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First off, I have to give a huge shoutout to Nateman at EVGA Forums. He fabricated my z97 waterblock on his homemade mill. It's my favorite peice in the system. Check out his thread here:
There were a few times during this build where I wanted nothing more than to throw this chassis at a wall and light it on fire. I decided to go with what is (in my opinion) the most difficult/least capable chassis to work with - from a modding perspective, the EVGA Hadron Air.
I started my build with the bare minimum to get this puppy running. My Z97StingerWiFi, Intel i7-4790K, and 2xSamsung850pro SSD's.
The next step was sleeving. You can see in one of my pictures that I chopped my PSU cables off right at the PSU and threw on some female connectors for modular functionality. I dremmeled and cut away at the PSU to allow better airflow with the cables coming threw where the old vents were. Feel free to ask me any questions about it. It's by far the best thing you can do for this chassis, being so limited on cable management already.
I ran my 24pin power cables through the three built in harnesses below the main board, by splitting the wires into three groups of eight cables. I then brought them back together sleeved with cable combs to give a clean look of the 24pin power connector.
When my sleeving was finished I soon after purchased the ASUS GTX970 STRIX. This was an easy add-on as all I needed to do was build an 8pin M-F connector.
The water cooling is where the build started getting fun.. Or frustrating..
Started off by testing my blocks for leaks. When it all went smooth, I started cutting. I used a hydrolic conduit punch to get the circle in the top for my EK D5 XRES Vario to poke through. This gave me the benefits of an internal mounted pump, while consuming as little volume as possible. It also put the reservoir at the top of my loop providing a perfect fill port.
I used all XSPC compression fittings, and two Swiftech disconnects.
My loop runs as follows:
Res/Pump >> 92mm Rad >> GPU >> 240mm Rad >> CPU
As the complete setup goes, here is a basic list of my running specs:
CPU: i7-4790K - OC: 4.6Ghz - P95-Stress Temp: 62Celsius
GPU: GTX 970 Strix - OC: GPU-1400Mhz // MEM-7600Mhz - Furmark Temp: 55Celcius
I am currently seeking advice on a modded side panel with clearance for my GPU block and 92mm radiator. And questions or comments are welcome!
Not much to say, this thing is bullet proof. Currently stable at 4.6Ghz on all cores with little voltage tweaking.
Does everything I need to expectations. Handles over clocking really well.
Fast, freaky fast...
Before I liquid, this thing still ran cooler than it needed to. I recommend this, especially for jobs with limited power connectors. Only needs 1x8pin PCI-E
Bottom line great mini-ITX chassis, not great for enthusiast.
Most difficult case I have worked with, when modding is concerned.
Otherwise it's a great small form factor chassis. The top fans pull air away from the components, complimenting a properly placed cpu cooler.
Had to modify (Cut) the chassis to allow a fit for the ASUS GTX970-STRIX.
Made a grinding noise at first, seemed to go away after a few hours of use. They are perfect otherwise.