Description

Hello everyone. Here is another project I have been working on for the past month to give to a family member who is in need of a desktop. She does not require a lot of horsepower, most will be used for storing her photos from her gardening hobbies and web browsing. So I delved into my PC Parts garage, found spare parts that I donated and bought any remaining parts that were needed.

Photos do not do justice as i'm using a mobile camera. LED lighting is more vibrant in real life. Some photos are also taken with the tempered glass panel on hence has reflections.

Salvaged Parts:

-Intel Core i3-4170

-Deepcool Captain 120 Liquid CPU Cooler (Didn't use in my personal build, CHECK OUT SHINY CHARIZARD MEGA EDITION)

-Seasonic G-series 450w PSU (Myold PSU before I upgraded for the GTX 980 Ti)

-Nvidia GTX 645 (Found laying around in an old dell PC of mine)

-MSI H97 Gaming 3 (Came with the Xeon Bundle I used for my main rig)

-Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB (Came with the Xeon Bundle I used for my main rig)

New Parts:

-Kingston HyperX Savage 120GB SSD

-TP-Link Wireless card

-In Win 805 Black/Red ATX Case

-Deepcool RGB Led Lighting

Build Process:

Although she does not require a powerful PC, I decided to go this route with her build as she does enjoy eye candy in all her belongings. Hence I decided to go for an In Win Case YET AGAIN! and this case is extremely simple to build in, has a lot of modding potential and worked extremely well with what I had in mind.

Part Summary:

CPU:

This hefty i3 is one powerful dual core CPU. It has more then enough horsepower for almost any basic consumer tasks and even moderate gaming.

Cooler:

This was lying around gathering dust. So might as well use it to give some eye candy to the build and also keep that i3 FROSTY COLD, even though it is extremely overkill for it.

Motherboard:

Came with the Xeon Bundle, the motherboard is pretty solid from first impression. First time using an MSI motherboard, has good layout for all its ports (SATA, GPU, Fan headers). Also has an impressive red/black theme to it.

Memory:

Came with the Xeon Bundle, the aluminium heat spreader looks gorgeous in red, simple to install and fits the theme real good.

Storage:

As she already has an external hard drive with over 2TB of storage for her photos, I decided to just get an SSD with 120GB storage for faster speeds where she can then work on arranging her photos before moving them back into her external hard drive. It'll also help with a few applications she uses. Storage should not be a big issue for what she uses it for.

Graphics Card:

A nifty little card with some extra added MSI red/black touches that I done to it using vinyl.

Powersupply:

Rock solid as always with any Seasonic.

Case:

ONE WORD, GORGEOUS, If you have any questions about the case potential, shoot me a PM. (Case is lighter then my In Win 901!!!).

Deepcool RGB Lighting:

It works, but not as good in colour saturation and quality as the Bitfenix alchemy or other more expensive lighting systems out there. But they came cheap and in a pair (you can get 4 of these for the price of 1 Bitfenix alchemy)

Fans:

The stock In Win Fans and Bitfenix Spectre Pro ensures near silent operation. The pump is also relately quiet when cooling an i3 only hahahahah.

Modifications

As she wanted more eyecandy in the build, I decided to add some custom modifications (both simple and complex) to the Power Supply, Graphics Card, and Cable covering Shroud.

The Shroud required me to hand cut a piece of 3mm acrylic 8.5cm by 27.5cm and using carbon fibre vinyl, spent several hours cutting out each individual segments of a tribal Yveltal (pokemon). Opaque Tracing Paper was used to give the clear acrylic a masked white behind the Yveltal. An LED Strip is installed behind to give it ambient glow.

Final Thoughts and Evaluation

In my personaly opinion, I think the visual aesthetics of the parts worked alright. The Led from deepcool was much much dimmer then I thought, however it'll do for her tastes anyhow. If I could go back and change anything, It would be getting another pair of LED strips to add to the Yveltal Shroud. Otherwise I am pleased with the end result.

ANY QUESTIONS/QUERIES/COMMENTS POST BELOW.

Thank you and catch you all later!

Part Reviews

CPU

Very powerful cores, good for the average everyday user.

CPU Cooler

The aesthetics of this cooler is by far the best out there. Sturdy plastic construction, very flexible tubing, very high quality Deepcool fans as usual and solid quality radiator. However the fittings connecting the tubes to the water block is not the safest from potential leaks. The acrylic tubing seems to be fitted on using glue.

Cooling performance is decent, as it beats most top down 92-120mm ITX coolers. However not as good when compared to tower heatsinks with single/dual/triple 120mm/140mm coolers.

Motherboard

A rock solid motherboard with more then enough features for the gamer/average user. Comes with adequately placed out System fan headers, 2 CPU fan headers for AIO liquid coolers, plenty of SATA ports and plenty of PCI-E expansion slots.

BIOS is easy and smooth to use, however the post image used by MSI is not appealing. A simple MSI logo would have been much better than a full blown image.

