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post #11 of 60
I would advise against using the H50/H60/H80, Antec... etc

I have the same exact case and switching to a Xigmatek Aegir was the best decision I made in regards to cooling. The cooler doesn't interfere with any of the fans, you can mount the 92mm GPU exhaust on top, and there is no issue with it being close to your GPU like the Noctua and such.
    
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Thanks for the tip duhasttas. Do you have any pictures of the Hydro coolers installed to illustrate the problem? Also, what made you opt for the Xigmatek Aegir over the other similarly designed CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ or the Corsair A50/70?
 
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Well, they came out and in the time it took me to skim 1 review to verify I was going to buy a GTX680 they sold out EVERYWHERE, lol. I guess that'll teach me to be patient and make an informed decision. I'll be waiting for them to come back in stock now. Dangit.
 
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Unfortunately no pictures of when I had the Antec 620 installed, but it was a hassle, and the pump was audible. As for picking the Xigmatek, it has the best cooling performance out of the coolers listed even with a single fan running pull @1200rpm. The HS and fan combo is absolutely silent and fits perfectly into the ft03.
    
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Managed to get a EVGA GTX680 (some came back available on newegg) http://tinyurl.com/7nvnnkb

Thanks again duhasttas. I'll definitely take that into consideration. I'll try out the H50 I already have first and if it doesn't go well, I will take a look at one of the heatpipe/fin design air coolers. I'm familiar with them as I've used them on several builds for other people, and they are less expensive than the Hydro series coolers to boot.

7 parts down / 2 to go (maybe 0 though)
Edited by tallpaul02 - 3/22/12 at 9:23pm
 
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post #16 of 60
Right on! I too brought an EVGA 680 this morning can't wait for it to arrive. At any rate, you really will love building in this case, it cools well, has a small profile, and provides you with the essentials without all the unnecessary junk. You might also want to look into better fans than the stock ones, but if you stick with the stock make sure to get a fan controller... they are loud.
    
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Well that was fun! The case arrived today and BOY is it ever pretty biggrin.gif
The box was beat up a good bit thanks to my local UPS man (who really doesn't ever seem very awesome), but the box in the box was just fine and the case was unblemished. The actual packaging in the Silverstone box was good.
I popped the case out of the box and mounted the motherboard to it, after removing the 3 optional fan mounts and optical drive mount. I also unseated the "front" ports piece and rerouted the USB 3.0 pass-through cables to the interior of the case so I can use the CP09 adapter to plug them into the 19 pin header on the mobo instead of two on the IO panel.
I took pictures of the process and result and added them to my imgur album: http://imgur.com/a/xwy4z

The case itself is every bit as awesome as I'd hoped after drooling over it for the past X months. I measured the space for the graphics cards and found that with the 120mm lower intake fan mount in place, there is still 12" of space for a 2 slot card in slots 1 and 2 and 10.5" of space for one in slots 3 and 4. When I removed the fan mount, there was just shy of 15" of space for all 4 slots. That is EASILY enough space to pack in 2 of any graphics card out there. I also noticed that it looks like there is enough space to put the 2nd graphics card in slot 4 so long as there are no outputs on the 2nd slot of the graphics card although I didn't measure to be sure because the GENE-Z board only has full PCI-X slots in 1 and 3 anyway. I think there was a MSI mATX board that had them in slots 1 and 4.

The PSU, PSU short cable kit, and CP09 USB 3.0 cable are scheduled to arrive tomorrow (03/23) so I'll hopefully add those tomorrow night. The CPU is supposed to arrive on Monday (03/26) and the GPU the following day, so I won't be able to do anything more than add the PSU and some cabling until early next week at the soonest.

duhasttas, regarding the fans, I'm going to try out the stock ones first and see how much noise they do make. It shouldn't be very much since they are rated at just 22 dBa and that shouldn't be much noise compared to the GPU and/or PSU. I have 3 CoolerMaster Sickleflow 120mm fans in case I need/want to swap them out though and they are green LED fans too which would nicely accent my return to the house of Nvidia (nerd points in my own head tongue.gif).
 
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^I have 3 GELID WING fans with green LEDs and the way the case is laid out, the light that emanates from the case looks extremely pretty without being overbearing; you will definitely want to swap the stock fans, believe me smile.gif . Once my GTX 680 arrives I will too post up a few pics of my build to perhaps give some people cable management ideas because I've seen some horrid and thrown together systems ;_;

The case is extremely well designed, and cabling is extremely easy to hide if you have a modular PSU. I'll keep following the build progress man, can't wait to see how excited you'll be once you have this beast completed, I know I was biggrin.gif
    
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Agreed regarding the modular PSU issue. That's why I decided to replace my partially modular with the ST85F-P and get the PP05 short cables to go with it.
It's nice to hear the light isn't super bright coming out of the case. I've given some consideration to cutting my handle or the build's nickname into the rear panel to give off a nice lighting effect and also to let air in directly on the GPU(s), but that isn't super likely right now. I'll be happy if the case throws a nice soft glow out the top of the case.
Please do post your pics here or a link to a thread of your own with them in it. I'll be curious to see what you did with yours.
 
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Bit of a lazy update here. I added the PSU and short cable kit and USB adapter last night, but I was super tired at the time so I didn't post them or give it a super effort (knowing I'll be pulling the mobo out to put a cooler backplate on on Monday anyway).

Pic album update: http://imgur.com/a/xwy4z

I'm REALLY happy at how well the ST85F-G and PP05 cables work with this case. The 24 pin mobo cable is almost the perfect length and will tie down nicely. The 8 pin CPU cable was literally PERFECT (see the pic of it running down the side of the case)! I'm very glad I got the PP05 kit. I can't imagine doing this with full length cables *barf*. I need to keep talking myself out of doing individual sleeving for these cables. Yeah, it would look nice, but the time/money involved *shudder*. We'll see what happens.

Sadly the USB 3.0 cables on the case, with the adapter (rather stiff), wasn't long enough to run down the HDD compartment side and back to the mobo through the cable management hole, so I'll be running them down the top edge of the mobo and tying it down at various points.

I'm considering using a pair of PWM 80mm fans on the bottom at low speed/noise to blow air straight up onto the GPU instead of using the single 120mm on the angled bracket. I'll try it out with a couple different 120mm fans first though and decide what to do. I'm interested in any input, but I've already considered the following:
1 - The difference in amount of airflow between 80mm and 120mm fans is made up for by having 2 80mm fans instead of 1.
2 - The potential for more noise with 80mm fans is taken care of by the fact that they are PWM fans and/or controllable by the connector they're plugged into on the motherboard. So I can cap their rotational speed to a level that suits me either way.
3 - Additionally the 2 80mm fans would be mounted to the bottom of the case so they would be blowing straight up instead of the 120mm on the bracket that is angled into the PSU housing. The angle of the 120mm mount is a slight concern first because it wouldn't be directing air straight into the GPU, but deflecting it off the PSU housing which interrupts the path of the airflow and creates some crossflow (straight up after deflecting off the PSU housing crossing the flow perpendicular to the angle of the fan) and second because the air pressure created by blowing right into the PSU housing obstruction could make the fan blades drag unevenly through the bottom half of their arc and make excess noise and/or wear down the fan faster.
 
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