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Lets me just say to start that this case is actually a piece of art in comparison to some of the cheap plastic cases they make.

But word of advice, plan and plan again, look at all your parts before hand and read reviews and check out other builds before you actually commit to buying as it will make your life easier when it comes to putting it all together.

Wanted something elegant that stands out, not some huge gaping plastic/metal case sitting 45cm high but something modern, sleek that would blend in nicely and for those that notice it too come and take a closer look and admire it.

Lets start by saying, liquid cooling, everyone wants it but think again, there are plenty of reviews where the radiator and fans are on externally mounted on the outside so this is now installed within the case, using Slimline 15mm fan as exhaust

Airflow is major issue and isn't an issue depending on the graphics card you install, the maximum compatible GPU length (300mm card) fits perfect but covers up majority of the 120mm intake fan, also note this card is triple fan based 2.5x slot version and fits perfect.

This graphics card is one of the best R9 290 in terms of performance, noise and heat, its a triple fan and as its Graphics Processor is completely covered by a huge copper base so it runs extremely cool, especially in comparison to a fair few R9 290's on market. Temperature goes no higher than 65 degrees in this case with a factory overclock as standard and fans are not very loud. If you want to decrease fans speeds and set your own curve you can get it running pretty much silent running but at cost of another 10 degrees but still within range that it wont throttle back at all.

But overall, its a very fast i5 Quad Core PC, gaming and graphics side is based on 4GB R9 290 version, this is fast and foremost alot cheaper outlay for the price paid than the current 3.5GB GTX 970. This version though is unfortunately does not have the ability to be unlocked to the 290X specs via a free bios update but a positive I guess is the utter silence and the lack of the renowned coil whine. Efficiency and Power Consumption were not used in this decision to install this particular card, as felt at time that based on market values, the R9 290 holds the best price to performance of any card.

Settings have been adjusted for fans, temps etc and now sits pretty quite. Its running at moment at 4.2Ghz overclocked on stock voltages.

3D Mark results Firestrike - 9701 Sky Diver - 23316 Cloud Gate - 19976 Ice Storm - 148119 Unigine Heaven 1080p High Default Benchmark - Average FPS 109.1 Score 2749 Intel XTU Benchmark - Score 842 Processor Freq 4.2GHz Max Temp 55 Degrees

But for time being this suits it needs perfectly, plays any games at thee Highest Quality at 1080 and 1440p. Video, Photos, Editing work, Encoding, Decoding. This pretty much covers all basis and should easily give top performance for fair few years.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 12 points

the r9 290 is a great choice and im glad you are willing to stick to your guns on that one. nice build overall and I like seeing how that case looks with a clean build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 9 points

dont call them plastic heaps, there CASE sensitive. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

Take the tempered glass sticker off :P

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No, going to leave it on, that way people can see at an instant glance that oh my... your PC is made from glass...wow. Sticker is first thing they look at

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

To each his own, I suppose lol. I removed mine ASAP.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice case! like the glass only style.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

ya, elegant is the perfect word here for that case. so nice. and i can speak to your life of torment (funny chit btw) ,from first hand exp. I have both the 970 and 290...970 is better but by a slim margin...not a 100 dollar margin! so good pickins on your part sir. +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I probably would of happily bought one if it wasn't blown right out over the internet and then not to publically apologise but try and worm out of it. Just waiting until AMD showcase theirs and see what they are offering. I am not one for efficiency and saving 50p a month on electric, I want as much performance for as little outlay as possible.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I've always gone Nvidia, always. I've also never gone for their best, most powerful card. I tend to stay a resolution behind the latest and greatest while I wait for the next thing to price down a bit. So the middle GPU, i.e. between 960 and 980, always worked for me. It came time to build a new rig, and naturally the 970 was right where I went. No need to look into it right? Well, I'm OCD and did anyway.

