Description

Updated 26 Feb 17 with pic to reflect tighter cable routing and heatsinks on the M.2 SSD

What - My often tinkered with gaming PC now no longer has any original component left from my first build in Dec 2013. I made the jump shortly after the launch of the PS4. Seeing all of the upcoming games were remaster's and realizing I could play them today and at way cheaper prices pushed me over. Researching sales, tightening cable management and monitoring overclocks have become a hobby as active as playing the games I got the PC for.

Who- All me while weighing the input from r/buildapc, r/cablemanagement and of course PCPartPicker.

When- My first build was 2.5 years ago. I've bought and sold a lot between now and then to end up where I think I'll settle long enough to justify another build post. Future upgrades won't be Intel release's their rumored 6 core Coffee Lake mainstream CPU and Nvidia's Volta GPU's with HBM memory.

Where- Canada! So please don't grief me about all of the sales you see in the States that would have made the price's sooo much cheaper. This was/is an evolving build so a far as costs go I buy little by little every couple of months so sticker shock doesn't take me out. I buy almost everything locally at my nearest Memory Express who will price match, only a few items were ordered online where they lacked availability, like the GPU for example, which is still a unicorn here in the north.

Why- I'll highlight some parts and explain why they were chosen.

  • 6700k- A slight upgrade from my 4670k. Digital Foundries video on the 6700k's improvements to minimum frame rate played heavily on my decision as well as various benchmarks like at Gamer Nexus that showed hyper-threading was making a difference in games like Fallout 4. With Kaby Lake desktop CPU's rumored to be delayed into 2017 and no 6 core mainstream sku's until Coffee Lake at the earliest I figured now was as good a time as any to change up the platform from z97. I didn't opt for Broadwell or Haswell-E because I'm resigned to single GPU setup's now so no need for the extra pci lanes and instead I get the best single core IPC performance. I have it set to OC at 4.6GHz at an adaptive voltage, temps won't go past 50C in-game.

  • EVGA GTX 1080 FTW- Moved up from the 980 Ti. Another small upgrade that shouldn't be worth it to most. It's driving 1440p @ 165hz so I do get to see every new frame provided. It was another issue of timing, I feel I did pretty well with the previous GPU's sale, right before it's value fell off a cliff. I'm looking forward to getting a Vive over the holiday's so hopefully the 1080 can give it another boost worth my time & money. I also used to have a GTX 980 which went down as my favorite GPU, I really appreciated the power and temperature savings the G104 chips provide so the 1080 just felt like the GPU for me without compromise. The FTW OC locks in at 2050Hz after temps rise to about 65C where they sit pretty. RGB is pretty cool, I've got it in red for the pictures but it really doesn't come through as well in as in person, blue looks great too and I struggled between the two given it would better match my keyboard and mouse.

  • MSI M7 Gaming Motherboard- Got it at a fantastic deal which set me on the path to upgrading everything for the new platform. I'm well-versed in their bios and they have a RMA depot in Canada so I keep coming back to MSI for my mobo's. Matches the cables I already had and does a better job using my NVME SSD then the old Z97 board could (Uses all 4 pci lanes and doesn't take away sata ports).

  • Trident Z 3200MHz Ram- I prefer x4 stick kits just to fill out the slots on the board. I choose these over Corsair's Dominator offerings because they came in at nearly half the cost and had better timings at 16-16-16-36. They look phenomenal from the side view when I'm sat down.

  • G502 and G910 KB&M- I wanted a mouse with a tilt wheel that could click left and right for added key bindings. Works great with Chrome as I can flip between tabs. Got it before the Spectrum so I'm stuck with Blue, I got the keyboard a week later after I was so impressed with the mouse. They synergise well with Logitech's software and make a great combo.

  • Sound Blaster Z Soundcard- Got this along with the headphones, I saw a round up from PC Gamer that basically bashed most of the gaming headsets on the market, so I wanted to side step that and get the headphones I lusted after for years, the ATH-M50x's. I'm not much of an audiophile but I did want to give my new headphones something a bit better than on board sound and this card came with a small directional mic I was going to need. I later slapped on a backplate for aesthetics and it being red didn't hurt either.

