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Cat Proof Build!

by cmdr_flint

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Date Published

April 5, 2018

Date Built

April 1, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

5.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.987 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

12 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

I recently finished building my new gaming pc, in a nice fancy open/testbench style case (https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/zNYTwP).. great i thought.. job done i thought...

But no... less than a week after completion, Wifey goes and buys a cat!

The new arrival took quite a shine to my open case pc, snuggling up between the tempered glass and the motherboard, and sticking her nose into the radiator fans... not good for the cat or the computer!

So had to do a bit of an urgent redesign, essentially a quick case transplant into something more cat proof!

Went for the NZXT H700i, its a nice looking case and fits my original design theme of white accents, also the free included puck (magnet thing) gives me somewhere to hang my rift!

(since i already had the parts from the build id literally just finished, ive only included the price of the new case+fans for the redesign)

Dont think its quite as pretty as my original build, but no little cat noses are going to get stuck into any components and wires will go un-chewed!

Its a living room htpc/console replacement and is hooked up to the main living room tv (4k/50" thing), uses all wireless peripherals (wireless mechanical keyboard/logitech g602 mouse and an xb1 elite controller) i know thatll trigger some of the die hard "must have the best response time" types!

Got the 8700k clocked at 5.2GHz (@1.4v) and the 1080ti at a more modest 1987MHz. Everything runs nice and cool, cpu under stress testing (avx loads) hits max 85 degrees, gpu 65-68degrees. Not quite as cool as the open air case, but not bad for a closed box.

edit Bit of an update to the system, added a 2nd 1080ti sc2 since just before the 20 series launched, they dropped to sub £500, so it was a no brainer to go sli, rather than splash £1300 on a 2080ti. The last photo in the list shows the updated rig.

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OccamAsylum 15 Builds 38 points 12 months ago

-10 no cat pictures

ShreksHusband 15 points 7 months ago

That’s why it’s cat proof

donrwitt 1 Build 15 points 12 months ago

Very clean! Like how you routed the 24pin cables over the AIO lines. What was the final cost to build her? Enjoy the rig! +1

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 6 points 12 months ago

I hate to think of the total cost, probably around £3300-£3400 having brought 2 cases and chosen to build just as prices were at their peak. The original build was called the overpriced build for a reason;

donrwitt 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Hey as long as you love it! Blame the data miners for at least a grand of that total cost haha. Totally deserving of that feature spot!

RedwoodTech -7 points 12 months ago

*miners Data miner is a method of extracting data from source code and other interfaces

hi_im_snowman 8 points 12 months ago

OP, loving your two builds (cat and non-cat proof versions alike). I think you have a great eye for design and the clean cable management is just a superb finish. Great colors too!

+1, I'm quite impressed.

but the real question is: how's the cat liking the new build?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 16 points 12 months ago

Cat seems to approve, has slept on top of it more than once :)

MichealJoeden 5 points 12 months ago

I smell a feature

azerkoid 4 points 12 months ago

This is basically tech p0rn... You did such a great job with this build man!

bbogle86 1 Build 3 points 12 months ago

Beautiful build, and I can relate! I'm running an open case right now while I wait for some parts to arrive, and my dog has more than once displayed a keen interest in the case fans. Fortunately mine is more of a temporary problem :) gotta love em anyway though, right?

Nice work, my friend! +1

Sayliex 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Seriously beautiful build

poINtblank213 2 points 12 months ago

My kids keep asking for a cat, but there's no way I'm giving up my P3!! If it ever happens though, I'll probably do a similar transplant. Good job man, it's very clean and balanced.

tdwyer9 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Awesome build. Always great to see properly aligned, combed and curved sleeved cables. It always sets off my ocd when I see all these builds with sleeved cables and then they just leave them sloppy. Yours looks awesome.

AlexDMV 2 points 12 months ago

Need pics of cat. -1

Endriu 2 points 12 months ago

CPU dellided or not?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Not delidded :)

Endriu 1 point 12 months ago

Low voltage 5.1GHz (@1.31v) + Kraken X52 = max 70 => WOW :D I want buy the same CPU with Kraken X62, so I'm happy. Please tell me your review about X52, you recommend?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Yeah, I got really lucky with my 8700k!

As for the x52, it's pretty good, I did add another set of fans for a push/pull config just to make it as efficient as possible.

