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That's an interesting choice for an exhaust fan, Juano.

I don't think choosing a non-reference GPU cooling solution is going to make that big of a difference. They'll perform at least as well or better than they would in a standard orientation case.

GPU coolers that are designed to shunt all their hot exhaust air out the top of the case are ideal for these cases, but just because a cooler is slightly less than ideal doesn't mean it will be 'not good.'
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Great review. For those who are having PSU issues you can modify (in most cases) the plug to be flipped over. This may void your PSU warranty so check first if you are averse to that idea.
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I've also decided on a replacement top exhaust fan because I believe the stock one only runs at 900rpm which isn't as much as I'd like, so I'm probably going to get this one to replace it with, and run it as fast as is quiet via PWM. It has an open design instead of the typical caged fan so I expect it will do a better job at exhausting air from all around the area rather than just directly below it. Being mechanically disconnected from it's mount via rubber and having white blades so it's will match the 120mms I will use for front intakes are nice bonuses all at a decent price.

Getting really excited for this build, should come together really well. Last part I need to make a decision on is the CPU cooler, I'm thinking the Silver Arrow so if anyone can confirm that it fits that would be nice.
I would definitely reccommend replacing the top 120mm, since the AP181's are noticeably louder than it, and it doesnt seem to move much air. The top fan is almost inaudible, unlike the AP181 which are little louder than i would like on low.

The Silver Arrow is 163mm right? If it is than it should fit, since my Noctua NH-D14 fits(with about 5mm extra room) even after adding about 3mm extra height from my cable management(wires are on top of fans). Keep in mind that there is extra space because the side window comes out a bit, giving you about 3mm of extra room.
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I don't think choosing a non-reference GPU cooling solution is going to make that big of a difference. They'll perform at least as well or better than they would in a standard orientation case.

GPU coolers that are designed to shunt all their hot exhaust air out the top of the case are ideal for these cases, but just because a cooler is slightly less than ideal doesn't mean it will be 'not good.'
What i was trying to say is that the non reference coolers(Twin Frozer's and other good ones) will have lower temps than reference ones, and with less noise. But if you had multiple GPU's with non reference cooling, than it may be worse than reference ones. The non reference would interfere with the airflow of the case, which is why i made that assumption. For example, 3 Twin Frozr GPU's would blow air all over the place. And if ideal is lower temps with less noise, which it is for some people, than a non reference may be the way to go with a case like this. Although you would probably want to plug the AP181 into a fan header to reduce their noise, or use something else(i dont know what else might work).
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Great review. For those who are having PSU issues you can modify (in most cases) the plug to be flipped over. This may void your PSU warranty so check first if you are averse to that idea.
You may already know this, but that was mentioned somewhere else in the thread(or my thread, or both, i cant remember). And with PSU's that have an "upside down" orientation like mine, you can remove the twist tie to give you the extra length needed to plug the cord in.
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Found a review of the case, it's not as good as what we already know from Balthazor though, doesn't go too in-depth but some may still find it interesting.

I'm still waiting on Amazon stocking this badboy, but it's getting more and more difficult. Nawon what site did you order your RV03 from and how did they take care of you regarding the damage to your case?
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Found a review of the case, it's not as good as what we already know from Balthazor though, doesn't go too in-depth but some may still find it interesting.

I'm still waiting on Amazon stocking this badboy, but it's getting more and more difficult. Nawon what site did you order your RV03 from and how did they take care of you regarding the damage to your case?
Balthazor's review is definitely helpful, but it only covers the things some reviewer may miss as well as other things a potential buyer may want to know. So i would advise someone to first read a review like the one you posted.

You said something about it getting more difficult, what is that exactly? I'm assuming your referring to waiting for the case.

I ordered from SundialMicro. They got a hold of SilverStone for me, then asked me for my serial number. They got the replacement parts shipped out, and they arrived yesterday(5 days to ship). Ill let you know if they sent all the parts i needed when i pick them up this weekend.

You can also get it from FrozenCPU. Check both sites to see which one has cheaper shipping. I payed $34 to ship to Ferndale, Washington.
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Balthazor's review is definitely helpful, but it only covers the things some reviewer may miss as well as other things a potential buyer may want to know. So i would advise someone to first read a review like the one you posted.

You said something about it getting more difficult, what is that exactly? I'm assuming your referring to waiting for the case.

I ordered from SundialMicro. They got a hold of SilverStone for me, then asked me for my serial number. They got the replacement parts shipped out, and they arrived yesterday(5 days to ship). Ill let you know if they sent all the parts i needed when i pick them up this weekend.

You can also get it from FrozenCPU. Check both sites to see which one has cheaper shipping. I payed $34 to ship to Ferndale, Washington.
Yes I did mean waiting is getting more difficult, but if Amazon ever stocks it I can get it with free shipping from them, next cheapest is $26 shipping from FrozenCPU. Glad you were able to get parts shipped to you instead of having to ship the entire case back and wait for a new one.
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Yes I did mean waiting is getting more difficult, but if Amazon ever stocks it I can get it with free shipping from them, next cheapest is $26 shipping from FrozenCPU. Glad you were able to get parts shipped to you instead of having to ship the entire case back and wait for a new one.
The parts that were broken on my case were removable, so maybe i was just lucky. Most of the case parts are removable though, so maybe they would have done the same thing.
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Balthazor's review is definitely helpful, but it only covers the things some reviewer may miss as well as other things a potential buyer may want to know. So i would advise someone to first read a review like the one you posted.
Until my career as a hardware reviewer takes off, this may change, but until then my review is little more than a user's perspective of building a system in this case and should be considered a supplement to the overviews provided by paid reviewers.

BTW, I've got my system assembled and some better pics taken. I tried to get my tri-sli system to overheat with a furmark-esque GPU program, and the hottest I could get any of the cards was around 87C. (72F ambient.)

That was with all case fans on low settings.

So I'd say it cools multi-GPU setups fairly well.
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Until my career as a hardware reviewer takes off, this may change, but until then my review is little more than a user's perspective of building a system in this case and should be considered a supplement to the overviews provided by paid reviewers.

BTW, I've got my system assembled and some better pics taken. I tried to get my tri-sli system to overheat with a furmark-esque GPU program, and the hottest I could get any of the cards was around 87C. (72F ambient.)

That was with all case fans on low settings.

So I'd say it cools multi-GPU setups fairly well.
Nice, you gonna post those pictures in the first post or here? What are your subjective impressions of the noise levels of the AP181s?
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