  • 400C Case- After I broke down my SLI build I wanted a tower smaller than my 750D, which just felt so large and empty. The 400C takes all of my components and fits them in snug without much real estate wasted. The giant window with the swinging door is awesome in practice, I open that thing up quite a bit to blow out any dust or plug in a cable to my cooler to change the color.

  • H100i CPU Liquid Cooler & Fans- This CPU cooler was one of the first upgrades I made to my original build. Always appreciated it's simple look and now finally get to put the RGB logo to use. I always preferred the 240mm radiator size because I could use Corsairs SF Quiet fans, they don't make SF140's so I never went up in size. I'm glad I didn't now because it fits perfectly in the push/pull config I have in this case with room for one more AF120 below it. Rounding out the rest I have an AF120 in the rear and could fit two of my AF140's in the top. It's nice and snug on the roof of the case, if I need to unplug the cpu power cable I have to take off the nearest top fan to access it's port.

That's it! Please ask if you had any questions on what I touched on or missed. Rag on me if it generates discussion or send me some validation, I appreciate it thanks!

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 6 points
This is one sexy build. I love the color scheme, clean cable management and the LED. Amazing parts and well done! You have my one.
  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you! I really appreciate the work you put into your build logs, it makes me look like a lazy bum. I'm going to spend the evening going through them, they're a lot to chew on.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points
You are most welcome. Aw, thank you but no-no! You do not look like a lazy bum. I read your description and I enjoyed it very much. I truly appreciate your comments and your build.
Keep up the good work!

Yes. Some of my build descriptions can be quite, long. Normally, I do not expect anyone to read the large descriptions. It's always an honor when someone does.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points
Congrats for feature spotlight! You earned it!

* claps *

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Lovely build. Love how the cables match the color scheme.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a great build! :D I would just like to know why you put the ATX motherboard cable over top of the water cooler tubes. I think it would look better, with the cable tucked under, but I see why you would do that, since you couldn't really be able to see the custom sleeved cables.

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

There are a few reasons, I found the best way to get the rad tubes to run nice and tight was to put a single twist in before I screwed it down. Otherwise one tube pops out or sticks down further then the other. I don't like how the twist looks on it's own and the power cable will be cramped behind it, so I run it over the top to cover up the twist, show off what those cable combs can do and I didn't take any pics of the back this time but there isn't much room for whatever cable I do pull back.

I don't see anyone else doing it this way either (maybe it is ugly) so it's like my own little trademark.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok! Now I get where you are coming from. Nice build again btw!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

BTW Congrats for the feature!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, but I wish Sound Cards would finally come to an end. Well, not totally. There are some people that actually need them like producers and DJs and all. But people like you and I, gamers, its dumping cash for nothing. I had a sound card a couple years back now. Using my sennheisers and listening carefully, it sounded worse than the on board audio. The exception is if you have a low quality Mobo that doesnt have an isolated on board audio area, but we both do. It wasnt the case a number of years ago, but now there's just no point to them whether its your Audio Technicas or my Sennheisers.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I can see that. Another lame reason I didn't mention is that I just wanted the space down below filled, I feel like I should have went m-atx otherwise. It does make it easier to switch from headphones to speakers and the volume is noticeably louder, whether it's better I don't know. Sound didn't crack with either setup with the volumes I'm comfortable trying. The realtek control panel was trash tier on my z97 board, I didn't give this new one a chance.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow nice build! This build looks very very similar to my build. We have the same case, color scheme, ram, fans, etc. Feel free to check out my build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow you aren't joking, we're build bro's! That 1060 looks awesome, I see you had afterburner open, what kind of numbers have you squeezed out of her?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The highest stable overclock I was able to achieve with no extra voltage was 2062 Mhz (+110 Core). For some reason voltage control is locked, but if was able to adjust it, I could easily push it past 2100 Mhz. I had it up to 2075 Mhz (+120 Core) but I was having strange black screens in Heaven Benchmark.

The MSI card that I have overclocks its self out of the box on the over clock setting from MSI to 2000 Mhz which is insane! Also when I had the +110 Core applied, thermals with a stock fan curve hit like a max of 65-66C with absolute no noise from the fans whatsoever which is very good. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with how the card is performing.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautifully done. One of the tidiest I've seen on here. Very classy.