If I was building again I'd go bigger, either the x62 or the new triple 120mm x72.

skitz241 1 point 12 months ago

VERY LUCKY! Congrats, was shocked when I saw was not delidded, I know of builds with custom loops and delids with 5.1

skitz241 1 point 12 months ago

And also it just came to my mind but I suppose its too late now after all the hard work in making the build, but such a good CPU would sell for a great price over MSRP after just checking what overclockers.co.uk are selling their speed-binned chips.

Endriu 1 point 12 months ago

X72 is not available yet in my country - Poland ;( I want buy X62 ;)

maxthrottle 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Cats do not abide by the laws of nature.

MP3MAN04 2 points 12 months ago

I think you like blue

LonghornAlamo2040 2 points 12 months ago

cat/10 Needs more cats

EroanII 2 points 12 months ago

WOW! What an amazing build! It's really nice that you have RGB and white parts so that you can change the theme to whatever theme you want. Also AMAZING cable management!

arcadeforest 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Beautiful build - I love the AIO cables going under the 24-pin.

danielma21 2 points 11 months ago

HOLY MOLLY! This is a pretty darn neat build, the only thing that I would change is the rgb strip. I would put that son of a gun in a place that could hide it but still allow the lumination through. Maybe if you put some of those rgb fans on the radiator so that you dont need the strip to compensate for that area.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks man, I agree about the RGB strip, I have since tucked it away a little more.. in fact the case came with a built in RGB strip along the top, but it was even more visible than the one I fitted, so it got removed.

c018yc4rp3n73r 2 points 8 months ago

Best looking PC build I have ever laid my eyes on 10/10

285Tech 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

This is so DOPE!!!

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks man, was a lot of fun to build :)

Ameyer75 2 points 8 months ago

First things first... This thing is SEXY. Like seriously, you really did a killer job! Kudos!

AND.... I have a quick question. Did you sandwich your top bracket between the fans and radiator?? I did with my x62 and my computer hard locks while streaming and such from overheating. I just can't seem to bring the temps down without removing the plastic top plate.

Thanks!

EDIT: I just want to specify that the top of the case under load is really, really heat saturated. Very warm to the touch. It almost feels like the air isn't actually pushed out of the case because of the limited space.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks :)

I got the rad mounted in the front, the top is literally just a couple of 120mm exhaust fans. No overheating issues so far.

Judging by how the airflow feels outside the case, most of the hot air from gfx card etc is exhausted via the rear 140mm fan, the top 2x120mm fans just pull a bit of warm air from the area of the VRMs and ram sticks.

I've always worked by the (possibly flawed) theory that rads are best placed in the front as an intake, as they will pull cool air from outside, rather than pulling in air heated by the gpu and other system components. The air coming off the rad, even when under heavy cpu stress test loads is barely above ambient (+5 degrees max), so doesn't negatively impact thermals inside the case. But with a top mount, a rad will suck in the very hot air coming from the gpu and raise the liquid temp in the loop quite noticeably, potentially leading to issues.... all just a theory, but makes sense in my head :)

Looking at the available space, I can certainly see that having a top mounted rad would cause some airflow issues unless can somehow mount both fans and rad below the bracket.

Just snapped a pic without the front/top panels so you can see how stuff is set up in my case https://i.imgur.com/zTzdUgo.jpg

Scu84St3v3420 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Great build, very clean and tidy and high performance components. Great job on the accents, some people go over board.

Phildilf 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

I haven't read the rules. Are we allowed to curse?

Because, holy ****!

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks man, it actually looks a little nicer since i posted the build, added a 2nd 1080ti in SLi, kind of fills out the interior a bit more :)

sgallego 2 points 6 months ago

Well done - looking great! This build actually makes RGB work for me too.

NishPat 2 points 5 months ago

Absolutely Love your setup man! You've inspired other teal fan to make something similar. Hopefully I can pull of something similar since It is my first ever build. How long have you been building? Amazing touch on the white extensions cables. Upvoted, Thank you!

Steg-O 2 points 4 months ago

Hey! Really cool build. I started planning a build a while ago and this one inspired me. I am making my own build this weekend and I was wondering if it was okay if I credited you?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Good luck with your build man.

