Also, I meant to ask about the desk lighting... is this connected up to the HUE+ or is it something else entirely?
It's frankly impossible unless you start doing custom length cables for everything. I recon about 80 or 90% of the build time for mine was spent faffing around with fan and RGB cable routes. But hey, that's half the fun... isn't it!?
I like it.
Let's be clear, this PC is complete ****! but I like the idea.
I'm now wondering how good a PC case could be made from basically just cardboard...
Very nice, but it's missing a nice glamour shot of the backside wiring... Maybe this one just ain't no regular ho! :P
Hmmm, lighting behind the front and top panels huh! :)
Excellent thrifting sir.
Shame the bar gets in the way, but without it you have a nice little future upgrade path to replacing the fans and adding 2 more for push / pull. With the right fans it might even look cooler than that bar, and actually be cooler too!
I think I might have to investigate this vertical GPU mount idea too, might be better for cooling. I've also been thinking that fabricating some kind of clear plastic square tunnel around the card with a 140mm fan at one end might be better at pushing air hot GPU air straight out of the back? A vertical holder might make this idea a little easier too? Has anyone seen anything like this done?
And you never know, some nutter will sell on their nice 270Z board on the cheap , just because the 370Z came out... You've left open the thrifty upgrade path!
Nice build! It's not my taste, but you went for a theme and nailed it. Got to respect that.
Since posting my build (https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/fFZRsY) I've also de-lidded my 7700K (also using same Conductonaut / Kryonaut combo) and REALLY glad I did. Definitely worth doing - my temps dropped hugely, rarely gets > 50 degrees C at 5 GHz.
When I first opened the IHS, I even noticed two tiny parts of the die didn't even have TIM coverage, must have been bubbles in it or something. WTF Intel! If I hadn't have opened it up I'd have gone for years thinking I'd just been unlucky with the silicon lottery.
De-lidding enabled me to extend overclock range from 4.8 up to 5.2, and I recon 5.3 should be possible, but at expense of too much heat and degradation. I've left it running at a 5 as more performance just isn't necessary and not worth the extra voltage / heat (heat = noisy fan profiles).
+1 for recycling and very much cheapness!
Only one way to find out, give it a go. There's nothing to loose as you already have the phanteks controller. If it doesn't work try something else. You can probably get away with using a pair of y splitter cables from the two corsair fan cables, and drive 4 fans directly from it. I liked the look of the thermaltake controller, and having lots of connections means I have the option to try every possible configuration, right up to having all the PC fans driven solely from the corsair speed. I've not tried that yet, but I'm slowly finding the Asus ez fan software a bit annoying...
Hi, I connected the rear and top fans directly from the MB (using a Y splitter for the top pair so they're always the same speed). The 4 fans on the cooler are connected to a thermaltake commander PWM controller (all 10 headers are 4 pin) , which gets its input control speed from the corsair AIO. The corsair H115i only has two fan connectors itself, and I'm now using only one of these to control 4 fans, with power supplied via the thermaltake controller. I removed the phanteks controller, but I believe you could still use it, 4 pin fans are backwards compatible with 3 pin headers, but I don't think you get the full range of 4 pin PWM speed control? I wanted 4 pin headers for all my fans, rightly or wrongly. Also the thermaltake one is substantially neater, and in a more convenient place for cable routes. Good luck with your build!
I wouldn't like to hazard a guess, might be able to find some spec online?
Can't remember the dimensions, but it's an Asus ROG one, came as a free gift with my motherboard from scan.co.uk.
That Dell monitor is amazingly nice. I know all the ASUS and Acer models get all the attention, but they're overpriced, IPS glow is a complete lottery, and I can't stand all the over the top 'gamer' stylings. Some look like they were drawn by me when I was 12!
They are really long strips, not long enough to line both sides, so I needed two anyway (and for contrasting colours). Only lining 3 edges meant the rest had to go somewhere useful!
Slightly worried about blocking some cooling on the front panel, but planning on increasing the air gap as soon as I've bought enough washers anyway.
It's an immense upgrade. I was pretty happy with my old system for a long time, as recently as Far Cry 3 it was still playing acceptably at near max settings, but more cpu bound stuff like Assetto Corsa was struggling at 10 to 15 FPS . Hoping this one does just as well.
All 8 lined up, but only after removing the separating plate and the drive bays below and allowing it to mount slightly lower.
I'm pretty sure drilling so holes a bit higher up would solve this, but then the top pair would be off the top of the mounting area, not that that would matter much I suppose.
Nice and clean, I like it.
It's a great case but still far from perfect. I'm not sure that exists. For all the variety there's a huge amount of terrible stuff out there.
Cheers. From what I've seen on this site, it's really useful to see why people make certain decisions and what difficulties people have. No point just writing "here's a PC wot I built" and expecting a pat on the back...
I know what I've built isn't exceptional - it's all fairly obvious parts and no massive modding efforts, but I wanted to build something well and feel like I've done it justice.
At the moment mostly Dirt Rally. Also spend a lot of time with Asetto Corsa. Project Cars looks really amazing, but I've not got into it so much - I got too used to the feel of driving Asetto, and with the harder driving sims there's a huge investment in getting everything setup just so.
I hear everyone bang on about how hard Dirt Rally is, how much of a hardcore sim it is, but compared to Asetto it's really easy to just pick up and play.
Witcher 3 looks amazing, but haven't had much time with it yet, sometimes there's so much depth it can be off-putting.
Also, loving a bit of Doom at the moment. If Crysis 3 was on steam I'd give it a look but I can't be bothered. I hated Crysis 2 after the first game was sooo profoundly amazing. Crysis 2 was probably the most disappointed I've ever been with a game.
It's a fair point - I'll be more tongue in cheek next time!
I wish it was one of my old Lego spacemen, but I think I've lost them all. I had to make do with a Lego racing driver, this one clearly modelled on Nigel Mansel!
That's how I felt when I first started looking - them sexy builds are expensive, so much more so than my previous build 10 years ago! This is why I went for the buy it bit by bit approach. I'm not saying this build is for everyone, but it's surprising what can be achieved without going all out with one big spend. You just need to be careful that you're getting stuff that's going to be flexible and compatible.
You should check out the video for Miami Nights 1984 - Accelerated
It's possibly to set this as a desktop using Desktop Wallpaper Engine! But possibly a bit busy for everyday use...
Thank you! Had it built for a while now, but then taken ages to get round to taking some decent pictures and writing up the build...
Thanks man. I think there are RGB ones now, but not sure I would have chosen differently anyway. It would mean more manual switches or another third party controller etc. Over complicated perhaps? The white LED's look awesome no matter what colour I set any of the rest to.
That's the benefit of RGB, not so that you can have vomit inducing spinning rainbows, but just being able to pick from a colour palette.
I've been through several different looks and themes, keep coming back to this one. Most of time turn off the near side LED strip, just for a more chilled out look.
Can't say the cable management was easy, it takes time to work out how to best configure stuff, and inevitably you end up needing different extensions / splitters etc. There's a proper vipers nest of wire tucked into the top compartment - but thankfully not in the way of anything and even my OCD stopped caring at that point.
Cheers man, kind words.
Hi, I'm considering building something similar. I notice the H115i isn't officially compatible with the 400C case. Did you have any difficulty or compromises whilst installing ? Would push pull fit with card clearance?