add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube

Comments

Comments

Comment reply on jalarson5's Completed Build: Penumbra [First build]

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I finally got the Ikea Micke(?), which is much better for home use! Got new pics of it too. Thank goodness, that old desk was way too small.

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh, ok! I'll see what I can find from that. Thank you very much. :)

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I have left some comments on the case, but generally, its amazing. Looks great. Great outer build quality. LED strip friendly, though if you want to have LED strips light up the venting, it is a bit difficult. I/O could be a bit better, and the front dust filter could be slightly better. The size of the case is great, and the silver variant is beautiful. The glass is sturdy, and the panel screws are nice. Working in the case is pretty easy, and cable runs are pretty clean, though the 24pin power cable makes the main run rather bulky. I would totally buy this case again. However, a few warnings: (comments I made in this comment section)

Storage: "Be conscious of storage in this case, its wonderful, but not super well thought out. I have a 280 mm AIO, which nixes both the HDD tray area, and the backside storage area if I front mounted it. Opening the trap door still doesn't give quite enough room, and you need to remove the brackets from the backside storage too. This leaves you with 2 SSD mounts in the back, or 1 in the back, and 1 in the front. If you are doing AIOs at all, consider only SSDs or m.2 or PCIe SSD storage going forward, because this case doesn't have a ton of room for extra stuff. I have an SSD on the front side, a HDD on the back side, a NZXT Hue+ on the second backside tray, and my other two SSD slots on the backside being taken up by a Corsair Commander Mini. I top mounted my 280, so the only options I really have left to expand are PCIe storage, M.2 SSD, or rather unsightly HDD trays on the front of the PC."

Inner chassis: "I accidently dropped a screwdriver in the case, which scratched the black anodized finish. Get a black sharpie and color it back in. I can't even find where the scratched area was."

Temps:

I have this case too, after I switched from the Thermaltake Core V71. The temps are alright, and the GPU and CPU are mostly unaffected temp-wise, because I OCed them. However, the motherboard and the SSD/HDD did get a bit hotter. My only true concern is that the area of the motherboard right near the CPU gets to a peak of about 65C, which is too close to the recommended max temp. Though, because this only happens under full load, it is infrequent. Mainly, the backside and front SSD mounts don't get virtually any airflow, and the top needs a bit better venting system. For the looks, I don't mind the increased temps. CPU max temp: 66C, intel 6700k @ 4.5ghz (280mm AIO)

GPU max temp: 74C, 1080 STRIX OCed ~2,100mhz (more recently, 68C with a more aggressive fan curve)

SSD max temp: ~36C

HDD max temp: ~36C (a bit lower, since it has a fan on it)

Mobo max temp: ~65C near CPU"

The last few things: The front panel is amazing, and sturdy. The LEDs are nice, and not hyper bright. The HDD light is white, and is covered by the I/O tray shield. The case is pretty quiet, though 140mm fans can be a bit loud. The case weighs quite a bit considering it is almost completely metal and glass. the underside is a bit spongy, so when carrying it, try to distribute the weight on the underside and side panels with your hands, or hold it by the feet if possible.

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I accidently dropped a screwdriver in the case, which scratched the anodized finish. Get a black sharpie and color it back in. I can't even find where the scratched area was.

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, is there an easy way of doing hardware passthrough for intel/NVidia? I would love to use my GPU in a VM, but I'm not sure how, exactly.

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Be conscious of storage in this case, its wonderful, but not super well thought out. I have a 280 mm AIO, which nixes both the HDD tray area, and the backside storage area if I front mounted it. Opening the trap door still doesn't give quite enough room, and you need to remove the brackets from the backside storage too. This leaves you with 2 SSD mounts in the back, or 1 in the back, and 1 in the front. If you are doing AIOs at all, consider only SSDs or m.2 or PCIe SSD storage going forward, because this case doesn't have a ton of room for extra stuff. I have an SSD on the front side, a HDD on the back side, a NZXT Hue+ on the second backside tray, and my other two SSD slots on the backside being taken up by a Corsair Commander Mini. I top mounted my 280, so the only options I really have left to expand are PCIe storage, M.2 SSD, or rather unsightly HDD trays on the front of the PC.

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I personally use VMs for trying out new Linux distros, or when I want to play around with risky software that could compromise my system if I didn't run it in a VM. (Such as GUI modding, software that needs external, community sourced plugins to work in 2017, etc)

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Certain pastel dyes are safe for radiator use.

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably "cable combs" from CableMod.