L.Kerr 2 points 3 months ago

not sure if you'll see this but i have two questions, one what did you do to the kraken to put on the white cable sleeves. and two what cables did you use to replace the stock ones?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago
  1. The white aio sleeves just wrap around the cables, you don't have to disassemble the aio or anything crazy. I used the cablemod sleeves that Jay is happily demonstrating here: https://youtu.be/T4Au4jXdQDw

  2. I assume you mean the braided flat cable at the top of the kraken pump? That was just some cheap cable sleeving i had hanging around and used to cover the stock cables, got it from here: https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/P01507.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpJ-YqY_v3wIVaCjTCh0IWAFAEAQYBCABEgLxRvD_BwE

AlphaArtax 1 point 12 months ago

It's a beauty but your PSU is overkill, 650-750W Gold is more than enough, and the choice of your Nvme is unhappy, the Samsung 250gb suffers from serious performance problems, it is even slower than a normal 2.5" Sata 3.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

It was originally intended to be an sli build, but current GPU prices kind of killed off that idea, I stuck with the 1000w PSU just in case I decide to opt for sli later on. The total power draw for the system as it stands is only 405W while under a gaming load, so yeah, I could have gone a lot lower on the PSU!

Hadn't heard that about the Samsung Evo m.2s though.. do you have a link/source for that info.. I'd like to know more :)

AlphaArtax 3 points 12 months ago

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-960-evo-nvme-ssd-review,4802-5.html

"The fact that we had to put the Intel 600p and Samsung 960 EVO in the same sentence during comparative analysis should be embarrassing. Millions of these drives will ship, and hundreds of thousands of users will be disappointed. The 250GB 960 EVO doesn't represent NVMe performance..."

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks for the link :)

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I feel like we've argued about this before. @OP I've loked into it too, the 960 EVO M.2 is a flop, better to go with 960 PRO M.2 or just 960 EVO 2.5"

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

I'll probably stick with the Evo for now, it was intended as my OS drive, but I accidentally installed Windows on the standard sata ssd (wasn't paying attention!).

The Evo m.2 seems to perform just fine as an albeit small game drive, at some point I'll probably upgrade to a larger m.2 anyway.

SirHalpin 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Sounds good! By no means is it a bad drive- it simply isn't what you should be getting for the price and the name. Especially when you consider its an M.2

Endriu 1 point 12 months ago

Please tell me, 405W is full power consumption? I want build almost same PC, but I want buy Dark Power Pro P11 850W. This series PSU have variants: 750, 650 and under this, but I interested only from 650 to 850 ;) Please help me choose right PSU. I want get only one GPU, but i want buy PSU, which power not be missing ;) I'm from Poland, sorry for my newbie ENG. Please help me choose right PSU for 8700K and 1080 Ti for full load. Thank you.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

A 650W PSU would be just fine with these components.

My 405w power draw is with everything overclocked, if I run everything stock, the draw is around 340w.

Endriu 2 points 12 months ago

Thank you my friend ;)

hi_im_snowman 2 points 12 months ago

Links to substantiate your nvme claims?

I have the exact same nvme drive and all tests (analytical or anecdotal) I can muster put it firmly in the top tier. I have precisely no idea what you've tested to claim that "it is even slower than a normal 2.5" Sata 3."

(x) Doubt.

AlphaArtax 1 point 12 months ago

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-960-evo-nvme-ssd-review,4802-5.html

"The fact that we had to put the Intel 600p and Samsung 960 EVO in the same sentence during comparative analysis should be embarrassing. Millions of these drives will ship, and hundreds of thousands of users will be disappointed. The 250GB 960 EVO doesn't represent NVMe performance..."

hi_im_snowman 1 point 12 months ago

Look, while I have all the respect in the world for Tom's Hardware, I still have no idea what the data is they're using to make these claims. For good measure, I've just retested my 6 drives (nvme, ssd, hdd's) with Crystal Disk Mark 6.0.0 x64 and the results seem pretty clear.

Here are results for nvme vs ssd:

I'll let you guess which one is the nvme.

I'm more than open to changing my mind... when there's data to back it up. :\

AlphaArtax 1 point 12 months ago

250GB Benchmark Results:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-960-evo-nvme-ssd-review,4802-4.html

It is evident that the Tom's Hardware tests are much more detailed and complete than the simple use of Crystal Disk Mark.

hi_im_snowman 1 point 12 months ago

Intriguing, will read thoroughly, thanks for the link

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WhoIsWORM 2 points 12 months ago

My wallet begs to differ

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WhoIsWORM 2 points 12 months ago

It means unless you're planning on a major upgrade in the near future, you're wasting money.

