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Alright, some of you might remember my older Project Taco H440 , and a few of the parts in this have been swapped over from it. Basically I wanted to downsize a bit as I can no longer justify dual card setups (not really playing as demanding games as I used to...for now).

So justification time:

Case: Honestly my favorite (or maybe second favorite) part about this build. One of the reasons I took so long waiting to build this damn thing was I couldn't find a case I liked in the ITX/MATX market. I had wanted to go to ITX ideally however my criteria basically wiped out every possible option there (must have a window, must fit a 309mm GPU, must have support for at least a 120mm CLC, must not look like ***). I had all but given up when I found this little Raidmax Hyperion. At first I was super skeptical because...well...dude it's a Raidmax let's not kid ourselves. They don't exactly have a stellar reputation. So you can imagine how surprised I was to find this little guy online. Build quality is perfectly good, not amazing, but no glaring issues whatsoever. Plus with support for up to a ludicrous 9 fans I knew airflow wouldn't be an issue.

Motherboard: I have 0 interest in Skylake. I wanted an MATX board of the Z97/Z87 flavor that wasn't red basically. I was thinking about getting the G1 Sniper M5 but decided I've already done enough green builds for a while (the cables will hopefully be changing soon if a certain Asian Canadian gets back into the business).

Cooler: So I had an H105 from my prior build that I had planned to use, unfortunately fitting it in was a problem. The top mount wasn't wide enough to fit the radiator and fans, and the same with the opposite side panel with the cables set in place. It basically came down to either this, an H75, or an X31. IDEALLY I really really really wanted to get my hands on an original Silverstone TD02, as it would have fit the color scheme of this build like a freaking glove, however they're nowhere to be found. If any of you can find me one by all means PM me (or if you've got one for sale) and I will GLADLY snatch it up. To be honest I'm not a fan of the i series of CLCs from Corsair. I had 3 RMA's for the H100i (2 had dead leds and one smoke came out of the pump and it fizzled), and this one is also having issues with the USB detection for god knows what reason.

RAM, PSU, SSD, CPU and Fans: Swapped over from Project Taco, no need to switch out any of em. That being said I did have a small issue with the powersupply being too long to fit in the back with the 3.5 cage as well, so I ended up taking the cage out and right now the SSD is basically floating on top of a rat's nest on the other side that you will never see.

GPU: Do not be confused, for some reason PCPP doesn't have the 980 TI HOF (Looking at you manirelli), which is what's in this system. Absolutely GORGEOUS card. Since I saw the first HOF back with the 680 I told myself that I would get a white pcb card. When they showed off the 780 with a white shroud as well I was itching but decided to wait. It is pretty hefty at a triple slot 309mm GPU but it is an absolute beast and clocks very nicely too (I've had it go up to 1520 on air, but haven't played with voltage yet).

From here there's still a few things left to be done though. First and foremost I need to get some new sleeved cables (I'm thinking Silver White and a touch of Black maybe). I also need to sit down and properly cable manage the back end (the rat's nest must die), and resurface the acrylic window as it got scratched (you can see in the photo with the cathodes installed). Other than that it's basically up and running as I want it to be. Hope you guys enjoy the few so so photos, maybe check back in a month and I'll have some newer photos with new cables to show off.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

I look forward to Operation Burrito...

Nice build.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

did you take a look at phanteks cases in this lineup.. also would have looked great

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Same question here! Enthoo Evolv? Beauty!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I did but there were several issues with it. The biggest problem is that the Phanteks MATX (I'm assuming that's the one you're talking about) is absolutely MASSIVE for an MATX tower. It's only an inch or two shorter than an H440.

EDIT: And if you were talking about the ITX variant the triple slot card wouldn't fit either.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhh ok. i just got done working with a nzxt s320 it wasnt nearly as big as i would have imagined. but my idea of big is the core x9 which i have lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Operation chimi still going on???