Comment reply on nycdarkness's Completed Build: I know it's intel blue

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this case too, after I switched from the Thermaltake Core V71. The temps are alright, and the GPU and CPU are mostly unaffected temp-wise, because I OCed them. However, the motherboard and the SSD/HDD did get a bit hotter. My only true concern is that the area of the motherboard right near the CPU gets to a peak of about 65C, which is too close to the recommended max temp. Though, because this only happens under full load, it is infrequent. Mainly, the backside and front SSD mounts don't get virtually any airflow, and the top needs a bit better venting system. For the looks, I don't mind the increased temps.

CPU max temp: 66C, intel 6700k @ 4.5ghz (280mm AIO)

GPU max temp: 74C, 1080 STRIX OCed ~2,100mhz (more recently, 68C with a more aggressive fan curve)

SSD max temp: ~36C

HDD max temp: ~36C (a bit lower, since it has a fan on it)

Mobo max temp: ~65C near CPU

Comment reply on monkeyczar's Completed Build: Kaby Lake Fast Home Office

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Quality small build! I went from a big Thermaltake Core v71 to a Enthoo Evolv, which was nice. But I always love ITX builds. Maybe someday I will go for a ITX build when this one is EOL.

Comment reply on lazyjet's Completed Build: Always Evolv'N Gaming Rig

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

good to know, thanks

Comment reply on lazyjet's Completed Build: Always Evolv'N Gaming Rig

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

ahh, Ok. did that come with the case?

Comment reply on lazyjet's Completed Build: Always Evolv'N Gaming Rig

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I gently screwed it in from the underside. Was a massive pain in the ***, and it is ~5 degrees tilted, but whatever. It is pretty bright, but looks pretty cool up there. I may move it back if it gets annoying.

The fan controller has some foam stickers, so I used those for now, I guess time will tell whether they stay on or not!

Comment reply on lazyjet's Completed Build: Always Evolv'N Gaming Rig

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh, gotcha. I move around with my PC a lot (LANs, back and fourth from home to Uni) So I can't leave it loose in the case. I might try and mount it to the top of the basement with screws, haha. I am still mad that the Corsair Commander Mini fan controller has NO screws at all, and I can't mount it for fear I might accidently drill through its circuitry inside. So I sloppily left it loose in the basement for now, lol.

Comment reply on lazyjet's Completed Build: Always Evolv'N Gaming Rig

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

whoa, wait you mounted it to the pump screw area between the secret HDD holder and PSU, or you crammed it into the secret HDD holder and dismantled it a bit? (I tried front mounting a 280mm AIO, but the sides of the secret HDD bracket stopped me from doing that since I needed a spot for an 3.5in HDD.)

Comment reply on lazyjet's Completed Build: Always Evolv'N Gaming Rig

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, where did you put that HDD?

Comment reply on lazyjet's Completed Build: Always Evolv'N Gaming Rig

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build! How did you mount the NZXT Hue on the top of the case? I mounted mine to the hidden SSD/HDD tray, because it didn't mount to the pump bracket all that well, and it couldn't mount to the front SSD tray because of its screw layout. Did you screw it down at all? or is it just "free" in the case?

Comment reply on Amyrul's Completed Build: Crimson Peak

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

possibly his first build. He bought a keyboard and mouse, which probably means first build if you aren't migrating peripherals over from previous builds.

Comment reply on x3noril's Completed Build: X99 10 Core beast (White Beast of the East)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I want to know too

Comment reply on X5Dragon's Completed Build: Silver Fox 1440p Game Streaming Build (Silver & RBG LEDs themed)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, thanks man! I already have my GPU, but that is also good info.

Comment reply on X5Dragon's Completed Build: Silver Fox 1440p Game Streaming Build (Silver & RBG LEDs themed)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm thinking about the Evolv TG myself. Are you using the proprietary Phanteks LEDs? Is there a way to easily turn them off if they are too bright? I really like the tempered glass. ^

BTW, make sure to get in on the Evga ACX 3.0 recall/fix. The power delivery system doesn't have thermal pads which causes the power delivery system to heat up a portion of the card to 109-110C. the newest BIOs update for the card will make the fan curve more aggressive ( a bit) to cool down that bit to ~95C, but you need to either do the fix yourself OR send the card in to Evga to have them fix it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URyG1OP8p8I

Comment reply on pgeng's Completed Build: New Work Station

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I like it! Good small PC.

Comment reply on OfficeNinja's Completed Build: Titanium V1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm, thank you. I'll definitely need to check that out in depth.

Comment reply on OfficeNinja's Completed Build: Titanium V1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This actually really helps and addresses my worries about the case. I jumped the gun on my current case and I should have done more research beforehand. I heard one person with this case had a rad mounted to the top that made the top of the case 60C at full load. (That seemed somewhat far fetched), and another that the glass was scratched up on delivery. Glad to hear this isn't the case. As for rad positions, I might play around, but would like the rad to be somewhat hidden. I would play around with it to try to get positive air pressure, but I am glad front mounting is a viable option.