I haven't pushed my FTW past 2050MHz yet. When I adjusted the voltage to match a 100MHz OC I ran into a few crashes. Seems like +75MHz on the core is pretty stable for my card. 2037MHz.

Having an matx board, I find myself wishing for an atx board. You may want to SLI two 1080 FTWs someday. You never know. I know I'm considering it. I think the atx board was a good choice.

Again, superb build.

P.S.: I'm a fan of the "twist".

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yeah SLI may be in the cards some day, I now check afterburner's charts after every play session out of habit from my old 780 Ti SLI build. It used to be such a pain to wonder if they're both working then see that they're not and have to restart or start checking online for solutions.

If multi-gpu configs become the norm with dx12 then I'll definitely get another since this one's temps seem to welcome it. Buy by the time multi-gpu is easy with great scaling, the 1180Ti would probably be out and the debate would carry on.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I like the choice in speakers , headphones and soundcard.... I have the exact same setup ;)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely beautiful. Excellent work, and great description.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

this build refreshes me :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Rocket League AND Battlefront?!?! +1

Graphics card looks real cool. I wish I had money...

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I warm up with a game of Rocket league before I do anything. I really enjoyed Battlefront at launch but I haven't played since the community numbers plummeted, that was a Digital Foundry Youtube video I was watching while taking the pictures.

Yeah round of upgrades has got me frugal again, I don't go out much anymore now that I have a child so I have my PC to keep me entertained while I save my money back up.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Way cheaper priced games

Spends enough on a PC setup to cover the cost of all the games you could've ever wanted

Such is the life, of a PC gamer. :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha! But I want it now!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build, excellent write up. Well done and congrats on the feature!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! +1

Does the RAM run at its rated speed? I've asked a few people with high speed DDR4 RAM and no one could get it running that fast. Which brings up a question: why such fast RAM?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Yes out of the box it ran at 2133 so I enabled the XMP profile from the bios and it booted without issue, those timings are reflected in CPU-Z.

You're right to question why, in 99% of gaming applications 2133MHz is the sweet spot. I saw here that memory speeds were moving the needle in Fallout 4 a bit so I figured I'd give myself some wiggle room if it becomes a trend. I really liked the look of the Trident Z ram and the lowest I could even find was the 2800 at near identical prices. Since Newegg seems to be one of the only spots to provide them in Canada my choices narrowed down a bit.

I went for this particular set at a $5 premium that had slightly tighter timings 16-16-16-36 than the norm of 16-18-18-38 because I figured these sets would have been binned in order to justify the odd spec bump and if they're binned then perhaps they're of a higher quality. A lot of if's there but for $5 I'll take it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Soundblaster, can't beat that in anyway. Using the same audio card and I'm in love with it <3

Great cable management, amazing build and nice work on the color scheme! Congrats on being featured also :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build Jesso2k. Love the fact that you did all of this with the kiddy tool bench and hammer ;).

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha it became a problem trying to work on my computer with that there. My kid would yell "I help!" and come at me with the hammer. The computer only comes off the table is during nap time now lol.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh mine helps out also. He will be 5 next month and loves to help daddy tinker. Let em feel like they are doing something. My oldest is 20 now and he and I built his first pc when he was 16. Was a very gratifying time for both of us. He still has it and games on it. Keep those memories bro.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the few black and red builds I've seen that actually looks good imo...well done!

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for colour coordination

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Blue keyboard :O

But no cracking work. Simple and very clean looking, looks great. Cable management is top notch and the red and black balance is spot on. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Since we're talking about that favorite button again...

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build dude, the three fans at the front imo look strange but thats my personal taste is that gpu sagging a little, look it by a couple mm by the power connectors the sticker on the 950 is upside down :( shame

overall great build, nitpicks are just my aesthic idea :P

Also interested tube routing definitely a first I've ever seen, also genius

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yeah the 512gb 950 pro has its sticker going the other way, each mobo maker is different too. I thought about peeling it off but it's on there good. I adjusted the gpu a bit just by lifting it then tightening the screw at the pci slot. It looks right in my later pictures with the pc turned on.

