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Corsair Carbide Series Owners Club - Page 105

Poll Results: Which One(s) Do you Own?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 14% of voters (91)
    200R
  • 22% of voters (135)
    300R
  • 18% of voters (112)
    400R
  • 46% of voters (283)
    500R
612 Total Votes  
post #1041 of 4609
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Originally Posted by Kaytfoh View Post

Hey, since you have the same case and cooler as I am planning to, can you aim the orientation of the cooler so that it works in push pull towards the rear exhaust?

I presume you mean adding a third fan to the Noctua next to the rear exhaust case fan? I've not fitted mine yet waiting on the RAM, but I think there is room. Probably best to fit the NH-D14 before ordering a fan though. There is a Noctua owners club here which I have only just started to digest, well worth a look thumb.gif
post #1042 of 4609
Well, my build absolutely isn't as nice as Owl's vision (which I'm a huge fan of) but I am extremely proud of it nevertheless. Sorry my camera sucks.


And I did some case modding that I think George would like to hear about - if he's reading, of course.

My cooling: XSPC RX240 in the bottom and some Swiftech 120 at the back exhaust. Komodo 6900 on the GPU, XSPC Rasa on the CPU.

Case mods, in a nutshell (covered more in depth below): Custom window, lucite - cut along the seam and bolted it on. Cut a notch out of the mobo tray for the case cables. Cut a hole out under where the HDD cages go for a 120mm fan.

My notes about the case:

1) I love this case.

2) Raise the top compartment (under the mesh) by 10+mm. I completely understand the compatibility with the H100 and its ability to drive sales of both - which I think is a masterful plan - but there has to still be a way to keep this absolute compatibility with the H100 while making it compatible with non-corsair radiators. I'm not asking for an RX240 to fit up there, but enough to get at least a slim 240.

3) Because it would hurt nothing and help at least a few people that buy the case, put one more filtered 120-compatible hole under the HDD cages. You'll see the hole I Dremeled for the second fan on my radiator - unless it's a feature you're specifically reserving for higher priced cases, which I suppose I can understand too. It just definitely helped me out for the configuration I wanted.

4) Offer a side panel with a window rather than the big..bulge. Enthusiast cases without the option for a window makes some of us sad. My Antec 900, with its utter lack of cable management, was embarrassing - definitely didn't want a window in it. However, the fantastic cable management opportunities and black interior make this case gorgeous inside. Not being able to see the work a lot of people put in to their interiors will turn people away from this case - yes, towards more expensive Corsair cases - but also toward comparable cases in the same price point that, while lacking other features, have a window. It can be a deal-breaking omission.

5) This is my biggest note - The cables from the panel at the front of the case should not be routed through the top grommeted hole next to the motherboard. There is a gap where the 5.25" bays meet the motherboard tray - if you are looking into the side of the case it is at the top left (or back) of the 5.25" bays - you can't slip the cables through it with it's stock design. However, I took a little bit out of the motherboard tray with a Dremel and was able to fit every cable through it - even the big USB 3.0 cable. This freed up the top grommet and, honestly, makes the interior look much cleaner. I attempted to take a photo below, which may or may not show what I'm talking about.



Anyway, here's my build - once again, I'm proud, and would be happy to added to the club smile.gif

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This is what I was talking about in note 5 - I drilled this small..notch, really out (or just extended the hole) and it made a huge difference. Opinions welcome.

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Thanks for looking, I put a lot of time into this and as much money as was humanly possible (though I would've like to have had a lot more!). But this was what I could do.
post #1043 of 4609
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shotto View Post

I presume you mean adding a third fan to the Noctua next to the rear exhaust case fan? I've not fitted mine yet waiting on the RAM, but I think there is room. Probably best to fit the NH-D14 before ordering a fan though. There is a Noctua owners club here which I have only just started to digest, well worth a look thumb.gif

No I was not going to add a third, with the Noctua and the Silver Arrow, it showed very little improvement. I just mean orientated on the processor so that the fans push the air to the rear exhaust of the case.
post #1044 of 4609
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaytfoh View Post

No I was not going to add a third, with the Noctua and the Silver Arrow, it showed very little improvement. I just mean orientated on the processor so that the fans push the air to the rear exhaust of the case.

