Description

When I first saw the In Win 301, I fell in love with the aesthetics. At the time, I had a full sized atx build to I had to buy a used mAtx mobo to use all my other parts from my build in this one. I use this pc primarily for 144hz 1080p gaming, homework, and Photoshop. Hope you enjoy!

CPU : I7 4770k is delidded using razor method and replaced the thermal compound with CLU and saw an instant 20 degree drop in temps. Overclocked to 4.4 ghz @ 1.28 voltage.

CPU Cooler : H100i v2 keeps my CPU running nice and cool. Fans are in a pull configuration behind the rad because they wouldn't fit on the other side due to GPU clearance.

Motherboard : MSI Z87M GAMING : I chose this motherboard because I thought it looked cool. It has plenty of great features and good overclocking. One thing I hate is that MSI doesn't let you do less than 50% speed for the case fans, so I had to use SpeedFan to control them. Also, the MSI Command Center software made my computer glitchy, so I uninstalled it.

Memory : For ram I went with G.Skill Sniper 1866 and it works great. It looks good and 16GB is plenty for my needs.

Video Card : Got a 980 TI because 1070s are all going for $400+ right now with virtually no extra performance vs a 980 TI. This card is dead silent and still stays decently cool. It maxes any game at 1080p and many games can run easily at 144hz on my monitor. In more demanding games, I run them at 72fps, or turn the setting to high for 144hz, depending on the game.

Storage : My primary drive for system is my 120gb Samsung 840 Evo. It boots up my pc in 15 sec. My storage drive is a 2TB Seagate barracuda.

Case : I went with the IN WIN 301 because of its compact size and great looks. It has a tempered glass side panel. Airflow is pretty poor compared to my Define S, but it takes up much less space on my desk, which is a fair trade off to me. This case was quite difficult to build in and to cable manage, but the result was for sure worth it.

PSU : I went with the EVGA 750 G3 for my PSU and couldn't be more happy. It is dead silent, has blacked out fully modular cables, and is very compact, which is perfect for this case.

Fans: I bought my H100i v2 with 4 fans, so I am using the two extra fans for my bottom intake, which is filtered. Also, I have an intake fan in the back that came out of a Phanteks P400S. There is no filter in the back, but I plan to buy a magnetic dust filter for this fan. I have a bunch of quality 140mm fans from my last build, but this case unfortunately supports only 120mm fans.

Keyboard : I bought my IBM Model M2 from eBay. It did have issues with a few of the keys, so I used a Circuitwriter conductive pen to fix the traces. Then, I wrapped it in carbon fiber vinyl to make it look better. It was very time consuming, but I am happy with the result. Yes, this is a 23 year old keyboard, but this is regarded as one of the best keyboards of all time and many people who have used it prefer its buckling spring switches to the modern cherry mx ones. I don't see myself replacing it anytime soon.

Mouse : I am using a Roccat Tyon mouse and am very happy with it. It is comfortable and has lots of buttons. Of course, it has RGB!

Monitor : I'm using the Asus VG248QE and it has proved to be a great gaming monitor. It pairs very well with my 980 TI for 1080p 144hz gaming. Also, it is very versatile, has many different screen modes, a height adjustment and rotatable stand, and nvidia 3d vision support. It also gets pretty bright at 350 nits. Some people complain about dull colors, but if calibrated properly it looks stunning.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The 301 is truly a beauty. Fell in love as well when I saw the CES video.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I really just wish it had one extra pci-e bracket or had a space at a bottom for the fans so it didn't make you block your mobo slots...

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for those pic doe

Also that would look way better with a closed loop watercooling system

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

How do the fans work on the other side of the bracket?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans screw in to the rad and have about a 1/2" gap to the front panel. The air then goes around and comes out the side through the vents. That is why its important to try keeping the back as clean as possible to maximize airflow.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you list what temps youre getting?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! To be honest I am one of the fan of Fractal's Core 1000 case, and layout wise this little 301 are kinda similar albeit shorter in depth measurements. I'm really curious as what temperature you get with that configuration. Mind if you share it?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Due to the poor airflow characteristics of this case, I had to change the rear fan from intake to exhaust, because the case itself was becoming very hot to the touch. It was a hot box because there was insufficient exhaust through the rad and side exhaust. My GPU temps only get to about 70-75 C and CPU between 60-70. Also, the case is only warm now and not hot like before. I would recommend making 2 front exhaust and 1 rear exhaust. 2 bottoms as intake. There is no negative pressure because the side exhaust is so restricted.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you share the idle/load temp for your latest build update?

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Idle temps for idle vary between 30-40°c on CPU and 30-35°c for GPU. At load, both go to about 75°c with GPU default curve and CPU fans at 40%. GPU stays pretty cool at idle always because the case fans are blowing fresh air right at it.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply - I am planning just the exact same build - but my worries is that the graphic card I am using will be 27cm in length O.O.

Also, do you think the the corsair h100i v2 isloud?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I tried 3 GPUs until I found one that fits well lol. The h100i v2 has damn good performance but it is pretty loud. Not as bad as first gen corsairs, but I am still eyeing the EK Vardar fans that have class leading static pressure while also being very silent. My brother has some in his build.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely looking case, and build too.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not to fond of the inwin case lineup, usually their logo is too much in your face for my liking. That being said aesthetics is in the eye of the beholder and if you like that design then by all means. That's why I prefer fractal design cases as their logo is smaller and not as pronounced but still has a simple design that isn't too gaudy that inwin at least follows for a number of their cases (aside from logo placement).

