Description

This is my third build, my first mATX cube though, and one of the build guides and a completed build here were my inspiration. It's been about 6 years since my last build so after upgrading the CPU and switching to SSDs it was time for a complete rebuild. I use my PC every day for typical internet browsing, watching movies, listen to music, etc, but I also love gaming (mostly FPS, racing, and platform games) and use Photoshop to build huge panoramas.

This Gaming Cube has been a progression: upgrading my old PC with a better CPU and SSDs, switching from a 3x1 landscape monitor setup to a 5x1 portrait setup and buying new video cards, purchasing a stand for the monitors, building the Gaming Cube, eventually having to buy new video cards (again) and selling the other ones. All for a beautiful complete Gaming Cube for another few years to come... hopefully. I'm not sure my bank account can go through this again for a good while.

UPDATE: Been meaning to update this for a while. As of May 2016, I did a lot of research and took some good advice to switch to a large 4K monitor instead of 5 vertical monitors. I bought a Wasabi Mango UHD430 43" 4K monitor and it has been amazing. I replaced the 3 middle monitors with the UHD430 and still have 2 of the Dell 24" on each side for whatever extra work or programs I want to get out of the way.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's fast, it's powerful, it runs cool and sips power, it overclocked wonderfully using AI Suite 3. Great all around... except that I overpaid for it.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my CPU super cool.

Thermal Compound

I'm not going to try comparing it to Arctic Silver 5 because I'd have to take my PC apart. But it's doing a great job and I may smear some on my video cards one day.

Motherboard

Great mobo in such a small package. Lots of fan connections to play with, makes it super easy to overclock, I've always trusted Asus quality. My only issue is that the two PCI-E slots are a little too close together for the 2 R9 390s I had, which is why I switched to the 980Ti's.

Memory

It's cheap, it's reliable, it looks pretty good in my case, there's a lot of it. Enough said.

Storage

One speedy SSD for my OS and programs. One for my games.

Video Card

THE POWER!!! They run cooler than any video card I've seen and weren't that much more than the air cooled when I bought them.

Case

I'm surprised how much you can actually fit inside this case. It's not exactly little. Shorter yes, wider yes, so it's like Winnie the Pooh; short, fat, and proud of that. 9 120mm fans, 1 200mm fan, 1 240mm radiator, and 2 120mm radiators are crammed into this and still running well. Amazing! Working in this is a breeze since all the sides and front can come off. I do wish it had room for an slim optical drive like the Fractal Node 804 but I've found I barely use one anymore so... I guess it works out.

Power Supply

I'm never getting anything but fully modular power supplies ever again. I hate having extra cables strewn about that I can't do anything with. Corsair is reliable.

Operating System

It's a love/hate relationship. I love it because it works well and hate it every time there's and update that changes my settings.

Case Fan

Pulled from my last PC because I wasn't buying more when these work perfectly. They're quite and keep everything cold. The color could be better but oh well.

Monitor

Beautiful color, tiny side bezels, great for Photoshop, pretty good for gaming. The bottom bezel could be thinner but my brain cancels it out once I get into whatever I'm doing.

Keyboard

My first clicky keyboard. It took a few weeks to get used to the sensitivity of MX red caps but I love it and won't go back to a standard keyboard. Plus I love having lots of buttons.

Mouse

I've had it for about 6 years and it's wonderful. Now it works even better on my Glorious PC Gaming Race Extended mouse pad.

