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Hello!
As I am waiting for the side-panels to come back from the airbrush guy for my Seahawks Super Bowl themed computer build, I though I would share another of my current builds with you guys. A special thanks goes out to OCN member note and his worklog, Golden Nugget as it has definitely motivated me to want to do a build in the EVGA Hadron Air chassis. Check it out if you haven't already seen it!

I'll be doing some minor case mods and trying to fit as much goodness as I can into the tiny chassis. I received these in that mail the other day. Well I already had the ram, but everything else is new for this build.



The Asus Maximus IV Impact comes with quite a few goodies packed in the box, but here are the main ones. Shown are the little soundcard, and the wireless/Bluetooth/msata riser card, and i/o shield.



Here are some close ups of the board. They sure did fit a lot of nice features on this tiny little mainboard!
Here's a shot showing the i/o panel connectors-



it's always nice to have an onboard power button! There is a reset button also, lil guy directly above the 'start' button.



Three of the (4-pin) fan headers are located up in the corner shared by the power daughter card and the i/o area, and the fourth is located directly below the 'start' button.


Edited by bob808 - 4/6/14 at 10:36pm
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Here are a couple pics of the 'Soundblade' riser-card featuring the supreme-fx sound system Asus has been pimping lately-





Here is the wireless/Bluetooth/msata daughter-board. I want to get a little ssd to plug into this sukka!



I'll be using the i5-4670k-



I always take a picture of the cpu socket ever since I received a doa board from newegg and they said that I bent a pin. Better safe than out some hard-earned $$. socket 1150 up close-



Cpu installed.

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Here's what comes in the box for the Noctua NH-U9B, a small heat-pipe tower cooler with 92mm fans.



Installation is straightforward. First you install the back plate...



Then you attach these curved brackets with 4 thumb-nuts. You can install them so the cooler fans blow either vertically or horizontally.



Here's a close-up of the heat transfer plate. Not mirror-finish but pretty smooth and shiny.



All that's left is a bit of thermal paste and then screw down the heat-sink. I accidently installed mine up-side down according to the Noctua logo...



No big deal, It's a good place for the case badge anyways wink.gif shown next to a bottle of Coors Light for scale.




Edited by bob808 - 4/6/14 at 10:40pm
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Here are the G.Skill Trident sticks I will be using in the build. 16GB of 2400Mhz with timings 0f 10-12-12-31. The red will match too!



I have to attach the fans onto the NH-U9B before I install the ram, otherwise I wont be able to get the wire fan clips where they need to go. Here are the instructions showing the clips pointing 'out'



This would have left me in a pickle, as they would interfere with the ram sticks, and I would have to mount the heatsink blowing horizontally with only one fan. Luckily I was able to have the bends in the wire fan clips point 'in' instead of out like it shows in the instructions. I would argue that it looks better this way anyway rolleyes.gif



The ram barely fits. Might just be touching, but ram heatsink height is not a problem in this configuration. thumb.gif
The top fan can't sit flush with the heatsink tower as it makes contact with the cpu power daughter-board as seen in the following photos. This will not do... I am pretty sure it would fit inside the Hadron chassis like this, but the fan color is ugly enough without having to off-set it like that guiltysmiley.gif





All wired up for some bench testing to make sure everything is working as expected. Here you can see the clearance between the lower heatsink fan and the soundcard. Again, very close but a great use of space! After this, I can say that the Noctua NH-U9B is practically made for the Asus Maximus IV Impact (besides the top fan issue).

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I have used this same cooler in my home theater PC that I put together about four years ago and it is a quality piece of cpu cooling kit. Noctua fans are my 2nd favorite fan (cougars are my current favorite due to their noise to performance ratio) and are built to last. I think they carry a six or seven year warranty, which is a testament to their quality. If you can stand their cream and brown color scheme, they are hard to beat!
Edited by bob808 - 4/6/14 at 10:45pm
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I got windows installed and updated on the Samsung pro 120GB ssd and did a quick overclock. I was able to log into windows at 4.5GHz and got stable at 4.4, but temps were a little high for my liking, so for now, It's overclocked to 4.3GHz @1.168 volts with ram running at spec. Max temp after IBT was 70c on core 1 with core 4 being coolest by 7 degrees.
Does this mean that I should try re-seating the heat sink? I ran the test a few times and core 1 always the hottest and the fourth the coolest.



