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post #1231 of 2252
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Originally Posted by sconzen View Post

Hey guys. So I was really excited to work on the Hadron Air last night.

Haven't taken pictures yet... and I'm back at work, so maybe tonight.

I started out by gutting my current system and working on making the H60SE fit.

Small issues I've had:
  1. Didn't have short screws that fit the radiator to mount it through the top of the case. Found some 2" screws in the basement that fit and just cut them to size.
  2. Rookie mistake... trimmed fan corner on the wrong side. rolleyes.gif Good thing I've got extras.
  3. The way my motherboard is set up, I would not be able to put in, or take out RAM with the CPU cooler hoses mounted where they are. mad.gif


Current state:

Hadron is completely stripped. PSU, side panels, front panel, top grill, side IO and power switch controls are removed.
Used the Mobo driver cds to take the front panel off. That's some sticky stuff! rolleyes.gif
Decided to remove the harddrive cage so I've marked which rivets to remove and will be doing that tonight.
The motherboard RAM placement is a bit upsetting, but hey, since i'm not putting in an optical drive, and using mainly SSDs nowadays anyway, the benefits of keeping the cage aren't that substantial.

I'm quite determined to use this H60 in my build. Only other coolers I have laying around are an Evo 212, which is WAY to tall, and the stock intel cooler... yuck.
This way it should end up a bit cleaner looking.

Also not planning on attaching the hd audio cable for front(side) panel. Don't use front audio much and cable is tres ugly


Got any photos of the ram and
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Originally Posted by sconzen View Post

My lil' Hardon. Yes... I'm that unoriginal.

Under the hood...

CPU: i5 - 4690k
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI
RAM: 2x4GB Patriot Viper III Red
GPU: ASUS GTX 760 2GB
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Storage: 120GB Kingston SSD, 1TB Western Digital Blue
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60SE

Temperatures

CPU: idle - 23 - 26 , load - 35
Motherboard: 25 - 28, load - 35
GPU: 35 - 37, load - 80 - 85

My Goal

Cram as much crap into this thing as possible.
Must use both my drives from old system, the ssd for OS and HDD for mass storage.
Must use Corsair H60.
Don't break stuff.

What I did

Attempted fitting the H60 above the drive cage initially, using tips from this thread to trim the fans to clear mobo. This is very mobo specific though and would not give me enough clearance even with RAM modules removed. So I scrapped that idea and went straight to removing the harddrive cage, as I wasn't planning on getting an optical drive for it anyway.

Used the mobo driver disks to shimmy and remove the front panel to be able to mount the radiator where the old cage was.

Reattached the font panel using 4 velcro strips for 2 reasons. a) future removal for more possible mods and b) spacing to allow airflow for rad fan.

H60 backplate fits perfectly behind mobo and mobo tray. Even had room to route the cpu power cable behind mobo for cleaner cable management.

Attached HDD and SSD to rear of case using velcro, again for future removal and because the cage is gone there wasn't really any other place to fit a 3.5" drive.
Could have mounted SSD at front of case near PSU but due to power cable limitations of the included PSU, and having both drives was a must have goal for the time being, I mounted them to the rear.


Future plans

  1. Replace the ACX graphics card with a blower style card. Waiting to find a GTX 970 with titan cooler (they DO exist, just not in canada apparently) or the 960 when it comes out and if it has the cooler.
  2. Figure out better mounting for the drives. Preferably get a 2nd SSD with enough space to replace the 1TB HDD completely.
  3. Some form of fan splitter/adapter. Currently only 3 of the 4 fan components are being used (cpu pump, cpu fan and 1 exhaust)
  4. Higher quality fans, as quiet as possible preferably.
  5. LEDs? maybe
  6. Figure out a sturdier mounting option for the front panel, as it's secure but still a bit flimsy. Might add additional padding in the middle area to prevent flex.

Pictures
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





Sorry no build log pictures. Love looking at them, but I have never been the patient type and couldn't be bothered stopping to take pictures along the way.