Now see, it wasn't really the 3.5gb soft cap. I'm on 1080p and there's only a handful of games, if that, that will push that VRAM limit at this res. You know why I switched to Radeon for the first time since being on PC? The way Nvidia handled the whole situation. The lack of compensation to their loyal customers. And then they continue to falsely advertise their gimped product as if it were not gimped at all. And people just keep buying it.

But you know, you and I are different than the blind. And I applaud you for choosing the 290.

If they had handled it properly, I'd be giddy over my GTX 970 in my rig right now... and ya know what I almost want to thank Nvidia. I would have never tried Radeon otherwise and my 290x Lightning has been a breath of fresh air coming from a line of Nvidia products over the years.

+1

But your set-up scares me a bit because I'm not familiar with that case. Is your GPU getting sufficient airflow sitting up against the bottom like that?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You are pretty much spot on with my reasoning over the choice of graphics card. When he on camera, he made no attempt to even apologise but instead tried to spin a web of technical spiel to confuse everyone so they would just think oh okay. There was never a mention of anything regards refunds, loyalty, compensation in terms of discount, games, even something to cushion the blow of being lied to. He pretty much passed the buck and left it to the manufacturers. If, and if they had agreed the had seriously gimped on card and reduced price accordingly to make up for it then possibly but yes some argue saying benchmark result speak for themselves on its performance and how fast it actualy is, but that's because the benchmarks cant yet make complete full use of card neither can 99% of games, but looking at how game dev is going, by looks of it pretty much by end of this year there are some pretty demanding games coming out where you will likely start to see issues. So looking at budget, options, I chose what I believed at time gave the absolute best performance per pound.

Regards card, Its gets a fair amount of airflow unfortunately. The main intake fan for the case sits directly underneath the Graphics card so it always really cool. Max temps sit around 65/66c on a run of Heaven and VRM temps usually peak at 74c. I have exhaust fan on Cooler running max at 1500RPM and its not overly loud but does a decent job taking out as much warm air as it can.

My issue with this case is the PSU, its fans has to be installled upwards and in turn takes in a lot of air and heat from around graphics card I have yet to use this PC for more than 30 mins before fans are noticeable on PSU.

Looking at alternatives in that respect but with regards Graphics, I choose this version of the card purely on its design and layout. Others have said reference would be better but not with an AMD unfortunately.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

what games?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Come on now. Overclock that CPU! Why else buy the "K" model, Z87, and liquid cooling?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome looking case and awesome build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How much would water cooling a PC cost?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i feel like colored sleeved wires always gets likes on this site still great build

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, agree you could build a cheap *** old skool Celeron PC but use nice colour coordinated sleeved cables and you have a winner on your hands

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

please please please!! what monitor is that and what are the specs?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks like the closest to me.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-ew2440l

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor is a Benq EW2440L

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I considered the same case, but I decided to get a Silversotne FT03. Good job in managing to mount the AIO rad outside of the main compartment. Why didn't you chose a reference design GPU that will take ambient air from the case intake and blow hot air at the back instead of spreading inside?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I had FT03 couple of years ago, nice but too bland. Much easier to work with though than this one and some really cools case mods out there with that case. Don't want to talk about the radiator, its a pain, have had to spend a fortune on USB cable, angled cables and new USB 3.0 Hub so I don't have to ever access backplate again.

With regards graphics, there are no decent reference AMD cards in top tier, too hot and noisy and too many issues with throttling. Nvidia at moment not getting my cash, nothing to do with the Card, as performance on GTX 970 is great, benchmarks don't lie. For me it was the fact that when it was blown out into the open, some weeks later instead of publically apologising they just spieled off specs and tried to blabber on so much you would forget about it, just to admit they made a mistake and maybe reducing RRP by £25-£35 would of been a deal changer but this R9 290 version was best at time of purchase. Runs cold and quiet, heat is not an issue at all, more so as my power supply sucks most of it out, which is the only downside to this case is that the PSU has to be mounted so fan points upwards so it isn't bringing in any nice cool air from outside

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I could not agree more with you about the GTX 970 saga... every word you said is true. Anyway I got my 970 Windforce G1 a month before all the issues were published. I had the option to RMA my card but to be honest there was no other alternative. 980 is way too expensive, Titan X will be even more overpriced, and moving from an AMD room heating setup I did not really wanted to go with 290. I kept my G1 and at 1080p I cannot feel any issues what so ever. Tested it on all the games and CAD software I have, it performs as expected. Also I bought very nice alphacool water block with back plate for only 54£ !

