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Hello,

My son just bought a condo and has been in the Navy for 4 years. For Christmas, my idea was to build him a nice gaming rig (we both game, but I'm quite a bit older lol). He likes to play DOTA 2, so with a lot of colorful characters, I wanted a colorful system.

This was my 2nd build. I haven't posted my first build yet.

The case I used is beautiful and is completely modular. The PC is quite heavy. I chose the Noctua DH-15 and it is keeping the temp between 72-80 deg (quite nice). Rhis build was not cheap, but should last for a while.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

you're an amazing dad mate. i hope he's happy with the build

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yes it fits him quite nice!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish I had a dad like you, hope he liked it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

He was quite thrilled btw.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, I wish you were my dad.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Very "cool" daddy-o ;)

I have a few brief thoughts.

First: I wish you'd consider routing the cables(especially the GPU cables) behind the motherboard tray and along the floor of the case - I doubt the fan at the bottom is contributing to thermals whatsoever, especially since it looks like you've positioned it as an exhaust. No matter whatever you do with the other fans in the case, almost no air will ever approach that bottom fan so that it can be exhausted correctly.

Secondly: Speaking of that floor fan, if you removed it to make room for cables, could you also lower the drive cage? I can't help but wonder if feeding the GPU a little more air from the front intake would do it some good. Lowering the drive cage might accomplish that.

Finally: Back to thermals...I'd consider rotating the CPU cooler tower. The impact of this will be up for debate, but it seems to me that asking the CPU cooler fan to push air in a direction that is a direct 90 degree change from the air flow created by the rest of the fans - the front intake and the rear exhaust are creating a horizontal flow whereas the CPU cooler fan is creating a pure upward flow - might diminish the efficiency of both air flows. Rotating the entire tower so that the fan on the tower pushes air towards the exhaust might improve the air cooling of the entire system.

OH! I just noticed this: are the top fans also intake? If all the top and front fans are intake, I'd advise that they're all working against one another, pulling in a great deal of air and smashing it all near the center of the case, disrupting a smooth air flow that would allow each hot component proper heat dissipation. I would recommend making the top fans exhaust if that is the case.

Again, these are just the immediate thoughts that come to mind, I say these things in a conversational and possibly helpful spirit.

Well done!

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Hi,

Thanks for the feedback. There are two fans at the bottom, I know that they don't contribute much to cooling, but it gives the case the look that I wanted. More attractive than cables to me. The top fans are exhaust. There is quite a bit of air being pushed out of the case. I observed the temps while he was gaming after installing MSI Afterburner. I adjusted some fans speed, and the entire case and system performs extremely well. The Titan Xp Collectors Edition operate quite hot. I have the Empire version in an Alienware Aurora case, and that's 80 degrees most of the time.

The temps overall seem fine in his case.

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Well Sir,

After your comments, I went over to my son's place and you were correct. The top fans were pushing down and I rotated the Noctua cooler (too much in a rush, I guess). End results for temps are:

27C idle and between 55 to 65C for gaming.

Thank you for your keen eyes!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same thoughts exactly. The CPU cooler should be rotated 90° to exhaust at the back of the case. I would remove the HDD trays entirely and install the storage on the power supply shroud. That with some cable management would definitely benefit for better temperatures from what I can see on the left information bar.

Other than that VERY nice parts. (Jealous of that Titan xp) and monitor is not overkill for that much power.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

had a question. Did you have any difficulty getting that motherboard installed in the case? I've read multiple complaints that, due to the pre-installed I/O Armor on the Asus Maximus series, they couldn't get the motherboard installed properly.

Very nice build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

No, no problems at all on this case. I had slight fitting issues with that GPU.