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This a rebuild of my first gaming computer. Actually it ran fine. Only problem was that it was pretty loud and ran pretty hot. Initially, I had a cryorig H5 universal for a cpu cooler and a gigabyte gtx 1080 tubo blower style GPU. Temps were pretty good on the video card, but boy was it loud. The Antec ISK 600 is a decent case but lacks any air flow. I had modified it with a front 120mm slim fan but was being limited by the location of the PSU.
Recently, I injured my Achilles tendon and was stuck in the house with a cast for 5 weeks. Boredom took over so I decided to open this case up and see if I could improve airflow. The outer panel is one piece and very thin. Cutting openings into it did not seem like a very good idea at the time. So, I decided that I would make new panels for it. I decided to use carbon fiber panels because I had a sheet left over from a speaker project. The carbon fiber I used is called red reflections. At only .56 mm thick, it is somewhat flexible and not very structurally rigid. It would more likely be considered a laminate instead of a plate. For the sides, I bonded it to an aluminum plate with a mesh screen sandwiched in between. For the top, I bonded it to an acrylic plate. The red shows kind of sparkly in photos but is more black cherryish in person.
I decided to go with the Gigabyte G1 gaming 1080 with triple fans as it would be a lot quieter than the turbo model although add heat to the inside of the case. I think the cryorig H5 would have been fine, but went with the R1 universal because well, it looks cool. also having twice as many fans has to help some. I had some serious doubts about it fitting in there, but PC partpicker said it would, and it did. Just barely though. As far as this R1 universal having ram clearance, well did not quite work out. This thing was overhanging my ram slot by a good 3 mm. It was contacting the rear IO and just would not fit in general. I could tell out of the box, it was not square. Not sure if something happened in the packaging or shipping. I clamped the base to my bench and tweaked on it until it was square and shifted the front fin stack back and the rear fin stack forward so that the fan fit snug in between. After that, it fit like a charm.
I threw some darkside RGB strips in it because I couldn't help myself. Remember, I was bored. I ran 2 channels, 2 strips for the main system, 1 for the SSD's. As far as cooling, vast improvement. 68 degrees for the GPU under benchmark load, 71 for the CPU at 4.6 Ghz. I modified a fan controller to fit in the front to control the front fan and for temp readings in various spots inside the case. As far as cable management, It was more about trying to keep the cables flat and low so not to impede on what little airflow I had and not make it look like R2D2 puked in my case. I am gonna have to consider some dust filtration in future for sure. The prices reflect when I actually purchased the items. Most of which was some time ago. I realize that there are better ITX cases with great airflow out there, but I kinda like this case. And besides, Boredom will make you do some strange things.