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A quick heads up about this case : With my particular setup this case runs HOT with an AIO in the front. I've taken measures to fix it (around the end of album) and airflow is perfect now. Its definitely usable but its just something to be aware of. I have a friend who runs just fans in the front and an air cooler and the case is fine in this configuration.
Lets cut straight to the chase, I built a PC, realized that I didn't love the case and the CPU cooler was not up to the task so went back to the drawing board.
As this has been an ongoing project here's the lengthy log of things ive changed :
I got a new mobo since I first built this, the Asus Z270F. I made my own GPU backplate in the end and im happy with the result. Its just gloss black but fits with my black theme, nothing fancy.
I have the new corsair fans fitted to which I added a phanteks halos RGB rim to. So one of the corsair fans started making a nasty bit of noise so I swapped them both for these In win Polaris RGB which you can see in the last few pics.
I daisy chained another strip of Phanteks LED's to the existing one down the back by the rear exhaust fan and got a Phanteks RGB LED Adapter to plug everything to the motherboard for full control of my lightning. Now I can set it to any colour on the spectrum.
I also had a nasty bit of GPU sag which I sorted by cutting down a chopstick that I sprayed black, not perfect but so subtle you can barely see it and does the trick nicely. Much better then that horrible feeling you get when you see your GPU sagging.
Sadly after prolonged use this case becomes quite the oven which was no good for my components so I decided to hack up the front of the case. Its not the most beautiful job as it was my first time using a dremmel but its sooooo much cooler inside the case now. Before the whole glass was really hot while gaming but now just the area around the GPU is hot, above and below are cool to the touch. No more frying my components. Temps went from 80-85ish under load (prime95) to 70-75 and barely over 35 while gaming with a mild overclock to 4.5ghz.
Last but not least I pulled the trigger on the Trident Z RGB ram as I had the chance sell the corsair sticks to a friend for his build. The customization isn't quite as amazing as I'd hoped, for instance you cant make only the sticks perform effects without making all the other leds do the same. I dont really want the whole build flashing like a Christmas tree so I have to set everything to a static colour or mixture of colours per zone. The leds on the kraken can be set to have nice relaxing lighting effects though.
If you have any questions please by all means ask me and I will happily answer them. Thats what this community is about and its helped me make the right decisions for my needs.
You can see the final product around the end of the album.
Thanks for checking out my build.
It may be expensive, but its one of those things that once you see it you have to have it. The performance is top class for an AIO. The new model pump is silent and the fans can be ramped down so much that you wont hear them at all. If you want silent running then set it to go off liquid temps in the cam software, I use the silent profile.
Great board. Hooked it up to my case (p400s TG) with a phanteks AURA adapter so now control all my lights from the motherboard. Runs my 3000mhz ram and my 6700k mildly overclocked(4.6ghz) with no problems. I love the level of control this board gives me over my fans and settings. Ive set my fans to stop when the PC is not under load (chrome etc.) and come back on when I hit around 45-50 degrees which is not only silent but ensures positive air pressure to keep the dust out.
Its fast, looks amazing and just works :D
Super fast. A good investment. Can fit a whole heap of games for speedy loading.
Got this for cheap and it has crushed any game ive thrown at it at 1440p. It doesn't come with a back plate unfortunately.
Really nice looking case that comes with a magnetic LED strip which plugs into the controller round the back. It has three buttons hidden away under the top lip, a 3 speed fan controler, led settings (colour or hold for effect/on/off) and reset button. The cable management is good with Velcro tabs round the back making it easy to get a nice clean cable job. I didn't even have to use any cable ties. Fitted a kraken x62 (280mm) rad in the front perfectly but the case is very restrictive when it comes to air when using a big AIO and it gets very hot inside from being choked. I ended up cutting some holes in the front and my temps dropped by 10 degrees across the board. Thats my only con, the poor air flow. In a purely air configuration the case does fine, A friend of mine runs it with an air cooler and his temps are perfectly fine but its something to be aware of if you plan to use a big AIO in the front.
Works well for me, cant hear it at all although the fans are spinning. Apparently with this one the fans wont spin if your system is not using too much power.
Was good but mine failed on me now makes a lot of noise.
Looks amazing compared to stock. Nice and quiet
Nice looking fans, dont move a great deal of air but im a silence freak anyway so thats 'cool' with me. Dont order the sinlgle pack though if you dont have any already, make sure you order the 2 pack or you will have no way to connect them. The single fan comes with no fan header, just a proprietary cable for daisy chaining into another fan.
I love this monitor. No bezel and incredibly crisp. It's the first 1440p monitor I've used though so I have nothing to compare it to.
Got a refurbished one from corsair and its been good so far other than a slight buzzing at the brightest setting, I can only hear it when I put my ear to it so no problem. Mesmerising RGB effects. pretty damn overpriced when bought new if you ask me.
Great little ergonomic mouse. Perfect balance of price to performance. Wait for black Friday they drop in price every year.