-- The Chill Box --
Time to move my main build into another case! I learned a lot making a custom case from scratch
, and while it worked out mostly well, it still doesn't match the quality and finish of professionally made cases because I made changes to the design as I went along. This next build will mostly use parts I already have, but it will have its own new set of challenges.
So I'm going to use a retail SFF case again, this time the Jonsbo U2, or Rosewill U2 as I bought it from Newegg. The case is 99% the same as Jonsbo's just a lot cheaper ($67 after promo code), and there is no use paying almost twice as much just for different branding. So here it is, kinda. It's slouching down right now but I'll get more pictures in due time...
This build will be another step up from my last one, and yes I will be putting those rads in the case. I'm aiming for a quieter computer, better cooling, and best of all, awesome graphics power in a SFF case thanks to the GTX 970.
Also, did I mention it will be my first build to use hard tubing?
I want this to look a bit more flashy than my last build, with better consistency in color theme. The build will be dominated by pure aluminum and silvery parts, with blue coolant. Some of the builds that inspired me are Codename Mono
's very own Milk
(it should win MotM!).
Build specs as of August 2015
Motherboard: Asus Z97I-Plus
CPU: Pentium G3258 for now
Memory: 8GB Samsung Green "wonder" 1600 Mhz ram
GPU: EVGA GTX 670
SSD: Sandisk X110 m.2 128GB
HDD: 3.5" Toshiba 2TB 7200 RPM
PSU: Silverstone ST45SF-GCOOLING:
CPU block: EK Supremacy EVO nickel
GPU block: XSPC Razor GTX 670 water block w/backplate
Radiators: 1x XSPC AX 120 and 1x XSPC AX 240 in silver
Pump: Swiftech MCP35x
Pump accessories: Bitspower DDC / MCP35x Clear Plexi Top and Bitspower Silver Heatsink
Reservoir: Bitspower clear Z-Multi 50
100mm water tank
Fittings: Bitspower C47 fittings and Bitspower Angled Adapters
Tubing: Bitspower 12mm OD acrylic clear
Dye: Mayhems 15mL Blue
Fans (rear): 2x Scythe SlipStream Slim 1200 RPM
Fans (front): 2x Scythe SlipStream Slim 1600 RPM
While I know that the case will be stuffed like crazy, mods to this case will actually be kept to a minimum, if all goes as planned. I consider them more like add-ons really, since it might be possible without making any destructive changes to the case.CURRENT STATUS(start of the build)
I have only started to test fit cooling parts inside. My other components are still running in my custom case and typing from it right now. My fittings arrived today, and have placed orders on acrylic tubing stuff as well as the GTX 970. Things should start to pick up near the end of the week.