The three fans are my jam though, I like to fill out space where I see it + the psu shroud looks like it's cut off there for a reason.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That's why I never noticed it on other builds (512gb pro) kinda sucks aesthetically

The gpu sag was only in the first gpu picture, tbh sometimes it's hard finding a reference line :/

Tbh imo and for pure aesthetic reasons I'd put the rad in the top, etc but sometimes can't due to spacing

I think the front free looks weird due to the radiator situated there.

I rate a solid 9.9/10 tho :p

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic work... Especially love the workbench, have one for me nephews as well.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I am building a somewhat similar pc with some common parts (http://pcpartpicker.com/list/GNcrVY) .. and wanna copy your design look... but also wanna keep the costs down as much as i can...

I was undecided on the Case...but after seeing your complete build... thats the case I'm going with.

A few questions: 1. Do you know of any cheaper source for the red psu cables? 2. Where did you get the white led case lights from? 3. Anything you would do differently in your build?

Thank you

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a very solid parts list. I see you don't have any 3.5' HDD's so my suggestion to you is to remove the drive cage and stuff in as much excess cable as you can, then use colored cable extensions. I've bought Bitfenix Alchemy cables in the past and they were great, there are lots of options though. Also, I see you're using an EVGA PSU (great choice), they do have cable sets on their website, the ones I have in my list wouldn't work and I think Cablemod would make some for that psu, but my recommendation on just getting extensions still stands.

Speaking of Bitfenix, the lights are Bitfenix 2.0 Magnetic Strips, they are excellent. Bright and easily reusable/ adjustable.

Differently? Hmm everything has it's purpose, some less useful then others. The amount of hdd's I have now is unnecessary, I just did a full reinstall of Windows so they're now all empty again. You'll be well served with what you have for now, don't add a mechanical hdd if you can help it. I got a pretty decent deal on my 5Tb WD Black that I want to use to archive all my favorite stuff but using it now after only having SSD's for so long drives me crazy when once in a blue moon it tells me to wait. I like the sound card but wouldn't recommend my friends shell out the money for one unless they were convinced they had a pair of speakers worthy of them that they'd be turning way up on the regular (I bought mine for the included directional mic more than anything).

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't plan on using any 3.5" HDDs.... All my storage will be mainly on a Synology NAS.... Removing the drive cage is a good idea...

On the PSU, I only want to plug in the cables I will be using... that was the main reason for buying a modular psu.....and the only cables that I believe will be visible are the motherboard and gpu power.... should I still look at the extension cables? or get the individual custom sleeved wires for those only?

The bitfenix led look sweet... and fairly good priced. Do you have 1 light? or multiple lights? 30cm?

What are your thoughts on the stock fans (case and cooler)? I want my computer to be silent.. but dont want to spend alot for just a few dB reduction. Should I use stock? or upgrade?

Thank you

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah I forgot to mention psu, you don't need to go overboard on max wattage, this psu is from an older 780 ti sli build I had. A 550w would suffice with this build. I like modular but semi modular usually only has the motherboard power and CPU power cable connected as permanent which you'll need and will be stuffed in the shroud anyways.

I still say go with extensions as long as you're not paying more than $10/cable, it'll make it easier to change up color schemes down the road.

Stock fans are fine, I paid more for "quiet" because I overloaded it. This case only came with 2 that are flat black, your cooler will likely come with another two a different color, NZXT's would be white while Corsair's are grey, up to you with that's going to bother you after color matching everything else.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey does the EVGA FTW 1080 card come with a backplate? Beautiful PC btw

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, nothing too outrageous but even has vents for some air to escape

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Mind sharing the details about the backplate on that soundcard?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Cold zero makes them, they spealize in backplanes for just about everything. Shipping was really quick from Europe to Canada with no hidden fees. I went with the plain one but they get fancier:

http://www.coldzero.eu/343-sound-blaster-zx

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Featured?!? My heart just skipped a beat

Yours skipped a beat? Mine just had a heart attack...

