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I was very impressed with the packing job Case Labs did. Everything from the boxing, protective wrap around the case, padding inside of the case, etc. were all testimonials to Case Labs' quality of work. Quite honestly I have never bought a product that was so neatly packed:

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The depth of the optional roof:

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post #12 of 84
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Rampage III BE mounted on motherboard tray:

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I love how you can mount all of these components outside of the case and simply slide it in the M8 when you want. I also ordered the tech station which provides a back plate for the motherboard tray and four rubber feet, really cool (not in pictures):

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In the case:

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GT-15's in push/pull for the H100 rad, mounted to the top of the case (yes I know, the wires are hideous. I have no idea how to sleeve so I didn't bother):

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H100 components mounted:

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I like the build thus far. But a few questions.

Why use the corsair pre-built unit instead of doing a custom setup? The 4 SSDs you had bought cost a bit, so why sacrifice cooling capacity for them? As well, why use the HyperX SSDs when there are several issues with the new sandforce chipset with BSODs and other things?

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Originally Posted by PeteJM;14994839 
I like the build thus far. But a few questions.

Why use the corsair pre-built unit instead of doing a custom setup? The 4 SSDs you had bought cost a bit, so why sacrifice cooling capacity for them? As well, why use the HyperX SSDs when there are several issues with the new sandforce chipset with BSODs and other things?

Pete

Thanks Pete. To answer your questions:

I chose to use the H100 unit for a few reasons, number one being I had already bought it and was using it in my old case. The second reason I decided to stay with the H100 is I honestly don't do very much over-clocking at all. Both my cpu and gpu's stay at stock speeds 95% of the time, so I couldn't see justifying the additional purchase. With the 990x overclocked @ 4.3ghz the H100 kept it sub 60c using two GT-14's and two stock fans, so I figured it would be more than adequate for my needs.

To answer your second question, I ended up taking a risk to be frank. I had read about the sandforce chipset problems, and I even experienced them on my Corsair Force GT SSD. But then I came across one review online that had mentioned Kingston delayed the release date of the Hyper X SSD line specifically to iron out those issues. So far they have worked impeccably from the get go and I have experienced zero problems. Here is a benchmark of them I had posted:

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives-storage/1109689-4-x-kingston-hyperx-ssd-9265-a.html

Hope that answers your questions!
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Very nice setup going in. I loved the look of the R3 BE when it came out. Wish it was the normal RE frown.gif
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Originally Posted by Kortwa;14996234 
Very nice setup going in. I loved the look of the R3 BE when it came out. Wish it was the normal RE frown.gif

Thanks Kortwa, the R3BE is a beautiful board and packed full of features but I ended up getting rid of it. I had terrible issues with it and Asus customer support was so lacking I ended up getting a refund instead of RMA and went back to an MSI BB X-Power- Been fantastic now, I love this board!
    
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Any other plans for this build? That's a lot of empty space...
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Originally Posted by sintricate;14996343 
Any other plans for this build? That's a lot of empty space...

I've got a 6990 coming in tomorrow, but other than that...Probably just a lot more fans and a few more HDD's for backup. smile.gif
    
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post #19 of 84
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SSD's mounted in Flex-Bay:

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This was the first arrangement:

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Thermaltake TY-140's at the bottom. I could only fit two as they are 140mm fans with 120mm mounting points:

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I didn't realize (my own fault) the flex-bay mounts did not fit on the psu side, and I wanted to keep anything that generated additional heat separate from the motherboard side. So I ended up ordering standard bay mounts.

This came in while I was waiting:

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Jim sent the standard bay mounts, MB back plate and tech station overnight- Thanks Jim!

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post #20 of 84
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With standard cages I could now mount the ssd/hdd on the psu side...

2 x 2TB Hitachi Deskstar's (RAID 0) and 1 x 3 TB Seagate Barracuda (back-up) using a GT-14 for cooling:

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SSD's mounted. I used tape to initially hold the fan plate over the cage so I could cover everything. From what I've read SSD's don't generate much heat at all, so I decided against a fan:

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Getting there...

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These came in handy:

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