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☆ [BUILD LOG] ☆ BASEMENT THEATER 100" SCREEN | Coolermaster Elite 361 | GTX 970 | 3570k | IMPOSSIBRU!!!

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Finding info on this case or builds using this case hasn't been easy, so I've decided to make a thread following my build from start to finish. Maybe it will help someone who's considering a case like this, or already has this case.

I tried to keep this build relatively inexpensive with the goal being to exceed "next gen" console performance (PS4/Xbox One).

Component list

CPU: i5 3570k
*GPU: EVGA GTX 760 SC w/ACX (EVGA GTX 970 SSC w/ ACX 2.0 as of 1/8/15)*
Mobo: Asus Z77-A
Ram: 8GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile DDR3 1600
PSU: Seasonic M12 520w
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
PSU: Seasonic M12 520w
Case: Coolermaster Elite 361 (needed a case to lay horizontally while still fitting an ATX mobo and full sized GPU)


Stuck with ATX since I found a pretty good deal on the mobo


Onto the photos




The case

Coolermaster Elite 361 by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Got the mobo in, cpu, hard drives, psu, and fans. CPU cooler is the Corsair H55, and it's much larger than I anticipated lol. I'm still going to use it as I believe air flow may be a concern in this case with a full sized gpu. Cable management is going to be an issue as well, but I'll deal with that once everything is in.

Halfway there by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Ran into clearance issues with the power connection and the radiator. The radiator didn't have enough room to be attached to the case so I had to add a small spacer to the power connection. Spacer was made from a sheet of rubber I had laying around. It's not pretty, but it works.

Power Spacer by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Two 80mm Coolermaster fans will be on exhaust duty. The plan is to have the the radiator inside the case, and the fan on the outside (intake). Decided to do this because the fan and radiator together are 50mm's thick, there's maybe 30-35mm's of space in the case. I drilled...err mangled, a hole to pass through the radiator fan power plug. Need a dremel to clean up the hole.

80mm Exhaust fans by superkamikazee, on Flickr


And this is what the front of the case looks like. I'm using another 80mm Coolermaster fan here, this time as an intake. Had to drill out the existing threads for the front fan on the chassis, they were too small for the screws I needed to use for the fan. Hopefully it moves enough air to keep the hard drives cool, and maybe it can supply the gpu with some additional cool air.

80mm Intake PSU exhaust by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Did some measuring and it doesn't look like I'll be able to fit a 120mm x 25mm fan on the top door of the case (horizontal orientation). I ordered a Scythe Slip Stream 1600 rpm since it's only 12mm thick, and it should fit between the door and gpu if I measured correctly. As long as this thing supplies the gpu with the air it needs I'll be happy.

Scythe Kaze-Jyuni Slim by superkamikazee, on Flickr

Scythe Kaze-Jyuni Slim 120mm by superkamikazee, on Flickr

Next to a 120mm x 25mm fan
Half by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Got the radiator in
Basic by superkamikazee, on Flickr

14105262263_cf2e61e42e_b.jpgCooled by superkamikazee, on Flickr

Hard drives, waiting for the gpu to come in before I hook these up, waiting in case they need to be moved to make room.
Store it by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Silly fan. Didn't like the exposed blades, ordered a grill.
Cold Air Intake by superkamikazee, on Flickr
Edited by AveragePC - 1/8/16 at 5:52pm
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The projector for this PC

13898012237_005ec3b515_b.jpgEpson 8350 by superkamikazee, on Flickr
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GPU came in

GTX 760 by superkamikazee, on Flickr

GTX 760 Board by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Assembled.

Complete by superkamikazee, on Flickr

Tight Squeeze by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Ran into an issue, the GPU power connections interfered with the slim fan when I was trying to close the case. I drilled more holes in door, painted the holes so they wouldn't stand out as much, and offset the fan. The fan sits 2-3mm's above the GPU blowing air into the GPU heat sink and fans.

Scythe Mods by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Finished.

HTPC done by superkamikazee, on Flickr


Played Hawken for about an hour, max settings, used SpeedFan to check my temps.

p3gVTvC.jpg?2
Edited by AveragePC - 5/4/14 at 5:18pm
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Idle temps

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Fan grill came in today.

