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Corsair 350d mATX build

by smikoczi



Date Published

Sept. 7, 2014

Date Built

Sept. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C


EDIT: This build is only a few months old but has a lot of new updates. I will be updating once I get a new CPU installed for overclocking.

I built this for mostly gaming and to finally stop using a laptop. This is my first build in over 10 years. Haven't built a computer since Windows 98.

Price had a lot to do with this build as I tried my best to keep it within a reasonable budget but constantly found myself saying, "an extra $50 wont hurt". I started out with an amd FX-6300 based build but I'm really happy with what I ended up with.

Please feel free to let me know what you think. I am still new to modern PC building and have only been doing research on products for the last 6 months. If there is anything you would have done differently, I would love to hear it.

EDIT: I've just installed the Be Quiet Dark Rock 3. Temps are great, looks are great...what do you think? I was hesitant to put it in because of its size but another late night online shopping spree pushed me into it. In some of the pics it does look like its resting on the graphics card but there is about a half inch of space between. It overlaps the first ram slot which i was not using.

I have two AF 120's and two AF 140's still to come. The 120s will be placed as exhaust on top and the 140s will be placed in front as intake. When that happens I am debating placing the dark rocks fan in pull, straight in front of the back exhaust. Any thoughts?

Product Opinions:

--Sapphire r9 280x (bought off eBay for an extremely great but risky price)- So far its running great. I've run all my games on max settings (borderlands 2, battlefield 3, titanfall, war thunder and --still more to test)

--NZXT Hue LED controller- Best $40 spent. The options are great, the lighting is great, easy to install and easy to use. I couldnt decide what color lighting I wanted so this was a great option for me.

--Corsair 350d The hardest of all pieces to pick. Im very happy I chose this one. The 350d is very easy to work with and has great cable management. The airflow is great but also has great options for watercooling. The case feels sturdy and the front panel brushed aluminum finish looks sleek. Exactly what I was looking for.

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TrevorHansen7 3 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

I dont know if you are aware of this but in the description you said you have a 290X but on the list it has a 280x.. just curious

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

thanks for pointing that out! it is a 280x

TrevorHansen7 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

NP, nice build +1

EpicBuhNana 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

what lights are you using to light your computer

TooGood 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

He is using the NZXT Hue.

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Im using the NZXT Hue like TooGood said. Heres a link: http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/98-hue-case-accessory

OneBigViper 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Just a little idea, try and tighten out that cpu fan header, maybe tuck the excess down the back of the motherboard to just retain the looks;p

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

haha yeah, its been bugging me. I didnt intend on having the stock cooler on for long. Ill be replacing it with a Dark Rock 3 soon but till then Ill take your advice and try to tidy it up.

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Much beauty, such stock cooler :P Great build. Looks stunning.

darielsantana 1 point 56 months ago

If you are buying the CPU cooler just for the looks then get a H60.

plgdg 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

With your soon-to-be upgraded CPU cooler, this will look great. Nice work :)

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

You won't get much use being you won't be overclocking. A Corsair H60 is all you'll need. It'll keep the CPU really cool and it looks great. The H100i and X61 are made for overclocking.

This is a very nice build. I'd like to see the prices on all the parts, especially the GPU. That card has probably been mined with which is the reason it was so cheap on Ebay. Pay close attention to the thermals.

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

The kraken and the h100i would definitely be overkill but I was pretty set on it when I originally was building around an Fx6300.

The h60 is a great option but my heart is now set on the be quiet dark rock 3. Its cheaper, quieter (21.1 dba vs 30 dba with h60), performs great, and looks pretty damn sexy with it's brushed aluminium finish and capped pipes. What do you think?

Thanks for the compliment, it's great to get positive feedback on something I've taken the time to build. I will update the prices soon

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

The Dark Rock 3 is actually $10 (USD) more expensive than the Corsair H60. It may be advertised to run quieter but AIO (all in one) liquid coolers are highly efficient. The fan can be run at a low RPM and still keep the CPU very cool while remaining silent. The Dark Rock 3 is a very nice looking cooler though.

Regarding the GPU: It seems this guy is credible so maybe the card wasn't mined with. As long as it's stable and the temps aren't skyrocketing you're fine.

Edit: spelling is vital

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Here in Australia (I am American but live in Australia) the Dark Rock 3 is $10 cheaper. Not much of a price difference either way so I'll have to consider both. I had my heart set on AIO coolers before I found the Dark Rock 3 so I will definitely weigh both options.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Dark Rock 3 is so sexy i can't wait to see an updated pic with it in! Aesthetically, yes, Dark rock 3. You aren't overclocking, so this is a decent cpu cooler. Tell us how the installation with that mammoth is!

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

updated to the Dark Rock 3! It was a bit of a pain to get in at first but that might be cause I've never installed a heat sink before. The fan mount is adjustable but I was able to leave it in its original position and just barely touch my hyper x beasts.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

damn son! looks good! god i want one now!

CDot 1 point 53 months ago

The RAM clearance thing is great to know; I'm considering a Dark Rock 3 build in a 350D as well.

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Glad I could help in some way. I highly recommend the Dark Rock 3. It looks great inside the 350d. The case has great airflow so they compliment eachother well.

