Hi, thanks for your comment!
I fitted them in the actual case (look at the photos without the window panel on), and yes they go all the way around, starting on the bottom left corner where the control board is screwed into the bottom card extension slot, then going up the left hand side, along the top (left to right), down the right hand side, then back into the case underneath the lower front intake fan, up again on the other side of the front intake fans, then finally back along the top of the front intake fans. I hope this makes sense! This was using the NZXT 2m white kit, which comes with stick-on plastic clips, all of which I used.
Gorgeous build, I love the minimal overall theme here. Out of interest, where is the SSD located in this case, couldn't see it in the photos at all?
Thanks, and apologies for the delayed response, as I'd not really had a chance to put it under load until the weekend just gone! Highest temp I recorded was 35c
Thanks for this info Atron, I did a bit of research into 8370E overclocking and came to a similar conclusion. I may well find my 550W PSU lacking if I go above 4 GHz, but we will see!
The larger SSD was bought right at the end of the build, having originally not been planned at all. A pricing mistake on Amazon made it seem like too good a deal to miss. Granted this extra value could have gone towards GPU/CPU, but I'm quite sure I will upgrade these down the line anyway so I'm happy enough with what I've got for now, and it's certainly a huge improvement over the Vaio's 4 year old i5..
Don't let the "Prolimatech Megahelms (No Fans) Fanless" mislead you! The heatsink comes without any fans, but I've added two fans in push-pull configuration and I also switched out the stock NZXT top and rear 120mm case fans with Alpenfohn 120mm fans, and finally I added 2 140mm Alpenfohn fans to the front of the case. Certainly I will post more temperature information in the near future :)
Haha, thank you!
It took several attempts on the reverse side of this part to figure out how to get even coverage, then it was simply a case of spray, wait a minute, repeat a few times then leave to dry. Ended up spraying some of the lawn blue but it was all in a good cause!
That is really useful to know snarkyCoder, many thanks for this! I will look at getting one of those splitters, then the next trick will be successfully unplugging the existing splitter from the fan header without disrupting the heatsink :)
Excellent choice of case ;) very clean build, good job!
Thanks Jovie918, glad you like the theme, it took a fair bit of research to match up my parts accordingly! I'm quite sure I will want to build another rig too - the creative aspect was something completely unknown prior to this build, having previously only opted for window-less cases, etc.
All shots taken with a Canon 5D MkIII and Sigma 50mm ART lens.
Thanks Geekazoid, they certainly required patience to put together, but I'm pleased with how they turned out! Before I started the build I didn't even realise sleeving was a thing, then I came across this build - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/hpsJ7P - which was what then inspired me to make these myself. I tried using heatshrink initially but just couldn't get on with it so went with heatshrinkless.
Thanks powellbm86! It's Teleios Fusion blue/black 4mm, purchased from E22.biz.
Thank you :) I really did look at a lot of options for GPU having originally thought a 750TI would suffice. In the end it really only came down to price, aesthetics and power draw. However, if I'd not found this specific 960 on Amazon Warehouse Deals then I could well have opted for something else!
Thanks snarkyCoder, yes definitely a good case to work with this one! Rear and top fans are definitely running at higher RPMs than the two on the heatsink as I've daisy chained the CPU ones into the CPU fan header so the RPM is much lower on these. Not sure how I'm going to address this when I start planning an overclock.
Incredibly it will boot with the lower RPM and without me having (yet) changed anything in the BIOS, which I will do as very occasionally it won't boot for exactly this reason! Thanks for this comment as I wasn't actually sure if this was possible to do..
You're right and I've even said that myself in the description, I guess bear in mind that the SSDs form a large portion of my budget, the larger one of which wasn't even in my original plans until one day it dropped to a silly price on Amazon! I'd like to think that I've future-proofed the rest of the build enough to be able to slot in a new cpu and mobo down the line, or even sooner if I really find these parts lacking.
Thanks for your comments on the theme and lighting :)
Thanks legonate416, I did take some time over these photos so it's really nice to see people appreciate that aspect! For dark PC interiors, even lit ones, a phone camera really doesn't cut it unless you have full control over the ISO and preferably something to rest the phone on to keep it sturdy.
A tripod or something to rest the camera on makes a lot of difference as you'll almost always be shooting in poor light requiring a slower shutter speed ... look forward to seeing your results ;)
Good question! The ATX cable was done in stages but I would estimate in the region of 9-10 hours hours. By contrast the PCIE cable, which I did last, took less than 2 hours - fewer actual cables, and by this time I'd mastered the process.
Fair point, I did at least pick one of the 95W TDP models though :)
Good to know, thanks JafferAli, I'll give this a go once I've finished copying across all remaining files to the new one!
Many thanks! You're right, it is an old architecture now but I'll see how it goes until at least Zen is released next year. I'd like to think I'd be able to re-use most of this rig if I decided to upgrade cpu/mobo next year..
Thanks RyRy, I'm stoked to get featured build! Certainly hoping this build will last a while, yes..
The metal cable management shroud where the ATX and PCIE cables tuck in behind :)
Thank you! Cannot recommend this heat sink highly enough, note the AMD mounting plate in the photos which allows you to position it vertically or horizontally depending on user preference - very useful..
Thanks for your comments, really appreciated! I made these sleeved extensions (24pin ATX And 6pin PCIE) from scratch using parts from E22.biz; the sleeving itself is Teleios Fusion blue/black 4mm.
a Canon 5D MkIII for all shots, with Sigma 50mm ART lens :)
Thank you, it honestly gets easier and you get quicker!
Definitely consider the be quiet! Dark Rock 3 which can be had for around £50, is black, and quiet.
Exactly right, the mounting kit for this cooler only allows this orientation, which is extremely limiting given that some other coolers have mounting kits for AMD sockets that then allow rotation of the cooler. Interestingly the Dark Rock Pro 3 uses the same mounting kit, but has its fans positioned on different sides, so mounting one of these on an AM3 socket would result horizontal right-to-left push pull - see: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/bvYrxr
Many thanks FH100 and pegotico ... this is really useful.
I like the Phanteks model linked, especially the black heatsink now, however - answering the question of colour - I do have a preference for blue at this stage, with other components now falling in line with a blue/black theme. I've pondered over various coolers already, like this one http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc12dxbl with blue heatsink, but just love the look of the Megahalems in black. Examples elsewhere commonly use Corsair SP120s, which seem a good choice, but I wanted to understand the actual requirement in order to consider other options like - for example - Thermaltake's Riing 12, which doesn't include PWM so is definitely not an option now!
At this stage I'm not ruling out LEDs at all, but I would like them to be as quiet as is reasonably possible..
A mere 350w in the case of this Amazon reviewer... www.amazon.com/review/R3U507YMBNHN4S/ ...before sudden death.
Very nice build and some excellent component choices, especially the tier 1 PSU. Good effort.