Speakers

They're loud and sound great. The subwoofer still surprises me.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 9 points

wow... you really went balls to the wall!

watching movies, listen to movies

lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Balls to the wall! is an understatement. This is just pure T nuts.... I mean so much POWAAAAA packed into an "itty bitty living space"

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Imma fix that

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

damn, nice build, not that you can do much about it but the cable management for monitors made cri

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

It's the one thing I'm not looking forward to. I have a pack of velcro ties that will hopefully clean it up some. Just need some time to do it and some Aleve afterwards.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Really nice build. I cannot for the life of me figure out where you put the exhaust for that top 980 Ti though.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Underneath the other one. I just had to turn it for the tubes to fit. Both are able to fit behind the 200mm fan.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, seems like a pretty good case.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Added another picture from the back pointing in to show the 980 Ti radiators.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, thanks for showing that.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

dat desktop background doe

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to recreate it for the 5x1. I let DisplayFusion randomly pick from a collection of 4K or panoramic photos.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That's insane. It'd be cool to see some pics of this build while in game.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll try to remember to clean my desk off next time I load Far Cry 4 or The Crew.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build!

Have you ever thought of a 40" 4K monitor? It's almost the same amount of pixels with a lot of real estate and no bezels to get in the way.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an interesting idea. I would still want to put 2 of my monitors in portrait on the sides though :D maybe one over top too in landscape

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated the build. I went with the Wasabi Mango UHD430 43" 4K monitor. It lined up well with the 24" screens that I already had. I'm loving it everyday and don't think I can go back to tiny monitors now. This thing has every feature the Dell P4317Q has but for half the cost.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build, i wish i had the bank account for this beauty :P

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That is some serious power

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I love that case, my PC has it at well. I had no idea that you could fit that much in it.

Very well done.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I almost crashed wow

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

These Noctua fans work so good, but that colour. Primary reason why I never choose these, is because it messes up the colour coordination of the builds.

I am amazed at the case though, thats a load of stuff you fit in there. Must research this part a bit more.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

There are black Noctua fans now but I'm not replacing these until they die. I like the Riing fans, because fancy, but my PC is in my bedroom so LEDs become a pain at night.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

That is really nice. Good job. +1 for the PC background.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Man those bezels makes me crazy. I would just get a 4K CURVED smart TV instead... Anyway great build. Thumbs up!!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Silent giant killer

Monster piece

Gotta see to believe

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome monitor setup. LOL at the background! so funny +1 Solid build in general as well, always interesting to see builds with a Ti hybrid(s)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The build.... The specs..... The case..... The monitors... The desktop background... It puts a tear in my eye. This build deserves a feature for sure. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy shhhhhhh@#%$@$%tt I've never seen so much power in such a small space! When I realized those were two Hybrid 980 ti's my jaw literally dropped.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

So what do you do with all of those fans? Do you have some pushing and some pulling? Are you trying to get positive pressure?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Most are pulling air into the case. The one on the back is exhausting. There's so much open bent space on the back and sides of the car that it really doesn't become positive pressure. The 200mm is pulling air in with the 2 GPU radiators behind it and then there are 2 fans pulling on the radiators too. The CPU cooler in also push/pull pulling air into the case. I don't know if switching then around will bring better temperatures, I just thought that the cooler air outside would be better for the radiators.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply! I'm about to build a similar build and I guess that when in doubt I'll just have the fans pulling air in.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I just signed up for an account just to comment on this build. Holy cow man, I have no idea how you crammed so much into such a tiny package. 3 rads... that's nuts for an mATX case. I'd love to see some benchmarks.

Manage those cables and your set-up will gain at least 30 speed.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I did run 3DMark Fire Strike. Anything in particular that you wanted to see?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. How are the noise levels? I would imagine it's more than comfortable. Those hybrids are great for what they do.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I barely notice the fans running even when everything is at 100%. I downloaded a sound app (don't know how accurate it is) but it showed around 40db right next to it and 27db from where I sit. I'll hear the HDD clicking around when it's busy and wonder what it is sometimes.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you put the radiators for the two hybrids? I'm really confused about the orientation of this case as well, so could you please post more pictures or give an explanation on how you placed everything inside the case?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh my god, this is brilliant. That wallpaper though.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

dope af... you are a source of pride for the glorious master race

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

How much does this weigh??

