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The new home of the Proton build's innards. After finding that my second video card was overheating and that my ability to overclock was severely hampered by what my motherboard was capable of, I decided to move everything into an entirely new case with much improved ventilation, and pulled the water cooling in favor of a more back to basics heatsink.

I admit that so far I do not have much to add about this system, except that although I'm happy with my case I acknowledge it has some issues.

Issue one was that the motherboard screws strip very easily. I had a bunch of basic screws not listed in the part list which have a coarser thread that works fine. I'm not entirely sure what they are for as all screws are accounted for and all drives latch in. Maybe they're for the SSD caddys, but I used some screws that I already had.

Issue two was that there is effectively zero clearance in the top of the case for fans. While I could possibly do the water-cooler look that I did with the Photon build, That requires me finding two fans that don't look terrible outside the case - and plus I'm using the top as an exhaust so the wires would be harder to hide. Instead I planned ahead and positioned the heatsink facing upwards, only to discover that I still had to notch one of the fans to make room for my RAM.

Issue three is the minimal room between the bottom video card and the PSU, but that's really more about crossfire/SLI not being as commonplace. A simple intake fan solves the problem. Frankly I'm happy that my motherboard has so many fan headers, all I needed was three splitters and I have 7 fans plus the cpu fan hooked into it. The only tweak of note was that I set the HDD LED a a "sleep" LED (my mobo supports a dual-color power LED, and I don't need a power LED because of all the blue fans)

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, you got a little spaghetti going on in there, but i like your ambition!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too much I can do about the spaghetti, unless i can track down 6" VGA cables or something. I could possibly snip off the molex connectors on the top case fans though.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD <3

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. A lot of performance for the price, thanks to the older hardware.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Star names! I like star names.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

I wanted to find something that suited the blue glow, and "Cherekov Radiation" did not roll off the tongue.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Near and dear to my crossfire/sli heart but it almost looks like your bottom card fans are physically obstructed. Can you post some 3dmrk tests? I am curious.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

There's a half inch and there's a fan blowing on it. but I can post something. I have the PSU pointing down so that it's not competing for air. I have a filter on the bottom, but I might look into flipping it. It'll be a pain though.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice! Like the case

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't get it. Is the CPU cooler drawing hot air from the GPU or adding hot air to the cards? LMAO, either way, that dual GPU setup are nice to cook eggs with.

Nice setup +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The side vent blows in. the CPU cooler and top vents blow up. One of the side vents blows between the video cards, the other blows over top it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually fancy those PCIe cables

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

They came with the GPU. Cuts down on the number of wires I need.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

hi, i am thinking of making my own gaming PC so could any of you check out my saved parts list and tell me if it is any good for a medium range gaming PC but i haven't just yet done a graphics card but i am working on it

thanks

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks pretty decent. One thing I'd not is to use the assistive devices loophole to get a valid upgrade to Windows 10. That also works if you can find a cheap Windows 7 license, and Amazon has some for half the price of a 10 license.

If you have a full ATX case then a MicroATX motherboard might be a bit undersized. It'll problably be okay, but you might run into problems if you find a need for different PCI cards.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

ok so what would you say would be a good motherboard but not completely overkill on the price. also, do you mean i should not use the assistive technology loophole if if so why becuase i have used it on my laptop at my house and it seems to be working just fine

thank you

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

generally your motherboard is fine, just that your case does support a lager size (but it will support the smaller one). As for what I mean by assistive devices: I saw that you were choosing a Windows 8 OS and assumed it was a cost-saving measure. I mentioned that currently Microsoft has technically ended the "free Upgrade to Windows 10" promotion so that if you miss out you would now have to pay, however if you use assistive devices (like text to speech, a braille reader, high contrast mode) you are still eligible for the free upgrade: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/accessibility/windows10upgrade Microsoft does not actively check to ensure that you actually are using any assistive devices.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

yes i have used the assistive technology loophole for my laptop (which i am using right now) and it is working. i am thinking of buying a case that is not on this website and i am going to order it off of e-buyer and since i am very new to building computers (this is my first build concept) it would be greatly appreciated if you could tell me if it will be compatible with the rest of my part on my saved parts list. if you can do this for me could you please go to : http://www.ebuyer.com/ and enter G Force White Case 1 x USB3 2 x 12cm Blue 15 LED Front Fans into the search bar.

thanks

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This one? http://www.ebuyer.com/756787

Not a clue. This is only my second build (and technically only a half build because I got the system and just switched the case and cpu cooling) two reviews gave it 10 out of 10 and one review was 3 but with the only complaint being unable to connect the rear fan - which could mean anything from a design flaw to builder ineptitude. breaking down the reviews, the two that gave it 10 out of 10 did so even in the breakout score, which is used to prompt people to remember if there were any issues to remark on. Based on that, I have to give it the rating of "A Case™" and good enough that any issues are generally unremarkable and resolved with a little patience and thought.