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UPDATE 8/1/16 Based on a bunch of people requesting that I switch out the coolers for the GPU's, and the fact I got an incredible deal on EVGA's hybrid conversion kits ($30ish dollars each), both GPU's are now liquid cooled! :D
Though this caused me to have to change out the SLI Bridge, because the LED's no longer matched.
Then Corsair released their ML series fans, and those just had to go in....
AND because everything else went Black/Grey/White, I felt the cables had to as well (this also let me resize them so I have more space in the back which was nice). So without further adieu, I present Serenity 4.5! (I've attached pictures of this slight revision at the end of the above gallery instead of posting it as a new build. Enjoy!) :)
So, this is the 4th rebuild of my primary PC, Serenity.
Primarily I was shooting for a color matched, showcase build this go around to appropriately and beautifully (in my mind) show off my hardware. Previously Serenity was an all Black/Blue NZXT build, but I switched to 980ti's in June 2015, and the fact that they didn't match really irked me, so I decided on creating an Nvidia / Corsair theme.
The 5820K is overclocked to 4.5Ghz at 1.295v. The 980ti's are stock with EVGA backplates.
I use this build primarily for gaming and some programming.
New Part Info:
The only new parts in this rebuild were primarily aesthetic pieces, the sleeved cabling, the corsair AF 120's, the Lian Li PC-O8, and the H100i.
AF 120: I used Rust-Oleum 249104 spray paint to paint the rings green, they came out decently well, and with the blue LED lighting in the case they match decently well, but when the PC is off, the colors do differ a decent bit from the green on the sleeving, and the Nvidia logos. I'm considering repainting them, but they look well enough when everything is on and thats good enough for me at the moment.
H100i: I picked the H100i for this rebuild primarily because my previous cooler, the Kraken X61 from NZXT, does not fit in this case. It was a tough decision and I absolutely feel the X61 is the better cooler, but this one preforms well enough for my needs. I don't like how much the Corsair LINK USB cable sticks out of the CPU block, but again its manageable. The pump also tends to have rattle from time to time which can be annoying.
Sleeved Cables: They are custom modular cables from ensourced.net (not extensions!) They are absolutely excellent, I recommend them to anyone wanting sleeved cables, and I use them on every build I do. Their quality cannot be understated.
Lian Li PC-O8: This case is interesting to say the least, its absolutely beautiful and the footprint is actually quite manageable, I'd say even more so than my previous case the NZXT H440. Its most definitely a form of function piece though. This is the piece I would think most people reading this would be wondering about so I'll do a pro/con list of this case below.
Like I said previously, this case is gorgeous, the full metal build, the attention to detail, as well as those smoked glass panels are just fantastic.
Chamber Separation is well done, and thoughtful, there are grommets and cut outs everywhere you would expect them to be, making cable management a breeze on the front side.
The included LED strips (3) and their controller are nice additions, the design of the case allows for them to be hidden well, and light up the entire case. The cables are also quite long, so you can put them anywhere you wish. They also aren't mandatory if you choose not to use them.
The drive cage is excellent, and I wish more cases used this design, its quite modular and allows for you to pick the density of drives yourself, I also like the thumb screws used to hold the drives in place instead of latches, or sleds.
Attaching the side/top panels is a dream. The metal panels attach via pins so you just snap them on, no screws no fuss. I love it. The glass panels use 4 thumb screws each that are easy to grip and look good.
Air flow is awful, the components that could be passively cooled, receive 90% of all intake, and the parts that actually need that airflow, like the GPU's get nothing. Its unfortunate and causes them to ramp up quite high to keep temps down. This case is obviously semi meant for Liquid cooling, but the problem is there really isnt any room for that setup either, the back chamber is cramped as is, and adding radiators would only further that issue. edit After some additional cable management and shortening my cables on the back side you can easily fit a radiator in the rear chamber. Airflow for none liquid cooled setups is still eh but is fine for hybrid or full liquid cooling.
There is no sound dampening anywhere, so when the fans ramp up (which they will per the previous issue) you will hear it. This isn't a huge deal, most cases don't have sound dampening foam, but coming from an H440 it was something to get use to.
The LED strips use adhesive, and it doesn't appear that you can buy replacements. Per comments below it appears you can get replacements by contacting Lian Li support to buy them I ended up needing to move mine in the case already (to clean up cables) and I have a feeling Ill never be able to move them again without completely ruining them.
The case only supports 120MM fans, which was slightly unfortunate for me, as my previous case (H440) was mixed, and allowed for more part variation. Its a little complaint, and probably wont be a problem for most people but it was still irksome for me.
As I mentioned earlier, there's not a lot of room in the rear compartment for cabling. With the drive cage and PSU in place, there is maybe 3 or 4 inches between that cut off point and the front intake fans. This leaves quite the mess when it comes to cables. Be prepared to zip tie everything. I also really wish there was a dust filter behind the 3 intake fans to keep cables from getting pushed into the fan blades. As it stands if you're not careful your cables can push directly into the fan blades from behind.
Even with some of those cons, I really, REALLY, love this case. It's absolutely beautiful and it's pros, and looks definitely outweigh the cons. If you really like the case and don't mind its cost I definitely recommend it. Just take your time and plan everything out and you can make a true gem.
But yeah, that's Serenity. If you have any questions feel free to ask. (The last picture is of Serenity prior to this rebuild)