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

I'd also like to thank you for the heads up on the Gpu. I got the card for $219 AUS on eBay with free shipping. The seller was credible with 100s of great reviews and the item was marked as manufacturer refurbished. I was not intending on buying anything but cables off eBay but when I saw this for cheaper than the r9 280 I just had to go for it.

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Would you put the prices manually as I get quite curious

asesnic 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Nice build, +1. I get that budget creep too. :)

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

ha yeah the budget creep was strong with me. It doubled what I intended on spending but WELL worth it.

asesnic 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Exactly. I had thought about my computer for about 6 months before I built it. I started with a budget of $600 and slowly crept up to $1500. Like you said though, well worth it.

Control 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Your build is one of the nicest looking I've seen on this website (especially w/ the dark rock & custom sleeving), well done. I have a question: why did you go for a Z97 motherboard if you weren't planning on overclocking?

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Thank you very much for the compliment! I picked a z97 board because it was the latest chipset available at the time. z97 boards are also compatible with Broadwell so if I wanted to upgrade in the future, it wouldn't be an issue. This is my first build in over a decade and I'm still doing research everyday to get myself up to date with all the technology and components available now. To be honest...I wish I had bought the 4690k so that I could overclock. I love my computer and the way it looks but the more I am learning, the more changes I would make. I guess thats all part of the fun.

Fr33Th1nk3r 5 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

you dont need a dual rad cooler if you're not overclocking. Your chip can't overclock.

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

yeah, complete overkill. Even the dark rock is overkill. I love the look of dual rads and the dark rock though. I will be upgrading and overclocking soon.

Downfallx 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Any tips from your experience working with custom cable extensions?

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Cable management is a *****. The extensions are great for a cheap alternative to having fully sleeved cables. They obviously add a bit of length that you have to deal with during cable management, but if you have the space than its not a big deal. My 350d is a bit on the small side but has great cable management options. Having said that, I had trouble routing these neatly with the PSU cables I am using. Further, I have been having power issues with my GPU and PSU. I am unable to power my pc while the GPU is plugged in. Not saying its the extensions fault but I have JUST taken them out to try and eliminate any power loss through them. I've seen it mentioned in other forums and Im just trying everything possible before I have to RMA anything. I am currently shopping for a more powerful PSU with included sleeved cables. EVGA G2 series is looking like a winner since they also offer after market cable options. Hope my rant helped and I appreciate the question.

Downfallx 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

What brand extensions did you use? I know that some sleeved cables cables that can be purchased from PSU suppliers don't follow a straight through pinout, which could be the cause of your issues. Im pretty sure the Alchemy sleeved cables are just straight through extensions. Corsair's aren't though, for example.

I would be interested in your findings in terms of what was causing the boot issues. Thanks for the reply.

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I have bitfenix's Alchemy cables. I really dont think they are the cause of the issue. I am going to pick up my new power supply today (hopefully) and see if this fixes the issue. Ill let you know.

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Just put in the new power supply with no change in results. PC will still not boot with video card in. I did however find a work around that involved me taking out the card, placing one stick of ram in, booting pc, then placing remaining ram and card back in. This worked. The unfortunate news is that I also got a spark and puff of smoke from the cards power connectors. I immediately turned the power off and looks like I will be RMA'ing the RMA replacement. Really, whats another month of waiting.

CDot 1 point 53 months ago

How did the video card replacement go?

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

After the last replacement nearly caught fire, the original buyer was refunded the full price for the card. He then asked me which card I wanted from the site (within refunded price range) and now I have a brand new Sapphire r9 280x toxic tri-x. So it went well :)

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

This build is only a few months old but has a lot of new updates. I will be updating once I get a new CPU installed for overclocking.

CDot 1 point 53 months ago

Forgot to ask--did you use a fan adapter for the chassis fans? I'm about to get the last components for my build with the same MOBO/Case and the case fans have 4 pins and the case has 3-pin connectors.

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

The motherboard has the ability to connect 4 pin fans but you will see the notch available to guide the 3 pin fans in. The motherboard itself only has 2 fan ports so I have an nzxt grid plugged into one port with my 2 front 140s plugged into that. Looking forward to seeing your build!

CDot 1 point 53 months ago

Awesome! I just got the last components yesterday so I'm hoping to finish the build this weekend or the next.

Hen_Ree 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago


I am looking into getting the dark rock 3 for my new gaming pc, what are your opinions on it in terms of cooling performance and noise.


Sirpz 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

The computer looks beautiful when lit up but when its not that pcb on the graphics card really throws me off xD great build, although nvidia master race :PPPP

smikoczi submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

so funny you should say that! I've since changed a lot of this build but haven't posted because ... I'm upgrading again. After having a pretty crappy time with a 390, i made the switch to a gtx 970 - WITH A BACKPLATE. I have a NZXT x61 installed in a h440 (orange but painted black - looks sleek), with white SSD's (painted) and just a hint of a white glow from front mounted fans. Its a little less in your face and more stealthy. Now, just to sell some old parts and get some new ones.

falsely 1 point 28 months ago

Hey, I was just curious, the height of the Dark Rock 3 is 160mm while the case supports up to 160mm. How did the fit go? How close is the CPU cooler from touching the window?