Nope. I ended up using a janky arrangement with a single bolt bolted properly and double sided tape holding it in place.
I made a loop with XPSC parts, namely, a Photon D5, a Raystorm, and a RX480 rad.
Sorry, I have not kept up with this at all.
Yes, I absolutely love it. IMO the Enthoo Primo is the best case in existence short of a Caselabs offering.
i5s are fine for multitasking, you won't notice a difference between them and i7s until you get to prosumer-grade workloads.
Cooling my CPU. :P
It runs stable and VERY cool, and adds a certain degree of elegance that I can't get with a high-end air cooler. (CLCs are even less elegant than air coolers IMO.) That's all I expected and all I'm using it for ATM.
All down to the Enthoo Primo :P My cable management in the Zalman was horrendous.
Thanks :D I believe your question is already answered :P
This one actually has PowerPAKs, not D-Paks. They're still not great, though.
And you don't know how much I've tried to solve the card's sagging problem. I just can't. D: I'm thinking about mounting a metal rod on the bottom of my case to support the card.
The one in Rockville, Maryland on the beltway.
lol nothing of the sort happened to me, at least. I don't think my Micro Center stocks any Tier 5s.
I really can't agree with your part selection, especially the Z77 Extreme4. It has a terribly weak 4-phase VRM with old, crappy D-pak MOSFETs and pretty much nullifies any use of the 3570K as an overclocking CPU, and is doing a lot of damage to itself when under load even if you haven't overclocked.
As of now gaming is becoming less of a priority and building up the system to be a better enthusiast-grade system in terms of overclocking ability is becoming more of one.
The $220 case allows much better support for a custom loop, which will most likely help with overclocking.
See OP. :P
I was actually planning on creating an entirely new set of custom sleeved cables myself, using wire, paracord, terminal pins, and connectors.
16GB of RAM is necessary and is now explained in the OP.
Yeah, kind of learned that by now...
The thing was, I was buying everything that day and kind of hoped on building that afternoon, and they didn't have the H80i in stock.
Oh, right, completely forgot the explanation on the RAM. I had 8GB at first but then I entered a 3D modeling and engineering class at school, and the programs used are so taxing I'm starting to have trouble on 16GB of RAM.
Why no custom loop at that price point? :C
Looks good, love the scissors.
The build is nice too. ;)
A lot would criticize the part choice, but I'd say it's good for your purposes.
One thing though, you mentioned wanting to upgrade to a GPU to "take some load off the CPU"? The integrated graphics portion of the CPU is actually completely separate from the CPU portion of it, so if you added a graphics card and connected your monitors to it instead of your motherboard, it wouldn't lighten the load on your CPU, it would just disable the iGPU. So it's really pointless to add one unless you need more than 3 monitors.
Filter it, bro. ;)
Wow, that cable management is amazing. I have a Z11 too and my cable management is terrible.
Also, those were quite some deals.
Good job on it!
Just wondering, why a GTX 650 for office use?
Other than that, nicely done build. :) I wouldn't make those part choices myself but it looks fine.
I know it's because of reliability, but that was my point. It's been perfectly reliable so far.
I'll look into an XFX unit though.
The CLC I got because I didn't know about the drawbacks of them yet. That's why I want to get a NH-D14 or a PH-TC14PE.
And the PSU's been fine so far. Maybe I'll need to upgrade it when I SLI, but not yet.
I'll think about the dowel and Ninja wire. Right now, it's not much of a problem since pulling the PCIe power connectors above the card and into the back of the case solves a lot of the droop, but who knows, I may need to do something in the future.
And I was already planning to add another GPU. :D