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Black/Blue R6

by Havx027


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Date Published

May 21, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz


Hello everyone, I just updated my computer case after selling parts from my previous h500p build. My gaming rig was temporarily put in an older Define C with brown Noctua CPU cooler and fans. I still love the Define C for being small and well built, but it doesn't vent enough heat in that compact space; I will use it for something else later. I was thinking about waiting for the Lian-Li PC011 Air, but found out that the CPU cooler height limit is 155mm. I have a perfectly good Noctua NH-D15 running in the Define C, so no need to replace. I'm not a fan other brand CPU coolers since noctua's mounting solution is so easy to use (no wrenches- I'm looking at you be quiet!) My Asus 1080ti OC also tends to run a bit on the warm side, so I decided to replace the stock fans in the R6. I took all three stock Fractal 140mm fans and replaced them with Noctua fans to keep the continuity. I replaced the exhaust with a 140mm Noctua NF-A14 PWM Chromax, and the front intakes with 3, 120mm Noctua NF-S12A PWM Chromax fans. In the lower psu shroud I also added, 1 brown 120mm Noctua NF-F12 PWM (pulled from the Define C) and a 140mm NF-A14 FLX to pull some air up to GPU through the bottom vents. You cannot see the fans from below so it doesn't matter for the brown color. To give it a R6 a little color treatment I added a Noctua HC3 heatsink covers using a black and blue theme. I finished the case off with some black, blue and gray cable extensions and some phanteks RGB digital led strips (black three pin version) placed in the top and near the drive cages for some subtle lighting. I also had some Phanteks Halo rgb fan frames from my previous h500p build just sitting around, so I slapped those into the 3 intakes and one for the gpu intake shroud fan. Overall I'm liking the R6 a lot, it's quiet and well built. There is definitely more space for better airflow, so I am happy with the results. My cpu is also delidded and it hits 66C max @5.0 ghz 1.35v (testing purposes); I don't usually run this setup at 5ghz so there's still more adjustment with the voltages in the future. Let know what you all think, the rgb will not overly blind you and I'm digging the subtle lighting it gives off.

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Setec 3 points 11 months ago

If you haven't already, you should look into undervolting the GPU. It would probably make a much bigger difference in helping it run cooler/quieter than those two extra fans in the bottom of the case will. The fan directly underneath the shroud especially... you'ld have to run that fan at MAX speed to even have a chance of it getting any air up to the graphics card, and even then it's probably really not going to make any difference in cooling the GPU. The little holes in the PSU shroud are really only there in case anyone mounts their PSU with the fan facing up, that way the PSU fan won't totally starve for air.

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Hmm I'll think about the undervolt, sounds like a good plan. But wouldn't that defeat the purpose of having already purchased a OC version card? I think this case has already helped open up some airflow being larger with more intake. I've noticed a good amount of heat drop off from the card playing BF1 just recently.

Setec 7 points 11 months ago

If you're interested, just google Pascal Undervolt Guide, there is some great tutorials on reddit and youtube etc. It's really worth checking out. In short: by reducing the voltage being run into the chip with a manual voltage curve, you can actually gain performance, while running the card cooler and quieter and using less power. That Strix card has one of the best coolers on the market, and can be made to run near silent with an hour or two of playing with the voltages.

As for the case, yeah it was a good move going from the Define C to the R6. As great as the Define C is, it's just too cramped to get much airflow for high-end parts to stay cool. My point about the bottom intake fans was just that they might not really be doing much, if anything. In my Define R5, I actually got better temps and less noise by getting rid of a bottom 140mm intake and just using 2x140 intake and 1x140 exhaust, with the roof totally closed off. It just makes a better airflow path for front to back. In my experience bottom intake fans usually just add extra noise and turbulence that screws up the case airflow.

Edit: Also, the build looks great with the Blue Chromax accents!

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks for the feedback, I'll definitely look into this. As for the bottom fans I think you are right, bottoms fans will disturb the airflow coming in. Basically I got the idea from watching the CES videos of the Lian-Li PC011 Dynamic and Air versions, showing three 120mm's lined up under the video card. Since I've never undervolted before I thought it might help out having fans there. As for the Chromax accents, I kinda thought red/black was too overly done. I shopped around and saw psu extensions with a bit of blue and was sold.

Setec 3 points 11 months ago

Yeah, having every fan slot occupied looks cool in pictures, but it's not really practical for cooling/noise. At one point I had a Define S, with every possible fan slot filled. 5x140mm, and 3x120mm, all noctua fans. It looked awesome, but it was totally unnecessary overkill. Noctua rules, I just got the new NF-A12x25 fan and it's kind of incredible.

