I decided to revamp this build since I gutted the build to make Triton! I have this weird thing about not leaving parts around so I had to build something with the left over parts.I wanted a machine that I would suit my development, gaming and VR needs (coming soon). I chose the Intel 6500 because I don't plan on overclocking, those days are over for me. I'm really going for stability with this system. I originally named the machine Greysoul because I liked the eerie muted glow that I get with the case fans. .
I had the itx motherboard, cpu, case, m.2 ssd and power supply. So as you can see with picking up ram and gpu I would be golden. This put me in a difficult situation because I didn't want to invest too much more in this machine but I really wanted to get it up and running.
I stopped by my local microcenter looking to pick up a open box gpu something under $200. I told the salesman what I was looking for and walked out of the back with a "Refurbished" 970 Founders Edition, and I was like SOLD! The last thing i needed was ram, HyperX fury is always a good choice when in a bind and it was cheap ($49) for 8GB of DDR4. I was about to pull it off the shelf I saw 16GB of EVGA DDR4 ram for $69 and I was like SOLD!
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this system though, it may be relagated to a Home Theater PC, Zwift Box or something for my wife office. Who knows maybe I can get her into gaming. :)
So on to the build
Everything has to be built around The Dark Rock 3. I know it goes without saying but this thing is massive and it doesn't leave much space to do much inside the case. The one thing I love about this cooler is how big and silent the fan is. But the size requires you to install the fan last.
As you install the cooler remove the fan right off the bat. Mount the heat-sink to your board outside the case on the box that you motherboard came in. If you don't do this you will have an extremely hard time tightening the nuts which are required to secure the cooler to the mounting bracket. take your time and tight the nuts evenly. When you are set with the cooler install your RAM and then the silent wings fan. Your fan will overhang the heat-sink so you have to be alright that that.
I'm writing this to you guys because It was tight. I actually installed and reinstalled it like 3 times before I figure it out.
I didn't op for a second fan on the heat-sink since it was so close to the rear of the case. I just used a Static Pressure fan I had laying around to help pull air over the heat sink and exhaust any rising heat out.
In the front of the case I have two NZXT LED fans (White) I had them and they are a little quieter than the stop fans so I used them. I did move the stock fans which are usually in the front to the top as two additional intake fans. These fans push air right on to cpu heat-sink an back of the card.
And that's pretty much it. I hope you liked my Manta stealth build.
Rock solid CPU. Not much more to say than that.
I've always loved crucial products, this ssd drive has been pretty rock solid. no problems after two months. Read and Write speeds are more than adequate for your average user/gamer. This was a great low cost solution for the build.
Great case to build in. Everything is so purposeful. The only gripe which i think everyone has is the fact that when you mount most hard drives, they are mounted upside down. having the flexibility to mount with the connectors on the left or right would be huge. The PSU shroud is a pretty big and restricts the airflow near the graphics card due to the low clearance of the GPU.