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Originally Posted by Nukemaster View Post

When I had the NH D14 in that case, I installed it on the board before installing the board. I would guess a similar idea would work for this.

Right? Its usually a good idea to install the CPU and Heatsink in/on the motherboard before you put the motherboard in the case. Especially if it is an iTX build.
Edited by Rektifying - 2/7/16 at 8:21am
post #2542 of 2749
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Originally Posted by Danzle View Post

How hard was it to mount the DRP3 on the Sabertooth in this case? biggrin.gif Thought about this case a lot recently because of the small footprint. Woult go with a 980Ti Matrix and Z170 if Noise/Thermals don't ruin it.
I Had to trim some minor parts of the motherboard armor to clear the heatpipes and the PITA mounting system that forced me to install the cooler on the mobo before puting on the case biggrin.gif

You will have to take the motherboard out if you want to do anything with the cpu

So aside from the clumsy/terrible/annoying mounting system, the cooler is sweet!
post #2543 of 2749
I like BeQuiet coolers, but they just suck at making mounting hardware.
post #2544 of 2749
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I like BeQuiet coolers, but they just suck at making mounting hardware.
Let me just say that I did not gave up adapting secufirm 2 to their coolers biggrin.gif
post #2545 of 2749
I can't wait to receive the rest of my build! After receiving the case and PSU, I will say I am very impressed with Silverstone. I have never owned anything Silverstone before. I see why the case was $130 now. It seems very well built. Thick aluminum, excellent build quality, blacked out cabling. I really like the way the sides just pop off, but securely latch on. The SFX-L 500w PSU fits perfect too! I could tell by pictures that I was going to have to sacrifice the disk drive caddy, being the SFX-L PSU is slightly longer, but it is the same exact width/depth so it fits/bolts right up. I do not regret this though. I didn't plan on using a disk drive anyways. This PSU looks awesome too! So glad I went with it over the normal SFX PSUs with 80mm fans. I hear they can be pretty loud, and I feel this one just looks a lot nicer. I have never seen a SFX PSU in person and even with ordering the "longer" version I can't believe how small it is. The last PSU I used in a build was a corsair RM series, which dwarfs this thing.

My motherboard, ram, GPU, and heatsink are all coming FedEx 2 day and are scheduled for delivery tomorrow. (WED). As long as I didn't get a bad part I'm golden.
Edited by Rektifying - 2/2/16 at 3:39am
post #2546 of 2749
Well, I just finished my build for the most part. I really like this case! It was pretty easy to work in for an iTX. Not quite as easy as the Corsair 250D I built for my friend but easy enough. The whole build went nice and smooth. I always get a little nervous when I am building a fresh custom pc. All it takes is for one piece of hardware to be DOA and you are staring at a black screen wondering where to begin.
My temps actually look really good. It is safe to say my CPU and GPU are both pasted properly and nice and flush. Idle temps so far are CPU: 38c and GPU: 28c. (I pulled the PNY GTX 960 apart and re-pasted with AS5) My temps on all four cores are either identical or within one degree of each other at all times.

I will update more later. I still need to go through my BIOS, which has TONS of options. The only settings I messed with were disabling integrated graphics and boot method/order. No issues using mSATA for boot/OS either. The BIOS also has pretty extensive overclocking options/settings which is odd to me because I thought only Z series chipsets could overclock. It has been a long day! I posted my "Rig" in my profile with some pics.

Also, what is up with factories applying too much paste?






Edited by Rektifying - 2/4/16 at 9:26pm
post #2547 of 2749
That looks like pre applied paste. I am guessing it spreads enough to not be too bad. I think a part of this is to allow fast installs in the factory.

You should lookup how apple was applying paste for a while(I am not sure if they still do this).
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Question for FT03-Mini owners:

What is up with the 140mm Air Penetrator fan being 3 pin? Its so quiet I cant tell if it is running at full RPM or not. The system fan port on my motherboard is 4 pin obviously, so being I plugged a 3 pin fan into it does it just run at full speed?

I see that there is 120mm radiator support in the base of the case. I have always stayed away from liquid cooling as I just dont trust it. However, would it help to put a 120mm fan in pull coniguration here? Or would it just obstruct the air penetrator fan and take away from the cooling design of the case?
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I do not have the mini, but hte SG05 is pretty much the same thing with a 120mm fan only and on its side.

If the 3 pin fan is controlled depends on the boards(best to check the manual). Some can control via voltage and others can not, If the board can not use voltage control a 3 pin fan just runs full blast.

As for the 120mm slot. Do not use it unless you are mounting a rad or using a 120mm fan(alone). Stacking anything on the AP fan will likely just disrupt the air channeling front of the fan.
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post #2550 of 2749
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I do not have the mini, but hte SG05 is pretty much the same thing with a 120mm fan only and on its side.

If the 3 pin fan is controlled depends on the boards(best to check the manual). Some can control via voltage and others can not, If the board can not use voltage control a 3 pin fan just runs full blast.

As for the 120mm slot. Do not use it unless you are mounting a rad or using a 120mm fan(alone). Stacking anything on the AP fan will likely just disrupt the air channeling front of the fan.

Thank you for the reply.

I looked into this and figured it all out. I definitely will not be adding a 120mm fan to the bottom of the case as it would do more "harm" than good essentially with air flow. When I originally ordered this case I planned on replacing the 140mm AP fan as I "assumed" it was just a cheap crappy OEM fan like many cases tend to come with. After looking into the Silverstone AP fan I realize this is not the case. The AP fan is definitely the best fan to use considering the case / cooling design and I give props to Silverstone for its design.

I did find out that my motherboard does support 3 pin fan speed control for the system fan, which is awesome! I verified that the speed control is in fact working as well. I actually set the system fan to max speed in the BIOS. It is not any louder really than it was on default (Normal) and is definitely pushing some air! I feel this is ideal being this case only supports one case fan. I'm not too worried about "wearing" it out. They're not all that expensive anyways. I have noticed a decrease in idle temps on both my CPU and GPU as well.



UPDATE:
If I were to ever install a 120mm Radiator in the base of the case, I don't see how installing a fan on top of it in the "pull" configuration could do anything but help. I figure that once you cover up that part of the fan with a radiator, you are losing the "air channeling" on that section of the fan anyways. So installing a fan on top of the radiator should only help with air flow through the case.

I am actually thinking about doing this. I would keep the Silverstone AP141 fan in the base of the case and I would purchase a Silverstone AP121 fan to place on top of the radiator in pull configuration. That way the top fan would "tunnel" the air through the system still. (AP121 is a 120mm version of the stock AP 140mm fan)

What do you think about this?
Edited by Rektifying - 2/8/16 at 1:26pm
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