Thanks! It is a really nice case to work with and look at once done. The fact that the top panel isn't magnetic is a bit of a pain for the top LED strip, the one real complaint, but it is possible to use extra tape to stick it down as we've had to do to keep it from sagging ;)
I ended up experiencing the issue with the suction effect on the CPU and stock cooler with the stock paste, as has been described by others, so after the initial POST test I then took the cooler off to change the fan shroud alignment and then re-pasted afterwards.
I'm not sure what the thermal conductivity on the stock paste is compared to something like Arctic Silver, but different compounds have different thermal conductivity, so they're not all the same. In this case, I had spare AS, so that was used.
It can get a little toasty depending on your GPU and preference for airflow/noise on your fans as well as the ambient temperature. This isn't too bad with Vega undervolted, and would be better with a newer more efficient GPU, but I needed to up the fan speeds for our summer to compensate.
If you can spare the time, i'd advise to wait for the second revision of the cases with wider mesh spacing at the front (including the airflow versions) when they are released, because it will help, but it's manageable so logn as you don't expect a high-airflow case and want to tweak it so it's manageable for you.
The front-panel RGB connects up to the colour switch button at the top i/o. From there you've got a SATA power connector if you're not connecting to a motherboard, and also a cable with a splitter for extra LED strips and the 4-pin connector to the motherboard.
It's pretty much identical to the RGB LED ADAPTER that Phanteks do; it's just hardwired.
I've not heard any complaints, and in gaming it's fine from the limited testing I've done and tried to monitor since it's been used.
CPU seems to be holding fine at 3.9Ghz under load in gaming, and GPU is able to keep max clocks under load with acceptable temps - It was undervolted with Wattman previously but currently on the Turbo profile.
Sadly I'm not in a position to be able peg it at 100% CPU/GPU for an extended period until the weekend, but the Phanteks fans are doing a good job,
Very clean, and nicely built. +1
If you're worried about the bottom dust filter, the you could get one of the 120mm fan filters and put it between the case and fan, possibly? But had you not said, i'd not have realised it was on the bottom; definitely can't tell from the pics!
It's not the most expensive case, so some features are on the budget side.. for example, I'd have preferred some more cable tie downs, but there is a decent enough area ( as shown in my pics) to stuff any extra cables if you're not using modular or semi modular PSUs.
It's pretty much a 2 x 120mm front intake case; sadly no room or a third. I removed the Drive mount for it on be a bit cleaner. But yes the mesh front for the optical drive can be used, but I'll be honest, I don't know how well it can be replaced if you need to.
The case overall isn't bad for a budget, but you'd only really buy it if you had a tight budget like me for this build. The Fractal Design Focus G Mini is probably a better case with included fans, but haven't built in it for an idea of it.
Thanks for the kind words, all :)
Hey, thanks! The front panel is vented/open enough for light to come through nicely. It won't ever be as good as a glass panel, but you can get some decent light through it for the cost.
Nice build for a first one, and always nice to see a different cooler used. Matches nicely! Not a fan of that model GPU looks wise, but definitely can't go wrong with a 570 at the moment.
What made you go down the X470 route instead of a B450?
How is this not featured already?!
The colours are fantastic in this, everything just looks like it's meant to be together. The hot and cold contrast works so well, and is a complete match for the WoW stuff going on. I wouldn't worry about a different GPU, it's brilliant the way it is and aesthetically, it's one of the best i've seen.
Just goes to show that you don't need to overspend for a good looking and functional build. If I could, i'd do more than a +1!
Nah.. you don't like Star Wars AT ALL.. ;) ;)
I love this. The use of red in all the right places just makes it pop. And that fan grill is awesome!
Nice looking build, such a funky case. How does the Intel stock cooler handle the 7700 in long gaming sessions?
I'm sorry but for the vast majority of people, unless they're editing or performing high write values on daily occurrences, the old adage with SSDs isn't necessarily true in 2018 given the advances since they first appeared on the market.
They're unlikely going to be hitting the daily drive writes per day to hit the rated endurance for the drive, especially the OP with file sizes that word documents produce. It's 98GB written per day across the whole drive for 5 years straight (!!!) to reach that limit.. Even if you only count a certain percentage of the drive which will be overwritten often, it'll take way more time than that.
Unless you do high write values a day (and really, you'd be savvy enough to pick a higher-endurance NAND flash type), you're more than likely going to replace the drive before you ever make it unwriteable, either because something faster will be out, or because of something new that supersedes it.
Very tidy build. Love it :)
Brill. Thanks! :)
Hey. Sorry for the delayed reply. I managed to get it from Aria on a super special deal. That was a month or two before the RX5## series refresh and the mining craze, so sadly nothing like that now.
Hehe, sadly not as much as i'd like! If i was still working in the Games Industry, then definitely i'd have considered it when it was originally purchased in 2015. But the main use is for gaming, and the i5 still works perfectly fine with the overclock.
Especially since prices for CPUs here have risen quite a bit since then, you're entering low-end GTX1070 money for the price of a new i7 so difficult to justify, really.
Thanks for the comment and kind words :)
Hehe. I'll be sure to try and feature the others in future builds!
I was so tempted to ditch it and get a new cooler half way when struggling to mount it initally, but happy how it's turned out!
