/GPU while simultaneously forcing hot case air out of the vents. The FTZ01 passively cools through air pressure very well. Corsair's fans have airflow direction markers, but the SS fans don't. Just make sure it looks like mine in the picture, can be hard to tell which way is intake. If you need any more help let me know!

Tegle 1 point 28 months ago

Hello :) Thank you so much for taking the time to respond, I only now saw that you had made a response - I have never tried aircooling, so this is a completely new world to me, will definitely flip the radiator fan tomorrow to take cool air in instead, see how that affects performance. If you are curious how the build is turning out, i managed to mount the two SP120 in the opposite direction (outwards), creating a huge amount of noise until i finally realised that the coolers on the GPU is blowing fresh air in instead of blowing hot air away - I felt like a complete noob, not having built anything smaller than ATX before this this. I'm completely blown away by the capabilities of this build - its just amazingly small and fast. As you can see, my build is very similar to you: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/TC9t3F . The H75 and FTZ01 is a perfect match, thanks for that tip btw :)

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

So glad it's coming along well please keep me posted, I really like seeing how this build turns out for others :) Just to be clear you have the fans under the GPU set to bring cool air in right? The case is meant to have fans with high static pressure pull cold air in, which in turn forces all the hot air out of the vents :) I recommend just using the H75 fans as they are specifically made to have high static pressure, if they're too loud you can turn them down in BIOS! Mine are set at 800 rpm I believe, and they keep the case cool while also not spinning fast enough to damage the GPU fans when the GPU fans are not engaged. Hope all goes well

Also your specs look great!

Tegle 2 points 28 months ago

Thanks again for the input :) The CPU-fan was correctly installed, I realised, so no room for improvement there - it idles in silent mode at around 35-40 :) Installed the fan as on your picture, so all is good and well there. Had a bit of experimentation to do with the GPU fans - I felt that even when running in "silent" PWM-mode from the bios, they were still pretty audible, so ended up trying another set of fans - the AF120 Quiet edition (non-PWM, reduced to 7V). They were also audible, so went back to putting the SP120 in again, but before that, i wanted to try without any of them. I tried running Witcher 3 to test the temps, and that actually showed out to be an even better solution. Obviously there is only the GPU-fans themselves to handle the heat and suck air in, but the 1070 is very economical and doesn't go about 60 degrees - my fan curve keeps the fans under 30% and the temp is stable, so its actually very, very quiet now. I could imagine your 1080 produces more heat and need more cooling, though. My only real problem with this build is the tubes running from the H75 - one of them get a little bend when closing the lid, and since I've been experimenting with it, opening and closing it several times, it ended up being a little bit worn. Ended up twisting the thing counter clockwise twice, to put the strain on the tube that hasn't been bent yet, and hope that I wont have to open then thing many times from now on. I tried doing it as in your picture, but as far as I can see, it also gets a tiny bit bent on yours =/

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Sorry for the delay with my response, a working pump should be quiet (like yours is) however you should feel pressure in the tubes. Have you double checked that your pump is properly seated and that the twist screws are snug? A loose connection would severely impact thermal performance. Your pump is connected to the CPU fan header correct? I'd also suggest trying to attach a separate known good fan to the header to make sure the board isn't at fault. Sorry for your troubles friend, I hope you can troubleshoot it quickly!

luminose 1 point 27 months ago

Is the optical disc drive tray removable? I don't need it. Was thinking of removing for better airflow and cable management.

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

It actually does not come with a drive, you'd have to buy a slim load yourself (so in your case you're already good to go!)

Tegle 1 point 27 months ago

I would suggest a minor improvement to your build, if you feel like it at some point - the fans included in the ftz01 are not pwm, and I thought the case-fan for the cpu made too much noise for my liking.. ended up buying the Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 PWM 120mm Black, that is also 15mm thick, and the improvement is huge - much less noise when idling, but it still has all the capacity of the stock fan of the case.

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely give that a look, does it have high static pressure though? That's the main reason why I kept the ftz01 fan, it does a great job of cooling the radiator

Tegle 1 point 26 months ago

While I don't have the ftz01 specs on hand, the specs for the Prolimatech says: "Moves 54 CFM of air while providing 0.9 mmH20 static pressure. The high airflow and static pressure allow the Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 to perform well as both case and radiator fans."

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I'm going to check that fan out, thank you for the suggestion!

dickerson 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks for posting this. I'm planning on putting my next build in this case, and it's great to know I can fit an aio cooler in it.

luistarca 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I got the same build. Please help. Ive been stuck forhours trying to figure out how you got it to close. Hoe did you route the PSU cable that had to be twisted to sctually go in the PSU port and screw the whole thing in?

CthulhuSaves submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Hey sorry for the delayed response, I haven't logged in in weeks, For the PSU cable I routed it along the wall in the GPU bay and zip tied it to the little clips that stick out, then had it flush against the wall as soon as it left the gpu bay, and brought it all the way up and to the back of the PSU. Easiest to do with the PSU removed I believe, then squish it all in and screw it down. You've probably figured it out by now but wanted to make sure I replied, best wishes!

osmomysl 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I think, your video card has two 8-pin PCIe power sockets. But power supply has only one 8-pin and two 6-pin PCIe power sockets. So how did you connect the power to the video card? Did you just plug a 6-pin connector into one of the 8-pin sockets on the video card? Does it work well like that? Thanks.

voltaicsoul 1 point 4 months ago

Hey I'm getting the same cooler for the same case. My question is how did you fit it in? Did you change the fan because the same aio cooler I got has huge fans.