First Build, mATX, smallish, 4k gaming beast OPINIONS CRITIQUES please!!

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  1. paulbaird87

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    Please check out the pics, post opinions and help me make this the coolest mATZ rig in Aus.

    Asrock x99m killer MB
    I7 5820k (24/7 oc'd @ 4.4ghz)
    Ddr4 corsair dominator platinum (@2666)
    XFX radon r9 295x2
    XSPC raystorm CPU block with a 240mm radiator, pump and res all hidden in bottom compartment!
    1000w evga P2 PSU
    4tb 3.5"
    500gb backup 2.5"
    And my favourite! full speed supported M.2 SSD 512gb xp941. Makes boot times non existant!

    I'll head to the other forum section for some overclocking advice because I am having issues but will update this thread with benchmarks and OC hurdles and issues with the asrock microATX board which i think is the cause of the OC issues for the ram!


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    The last pic of the bottom of the case you can see the 408 hand drilled holes for the radiator! Took a little while!

    ANYWAY tell me what you think?

    Do you guys Think a water block on the 295x2 would help?

    What else would you guys change?
     
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    UPDATE!!!! added heatsink MOD to GPU backlate

    Anyone else out there running hot cards with sizzling backplates and VRM's? I am. My R9 295x2 VRM's and backplate reach +70c and it wasn't until the backplate melted the glue from the fan controller I had mounted to it for me to do something about the temps!
    The card itself would float around 60c to 75c across all games and benchmarks so is well within safe working temps but the backplate just seemed HOT!!!
    I saw a thread of a guy with aircooled GPU's and he had big alloy heatsinks mounted is place of his backplates in a SLI setup and his avg temps dropped 5-10 degrees and s did his case temps and cpu temps as a result!.


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    The last pic a screenshot of my ebay purchases. So for under $65 dollars you can add very effective extra cooling to your graphics card without adding extra water cooling equip! Great if you don't have the space or the cash!

    If anyone else has done this or something similar with fans or water cooling mods jump in the thread and post some pics! Reading stuff like this is how we all learn so share away..........
     
  3. one80

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    Very nice build - I like seeing other mATX builds :thumbup:
     
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    Nice work, Pretty tidy for such a compact build
    Would have been fun drilling all them holes!
    Any pics of the internal / underneath section showing the radiator & pump etc
     
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    3rd & 4th pic, somethings not linning up, outta wak or crooked maybe:eek:
     
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    Yeah I see what you are saying mad_mic3, Did not notice before, The GPU is way out for some reason? That would do my OCD in
    Can see the HDD is out of whack do to being squeezed into a small area but the GPU should be straight, Whats going on paulbaird87?
     
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    The lens on my camera up close is wonky on alot of shots and the HDD is just tapped to the side wall of the case and not super straight!
     
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    Finished the rest of the set up!!!!!!!


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    Made some little changes to the build and finished the aesthetics of the setup!
     
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    Nice.

    Have to resist the temptation to pile stuff up on it when you run out of room on your desk. :)
     
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    is that a LED moded orbweaver?
     
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    It sure is! Bloody tricky job, almost ruined the pcb had to run some little wires internally to the last led I swapped out after melting through the pcb and it was a puzzle to put back together.
     
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    Awesome job and great looking setup too.

    Here is my first Mini-Itx.

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