Description

A powerful but unobtrusive gaming rig. A windowless case with sound dampening, quality 140mm case and CPU fans, and a graphics card with a massive air cooler itself makes for a quiet machine that won't fill your room with garish light at night. You can take all those RGB LED illuminated components and shove them in a featureless black box!

The Noctua NH-C14S CPU cooler could probably be replaced with a tower design like the NH-DH15, though I'm not sure about RAM / PCI-E slot clearance. You'd probably get better front-to-back airflow thru the case but honestly even with the i5-6600K overclocked to 4.4GHz and torture-tested the temps never exceed 66ºC @ 20ºC ambient.

Running a torture test of Heaven & Prime95 together for a couple hours temps never exceeded 66ºC on either the CPU or GPU. With my fan curves the system (mainly the graphics card's fans) became audible but nowhere near obtrusive.

Overclocking:

  • i5-6600K overclocked to 4.4GHz
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming overclocked to 2025MHz where it stays stable. Nowhere near hitting power or thermal limits.

Performance:

  • The Witcher 3 @ 4k Ultra w/ Hairworks > 30FPS
  • Arma 3 @ 4k High / Very High is highly dependent on the map / server but pretty much always > 30FPS
  • Overwatch @ 4K Ultra > 60FPS

Part Reviews

CPU

Overclocked to 4.4GHz without breaking a sweat. Fantastic performance for the price and probably all you need unless you have a specific need for more cores.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my overclocked i5-6600K cool, quietly. Has an offset design that gives plenty of clearance for RAM and PCE-E cards. Very high quality construction and a well thought out mounting system that is both easy to use and very secure.

Video Card

Pricy but performant. Mine is holding steady at a core clock of 2025MHz. The crazy three-fan air cooler on this thing is gigantic (this is a 3 slot card) but keeps the chips cool without much noise. Under full load I'm nowhere near hitting power or thermal limits and the cooler is keeping the card at 66ºC with fan noise barely above a whisper.

Case

The only issue I have with this case is the obnoxious blue LEDs used for the power / drive activity indicators. Thankfully a quick go with a soldering iron and some red 3mm and 5mm LEDs solved that particular problem.

This case is heavy and well built. I particularly like the nearly tooless design (you'll need a screwdriver to change the front door's swing direction and to fully remove the 3.5" drive cages). The black, unadorned exterior and modest sound dampaning are great if you're interested in making your rig as unobtrusive as possible, given that it's not exactly small. The fan filters (for the front and bottom intakes) are both accessible from the front which is nice, too.

The cable routing holes all have rubber grommets and there is a deep cable routing channel, with velcro straps, running vertically along the back of the MB tray. There's a good amount of space between the back of the MB tray and the side panel and ziptie points are plentiful. All in all the case is roomy and very easy to build in with minimal cable clutter.

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Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I can go for simplicity

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the no frills approach to you build. Very nice.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it +1