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and well organised story too!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. I am most impressed as your explanation as to why you chose to go with the 6700k and not the Haswell or Broadwell CPU for the xtra lanes as you did not need them with the single GPU. Gratz on the feature.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

1st the rig looks great, 2nd did you try to reverse the CPU cooler fan to exhaust to take the hot air out of GPU or it didn't make a difference

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU can more than handle it's own so I wanted that fresh intake air for the CPU. The air itself coming through is cooler has to be cooler than the temp on the cpu core so it's still decent air for the GPU, if I go the other way I figure the negative pressure might just starve everything of decent air flow.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get that desk my dude? Sweet build btw :D +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it's an Ikea Bekant.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Like a cool glass of OJ

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow what a build! Only thing I would suggest to people looking at the build is to not go with the m50(x) unless you plan on watching movies only (which they're excellent for). Too much bass + closed headphones makes for a frustrating fps experience, not being able to hear audio cues clearly like footsteps, positional audio, people reloading / drawing out knifes, and other little things. People should follow this if they plan on buying headphones and want something decent for any fps game:

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=145091632 (see the two links under "headphones" section for detailed ratings & explanations.)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'll blame the soundstage the next time a pro Genji rides my butt.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

HOLY BALLS THIS LOOKS NICE! Black and red always goes well together, thanks for helping me picture what my build would look like if i was to go for black and red. Once again, awesome and stunning looking build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice pick on the AX860 and not the 860i. I read a pretty exhaustive review on the "i" PSUs from Corsair and it didn't paint a pretty picture.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a 4670K aswell, wanting to get a 1070/1080 everyone says it will bottleneck with the 4670. IS this true since you say 6700 is only a slight upgrade??

Wanting to move on from 1080p to 1440p as i am getting the acer 271HU soon to suit the pascal card. Still doing research on if the 1070 is enough for ultra settings @ 1440p

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I had swapped out the cpu and gpu at the same time so I can't give a great comparison for you in terms of purely working with a 1080. I had a 980 ti with the 4670k, it ran great, 110 fps in Overwatch & Battlefront, 90 fps in Rise of the Tomb Raider & Just Cause 3.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn you did a great job with your build! You should be proud of it :-)

I own the same case as yours. Did you see any benefit of mounting a 3rd front fan beneath the liquid cooler?

My case is a little bit too dark at night and I would like like to purchase one of Corsairs new ML120 fans to add some extra light .

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly can't say but it can't hurt. I mounted them at the same time and didn't test with or without it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Monitor stand link?

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Much appreciated. Beautiful build, indeed.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you need that mant fans? I only have 5

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude this is sexy and deserved to be future and the 5 fans on the radiator is genius. I'd never think of that. That CPU is gonna be hella of alot colder. Nice work!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean build. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for producing such a work of art. My eyes are forever in your debt.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for blessing my eyes with your beautiful pc

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

why only 4.6 ghz?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I blew my first 6700k pushing it to 4.8 with 1.42 voltage. It was all good until I selected adaptive instead of override in the voltage control and it blew almost immediately at boot. It was under warranty so no biggie but I'm a bit tamer now. It's stable at 4.6 with 1.35v, I have to push it up to 1.4 for 4.7 which is probably harmless but not making enough of a difference to justify the voltage bump.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

well, good thing it was under warranty. I think ill be a bit more conservative with my cpu now since i want it to last a while. thanks for letting me know

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

what's the airflow configuration of those fans?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a handy pic: http://i.imgur.com/aG1eG53.jpg

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

ty for that

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Sooo freaking Niiice!!!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I love your build. It's changed my mind completely on AIO cooling. I've been wanting to start a new build from scratch and go with a custom water cooling setup. But it's just too much cost for me to justify it. I don't plan to super OC anything, so the AIO will be fine. Also, I'm so glad you have the white LED on top of the red scheme. I hate how so often people get a red case, with red parts, with red cooling liquid, with red fans, with red LED, with red cables, with a red tinted window, with red ceiling fan lights, with red carpet, with a red chair, and so on. lol It's nice to see builds with elegance. Not too much, not to little. Beautiful cable management. It's an inspiring build.

However, in the end, the best part about this build is your son's (?) tool bench next to your desk. Good dad!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much! I agree about the lighting, especially red, it just overpowers whatever you've got going on.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

You know, I've had this build in my head for a month now. I plan to basically steal your vision haha with a few upgrades, 7700k, Z270, and 1080 Ti Hybrid(with the radiator on the back exhaust) in particular. However, what I can't understand is the fans. I've never used custom fans nor any water cooling of any kind. I've had 2 custom builds and they were very simple stock case fans, with Hyper 212 cooling. It never occurred to me to do custom fans or anything. My question is this are the 2 AF120s for the CPU Fans on front of the Radiator (plugged into the 2 available ports direct from CPU Cooler), and the 4 SP120s/2 SP140s for rear radiator and front and rear exhaust and all 6 into the Fan hub? It's all confusing me because of the different fans and them all being 3 pin, so they have no RPM control, right? They always stay the same speed. Or I am missing something. Even having built my own PCs I am still completely illiterate on most of it. Also, is the Corsair Link cable optional? I don't see it attached and the logo is still red. I just want to make sure I get it all right before I get something wrong and overheat my PC.

