I'm still pretty thunderstruck about how near-silent she's been so far. This is by far the quietest computer I've been around. Under a heavy load, with the 1070's fans at full power, it does get ramped up. But nowhere near what my Tower gets to, which itself is was pretty quiet until this came along.
Thank you. All done it was well worth the time an effort that went into it. I'm glad the details are being appreciated :)
Thank you! I know the manufacturer is back ordered for weeks but I was lucky enough to find the case through a reseller on Amazon. I hope you share the results so we can see what you do with it too. CaseLabs are so worth the investment.
Thank you :)
I'm so pleased this is feeling the love right now. Thanks man.
As I told reaperfang, I don't think there's much of a good option RAM-wise for the build without doing more custom work. There's a red tone in both the Noctua beige and brown Pantones that I thought the metal-red of the Mushkin kind of gelled with.
Opinion may be swaying otherwise, but I tried some other options and they didn't fit the piece as well as these darker red ones. At least according to my eye...
I totally agree on the water cooling front if it was a pure aesthetic thing, but you can't make a Noctua-themed case and put a water-cooler in there. That's blasphemy!
Again, Thank you!
They are for me too. I originally got the Asus Z170 Plus for the mobo. Seen here:
It would have been perfect with the gold shrouds BUT it turns out my board, like about a third of them out there it seems, suffered serious power issues and it wouldn't post. I returned it and this is what was available locally. I'd have preferred the MSI Mortar as runner up, but it wasn't available. I'll switch the whole thing out if another mATX comes along that's better suited. The Z170mx also appears to have the most fan ports of the bunch though, and with such better placement--particularly useful on my build.
As for the memory... to each their own. The red at least tonally matches the natural red hues in both the beige and browns of the Noctuas. It's visible in their Pantone profile as well. I swapped in some gray Viper Patriots and they looked worse, probably for that very reason. I'm not sure there's anything out there that wouldn't require some modifications to make fit "perfect."
Kudos for both your points though. Those are really the two things that are holding me up as well.
Oh wow. Thank you. That would be so awesome.
I looked for Noctua-themed builds while throwing this idea around and there really weren't that many out there to pull inspiration from. Hopefully some other people will be inspired to take a crack at it.
I'm considering some cable mods though that will probably be an addition I'll add down the line. You can get cream and tan custom sleeves. I'd probably do some combo of the two. A touch of black maybe.
I do actually have hue+ running underneath the black lighting bridges along the top of the case. I've got them pushing out an orange-tinted white that pops the natural hues of the fan colors a bit more. It's subtle. I turned off the LEDs on the 1070 entirely. It made things too busy.
Stellar so far. The whole thing is whisper quiet. Makes my corsairs in my other build sound like a turbine.
The 12As are great for maximum airflow as long as they're not needed for static pressure, like through radiators or congested cabling.
Thank you. Noctuas for everyone!
Thank you!! I'm happy to have made a believer of you. :D
A guy can dream, right?! Nothing cream or brown out there. Maybe some gold somewhere....
Awesome. Thank you!
I second Jbocks advice. One more and you'll be gold for everything out there.
Yea man. Super clean. This looks great!!
Very pretty build...
What happened to the case?
my thoughts exactly...
This looks like it's a great solid build that should get you pretty far. That said, now that you've got everything in there, I'm sure you could manage those cables a little better. Clean it up a little more and I'm sure you'd be even happier. +1
Nice. Yea! More pics!
Maybe he's not looking at all your peripherals?
On either side of the radiator? Surely not with the size of the 1070...
So Clean. Great work putting this together.
Looks good. How are your GPU temperatures now that you've gone vertical? I always like the look but having the fans blow into a solid wall an inch away makes me wary about keeping it cool.
I have the same card and I'm loving it so far.
Very clean. Nice build man!
That's what I was thinking... Still a well managed build though.
That's crrrrrrazy. +1
I'm a huge fan of the beige/brown too. Really, a fan of anything not black/red.
Very nice :)
I just put up some pics that show where it was in the beginning...
Wrapping my head around the physical mechanics of putting all the pieces together for the first time was quite the mental chore that day. Just getting it put together and having it turn on when I pressed the button was enough excitement for myself to throw my arms up and shout out loud.