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure exactly... more than a loaf of bread. With everything I have crammed in there I'd say it probably weighs around 30 pounds or so.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you connect all of the fans to the motherboard?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The video card fans connect into the video cards themselves. Everything else connected to a fan connector on the motherboard. It has a lot of connectors.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build! I'm planning to SLI 2 EVGA GTX 1070s and I have the same case. Do you use the 0 slot EVGA SLI bridge or the 1 slot?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to use the 0 slot (short) SLI bridge.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

GAMING CUBE... that you play PLATFORMERS on? Do you play Melee on the Dolphin Emulator? xD

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't got Dolphin setup yet. Been using other emus. I've also play Far Cry 4, GTA V, Call of Duty BO3.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

wwwwwwwwwwwwwow

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I had literally no idea they sold water-cooled video cards. I am using the same case right now. One question: why the ugly brown fans? You could have got red LED fans, and your build would have looked 10x better.

Lol the 2016 RAM prices are so cheap. Wish it still was...

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

The ugly brown fans were part of my older build and are really good fans so I kept them. I thought about getting Thermaltake Riing fans but the other issue was that my PC is in my bedroom and would blind me at night if I didn't turn it off.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

OK. The red LEDs are pretty bright and I would probably move my old fans to a new build. Thanks, I have heard those fans are reliable before.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

why do u need 5 monitors?

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Why not? It makes FPS and Racing games so much better.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Ah but those evil lines between each monitor ruins the feel a bit, mainly in Cinematics

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Those 5 monitors are a gimmick haha having those lines in the middle of my viewing area would annoy the hell out of me. Maybe it'd be better with a thinner beveled monitors.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, finding thinner beveled monitors with power buttons that can easily be accessed in portrait when side by side is very difficult. I'm not experienced with debezeling so these were a good deal. If the U2415s were cheaper I would have got them but would have still had the same bezels.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why that monitor setup

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have used a 3x1 landscape setup for quite a few years but learning about WSGF and some if their setups the 5x1 portrait fascinated me. The only downside is that there are quite a few platform games that won't work in full screen. I'm still learning though so maybe I will be able to get them to work.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fit both of the 980 Ti's radiators in the front?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I added another picture from the back pointing in to show the 980 Ti radiators. They're inside the case. So it's: fan, radiator, case wall, 200 mm fan, car cover.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How Heavy is it? Is it pretty easy to bring to a LAN party?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

With everything I have crammed in there I'd say it probably weighs around 30 pounds or so. It's 16" long, 12.5" wide, and stands 13" tall. I say that it's about half as tall as a full size tower but almost twice as wide. It's not nearly as small as some of the ITX builds out there, but that's a different build set all together.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd like to do this same build, but with 1080s and a samsung 950 pro. What kind of bumps in the road did you run into fitting AIO cooling systems for both your gpus and cpu in there?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is actually a pleasure to work with since all the panels come off. Fan placement was something I had to layout a few times to make sure everything fit. I did have a little trouble figuring out where to plug the fans in and run the cables at first as well. I did have to remove the front fan to attach the gpu coolers.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn nice build. Can you give me a tip? maybe im going to your build. But i dont want a liquid cooler. What should i replace to your corsair liquid? Thank you in advance pal!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the temps of those Ti's when gaming?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't seen anything over 55C yet.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend this case for first time builders?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU TEMPS !!!!!! LOAD AND IDLE PLZ

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you change thewhere the window was and how did you turn the front of the case?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

This sides of this case are the same size so you can put them in any order. This also allows you to rotate the case so that the bottom is on whichever side you want it to be.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok thanks

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

That is on another level of epicness

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a lot of fans. Does it stay cool?

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

I cannot believe Corsair wasn't sued by NVidia because they used GTX.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

highly doubt Nvidia would sue over that

  • 19 months ago
  • 0 points

has duel 980 TIs, uses 1080p 60hz monitors. What?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Uses a 43" 4K monitor and 2 1080p monitors.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice paint job!

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