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After 6 years it was time for an upgrade. I wanted black/white themed build, but it turned out a bit blue in the end, hehe. GPU led is blue by default, so yeah.

Didn't have any problem putting this together. Except the cheap I/O shield. One part of it got stuck inside one USB port (my fault). I just decided to cut it. Couldn't bother with getting everything out. So, watch out so you don't have the same problem :)

Case Best case I've owned so far. I like minimalist design. It's really spacey and has enough room for cable management. Changed the way my front panel swings... removed top drive cage for better airflow. I just have one in the bottom, since there's room for two SSD's in the back of motherboard. And they are really easy to put on (just one thumbscrew) Case comes with two fans, so I bought one additional Dynamic GP-14 and I've set them to low speed (build in case fan controller for max. 3 fans)

Motherboard Picked this one up mainly because I didn't need any special features and it looks nice in black/white builds. BIOS options are great.

CPU Very fast, sits on 20°C idle. Great. OC in the future.

RAM Pretty cheap considering all things, works great. Matching the color theme, also top textures looks great with pump tubes.

GPU Had 570 first week, then received 970. Can max out any game and still get decent framerate above 60 (1080p). There's slight coil whine when under load in some games, but I'm too much bothered.

PSU Works great so far: modular, 80+ gold, 100% japanese capacitors, 7 years warranty. What more is there to say?

SSD No issues, fast boot and write/read speeds!

CPU cooler Had some issue with noise after BIOS update.

I'm new with liquid cooler so I didn't know if my pump was too loud. When I swinged slowly my radiator from one side to another the liquid was splashing inside.

Is that normal or should I refill the loop?

I've set it to run at around 1800rpm (factory is 2400), that's like 60% duty cycles. Temps still stay the same. 19°C idle.

If I leave it on 100% it's running above 2600rpm, which is way too much (also loud).. So I'm thinking motherboard doesn't read rpm correctly.

Fractal Design support has been really great about this isssue I'm having. And they recommend to run it at 1800rpm (9v) In fact, they're sending me 9v adapter for my pump.

RGB LED strips Works great, except the remote options are kinda wierd. You can set some static color, which is fine. But when you want it to pulse or something, it just switches between all primary colors. Would be nice if that was more customizable. Watch out when connecting the cables. Just connect on arrow indicators. I was dumb enough for not looking right :D

EDIT That 9v adapter didn't do much. Since my motherboard still puts a bit more voltage on the connector for some reason.. So I kept it 60% duty cycles, which is around 1800RPM.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

dude nice build but is it for gaming?

  • 50 months ago
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Sure. I bought 970 for now, but when pascal gpu's come out I will also buy new 1440p 144Hz monitor. I know CPU is overkill, but yeah..

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

i woudnt do it. when u purchase a GPU like the GTX 970, it should last you a while. It can run newer games at max 1080P such as the division :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

that cooler is a closed loop liquid cooler meaning it's not a refillable type, it's most likely normal but i dunno

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, in the manual it says "Every two years: Check water level, refill with distilled water if necessary."

I can unscrew the hole on the pump

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm guess theirs is refillable

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, a question about the case in combination with the CPU radiator location:

Did you take out the top panels to allow for more airflow, or isnt it necessary?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry , I didn't notice any comment. Yes, the moduvents close the top panel pretty well, so I would advise you to keep it open to allow proper air exhaust.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for replying anyway! I have built my setup and placed the radiator in the front instead of on top. This way I can keep the top closed to keep dust out, and still maintain proper airflow :-)