Velcade 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build! What keyboard are you using? Love the ice blue lighting, I went the same with my recent build.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

It's called a Drevo Calibur RGB, about £50 from Amazon. Mechanical switches (although not cherry MX) connects via Bluetooth, it does just fine for typing stuff like this, but I mostly use the controller for gaming. It does have nice RGB lighting to match the pc though :)

jscott0524 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Very nice build!

bewo83 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Really nice build!

HazelRelic 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome Computer i love the RGB lighting. This build looks purrfect haha. I also wanted to ask how does the Oculas work? is it a good VR headset?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

The oculus is pretty good, but it does make me a bit motion sick after a while, I can manage about 45min at a time before I need to take a break. Some folks have better tolerance to vr though and can use it for hours with no ill effects.

I've tried the HTC Vive (the alternative to oculus), which is a bit heavier and more expensive, the general vr experience was about the same though.

HazelRelic 1 point 12 months ago

thank you for your response i was just wandering cause i am looking at getting either a htc vive or a oculas

Timjk10 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome build and I love how nobody noticed the Jack Daniels

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Don't think anyone noticed the bottle of Bulliet whiskey in my previous build pics either.. just a little bottle to celebrate a finished build ;)

bladd12001 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I had changed my case for a similar reason, but mine was related to cat hair accumulation inside the PC case I had been using.

PcBuildingNo-body 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

BEAUTIFUL RGB

nicrm2007 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Where did you get that hook for the Oculus Headset?? I need to get one of those!

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It's an nzxt "puck", came free with the case, but you can buy them separately https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?k=nzxt+puck

Ksimas11 1 point 12 months ago

I like how the SSD is mounted on the side. Did you need a bracket for your Samsung SSD to be placed on the side like that? Or did the case come with the bracket already?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

The case came with it, it clips off quite easily.

Endriu 1 point 12 months ago

Ones of my favourite build ;) Awesome and beautiful.

scarfxce 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

The kraken, h700i, and white aio sleeving is such a sweet combo. Seen it a couple times and I'm in love

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Single barrel JD, I approve +1for that.

Oh and great looking pc also ;) hope seriously, flawless work and pics look great. The blue looks real nice.

Splatterlord 1 point 12 months ago

beauty

Yahtadi 1 point 12 months ago

"Got the 8700k clocked at 5.1GHz (@1.31v)". holy cow.. That Aorus gaming 7 can do that? is that mobo any good?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It's a higher end z370 board, on par with the Asus ROG maximus hero X, although not as high end as the crazy MSI godlike board.

+It does help that I got crazy lucky with my 8700k, the vast majority would require 1.4v+ to reach 5.1GHz.

Yahtadi 1 point 12 months ago

Exactly. As far as i know.. Higher-end board is just bulcrap marketing gimmick, thing is you just got a nice chip. A real nice one

felohany 1 point 12 months ago

if you're looking for lower temps for the gpu, get the evga liquid cooled kit for the 1080 ti, depending on ur room temps the gpu will barely hit the 50

Merisal 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Don't drink and play :D

Looks very nice and clean.

Jasiula16 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

The name made me chuckle, my cat also fans his *** on the top of my case fans. ******* +1

WhoIsWORM 1 point 12 months ago

I love having nowhere for the case to breathe! Great choice!

Liera21 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Clean build, great job routing the cooler hoses and the light theme reminds me of Tron! Awesome stuffs!

If you ever want to get back to your test bench, you can cat-proof it by creating a custom plexi-glass cover with covered sides, you can leave the bottom open and maybe grille/fan openings on sides, there are many possibilities with the P3.

aalyo_21 1 point 12 months ago

God said not to envy. He obviously had not seen your build.

MantaBaby 1 point 12 months ago

Sweet build my guy. You could've added a skin on your samsung ssd. Aside from that, its a beauty.

jushui 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Love it!

Just watch out not to get sunlight in the Oculus lenses!!!

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

I did wonder if UV light would damage the plastic lenses in any way, I may rest the polishing cloth in there just to cover them a bit.. not like I use the rift much though.. I get seasick after about 45min!

chinamanch 6 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

where is the putty cat ??

WyrmWolf130 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Saxy!

KYBL 1 point 12 months ago

Three not so serious questions about the Jack: - Drunken build? - Alternative water coolant? - Cat repellent?

Great looking build. Having the AIO tubing go under the 24 pin and the USB 3 cable is such a simplistic, but great cable management option. Don't know why I ever thought of that!

ziggurat666 7 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Wives;

The main hurdle of PC Builders since day 1.

