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What started out as a refresh of my wife's computer turned into making a new one for me as well! Hey, I'm not complaining. I was rocking an AMD Phenom 2 955 Black with two R9 270s.

Originally I had envisioned matching cases that sat on the built in desk I made. Only one would be an inverted motherboard so both computers could face into the room versus one facing a wall. Cause that's no fun, right?

Well Newegg had the TT Core P3 Snow Edition on sale with a MIR, so naturally I got two. The idea of a wall mounted computer had materialized as the winner and I must say I'm quite pleased.

I didn't want to water cool either computer and the P series is designed for using radiators so I came up with an idea to mount some fans along the front of the case. It's simply some L-shaped aluminum that I drilled holes into to screw the fans into and it's bolted to the case.

The hard drives went into the area the radiator is usually. I'm not sure they're supposed to go there but they fit. I bought 2.5" drives specifically to fit there.

Of course RGB is all the rage so I used the most RGB'n fans on the market (at the time). Really the wife said she wanted unicorn and she liked the Corsair HD120s better than the TT Riing fans. Then I found out that you need an extra part to make the unicorn puke mode, so I had to buy the Lighting Node Pro which came with some LED strips.

Of course I couldn't let those LED strips go to waste so I stuck em by the hard drives and behind the case for some glow effect. The LED strips are partially diffused with some frosted acrylic that I bolted to the case. The acrylic is held up by some nylon spacers. As you can see the diffusion didn't work very well. These strips are meant for reflected lighting. I have some ideas in the works to make an RGB glow panel instead. The back LED strips are set to change from green to yellow to red as CPU and GPU temperatures rise.

Cables to the computer as you can imagine are annoying and unsightly. I had a leftover TV cable tray for wall mounted TVs that I cut to size and routed everything through. Works pretty well.

Yes I know CPU cooler is oriented oddly. I got the Ryzen before there was hardly any AM4 support and had to get the free bracket with proof of purchase of the cooler. Cooler Master's first version can only be mounted in this orientation. I like the mounting setup better than the second version, so I never bothered to change it out. It seems to cool the CPU just fine.

Benchmarks:

Prime 95 for an hour: 52 deg-C

Cinebench: 1272 cb

Unigen-Superposition: 8235 (Custom settings of 2560x1080, high shaders, and high textures) FPS: Min 51, Avg 62, Max 75

Unigen-Superposition: 11875 (Custom settings of 2560x1080, medium shaders, and medium textures) FPS: Min 71, Avg 88, Max 120

3DMark - Time Spy: 6658 (6863 GPU, 5699 CPU)

I mostly play WoW. I also play Wolfenstein, Fallout 3-4, Skyrim, Witcher, and RCT2. I also stream Twitch (Uruloki_Smash) on occasion which this machine has no problem doing.

Thanks for taking a look!

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a post for your wife's computer as well? If so could someone reply with the link.

Your build looks good though, I love the open air case.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ditto

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't put up her PC's guide yet. I will put in the description and comments when I do!

Thanks! I really like the case concept and was going to build a DIY version, but this was much easier!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

As promised here is the companion guide for my wife's matching computer Rainbow Brite.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Very colourful

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Wasn't love at 1st site, but it's growing on me :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I have the same case and wanted to mount my fans to air cool it like in your build. Is there an example of the mounting set up you used somewhere?

Cheers on an amazing set up!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I do not have any pictures to explain how I did it. However, it's not terribly difficult. I bought an L shaped aluminum channel piece. Laid three fans down and marked and cut the aluminum to that size. Then marked and drilled the 6 holes for the fan mounts. Make sure the holes are just undersized from a fan mount screws. Then I drilled a few holes for mounting the aluminum to the case. Paint it up. Install the bracket to the case with some small #8 or #10 nuts and bolts. Then mount the fans with normal fan screws. I placed the fans so they were "inside" the L otherwise I couldn't use normal fan screws.

Maybe that helps?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I am wondering if I can achieve this same effect just using some L brackets. I will hit up my home depot!!!

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