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Another build for a friend I put together in the past day or two.
The new Thermaltake C23 RGB case isn't even in the parts database yet, so I thought I'd put this up here for people to check it out. Most of this will be a case review.
The aim was 1440p gaming with a 144Hz G-Sync monitor which is on its way. In the meantime, it's just punching out crazy FPS numbers on his 1080p 144Hz monitor as you'd expect.
Firestrike score of ~21,280 at stock clocks, with good thermals in the low to mid 60°C on the CPU, and 70°C on the GPU at ~50% fan during the benchmark. Ambient temperature of around 20°C with air being fed into the case by two 120mm front intake fans with unimpeded airflow directly to the GPU.
Also, the GeIL memory I installed was 3200MHz, not 3000MHz like in the database.
The case was my main interest seeing as it's still new on the market. At only $119AUD and boasting features like a huge tempered glass panel, RGB lighting and support for 2x 240mm rads, it definitely piqued my interest. Unfortunately, no PSU shroud but I didn't mind showing off the EVGA power supply either.
Building in it was straightforward. The grommets are on the thin side, as is the sheet metal for the fan/rad mounting points on the front and top. I was baffled as to why they included flimsy snap-off 5.25" bay covers/support in the front (visible once you pop the front panel). The front panel is solid, and is connected by a soldered-on wire to the case buttons on the top panel to power the front panel lights, so not really something you want to take away completely as you'd have to cut the wire.
Also, the button on the top side to control the RGB was badly thought out, with a good 5mm of travel but diameter so small that you'd have to use your pinky nail to push it in deep enough to actuate. I also had it freeze on me once and stop responding to presses until I restarted the PC.
There's not too much room on the back side for thick sleeved cables especially if you have a lot of them, compared to, say an S340 with a shroud and the cable management bar. With 1 SATA (for his HDD) and 1 Molex (for the case lighting) cable from the PSU, I had to tuck quite a bit away into an unused 3.5" drive bay to make room for the 2x 8pin power for the 1080Ti.
Otherwise, it was good. For $119AUD or under $100USD, getting a case that looks fantastic with tempered glass and tasteful RGB lighting was worth it. At that price, you obviously won't be getting any 'premium' feel when building and may run into small annoyances like motherboard standoff screws not threading into the holes properly, thin metal in places, no front dust filter, etc. but so long as you remember what you paid for it, you should be OK.
It's worth pointing out to potential buyers that the lights can only display one colour at once with modes like breathing, fading in/out to colours, static, etc. unlike the marketing photos that show a 'rainbow' look.