(yippy, another one)New fans and finishing touches
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Final update hardware wise, for now at least
in this update i am pretty much finished with my build, only left Overclocking of CPU, GPU, RAM (which won't really be that exciting) and i dont know... maybe ill buy two side fans in the future or replace the fans for mu kuhler 920 (which will be after an overclocking update). so anyway, Enjoy: First we begin with the Enermax Fans:
(Two Enermax Apollish Red 120 fans and two Enermax T.B. Silence 120 PWM Fans)
A little comparison between the apollish and the T.B. Silence:
The accessories of the Apollish fan: (great idea to include six of those rubber mounts, if you but two fans you have extra for another fan)
The accessories of the T.B Silence fan: (as you can see Enermax have cheaped out on the accessories a little on this fan, but still good. sorry for vertical pic)
i couldn't hold it, i had to:
The apollish fan has a switch to turn of the LED, very useful if trying to sleep.
Here is the genius Twister Bearings idea, very simple to remove. Additionally the Apollish fan includes a thermal sensor that can change the fan RPM. (it is a 3 pin fan but rated between 500-1700RPM) i find it a bit annoying since it cannot be turned to its full RPM with software,(ASUS's Fan Xpert II) but if you tuck it somewhere which is a little warm you wont have a problem. if anyone knows how to disable this feature of the fan please let me know in the comments.
The T.B Silence fan, with its great looking frame. (and coincidentally a better look at the LED switch)
Again the bearings, the unique blade design and a very nice long sleeved PWM cable. (both fans have long cables)Mounting the fans:
First fan mounted:
(Antec has designed a very smart and simple front fan mounting system. There are two little "bulges" for two of the fan holes which gives you the ability to use only two fan screws. (they have done the same with the side fan mounts) and also the fan screws actually screw to the case itself instead of to the fan so it won't "damage" the fan. very smart idea, Good Job Antec
Second fan mounted
Unscrewed the little fan 4x 3pin to molex pcb at the top back of the case, it is very useful both as its default use in the case and separately to test fans. (sorry for vertical pic)
The two fans spinning with the LEDs off.
with the LEDs on
The T.B. Silence mounted on the HDD mounts. (very simple to use, just slide the fan in on to the 4 little plastic "pegs" until it snaps in to place)
Should be noted that these fans are loud at their full 1700RPM speed.
The fans with the LEDs on in the dark with the front cover.
Since everything to mount the fans are already included with the case, i used the rubber mounts to install the original 120 rear exhaust fan as a back panel exhaust. (because i dont have additional fan filters and exhaust works better at cooling if there is a limited, one, amount of fans)
and this is how it is connected. (because the fan is barely audible, and the cable is too short to run to the motherboard i just plugged him straight to the 12v molex)
a little update to the cable management:
i have pretty much redone it all from scratch (except the USB3.0 header) and ziptied everything so it is flat and dandy.
What i have not secured with zip-ties is the fan cables, since the might change later or might want to re-change connections, and the molex cable that goes to the fan pcb at the back and powers the back side fan.The end of this log
(hardware wise, maybe future WC but who knows)
All of the boxes in a little recap of all the parts:
A Wild rig appears
Not sure if it is noticeable, but if you zoom in on the right of the case you can see i have managed to make the LED switches accessible from the outside of the case without the need of removing the front panel.
The LEDs look real nice IRL, it is hard to tak a picture of that.
Very beautiful with even the LEDs ofThe final Resting place of the Rig:
The WiFi Card antennas. (it has very useful magnets)
as you can see the work space that is responsible to this thread and many other things. (and the old-school PC place to the left of the rig. who wants to put their PC in an un-visible spot?)
Power On:More about the lighting:
Because the T.B. Silence fans are semi transparent when spinning they absorb some of the light from the Apollish LEDs and let a little amount into the case, which creates a very beautiful red glow to it. Especially with the Antecc LED Logo and the ROG and SupremeFX LED logos:
Picture in the dark to emphasize the effect: (important to mention, it is near impossible for me to capture in an image or images the created effect because of the camera (phone), my lack of skill and the limits of cameras in general. (it will always look better when viewed with our own eyes
these look nicer in person.
The side panel (meshed) fan mounts create a some sort of an optic fiber for the Red lighting, adding to the glow effect.
The transparency of the T.B. Silence fans:
The very interesting "flow" effect that is created. if you look at the fan from the right angle the LED light will reflect to you in such a way that it will seem that there is some sort of a flow light that is created from the original LED effect on the apollish fans.
These will explain it a bit better: (though not in the dark)
and a little bonus, the red glow with the blue LEDs of the top fan on. (i usually, that is always, keep it turned of. there is a built in switch on the back of the case)
it does create a cool effect with the mesh though.
That is the end of my log
Overall i really enjoyed this week or so of building my first ever (real) PC Rig, i am very happy with all of my component decisions and i have only left to overclock it.
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"Wait ! you are meaning to tell me that you are on OCN with this hardware and still haven't overclocked it?"
But seriously, i am very proud of the end result and everything that i wanted to do have gone according to plan.
i have learned a lot and have to learn even more, but for now i am happy.Plans for the future to this rig:
One of the first thing that i think i'll do is change the top fan to a CoolerMaster force 200 red LED (the only 200mm fan with red led available to me as of now) or just change the LEDs themselves on the Antec Big Boy (which cam with the case) fan. (AFAIK it has 2-ball bearings which is a relic these days, and he moves a good amount of air)
The second possible upgrade would be to add side intake fans and buy filters to them (btw, this
is the only fan filter available here). i dont know which fans yet, maybe there will be good new ones available and maybe not, will see. and maybe i will replace the rest of my fans if there will be better fans available. (a possible variation to this is that i might order from outside my country for some fans and a few other things)
Third, i'll maybe but two Corsair SP120 Performance Edition fans to replace the stock ones on the Kuhler 920 (once i'll start to overclock) if i will see the need for it, i.e. if the performance and audio benefits would be big enough to be worth it.
The fourth upgrade will come with time, when my GPU price will drop by a big margin (lets say now it is around 500$ here, don't ask, and if t will drop to ~300$ (before the new HD 8000 series) i'' grab one. by then drivers should improve to the better.
The final upgrade to my rig would be to either change a case (if a really good one will be available) or to mod the Eleven Hundred to get some Water Cooling in it. it is my (new) dream.
Overall this was very fun, the whole experience from the lurking around the forums here from months ago to actually finishing mu own rig.
Please feel free to comment on the finished rig and / or my questions or any suggestions to my future plans or anything else.
i hope you have enjoyed this as much as i have That's All Folks (Click to show)
Edited by RKTGX95 - 8/5/12 at 3:43pm