Enjoy you InWin! :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Well just going to sit back and wait for next 2 months, AMD soon to have the upcoming unveiling, and hopefully Nvidia will re-price theirs accordingly

For time being R9 does it job, but will see how pricing goes and how good these new cards are when they come out, maybe then a GTX 970 if price drops to something much more decent than it RRP. Don't mind scrimped on card for right price just not at its current price against an almost AMD equivalent.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

One of my favorite cases. I've always wanted to move my secondary ITX PC into the 901, but don't have the money/would rather spend it on games, and bootleg Famicom games.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What Monitor is that?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a Benq EW2440L

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, a really sleep case. Aside from the fact that it's a freaking monster shes beautiful!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU Cooler: I noticed you didn't use the usb for Corair's link software to control the led light :) Nice and clean.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

WHERES UR MOUSE

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build, it has a nice look to it aswell, just wondering what monitor is that? The bezels are so thin its amazing :0

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for comments :)

Monitor wise, its a Benq EW2440L, don't be so taken by the bezels, when screen is on there is 3/4mm roughly of black edging all the way round that is the actual screen to compensate for basically non existant bezel.

This is my 3rd slim/bezel less monitor and by far the best so far

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

R9 290 is an excellent choice, Your entire build looks great. Everything fits well and looks professional quite impressive.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that, much appreciated.

Though looks lot a nicer now especially tonight as I have just installed 4 dimmable LED's inside on each corner, those and having the tinted glass , it now just has this little glow coming from it from corner of the room

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Have removed Team Ram now and replaced it with a set of Black GSkill Sniper Low Voltage version instead. So now running DDR3 1600 at CL8 at only 1.25V.

It all helps keep the heat at bay.

Have also now wired in 4 individual White Dimmable LEDs, as you can adjust brightness on the fly you can have them set just bright enough without being too OTT. Soft white glow behind tinted black glass.

Only things left to do are rewire Akasa fan on cooler and it has multi coloured PWM cable and replace it with single braided black version and finish shortening the final couple of cables at the rear of motherboard, Inwin's stupid idea of using glass for both side panels.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I was gonna go with this case for my lil bros build cause I liked the seamless glass window but I couldn't imagine it lasting long with my younger brothers clumsiness.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, it is pretty, and well managed cable wise, but I have definitely seen better looking builds out there. Also, work on your humility bro :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

There is always going to better looking builds out there, it doesn't just stop at one person making one PC. Each to their own and people will use other builds as a starting point, using them as inspiration, gain ideas which they then take onboard to do their own. Nobody said this was the best looking build out there!

Also nothing wrong at all with my humility sis :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How does your gpu breathe? Pretty sexy build XD.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

When I read "Liquid Cooled" I expected some awesome custom watercooling loop, not an H60 lol.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, well before clicking you would of seen the build cost, though I too would of loved an awesome custom loop for a total build cost of £1000.

Though don't worry a tiny 92mm one is in the making, planning it on paper was easy, applying it using actual parts is by far the complete opposite.

But for those that don't know what to do, this is more than adequate, and its still liquid cooled.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Been wanting to see an inWin case build, looks dope

I got my new build coming soon, hopefully everyone checks it out!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I'm doing a similar build later today with the 901.

Did you find that orientation the best for the H60? I tried running the pipes through the top and it was pretty jammed.