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Man that NF-A12x25 would be killer in a chromax line. I actually pondered getting 3 but at $30 a pop, it adds up quick, even for a noctua fanboy. I read they are making a upcoming 140mm version too.

Daystrom 1 point 10 months ago

Hi Setec, I'm planning a similar rig for a studio, but with a big beQuiet Dark Base 900 case with 1 fan in front, two in the back: I'm wondering about using multiple quiet-spec fans (like additional NF-A15's) using the "age volume of air very slowly" method -like what is used for recording studio HVAC methods. The idea being that these identical case fans would all be in sync, but running at ~300 rpm. The under-volting sounds great, BTW. Please and thank you...

arcadeforest 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Great looking build. Love the black and blue color scheme. That write up you did sounds just like my situation. I love my D15s and considered the Lian Li Air but without support for the Noctua I'm out.

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I was so hyped for the Lian Li Air until I found out the cpu height limitation. I researched and saw that the dark rock tf actually fits but I'm just not a fan of be quiet coolers so it's a no go. I've owned a R4 and R5 previously so I know that Fractal puts adds some great features in for their users, plus the generous cpu height. If you are worried about the airflow you can always pop the front the front door open and turn it up full blast, when you're gaming you won't be even looking at it, and close it up when not in use or want it more silent. It's a shame they didn't include usb c standard but I can live with that.

arcadeforest 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

The R6 is on my short list of new cases - as with what you had my current setup is in a Define-C. Great case just want something with a little more room. Build quality on these Fractal cases are great.

Mr_pro69 1 point 11 months ago

Hey Havx027 is there a way you could remove the monitor, keyboard, mouse and the headphones?

Wolf88 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Great looking build, color coordination is on point.

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thx Wolf88, I highly recommend this case for future builds. There was a promo recently on ebay for a free google home mini, so I bought the case off of Newegg's ebay store and added a case accessory. Free shipping for everything plus a free item that the wife requested.

Brooklyn_T0n198 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Its beautiful! I love the blue and black :) +1

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Veeery nice!

CaptinFapin 2 points 10 months ago

digging the color

TheDarkClucker 1 point 11 months ago

Amazing build! +1

calebzhou138 1 point 11 months ago

Great build, those chromax accessories look real good. Keep it up! One question tho, why so much storage

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

When I bought the hdd's they were on sale for a good price. I also prefer Hitachi's over WD and other brands. I also use them for storage for my Steam library, and other games I don't play as often.

EagleByte 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

That's still a lot of storage. Are you planning on turning this into a NAS some day?

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I actually have a plex/nas machine on my Ryzen build. Given the extra drive bays in this case it could serve as a great NAS platform in the furture.

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago


Mr_pro69 2 points 11 months ago

Gamers need much storage!

Mr_pro69 1 point 11 months ago

This is the best pc for price i see on here but is there a way to remove some things from the list?

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I could but it's a rebuild of an existing system. Otherwise if I just listed the case, people might wonder what's inside.

Mr_pro69 1 point 11 months ago

What is with all the fans?

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I took the bottom ones out per advice from a comment. The other fans are to keep with the continuity.

rbchnsky 1 point 11 months ago

Looks amazing im thinking of maxing out my R6 with 6 140mm fans and 3 120mm fans from corsair, but i was wondering based on your pictures the bottom fans are where the PSU should be?? Am i incorrect in assuming so?? where is your PSU could you take a picture of it?

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

The bottom shroud has room for 2 120mm or 2 140mm, but it will come in conflict with the front intake fans if they are changed. The product manual will give you a better idea of what I'm talking about, it's available for download and is well written showing all the possibilities. As for the psu it's just sitting behind the fan, the EVGA G3 is not that long. There is a good amount of room to move the psu cables off to the side and tuck them in neatly. I'll post a pic.

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I added the pictures of the psu area to give you and idea of the space around it. Hope this helps you out.

rbchnsky 2 points 11 months ago

Thank you very much that actually helps alot, now just waiting on my parts to get delivered. I appreciate, and great job on the build i hope you are enjoying it.

lge01 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Cool! Do you think that Chromax accessories are good for the money (at least for current Noctua fan users?) Just asking, I don't own any Noctua stuff :(

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I think they are good for the money, at least the main cpu cooler fans and heatsink cover. The NF-A15 pwm's and covers will come with all the necessary color combinations for future builds. I tried the stock rear exhaust fan before replacing due to some whine. Also I wanted pwm controlled airflow fans vs the normal 3pin stock fans. I could've put in 3 normal brown noctua intakes since they are not really showing, but if I ever wanted to use the open layout mode of the case then the brown would stand out. I just wish noctua gave the user a complete set of color rubber dampers instead of 4 of each color for the other chromax fans. They all come with a great warranty and service life overall. If in the future you decide to go with a big cpu cooler and chromax accessories, go with the NH-D15S, its cheaper, performs just like the NH-D15, gives better gpu and memory clearance for most builds.