Just fitted the Noctua smile.gif Yes you can fit it to exhaust out the back or through the roof. I went for the traditional rear exhaust orientation though. It was easy to fit and the fans run pretty quietly, temps much lower now compared to the nasty stock fan (which also made more noise!).

You can see the Noctua fitted in Tiny Tom Logan's Corsair Carbide 500R review:


Edited by Shotto - 2/4/12 at 6:06am
post #1045 of 4609
I'm a noob, but after thinking about this case I think it tries to do too many things...

IF you are going to watercool it (which people say it is very suitable for) then you don't want a massive mesh side panel that will just let dust in and has little use. Isn't one of the tenants of water cooling with external rad that the inside can be totally dust free? And if you are going to water cool it, don't you want people to see how awesome it looks inside? I can't see that well through tiny mesh holes.

IF you are just going to air cool it, you don't need it's features that make it suitable for water cooling. The fans it comes with are proprietary and can't be plugged in to other fan controllers that you might mount in one of your 5.25 bays, and the fans don't come with any specs at all as to performance.

Finally as for appearance, the LED fans seem WAY too bright.
Edited by ilikebeer - 2/4/12 at 11:52am
post #1046 of 4609
It's good for cpu water cooling combined with air cooling for the rest of your system. It's not really designed specifically for water cooling, it's more so designed to work well with the H100, another Corsair product. I agree about the fan controller, I'll probably end up taking mine out completely (the fans, not the controller). The thing is if you like the white lights and are happy with what comes stock, it's adequate to run an average user system. Generally those who want to expand will very possibly swap all the fans out anyways to accommodate the looks and performance they prefer. As for the side mesh, I can agree with that, but that's really a user preference. Some people don't want a window. One could also mod it if they so choose.

Bottom line is it's a great case for the price, and I think it succeeds in "trying to do too many things" in that it offers you a lot of options to decide how you want to do your build. There aren't many cases at its price point which are as versatile IMO.
post #1047 of 4609
Quote:
Originally Posted by ilikebeer View Post

I'm a noob, but after thinking about this case I think it tries to do too many things...
IF you are going to watercool it (which people say it is very suitable for) then you don't want a massive mesh side panel that will just let dust in and has little use. Isn't one of the tenants of water cooling with external rad that the inside can be totally dust free? And if you are going to water cool it, don't you want people to see how awesome it looks inside? I can't see that well through tiny mesh holes.
IF you are just going to air cool it, you don't need it's features that make it suitable for water cooling. The fans it comes with are proprietary and can't be plugged in to other fan controllers that you might mount in one of your 5.25 bays, and the fans don't come with any specs at all as to performance.
Finally as for appearance, the LED fans seem WAY too bright.

Don't agree. It is not stated to be watercooler friendly with anything other than the H100.
There are at least 2 threads on this forum alone showing you how to use the fan controllers with non-stock fans.
I think 3 videos showing quick and easy modding to give a windowed side panel.

You are basically complaining about an air cooler's case not caring about radiators and including fans headscratch.gif.
post #1048 of 4609
Quote:
Originally Posted by Munk View Post

Don't agree. It is not stated to be watercooler friendly with anything other than the H100.
There are at least 2 threads on this forum alone showing you how to use the fan controllers with non-stock fans.
I think 3 videos showing quick and easy modding to give a windowed side panel.
You are basically complaining about an air cooler's case not caring about radiators and including fans headscratch.gif.

While I think that Corsair should sell a side panel with a window, I didn't have a problem putting mine in (but I also have access to a mill for cutting, which isn't the average situation).
post #1049 of 4609
Well lets see some pics from people who bought this case. If I had it i'd have to change all the fans and put in my own fan controller.
post #1050 of 4609
Quote:
Originally Posted by ilikebeer View Post

Well lets see some pics from people who bought this case. If I had it i'd have to change all the fans and put in my own fan controller.

My pics are above on this page or in the link in my sig, I tried to explain the mods I did but feel free to ask if you have any questions.
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