Well, I'd say that I'm about due for some kind of mod since it says mod in the title.. what do you think?

As always, feel free to leave any questions or comments below. I make these build logs in hopes to help other OCN members as I have been helped countless times since I became a part of this community.
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Nice! How about some pics of everything in the case too?
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Those are coming later. I am waiting on a couple parts to arrive in the mail and I have a couple ideas that I need to think about to see if they will work.

So here is the first little mod. Nothing extreme but I didn't like how the top fan was sticking up so I decided I would fix it!

First I draw a line on the fan frame with a sharpie like a surgeon marking flesh before an incision. I used my good eye to judge the distance of where to place the line, basically as far as I could go and still maintain the structural integrity of the frame.



Using a dremel and a diamond blade, I carefully cut to the line, being mindful not to cut the fan blades. I find that the diamond blade works better than the (metal) cut-off disks, when cutting plastic. Afterwards, I use a file to straighten and clean up the cut.



I test fit the fan in place and it comes very close to flushing out with the top of the cooler now, but now the fan blade itself hits the daughterboard. Just barely. I decide to mod the fan blades a little bit. Here is the fan blade profile of the stock Noctua 92mm fan...



...and here it is after trimming the fan blades a bit. Hopefully this wont have too much of a negative impact on the fans decibel rating. You can also see the notch I made in the fans frame.



Now the fan sits at the correct height thumb.gif



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More to come!
Edited by bob808 - 4/6/14 at 10:53pm
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Now to fix those cream colored frames. After all, they will be visible front and center through the side panel window.

I tape off the wires and fan blades and remove the noctua stickers off the backs of the fans...



... and shoot them with some primer.



then a couple coats of low-gloss black.



Being impatient to see how they look, I remove the tape before the paint has enough time to fully cure, and nicked the paint in a couple little spots. Nothing I cant fix with my paint-pen or a sharpie.

Here are the painted fan frames.

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That pretty much gets you guys all caught up with my progress so far. Fan paint needs to cure before I install them back onto the heat sink, or I will scrape it off with the wire clips, and I am waiting on a couple parts to come from amazon.

More to come! Leave comments below tongue.gif
Edited by bob808 - 4/8/14 at 10:06pm
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your getting a rep for using noctua biggrin.gif and that rig does look small when sat next to bottle thumb.gif
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your getting a rep for using noctua biggrin.gif and that rig does look small when sat next to bottle thumb.gif

Thanks!

So here is the EVGA Hadron Air case stripped down as far as she will go without some persuasion- the beer is for persuasion, and for scale wink.gif

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I am going to remove this hard-drive/slot load drive bay, although I still want to be able to use the slot-drive optical drive...

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so I drill out these 8 rivets on the front....

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and the five shown in the picture below, then the hdd cage comes right out.

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I put down some tape on the hdd cage where I want to cut it-

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I make my cuts, smooth them over with some sand-paper and re-attach the two pieces with some little bolts shown here-

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Modified cage (now optical only) from the inside of the case. Arrows are pointing at 4 bolt receivers that hold the power button assembly.

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Weird! Right after I took that last picture, the bolt receivers magically disappeared!

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I was still freaking out about the disappearing bolt receivers, then some weirdo starts attacking my case with this rotary weapon!

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I took the picture for evidence and insurance purposes, shot the weirdo, and buried him in the back yard. Now I have this ugly round hole in the front of my case.
What am I going to do? Maybe EVGA will rma it....

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I try to fill the hole with this Chinese throwing star, and to my surprise, it fits pretty good!

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I decide to trim a bit of the case to allow for easier graphics card installation.

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The other side was already notched, but I notched it a little more to match the side I just cut.

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Here's what it's looking like in its current state-

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As always, feel free to post any questions or comments!
Edited by bob808 - 4/8/14 at 10:37pm
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