Originally Posted by xXMaGNuSXx
Just wanted to drop in and say hello. After pouring through the whole thread, I built the following machine:
Case: SilverStone RVZ01B
PSU: Silverstone ST45SF-G
MB: ASRock Z87E-ITX
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS 8900 Quiet Edition
RAM: Patriot Viper 3 16GB DDR3 1600 (only used one module due to CPU heatsink clearance issues).
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW
HD: Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB
GPU: MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC
Here are a couple of notes:
1. My CPU overheats with the stock cooler with temps reaching over 81C, when burning it in with Furmark CPU burning tool. After installing the Zalman 8900, my temps at load never reached over 70C. It averages about 55-60C when gaming. I imagine, if I installed another slim fan (<23mm or less) in the side case above the Zalman 8900, it would be slightly cooler. The Zalman 8900 was a steal at $34 and it's cooling capabilities made it a better buy than the M4 ($75+) and the NT06 PRO ($58).
2. Full height DIMM modules present issues with aftermarket heatsinks/coolers with my motherboard's configuration. I couldn't fit the Silverstone NT06 Pro, the Cooler Master GeminII M4 and the Zalman CNPS 8900 Quiet Edition. Since the DIMM modules were from a previous build, I couldn't return them and get regular height DIMM modules. I finally bit the bullet and removed one of my DIMM modules to get the Zalman 8900 to fit. I now only have 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB.
3. I configured both stock Silverstone fans as intake fans to the GPU (Had Corsair SP120 but they were too loud at full speed). However, the fan splitter cable didn't work too well, and only one fan worked (my ASRock Z87E--ITX only has one chassis fan port). I imagine, this is due to the fan splitter being a PWM fan (4 pin) splitter while the stock fans are only 3 pins. I had to pick up a 3 pin fan splitter at my local Micro Center to get both fans working. I also installed Corsair SP120 High Performance fans in the same positions, but neither the stock Silverstone fans nor the Corsair SP120 (both at full speed), could cool my GPU enough. I'm still getting over 81C on my GPU at max settings with a 1920 x 1200 res/monitor. I'm still troubleshooting this.
4. The case didn't come with any screws to mount the GPU support bracket.
5. I wish the removable side panel had a support brace in order to support an LCD monitor when the case in the horizontal position. The Alienware X51s had no problems supporting a monitor but with this case, I'm afraid to put a monitor on top while it's in the horizontal position. Luckily, I use my in the vertical position. Anyone use theirs in the horizontal position and have their monitor sitting on top of the case?
6. I wish the case had a removal section on the GPU and PSU side panel under the motherboard area. This would've come handy for installing CPU heatsink brackets without having to remove the motherboard everytime I had to test and install third party heatsinks and coolers.
7. The screws to mount the Zalman to the rear support bracket were a pain to secure, since the heatsink gets in the way. You either have to angle your bit or get a low profile 90 degree screw driver to screw it in.