Grillen by superkamikazee, on Flickr

Dusty Keyboard by superkamikazee, on Flickr

Benchmarks by superkamikazee, on Flickr


This HTPC exceeds all of my expectations, it stays cool, retains a small form factor, and out performs next gen consoles like the Xbox One. Locked 60 fps, 8xMSAA with all other settings maxed out in Titanfall. I'm hoping it can out muscle the PS4 as well, I have a feeling it will thumb.gif, but I won't know for sure until I get a chance to play the copy of Watch Dogs I received with my 760.

So for the moment, it's safe to say I'm finished with this build. Thanks for checking out my build thread. cheers.gif
Edited by AveragePC - 5/5/14 at 7:27pm
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Nice build thumb.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon e5-1650 Gigabyte x79 ud3 Sapphire nitro r9 390 kingston hyperx blu 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
kingston hyperx blu samsung 840 evo wd red 3tb samsung 24x 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Ek Coolstream PE 240 MM Noctua NF F12 Industrial Noctua NF F12 Industrial Noctua NF F12 Industrial 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Ek Supremacy MX Laing DDC + Ek top res EK Zmt tubing Windows 10 pro  
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U3415w Dell U2414h Cm Storm Quickfire XTi - MX Brown Corsair rm1000 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Powermac G5 Dual case Roccat savu Razer goliathus Onkyo a9155 + Jbl tlx 43 speakers 
Other
Cablemod sleeved cables white RM 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel core i5 2415m Apple logic board Intel hd 3000 Corsair Vengeance 1600 8GB sodimm 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial MX100 512GB SSD apple superdrive mac osx 10.10 yosemite + windows 8.1 vm 1280x800 13.3 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
apple chicklet 85w magsafe alluminium apple stuff apple trackpad 
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post #7 of 36
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Thank you!
post #8 of 36
I'm building my setup just like yours. I have a few questions for you.

1. What was the rationale for making the H55 fan face inwards instead of exhausting?

2. Could you mount a Scythe 12mm fan under the H55 radiator to make it exhaust, or is there literally no room at all?

3. Did the right angle power cord that you ran from the PSU, through the case to the back plug come with the kit, and if not, can you tell me where you got it from?

4. Is the maximum width of the case a true 5.9"? I have exactly 6" to spare where I'll be putting my case, so this is important.

5. My video cards are GTX 560 Ti, I'm using 2 in SLI. It's about an inch shorter than your 760. Will I be able to fit both in the case?

6. Why do you have the slots covering the PSU vent? Are you concerned about PSU ventilation?

Thanks!!!
Edited by lldsandsll - 10/23/14 at 7:20am
post #9 of 36
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1. I wanted to get cooler air onto the radiator, so pulling in was the obvious choice. Next to the radiator are the rear exhaust fans, so any warmed air is quickly forced out.

2. There's no room. I made modifications to just get the radiator to fit as is. With the Scythe you'd have power cable clearance issues (which I already had to deal with as is), as well as mobo clearance issues.

3. The right angle cable came with the case.

4. I'm pretty sure it's right about 6", but I'd have to double check.

5. Depends how many hard drives you are running. As you can see in my photos the hard drive cables could be a clearance issue. If you only run one drive I think you might be ok. Running two 560Ti's make sure to keep an eye on temps. The single 560Ti in my other PC runs warmer than this 760.

6. Only one slot is removable, and that's for the optical drive. I'm not running one so it's closed. There are slits on the lower side to vent the PS, similar to the ones on the top left intake side. I dremeled those slits completely out to make one large exhaust port. I also made some duct work to keep warm air flowing out and not spreading to the intake side. I made that out of some aluminum flashing I had laying around and hot glued it to the plastic front. Nothing fancy or pretty but it works, and it's never seen. I can take a photo if you'd like.

I'd recommend not running an optical drive, I used that empty bay to hide my cables. Without that free space I'm not sure how I'd handle wire management, and air flow would be hampered a lot.

Hope that help!
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That's IMMENSELY helpful, thank you for the quick response. With respect to item 5, I'm running a single SSD, though I may add a high capacity HDD one day, but I have no immediate plans to do so. I may forgo the optical if I can't come up with anything clever for cable management, though luckily my cables are flat. I'll definitely keep an eye on temps and revert my cards to stock clock if necessary. As for item six, that sounds really interesting. If it's not too much trouble, I'd love to see a pic or two. Thanks again!
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