CPU at 4.2 GHz at 1.28V ambient 37C maybe lower, the GPU is also OC'd and runs at 30C ambient. Both CPU and GPU hit 70C under load
The strip lighting sticks everywhere really well except the top where gravity is pulling it down. I have used 3M tape I picked up at Home Depot, and it's been holding up pretty well now.
Thanks man, it just all came together with a little luck and a few part swaps. Loving every bit of it
start with the brick, it will be a lot easier that way
Made the case look so much better. Love Noctua, hate how it ruins the look of a sleek black maachine
I changed the CPU Fan orientation so that I'd get better airflow through the top of the case. The exhaust fans really helped draw out more heat from the heatsink in the vertical orientation over the horizontal one, and for obvious reasons. I dropped maybe 5C using the vertical layout. You will have some clearance issues though with the Noctua setup, so I had to slightly stagger my fans off the heatsink itself to make it fit. There's maybe a 1cm gap if you look closely.
Using the Noctua setup my memory had no clearance at all. The Brackets that hold the fans to the heatsink are resting on top of the ram. This case is really challenging, but with enough time and patience you can make it work.
I replaced the stock fans that came with the setup cause I wanted the best airflow I could get knowing this case was going to be restricted due to it's heat. I wouldn't want to replace the fans at a later time as you would basically have to rip everything out to get to them. Get the right fans now and don't plan on adjusting things later. Trust me, once you're done building it, you won't want to do it again and again.
Good luck finding me
I actually have really big hands, Can palm a basketball, so I had an extra difficult time working on the case. But that shouldn't stop you from building one your own. Theres tricks to getting everything in there, you just need some patience to figure them out. Once you get it down its no different than any other case
Found them here: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13875/lit-278/Phobya_LED_Flex_Light_144_Count_SMD_LED_Light_Strip_-_120cm_-_UV_83140.html?tl=c77s126b189&id=Q8f5djzS
For overclocking reasons of course, plus the intel heatsink is just trash. I lowered temps by almost 20C by replacing the intel with the Noctua unit. Its also really quiet compared to most heatsink fans.
Way better build quality, Better capacitors, heat dissipation features, and Great bios features. This is by far the best itx mobo I have used so far.
Actually i5 3570k to 4670k gave a nice 5-10fps in tomb raider, thats all I tested up to this point