I adore this.
This actually reminds me of a similar 'frame' design I did a while back using a 3d printed motherboard tray that used 180mm fan holes mounted directly to a 180mm radiator with a small pedestal at the bottom with an SFX PSU. was a really simple little L shape - yours is far more realised and, in my opinion, effective as a final design - great work and feature well deserved.
I didn't, however orientation is restricted due to the IO cover so keep that in mind.
The main restriction I had was the RAM height as I was using it with a slim 120mm fan.
Looks great - best ITX motherboard (I have the same one) - I really like your unsleeved cables - I think SFF they can really improve the look of the build
Noctua L12S is a few millimeters taller than Ghost S1 supports - the older L12 fits with about 1-2mm spare.
Looks great - really unfortunate you can't get the older L12 to avoid bending it, but you can't tell and it looks really clean.
Is there any reason you can't install it in the other direction to mount a bottom slim fan for assisting airflow?
Great build - was there any space at the bottom for some slim fans to assist the flow of air bottom to top?
Sandwich layouts with top rads can benefit a huge amount with bottom fans - also the GPU cable runs look fantastic!
Makes perfect sense, thanks for the reply!
All these comments about choices based around gaming show they didn't read the description...
Was there any reason you opted for the 9980XE over a Threadripper 2990WX?
Do your particular work loads tend to favor Intel or was it purely to allow for the use of Optane drives and their search algorithms?
Either way, stunning PC! I find it funny people invest more in a home PC than a work PC when chances are they're spending more time on their Work PC xD
I'd do something similar but I've changed roles to one that requires me to be mobile so ZenBook Pro Duo for me :(
Spectacular build man! One of the cleanest and best executed custom cases I've seen in a while - that backplate is a work of art!
Have you got a thread on SFF Lab forums?
I feel like a lot of members there would love to see the process and thought behind the case.
Very nice build, did you do the front machining yourself or get someone else do it?
I think your grills on the front is the nicest I've seen on a triple rad Shift - most use massive hex/circle holes which don't look as good as yours so very nice work!
I agree it looks better on air, the GPU shroud brings the whole them together and the Heatsink fills out a lot of the space in the top, WC looked a bit empty.
On air it's a fantastic looking build, great work.
That's a stunning design - would be cool with one of the 3rd gen Ryzen APU's as a tiny little gaming machine.
Nice build and great run down of the case, I backed the Ghost initially and backed out after 6 months of waiting and no delivery date set and bought an A4 instead - disappointing to hear you're having so many issues on a case that costs that much!
In the end though at least you have a great looking system with awesome specs!
Great work :)
Ah Grim Dawn, the ultimate PC stress test xD
Nice to see someone else playing it AND using a Chimera case!
I weirdly dig the external rad actually - I feel like if you painted the radiator and got some ring fans that show the lights on the outside you won't even need the top hat :P
Great build though and solid specs, that'll serve you well for a while to come I'm sure!
I actually really appreciate the side shots showing the RAM clearance with the cooler, cos I'm planning on getting this cooler for my build and wasn't sure if it would fit with my memory.
From China to Australia it was a little over a week I think.
Are you using the Sky Blue front mesh? There's no photos of the front of the case!
I'm a big believer in using fittings instead of bending tube, and this build perfectly illustrates why!
It's just so much cleaner the Pink/White complement each other perfectly.
Amazing work my friend, preemptive congrats on the feature ;)
Welcome to the DanFam! I do the same thing... In fact I'm doing the same thing right now! My A4 system is darn near perfect, so naturally I'm getting a new PC case commissioned and gonna do another PC xD
I was about to comment and point out some parts are not Corsair, I'm glad someone else was wise to this betrayal.
This build gives me MAJOR MDPC MurderBox TJ07 vibes.
Before cases were build for prefect cabling and RGB and black powdercoated steel was the thing.
That's what got me into PC building in the first place, so this build just blows me away with a nostalgic rush. Love it.
Honestly I like the back side more because of how perfect the cables and fittings are xD
For reference, this is what I'm referring to: https://www.million-dollar-pc.com/systems-2011/murderbox-mk2/murderbox-mk2.htm
"Mid Range" xD great build and good part selection, but this is definitely a high end computer and quite a beast at that!
