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So I had a problem: my Linux workstation was five years old, the CPU fans were louder and whinier then they used to be, and I kept getting out of memory errors while trying to work.

So obviously I rebuilt my Windows gaming machine instead. My little brother pushed me on getting the nice graphics card, to get XMP capable memory, and to get the unlocked 4770k instead of the 4770. (A month later, I did a similar build to replace the Linux workstation. Same CPU, cooler, motherboard, and case. Just running Intel integrated graphics there since the Mesa drivers have gotten decent enough and I don't have a GPU dependent workflow.) The build list is for exactly went into my Windows machine. The following notes are for both:

  • A note about the IO shield on the Maximus Impact: in the Windows machine, the IO shield sort of buckles and doesn't fit. The DirectKey button doesn't actually poke out properly. I saw people complaining about this in the Newegg reviews. However, in the second build this wasn't an issue and the IO shield fit perfectly. It turned out that the motherboard hadn't been seated correctly in the first box, and reseating the motherboard fixed it.

  • A note about installing the radiator in the 250D when using the Maximus Impact: you aren't going to be able to slide it up. Instead of removing the bar on the side in that video, you're going to have to put the radiator in from the top of the case, and hold it with the fans while you put in the mounting screws. Also, the 250D has two sets of screw holes and you'll want to make sure you're using the ones on the top-left ones, not the lower-right ones. It took me over an hour to figure out the first time I did this, but put it together on the first try on my second build.

  • You can probably see in the side view that there's some flex on the motherboard on the Windows machine. This seems to be a common complaint about the 250D, and has been reported to Corsair, who claim that this shouldn't be a problem. Their one suggestion was to put washers between the card bracket and the chassis' backplane. I did this. Update: Corsair has an RMA where they'll send people a small little bracket to put between the case and the video card. I've added a picture of this applied to the case.

  • This case rats nests easily, as you can see in the side view. In the second bottom Linux build, I had significantly less cables, and still ended up with a bit of a rats nest. You'll probably end up stuffing your power cables for your SATA drives down there, too. It's even worse in the main top build, since there are a few extra PCI-E power cables. Using the tie-downs on the bottom and sides of the case helps, but I'm glad that the bottom half of the case isn't really visible through the dust screens.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the 730 ssd? Nice buildm would be awesome with some more pics from above maybe. Other than that. Nothing bad about the build. :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I've added two more pics. One looking down into the Windows machine, and another comparing the rats nest between the two builds from the side.

Is there any specific benchmarks you want to see with the 730? It works and I perceive it to be "fast" but I don't have raw numbers.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I just finished similar build with $1700 budget. Nice to see what I could have done w another 5 hundies.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Poking through your pictures, I see that you put the badges behind the removable front cover. I didn't even think of that; that is a great idea! I'm totally going to copy that.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude I hope in the future to build something about 1k cheaper than yours, but you know unil then I'll rock my little Optiplex 755 :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You could probably cut a thousand from the price of this build if you skipped the graphics card, skipped the bluray burner, got cheaper memory and maybe a slightly less beefy processor. I did exactly that; the second build (seen on the bottom on the picture with the shelves) was much cheaper. That said, I did cannibalize the drives from my old Linux machine, so maybe you'll be able to take components from a previous build, too?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish man, my future build will be my first if not I could cut a few costs. I do have my most expensive build I'd love to do, with a 3930k and 6 tb of storage pretty epic, but I'll stick with the 1.2k rig for a future build.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

More pics please. We all are really impressed!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry but this such an overkill for a workstation!! You could've gotten the performance out of a $1000 build but still +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I love that case. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the GPU top copper heat pipe and the 250D window ? are they touching ? had any problems with sliding the top cover ? Does it melt the top window ?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

They don't touch. I'm not actually sure what the clearance is, but when I push down on the top cover, it bends downward a bit, so it doesn't touch.

I haven't had any issues with melting. If you're really worried about it, I believe EVGA's Nvidia cooler is flat on top.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

any problems so far ?

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I went with a push intake mostly because that's what the pcpartpicker video did. No other reason.

As for the video card, it does fit...barely. If you put it in at an angle, you can get it into the case.

I do worry about motherboard flex a bit (see the one on top of each other pictures of this build with and without GPU), but OTOH, the majority pictures I've seen that show both the motherboard and GPU have significant bowing, so maybe I'm being overly sensitive and flexed motherboards are the new normal. Here are the results of the Google Image search for "250d motherboard gpu" filtered for actually showing the motherboard:

http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/105161-corsair-obsidian-250d-thread/page-8 http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Cases-and-Cooling/Video-Perspective-Corsair-Obsidian-250D-Mini-ITX-Case (Shows another DirectCU II card.) http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/chassis/64817-corsair-obsidian-series-250d/?page=2 http://www.hardwarezone.com.my/tech-news-first-looks-corsair-obsidian-250d

This guys collected a bunch of pictures, too: http://www.overclock.net/t/1466042/corsair-obsidian-250d-club/640

Counterexamples: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7710/corsair-obsidian-250d-case-review/3

My current plan over the weekend is to get some washers, and put them under the pci bracket outside the case to try to raise the card by a few mm.

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