Any cabling advice?

How'd you connect the H60 and fans? H60 to CPU fan and both fans to splitter to Chasis Fan?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

yes found it the only way would mount without putting too much pressure on hoses. You can take a dremel and cut of the top to enlarge it more so hoses fit in without any strain or kinks but this way I used was much easier. Though you will struggle mounting internally with standard 25mm fan. It just wont work due to backplate.

I just purchased this one today (Raijintek Aeolus Beta fan) to replace slim Akasa currently using, this new one is only 13mm wide, so will see how I go and then if I can fathom out backplate and lack of space with 25mm fan I may end up using 2 as push pull to help with airflow.

Cable management - just take your time., fit board first and then match up all cables, see how much spare you have when connected and work out and plan cable routing that way.

Use Modular PSU is you can as you will struggle to get all the cables in there off a fully wired unit. And also bear I mind your PSU has to go with Fan upwards so it will be sucking in air coming off around your graphics card, my PSU is running warm at moment and fans are quite audible but my card is almost triple slot so takes away good art of case and restricts airflow. Not to a point that there will be any signs of over heating but too a point I cant get this particular PC to run silent.

I have H60 pump with a 3 pin to molex and then straight forward Rad Fan to CPU fan header and intake fan to chassis header.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

As an owner of an i5-4690k, I beg to differ on your theory of overclocking to and beyond 4ghz. You will in fact see a decent performance increase. Especially in games that hammer 1-2 cores really hard and benchmarks.

I have my 4690k at 4.4ghz @ 1.230 Vcore with air cooling, 212 Evo, and my temps idle are a bit lower than yours, 27c, and my gaming temps never exceed 50c. It takes Intel Burn Test, or Prime 95, for 10 minutes or more to get my CPU to it's highest point... 58c. And as for noise, there is none. I have 8 case fans, 4in/4out, all on a PWM Fan hub. The CPU cooler is on it's own dedicated header and only ramps beyond 25% if the CPU exceeds 30c, which it never does unless I'm doing more than basic desktop tasks. The case fans only go beyond 25% when the mobo exceeds 30c. Which is usually due to the GPU heating up. They're all Phanteks fans and are pretty freakin' quiet.

Intel suggests no more than 72c. So, with your liquid cooling, not sure about your mobo, you should have no issues getting to 4.4ghz, <1.3v, and maybe more. And if configured properly, you'll see hardly anymore heat and it should not produce much more noise at all.

Now after 4.4ghz, there's hardly much of a performance increase. My 4690k boots and is stable, but hot, all the way up to 4.7ghz @ 1.3 Vcore. The benchmarks were marginally better at best, while the heat difference was massive. There's a big jump from stock to 4.4ghz. But to get much more, you'd have to take the risks involved with shooting for 5ghz. And unless you want to take those risks and spend the money on high end coolers and top of the line mobos, I'd stay at 4.4ghz.

I say go for it. Benchmark before and after. You'll never look back once you get a nice OC on this beautiful CPU.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Did word that totally wrong apologies, I for one know what a huge difference it makes, especially when you see the results of the combined scores on the new 3D Mark Benchmark.

Just ran 4.2Ghz and left everything at stock and max temps still not exceeding 55c so plenty of room for more.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm kind of a water cooling noob, so could you tell me where in your build you put the water? :P lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi

Its an off the shelf closed loop so no need to worry about filling it, only thing you have to worry about is correct placement of radiator and fan and getting pump installed correctly on processor.

If you are wanting to go all out and put in a custom loop with your own pump and reservoir I would recommend you don't, having a right time with this one and a 92mm custom loop.

A closed loop from the likes of Corsair, Coolermaster, NZXT to name a few are great and easy, though with this case you are very limited on space, so if you want discrete you need to go slim or you can do what others have done and mount radiator on rear on the outside of case.

But stick with closed loop off the shelf and don't worry at all about filling, especially if no experience..