R.I.P. Open Case, but beautiful move, very nice. +1

elgafen 1 point 12 months ago

the h700i dwarfs any graphics card. Regardless a very clean build though.

nebel512 1 point 12 months ago

Ooo pretty colors

snipermantis 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

While i'm seriously not a fan of rgb lights in my builds, the blue on this may just change my mind, instantly thought of Tron +1

Skilful 1 point 12 months ago

A very clean build.

Yuuri 1 point 12 months ago

THATS SO COOOL Bro

watever44 1 point 12 months ago

Nice What keyboard are you using ?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It's a not a big brand one or anything, it's called a Drevo Calibur RGB, was about £50 from Amazon :)

teshmoney 1 point 12 months ago

Hey man, love the the build.

I am going to be pursuing the same case and the cooler. I see that you purchased 4 fans, in your pictures I only see 3, where did you install the last fan.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

The 4th rgb fan replaced one of the stock case intake fans at the front, just below the radiator. I didn't connect the RGB for that fan as it wouldn't be visible.

teshmoney 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you for the note!

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 12 months ago

For the RGB fans, is there 1 140mm exhaust, and 3 120mm fans on the top or am I completely wrong, if so please tell me what the fan setup is, thx.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

It's 1x140mm and 2x120mm exhaust and 3x120mm intake.

I only brought 3x120mm RGB fans because the pack of 3 was cheaper than buying 2 separate. I used the 3rd RGB fan to replace one of the stock case intake fans (just visible below the 240mm radiator in the front).

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 12 months ago

k, thx.

Soulrak 1 point 12 months ago

Are the Aer RGB fans able to sync up with the RGB fusion?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Unfortunately no, the nzxt cam software won't sync with anything else, so colours/effects have to be matched manually.

The ram/graphics card sync just fine with the RGB fusion on the motherboard though, it's just nzxt that doesn't play nice.

Soulrak 1 point 12 months ago

Cool thanks. I'm planning on getting those sexy fans so wanted to know ahead of time.

HenryDyer 1 point 12 months ago

Would you prefer the corsair ll series fans?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

In retrospect, probably yes, the illuminated fan blades look really nice. In contrast the nzxt RGB fans do look a little bit plain.

Soulrak 1 point 12 months ago

What fan controller is being used? Are you using the NZXT Hue?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

The kraken controls its own fans, the rest are attached to the case's "machine learning device" which is basically a hue and a fan hub in one.

Soulrak 1 point 12 months ago

Oh nice, great to know I don't need the Hue+ with this case. Thanks!

HoodieHamid 1 point 12 months ago

How did you mount your radiator to the front of the case. I'm thinking of doing a very similar build and want to know how. Did you need custom screws.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Nope, just the standard long screws that came with the kraken, it comes with 16 of them. 8 per side, one side holds the pull fans on, the other holds the push fans on and holds the whole assembly to the case... Hope that made sense :)

HoodieHamid 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you so much! This really helps

Endriu 1 point 11 months ago

Please tell me my friend. Yesterday I get my Kraken X62 with H700i. You build front push-pull, but your X52 get 120mm fans, mine 140. In front H700i have 3x120, X62 have 2x140. I can setup push-pull: Unmount two 120 fans and mount this in top, and get two new 140mm to get push-pull on front, or i must unmount all fans from front, because I do not allow to mount X62 (size)?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I think if you want to mount in the front you'll have to unmount all 3 of the 120mm case fans since the h700i can only fit 2x140mm fans in the front, you'd also have to buy 2 more 140mm fans if you want to use push/pull.

For me, I'd probably mount the x62 in the front with just push (or pull) fans only and move the 3x120mm case fans to the top as exhaust fans.

Endriu 1 point 11 months ago

Ok, thank you. So I leave front fans and mount X62 on top. My graphic card is: https://www.zotac.com/us/product/graphics_card/zotac-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-amp-extreme-core-edition and it's hot card, so I deliver fresh air from front without Kraken on top and his hot air from radiator.

PilotPatrick 1 point 11 months ago

I'm probably going to copy most of this build for college...

Endriu 1 point 11 months ago

Hi, i have question. Aorus Gaming 7 have many fan connectors. Which one you choose to connect Kraken? I have X62 and I don't know which one i must choose to work pump properly ;) Please give me foto if you can.

