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FINAL PICS AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST:

Long story short, I live in Canada where PC parts remain at outrageous prices because of 13% sales tax, making it near impossible to get any sort of decent deal on anything expensive. This has, in the past, limited me to being very frugal when it comes to buying computer parts, resulting in me getting components on the cheap that I have to update relatively quickly to stay in the game.

THOSE TIMES ARE GONE, OCN. biggrin.gif

I saw the 350D for sale, and ended up paying a small fortune ($150, coming from my previous maximum budget of $40) to have it shipped to my door. I think this merits a build log, especially because it's a new case, everyone uses watercooling, and I know you guys want to see what this thing can do.

I'll be using the following components:

  • Corsair 350D w/ Window
  • Asus Maximus IV Gene mATX LGA 1155 Motherboard
  • Intel i5 2500k
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
  • Powercolor HD 7950 Boost (reference)
  • Seasonic M12ii 620W PSU
  • 2x4GB Mushkin Silverline DDR3 1333 MHz RAM
  • 1TB Western Digital Enterprise HDD
  • 4x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition
  • 2x Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition
  • NZXT Mesh Fan Controller

I'm currently waiting on the case, motherboard, 4 fans, and the fan controller. I will update the thread as parts come in.

As a side note, I will have money coming in pretty regularly, so any recommendations for water cooling (even though it totally contradicts this build log) would be appreciated. I definitely had my eye on that Swiftech H220 so that I could add in my GPU, but I know literally nothing about water cooling, so any input is fantastic.

I'm also considering switching over to a Corsair AX650 so I can get some of those fantasticly sleeved modular cables. If anyone is looking to offload theirs (especially if it's free wink.gif), I'd be interested in having a chat.

EDIT: First pictures of various parts in my current 400R case, as well as an H110 I hadn't planned on buying.








EDIT 2: This thing is done.








Edited by billyevans - 5/16/13 at 2:46pm
    
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What are using those fans for? I mean, why so much SPs if you are using only 1 HDD and no radiators?
If it´s an air cooler syste I would use them like this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1 SP 120 quiet (on the cooler), 4x AF 140 quiet (2 top, 2 front) and an AF120 quiet (on the back)

Seems that almost everyone is using this case with the Asus Maximus IV gene tongue.gif I wonder if I will se any non-red motherboard in this case (besides mine), although I have to admit that the build on Corsair´s website looks great with so much red on it.


21% sales tax here, and probably will get the case later than Canada T_T

Looking forward to see your build thumb.gif
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What are using those fans for? I mean, why so much SPs if you are using only 1 HDD and no radiators?
If it´s an air cooler syste I would use them like this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1 SP 120 quiet (on the cooler), 4x AF 140 quiet (2 top, 2 front) and an AF120 quiet (on the back)

Seems that almost everyone is using this case with the Asus Maximus IV gene tongue.gif I wonder if I will se any non-red motherboard in this case (besides mine), although I have to admit that the build on Corsair´s website looks great with so much red on it.


21% sales tax here, and probably will get the case later than Canada T_T

Looking forward to see your build thumb.gif

You know, I don't really know. I just have them in my current case, so I was hoping they'd translate over. Who knows!
    
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Oh, if you already have them then I think it´s a better idea to re-use them (I´m also doing it, but I wish mine also where quiet editions xD)
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I thought the 350d release was the end of May.
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I thought the 350d release was the end of May.

No it's definitely out. I purchased mine at NCIX. Should be here in 2-7 days.
    
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I like the build that you have come up with, partly because mine is very similar. smile.gif

I just wanted to give some advice for liquid cooling (AIO units). I have done a lot of research when choosing liquid cooling for my rig. First off I want to say the Swiftech H220 is a great unit and is easily the best all-in-one system you can get in both build quality and performance. Having said that.... you can get a H100i for 50-60 (US) dollars less. Which is the main reason why I picked it over the Swiftech unit. Just to give you a brief overview of what I found is that... the H220 has a very marginal increase in cooling performance. (3-5 degrees Celsius lower) The coolant water pump was a few decibels quieter as well under normal conditions. However, if the H100i's pump ramps up to max RPMs it is significantly louder than the H220's pump at the same RPM by a difference of around +20 dbs. Which is very significant to say the least.

In real world scenarios I don't think my system will ever have the H100i under that much stress... so for me it was an easy choice. When I purchased my H100i it was $89.99 US and the swiftech h220 was $149.99. So for 60 dollars the very marginal increase in performance was not worth it for me. Hope this helps a little.
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I like the build that you have come up with, partly because mine is very similar. smile.gif

I just wanted to give some advice for liquid cooling (AIO units). I have done a lot of research when choosing liquid cooling for my rig. First off I want to say the Swiftech H220 is a great unit and is easily the best all-in-one system you can get in both build quality and performance. Having said that.... you can get a H100i for 50-60 (US) dollars less. Which is the main reason why I picked it over the Swiftech unit. Just to give you a brief overview of what I found is that... the H220 has a very marginal increase in cooling performance. (3-5 degrees Celsius lower) The coolant water pump was a few decibels quieter as well under normal conditions. However, if the H100i's pump ramps up to max RPMs it is significantly louder than the H220's pump at the same RPM by a difference of around +20 dbs. Which is very significant to say the least.

In real world scenarios I don't think my system will ever have the H100i under that much stress... so for me it was an easy choice. When I purchased my H100i it was $89.99 US and the swiftech h220 was $149.99. So for 60 dollars the very marginal increase in performance was not worth it for me. Hope this helps a little.

Thanks for the thoughtful review. The only real reason I was considering the H220 over another AIO unit (besides it being quiet) is its expandability. From what I understand, it's relatively easy to switch out the tubes and add in a GPU block or even another radiator and reservoir. I'm not sure how necessary that would be, but it's definitely a cheaper alternative to a custom loop, and a more open alternative to the H100i. Then again, it's expensive and I don't like spending money.

Also just a build update:

The case is shipping from British Columbia to Ontario, so the estimated delivery date is Thursday. Once that comes in I think I'm going to go ahead and build everything in one shot, minus the fan controller since I think the guy who sold it to me died. Actually.

EDIT: It also looks like I'm going to be purchasing an AX650 PSU from someone on a different forum, but that deal is still in the works.
Edited by billyevans - 5/12/13 at 3:49pm
    
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Hey thanks for the build log I have been looking for some on this case and there is a bit out there and I stumbled on yours. Why have you not gone for the V gene. Hope the build goes well and please take a lot of pictures thumb.gif
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Hey thanks for the build log I have been looking for some on this case and there is a bit out there and I stumbled on yours. Why have you not gone for the V gene. Hope the build goes well and please take a lot of pictures thumb.gif

I will start taking pictures tomorrow when it looks like my new 23" LG IPS monitor comes in. The build itself will be Thursday.

I opted for the IV Gene-z over the V Gene because I found it for $90 over on the forums. I really couldn't justify spending at least another $100 for the V as I didn't think the extra features it had were really worth that price tag.

Thanks for the interest!
    
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