Description

Disclaimer regarding the name: I was having a hard time thinking of a cool name, so I named the rig after the big snail from the movie Turbo since I just recently saw it with my son and he was my assistant in putting together the rig.

Primary uses of this machine: 3D Modeling, Image manipulation, web design, and gaming.

I may buy a 2nd GPU (if a second Galaxy GTX 780 HOF will even fit) as I've always wanted to try a SLI set up.

I'll also be buying 4 WD Red drives and aSynology DS412+. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JLE84C/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

The last two pictures show a comparison of the new case to my old one, an Antec 900. I also show the web of cables in the last shot. The Antec was not all that cable friendly and my PSU is not modular at all. It is still a very serviceable machine though, but I'm looking to sell it.

I can say the DemciFlex Filters rock. Easy to put on and easy to clean, the entire set was a great bargain.

The Carbide 500R is super roomy and I love the ease of use when it comes to the cable management and the tool-less features of the HD installation. I do wish that you could hot-swap HDDs but oh well.

In an effort to get Positive airflow I did install an extra fan on the bottom. I originally had the case without it, but after doing some math, I deduced my CFM intake to outtake ratio was not good enough. I'm not counting the PSU since it's bottom facing and thus basically closed loop. The noise increase with the bottom fan is noticeable and I may end up taking it out again later.

I've not yet overclocked anything as I want to break the system in. I've also not yet done benchmark testing as I'm still rocking an older monitor. I want to do that when I buy a 2560 x 1440 capable IPS display. I have tinkered with the utilities that Corsair and Asus provide, but I can honestly say I'm no pro and don't have the best of ideas about what I'm doing with the applications other than mucking with fan speeds.

ONE NOTE: While the Galaxy GTX 780 HOF is amaziballs (technical term) I find that the pcb is not firmly attached to the fan shroud/heat sink assembly. It makes for a wobbly card that made me fear I'd break it during install. It also doesn't seat fully into the slot so it's flush and straight when putting the thumbscrews back on (love that feature of the 500r btw, no more screwdriver for pci slots). Would I get a different card instead? Probably not. This thing has been reviewed well by many sites. And one final thought on it, when you push that OC button on the outside of the card, be prepared to go to Ludicrous Speed, in that the fans go to max RPM and your case very well may fly away. :)

Update, September 5, 2014: The original GPU crapped out on me. I wasn't getting any picture on my monitor despite the fans and lights working on it, so I RMA'd it to Galaxy. They sent me a replacement card but slightly upgraded as it's the GTX 780 HOF+ which has a slightly higher GPU clock and a rockin' metal back plate that makes the card more rigid and sweeter looking.

Update, September 25, 2014: Bought Corsair K70 RGB Cherry MX Brown to replace the refunded original K70. Coming in the mail this week.

3D Future Mark test (with replacement GPU): http://www.3dmark.com/sd/2344466

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice build! I like all the pics, gets me excited for the build I'll be doing soon =D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool. Glad you liked it. Have fun with the new build. I think most of the fun comes from the whole process of researching parts, ordering, unwrapping (so much fun) and then getting everything into place. Of course the top of it all is turning ont he machine for the first time to see it all light up and successfully install the OS.

Of course the downside is data migration, program installation, etc. But that's just menial tasks.

I think one of my favorite parts of this experience is playing a game on ultimate settings that before on my old rig I'd have to tone down due to age and the lackluster GPU that replaced my beloved 8800GTS.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I can't wait to play a game like that. On my ****** laptop I'm on now I can hardly play anything. Stupid intel integrated hd graphics. TERRIBLE.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice pics. well done on the build +1. Dat 512GB SSD mother of god X_X ....

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome! i built a similar rig to this a weeks ago. ur gonna love it!!! http://pcpartpicker.com/b/EJR

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yep, you're the reason I went with the Seasonic PSU and more or less decided to go to the 840 Pro 512 instead of 256. :) I also intend to go for the extra 16GB of RAM eventually.

How do you find the NFC module and the wifi antenna? I haven't hooked either up due to being connected to ASUS' super cool router and I have an iPhone so the NFC doesn't do me much good. Although I suppose if I got a wireless USB headset I may be able to tap into it. :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

i haven't setup the nfc yet and i really don't intend at this point. also don't care for the wireless as i use this pc primarily for my photo biz. im going to order a new macbook pro once the haswell version is released for my daily lifestyle stuff. the pc is rockin fast converting raws and im loving it! post ur benchmarks when u get a chance, would love to see.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had that much money to spend on a computer. Really sick build.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. :) Yeah I saved for months for this build, but it's also meant to last years. My last build was from late 2007/early 2008. :) I can honestly say, if I had it to do over again, I may have toned some things down to save a bit of cash, but this was my fun project and I've been learning a lot in the process. :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Very very nice! Huge SSD and having researched the motherboard, that is very nice indeed! I'd just like to say that I could never justify spending so much on a case. But with a budget like yours you can do more or less whatever you want!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Completely understandable, but I felt 99 bucks wasn't too bad. :) I was looking at 200 and 300 dollar full towers, but I'm super happy I went with a mid-tower (although slightly larger than your average I'd say).

Pricing these parts was like watching stocks. You never know what price they'll be at the next day lol. I lucked out with the rebate and instant savings.