I think I am making this harder on myself than need be lmao. I think maybe I'm just needing to know where all the fans are connected. That would clarify much of my confusion.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you say with a 1080 Ti hybrid?!: http://i.imgur.com/Fodrcdc.jpg

I've been working on it a bit since the last build log went up thanks to EVGA's step up program. I flipped the gpu rad fan around to be an intake after that pic though, found the temps dipped down from 61C max to 58C at load, for over an hour.

I get this question about fans more than any other actually.

I have every single fan going to the back of the case to a fan hub. Keeps the cables cleaner and keeps it simple for me, I usually opt to run the fans a fast as they'll go anyways.

So with that said, I do lose control of the fan speed. I opted to go with Corsairs lower voltage 'quiet' edition fans so they wouldn't bother me. I have plenty of fan extensions on hand to get them all to reach. The hub I use only take 3 pin fan connections and I do have a couple that happen to be 4 pin, so the extension cables help in the regard going from 4 -> 3 pin, then to the hub. And yes, your 3 pin fans can't be controlled through the motherboard.

The usb cable from the heatsink of the coolers aren't required. To make changes to the color it needs to be plugged in, but after it's set it can be unplugged and the settings will stick, even after restart/ unplugging.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

YAAAASSSSSSSSSSS!!!! And you upgraded to the H100i V2 cooler. I LOVE the red corsair on the side of the radiator. It's gonna look so great.

Thank you about the fans. All to hub, all full power. As long as they are as quite as you say, I'm good with that! And why YES, I DID mean that card! The EVGA 1080 Ti FTW Hybrid. Im so Jelly now. lol But yes, exactly how you have it in that picture is how I was planning. Wasn't sure what to do with the hoses though, elegantly that is.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

OK. As I said before, I was stealing your build lol. I have finally done so. First thing was first though, I had to mention your build as I completely ripped it off. If you feel like checking out what your build inspired, feel free. Thanks again for your detailed and well documented upload, it helped a lot with my decision on the new build. https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/builds/edit/?userbuild=cshypg

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you fit a second FTW? Im planning to build with the 400C.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes definitely, I'd have to move the soundcard to either jam between them or right above the top gpu. I'd likely just remove it though.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a build with SLI 1070 EVGA SC and a gigabyte Z170X gaming 7 motherboard, do you think it would fit in this case with the shroud for the psu and hdd's?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yes definitely, you're bottom gpu is going to end up with about the same clearance as the sound card in my pictures is getting.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I went with the phanteks Enthoo Evolv Atx Tempered Glass case instead. ABout as cool but not a white case.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the airflow?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the 400c come with the accent lighting?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I bought some bitfenix magnetic strips on the side. I know the Phanteks P400 does and that's a comparable price.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I was tired last night, but I should have said how awesome your build is!! Secondly, Thank you very much I think the p400 tempered glass is the case I am gonna choose. Kind regards, Chris.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering, what is that keyboard like (As in quality, feel and software)? I'm looking into buying it but I want to get another persons opinion before I do. Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd get something else. I use a ducky one now. The Logitech has nonstandard keycaps but more importantly I don't like logitchs key switches anymore. I use cherry browns now that actuate on every press the same way, the Logitechs are kinda mushy and don't feel great.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. They're there. The way the side panel is constructed with a black bar on the top and bottom doesn't do it any favors. I considered putting more lights behind the top two fans nearest the motherboard but it's just too tight.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe we misunderstand each other, here you go: http://i.imgur.com/rq8ykg8.jpg

That strip was always there, just didn't show up well in my first round of photo's. I meant that I didn't put another set of lights on the side closest to the the motherboard to really brighten out the top.

Love your case fans btw.

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