Memory

Good looking RAM with an all aluminium heat spreader.

Storage

Very sturdy and aesthetically pleasing. However the performance is not as fast as stated.

Case

By far one of the best looking mid towers out there. Only quality aluminium and tempered glass is used throughout the entire case (Not counting the dust filter, hard drive caddies).

Very good build quality, excellent features with space for 2x140mm,3x120mm fans (with HDD cage removed). More then ample room for cable management with plenty of routing holes that are all smoothed out. 3x SSD sleds on the back of the motherboard tray and 1x in the front compartment, can house 2x 3.5inch HDD/or 2.5inch SSD in caddies. Ample power supply room for even the longest power supplies and can fit ATX/E-ATX motherboards. Can fit almost any graphics card, no matter how long or tall. Plenty of room for watercooling enthusiasts.

Power Supply

Rock solid performance with a good variety of cables for all situations and semi modular makes it a plus. This power supply has more then enough juice to run any single GPU system (gtx 970/980 paired with an i7).

Operating System

Good OS

Wireless Network Adapter

Good connectivity, simple to install and plug n play feature without the need for drivers. Powered by a Qualcomm Atheros wireless chip.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Eye candy on a budget? say it ain't so! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, a bit of thought and time and any hardware no matter how pricey can look good =)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool man, looks awesome!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

Same goes to your builds =)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

looks really nice ........

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, although the lighting effects did not turn out as good as I hoped it would.

But thanks nonetheless =)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

hey dude where did you buy inwin 805 case .

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

well it depends on your location. In Australia, they are available in most tech retailers, however stock has been a slight issue.

Which location are you situated at?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

united states

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Try Newegg.com, they have all 3 variety in stock. Best of luck =)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man awesome build you made

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No Problems =)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool looking case, looks one of a kind +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, like all In Win Cases, they always just stun me with the build quality and style.

Thanks again! and loving your blue steel rig! =)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, those aesthetics are super effective!

  • 47 months ago
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Im glad that you think so haha, Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice! Love the small attention to details with the custom decals. Definitely making good use of the big glass cover. +1

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks, although sometimes I feel the glass might be too big making it difficult sometimes to hide all cables away neatly. But maybe that's just me.

Thanks, it was tedious to cut the decals considering the little amount of tools I had (Only a pair of scissors, ruler, and a roll of automotive decal)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oooohh this is good +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooooh Thanks haha!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Although as you already said some parts are overkill.

I'd like to know more on how did you customise the gpu and the psu in particular. Any thoughts about the possibility of voiding the warranty, again especially on the psu? I'd like to know as I have an ugly psu myself that I'd like to "cover".

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha no problems.

I do understand that sometimes changing parts up to suit your build theme may bring up the question of whether it'll void warranty or not. I myself have the same concern when I started off with this build.

The power supply customisation will not void the warranty as it is merely an aesthetic vinyl add on for the carbon fibre look. The MSI Dragon emblem is then applied ontop of the vinyl . As long as you use automotive vinyl which is designed for prolonged usage and removal without sticky residue, you should be able to remove it easily when you need to RMA and put it back on when you get your new one back. As long as you DON'T open the power supply box, or peel off any "Warranty Void" Stickers, you will be fine for any RMA.

The GPU I went all out in customisation as its an old GPU and I have no need for it so giving it away to relative with this build. I personally would not customise a brand new GPU, they are already aesthetically pleasing today in the market and I do not see need to customise them unless your using a very old GPU like this build has.

But remember whenever you choose to customise a part, always be wary of the risks involved and assess whether it is worth it or not.

Remember I AM NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT OCCURS if you do decide to modify. This is just what I did for mine.

Goodluck! If you have any more questions about the build let me know.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

very good build but the case has horrible airflow and is a nightmare for watercooling. but good job for

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks haha!

although the case is actually not as bad as the reviews put it if you have worked with it before (Check out the watercooled In Win 805 I have on my profile too).

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think my thermal cpu and gpu temps would be okay if I use an AIO cooler and no intakes, or should I not use an HDD and put 2 bottom 120 intakes.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What CPU and GPU are you running and what AIO Cooler?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU is the GTX 980ti Hybrid CPU is a 6700K with a Corsair H100i GTX CPU Cooler

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Technically speaking, both your parts should still operate in its respective temperature ranges (Although much higher then a regular airflow chassis like the H440, Phanteks Enthoo Evolv etc.).

