Description

Much to my surprise I received all the parts a day early. So of course I started piecing everything together as soon as I could. I haven't loaded the OS yet, it was to late last night and had to get up early today so that will be the first thing I do when I get off work. I was happy with the way everything went for the most part. I had to install the PS upside down so my 4 pin would reach, but other than that, everything went together pretty smooth. I was able to boot into the bios on the first shot. I was sure something was going to go wrong as soon as I pressed the power button.

Update 9-14-13 I got Windows 8 Pro installed with no problems what so ever. For those of you who have never heard of a the site ninite.com, you defiantly need to check it out the next time you install a fresh system.

3DMark 11 benchmarks will be added soon!!!

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

16 gb of RAM isn't really necessary for gaming, but I suppose it's future proofing. Great build!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It alsolead the future for ramdisk

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Your radiator fans are backwards. You have them set up as intakes on the top of the case. Hot air rises, so you want the fan to exhaust the heat through the top. From top to bottom, it should be: case > rad > fans > color rings.

(It will also look better!)

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

They are not really backwards, just pulling air in which is fine and actually what Corsair recommends. I have mine like this and it works well and gives good temps. Although I will agree with you that it looks better the other way around.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

It doesn't matter what corsair recommends lol. It says the same thing for my H80i... but you'll want it exhausting as top fans. Why wouldn't you want to do it? It'll have better temps and look better. Where's the drawback?

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

You will actually get slightly better CPU temps this way because you are pulling cool air through the rad, with the downside of slightly warmer case temps.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Just look at 99% of builds. The top rad exhaust is always up and out; never down and in. It ruins the natural airflow of the case's design.

If this is your first build, why wouldn't you take the advice of others with experience instead of arguing against their point?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

He's right. Corsair does recommend this as one of the possible fan configurations because you do get better CPU temps. The problem is that everything else will be hot inside the case, so it all depends on your cases airflow and what you care about. If your graphics cards can handle the extra temp and you want the most out of your CPU, you can do it the way he does it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Like plgdg said, flip the fans on the rad.

Also the cables next to the PSU could us some tidying/cable ties (sorry to be picky just trying to help!)

Nice build overall :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Why are you using silent edition AF120 fans on your radiator? Those will have to spin significantly faster than pressure optimized fans in order to achieve the same performance. The AF120 fans are designed to move a lot of air, but not for pushing air through any type of restriction such as a radiator. You'll be much better off using SP120 high performance edition fans, and just install a fan controller to undervolt them if you want silence, that way when you need the extra cooling performance, it's always going to be there. Also, you may want to arrange your fans to pull the other direction so it's not drawing a bunch of hot air into your system and making everything else warmer than they should.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, although as others have mentioned it would be better to get SP fans instead of AF, and flip the fans on the radiator so they blow air the other way.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for all the replies guys!!!

To answer some of them: on the fans facing the wrong direction, thanks for catching that, as I was installing them I was a little confused on which way to place them, so I just took a guess (based on the youtube build I was following, this video was also the reason I went with the fans I did, didn't research enough I guess) and went with it, figured I can always change them once I could feel the air pushing or pulling, which I will do soon now that I know they are wrong. Right after I finished installing them I thought to myself, wow, you cant even see the color rings lol, now I know why.

Yes, the 16GB is over kill, and I had planned for 8, but as the IT guy I work with said, dude whats another 30-40 bucks lol, he tried to get me to go to an i7, but I didn't budge on that one.

850 power supply was suggested by someone on toms forum, I think I originally had like 550 or so, I cant remember. Also the case will be sitting on a hard surface, or at least it will now.

As far as the cables go, im sure I will get bored one day and start getting all the nit picking out of the way, thanks for pointing it out.

Lastly, for the guys who have them same or similar set up, I guess great minds think alike.

thanks

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

i was going to get the black version of this case but pc part picker compatibility said the corsair h100i doesn't fit. did you have to cut a hole in the top to mount it? i'm still interested in this case if i can make it work.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

upside down psu is better (as long as the tower will not be directly on carpet) since it won't interfere with your GPU's airflow.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

His PSU is upside down... It's fine how it is in the pictures.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

right, but he said in his description that he didnt initially want that

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I didn't notice that. But it technically isn't upside down lol. Bottom-mounted PSUs should have the fan facing downward :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Isn't 850W a bit overkill? And by a bit I mean a metric ton over?

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

Great build, but your radiator fans are pointing the wrong way. You need to blow air out or suck air out, not blow air in from the top. Heat rises and you don't allow it to escape. I like negative or neutral pressure inside a case, but don't create negative pressure by keeping hot air in.

  • 75 months ago
  • -3 points

Wow. I have an almost identical build... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1CPNx

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

gah I should have waited to buy my video card, you got it for 100 bucks cheaper lol

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Look mine is exactly the same! http://pcpartpicker.com/b/FJD