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No one seems to build in these, unfortunately. I suppose it could be because it's bit pricey, weighs a ton, or just isn't what most folks are in to right now. I think it's a classic case design, myself. I love the 90-degree rotation of the mobo, the aluminum unibody, the whole thing. I was really torn over whether to get the window or not. The minimalist look without it is pretty cool too.

For those curious about the choice of the 1070 Ti in SLI, here's the story. I bought this a while back, thinking I would just get one card, and I didn't want to spring for a 1080. When I saw this card on "sale," I knew it was perfect for the case. As I started on this recently, though, I just kind of caved to my case-crush and bought another to match. Prices have actually gone down some on these. They work great in SLI and I like the way they look in the build.

I got the Nvidia SLI bridge instead of the MSI version because the MSI didn't work as well with the build aesthetically. I didn't realize till I got the Nvidia that the green plastic strip across the center didn't change colors. Not for lack of trying on my part. First, I tried silver spray paint. That flaked right off. Then, a black sharpie. That came right off. I soaked it in red die for 2 days straight, and that came off. (I included a picture of the end result. I think it might be indestructible, but I'm afraid to try to burn it. Does anyone remember the Happy Fun Ball commercial sketch on SNL years ago? "Do not taunt happy fun ball.") I finally beat a tactical retreat and just filled the gap with black silicone sealant. Unless they were building in neon green, I have a hard time imaging why anyone would want that color or why Nvidia thought anyone would. I know, their logo.

About the case, Silverstone used red and yellow wiring in the big black fans at the bottom of the case. So, I had to extricate the wires and wrap them with electrical tape. The cable area is also an issue because it's only .5 inches deep for the most part. Fortunately, I got the braided PS cables and I was able to splay them out to allow the door to close properly.

I was very curious to see if temps would be an issue with this case. It uses a positive pressure concept, with those giant intake fans pushing air out just the top 120mm exhaust and some vent holes. Since I got an unlocked Intel chip, I knew the processor would run hot. But with the case pressure feeding the pull/push fan arrangement, I think you really get the most out of the H80i, because the CPU temps ended up being reasonable. The rest of the case temps seem okay too. I did delid and reseal the 7700k, which made the same 10C improvement I've seen before. It's a good system for CPU overclocking, actually. I haven't tried overclocking the cards yet.

One other note about the case. The site and manual say it's incompatible with long cards like the MSI Duke, but I found you could take out the middle fan support bracket and create enough space to fit a couple of 12.5" cards, even with the wide gap between the slots. There's nothing securing the fan with the bracket out, but it's got nowhere to go and it's too big and low RPM to cause any audible vibration.

The 1200W platinum PS is overkill, obviously. I had an 850 W gold PS installed, but then I got kind of carried away with the silver and black theme, and I decided to use the only "silver" PS I had. Room to grow, I guess.

I'm sure that's enough out of me. If you have any questions, I'm more than happy to answer in the comments. I really enjoyed this build and learned a lot as usual. I hope you enjoy the pics.

Now, there must be an old HP to resuscitate around here somewhere...

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, sure is a very pretty build, super clean and robust-looking. Been thinking of building with a Silverstone case, yet to be decided. I think the main thing that puts people off them is the very different layout that Silverstone seems to include in their case designs. Never the less, the finished product is definitely an eye catcher.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The MSI SLI bridge wouldn’t fit the aesthetics? The Silver one? Kinda seems like it would fit beautifully in with the rest of the build, and you’ld avoid the headache of the green-only light on the nvidia bridge. Either way, beautiful build! I love these cases!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I meant the MSI version was too ornate, not so much the colors. And, yes, I really regretted that call after the headache of the Nvidia.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The upright 1070 Tis are so dang cool! I envy you, good sir. Do you think you will ever run coffee lake on this beautiful thing? +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

They sure look a lot more comfortable upright, don't they? It's got to be easier on the X16 slots also. I already have an 8700k build but, if I didn't, I would be sorely tempted as soon as MSI comes out with a platinum Z370 mobo. Unfortunately, I think I'll be forced to sell this one soon.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

That case looks sturdy as a tank, I love it!

  • 16 months ago
  • 3 points

You could tie a bull to it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

That's one super clean and solid looking build - finally manhood back in the mechanical gear.

I have to admit, your build looks sooo much better without the side panel - only if it had a full length tampered glass it would have been perfect (for me).

Either way, a definite +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I like a lot of the tricked out stuff folks do at the site, but it just wouldn't be right in this case. I'm still torn over whether to have a window at all. It should come with three door. I wish it came with three doors: No window, all window, and port hole.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

thats such a great case, thanks for sharing yr build.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem. I knew there had to be some other fans out there. "If you build it, they will come."

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

wow the most no point of a gpu made, lol. but dude that looks really good, great job!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you telling me that everyone doesn't obsess over every part decision I make? ;) Thanks.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

This build looks clean, even cable managed where you can't see, nice!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! That is a great compliment. I'm kind of a perfectionist, believe it or not.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

great build the case makes it look old though

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I prefer "classic," but to each their own.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Vintage

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, which motherboard is that? its different from the one list it.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure that's the MPower. I had the XPower in it originally, but my attempt at cpu socket pin repair started to create some ugly behavior, and I replaced it with the MPower. It could be that the I/O plate picture is from when the XPower was in it. Anyway, i brutalized that poor i7-7700k, and ended up having to remove it and rebuild it as an 8700k system, so there's no way for me to check.