Great build overall but whether it was cost effective to go back to a past generation of hardware (haswell) I don't know. It still performs well so I hope you got a really good price on the CPU.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the look of Fractal cases also (had a Define S), but I wanted to get a case with tempered glass, which Fractal doesn't offer yet. Also, this build is made from a lot of parts that I already had. I didn't want to get a new CPU and RAM, so I just got a different mobo. Disregard the recommended prices on PCPP. I played much less for my build. I got the CPU for only $180.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I already figured to ignore PCpartpicker prices as it showed the haswel i7 as nearly 800 USD, more than an i7-7700k+mobo combo combined so I thought if you bought it for the build it had to be much cheaper than the i7-7700k. Since you already had it I would do the exact same thing you did because haswell is still awesome as only a small performance increase going to skylake/kabylake so not worth the cost upgrading yet.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly my thoughts

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, very clean.

Maybe do something about that GPU sag? It makes me uncomfortable. I use part of an eraser, but you could use something a bit nicer lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually put a Lego under the GPU, but because this card is kinda short and is right over the fans, that's kinda difficult. I will have to think of something later for it but its not too bad right now.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The 301 comes with a GPU bracket to help with sag. its the weird L bracket and it screws into the holes beside the mobo

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

You are right! Had no idea what that metal thing was... Will have to try it out

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build man! could you help me out with a couple of questions? i'm studying (youtube, forums etc) to migrate my old *** imac to a ryzen pc (picture editing with lr is just a beeatch on the mac) and the in win 301 just fits as a case!

couple of things on what the reviewers say but would prefer real user experience....with regards to the air flow... 1. if i used 2 x SP fans in the front as intake, would that help fight against the cable clutter blocking the vents (i dont see how many less cables you can put). so 2 statics in the front and 1 AF in the rear..

  1. can you NOT have the leds light up? or connect the header to the mobo and have it to off?

my planned build (im in a remote island in the indian ocean, so getting parts is hard with just my shipping cost and tax getting to around 160usd) is the cheapest i could get with most bang per buck...

ryzen 1700 with the wraith cooler 16gb flare x or corsair lpx gigabyte AB350M mobo evo 950 nvme (less sata cables) msi 1060 3gb gaming x

my goal is total silence (well most possible). i have studio monitors for sound, so i listen at low levels most of the time, my imac fans are killing me lol

thanks and sorry for long post.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

It would be unwise to make the front be your intake because there is no dust filter. IN WIN made the case so you would make the bottom be your intake so they put dust filters in the bottom. I think the best setup for this case is 2 x 120 bottom intake, 1 x 120 rear intake, 2 x 120 front exhaust. If you run all the fans at minimum rpm, you will have a silent machine. This way, you would have cool air for both your cpu and gpu. Also, you would need a Silverstone magnetic dust filter for the rear intake fan so you don't get dust. Regarding the leds, they are powered by a separate sata power so all you have to do is not plug it in to have the leds not light up.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! thanks for the info.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Quick question does this case include a fan hub?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

No fan hub.. Also no case fans either

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for getting back to me, I just bought the case anyways lol. I have 3 extra fans already but I want to get 2 more to have intakes from the bottom and the front with 1 exhaust in the rear but I need a hub for all these fans now!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't recommend that setup because you will have a hot box. I tried 3 intake 2 exhaust and the case is so restrictive that hot air wouldn't really get out and the case was so hot you can't even tough it after long gaming sessions. From my experience, its best to have 2 bottom intake and all the rest as exhaust.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice I'll definitely play around with it and see how it goes, might end up modding the front of the case to let more air in.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I am doing a pretty simular build.

Is it possible to have the 240 radiator in the back of the fan mounting plate with the fans in front? or is the radiator just too thick?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It is impossible to fit the radiator on the back of the bracket without modding it. If you look at my 4th picture, you can see that the bracket is enclosed from the top, so it wouldn't be possible to for the top of the radiator to fit. You can probably saw that part off, but only if you want to do that kind of modding. Otherwise, I think a 30mm radiator should fit, but it would certainly be tight. Personally, I think it looks cooler when you can see the rad, instead of having it hidden behind the bracket.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

My AIO choice has a 27MM thick radiator so fingers crossed. Also my radiator is nothing special to look at so I sort of want to hide it

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

27mm will definitely fit but you will have to mod the bracket for it to mount to radiator on the inside of it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

am i just not seeing the cables from the h100i head or where did you put them?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

They are by the ram slot and go up to the CPU 8 pin cutout on the case.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of CPU temps do you get? I'm considering this case with quite a similar setup. Delidded 4770k 4.5GHz 1.27v and an NZXT kraken X52. I would have to also mount the fans to pull and exhaust cause of my GPU lenght. How much is there room between the fans and the front panel?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I get around 70-75 C when gaming. My front fans are in pull configuration and there is about 1/2 inch or so of clearance for airflow. It isn't much, but it's enough to work. My fans are set to run to 50% and cooling is adequate.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I have just one question: Do you like the speakers (A250's) that you have? I'm looking for 2.1 channel speakers, and need some people's opinions.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, great pictures.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Made a new account but she has been submitted!, will link it when its been processed

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

In my build, I put 2 intake fans on bottom and 1 intake fan on back. I plan to get a magnetic dust filter for the back fan. My front has 2 fans to exhaust from my aio.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, not really any dust on the filter yet. It is quite coarse so I'm not sure how well it will stop dust particles, so I will have to give it some more time and see how it performs. I think IN WIN did this because the case doesn't have very good airflow to start with, but a guess its better than no dust filter.