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I built mine into the same case. You can fit a pretty large GPU, no prob.

I find the case fans to be too loud for night time movies.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 2thAche;14691331 
I find the case fans to be too loud for night time movies.
Night time is the best for 7.1 surround sound! You need better speakers tongue.gif


Build looks good though!! You can find 5.25" slot load dvd burners online...they are over $100 though frown.gif
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post #13 of 30
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Quote:
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Chad

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.

Thanks!
post #14 of 30
Thread Starter 
Hmmm.... Was just looking at 2thache's pics and saw his Corsair H50...

The Silverstone has 3x 120mm intake fans creating positive pressure (plus space for 2 more 80mm fans).

Am wondering if I could subsititute the H50 pump fan for the closest case fan and liquid cool my Core i5? It actually looks like it might take up less room than the Scythe does, though I'd be a little worried about right angles on the tubes in a tight space...

I've never done any water cooling. That looks ridiculously easy though.
post #15 of 30
Without moding, I don't think there is a way to mount a H50 internally. On the CPU side, there's not enough clearance between the motherboard and the side of the case for the radiator and fan. On the other side, the single fan is too far away and I think there'd also be clearance issues with the hard drive mount.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hiege;14697350 
Without moding, I don't think there is a way to mount a H50 internally. On the CPU side, there's not enough clearance between the motherboard and the side of the case for the radiator and fan. On the other side, the single fan is too far away and I think there'd also be clearance issues with the hard drive mount.
Someone on the forum did it but they mounted the rad on the outside. I've also seen a custom loop w/ 120mm rad.
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Yeah I've seen a radiator build as well but it was on hardforum or avsforum websites, sorry no links from my cell phone...
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post #18 of 30
I was just making the point that you can't just throw an H50 in there, you have to do a mod or mount something (fan or radiator) external.

I got the idea to watercool my GD04 from the guy on HardForum. I've got pictures up in the "Show your HTPC" thread

Now a H50 mod replacing the 120 rad with a double 80mm rad might work in the back. That would be pretty sweet...
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I'm just about to start a very similar build to this tomorrow, same case and mobo. I've got the 560ti directII top gpu card and opted for antec 620 water cooling. I'll update you tomorrow to let you know how it goes.
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post #20 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by hick;14691778 
Night time is the best for 7.1 surround sound! You need better speakers tongue.gif

You do realize that movies have quiet sections and not just explosions, right?

I've got more than enough surround power.
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