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Mad jealous of the Galax Card. How do you like it?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It's absolutely gorgeous, though I've been having some issues with it most likely a defective card and have been in touch with Galax support to resolve it

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

would you mind uploading more pictures? I have been looking for a mini case and this looks like a very nice option. just want to see the front, back, and where the cables are :P.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable section ain't happening lol sorry, I refuse to show that side until I've cleaned it up properly. I'll try to get some more photos up for you later today though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

also i remember your old build. was preeety nice. also how is your adorable cat doing? :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Shadow? He's chillin haha. I'll get a photo of him with the newest setup and put it up here in the next couple days :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thew corsair air 240 wouldnt fit that bad boy 980?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

The air 240 is just barely large enough to fit it, but as a result cannot fit a fan in front of the card. While in the photos you can't see it, I do have a fan in front of the card on the outside of the case between the case' steel frame and the front cover.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Man that's a huge card then man. Lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's a beast at triple slot and 309 mm.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Build looks great, even with the nvida themed cables. What color scheme are you hoping to achieve on the new cables? And have you thought about just doing them yourself? When you rework your cable management on the rear I'm sure a lot of us would like to see some more interior pictures! +1

Its to bad you've had such a bad experience with Corsairs AIO coolers. I havn't had any issues with them but your review gives me pause on using them in the future.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly as a general rule of thumb for myself at least I won't buy more AIO's that have usb control (like the i series from Corsair and NZXT's Kraken series) as I've always had issues with USB detection on them. It is a shame though, as it is a very pretty cooler.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had this problem on multiple motherboards? If not have you tried using a different header?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Multiple motherboards, multiple headers. It's annoying as hell.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build! That HOF GTX 980 is straight up sexy, much jealousy. I had a HOF GTX 680 a few years ago in one of my first builds, beast of a card, I loved it. Good stuff, keep on keepin' on.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, but it's a 980 TI :P. Manirelli has been slacking lately.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah my mistake! That just upped the jealousy factor 10x.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Why no interest in skylake? +1 nonetheless.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Really doesn't bring anything interesting to the table. Intel generation over generation IPC improvements are incremental at best, and the jump to DDR4 was just another cost I wasn't interested in.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Your not wrong. Some, (such as myself) will pay the extra 150 or so to have the latest tech.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Fair enough, I'm only willing to pay for the latest tech if it brings with it an appreciable improvement.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Good talk!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like the Acer monitor? I've been shopping around for a 27" 1440p IPS and 144hz, but options are limited.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been very happy with it, 0 complaints to date.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet. Good to know. And thank you for posting all the details and showing off such a good build. I purchase the case a few months back, but i'm slowly trying to acquire parts. I tend to like red, so I'm probably going to pick up the gigabyte gaming z97 MX. Any downside to that motherboard? lol, i know you mentioned you're trying to get away from red. I have everything in a mid tower case right now, so I just need a new MB and cooler and I think I can start/finish my build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

My rule of thumb with motherboards is basically the same as with RAM. They're all going to perform within a stone's throw of one another. That gigabyte board is fine.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thank you sir.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Whew, that was a long break.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to keep you waiting so long :P, and sorry for the delay on replying too. These days I don't have the time I used to for builds, and to be honest with you it's harder for me to find components (in particular cases) that I genuinely want to build in.

It just feels like the case market is slightly stagnant for me. Some relatively new entrants like Phanteks have made some cool stuff, but their sizing often times is just a lot bigger than I want to deal with these days. Others like Fractal Design are just bland and boring to me so I don't pay them much attention. Corsair does make some cool stuff, but most of it doesn't either a) fit my components size wise or b) are too big. NZXT makes some cool stuff, but they've been focused on mid tower and up. As a result there's just not much selection wise that appeals to me.

That being said the motherboard scene has been very interesting lately, so long as you're doing atx. MATX is still kinda limited color wise, though I did do a build with an H170M Pro4 which I think is an absolutely gorgeous motherboard and would go fantastically with something like that copper toned ASUS 980TI card and some matching RAM/sleeving.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahaha, bud I was talking to Geekazoid, whom at the time, was trying to get away from PCPP.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Boy do I feel dumb then.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you give me one of those ? That would be NICE

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