Hey another Dan! Welcome to the club :D how are you finding your CPU temps with the L9a?
Nice build, how are you GPU temps with it facing the glass? I've built a couple of Shift systems and always had to face the fans in so the bottom fan gave them fresh air.
Then I am a sad, shallow man who relies too much on the fickle, materialistic aspects of something that is irrelevant...
Impressive hardware! But the lack of custom cables for some reason saddens me xD
Would love to see some nice clean grey on grey cables!
p.s. I know you don't have a window so it's a non-issue, but neither do I and it's knowing you have stock cables that eats away at your soul ;P
Simple sensational and clean build.
Congrats on the feature!
The 8700T works great with the Black Ridge, although the first batch issues mean that it doesn't perform much better than my Noctua L9i... Waiting on revised stock before attempting a return at this stage.
I got the RAM through a site called SuperBuy, which is a Chinese purchasing agent who I believe ordered it through TaoBao.
You are correct, good eye. They're the HiFiMan HE-4XX's from Massdrop :D
Thanks very much! The GPU cables are pretty much jammed down by the front panel haha, it was a very tight squeeze!
Thanks man! it took a few iterations but I'm where I want to be now haha
Thanks man, I think it makes sense in a case like this
Thanks! It sure is! I still love being able to carry this amount of power in a backpack haha
Nice build! I gave up waiting on my Ghost and went for the A4 instead.
My build is actually pretty similar to yours except I've got an 8700T instead of the 2600X.
I'm surprised the FTW3 doesn't fit without a top hat in the Ghost were it does in the Dan, although I think the Dan is slightly taller than the Ghost while being narrower.
Glad to see people are getting these and posting them up (finally)
I actually just bought Cablemod extensions with EnSourced made Shorty's for this version of the build, although I've just posted my latest revision of this build with my Ensourced custom cables
Love the cables, actually inspired my new cable theme I'm getting through Ensourced cos I didn't realise how freaking great the carbon and black diamond paracord looked!
Great build dude, motherboard LED's look great peeking through and always good to see more SFF builds around!
Bout 40-45 degrees usually. Although I am now running the system with the CPU side panel off cos it looks better and stays cooler. Side panel on you may find your temps start to get into the 80's under load.
It's a Noctua Reduc 92mm, this one is 1600 rpm.
Thanks man, I'm currently waiting on Dan to re-release the windowed panels again so they won't be hidden! And you are correct, HE-4XX's, Aune X7S and an SMSL M8A 32bit/784k DAC. Got a few other tube amps and such around, but this is my core set up :D The larger one on the right is an external 4Tb HDD to avoid using internal drives.
Purple/Green theme builds like this never cease to inspire and impress me! Love this build dude, really hope this gets a feature!
On a side note, anyone else see a cactus in the tube runs and reservoir? No? Just me? k...
Thanks dude! Yeah it's a little pocket rocket this one. Something so satisfying about playing games flawlessly on a 30cm x 100cm desk and not being deafened with fan noise! xD
They're pretty nice huh? I was inspired by the GMK Carbon keycap set which have a dark grey/light grey and orange theme which I just really liked.
Thanks man! :D
Thanks for the kind words, I've been trying to achieve this build for a long time and have had a few attempts that didn't quite achieve my goal, I'm extremely happy with how this turned out though!
Thanks heaps man :D
I used to go to Respawn LAN which was one of the only local LANs, these days we all meet at a mate's house which has heaps of space and just make a weekend of it xD
I haven't used the CU version of the C7. Base C7 drones a lot so I know longer use it, with the Noctua fan it might be a bit better, but you need to mod it or 3d print an adapter.
This is much quieter and does the trick for me.
Yeah the silver is less often seen but lovely.
I don't have the GPU hoping I'll be better haha, I have a 240hz 1080p display, so the 1080 is perfect as I can easily maintain those FPS's with the necessary settings.
It's more I play Siege at the LAN's I go to a lot so I needed a nice and portable system for that.