I am probably gonna have to go with custom cables, as my current PSU cables are the dreaded flat cables that never lie completely flat. the 24 pin is a nice condensed bundle, but that is pretty much the only thing going for it. I have to still apply pressure to the case door get my well-managed cables in, and I know that is a bad idea for tempered glass.

current temps on the CPU and GPU are not an issue, and slightly higher temps wouldn't concern me that much, in exchange for better fan control. (does the fan controller allow for 0 rpm - full control? is this done via software, or a hardware button?)

Thanks for the detailed answer!

Comment reply on OfficeNinja's Completed Build: Titanium V1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm, I am considering swapping to this case, but I still am hesitant about the whole rad situation in this case. its extremely visible; do you think front mounting a 280mm rad is a viable option, or more of a "We checked this box and hope users don't actually do this" feature?

How is cable management on the backside? any nitpicks? Did the glass come prescratched? any cheaply constructed bits to watch out for, besides the filter? does the top of the case get hot due to the rad?

Comment reply on Docjr19's Completed Build: Maru

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Hue+? How does it connect to the LEDs? The website doesn't really give that much understandable info on actual connections.

Comment reply on JPL3's Completed Build: X99 Custom Watercooled

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Your lighting is pretty nice, and (soft) natural light should yield even better pics. Overall, your phone camera is great and doesn't really detract from the photos.

Comment reply on jimmoua95's Completed Build: FIRST BUILD - Used parts for EXTREME Performance/Dollar

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Case fans will help, but they won't keep up with core voltage. The same way case fans wouldn't keep a processor cool if it didn't have its own cooler. That extra electricity passing through the GPU is like the electric filaments on a toaster.

Jay has a newer guide, but he switches programs on the new video and MSI Afterburner is my personal favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUEMS-B1Siw

Comment reply on jimmoua95's Completed Build: FIRST BUILD - Used parts for EXTREME Performance/Dollar

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PC! One thing that might cool the GPU more is turning down core voltage if you don't need it to achieve the same performance. You have it at max, but on mine I've gotten a nice OC with +30 on the core, which keeps temps in check. I would tone down the max power, keep the mem clock and all, have an aggressive fan curve, and put the temp limit up to about 90C to keep the boost clock up. (as long as it isn't getting above 75C). I think you have a good OC at first, but with a limit at 80C and your GPU going to 85C, you are most likely dropping that boost completely and possibly thermal throttling.

Case fans do cool the system and do help keep all the components from contributing to overall heat buildup, but it isn't a pronounced difference in GPU temp difference with all my case fans. (In this case, the difference between "low" fanspeed and "high"). Maybe with direct airflow into the GPU though.

Comment reply on manirelli's Completed Build: $1000 Great Gaming Build - June Featured Guide

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

As far as I know, wireless keyboards should work. (If you mean standard USB wired keyboards, it will work guaranteed.) I say that knowing that my wireless G602 gaming mouse was completely PnP compatible with our 2001 Dell computer running XP. (We didn't have a mouse after mostly throwing away the parts and I needed to connect a mouse to it)

It should be just fine

Comment reply on manirelli's Completed Build: $1000 Great Gaming Build - June Featured Guide

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, it is. Better cooling, usually a better price, and more features. All cards should suffice but aftermarket cards usually have better cooling, which means your boost clock keeps boosting instead of returning to standard clock as it approaches thermal overheads. (This is not GPU throttling, this is more like nitro on a car in a sports game. Think of the boost clock as nitro, and the coolers on the card allowing it to use nitro the entire race unlike some of the cars [Stock/reference GPU] that only use nitro for a few seconds).

Some cards also have more power delivery, but the 10xx line is the same across the whole spectrum of cards; Nvidia really squeezed all the juice these cards can handle, and you can preeettty much expect 2,100mhz +/- 100mhz no matter what card you choose. Now, you WILL see a difference in sustained Boost Clock depending on the card cooler.

Comment reply on manirelli's Completed Build: $1000 Great Gaming Build - June Featured Guide

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it should be fine. Has a 3.0 PCI x16 slot and 3.0 PCIe slot, you should be fine as long as you aren't planning on SLI

Comment reply on deashunboi's Completed Build: Project: Azure

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Free is relative. Just sayin' its factored into this build as a free part, haha. Instead of shelling out for a more expensive one

Comment reply on stonedboss's Completed Build: stonedboss' gaming and chrome tabbing rig

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, for the RAM I was looking at, it was significantly more expensive for 32gb 3600/ect ram. 2400 suits my needs perfectly. :)

In US so pricing is different.

