Description

This is my first-ever build, so please pardon the terrible cable management.

I fell in love with the H200 case for its sleek design and size (small enough to fit in the space I had, but big enough not to be overwhelming and frustrating while building for the first time). I love this PC so much and it is working really well so far! It runs The Witcher 3 at about 70 fps on Ultimate settings. Just what I was looking for.

The only downside I have noticed so far is that the GPU runs a bit hot. After having already purchased an ATX sized power supply, I learned that an SFX power supply is better for cooling the GPU in this case since the more narrow design allows airflow from the bottom of the case to cool the card. If I could go back and do it again, that's the only thing I would change. However, I got the power supply I am using for about $50 since it is Corsair certified refurbished (1 year warranty). It was hard to argue.

I actually uninstalled the top fan on the case (for now) because the motherboard only has one case fan header. I plan to get a fan splitter in the future and reinstall the top fan which I hope will help with cooling the GPU.

The idle temps I added are approximations, what MSI Afterburner told me as I was typing this. The "under load" temps are what I see on my MSI Afterburner overlay while playing The Witcher 3 on Ultimate (especially after playing for an hour or more).

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! Nice build! It's definitely getting there! Let's see if we can help you iron some things out.

I had the same problem with my ITX build as well with there not being enough fan controllers. I think one thing you can do is get a fan controller. I ended up with the H200i, so I used the provided NZXT one, but I think you can easily get a fan controller for not too much.

I think this will help with keep your CPU and GPU cool as well as case fans will help pull in clean/cold air and help exhaust hot air.

I think your GPU temperatures are reasonable. The specs for the max temperature is 95 C. Your reported 75 C is pretty reasonable. And lets face it, it isn't like you have gigantic, 3-fan cooler on it. Your cooler is kind of modest. Just some perspective, my ASUS GTX 1070 Strix (on the stock cooler) averages between 65 and 70 C under load. With a water cooling block, I see between 45 and low 50 C, sometimes 55 C if I fully load the CPU/GPU.

Hope that helps.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Sorry I've had a busy life lately and I just saw this. Thanks for the tips! What I ended up doing actually was just hooking up the second case fan to the AIO pump header for now. I don't really feel like buying and installing a fan header if it's not entirely necessary. I'm hoping that even with that fan running at 100% all of the time it's not too loud and makes a noticeable difference. Already as I type this, the GPU temp is only at 35. Excited to find out what it's like under load!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, I have basically the same specs of PC and the same brand monitor. Nice build!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Update (if anyone cares): I thought I might have the CPU cooler fan flipped, and I was right. Flipped it back and the new CPU idle temp is 35 and in-game about 44. Also tweaked the GPU fan curve using MSI afterburner and GPU idle temp is about 39-40 and in-game 72.