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I have the same case- a AX 850 W PSU by Corsair and a Sony DVD B burner fit in just fine- still room to get to the cables etc but the wiring was kinda bad...I took it out as I really never use it and put my 2.5 " HDD and SSD into the 5.25" bay which also houses my wires and now it looks 20 times better. That was my biggest fear with this case- is the full size psu cable length but with some zip ties and no DVD Rom drive- it worked out nice thumb.gif I will have pictures of my setup soon but I was very close to ordering some custom length cables (approx $100) and settled for an external DVD Rom ($30 at bestbuy and it works great) smile.gif
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post #12 of 21
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I figured before i loaded all the components in the case, I would go ahead and install all the software and make sure i didnt get any defective parts. Everything was successful except it looks like the manual had the TPU switch backwards... I flipped it to make it look like the picture and when I get into windows, cpu-z says 4.2 (and i have not tweaked any bios yet...). Thats not a big issue becuase i can just switch it back when i transfer cases.
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Check my build out: http://www.overclock.net/t/1333679/build-log-ice-box
I absolutely had to remove the HDD cage for 2 reasons, 1 the hoses wouldn't fit nor would the rad's for the WC loops, 2nd I needed the space for everything else. I cant fit a DVD drive bc I've got a full size ATX PSU in it, even when its modular, you still need the room for the SSD/HDD/and cables...
Good luck! My only thing I'd do different would be to custom cut the lengths of each PSU cable....

I checked out your build and it is pretty close to what i am doing (except I dont plan to use dual CLCs). Looks good though.
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Well I built the system once (before i got the RAM) then had to rebuild when i got the ram (well, mostly to replace the ram, but I also wanted to adjust some things). The biggest thing that got me was that the HDD cage was sodered/riveted in and not screwed in... I spent too long trying to figure out why CM would do that then just drilled out the rivets. In my first go around of the build, i just rigged the 920 radiator and fans in the HDD cage, but that was a horrible waste of space (but oddly enough, didnt affect the temps much) and that is what lead me to drill out the cage. I also wanted to flip the PSU. I did that so the PSU would pull air out of the case (still, didnt seem to affect the temps) and so the plugs would be near the top of the case and not interfere with the 920 water tubes. After firing the System on again and letting it run for a bit, I noticed that temps were still idling at around 38 - 40 C and would get to about 55 - 59 C after about an hr of BF3 (they never got higher than that). This is on stock clocks. That lead me to the final thing I still need to do to the case, and that is remove the plate that sit right on front intake fan. I took the entire front off (to expose the fan), and my idle temp dropped almost 10 C (havent run any high extended loads yet). I still cant believe that CM would completely (well, almost completely) block the front intake fan. Using some sort of mesh would work so much better.

Anyways, I took some photos and will post them and will post more when i mod the front plate and start to find a good OC.
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post #14 of 21
haha bummer man. It took me less than 5 minutes to remove the HDD cage...most of the time was spent finding the drill and drill bits..lol you just drill out the rivets right on the top of them with a bit the size of the rivit and they pop right off. Should leave a nice clean hole...lol

I'm going to install my fan controller on the front and then control all my fans from that. Then I'll flip my PSU as well. I'd say about 70% of the noise comes from the PSU fan being up instead of down...the vent and space between the PSU fan seems to create a terrible noise...even with the other fans are silenced its still bad..ug. Definitely will be interesting trying to flip the PSU..lol


Def get some pics up! I put my CWC's off to the side of the case and cut a hole in the side of the case for the rad's, I knew that front cover would be terribly restricting! I use that front 120mm fan as blowing air in, then the rad's fan is right next to it on the side which then is fed cold air from that fan blowing in...
post #15 of 21
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Here is where I upload my photos of my build. I put some of the completed ones on the first page. Note that I took these photos with my phone since I did not feel like using my wife's giant Nikon.

Here is is the case after removing the HDD cage (it makes the case pretty spacious)





Installation of the motherboard. I dont really care for the fact that the daughter board partially covers the side fan...





Here is a picture of the Kuhler 920 radiator installed to give you an idea of how bit it is in the case. I thought it fit pretty well (the first intake fan is in the front of the case)



Here is the pump in the motherboard. I experimented with where the tubes should be but i found that with the PSU right on the tubes, this configuration seemed to work the best .





Here is all the connectors connected on the motherboard. I did the best i could to try and keep them from constricting too much of the air flow around the motherboard since, well, not that much air flows in a small case.



Here is the PSU installed in the case and a close up of the Pump to see that the tubes arent being kinked or have a great deal of pressure put on them.





