Description

So a while ago i had a burning desire to upgrade my 7 year old PC. I wanted something small, but beefy, with sufficient cooling. I believe I have succeeded.

Things that went well/What I like about the build

  • Small compact with lots of guts (obviously)
  • It runs cool as
  • The case has lots of radiator support options
  • I have the option for another 120mm fan on the base of the case
  • Push/Pull config on the H100i is possible if i were to remove dust filter from the front - more options!
  • M.2s are new to me. So this drive is unbelievably quick
  • My previous PSU was a silverstone and it never skipped a beat in the 9+ years i had it (it was frankensteined into my previous build). This one is sexy as, representing the Titanium level of efficiency. Fully modular with the cable mod ST series cables.
  • The mag lev fans i selected out of curiosity, the concept has always fascinated me so it is awesome to see corsair bringing it into the pc word.

The things that went wrong/What i dislike about the build

  • CPU radiator mount wouldnt fit with the ram i selected (top mount) - forcing me to install on the front. This caused everything to be out of idea position. Everything is running well though IMO.
  • H100i uses 9pin usb usb 2.0 header, which my motherboard does not have. I could run a 20pin to 9pin adaptor but then i'd lose my front usb ports. It seems to be going fine without it.
  • Lack of a 3rd channel in Q-Control for the 3rd fan header (AIO_PUMP). My GPUs radiator is currently plugged into it, but i think it fluctuates RPM based off CPU temp? Correct me if im wrong. I would ideally like to have the ability to change how this works, (PWM/DC) but it has no such option.

Overly i'm very happy with the setup. I even modded my desk with some ducting and installed a new shelf for it to tuck under the desk on. Neat

Next on the list is a 1440p 144hz monitor.

I hope you guys like my poor quality photos (soz)

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

If you need a 1440p 144hz monitor, I recommend this one: https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Gaming-S2716DG-LED-Lit-Monitor/dp/B0149QBOF0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1496334244&sr=8-2&keywords=dell+1440p+144hz+gsync

I'm using it right now and it's great :D

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been looking into this one, but i'll have a squiz at your recommendation. Thanks :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using 2 Dell S2716DG for over 6 months now and theyre really good.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool :) I was looking at ones like those, but then I found this dell one and it has a little less movement, but it's way cheaper for pretty much the same specs. :p The movement can be a big thing for certain people though, the one I have only moves up and down a bit.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I can vouch for this monitor. I would never recommend anything else when it comes to 1440p 144hz. That said, maybe even consider going Ultrawide since that rig could certainly handle a 3440x1440 setup.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

That is exactly why I haven't purchased a monitor just yet. Acer announced their 4k 144hz monitor, the X27, still waiting on release and price before i jump in. Other wise ultrawide could also be an option I havent considered. Cheers

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, when it comes to monitors it's definitely best to take your time and get something you know you want. In a lot of ways it's the most important decision you have to make. I would absolutely recommend checking out an ultrawide. I didn't think I'd care for it but once I experienced it it's hard to go back. Really immersive!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

No way would I recommend this monitor. It uses a TN panel - YUK! I would rather recommend a similar monitor that uses an AHVA IPS-like panel instead. Yes, AHVA panels are prone to more IPS glow affects, but is negated easily by properly calibrating the monitor using a tool like Spyder 5 Pro. The Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz (AHVA panel) monitor is much better and is 'only' $599 right now ;-)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

My wallet can't handle this... THE BUILD IS SO FREAKING AMAZING!!!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Sick foot shot bro

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Beefy is an understatement! This is high fckn end!!! 1+! awesome build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

great job, I would have recommended a larger case, because it looks cramped

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I also chose not to use the USB connection for the H100i. It's really only needed if you want to change the RGB color of it (assuming you don't have fans hooked to it, and use the mobo to control the fan speeds). FYI, you can get an IDC 5 to USB adapter if you want to have a removable option for changing that H100i LED, but don't have the mobo header.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think that if you used slim 120mm fans on the radiator, you would be able to mount it on top? I'm also trying to build a dual AIO liquid cooling system in a Nano S.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

It all depends on your ram choice, with the ram I chose and the radiator it was only a couple millimetres too big. Slim 120s should resolve that, but also ram choice.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude is almost the build I want, it is awesome! which other RAM would you have picked to avoid placing in the front intake the CPU radiator?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Well this guy did it with the corsair stuff. take a look https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/rW3bt6

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks!

And if you had to pick slim 120mm fans, which ones would be a nice replacement for the stock corsair ones?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats the noise like from the case?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

DId you have any problems with power being restricted due to the lower watt PSU ?

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

Why didn't you get a bigger case? I see you would've had enough room under your desk and it would've improved heat distribution meaning you wouldn't have needed to buy a water cooled graphic card.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you talking about the white LED fan at the back? If so thats the gpus AIO, and yes its a shame. I want to totally disable it/remove the LEDS