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This is my first full build and I am delighted with how it worked out.

It is primarily a machine for productivity running three monitors and multiple tasks at the same time. I also wanted something that could be processing video in the background while I went on about other tasks. I can do that with now with no effect on other general office work. I also use it for Photoshop as a hobby and the Samsung 960 Pro has made Photoshop and Bridge much more responsive. I store the working files on the SSD and then transfer them to the HDD when finished a batch.

The system is almost completely silent.

The fans are a little bit of smoke and mirrors! what you can see in the photos are 2 x front NZXT RGB 1 x 140 NZXT RGB rear 2 x NZXT on the H100i

That makes it look like everything is exhausting and there is no intake. In reality there are a further three 120 intake fans in the front, that cant bee seen. Two of them are matched with the NZXTs and blow through them (so the tese two NZTs are dummy fans only acting as expensive RGB lights (but they do look fantastic).The third intake fan at the front bottom position blows mostly into the basement, but as the basement is well ventilated into the case it creates a flow right through.

I have them set up with the bottom front fan on 40% permanently. The H100i fans also run permanently (controlled by the Corsair software). I have checked it carefully and even though there are two fans exhausting and one intake, there is positive pressure as the exhaust fans have to contend with the radiator. The Corsair software takes care of the processor temperatures (never over 70% on 100% all core torture test). As the temperatures rise in the case and the GPU fans kick in (effectively only recirculating air in the case), the profile in the bios is set to bring the top two front intake fans in next (now lots of positive pressure) and then eventually the 140 rear fan to help things along.

I have tested it with the Prime95 torture test running at 100% AND Heaven loading the GPU for about two hours and with an ambient temperature in the room of 22C, the rear fan never even needed to come in. Case air and board temperatures never got over 35. So I am pretty happy that all the airflows look well.

Total time to boot to settled Win 10 is about 45 seconds. Over 20 seconds of that is the X99 having a think about life before it starts Windows.

The case looks STUNNING. The glass makes the whole thing have a lovely 3D depth to it. It is impossible to show it on photos because of the reflections, but on the desk it is perfect.

I tried for a while to figure out the lighting and what to do. I liked the idea of having everything synced with Asus Aura. I am glad now that I did not. Asus have sorted some of their issues. The Mobo and GPU do sync, but the software is terrible. You cannot enter a hex code for a color and trying to get red was a long slow process with the hit an miss graphical controller. It also holds a separate color on the GPU when turned off (but with power supply on) which is nice. I could have just extended the Aura to some strips, but I am glad I didn't as they are analogue. The digital addressable NZXT RGB fans are so much more impressive with the potential for lighting chases etc, and you can set a color chase to run around each fan and on to the next one. Very smart.

The case was a dream to build in. Not a single issue (apart from the Phanteks label which mus have been stuck on with nothing more than saliva). Somebody in marketing must be having a canary. Apparently Phanteks labels falling off is a common issue, but an easy fix.

Sorting out the cable management on the back took a little work, but it worked out fine. Where I sit the machine you can't see it, but I would have known!

So all in all I am super happy with the way it turned out.

Hope you like the photos.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

DAMN! 1+! This is amazing... wow! it looks so good! hope this gets featured

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

you are welcome! maybe upload a picture with the glass panel on it would look pretty dope.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

This is some of the cleanest cable management I've ever seen. Great build +1 but I'd give more if I could.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you sure you don't have negative pressure in there

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. A little smoke test confirms!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Although I do wish you could have the led on either side of the fan instead of it being fixed on one side which may not be a s visible

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, I really like this build. It really looks like you put some time into the cable management.

Also just curious how much of a difference does taping off beside the Radiator? I have the same case and although it's nice to look at, the airflow causes my temperatures to be a bit high.
Does it make a noticeable difference?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't really be quantitative in answering that because I didn't do a before and after. What I can say is I am having absolutely no case temperature issues. At a guess, thinking about the outflow vents size balanced against the internal rack gaps that can be taped off, I'd say if they are left open a very significant % must reflow back into the case. Any air getting to the front and back slots (keeping in mind that the sides are restricted by the mesh) would have to pass over the open rack gaps to get there. It would be a nice experiment for a smoke test!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply!