Here are the photos of the finished product:



the 5.25 bay holds the extra wires pretty well and houses by intel SSD and 1 Corsair SSD (put it in after I took this picture)



This picture shows how much free space is still available for air to flow around the motherboard. Without the HDD cage in the case and the PSU flipped down, there is a pretty good path for air to flow. You will also see that i put another SSD near the front. I probably could put it in the 5.25 bay, but it works better this way (maybe i can get my 4 SSD in the case...)



I know these pictures are a long time coming but feel free to leave any feed back or ask any questions you may have about the case. Now to find a good OC smile.gif.
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Thanks for posting the photos, looking good. I too am getting over the monolithic rig bug. thumb.gif I also just built my first SFFPC last week and used this same case. I thought this case looked good and reusing an existing ATX power supply I had (collecting dust) was a smart move. I only wish it had some type of built in handle in the design. Prodigy looked good too but it was neither in stock or a good value in my opinion.

So you kept the stock rear case fan? I want to change it out, something PWM so its not running at 100% all the time, but not many to choose from since its 15mm thick. What temps are you seeing inside the case/system temps?
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Thanks for posting the photos, looking good. I too am getting over the monolithic rig bug. thumb.gif I also just built my first SFFPC last week and used this same case. I thought this case looked good and reusing an existing ATX power supply I had (collecting dust) was a smart move. I only wish it had some type of built in handle in the design. Prodigy looked good too but it was neither in stock or a good value in my opinion.

So you kept the stock rear case fan? I want to change it out, something PWM so its not running at 100% all the time, but not many to choose from since its 15mm thick. What temps are you seeing inside the case/system temps?

it is 15mm so the only 80mm x 15mm i see on the egg is the other Coolermaster fan. It does produce a decent amount of noise but its all air noise, the actual fan doesn't produce the noise. Just put it on the motherboard fan plug and you should be able to reduce the speed of that fan. I've got a fan controller in my CM120 and its awesome when I'm surfing the web or whatever I can turn the fans all the way down, then when I play FC3 or something, I can jack them up because they need it...


Make sure you overclock that samsung ram! Or tighten the timings on it! That ram is awesome!
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Thanks for posting the photos, looking good. I too am getting over the monolithic rig bug. thumb.gif I also just built my first SFFPC last week and used this same case. I thought this case looked good and reusing an existing ATX power supply I had (collecting dust) was a smart move. I only wish it had some type of built in handle in the design. Prodigy looked good too but it was neither in stock or a good value in my opinion.

So you kept the stock rear case fan? I want to change it out, something PWM so its not running at 100% all the time, but not many to choose from since its 15mm thick. What temps are you seeing inside the case/system temps?

Thanks for the compliments! I wish it had a handle too, but it seems like somthing that I could build into it. This case begs for some mods.

I did keep the rear fan since it had a pwm connector. Im suprised yours didnt have the same thing... as far as temps go, the Mobo stays surprisingly cool (around 45 C max after about an hour of gaming) and this is with my cpu getting to about 65 C and the GPU getting to about 80 C. Thats what shocks me the most since the case shell gets hot to the touch (I guess its doing its job and conducting the heat away...). Idle the whole system stays in the 30s with all settings on silent.

All in all, I am very happy with the case and would recommend it to any one!

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it is 15mm so the only 80mm x 15mm i see on the egg is the other Coolermaster fan. It does produce a decent amount of noise but its all air noise, the actual fan doesn't produce the noise. Just put it on the motherboard fan plug and you should be able to reduce the speed of that fan. I've got a fan controller in my CM120 and its awesome when I'm surfing the web or whatever I can turn the fans all the way down, then when I play FC3 or something, I can jack them up because they need it...


Make sure you overclock that samsung ram! Or tighten the timings on it! That ram is awesome!

I plan to OC the ram. I just finished getting my CPU to 4.2 at 1.18 (feel like if I push more, ill cook the system).
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Yours came with a PWM fan in the rear? Mine came with 3pin and an adapter to connect to 4pin molex. I bought it direct from Amazon about a week ago, I wonder if there has been a revision. I could not find a 80mmx15mm cooler master fan that was PWM on their website. Did your case come with a 25mm fan?
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Yours came with a PWM fan in the rear? Mine came with 3pin and an adapter to connect to 4pin molex. I bought it direct from Amazon about a week ago, I wonder if there has been a revision. I could not find a 80mmx15mm cooler master fan that was PWM on their website. Did your case come with a 25mm fan?

Nevermind, I confused the PWM with 3 pin (mine has the 3 pin connection). Nevertheless, I plugged the 3 pin into the motherboard and could control the fan from the bios (or an fan control software i choose). My case came with the 80 x 15 fan in the rear.
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