DanHazard 1 point 11 months ago

I like this build, what cables are you using for the Kraken x52? I'm not talking about the sleeve covers but the braided cable you have coming out on top that looks much nicer than what they give us in the box.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

It's just some flat braided sleeving from here https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/P01510.html?gclid=CjwKCAjww6XXBRByEiwAM-ZUIBEARz-T4uBj3vQXGVfIfSOUuvk2Y7BpjzE6crBtBSZ28uGzowSsYhoCN3cQAvD_BwE

I think it was one of the smaller sizes 3-9mm or 5.12mm. it comes in 1m lengths, just cut to size and pull over the kraken cables.

McKazou 1 point 11 months ago

I Love it ! Like Really !

eitrgames 1 point 11 months ago

how mny mm are the fans on the top?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

They're 120mm :)

eitrgames 1 point 11 months ago

ty!^

Soulrak 1 point 11 months ago

Curious, does the cooler tubing push up against the first RAM stick? I build a similar build and noticed my kraken's tubing is slightly pushing up against the first RAM stick.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Very slightly yes, not enough to damage anything though.

Soulrak 1 point 11 months ago

Is it to the point where it's touching the 2nd stick?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

The heatsinks on these sticks are so wide that they all touch anyway, so it's kinda hard to tell. It's definitely not putting enough pressure on the stick that it worries me though.

Soulrak 1 point 11 months ago

Gotcha, I feel the same way. Appreciate it.

Four20 1 point 10 months ago

Very smart build! It actually inspired me to take the plunge and stick together my first pc (photos going up soon once I've finished it and purchased the gpu). I have the same motherboard, ram and aio. I was wondering if you had to modify the aio sleeve caps at all, to help it fit next to the ram. I see that you've slid them up the hose a bit to help clear the ram but didn't know if that's all thats needed?

KaptainKris1 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I've got a question, probably a simple one but im unsure. So i know that NZXT have their own app to control the colours on the Liquid CPU cooling and their fans + LED Strips, I'm guessing that you also have to download software to control the LED on the motherboard which means you have to download several applications for the LEDs which would seem to be a bit annoying if you wanted to change the colours having to open all them up each time but anyway the question I had was about that RAM, does that RAM also have its own Software allowing you to customize the LEDs?

if anyone can answer this it would be a great help :)

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

You're correct that the nzxt stuff (fans and liquid cooler) requires specific software (CAM) to control it's effects.

The motherboard LEDs can be can be controlled straight from the bios, no need for additional software (although there is optional software called RGB fusion if you want it). The RGB strip is also plugged directly into the mobo and controlled via the bios.

The RAM does have software to control effects, although if you're happy with the default colour cycle effect there's no need to install it, it'll just be set to that effect out of the box.

It can be a bit of a pain if you want to change colour schemes, total of 2 different programs and bios to adjust. Although I tend to stick with one colour once I've found one I like.

If I remember right, the Aorus RGB fusion software can also control the ram colours as well as the mobo lights and RGB strips (but not the nzxt stuff).

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 11 months ago

Is it possible to mount 3 120mm fans on the top of that H700i? And 1 140mm exhaust?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yep you can :)

McKazou 1 point 10 months ago

No Hue+ for all fans/RBG strips ?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

The nzxt case comes with a built in "smart" device, which is essentially a hue+ with a fan controller.

McKazou 1 point 10 months ago

Wut ? But you have NZXT RGB fan + RGB strips. On the Nzxt they say the smart device only have one channel. How did you link fans + strips ? Did you daizy chain them ?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

The fans are daisy chained from the smart thingy, the RGB strips are attached directly to the mobo.

manny9 1 point 10 months ago

Beautiful setup....hats off..... I am building similar configuration with few minor changes (X62 vs X52, Rog Maximus X Hero)...need some inputs, - The cable mod cables are they Mod Flex or Mod Mesh? I really like the way they are holding. - The 3 fans in the radiator pull configuration are they 140mm or 120mm?

thank you for the brilliant idea on the flat braided sleeving for the AIO connector, the original cable is ugly and i was wondering what to do...Thanks.

usmcslater 1 point 10 months ago

Was the 1000W PS so you would have enough headroom for OC? Just curious as I am working on a build much similar to yours and my W is about the same but I have a 750w in the build, not sure if this is fate telling me I need to upgrade or not ha.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I went for a 1000W PSU as I originally intended it to have 2 1080ti's in SLI, but with the jump in GPU prices I could only afford one :(

With a heavy overclock on both the CPU and GPU it only draws a max of 430W so I could have used a much smaller psu (650-750W would be fine).