And luckily not.. The others have been known to lay ontop of the old Aerocool case when the radiator was exhausting out the top, but the hotbed next to the PC is far too comfy to ignore! Maybe i should get a dust filter to be on the same side hah!
Thanks. I'd definitely recommend the case.. Coming from the Aerocool case, it's a definite step up in all regards, especially cable management!
I'm still going through tweaking fan curves to account for how the change in setup (as i now don't have the two 140 WIngboosts blasting air in, but the r9 is coping.. HWMonitor was reporting it at 60max after a long BF1 session, but the I should be able to get it quieter with tweaks :)
Lovely looking build! +1
Heat sink and the GPU are so close, wow. Did it worry you that it might not fit? haha
Neat little build. That GPU is so tiny haha!
But yeah echoing what others have said about the cable management, and also flipping the PSU over. Theres a removable dust filter under the PSU so makes sense for it to draw in it's own cool air rather than air from inside the case.
Brilliant little build. Love the cables! +1
Can't help but feel the pipes need to be running red though :)
I know what you mean. I'd have liked to have done so, but it just didn't fit into the budget either way even if i'd stripped out the extras. Had a copy of Windows not been included in the overall budget, believe me it would have been done :)
Cheers for the comments.
Thanks :) I have to admit, the green grew on me when I was building it!
I wasn't planning on red components - initially a B250m Bazooka and 2 4GB DIMMs - but the Red Corsair RAM came out cheapest at the time to fit within the budget. Coupled with the free mouse with the motherboard which he's now using instead of a basic 2 button one, it made sense to try and sync the 2 component's colours together :)
Ah. Though i wouldn't doubt that the performance of the 770 GTX is still fairly capable (See Gamers Nexus's article from 2016), I'd still question:
a) whether you actually need a discreet GPU for what you're doing
b) whether a newer card would be more advisable in the long-run. Cards such as an RX460 (even if not as capable, given that you're not gaming), and the 1050/1050ti, given the 3 year warranty for a newer card and less power draw, etc.
Of course, the £90 price you've put down isn't strictly true depending on where you get it from, as you might be able to get one cheaper used, but still worth a consideration :)
It's a really nice looking, clean build. Good job! It's a shame you didn't know you could run both monitors off the iGPU as you mentioned, especially as that would have saved a bit of money for you :)
Whilst some people question the choices given your intended use, that CPU will be relevant for years to come (and a steal at that price makes it even sweeter), and should you ever consider gaming on your PC in future, you pretty much only need to worry about a cooler upgrade and newer GPU - Everything else is golden.
Looks good - The lighting really brings it out! Though if it was me, i'd have stuck with just the one type of fan to have some consistency around the case with the looks. Minor niggle, though :)
How are the temps with the Riing fan on the Cryorig heatsink?
Lovely, thanks. I'll have to check it out for my MSI R9 390 as it's a heavier card, and a bit noticeable. Should be a similar contact point given the same cooler design.
And thanks mlach too!
Nice build! Haven't seen a GPU brace like that before, and looks quite effective.. What one is it?
Nice clean interior, looks great. And that graphics card is tiny! :D
Interested to know whether you considered the Define C or not, before you settled on the Define S; given that it's a newer and smaller dimension case, and does pretty much everything the older Define S does for a very similar price, looking at the US prices.
Lovely clean aesthetics. The lighting picks it all out beautifully. Just a shame that it highlights that fan side so much, but i know it's unavoidable. Still brilliant though!
Ah that's a shame. Price difference here in the UK is like £2 haha.
Very nice little build! I'm surprised you didn't try and get an ITX motherboard with built in WiFi like the Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI for a tiny bit more, since you bought an adapter. Not sure if there is a major price difference between them where you're based, or was it the abundance of USB 3 ports that clinched it?
Shame about the case fan screws breaking. The skewers did make me laugh :)
To be fair, in terms of the components, they're not bad.. Most people are forgetting that you want to upgrade your CPU so whilst a Z-series board doesn't look like much sense now, it will in future. And I agree, there isn't to much choice for Z-series ITX boards, compared with others for example.
I have to question why you are deadset on an i7 though? The 1050 ti won't exactly be pushing it. And as you seem very conscious about your budget, once you factor in about £330 for an i7-6700k and want to overclock it, i imagine, you'll need to get a decent aftermarket cooler, and then you're still needing to factor in an ssd you want.
For that £330, or maybe a bit over, you can easily get an i5-6600k, a Hyper 212 Evo, and a 250GB SSD (like an SK Hynix SL308 or similar). Just food for thought there.. You'd have everything you need which you've mentioned above and brilliant performance. For gaming, especially on a strict budget, the added price for an i7-6700k is not worth it for such minimal performance than the i5-6600k.
Haha yes, probably should have done it sooner. Thanks for the comments. At a point where i'm happy to show it now so made sense after a good clean :)
I see what you mean about the builds being similar! And yeah, the AIO's are brilliant, but just need some quieter fans as you've also done. I should probably take a look at the XMP Profile - It's been stable as it is so haven't had it on my mind haha.
I love it, there's not much more to be said other than it's perfect - Beautiful clean style. Aesthetics-wise, the H7 combo with the Define Mini C and white cabling is identical to how i'd want to do an mATX build - albeit with cheaper components haha :)
It's lovely to see a completed build similar to how i'd want to build, so nice to get an idea of how it'd look. Great job!