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I know you have now switched this build to a 970, but do you think the R9 290 was ok?

I want to use the same case, but I would rather use a R9 290 and I am concerned about heat.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Heres what I found.

Originally I had R9 290 Vapor X which literally just fit in, even though it was only 2 slot it ran very hot and noisy. I then managed to buy the Powercolor PCS+ version, slightly smaller as the measurements they quoet on spec sheet includes the bracket so its 1 cm shorter in that instance. This even though almost triple slot fit and ran hell of a lot cooler. I never once saw it pass 70 degrees gaming with fans sat at 60 % in custom curve. Only when benchmarking did I change fan speed.

Also if being honest, The 970 was a bad move, having used the 2 on same parts I feel the R9 290 was better, especially at 1440p. I notice small glitches in Titanfall and same with Dying Light, I had to make some adjustments as every now and then especially going all out zombie bashing there was noticeable times it would hang for second or so. I have also had to drop Textures to medium to cap it at 60FPS.

Plus this GTX 970 gets hotter, It got to 82 degrees other day playing Dying Light for couple of hours and that's only with a 100 increase on both graphics and memory and it sits directly above a 120mm intake fan

So to answer your question, first hand. Yes the R9 290 was a better choice that I made in beginning but with those cards its getting the best version. I for one wouldn't hesitate to recommend powercolor version, beat the sapphire hands down with less heat. Don't buy MSI they don't fit due to Frozr cooler

So much for the efficient green team, guess for me it was one in the basket for the Reds.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your detailed reply, very helpful!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got a question for you. Could you accurately measure exactly how much space there is for a graphics card in your case? I'm starting to think that I might be able to fit what I've got in mind into the case despite it saying 300mm max length

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You can comfortably fit upto 320mm. This roughly leaves around 8mm to edge of case. That is from edge to edge so from left of backplateon Card. Depending on card it may encroach onto its 8/6 pin but most modern GPU's these days have them along outer edge.

The only issue with this case isn't so much length its width of card. An MSI Gaming version of nay of there cards wont fit as the PCB and Cooler is wider then most and the heatpipes stick out 5mm from edge of case so glass wont go back on. You can get away with around 125 PCB width and that depend on the cables for your PCIE, I swapped to braided and sleeved shrinkless as more play in them.

Sapphire R9 290 Toxic, GTX 970 G1 Gaming, Asus R9 290 DCUII, Sapphire R9 290X Vapor all fit, the MSi models with Twin Frozr didn't.

Also if you are using case and not using a reference card model, honestly fit 120mm where I have fitted Radiator and 92mm inside case as intake and the 120mm fan directly under GPU as exhaust as I saw 6 degree drop in temps and little less noise.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info and the compliments. I got one recently for my brother and his new build and I was toying with the idea of getting one myself with the 980 TI hof i've got. Unfortunately the airflow situation is just really bleak as it currently stands so I'm not sure if I really want to go through with it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

nice couple of builds you have. especially the H440. I have used it a couple of times now in different colours, just has that ability to make no matter what you install whether cheap as chips or high end quality looks really smart and professional :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!! Were did you get your custom cables?

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

I like this build very much.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

So do I, just a right pain. But first time inn long time and many builds done that I didnt have a single cut/graze or nick on my hand. Though is ever using this case, employ a small child as our hands are far to big to work comfortably

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I bet! I tend to enlist female friends to help install the finicky things like headers and hard drive cables in the tight spots.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The reference 290 would of melted the glass panels. Unfortunately there are no decent reference versions available at all, only option would of been AIO cooler but no space to mount rad and fan. This r9 290 seemed best of the bunch and no issues on heat as card never exceed 65 degrees at all with 70% fan speed, I did decrese fans down to max of 60% which is pretty silent and temps stayed around 73-75. Though none would of bought this card as site flagged this pairing as completely incompatible due to triple slot graphics card saying it would fit but fits with ample room

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)