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post #291 of 1026
Anyone here done a full watercooled 550D?
post #292 of 1026
Hi guys! I need your advice / help!

I remembered reading through some of this thread last week when I was still deciding what parts to buy for my new PC, and ultimately I did choose the Corsair 550D.

I should mention that I've never built a PC all on my own before; the last time I had a PC built for me, a friend did the heavy lifting for me and I mainly assisted/watched. This time it's just me.

I'm here because I'm stuck on an unexpected feature of this case that I needed to ask you guys about:

I'm ready to screw in my ATX motherboard (Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe, in case it matters), but while the case seems to be doing me a favor by pre-installing the nine ATX standoffs, three of those nine looked weird to me, and I didn't know if there was an additional step I needed to take to make them safe.

I'll share a picture I took to show you what I mean. Notice the top 3 'standoffs' look to me like little mole / ant hills or something to that effect, while the other 6 standoffs look like your typical skinny/narrow little standoffs:

https://twitter.com/MAStamper/status/287044241753001984/photo/1/large

My question is: Are those top three that look like little hills -- are they safe to screw the motherboard to directly, as-is, or is something else supposed to be done first to make those three safe?

My concern is that those three look wider to me than the other six, and I was worried that if I just screw the motherboard onto those 3 exactly the way it is now, that I was risking a short circuit. What do you guys think/know about it? I'm assuming many of you have already installed ATX motherboards into this exact case, so I thought if anyone knew what to do, you guys would definitely be the most likely group to tell me if it's safe or not and/or what to do.

Thank you very much!
post #293 of 1026
Hello,

Yeah, you can just screw the motherboard directly into the "ant hill" redface.gif mounts. They are basically standoffs built into the case =). No need to install anything in the "hills". Just make sure you have standoffs installed in the non-raised spots, which it appears and sounds like you do.

It wont short circuit your board, the contact point where "ant hills" touch the board shouldn't make any contact with circuitry that could short circuit.

Good luck with the rest of your build.
post #294 of 1026
Directly to them. Its safe. Those top 3 are pretty much standard across most motherboard affixes. As for mounting points. Thats why those are pre done but the rest can be removed, added as needed.
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Originally Posted by hipzilla View Post

I need to mount 2 standard 3.5" HDDs and 3 2.5" SSDs. I've got the top drive cage removed, but figure I will slap my two HDDs in the bottom cage. Where do you guys hide your SSDs? And more importantly, can I get some pics? I've seen some people mount their SSDs on the side of the 5.25" drive bays (with what I assume is double sided tape) and then other people in the 5.25" drive bay. Are they secured to anything or just floating in there?
Going to comb through this thread and the other Corsair case thread to look for pics!
Heres a good pic of my 4 in 3 HDD cage. I have two 3.5" in there, plus my SSD. You can easily do the same and just Velcro or 3M Command strip tape the SSDs together in there.
The 3M Command strips are nice because they hold, yet when you need to pull stuff apart you can and then easily clean removed the old strip.
I have this 4 in 3. XIGMATEK 4in3
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Heres a good pic of my 4 in 3 HDD cage. I have two 3.5" in there, plus my SSD. You can easily do the same and just Velcro or 3M Command strip tape the SSDs together in there.
The 3M Command strips are nice because they hold, yet when you need to pull stuff apart you can and then easily clean removed the old strip.
I have this 4 in 3. XIGMATEK 4in3

Question regarding your Xigmatek 4in3 cage - can you still install your 5.25 covers over it after it's in the bay area? I'd be using vented covers and don't want the front fan to be exposed...
post #297 of 1026
Just ordered my 550D, it's on its way. Can't wait to post pics

Full system will be:

i5-3570K
EVGA GTX 670 FTW
2x 4GB Corsair 1600 DDR3
Asrock Z77 Extreme4
Silencer MK III 600W
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD
Seagate 1TB
Scythe Mugen III
post #298 of 1026
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Originally Posted by stratosrally View Post

Question regarding your Xigmatek 4in3 cage - can you still install your 5.25 covers over it after it's in the bay area? I'd be using vented covers and don't want the front fan to be exposed...
Yep. Fits fine with the covers on. I actually removed the fan, as it was non functional. I did try plugging it in. But didnt really make a difference since the covers are solid so it didnt get any airflow.
Where are you finding vented covers, or did you make your own?
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post #299 of 1026
Hey guys, quick question about the motherboard standoffs,

For the the top 3 mobo mounting points that are the 3 raised points, I don't need to install standoffs there right?

Pic of what I'm talking about

http://imgur.com/PoDjW.jpg
post #300 of 1026
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Originally Posted by Rebelord View Post

Yep. Fits fine with the covers on. I actually removed the fan, as it was non functional. I did try plugging it in. But didnt really make a difference since the covers are solid so it didnt get any airflow.
Where are you finding vented covers, or did you make your own?

As I haven't made a final decision on what case to get - so I'm not sure which way I'll go. However, all the cases I'm considering have room for the Xigmatech 4in3 and allow for both lower drive cages to be removed so that I can get unimpeded airflow to my dual-SLI gtx580 cards. I only need to install 2 drives in the Xigmatech - but I still wonder about them overheating without at least some ventilation.

One case in addition to the 550D that I am considering is the upcoming revised Fractal Design Define XL R2, which has vented covers and unlike the 550D the front is vented all the way up the sides rather than stopping just below the 5.25" bays. I'd swap the included fan for a Corsair SP120 and see how that works...

Thanks much for the info!
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