It would work fine, however the internal ambient temps would be much higher and the liquid within both AIO's may run hotter then normal, dust build up will also be a bigger issue due to lack of any real intakes (negative air pressure. The H100i will draw air from the space below the HDD Cage, dust will be fine in the front area but the GPU AIO and PSU will draw air through the PCIE Brackets and Rear IO Mobo gaps causing dust buildup on the rear)

If you still want to use the In Win 805 Case with those parts I would highly recommend using the bottom 2 fan slots as intake (Check out my latest Shiny Charizard V2 which also uses the In Win 805 custom watercooled, I did some testing with no bottom intakes vs with bottom intakes and i'd highly recommend the bottom intakes for the In Win 805). Otherwise if you can't do that (Because you must use a HDD), then go with a different case.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay so if a didn't use HDD but SSD instead and had 2 120mm intakes how much of a difference would that make?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I cannot judge the effects on your EVGA AIO GTX 980 Ti as I do not own one or use one in my case. However I can give you a rundown on my CPU.

In my situation, I've tested the current configs on the same day

my CPU in cooling was also the i7-6700K

1st Test:

I ran no bottom intakes (But with HDD cage still removed). I initially set the 2 EK Vardar Fans at 1200RPM both (The vardars can go up to 2200RPM).

Ambient was approx 26 Degrees Celcius, The CPU ran at 27-29 Degrees Oscillating In the first hour with my Liquid Temps running at approx 28 Degrees (The sensor is not 100% accurate). After letting it run on daily usage (Gaming/Video ETC, NO STRESS TESTING), the CPU would stabilise at 38-42 Degrees with a max peak of 48 Degrees and liquid temps would stabilize at 35-37 Degrees.

Now of course the CPU temps did not bother me, but the liquid temps already did bother me and since these tests did not involve a full on stress test with the CPU running always at 100% (only occasionally at 80-90% mainly at 60-70%). I had to revise and increased the Vardar speeds to 1500-1700RPM (GETTING LOUD!). The liquid temps dropped down to 31-33 Degrees and the CPU stabilised at 34-38 Degrees. This was far too loud. So I took a new intake approach.

2nd Test:

I ran 2 bottom intakes (A Thermaltake White Riing 120mm fan + Aerocool DS White 120mm fan at 60% of their speed approx. 1000RPM as intake). And I ran the 2 EK Vardar Fans on the radiator at 1200 RPM.

Ambient was approx 26 Degrees Celcius, The CPU ran at 27-29 Degrees Oscillating In the first hour as usual. However it would now stabilise with CPU at 31-34 Degrees With Max 45 Degrees and the liquid temps stayed well within 28-30 Degrees. It was also much quieter. I was also able to crank the EK fans down to 1100RPM and temps stayed relatively the same.

So all in all, the intakes does make a slight difference to temps but imo the biggest change was being able to crank the radiator fan speed down much lower.

If you wish to go without intakes, it just means you have to increase your radiator fan speeds to compensate.

However remember this was with a custom loop and the h100i may perform differently in your situation as there can be many variables.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows that cpu cooler?

  • 42 months ago
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its Pretty, but performance wise is not as good as expected.

  • 42 months ago
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care to go into detail?

  • 42 months ago
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the i3 idles at 35 degrees, peaks at high 40s to 50 which is the same as my air cooler on another build.

  • 41 months ago
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Im curious is the LED in the front of the case RGB or did you put new led strips up there or is the color just from the rest of the LEDS in the case?

  • 41 months ago
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I put an RGB LED strip in the front behind the in win logo.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright that's what I was thinking only 1? And it lights up the whole front?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

1 LED on the front, lights up the hexagonal honeycomb pattern.

  • 41 months ago
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Alrighty sir thank you for your time :D I think ive decided on that case for my build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually for those rgb led strips do they just plug into the motherboard? or do they require a separate power source?

  • 41 months ago
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I have replied to your question via the private message you sent me =) any other questions feel free to ask.

  • 41 months ago
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I still don't understand. How did you get the "INWIN" sign to light up to a different colour. Was it just really strong leds?

  • 41 months ago
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and say if I only had 2 *140mm fans in the front, would i be able to mount the hard drive bracket ontop of it? Nice build btw :)

  • 41 months ago
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I placed one of the LED Strips right behind the In Win logo.

  • 38 months ago
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OMG how you do that sticker!!!! ( look at the name )

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

9000+ for Yveltal

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man. I got a question. Is it possible to remove storage tray and add 1 more fans so 3 fans total in front?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The radiator bracket on the front sticks out on the bottom, making it only 2x 140mm or 120mm fan maximum regardless of whether the storage tray is removed or not.

Removing storage tray allows you to mount 2x120mm additional fans on the bottom of the case. So in total 2x120/140mm fan on the front bracket, and 2x120mm fan on the bottom of case.

You can use a 360mm radiator however u must do this by mounting 2x120mm fan on the inside of the bracket first (to gain enough clearance to avoid the piece that sticks out of the bracket) followed by the radiator, followed by 3x120mm fan. This will require the removal of the storage tray along with NO fan mounted on the bottom.

Anymore questions feel free to ask =)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

That anwers all. Thanks man!

  • 27 months ago
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this is upgradable I am sure

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  • 47 months ago
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Haha thank you thank you.

Yup as long as its planned out well with a hint of creativity, any parts no matter how old or inexpensive can be turned into a showpiece =)

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