I could barely see the thing for how it looked anymore so the snap feedback I got was super helpful (if not a little embarrassing). But I'm so happy with where I'm at now.
Thanks man! I updated it again with where I'm pretty much landing with it for now.
Graphite /Silver is in my bones now. I'm hoping I come across some more parts that I might be able to move in that direction.
I've seen gold-sleeved cabling but I haven't found a vendor with silver or grey yet, seems so ideal...
Initially I had it on the lower front because I was having trouble with the fit. It looked totally haphazard. I've since updated and am much more pleased with the general layout.
8? Wouldn't the one 8gb only run at 2?
And it stays cool without any other case fans on there?
Holy cow. So awesome. Love the simplicity of the end result.
Wow. Great build and cable management.
Great selection of pieces for the price.
That looks sick. I'm going for a similar kind of interior aesthetic and the same Black/White cables (eventually).
I like how yours landed.
Very cool +1
Ok. Good to know.
As I'd been thinking about it I bet the material and design of the radiator probably does a pretty good job of keeping away tons of extra heat buildup, given that's what it's meant for. The liquid itself should only help stave off build up as well.
It looks like your fans on the H100i are set to outtake. Am I seeing that right?
I see a lot of builds on here that do that and I'm wondering if that's only due to the placement of the unit in the case (back top), as to push the rising hot air out? I'm not scientist, but wouldn't that defeat the purpose of the radiator by blowing it with hotter air?
The Corsair manual says to set the fans as intake, pulling cool air from outside the case through the radiator.
Is the difference negligible? Preference? Ignored by and large?
Any thoughts from anyone on why they'd go one way or the other is helpful!
As a first time builder, I thought it was going to be a breeze. It's definitely easier than when I used to open up and switch out parts in my cases in the late 90s...
That said, the PSU shroud is a total pain in the butt--unweildy, flimsy, can only click into place from a couple points of entry. I'd probably buy something else if I was planning a build further in advance.
Honestly, I'm tempted to replace the case entirely because bits and pieces are running into one another more than I would expect. But taking the sides off and digging into the main area is so quick and easy that it's hard to really dislike it.
Installing a radiator in the front with even the flatest of screws causes the dust shield to push away slightly, tarnishing it's usefulness. That is also peeving me.
How wide is it? The mount is pretty big. I actually picked up a Corsair SF600 to replace this temporaryThermaltake one with but it was too small for the PSU cage on the case. (only 100mm wide instead of 150mm like the Thermaltake).
If you lose the HDD casing inside the shroud you get plenty of space to work with and cable management shouldn't be much of an issue there.
Dude looks good inside! I'm still working on getting something as clean as yours on my first build...
Also. How does one handle the GPU exhaust with a pretty standard ATX board placement like this? That's what I've really been trying to wrap my head around...
The 3 fans on the 1070 push all the hot air down away from the GPU, but heat rises! I initially took the bottom fan on the front and made it an exhaust to try to reduce some of that heat rising through the case, but I get the feeling th PSU shroud just bounces all that air back up before it has a chance to get pulled out.
The fans mounted on top in front and above the H100 were intake as well.
Maybe losing one fan in general....
Thanks for the advice.
That cooler is totally moving up when I can crack it open after work today.
I'm less focused on the colors right now since I have some control. I quite honestly cannot stand red and black as an aesthetic and white boards and pieces always come across looking cheap and dirty IMO. Once I land on a configuration I'll reinvest in cabling and double down on color. Maybe silver/gray wiring to match the brushed metal look of the board. Just no red.
Thanks for the feedback!
How are you liking the case?
Aesthetically it's good in my books but I wish I had another cm or so to work above the motherboard. I can probably streamline and come up with the space but so many times I've been running into configurations conflicting with the memory placement by just a hair.
Also. Man that PSU shroud is a pain, right?
Yea, that's how I have them set up but I definitely going to push the radiator up in the front panel. It's looking crazy splitting the middle in there right now.
Both the white LED fans are pumping exhaust as you suggested.
I think I went overkill trying to flush three fans along the front. :P