I was going to go with the 256, but then I said, f-it let's go for the big one so I can put some more commonly used programs/documents on it.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really nice looking build.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

can you do some gaming benchmarks with this card? I am planning on getting this and I cant find benchmarks on the HOF card anywhere, preferably tbattlefield 3 with everything turned up to the max at 90 FOV, please and thank you :) have a great day/night

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

lead me to some benchmarking sites and I'll gladly do some for you. I've never done benchmarking before, so it will be a cool experience.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

lead you to what? lol

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never done benchmarking, so I've no clue where the software or websites might be. :) If you know of them, link me and I'll go get it, perform it, and takes screens. That's all I meant. :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I thought you would be able to open the game with fraps on and do it that way :p and see how many frames you got xD

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I have the same case and I'm thinking of getting a CLC. But I have extra fans, you think it would fit in the case, without interfering, as a push pull configuration?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

When it comes to push/pull I've read so much, I've probably forgotten more than I've learned. The keyword I've learned is getting Positive pressure so you have more in than out. Demciflex has a some good information on the flow. I definitely recommend getting their custom screens, especially for this case. Here's their link with airflow information: http://www.demcifilter.com/c48/Performance.aspx

I definitely recommend getting these filters. I may just buy some for my new stereo receiver when I get one. They are super easy to clean and trap dust great. We have all hard flooring and two cats so hair/dust/skin flecks abound everywhere. I can say that my case is still relatively clean on the inside and that's from regular use.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the perfect lighting and angles for some of those pics.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. How did you put H100i outside the case?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you talking about the radiator part? It fits right on top (there's a nice recessed place to fit it). The actual fans screw in from below on the inside of the case. It was a little bit of a pain to install but very nice after it was done.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

So you unscrewed Fans of radiator, installed radiator, and then reinstalled fans? How are they working Pull or push? I am willing to work with same Case so it will be much appriciated if you share some experience in that staff. Thanks in advance.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

So i put the radiator on the top in the recessed bit and pull the hose through. Then the fans underneath. The case has that recessed bit and then screw holes for the fans to go on the interior of the case and be screwed into the radiator. IIRC it's a push config taking heat from in the case and pushing out. The best way to do this is to lay the case flat so you don't have to fight gravity too hard. :) My suggestion is to watch the Newegg video for the 500R. I think the guy shows off the pairing with the case and radiator really well.

Hope that helps some.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man! I'm in the middle of doing my research and picking my parts and I've chosen this case and also the h100i. I've been trying to learn as much as I can about the airflow in these cases and what the best setup should be, I've gotten a better idea of what I want to do by checking out your setup and I thank you for that. I'm still a little confuse on the airflow though, from what I've read though, wouldn't it be best if air was being pulled through the radiator and into the case? the whole point of a radiator is to cool the water with cold air and not hot air. Also, is the bottom (the one next to the PSU) fan an intake? and are the two side panels also intake? thanks for any advice...

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi. :)

Here's the fan set up:

Front 2: Intake Bottom 2: Intake 2 Side Panel Fans: Intake Top two under the radiator: Outtake, so this is a push configuration Back fan: outtake

GPU and PSU fans are on the inside and basically the PSU is a loop by sucking in air from the outside of the case and pushing back out its own vents; the GPU fan causes probably the most turbulence. :)

While I contemplated doing a push from above or even a pull from below for the radiator, I went with just a push from within. From what I read it wasn't all that terrible of an ordeal to push the warmer air over the radiator coils. I've not experienced too much temperature increases. The key to positive airflow is to just have more air going in than leaving and with all the fans, I'm pretty sure I've achieved it. :)

I'd like to be able to give an honest temp reading on the CPU but due to the fact that the computer room is a barely insulated room and I'm in Polar Vortex Omaha, I don't think it would be terribly too accurate. Having said that, I'll play some Crysis on full settings tonight and give you a pre (just waking the computer) and post (after playing for a an hour or two) temp reading. I'll come back in the spring when it's warmer and do the same. :)

On a side note, I am looking for white LED Power controlled fans or whatever they are called (the 4-pin ones), so if anyone could recommend some that would rock. :)I didn't realize the difference when I initially built the machine so all my extras are 3-pin fans.

Go ahead and do a google search on corsair h100i push or pull or intake or exhaust and you'll get a buttload of forum thread from various sources like Toms Hardware and Overclock.net (or whatever it's called). You'll see a lot of varying opinions. I've found it hard to get a best answer of what is "Right." it seems it's just up to the dealer's choice.

Hope this helps!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Just surfing the web and and tinkering with Corsair Link 2 software the pump temperature is at 18.1 C with the two fans at 1k RPMs. The GPU is at 21.9 C with it's fans at 1253 RPMs (OC button is not pushed). :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I added my logitech mouse and corsair keyboard to the parts list. I also bought another 16GB of G.Skill RAM to round out the build at 32GB (also added).

I have to say that when I opened the case, I was blown away by how clean it still was. I haven't opened the case since August when I made the build. The machine has seen regular use and there was nary a speck of dust, cat hair, or anything else in the case. I'm loving it! I cannot recommend the Demciflex filters enough or sorting out a Positive Airflow. External factors that could have contributed to the cleanliness is also the fact that the room the computer is in is not the dustiest, but still. It was great to see. :)

Cheers!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that PSU? are the cables 100% black, because I have seen some videos where the cables have some color at the end. I don't want bursts of color on my cables, but its a really well priced plat PSU.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You know, I dont' remember, but I bet it's black with some burst of colors. I haven't opened my rig in months. I'll have to do that though soon to give it a cleaning. The PSU is rock-solid and this company pretty much makes all the corsair and other PSUs, and those companies just re-brand. You could always get custom sleeves or use the ole standby of electrical tape which you can get in many colors. :P

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Did a 3D Future Mark Test. Here's the results.

http://www.3dmark.com/sd/2344466