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Hi Boys and Girls,

I am new around here, I am looking to build a PC. I want it to be in a small form factor for travel reasons. Having said that I also want it to be overkill as I have a beast laptop now, but I have to be able to spank it to make it worth while. Hence the SLI config in the proposed build. I had previously thought SLI in the case was impossible without taking out the bottom internal fan. However after seeing this video build it looks like a possibility although very tight if it can in fact fit at all.
I have also gone with a LGA2011 MB for upgradability down the road, should I get restless (you know how it is biggrin.gif)



Case Silverstone FT03B MicroATX Mini Tower

CPU Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid

Motherboard Asus Rampage IV Gene Micro ATX LGA2011

Memory Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133

2 x Video Card SLI EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB





I'd love to hear you're feedback on this build and any suggestions you might have.
My main concern is if the bottom internal fan needs to come out I am really stuck with terrible airflow. So I guess my main questions are...



1) do you think both cards will fit keeping this bottom internal fan

if not

2) if it needed to be taken out, best cooling solution.

Thanks in advance smile.gif
Edited by TBoneSan - 3/10/14 at 1:25am
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You can always remove that angled bracket and still put two 80mm fans pointing straight up towards the GPUs.
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Two cards in SLI will fit, but I suggest you use the blower style cards( looks like you are) and remove the bottom angled fan as suggested for better airflow.

I have the same case and I removed the bottom angle fan and replaced it with 2 - 80mm fans. The case itself has provisions (screw holes) for those fans.
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 3/10/14 at 9:10am
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Thanks for your reply fellas.

I was hoping to leave that angled fan since it's the only thing blowing any air onto the CPU right ?

@Mark_thaddeus
Yes blowers are to go.
How do you get air to your CPU in your situation ? Also is their any way under gods green earth you can also water cool the GPU's too ? Also what are your temps ? any OCing?
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Also is their any way under gods green earth you can also water cool the GPU's too ? Also what are your temps ? any OCing?

You can use this to mount a waterblock onto the GPU, and the fan (along with cooling fins) takes care of the mosfets and RAM. Question is whether the pump and rads can handle them - in larger cases you can use a separate closed-loop for each, or a huge rad in a custom loop. Not sure how to go about that in the FT03, but I'd see if it's possible to use a single 120mm or 140mm rad (whichever fits wherever in that case), and along with a custom loop, a more powerful pump.
Edited by PM323 - 3/11/14 at 1:54am
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Originally Posted by TBoneSan View Post

Thanks for your reply fellas.

I was hoping to leave that angled fan since it's the only thing blowing any air onto the CPU right ?

@Mark_thaddeus
Yes blowers are to go.
How do you get air to your CPU in your situation ? Also is their any way under gods green earth you can also water cool the GPU's too ? Also what are your temps ? any OCing?

I have an NH-D14 cooling my 3770k@4.5 Ghz and there's really nothing blowing directly to the CPU (the whole heat rising and being blown upwards design works quite well) right now since I have the 2 80mm fans blowing straight up to the GPU (780ti) area. My temps are basically the same when I had my RV02 plus Hyper 212+ with an OCd 7950; low to mid 70s (in *C) when gaming for hours on end (Crysis 3 or Metro Last Light). Mind you this is at an ambient of about 23-25*C (AC room).

As for cooling a GPU, if you decide to use the H80i you won't have any way to watercool your GPU (without major modding of course).

I would suggest you buy the Eisberg 120L prestige since it's basically the same as the Swiftech H220 wherein you can expand and add another radiator to the loop since the pump is powerful enough. You can then buy full water (EK Blocks for the 780 are nice) blocks for your SLI and water cool them.

For the extra radiator, a 2x 80mm block on top of the fans below would work:

This one is 46mm thick - http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=28458

or

This one, which is 54mm thick - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9714/ex-rad-169/Black_Ice_GTX_Xtreme_M160_Dual_Pass_Liquid_Cooling_Radiator_-_Dual_80mm.html

EDIT: I want to go the H220 pump route and a 120mm rad plus the magicool 160mm rad I linked above. I'm hoping the 120 and 160mm rad would work for a single 780 ti and a 4770k OC'd.
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 3/12/14 at 1:13pm
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I was LITERALLY sitting here wondering what my machine would look like stuffed into an FT03. Subbed thumb.gif
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