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So here it is with all the hardware in my sig plus a few extras I haven't added yet. This case was not easy to build in. I knew what I was getting into but I didn't really understand it. I'm not an amateur builder by any stretch but this thing gave me a headache. I started working on it around 1730 Eastern time on Friday and called it quits around 0400 Saturday.. Picked it up again around 12 and finished by 1500. That included moving my laptop and rewiring, dusting everything, and taking breaks here and there.

The 3 PCIE extenders are very deceiving - they're double layered cables and stacking 6 makes for a rough bend behind the back of the motherboard tray. The plate for the SSDs isn't there - it wouldn't fit. The PSU is mounted to it's bracket using 4 motherboard stand-offs because the plug socket has a beveled edge that prevents it from sitting flush to it's bracket. The AIO I used (Tundra TD02-E) mounts to it's bracket which mounts to the top covering of the case which mounts to the case.... see where I'm going here?

At the bottom of the case just in front of the GPU is the NZXT Hue+. I used a couple layers of double-sided tape to make it stick and that worked. The LEDs are awesome - I'm a big fan of "candlelight" - it makes each LED flicker in a deep burnt orange and they flicker randomly from one another. It's a pretty good representation of candle. I like it a lot!

I also unplugged the LED header for the case "power on" light because that thing is like a freaking blue laser spotlight. It was too bloody bright and had to go. It's all still there - just unplugged from pins on the motherboard.

I'm thinking about tearing the back open again and working some better cable management and reseating the heat sink. My CPU seems to run pretty hot - around 42c idle. I used a small drop of the thermal paste I had stashed away - Noctua NT-H1.

I'm also considering reformatting my entire RAID array. It's been almost 2 years since I had a clean install and I feel like it's time for that again. You might notice the front SSD is labeled "1" and a couple of the SATA cables are numbed. "1/3" and "2/4" "D/P" for which drive and plug they were connected into and which end went where (just to keep continuity between builds).

Overall, the end result is awesome. It's a shadow of what Born built with his (I'm not ready for custom water cooling loops, and I doubt I have the space) but I like what I have. The Hue+ is incredibly entertaining to watch when you sync to audio. Main guns firing in World of Warships is awesome...Everything lights up with the BOOM! of my battleships!! biggrin.gif

Edit: The fans I'm using with the Tundra are provided with the unit from Silverstone. They are nice and quiet around 1500 RPM but as soon as they kick up the have a whirr that reminds me of a gas turbine and it's .. irritating. I'm considering some Noctua fans - any recommendations? I saw some 1200rpm units that are fixed-rpm; no variable speed.

If that's the case, would I need to set my motherboard cooling profile to "DC" vice "PWM" so fans are at a constant rate? Right now everything is on "Silent" profile so there is the possibility that it could all speed up if it gets hot.

Lastly, I'm going to move the heat sink cable from the little curly-Q it is now to somewhere along the motherboard and out of the way... Maybe route it under the bracket for the heat sink...
Edited by Dienz - 8/29/16 at 10:07am
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Wow, you have crammed a lot into that case! Despite it not being easy to build in, I'm sure you enjoyed the experience like me wink.gif

I really think you should put the 980ti in front to hide the soundcard/wifi, looks much cleaner like that. Also, paint the GPU red! Would look sick!

I did not need the Power/HDD LED as the VIII Gene has a SMLED for HDD activity and the ROG logo lights up acting as a power LED. My PSU covered the vacant hole, worked out great for me wink.gif

Your idle CPU temps does seem high for Skylake, When you re-seat the AIO, have the hose on the right side of the waterblock/pump, then have the hose hang downwards and around the RAM (instead for over the top of them), then back up to the radiator.

But man, there is a lot of bar-codes and stickers biggrin.gif, PSU cord, S/HDD Adaptor and PSU (although you can be forgiven for those due to warranty). Get peeling wink.gif

I see a lot of potential in your build. It looks gorgeous as it is but the fine details can really set it apart fro the rest. The blue cables and blue LED on the AIO are really an eyesore though.

If you really want to be fancy, you can lower the PSU like me, and use double sided tape to stick 2 separate stacks of SSDs (I count 4 in total right?) in the position where my reservoir is (in 'landscape' so the SAMSUNG text is up right).

I would not get Noctua fans (low speed beige ones anyways) for your build as they are very visible the way you have them setup. Personally, any fan at 1500RPM is too loud for me, but you can set the motherboard bios for a manual curve to stop the fan from ramping up. Regarding 'DC' or 'PWM', long story short: If your FAN has 4pin connectors use PWM, if 3pin then use DC. The Asus motherboards can detect the mode, so leaving it at Auto should be fine.
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Thank you for the feedback! I enjoyed the build a lot and I actually went through it again Monday evening and peeled a number of stickers / tags and rearranged some cabling. I don't mind the front HDD LED being on - it's nowhere near as bright as that blue LED... I actually looked at moving the GPU forward and adjusting the PSU location. Since I have all 4 expansion slots occupied, moving the GPU forward isn't really feasible as far as I could tell. The PSU and GPU would be occupying the same space and that wouldn't work either. I thought about flipping the PSU around but the mounting holes on that side don't line up with the bracket.