Final Thoughts

Love this case. I know my name isn't really clever. Most builds I've seen have played off the Hadron Collider, or picked something completely different. Everyone's tiptoeing around it, but nobody went for it. That's my... Lil' Hardon. smile.gif

IMO the PSU cable lengths were fine for my components. The only thing that bothers me is that the 4pin for cpu cable has 2x4 pins, so now theres a 4 pin connector just kind of... dangling there. frown.gif

Edit: formatting. put pictures in spoilers. Updated temps....yikes on that GPU

Nice work man.. bummer about the fitment above HD bays not working out for you. Do you have the H60 fan set as intake with the top fans exhausting? Definitely recommend a external exhausting GFX card.
post #1232 of 2252
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Originally Posted by mayhemlee View Post

Got any photos of the ram and
Nice work man.. bummer about the fitment above HD bays not working out for you. Do you have the H60 fan set as intake with the top fans exhausting? Definitely recommend a external exhausting GFX card.

Thanks. smile.gif

Yup, H60 fan is intake, top is exhaust.

Two of the pictures had the RAM in it. Now that I think about it, they're pretty high profile. Regardless, I dont think even low profile sticks would have fit since the fan was already hitting the RAM slot clip at the top.

Patriot Viper III 2x4GB - link

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I'm looking to pick up 3 new higher performance and quieter fans, some form of fan controller or y splitter and make a decision on what rear exhausting GPU to pick up closer to the end of the month.
A GTX 980 is a bit out of my price range right now. rolleyes.gif
Edited by sconzen - 1/8/15 at 6:26am
post #1233 of 2252
would a cooler master v6 gt fit in my case?
post #1234 of 2252
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Originally Posted by ali97 View Post

would a cooler master v6 gt fit in my case?

Probably not.

From newegg.ca
Heatsink Dimensions: 131 x 120 x 165 mm

And according to the spec sheet found at this guide the max cpu cooler height this case supports is 144 mm.
post #1235 of 2252
Anyone own an Hadron hydro and also know how to design a cad for 3d printing? I got a 3D printer for christmas and I figure it might be a good idea to try to print out a replica of the rear and top panel of the hydro to try to convert my hadron air to the hydro lol. Im just not good with sketchup and etc lol
post #1236 of 2252
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Originally Posted by sconzen View Post

Probably not.

From newegg.ca
Heatsink Dimensions: 131 x 120 x 165 mm

And according to the spec sheet found at this guide the max cpu cooler height this case supports is 144 mm.
thanks man! biggrin.gif
post #1237 of 2252
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Originally Posted by sconzen View Post

Thanks. smile.gif

Yup, H60 fan is intake, top is exhaust.

Two of the pictures had the RAM in it. Now that I think about it, they're pretty high profile. Regardless, I dont think even low profile sticks would have fit since the fan was already hitting the RAM slot clip at the top.

Patriot Viper III 2x4GB - link

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I'm looking to pick up 3 new higher performance and quieter fans, some form of fan controller or y splitter and make a decision on what rear exhausting GPU to pick up closer to the end of the month.
A GTX 980 is a bit out of my price range right now. rolleyes.gif

Ahh gotcha my ram is more orientated to the middle of the mobo so have a tad more clearance then yours with high profile sticks.

post #1238 of 2252
If you want to remove the hard drive cage and don't have a drill, you can easily take out the rivets with self tapping screws and a screwdriver.

What I did was buy some 12 gauge phillips head self tapping screws and manually screwed them into the rivet with a screwdriver and a bit of downward force. Took around 10 minutes to take out all the rivets.
post #1239 of 2252
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Originally Posted by Pragga View Post

If you want to remove the hard drive cage and don't have a drill, you can easily take out the rivets with self tapping screws and a screwdriver.

What I did was buy some 12 gauge phillips head self tapping screws and manually screwed them into the rivet with a screwdriver and a bit of downward force. Took around 10 minutes to take out all the rivets.

You could have just used the screwdriver itself and spin it inside the rivet until the rivet falls out. I do it all the times. Saves money from having to buy self tapping screws.
post #1240 of 2252
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Originally Posted by ivoryg37 View Post

You could have just used the screwdriver itself and spin it inside the rivet until the rivet falls out. I do it all the times. Saves money from having to buy self tapping screws.

I'll keep that in mind if I remove rivets in the future. Thanks.
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