Description

Overkill case. Gaming only. Wanted a high end rig that will last me a while... used mATX format. This is my 1st build. I've seen quite a few builds, but none that are pushing this case to its limits... which is what I think I tried to do. Seems people think there is an airflow problem with the case... not anymore. Added two slim fans to the outside top of the case (rather than on the inside like most people do). Slim fans (12mm) fit inside the top lid just fine. Also placed one fan on the inside top of the front of the case. Normally there are just small holes on the side to let in fresh air, I increased the air intake by using a Dremel tool and making the existing holes larger... problem solved. There is a wire mesh here that is in front of the holes so it still looks clean and basically as it did unaltered but with better airflow now. So, airflow is now top to bottom and front to back. I also painted the black metal mesh white to have an all white case.

Edit: Just added a Phobya 140mm grill to the front of the case to greatly increase the air intake to the fan mounted to cool the graphics cards from the front.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Would think Reversing the FANS to go with a natural Bottom to Top flow would work out better..

If you happen to give this a try let me know if it gives different temps..

Thanks for Sharing.. Love your Box !!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

The GPU coolers are actually taking in air directly from the top, so exhausting air directly above them would actually starve the air to them.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

waiting on a magnetic air filter for the bottom of the case. when that comes I will give the reverse airflow a chance... unfortunately that isn't how they designed the case so I started with what I was given and am making adjustments from there.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd love to see some temperatures, that fan is awesome!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yiiih - Good job mate on making this case work. My current build also uses the Phenom with dual R9's and its handling well after having added a 120mm fan vent in the side panel to exhaust out the hot air from the GPU's. What kind of GPU temps are you able to achieve under load?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build, are you planning on overclocking at all?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, clean air-cooled build. Well done.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build im jelly

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

12mm fans? Wow they are so small you can almost see them +1 for 980 ti sli and love the case

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Just curious though, why have the fans trying to stop the heat from rising out of the case? seems like case temps are going to be pretty rough with a setup like that.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Its the way the case is designed. air intake on top, exhaust on bottom. I agree though that the reverse would have been better. Waiting on magnetic air filter cover to cover the bottom and then will try out a bottom to top airflow instead to see how things go.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Used to have that case and there are some simple ways to increase airflow. This guy expanded the front intake holes and removed the plastic honeycomb to install 25mm thick fans up top. I am curious to see the GPU temps. Is there room to add an intake fan above the psu to blow air between the video cards?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh! Going to give that top fan mod a try, two regular size fans will pump in much more air.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, a 120mm fan fits above the psu... that is what I have done in my rig.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

just added an intake vent to the front... much better airflow now.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Can you adjust the AX860i fan curve in the link software?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any more photos? I am looking to do my first ever build and like this case. Also... I am learning as I go aka reading all these build guides and doing lots of googling. Can I ask some silly questions? I am a PS4 gamer however want to learn more about PC's and would like a nice one for my study... SO - why have 2 video cards? How does that help? Is it necessary? What are the benefits and why would it be used for? Also I have ZERO understanding on motherboards - I've been trying to understand the different models, why they are different, the sizes, the different functionalities etc... and I still don't understand anything. All I know is a like the ASUS gold ones because they look pretty :-/ What should I be looking for in a motherboard? Sorry for all the questions and thank you if you can help me out at all.

Kind regards,

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I like it, very clean build. Great job.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice computer , especially the SLI 980TI's.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol at the mummified AX860i!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Just trying to work out a build in this case myself... one thing thats perplexing me with other folks builds is where they are hiding their drives?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm doing a similar build with this case, just with a ryzen 1700 and two Vega 64 GPU (crossing my fingers I get to them before the criffing bitcoin miners do)

Any advice on cooling, or any recommendations? This is going to be a from-scratch build, so all newly purchased parts

  • 48 months ago
  • -2 points

+1 ... almost as good as my friend's PC (I call Skunkworks Jr.), but then again, over 99% of all people don't drop $7K on a PC lol,

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

IDK

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