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After months of researching, rumination and waiting for the bitcoin craze to cool I finally pulled the trigger. The intent was to have a rig with quality parts that could run the most current games on high settings while looking sharp and be able to upgrade the system in the future. In order to keep the RGB lighting effects consistent I chose as many Corsair components as possible.

Since I'm a sucker for the latest gadgets I went with the 8086k which was recently introduced a month ago. I sent the "binned 8700k" processor to Silicon Lottery to get delidded and binned yet again. I was intending to do the delidding and apply the liquid metal myself but wanted to get my processor benchmarked. Per SL my processor is good for 5.1 GHz and in the future will receive an overclock. Cooling the 8086k is the Corsair H150i, the largest of the AIOs that Corsair offers. The ubiquitous Asus ROG Maximus X Hero was used to house all the components and will offer a way to safely overclock in the future and go with an SLi.

The first case I had my eyes on was the Corsair 570x but as soon as I saw the 500D RGB SE I knew that it was the case for me. The smoked tempered glass along with the LL120s, vs the SP120s that the 570x comes with, were some of the biggest factors in choosing the 500D over the 570x. The 500D also comes with the commander pro and the side panels swing out for easy access. 3 additional LL120s were added in addition to the 3 in the front that came with the case.

I went with a panda, black and white, theme for the build. The Corsair Dominator Platinum is a special edition which features the contrast of a white body with black heat spreaders. The white LED is not RGB but with all the other RGB elements in the case I thought that going with RGB ram would be overkill. I picked the RMx 750w because not only is the body of the PSU white but the power cables as well which freed me from having to custom sleeve the cables.

For storage I wanted to free up cable clutter and try the latest in hard drive technology. Going for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe was in my opinion more reasonable than going for the Pro as the only benefits would have been an extra 200 Mb/s for write speed.

edit: I was having issues with wifi dropping with the onboard wifi. Maybe an issue with the mobo. I've since added a wifi card and have not had any issues since.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

CHECKLIST for Panda CORSAIR build..... :)

Case = CORSAIR = PASS

Motherboard = exempt

CPU = exempt

CPU Cooler = CORSAIR = PASS

RAM = CORSAIR = PASS

PSU = CORSAIR = PASS

GPU = CORSAIR = PASS

FANS = CORSAIR = PASS

SSD = SAMSUNG = FAILED (Corsair wont be very happy...)

Very nice build! :) +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

lol thanks :)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Very similar to mine nice job! Gotta go with lots of corsair stuff.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I really like how your cable management turned out. Definitely better than mine!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I ask where did you order the custom cables at and to what specification. I’m looking to replace my cables in my build to clean it up

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

I got my cables from cablemod. They have a pro kit for just under 100$ that are thicker wires and have built in cable combs that are nice. Lots of different colors to choose from. They also have a pro extension kit for a lot less.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not have to order custom cables as the cables that came with my power source were already white. But I know that you can buy different color cables from Corsair or Phanteks. Hope this helps.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Panda bought all my parts for my new rig, very similar to yours. Got a couple of questions pls Why did you mount your m.2 in the bottom slot not the under the heat shield? How did you find mounting the cpu cooler to the top of the case.

Love the build by the way :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Napalm

I mounted the m.2 in the bottom slot just to make it visible. I could have installed it under the heat shield.

The CPU cooler is mounted at the front of the case and I have the GPU cooler mounted at the rear of the case. Not sure what you mean?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Have you had any issues with the case as far as keeping the doors closed?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

When I had some cable clutter the clearance of the cables in the back prevented the door from closing. But since I cleaned up the cables I haven't had any issues with keeping the door closed.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Question .. Hi, there did you have any issues loading Asus Bios on the first boot. Thanks

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a fan related error codes that I had to fix though before being able to boot up but other than that it was fine.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this fit E-ATX board in the case?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

No sorry, I think it only goes up to ATX

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

You could go with the 1000D though

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, great build! Did the 500D RGB SE come with the RGB controller thing that's next to the commander pro in your photos? I was told it did but can't find anything about it on any other sites..

Thanks

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it did. I ended up with an extra as the 3 ll120 pack came with one also.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought Corsair Obsidian 500D SE and MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon , when i try to install the rear fan i can't the motherboard is let no clearance to install that fan. Can you help me please ?

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard you picked is ATX and should fit in the case with no rear fan clearance problems. You might want to make sure that the motherboard is on the standoffs that came with the case. You do not need to install additional standoffs. Make sure that the shroud with all the rear connectors on the motherboard are aligned with the cutout in the back of the case. It took me a little bit to make sure those two were aligned.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure that my motherboard is on the standoffs that came with the case. And i didn't install install additional standoffs. And i'm sure that the shroud with all the rear connectors on the motherboard are aligned with the cutout in the back of the case .I manage now to install that rear fan with big difficulter, i start screewing one screew each time untill all screew the all but the fan is make presser on the motherboard shroud but all the connectors still fine and aligned with the cutout in the back of the case and that good. Thank your for responding to my question.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a problem, glad you made it work.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you use LL fans with the radiators? Have you found any downsides to using them? Are they really loud? I am contemplating between LLs or MLs. You have any problems with them?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the LLs with my radiator with no downsides so far. For me it was a matter of coordinating with the LLs that came with the 500D RGB SE case. They are not loud and look great.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems installing that motherboard with this case? I am, the screws aren’t aligning properly for me?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems installing that motherboard with this case? I am, the screws aren’t aligning properly for me?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

not too many problems, just a bit of shoving it up against the IO shield but it went in fine.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about doing the 570x but went for an Obsidian 500D RGB SE instead

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That's how similar they look actually. On the 500D RGB SE, the power source shroud covers the entire power source and isn't open ended like the 570x. The 500D RGB SE also doesn't have the thumb screws on the glass panels as the side panels have a hinge and the front panel is not removable.

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  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

No he doesn't if you look at the bottom left corner of the case then look it up then you'd see