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I don't really use it for much. I play video games and browse the web on it. My last PC was adequate but was feeling its age since I wasn't able to get 60fps with everything maxxed out in Ryse. Last PC was a Core Duo Q9650 with 8gb ram at 128gb SSD and 2tb HDD mated with a R9 270x with a 15% OC. So I had some extra cash and decided to build a new computer that I won't have to update for at least two years.

Problems:

The only problems I ran into were with the Cosmos SE case itself.

1) I wanted to front mount the Kraken in Push/Pull config however the front dust cover wouldn't fit unless I found some slim fans. So I abandoned that idea and have just a static pull with the stock NZXT fans.

2) since I had an SSD that I mounted on the opposite side of the case (where you do wire management) and I only a had a single other hard drive and was never going to use any form of optical drive with this case I figured I could easily install the bottom hard drive cage into the spot reserved for the ODD. Well it wasn't quite that easy. I eventually found a way to get it in that allowed me to utilize the included trays for the standard HDD and didn't clutter the case. As an added bonus I could still use the second slide out tray if I ever needed too (providing I ran a 3rd SATA data cable). Pictures included.

3) Upon booting up and playing a few games that rendered the games at 4k and downscaled to 1080p, the GPU's got hot. I opted for the reference NVIDIA GTX 970's from BestBuy.com because, well, the cooler design looks awesome. Anyways, while I was thinking of ways to optimize airflow I decided that, since my CPU is waterchilled and my GPU's are venting heat out the back, I could remove the rear exhaust fan and place it as an intake near the front mounted rad. And since the frount mounted rad wasn't really heating up since I was doing a very mild OC (3.5ghz to 4ghz), I could rely on the rad fans to simply constantly spin at full speed and not worry. So basically I set up every single fan in the case to intake with the only exhaust fans being my GPU's. I then mounted a 120mm fan directly in front of the GPU's blowing air from the nearby twin NZXT's from the front. Pics included. In order to mount the fan to blow over the GPU's I needed to use the stock HDD mounting brackets, unfortunately I had heard people complain about how restrictive they are for airflow and looking at them you can tell that there might be truth to that. So I had to hack them a bit, the results aren't pretty. Pics are relevent.

4) Didn't have to do with the case but more with my failure to properly research the parts I was going to use. So I found I couldn't OC as much as I had hoped since the MOBO I use seems to not allow you to manually modify the OC settings. I had to use the "OC Genie" which gave me around a 14% OC. I am not really complaining as this CPU is already faster than my last one by a longshot.

Also, I used 3dMark 11 Demo to benchmark my system after I OC'ed my GTX's. The results were: 14773 http://www.3dmark.com/fs/3641154

I think I might have to adjust my OC's but I really don't care that much because this is more than I was hoping for :-)

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Pictures 1-7 are just the build showcase.
Picture 8 shows the CPU info.
Picture 9 shows how I had to mount the top intake fan since below it is the ghetto mounted HDD cage (moved from the bottom of the case).
Picture 10 shows the stock HDD cage from the very bottom of the case in it's new position at the top of the case where the ODD would otherwise be mounted. Pictures 11-13 Show how you can gain access to the HDD tray in it's new location.
Picture 14 shows the hack job I had to do to improve airflow over the GPU's.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

A nice build overall, I have no experience with intel boards, but as it looks, nobody else using this board could get an overclock, or even tried. One person got a 3.9, and you...but that CPU is fast enough, you shouldn't have any problems gaming for a long time with this processor.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I would have mounted the cpu radiator on top and left the intake fans alone. That's probably limiting the intake and blowing hot air over the gpus.

The reason to keep the exhaust fan is to maintain a flow of air in the case, that may help with the cooling too. From the pics, it looks like you have positive air pressure in the case, but it's hot air since it's blowing over the radiator. So hot air is continually being built up in the case.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not so sure, I have a infrared thermometer and the rad never gets above 25 degree's C, even during AIDA and other tests. I do have alot of positive pressure however and even without an exhaust fan, there is alot of exhaust since I also sealed some of the small cracks around the outside of the case with hotglue. Also the GTX970 reference cooler is a blower type that exhausts heat out the back of the case (warming my feet as an added bonus!).

I was going to mount the rad up top but it would have been a very tight fit with the motherboard and I wasn't comfortable with it. I did some temp point tests during a few benchmarks using my digital thermometer, the hottest the system got at any single point was the bottom GPU getting up to 60 degree's during 3dMark 4k firetest benchmarks, the rest of the temps were about +8 degrees above ambient temps for the room it is in (22 degrees C = 72 F). I am not very experienced but I think these temps are perfectly fine since I have yet to see anything above 70 degrees C even with my reference cards being OC'ed to the same level as the EVGA GTX levels.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

its good, overclocking compatibility is limited as **** though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

how ???

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The BIOS options are disabled with no way to enable them. You can use the built in OC Genie to achieve a mild overclock (I managed +500mhz on my i5 4690k). Overall, it's great. Only issue is I thought the PCB was black...It's actually brown.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you very much

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1