Don't know, but you can't remove it otherwise you'll destroy the cooler if you do decide to try
That's part of the CPU cooler.
Not that I can tell. Pretty sure I run out of GPU horsepower before CPU at this resolution.
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Most of these parts were purchased at different times over a year ago for other builds. The only parts purchased at time of this build were the motherboard, cpu, ram, and ssd. Like I said, this wasn't meant to be a true from scratch budget build. It's a budget build using leftover parts from other builds. Not going to buy new parts when I have old parts lying around that I have no use for. I'm also not going to build an ugly looking PC. Total out the door at the time of building was $490.
Why a Z series board?. It was available for faster shipping and the cheapest H or B series boards at the time were a few dollars (as in I think $5) cheaper with no additional features.
Why not 8GB of ram? This kit was on sale, which is why I got it. The price difference between a dual channel 8GB kit and a 16GB kit wasn't that big and this PC idles with 4.8GB of ram usage. Chrome eats up ram. 8GB is just enough sure. 16GB makes sure you have no issues years down the road.
Once the 11 series of GPUs is out from nvidia an upgrade is planned as well.
Exhaust. If you mount it up top you would have to keep the top open. Can't put the solid back on. You do hear more noise, but it's not to bad. The additional noise is also directed upwards, so you mainly hear it if you're above it. Shouldn't be an issue if you have it on your desk.
The case's roof isn't permanently solid. The solid panel on the roof can be removed and replaced with a magnetic dust filter included with the case. You should be fine in cooling.
Cable Mod Configurator Specs:
24 Pin: 250mm
4+4 Pin EPS: 400mm
Dual 6+2 Pin PCI-E: 200mm -> 100mm
Dual SATA Power: 200mm -> 100mm SATA 3 Data: 300mm
The sata one would allow you to put SSDs on top of the PSU with the connectors facing the front of the case.
Looks like you could benefit from a smaller case with all that empty space in this one. Perhaps a Define C or Meshify C?
Amazon. I also dislike Fractal's continuation of pushing their black and white color scheme.
You can see the bottom RGB LED light through the mesh. Beyond that no, the mesh blocks any actual viewing of the GPU.
The cooling should be fine for your setup. My CPU is almost 30 watts higher TDP and I have a mild OC. For this setup the noctua cools better, but it's also about twice the price and the be quiet wasn't overheating or anything like that.
The main thing I didn't like was the mounting hardware. Maybe consider the h7?
I actually found it at a Fry's Electronics retail store in California. I haven't seen it anywhere else even online since. Seems like Asus hasn't bothered producing many of them.
The dark rock's fan was making annoying humming noises. Thought it was because the clip that holds the fan to the cooler touches the backplate of the gpu. Further investigation though revealed that wasn't the case (tested it with gpu not installed). I had this issue on two of dark rock 3s so I got rid of it.
Final update, which I just realized isn't here, is I got rid of the be quiet pure rock and replaced it with the noctua nh-u12s with the fan from the pure rock.
be quiet's mounting mechanisms are terrible and their cooling isn't great from what I saw. They have the looks down though.
Not that I noticed.
I've also wondered this. I didn't do anything special for it. Probably just the motherboard's reinforced pcie slots.
It's the ergotech freedom arm hd with spring tension set to lowest.
Silent. They live up to their names
Yeah. I have a USB Windows 10 boot drive I use. After every reinstall I reactivated my key.
If you find a small enough one yeah.
It's very quiet. The fan hub on the radiator is pretty awesome. I used be quiet silent wings 3 fans instead of the included ones. I have it set to auto mode and it's very quiet and keeps the cpu pretty cool. Haven't tried pwm mode yet.
Just electric tape
For a while there it did. It all works out though. Kind of wish the case didn't have the extra 5th expansion slot so that it didn't look so empty underneath.
Gaming and software development.
The adapter has the same mounting holes as a normal ATX PSU. So, you'll attach it like if you would be mounting a normal ATX PSU. The adapter then has inner mounting holes for an SFX PSU. So, you end up attaching your SFX PSU to the adapter like if you were attaching the PSU to an SFX PSU case.
I used the Asus ez tune thing or whatever it's called. It left the cpu at 4.5 GHz. Temps seem to be fine. Under high cpu load it hits the high 70s. Could be better, but given the size of the cooler and all that. Not bad.
Got me some cable mod action in there replacing the Corsair cables.
I got it through work. It's a HAT Contract desk. For similar price and feature set that you can buy directly checkout these.
My desk is a 60x30 inch desk.
Yeah. I mostly sit, but the potential is there!