lge01 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I actually don't have a desktop :(. On the other hand, I built one for my friend and he might want to upgrade his less-than-highest-performance Cooler Master 240mm AIO, I would recommend Noctua stuff for him. Also, my other friend has a 2200g cooled stock, and he might wanna get a lower-end Noctua cooler or at least Noctua fans. By the way, I'm a bit confused:

I just wish noctua gave the user a complete set of color rubber dampers instead of 4 of each color for the other chromax fans. What do you mean here? Just a bit confused. Thanks!

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

The chromax line of fans only come with 4 dampers (the corner rubber mounts to reduce vibration) of each color, red, blue, yellow, green and white. You'll have to purchase another set of colored dampers for the corners to complete the look (opposing side) if needed.

lge01 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I understand now. However, realistically, you can use colored electrical tape for the other side. I wish Noctua made their Chromax accessories 3d-printable for color customization and other options. Eh, oh well, better save up for a desktop before all this :)

HackathonWinner123 1 point 11 months ago

How did u get almost everything free?

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Items from a previous build.

rinsler 1 point 11 months ago

nice black and blue build

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It's so beautiful...

masterwolf44 1 point 11 months ago

Dammn thats some good deal i will make the same computer i never relazed just how cheap pc bulding is. uou get theses killer parts for the some as axbox one s.

Soulforger90 1 point 10 months ago

Looks fantastic. I also have the R6, and while I love the case I was totally disappointed with Fractal only giving you 6 HDD trays. I have mine as a media server and have more hard drives than I do trays for this case.

So if you don't need your extra trays, I'll take them! :)

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Hehe, I'll actually be using those trays. My plex server might get a new case in the future. Maybe Fractal can sell some extras? Won't hurt contacting them.

Soulforger90 1 point 10 months ago

FYI - Fractal is not currently selling the hard drive trays by themselves in the states. The reason I was given is that their suppliers / retailers here don't want to carry parts, but they are working on getting a solution here in the US.

They are however, sold on the german site and cost around $6-$7 a piece in either black or white. The shipping is what is going to kill most people - as it costs as much as the trays to get.

My plex / home server is now up and running with only 4 x 4TB drives, and they are filling up fast! Soon though, 11 x 8TB drives and I "should be" good for awhile! :)

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

That's a lot of space! It kind of sucks you can't get extra trays yet.

DeadVader 1 point 10 months ago

how did you get so much of this stuff for free?

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

You get a job, work, save your money just like everyone else. It's previously purchased parts from a prior build.

xxSwishLifexx 1 point 10 months ago

On the last picture you can see a slav straight out of the zone

gatorb8 1 point 10 months ago

Sweet build! I'm working on something similar. I like the cable extensions and looms. Very clean and aesthetically appealing. Where'd you get 'em? Again, outstanding job!

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! I bought the cable extensions from Amazon from the seller EZDIY-FAB


It takes some time to bend them into shape, they are little stiff compared to the paracord type of sleeving. The good thing is the seller gives a generous amount of cable combs.

gatorb8 1 point 10 months ago

Awesome. Thanks!

3ptmonster 1 point 6 months ago

Did you buy each accessory for the nh-d15 from the noctua site or elsewhere? I have been trying to find a set of everything I need but it looks like I have to buy each part individually :(

Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

I bought all of the chromax line from Amazon.

WalkerBoh39 1 point 5 months ago

Looks awesome. Nice job.

Kepmip 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Hey man its a very sexy build love it and the noctua and air cooling love too. I went with a red black theme in my air 540 with a dh15, i know its over done but dammit i like red haha.

Im keen on doing my next build in the r6 with a dh15 and Was just wondeing about the airflow and thermals with the front closed?

I always thought with the side slots in the front panel would limit airflow and limit cooling to the dh15 under loads and you dont want keep the front panel open all the time right lol


Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Hey Kep The airflow with the front door closed isn't so bad. There is a good amount of space for the fans to intake air. Of course if when I do extended gaming sessions I'll just pop the front door open and don't notice it at all. The one thing to keep in mind is positioning on internal HDD's in the fan area. I places my 2 3.5's in the top positions since heat naturally rises allowing cooler air to move upward, not sure if it makes a difference honestly but at least I know my video card is getting fresh direct intake. Lastly make sure the placement of your machine has room to vent heat from the rear; you'll feel it reflecting off if it's close to a wall (mine is near a window). GL!

Kepmip 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you very much for the reply and merry xmas

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Havx027 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeap I had the same dilemma.