Originally Posted by whoanelly
Man, does that ever look pleasant.
I finished my build last night, what a royal PIA. I think I used every curse word in all combinations possible. The Noctua just eats all that real estate in there so you have to do most of your connections before you mount it in the case, and heaven forbid you forget to do something. (front audio pannel, F*#&!, Forget to flip the power supply switch.. Moth34F&*$!!) One of the biggest *****es, was my Asus 760. The PCB near the SLI connection really should be cut 45 degrees as it kept hitting the side of the case.
All in all, I would hate to have to go back in there now that its all together. I dunno, for a second I was contemplating just using the AXP muscle since I cant return it anyway, deal with the noise and save $40 difference between the Noctua. In my cold basement, my idles temps were hovering around 30C, I wonder under load in my media cabinet how it will do...
Also this is my first (and last) MSI board. Just found it flaky. Kept just showing a blank screen with blinking cursor every other reboot (no bios logo screen) After flashing to the latest bios its seemed to have stopped, but I much rather one of Asus or Gigabyte. Also the stupid Power Led blinks on sleep, not sure if this is common across all makes as I never really used sleep unless it was a laptop. My Zotac Zbox didnt do it.
I agree, this case is a ROYAL PITA to work in if you plan to keep fiddling with everything. For me, the issue is the riser card, you have to remove the entire GPU compartment. I wonder how well the ribbon riser cables work. Those could be a viable solution for those that are always fiddling around with their system that they can get to the mobo without taking the whole thing apart.
Originally Posted by Ice Reign
Grats on your build. I keep hearing the AXP-100 Muscle mentioned and if I remember correctly you are the second person to say it was noisy. Is this due to the stock fan or just the design of the heatsink? Is it not possible to replace the fan on the AXP? I am curious as I was leaning towards this cooler myself.
From what I can recall, the AXP Muscle has a 100mm fan on it. Trying to find one is gonna be a pain. The AXP-100 comes with a bracket that will allow you to place a 120mm fan on it. That is another thing that was a big difference between the two models.
Like I said early on to Jim in this thread, this case really needed probably another 1, 1.5, or 2 inches of height. It would of been perfect with AIO's and give more options with air coolers. Then there would be those *****ing and moaning that the case is way too big. Personally the ML07 should of been this, a little larger case with same layout.
Originally Posted by Nerix
I will use the AXP-100 Muscle. Is it possible (and recommandable) to reverse the fan with this cooler?
In that case the setup would be 2 intake case fans (one at the top, one at the bottom) and one reversed CPU Cooler.
hmm, could it be that I misunderstood the standard airflow direction?
Right now I think it´s pushing the air towards the CPU, not the other way around, right? In that case I wouldn´t need to reverse it.
Ok, so the standard direction is towards the heatsink (and you could reverse it)
Plus, if you have the fan pulling air up that will not do a good job of cooling the CPU as the radiator fins are not getting proper air. You are totally changing the positive air pressure of the case.
I think you will also run into a turbulence issue considering how close the 15mm Silverstone fan touches the fan from the AXP-100 if your side panel is used as an intake. This case is meant for positive air pressure setup to keep all your components cool.Edited by CaptainZombie - 4/10/14 at 8:47am