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Let me just say this has been a really fun build. This was a custom designed build for a customer of mine (not trying to brag or promote if you want my FB page ask in the comments if not oh well) the requirements were speed and it had to run very cool cooler masters breezy case and the 240mm cooling block solve the second issue and for the first a nice 4770k i7 with the beastly EVGA GTX 780 take care of the rest.

All that said. parts install was really easy. all the components were well marked and came with great instructions. being very meticulous about bundling wires and keeping everything neat it took alot longer but quality takes time. the fan controller is more for the temp displays than anything customer wanted visual temperature monitoring but the NZXT did the trick. wasnt too costly and it looks nice (the little fans do spin on the display btw)

love to see your comments. going to try and benchmark it after the updates and driver installs finish!

enjoy!

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Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 5 points

Aw yeah, welcome to the Stryker Build Club! fist bump

The customer chose an odd HDD though - half the cache of the 64MB Barracuda but around the same price. They also chose an odd PSU for a CPU that sips energy and board that won't run more than 2 Nvidia GPUs. But that's them, not you!

Nice cabling and I like your idea of moving the lower HDD bay 120mm fan to the bottom of the case.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

it gives a nice pull from the bottop up making the air flow from the front to the back in a nice arch. you can feel it. also in all honesty. after removing the 200mm fan for the 240 water block i didnt want to throw out yet ANOTHER fan. so i figured that would be a nice place for it. giving air circulation. my customer wants the thing to run stupid cold. i may suggest him putting a window unit in it. LOL

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup vectoring airflow diagonally is exactly what I did with my Stryker. Except I just loaded the bottom fans and put 1 static pressure fan on the lower HDD bay to do that lol. It really does make a difference.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks everyone. as for the ram its not been an issue. as for the PSU we future proofed the case based on the option to add a 2nd gpu later on if he wanted to. it will be abit close to the 30% over with a second GPU but i think it will be ok based on the PSU's ratings.

i wanted to put the 200mm back in but it will ONLY fit in the case on the top and the 240mm cooling radiator was only going there. i thought about putting it on the bottom of the case but the hoses weren't going to be log enough so top it was.

and the fan controller thing was alot nicer than i thought it was going to be. NZXT makes good stuff. I also used their braided LED lights to rap the inside of the case. 3m was about 9" too much FYI. also I would have loved to attache the LED controller to the on board one in the stryker case. I'm sure i could given the time to tinker with it but the pore guy has been waiting for this thing and i want to get it out. he's probably going to leave it on to show it off anyway (could you blame him) also i'm loving the mobo. wifi a/b/g/n/ac and BT4.0 on board?!?!?! yeah why buy a add-on card. just pony up for the nicer mo-bo. also of note the little wifi antenna is magnet and holds nicely to the case body or the mesh at the top of it <~pro-tip

I got another big build coming up soon i'm going to shameless plug now dont ban me bro https://www.facebook.com/bishopcomputerdesign

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

got the same case myself :) really sweet build bro, good job

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

pretty :D

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

i like this guy cause he's got tonnes of pictures

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :) nothing worse than trying to check something out and there are no pix

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build and lots of information you have given us, your customer should be very happy

+1 and several more if I could

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I showed him last night and he is super excited as am I. might have to build myself something like this one day :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I showed him last night and he is super excited as am I. might have to build myself something like this one day :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya once you build something you get the itch... haha

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it looks nice. I do have a couple of questions. 1) Why did you remove the top? Is that necessary to install the closed loop cooler? 2) The memory you chose for the ASUS MB isn't on their approved list. Did you just need to match voltage and timings? 3) Any issues so far with the MB?

Again, looks good and I was happy to see that the NZXT monitor looks nice sitting there.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes with the Stryker you have to take the top off in order to screw in top radiators/fans/fans into radiators. Pretty easy to do, there are just 6 small clips that you push out and then the top just pops off.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. Thanks for the info.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

15seconds to pop it off. its a REALLY well made case. mad props to cooler master. top shelf stuff. the entire case is re configurable. see the picture will all the extra stuff i dragged out of the case.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

no issues with the mobo and ram was selected from pcpartpickers compatibility list. I may have just lucked the hell out. but it runs like a top. 3dmark'ed it (free) and it came out 600points below the top score. not sure how accurate that is being that its the free version of 3dmark. all of the 3d benchmarks i ran on it wouldn't drop below 32fps even with 8x AA on ultra. haven't run any games on it yet. may or may not get a chance. got to delver it in 24-36hrs

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, thanks for the response. Sounds like it's a rockin' rig. Good work.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm going to miss it :( but not my money LOL i got the itch. can't wait for tax time xD

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build.

A couple of suggestions:

  • I have that same cooler/case and thought the fans were quite noisy. You might want to consider swapping them out for a better set. You can also add a second set for a push/pull setup pretty easily by popping the top off the case (six tabs on the top, inside the case) and removing the otherwise useless filter there.

  • If you're overclocking, remember to set your voltages to static when benchmarking. ASUS boards don't like it when you BM them in adaptive mode (you can get some crazy voltages).

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm leaving the OC'ing to my customer and recommended him to leave it alone unless he fully knows what he is doing. and i toyed with doing the push pull but since I wasn't setting up any OC i decided against it. the fans are abit on the loud side but its not too bad especially if your playing music or gaming. but if it was me and i had no budget i'd go for some much better fans. no offense CM

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your build! I like seeing work from people who know what they are doing. I'm curious to see you OC and benchmark!! Comment on my post so I can get an inbox notification when you do :P

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is quite pretty! +1. I also have Seidon 240 and was reading about different thermal pastes on Tom's Hardware, apparently the default paste cooler master sends with it is bad (but I personally really like the cooler). I'm getting some new stuff this weekend I'll let you know if it changes anything.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/thermal-compound-charts/-3-CPU-Water-Cooling-High-Pressure,3363.html

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah its the free paste but i used generous portions of it with out it dripping out so it "should" be fine especially with the water cooling block. we have a temperature sensor on it if it starts running HOT an alarm will sound and the customer will know to discontinue use and let it cool down HOWEVER the CPU (i7 4770k) is rated up to 100C (200+F)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but why such a huge psu? Plans to sli in the future or just the option to?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

yes wanted to future proof it just in case of SLI

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that thing on the very bottom PCI shielding panel? At first I thought it was a wifi card but that Motherboard comes with one if I am not mistaken

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

thats a molex power input for the mobo. its plugged into a piggly back molex from the NZXT light strip. thats why it looks so huge

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhh well it is well hidden at the bottom of the case :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I do love this case. super roomy. very easy to customize and has lots of room for wire management in the back as you can see in the pix. only word of caution is the x-dock at the top is a long long way from the PSU. you will want to buy a molex extension cable ($6 amazon) not a huge complaint just kinda annoying. would be nice if CM sent one with it like they did for the motherboard 8-pin. if you check out my FB page I have another build coming up before the end of the year (the evil queen) gonna be another monster :) i'm super excited as is my customer. facebook.com/bishopcomputerdesign

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an awesome looking build. I have never built a PC before and want to try on something not too expensive. Would this be a good build for a beginner to try to replicate? Also, is it possible to have the internal light red, instead of blue?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the Scissors from smas clue in a knife pack?