I may one day add another GPU and actually need all that wattage!

Aventer 1 point 10 months ago

Wow... This is like exactly the build I was going to build!!!! Question is... should I go with the NZXT Aer RGB fans or would the Corsair LL series be better?

+1 for amazing taste!

Ruling_elite 1 point 10 months ago

This just sent an orgasm to my eyes

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 10 months ago

I'm gonna be building me first build soon, and I'm not sure whether to go for 32gb or 16gb of RAM. What difference does it make?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Honestly, for general gaming and day to day use, 32gb makes virtually no difference. 16gb will do just fine.

I only went with 32gb as I didn't like the look of empty ram slots, just looked kinda unfinished!

AnonymouslyQuacked 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks bro

v0rlaz 1 point 10 months ago

What software did you use to control all the RGB lighting simultaneously or did you have to do them all manually?

NathanHoang 1 point 10 months ago

How are the RGB case fans (3 pack)? Are they pretty quiet, is it too bright, is it worth buying?

NPC31 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Do you have 2 120's on the top and 1 140 on the back?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yep, case has enough room to fit one more 120 to the top, but didn't see the point.

NPC31 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

thank you very much for responding. thats cool might do that as well for my new pc

tekcor- 1 point 9 months ago

I really love this build and especially the case but I’m just wondering how you got the top led strip to go off while the front strip stayed on is that an option in the software or did you find a way to do that yourself

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks :)

I removed the built-in led strip at the top, it was just too bright.

It's easy enough to unscrew from its mount and unplug from the smart hub. The led strip in the front, and the couple on the back of the case (for that nice backlit glow) are just standard analogue strips connected direct to the motherboard.

tekcor- 1 point 9 months ago

what brand? did they come with extensions or did you get those yourself? and also yeah all the reviews on youtube that ive seen said that they were just completely overbearing with how bright they were

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I brought a couple of these phanteks starter kits https://m.cclonline.com/product/217514/PH-LEDKT-CMBO/Case-Accessories-Modding/Phanteks-RGB-LED-Strip-Starter-Combo-Set/ACC1806/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwm6HaBRCbARIsAFDNK-j_ilCrNvxC2S3twaesLepq1Y86_WAZHRyNk--jzMtLGwRBEISQsOcaAo8cEALw_wcB

They can be daisy chained (I've got 3 running from one rgbw socket on my mobo) and are magnetic so the stick nicely to the h700i's steel chassis and panels and they came with an extension that was long enough to route a couple right outside the case.

yousha 1 point 9 months ago

Did you need a Hue+ to control the fans?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Nope, the case comes with a built-in "smart" device, it's essentially a hue+ with a few added features.

Sriggle1 1 point 9 months ago

Does your kraken need hue+?

chipmunkalmighty 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Great build, thanks for sharing! I'm designing a gaming PC for my son (and me!) and I'm looking at building something similar to yours with the following changes: - NZXT Kraken X72 mounted in the front (instead of X52 - or is the X52 enough?) - One NZXT Aer RGB140 mounted at the rear - Two NZXT Aer RGB140 mounted at the top

Basically, fresh air would come in from the front and hot air would go out in the back and at the top. Does that make sense?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Those sound like sensible changes and pretty much exactly what I'd do if I were building it again. The X52 does work just fine, but more cooling is always welcome and the x72 would fit perfectly.

A quick note on the exhaust fans though, looking at the top bracket, im not 100% certain it would support 140mm fans, although i could be wrong, if the case specs say they'll fit then i guess they'll fit :)

chipmunkalmighty 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for your reply. Yes, the specs say the top bracket supports 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm so it looks like I’m good to go!

Luixuis 1 point 7 months ago

How loud does this get under load? I'm thinking of "copying" this sort of fan setup for my next build.

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

It's pretty reasonable, I don't have any hard decibel numbers or anything, but it's certainly quieter than my ps4 pro. The fans on the kraken x52 do get a bit loud if I crank them to 100%, but at a more normal running speed of 60-65% they're little more than a gentle hum.

I would reccomend replacing the 3x120mm and 1x140mm stock fans that come with the case, they are noticeably louder than the seperatley purchased ones. The stock fans have basic rifle bearings whereas the ones I replaced them with use fluid dynamic ones which seem much quieter.