Mind if I ask what your CPU temps are under load?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Max I can see on a torture test (100% on all cores) is 69C from a 23C ambient room.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of similarities between your build and mine, I like it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

just a very nice tight build.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Dear lord, if that thing isn't beautiful.

Fantastic part choice, this will do you good for a long time.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the plan anyway. But who knows how things will change in years to come. But for the moment it is about as future proof as I could make it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

wow

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, another RG .... OMFG, this is stunning. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management on point!! Where can I get those covers that you used to cover up those cables?? Anyways, great build. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

They are just split corrugated conduit. Available in hardware stores, eBay, Amazon etc. Very cheap, but very effective.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build. Nice cable management.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, are you using air flow fans for radiators?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I am indeed. I actually tested both the corsair fans that came with it and the NZXTs. On a torture test, I could find no temperature difference and on basic load they never run over their minimum setting anyway.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

woah that looks beautiful! easy +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so jealous of these builds with the Aer RBGs. Want them so badly! +1 here, great parts and cable management is spot on.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Wouldn't it look better if the radiator was in the front?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Personal style choice I guess from an aesthetic perspective, but I wasn't willing to even consider that form over function. Front mounted rads would mess with the airflow. It would exhaust air through the front intake filter. Then the top fans would be intake drawing air through the unfiltered exhaust openings and against the naturally rising hot air.

As it stands cool filtered air is drawn in the front, is warmed in the case, rises and exhausts through the rad fans. If the temps rise, the front fans ramp up and the rear fan kicks in to cool the case air temperature which gives the rads cooler air.

It is working like a charm at the moment. No heat issues even on ridiculous loads.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and Clean. Great Job!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 holy cable management!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

how are the Nzxt Aer fans doing with the corsair cooler? do you notice any increase in temps because their not static pressure fans? are nzxt fans hooked up to the corsair fan controller or motherboard?

just wondering since im thinking of hooking these up to replace the fan on my H110i gt but wanna make sure they play nice with eachother :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The Aer fans are working really well with rad. They have no problem keeping the CPU within limits even on a long term 100% load torture test. I get the theory of high pressure fans, but the practice seems to be different. Have a look at Linus Tech tips on the subject, they seem to agree it make no real practical difference.

I connected the rad fans to the Corsair controller and they seem to like each other. The other fans are running from the mobo.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I just have a question. How exactly do these fans connect to the hue plus?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

There are two separate sets of wiring required. Think of them as a set of standard fans wired as normal, then somebody came along and stuck on a completely separate set of 5v addressable RGB LED's (which is exactly what they did).

For the fan control, this can be done from the mobo or any fan controller. Same as any fans, nothing special.

Completely separate is the lighting control via the Hue+ box (which you must have). This is a digital addressable controller. This is what controls/creates all the amazing light forms like coloured waves chasing across the fans in sequence. It is completely unlike anything you can do with an analogue RGB strip. The Hue+ controller needs a molex power connection and a USB header connection from the mobo. There is then a dedicated output to to the fan leds (actually two channels available). Fans are daisy chained.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I am putting together a similar one, can you tell me where you placed the LED strips for the hue?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't use the strip. I bought one, but there is so much light from the Aer fans that I decided the strip would add nothing.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, nice build! I'm a little curious about the AER fans, from what I've heard the LEDs only face on side, so I'm wondering how you got all the LEDs to be facing the inside of the case without making negative air pressure? I don't see any intake fans, it looks like because the LEDs are only on one side that you have 5 exhaust fans? Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

aah but you only looked at the pics. Your answers are in the text.

@RobertG216 - Great build by the way. Cable management makes my heart flutter.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I gave a little explanation of that in the intro. You are correct. Aer Fans only run one direction. But the two at the front are for decoration! Hidden behind them are two fans blowing in to the case.

There were a few questions about air pressure. After three months of running in a "normally" dusty office (even had some building work and needed to dust the case) the inside of the case is spotless, so the pressures are definitely positive.

The sequence of fans is.

  1. Bottom front always on (about half speed)
  2. Rad fans always on (very slow normally)
  3. Top two (hidden) fans kick in as CPU temp rises and they balance out the rising speed of the Rad fans.
  4. Rear case fan kicks in if case temps rise (hasn't happened yet!).

If everything were on there would be three fans blowing in, two Rad fans on exhaust, and one rear fan on exhaust. All nicely balanced.

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