OCing does help for programs like F@H stresstests and stuff, especially on the CPU.

Comment reply on justin_aus's Completed Build: Fleet Footed Fox

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

4k, IPS, >4ms G-sync monitors, especially 27in ones, aren't cheap, unfortunately. In my build, it was either compromising with a 2014 4k panel, likely TN, or go with a 1440p model that looked good and had all the specs I wanted. :P

Comment reply on stonedboss's Completed Build: stonedboss' gaming and chrome tabbing rig

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The STRIX 10XX line can be pushed up nicely. They remain cool and quiet. You will have no problems pushing that baby higher. :)

also, I have the same case and strix GPU. I found it more pleasing to tuck the GPU power cable in the grommet (lower right, by the HDD rack) under the GPU, loop it in the cable section down to the PSU.

edit: my post doesn't reflect the cable management I have done once I got to college. Updated pics: http://m.imgur.com/a/dR9Db

Comment reply on stonedboss's Completed Build: stonedboss' gaming and chrome tabbing rig

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I have heard, RAM overclocking is the most risky because its hard to test accurately, with the least gain (1 -3 fps difference in gaming situations), while also becoming wildly expensive. At least, that is what I have seen real world, and what Linus says. YMMV

I too went for 2400mhz.

Comment reply on glimerman's Completed Build: The ReMake

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build!

Comment reply on glimerman's Completed Build: The ReMake

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You could probably put 4 of those drives into a NAS or two....

Comment reply on glimerman's Completed Build: The ReMake

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That's like...4 NASs, the entire library of congress, and about 1/2 a university's computer science storage server right there.

Comment reply on manirelli's Completed Build: $1000 Great Gaming Build - June Featured Guide

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know, it should fit. This case seems pretty spacious, as long as you aren't putting in a dual GPU card or something, haha.

You can find the measurements under the tech specs of the case on the OEM website. Then find the GPU you want, go to specs, and find the proportions and compare. I knew my 1080 was gonna be snug in mine, but it would fit. Lets just say it was a very snug fit, considering the HDD rack was within a few mm of my GPU length, haha. The strix cards are long. :P

Comment reply on manirelli's Completed Build: $1000 Great Gaming Build - June Featured Guide

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. I went with the v71, because it was my first build, but the look and size of the v21 is very nice. Plus, a freaking 200mm in a ITX case is always a stunner.

Comment reply on customneon01's Completed Build: Project Lightsaber

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really good! :)

Comment reply on deashunboi's Completed Build: Project: Azure

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

"Video Card $0.00 AUD

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB"

free :3

Comment reply on deashunboi's Completed Build: Project: Azure

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta say, it does look a lot nicer than plexiglass. My Core v71 might have to visit a custom glass shop sometime..... ;)

Comment reply on amokk's Completed Build: Tufcation Version 3!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what went wrong on your end, but when I ran the Heaven test at Ultra 8xAA Fullscreen with Tessellation set to Extreme with 1920x1080, I got 3089. (monitor is 1440p, but I downscaled for better comparison)

specs i7-6700k (OCed 4.5ghz) GTX 1080 STRIX (OCed to 2100mhz, mem OCed 5505Mhz, aircooled) I also have MSI Afterburner with a custom fan curve*, but other than that, it seems really really weird that you got 1509. You might want to check that card....

http://m.imgur.com/hTPv7Q1

*I am having trouble keeping the fan curve set to custom when MSI:A is closed. I keep the program running for tests, but this makes it somewhat synthetic when the boost clock might otherwise tone it down a bit. this keeps it at roughly 61-68C. Overclock was from 1974mhz to 2100mhz but it usually hovers around 2088mhz IIRC.

Comment reply on Javelin73's Completed Build: Middle of the road but NOT road kill.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! On the card reader, if you have an extra internal 3.0 header, you can get a 3.0 to 2.0 adapter, but make sure you get the right adapter. I accidently got a 2.0 to 3.0 adapter, which was M->F instead of F->M.

Same thing happened on my MSI Z170A Pro carbon when my PCIe wifi+BT card needed a 2.0 header for BT to work.

Comment reply on ESPI's Completed Build: My X99 Signature Machine

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry, building is how you learn. I myself would have gone with a less powerful PSU, and a smaller CPU AIO cooler, probably the H60 so I could have a fanless mode. I also may have gone with tempered glass on a case, but the current case I have is good for first time builders since it is so big.

Comment reply on ESPI's Completed Build: My X99 Signature Machine

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build! :)

I am a rather new PC builder, but why did you go with a i7 for a media server?

Sort

add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube