When starting this build, I learned a lot of lessons from my Brave Little Nano Toaster (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/4Lm8TW) and wanted a little more. My requirements here were:
- 4K Gaming in an mATX form Factor
- White LED and white everything, going for Gandalf the White here, with RGB lighting wherever possible
- Clean and clear case, top of the line performance.
- Yeah, I wanted a 2080 Ti and i9 CPU, so I sprung for both.
This thing is a beast. It's still not completely done, I'm waiting for the last 120mm corsair fan which apparently had to come fromChina, and I still have to finish closing up the wiring in the back. Given the visibility of the PSU cables, I'm debating getting custom ones that are a more appropriate length. Speaking of which, I had to empty this case of anything that I didn't need, including the drive cage on the rear panel, the optical drive holder, the front panel, pretty much anything that didn't need to be in there I removed.
This build is beautiful though. It's everything I was hoping for. I had no idea that Corsair even made a white PSU, I found it by sheer luck. The build came together very handily, although I did have trouble finding what I really needed from a corsair perspective to power 5 fans and control their respective LEDs along with the LED extension strips. I could have done it without the commander, but I bought one anyway so that I wouldn't have fan power sprinkled all over the front of the beautifully clean motherboard.
I'm finding that the Corsair software is really powerful and lets you customize a TON of things, but has some really weird quirks like if you lock the PC, apparently the lighting scheme changes? Still figuring that out, but it's new. I did a noctua cooler and spray painted the fan white, for looks. So far no impact as far as I can tell.
I'll edit my cooling temps when I do a 3Dmark run with the panels on.
I watched a youtube video that said the most optimal cooling pattern for this case was a single 140mm fan for exhaust only? I was kind of like uhhh...but that's boring. So I'm using 5 fans, 2 intake at the top and 3 exhaust. The reason is operational in nature rather than temp sensitive, which is the filters are at the top and easily changed out and cleaned. i'm interested to see how cool the GPU stays when it really gets cooking with both fans running.
This was a great build and I'm very happy with the Corsair quality showing.