The blue sleeve is actually paracord - I did it with my original build using the FT03 and had never sleeved cabling before that so I wanted to take a crack at it. I personally like it simply because I don't have to look at 4 dozen wires of varying colors smile.gif

The Noctua fans I was looking at are limited to 1200 RPM and they're actually dark in color - no beige! Noctua NF-S12B redux-1200

I'm not sure what to do about the light on the heat sink. I haven't really found that it's bothered me much. The glass reflects a bit of my monitor and that particular LED isn't bothersome like the case power light. I did pull the heat sink and reapplied the compound - temps were lower this time. I used a little bit less than what I did before (grain of rice instead of a pea) and it seems to have helped.

I don't really feel as if I'm "done" with the build and I may go ahead and order 2 of those fans. The Silverstone fans are white with a black frame and they stand out. I might get some dark grey 550 paracord and re-sleeve the PSU.

Thank you again for the feedback, BornEvil. I'm thinking of some other cosmetic tweaks I might be able to do. Concerning the heat sink - would rotating it around like you suggested help with coolant flow or is it a cosmetic suggestion?
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The GPU can be brought to the front, if you have the extension ribbon cable run straight down and not through the back. Only thing is that the GPU will very likely run hotter as it will be right next to the side panel. It's really your choice, I am personally more form over function.

The grey NF-S12 is an airflow fan, the NF-F12 is better designed for radiators due to higher static pressure. The redux line of Noctua Fans are generally older models re-moulded in grey (i assume cheaper material) and sold at a cheaper price.

The NF-S12 will be fine for radiators as the difference will be minimal, but I would go for EK Vardar fans in that price range. I guess grey fans will look nice though as it will match the GPU. If you re-sleeve the cables in grey too it would look great as it will spread the colours around more.

Since the motherboard is the largest visible component of the build, I would just go with the flow and make it a black and red theme build. I know it is way over done, but being too forceful with another colour (such as grey or blue) might be hard to pull off.

About the AIO, the orientation is an aesthetics opinion only, does not effect performance. You can't really do much about it's LED unfortunately.
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The GPU can be brought to the front, if you have the extension ribbon cable run straight down and not through the back. Only thing is that the GPU will very likely run hotter as it will be right next to the side panel. It's really your choice, I am personally more form over function.

The grey NF-S12 is an airflow fan, the NF-F12 is better designed for radiators due to higher static pressure. The redux line of Noctua Fans are generally older models re-moulded in grey (i assume cheaper material) and sold at a cheaper price.

The NF-S12 will be fine for radiators as the difference will be minimal, but I would go for EK Vardar fans in that price range. I guess grey fans will look nice though as it will match the GPU. If you re-sleeve the cables in grey too it would look great as it will spread the colours around more.

Since the motherboard is the largest visible component of the build, I would just go with the flow and make it a black and red theme build. I know it is way over done, but being too forceful with another colour (such as grey or blue) might be hard to pull off.

About the AIO, the orientation is an aesthetics opinion only, does not effect performance. You can't really do much about it's LED unfortunately.

Hey man. It's been a few months. I've done a number of changes to my build since then! I sold the Silverstone AIO and replaced it with a Kraken X52. I replaced those fans with the NZXT Aer RGB and I moved the Hue+ control unit to the back of the case and adjusted the position of the LEDs. I pulled a few stickers here and there, cleaned up a bit, and also made all the SATA cables the same. I
would've used all black SATA but I didn't have enough, unfortunately. I kept the blue paracord sleeve mainly because redoing the entire PSU is time consuming (hours I just don't have right now) and I'm fond of the blue. It may not be color-coordinated but I like it smile.gif I had to RMA my ram around November - two sticks were failing. Mushkin hooked me up with a newer model that is a bit faster and has black heat spreaders.

I need to open it up again this week because my GPU RMA is coming and I'll wipe out the bottom for dust and probably fix up the SATA cables if I can buy them by then. There aren't any large computer parts stores around here.

I need to clean up the back a lot. I need to figure out how to flatten a few cables and find some better spots to move a few. I'm thinking about taking out all the cables for the front usb/headphone panel since I don't use them much at all. I have a 7 port USB 3.0 hub under the back lip of my desk that everything is connected to.

The CAM software for the Hue and Kraken is awesome. I have the fans and pump RPM set to Performance mode based on the liquid temperature. Lower and fewer changes in speed but the cooling is still there and they are whisper quiet. It's amazing. My only gripe is that the X52 LEDs cannot be set to Candle, where they will the flicker like the Hue+ strips and fans. I love playing with the CAM software and messing with the various light patterns. Spectrum cycle looks awesome for showing off. thumb.gif

What do you think?



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I'm looking to buy this case, and it looks like you could fit a full ATX board in there pretty easy. Could you give a measurement from the top of the mobo to the bottom of the case?
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I thought the same thing and bought this case yesterday. I tried to fit the atx board but is doesn't line up with the mounting holes due to the pci-e brackets.
If you want I could make a foto so you can see what I mean.
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@psychsome But it does physically fit in the case though?
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Yes it does but if you want to mount it properly you should pick up a dremmel to grind out a notch to make it alline with the motherbordstand-of's
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Thank you, that's exactly what I wanted to hear.
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