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[Build Log]Cooler Master Elite 130 + Asus Maximus VI Impact

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In the past I have either had help or had friends build my ATX gaming machines, but this year I fell in love with the m-itx size and unique set of challenges. Earlier this year a friend helped me build my first m-itx machine which was using the Cooler Master Elite 120 case.

Although I wanted to build this computer as a game machine, I also wanted experience building a computer from start to finish. (As mentioned previous, I had help building my first m-itx and other past computers.) So please be kind to me if I don't know all the proper wording or lingo. I have spent many days doing my research and still continue to do so, but I still have lots to learn. Thus this computer is a learning experience for me.

Parts List

Case: Cooler Master Elite 130
Mobo: Asus Maximus VI Impact
CPU: Intel i5-4670K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i
Cooler Fans: Cougar Vortex 120mm x 2
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX770
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD
Power Supply: Silverstone 600W ATX
OS: Microsoft Windows 7

The total cost came to almost $1500, buying most of my parts during holiday sales.

I will post pictures as soon as I can.

- Juli
Edited by Awussy - 1/2/14 at 1:38pm
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Some parts were harder to decide on than others. The easiest to decide on were the cpu, mobo, and video card. The hardest decision to make was what case to choose, which I needed to decide on before selecting the power supply and cpu cooler.

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While building my computer, the antenna that came with the motherboard had the misfortune of getting chewed up by my dog. After some research I decided to get the TP-LINK TL-ANT2408CL 2.4GHz 8dBi Antenna. It was an extra $15 cost, but oh well. You will see in one of the pictures below how it looks connected. I do like how it looks more than the antenna it came with.


I like how the 130 is a small case but still has room for a full sized graphics card. I had to connect the cables prior to installing the card since it was a tight squeeze.


As you can see the radiator of the H80i fits fine with the 2 Cougar fans. It was confusing for me to decide whether to have the fans moving air over the radiator into the case or out of the case. In the end I decided to go with moving air into the case.

The power supply is also put upside down so that it is pulling air out of the case and venting it out. Hopefully this set up will help move air out of the case and keep temperatures in a decent range.

Notice that the tube of the cooler had to be lightly pushed down for the power supply to be installed.


Cable management was a challenge in my 120 case and didn't seem as bad in the 130. The fact that I am not using an optical drive and put the SDD there has left room to move certain cables out of the way.


The 2 antenna barely fit in the space given. There was some grinding of the 2 parts while tightening the install, but nothing to cause major concern.


I went with the black Cougar fans so I wouldn't have bright orange peaking out from the front screen.

Overall:

Having previously built my 120 case build, I like the improvements made for the 130 case. One thing I don't like, however, is the power button. I liked the button feel of the 120 instead of the flat stiff click feel of the 130.

Note Worthy:

During my research, I became concerned whether or not 2 fans will fit with the radiator in this case because of the tab that sticks down from the drive bay. This tab is part of the mounting for a SDD to the bottom of drive cage. I was not able to fit the radiator + fan connected together at the same time. But I was able to connect the front fan to the radiator first, then maneuver the 2nd fan inside the case on the radiator. Below I have an arrow pointing to the tab that sticks down and how my fan was still mounted. Some may suggest removing the tab, but I found it unnecessary in my case. I don't know how well the fit will be with other radiator sides and fans.



Issues:

The Asus Maximus VI Impact motherboard only has one on-board USB header. This was a problem since my H80i cooler needs one and so does the front panel 2.0 USB. Right now the H80i is connected to the board header and the front panel 2.0 USB is without... how to fix this?

I was planning on getting the SilverStone Short Cables, but those seem unavaiable at this time. Maybe sleeving/shortening my own cables might be the way to go? Is my cable management okay or does it need more work? Suggestions?

I originally wanted an LED fan so I can see some color through the case front screen. Is it a problem using 2 different fans on the radiator?

I didn't know a thing about 3-pin and 4-pin fans until after I bought it and was doing the installation. Do I need to consider getting 4-pin?

I am still learning more about the performance end of the computer and how to overclock it. So even though the computer is built, it still is not done yet. Plus I may want to paint the case or do some mods to it.
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CPU has not been overclocked yet.
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I know its a few months old but this is pretty close to the build I want to do for my kids to replace the PS3/Xbox 360.

Any issues with h80i minus the usb issue? Tube lengths were good?
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