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[Build Log] Blacked-Out Bitfenix Pandora x99 w/ OCN LCD Logo/Display

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Been thinking about the Bitfenix Pandora for your next build? Here's a great place to look to determine if any of your ideas may/may not work in your build. For this log, we're using the below parts for the setup. I'm going to post my stable overclocks next to the parts since I've had time to tinker in the BIOS. For the color scheme, I went totally black. Everything had to have a black PCB, black sleeving, and black shrouds. Logo LEDs are fine as white, but there's no internal lighting outside of lit parts.

Build Parts:
Intel i7 5820k - OC @ 4.4Ghz, 1.3v
Kingston HyperX 16GB DDR4 3000 QC @ 3024Mhz
EVGA x99 Micro Motherboard
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
EVGA GTX 980 SC w/ ACX, OC reset for new software
Bitfenix Pandora Case w/ LCD Display
EVGA Supernova 750w 80+ Gold
EVGA Sleeved Cables for Supernova (black sleeved, no exposed heat shrink)
Corsair H100i
ic7 Diamond Thermal Paste (won't apply until next re-seat)
4x Noctua NF-F12 iPPC-2k PWN fans for push/pull (Yay for black Noctua's finally!)
Razer Imperator mouse
Logitech G930 Headset
Asus PB298Q 29" 21:9 IPS, 2560x1080

Total Cost: ~$2800

Build Photos:

Long story short, the Newegg item descriptions were complicated and the wrong case would up at my house. This picture is moving from the non-LCD version to the LCD version. I pieced the first build together to test parts (left case), but ended gutting it and getting rid of the spaghetti cables and Corsair fans.

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The Noctua NF-F12's are black, better version of the NF-P12 (I think that's the clone). I was worried when I saw the brown vibration dampeners that it was brown/black, but no worries, the rubber comes off easily. I'm a huge fan of Noctua for build quality, sound, and static pressure. Some are Scythe Gentle Typhoon guys, the others are Noctua guys. Not really, maybe.
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Part-way there. Added push/pull of the H100i, seated the motherboard, and set in the power supply. x99 I/O shroud is missing as well as cabling (fans and power).
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By the way, if you're googling H100 and push/pull for the Pandora, I can assure you, yes, it works. However, if you include the hard drive cage (a necessity IMO for cable hiding and aesthetics with the window), you have like barely any space left. It's almost hard to see in this picture how little space you have.

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Added that sick-nasty, drool-worthy black shroud over the I/O.

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I cheated. Bought the EVGA sleeved cables for my power supply. Don't care. Worth it for like $90.

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Starting to cable.

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980 added, SSD mounted.

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Cabling and re-assembly.

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Added the side panel on. It still has the protective sticker over it. Second picture shows glossiness of the window, no sticker.

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Finished. Used that LCD logo for the OCN logo. Sweet, I know. smile.gif

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post #2 of 6
Hmm interesting, since I'm too much of a fan for 140mm fans, I wouldn't see myself moving into one of these, but it sure does look great!

Nice build! smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Duality92 View Post

Hmm interesting, since I'm too much of a fan for 140mm fans, I wouldn't see myself moving into one of these, but it sure does look great!

Nice build! smile.gif

I accidentally ordered 140mm fans on Amazon at first. Are there any tangible benefits to the larger diameter? I'm sure there's likely more air flow/static pressure, but I wonder what that translates to in terms of temperatures.
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Originally Posted by greydor View Post

I accidentally ordered 140mm fans on Amazon at first. Are there any tangible benefits to the larger diameter? I'm sure there's likely more air flow/static pressure, but I wonder what that translates to in terms of temperatures.

From my experience, good static pressure fans in 140mm are not common and usually are loud. I do however had a ton of different 140mm fans and 120mm fans. You could call me a "fan boy" (see what I did there?). I love 140mm fans and own exclusively 140mm radiators. I use 140mm radiators due to them having more surface area and from experience unvolting 140mm fans have yielded me quieter builds than 120mm fans. (based on my experience only).

120mm fans are still superior due to the fact that there are much more choices.
post #5 of 6
Would you happen to be able to take a picture of the front with mounting for fans? I want to see if it's modable for 140mm tongue.gif
post #6 of 6
What connector does the LCD screen use? Mine comes today in the mail, but I'm worried it won't work frown.gif
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