Theme of this build was to build a HC Gaming rig wich is also really silent and has low temperatures even fully loaded. For monitoring and control i selected a lot of corsair parts. Main focus was on PSU and processor cooler. It was easy to go for corsairs digital PSU and H80i to get results i was looking for. Corsair link lets me make custom curves for my CPU and GPU fans. Setup basicly is as silent as possible in desktop use and in heavy gaming i let the fans spin as much is needed. I have really low temps on my CPU and GPU while fully loaded. CPU at 68C and GPU at 70C. I also wanted to keep stock clock speeds to retain the idea of a silent and cool gaming rig. Why i bought Unlocked processor? Well i got it really cheap so nothing more there. Case selection was purely for the looks. Case has few drawbacks wich are mentioned on later. General drawback of this case is gereral difficulty to build. Space is really limited when you try build clean looking build. It looks spaceous but hiding all cables is bit of a task. For easier assembly i would select some other mATX case sor example Fractal Design Arc Mini. Its really nice case to build small and powerfull setups.
First customization was to replace the thermal paste of the processor itself. Using a razorblade or good old rubber hammer and a piece of wood are known methods. Both work fine if u have the patience. Id say the razor blade is safer way. I applied Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra on it and difference was phenomenal compared to intels own paste. First i used Licuid Pro but i messed up something there and after about 2 weeks i had tems showing 90C on my processor but air coming out was cool. So heat didnt move through heatspreader to my water block. Liquid Ultra was easier to apply and seems a better solution in general. Both products are extremely good.
I flipped the side panel of the case and istalled on the back side of the motherboard. I was bit overwelmed by the fact that all the cables of the case went on top of my build. So if i remove my frontpanel i had to remove all cables from case to the motherboard. This is how the case is buit and it was biggest drawback of this case. Gladly it was easy to build the way it works so i dont have to worry about the cables.
I replaced the stock fans of my H80i with Noiseblocker 120x120 NB-MultiFrame M12P PWM fans. These fans are really worth the price. 600 rpm they are totally silent and at max 1500 thei are still extremely quiet. Stock fans had much higher max RPM but while runnin stress test with multiple programs and games. I had lower min and max temps with these new fans.
Case cooling with 230mm on the floor and 2x120mm on the top for intake. Air goes out through the CPU cooling. Not sure is this the best possible way but i seemed to get best results thisway. Fans have manual control. My fans spin about 60% of the full speed.
At this point i had open case like in the first picture. I made a full glass side for the case using 3mm glass. It has magnetic taping for attachment on the case. Tape also makes a nice framed look. Glass it self i covered using a semi mirrored lair. It shows through cause LED fans inside but still gives me a mirror kind of look from the outside. If room has lots of light it reflects more and looks more like a full mirror finish.
I applied Akasa Pax Mate Plus sound absorbtion matt on surfaces that was left exposed. It was more for the looks but it also makes my build more silent.
All the cables from the PSU were bit tricy to hide but i managed to stuff most of them in the small side behing the PSU and back panel. Case has removable front panel wich has space inside of it and case frame. I installed my SSD there so its totally hidden. My optional storage is hidden between my 2x120mm fans and the top frame. There is space for 20mm thick components.
Thats about it for this build. I used quite a lot of time on it and enjoyed it a lot. Now it serves me as my main gaming rig. Cost of build isnt the cheapest cause i went for the quality on most of the components. Prolly bit cheezy to have setup wich seems to serve overclockin purposes more but i have that opsion too if i wanna get into that sort of a build.