Luixuis 1 point 7 months ago

What do you think of replacing the x52 with an x62 in push-pull configuration? Also, perhaps only having two 140mm exhaust in the back and on the top?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

It's a good call, I would do the same if I was building again, the x62 is much more efficient than the smaller x52+ a couple of 140mm exhaust would be pretty good I think.

MasonHouser 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Are all of your fans blowing air out the PC?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

The radiator at the front and the 1x120mm below the rad are set up as intake (pulling air in through a dust filter), the 2x120mm fans on the top and the 140mm on the rear are exhaust. :)

MasonHouser 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Should I do that on my PC? I'm new to all this stuff. I have all my fans on my current one as exhaust currently

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Ideally yes you should have some intake (usually at the front) and some exhaust (usually at the rear and/or top).

If it's a very small case, then you may be able to get away with just exhaust fans at the rear.

MasonHouser 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Ah alright, Lastly, why did you go with the X52 240mm with a 120mm fan under rather a 360mm radiator?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

When I built my rig, the kraken x72 (the 360mm one) hadn't been announced, if I were building again I'd go for the 360 instead.

amnsfq 1 point 6 months ago

Nice and clean looking build! But isn't there are two LED bulb near the I/O shield, how do you get rid of that? Also are the rgb on the RAM and PCIE slots be turn off?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah, I don't like those bright bulbs either, but they're part of the motherboard lighting and can't be turned off without turning off a whole section of the mobo lighting + yeah the slot lighting is another controllable section of the motherboard rgb, so can be turned off if you don't like it, but it will also turn off other areas on the board (like the big logo on the chipset heatsink).

I do have a configured preset now for "stealth mode", literally the only lighting is the white nzxt logo on the pump, everything else is dark, good for nightime gaming :)

SOHEIL_raei 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

i see no cats so the target is achieved

ahmedwiltpc 1 point 5 months ago

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ThatGuyBryce 1 point 4 months ago

Hi! Absolutely solid build! I noticed that you have braided cables to what seems to be the power input of the Kraken X52 cooler and was wondering if those came with the model. Or did you have to buy them from somewhere else?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It was just a length of this stuff I had on hand to cover the existing plastic cables: https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/P01512.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIq4irzJqE3wIVIijTCh3v1gKxEAkYBiABEgJSiPD_BwE

Can't quite remember the diameter I used, but it worked out pretty well as i thought the standard plastic cables looked a bit of a mess.

MadeInChina_O69 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

You mind if I copy the aio and 24pin style?

Gehrig 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

How thick is the kraken with fans installed?

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

In it's standard config it's around 60mm, but I added a couple more fans for push/pull so its around 90mm thick in my build.

Bidboy1942 1 point 3 months ago

Since you have the Kraken x62 in there, would you say the x72 would fit also? It’s hard to find a build where someone has it

cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah, the x72 would fit just fine, would have got the x72 myself but it wasn't released when I was building my pc.

thorsteinn 1 point 3 months ago

Nice build and sexy cable management! Will be using that 24 pin cable routed over the AIO lines in my build, great idea. Do you use the smart hub for all the fans? Doing a push/pull on the X72 so wondering about connectors for all 6 fans (+ 3 case fans).

GanSolo546 1 point 3 months ago

Love the oculus stand

latuba 1 point 1 month ago

How big are the two roof Aer fans? I’m worried cuz I’m getting a 120mm 3 pack but will I even need a third

Mrkisterjrii 1 point 1 month ago

One of the nicest builds I have ever seen. I am looking to make start incorporating a cleaner look into my PC and currently, my color scheme is red and black. I want to put in the Kraken X52 series liquid cooling into my computer but I want to get a red cable connector. How did you get the light blue connectors? I would appreciate if you could send me the link to them.

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cmdr_flint submitter 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

It would, the top couple of fans are no issue, its just the bottom one that'll be a squeeze, you might have to move/remove the HDD cage at the bottom of the case. It can slide back far enough to fit a fan+rad+fan but may be a bit tight depending on how many psu cables are bunched up behind it.

Snapped a pic of the space you'd have to work with https://i.imgur.com/lVq9VKH.jpg

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joelhowell 2 points 12 months ago

^plsss

BubblesLord7000 2 points 12 months ago

im a cat pic machine i need the cat pics i inhale the cats pics...

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nonoesimposible 1 point 11 months ago

I know, right?

Still laugh when I think of this guy

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