Originally Posted by Arinoth;14687373
I ripped that stupid black thing off of mine as it was annoying the hell out of me.
I came close to doing it. We'll see once I get a GPU in there if it helps with airflow.
The secret to cable management in that case, I haven't seem to be able to find one. Only thing I could suggest and would do next time would be to use a modular power supply to cut down on rogue/extra cables
That is a modular supply. That's what I am worried about. Most of the GPUs I am looking at will require that I try to cram 2 more 6 pin connectors in the case. I'm holding them right now. They're pretty thick and unecessarily long.
Originally Posted by Tron-user;14691305
All went well but I ordered the asus gts 450 (850 mhz version) and I ran into a problem with the 6 pin pci connector, it will fit but you basically have to do a 90* bend on the cable and it will make a very slight hump in the top of the case.
Crap. That's what I am worried about. The Asus and MSI 560ti's both have connectors on the top. According to Asus' website, the ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II TOP
is 9" L x 4.4" H.
The Asus ENGTS450 DirectCU/DI/1GD5
is 8.54 " x 4.37 ". If that's the one you used, the 560ti is even taller, and you had difficulty with the top side connectors. Maybe I should get a reference board that vents outside the case and has the backside connectors? I know - I should just measure this, but I am posting from the machine and don't feel like taking it apart right now.
P.S. nice max 4 gene, I was eyeing that board but since I had a spare i5 laying around and the evga board was only 35 after rebate, I figured it was a better option than 400 bones for 2500k and gene lol.
I am not sure that the Maximus IV Gene is the right board for this case, simply because of layout issues. You really need to use a low profile, 120mm cpu cooler like the Scythe, and the first DIMM slot is too close to use, so that channel is wasted. And the PCIEx16 is so damn close to the cooler/cpu socket as well, that I am still worried about the GPU being flush against it. I guess i could have used the stock intel or something like a coolermaster cooler that is really similar (I forget the model # but Newegg sells it, it looks almost identical, but it has a quieter fan). That 6 pin connector in the corner behind the cpu socket is also a major pain in the butt, as is the location of the HD audio connector. I think there are other boards that have the CPU socket further from the ram and PCIE slots that would make for a cleaner, easier build.
That said, the board itself is fantastic. In a different case, I'd give it extremely high marks. Aside from the case limitations, it was the easiest install I have ever done. The BIOS is absolutely fantastic, and there are a lot little conveniences that will appeal to any builder, including the error code LED, the power and reset buttons on the board, and the q connector (man, that saves some annoyance in a tight space build).If anyone has pictures of a current gen GPU in this case, I'd love to see them.
Oh - and this thing is nowhere near as loud as my xBox 360, which was operating as my HTPC. Also, I have fan speed control on the case fans. Really helps with noise, though even on auto, it isnt bad. You have to have no background noise to notice them.