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Update 9/10/2016

So I've found how to get optimal cooling in the In Win 303, I moved the radiator to the front bottom location and bull the air from the bottom, through the rad and out. I have a dropped my temps on Performance setting where at 35C fans run at 50 % and it's keeping both the GPU and the CPU at 34C. On idle which is all fan's at 20%, which makes it super quiet. 37c to 40c while watching video. And under a load on Prime95 59c to 65c to 68c is the highest temp. The GPU at these settings stays at 34c which it totally was not doing in the previous config.

I highly recommend moving the rad to the bottom, you will notice at least a 10 degree drop in overall temps. I believe this is the best airflow senario, and moving the rad out of the way of the GPU actually cools both the GPU and the CPU as upward airflow is no longer hinders by the RAD. I then in addition to prime95 started a Kombuster Stress test on the GPU, test got no higher than 60c with CPU at 100% load and GPU at 95% load.

All other config's I've tried have not yielded this type of cooling, my 120 rad is no performing as good as my 240 was, actually a little better because it's pulling in cool air from the bottom, rather than being mounted at the top.

Hope this helps someone.

Update 8/21/2016

Made a final decision on CPU coolers today. I tried basically all AIO's that I could get my hands on, but in the end I settled on the Corsair H80i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler. Has a very quiet pump and idle temps are at 32c with a 4.6 Overclock. I run all the case fans at 20% for this idle temp. I am doing Push Pull, and actually pulling cold air from outside, and then exhaust goes to the top of the case and out. Overclocking with Prime95 and Case Fan's at 100% top temperate is 81c, during Battfield 4, temps get no higher than 60c with a variable Fan speed setting.

Update 7/15/2016

Added HUE+ and Extension Kit, wow! It's the light variations like Marquee that make it so awesome.

I am satisfied with this final build. (Till I get another wild hair)...

Remaining Upgrades:

Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor Samsung 950 PRO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

Update 7/8/2016

I also upgraded the following over the last week.

Siberia 800 Headset - Love this headset, I recommend it highly.

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy Rx 24-bit 192 KHz - After researching found that the digital out is the best config for the Siberia 800 Headset

NZXT Grid+ V2 - Total control over all my fans, keeps everything quiet when I want it and cool when I am stressing it.

MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 - Loving this board over my Hero VII, fewer boot issues (the Hero Board would constantly hang on reboot), looks great, love the software interface for overclocking.

I just really wasn't happy with the last two cases, nothing wrong per-say, just really like the tempered glass rather than acrylic windows. While in Fry's I saw this new case and just couldn't take my eyes of off it. The price was only $89 which I couldn't believe since it was built so solid, nothing cheap looking or feeling about this case. I also added my third monitor this week. So let me know what you think of the final build.

The InWin 303 case is tight, solid, looks great!

The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card is the bomb for me at least. Runs super cool, and supper quiet. I have gotten the highest Overclock scores of any machine I've built to date.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 5 points

Damn, nice job working with the in win 303 looks sexy

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, I hadn't seen this case, and passed it while at Fry's and just had to have it. At $88 I couldn't pass it up. Clean case. And I love the led lighting at the front of the case.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice Build! Can you tell what cooler that is, I really like it?

Anyways +1.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! LEPA Exllusion 240 Liquid Cooler http://frys.com/product/8572639?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you please tell me how quiet it is? Thanks.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

It sounds like a small desk fan. A little louder than my last case, but not unbearable. I think with AF fan's instead of SP it would be even more quiet. I am going to try and mount the Radiator up top as much of the fan noise seems to be coming from the bottom where it's pulling the air in. Temps for the case are good, even when running fans on low. CPU is 37 to 64 Celsius and GPU is 47 to 64 Celsius.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's much more quiet now that I moved the rad to the top of the case, and purchased additional Thermaltake Riing fans, which maybe because of the fan mounts creates less vibration. Very quiet now even on Turbo. Once I go to full speed then you can hear the fans.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

very nice. first 303 build I've seen posted.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I know right. :) I checked here before I bought the case because I wanted to see some examples. Now I get to be the example. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn, what a beaut. Congrats on the case man, everything ties together very nicely, and I really dig the 303, best aesthetic for the money IMO.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ya, that case is tight. I think all case builders need to move to tempered glass. Acrylic scratches to easily.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

True, that was for sure the trend at Computex this year. Only downside is tempered glass is much harder to mod (you can't really laser cut it to my knowledge w/ a low wattage laser), but as long as the manufacturer does it, it is stronger and better looking and seems to be just a little more expensive than acrylic.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

you could have bought a 360 AIO from thermaltake, swiftech, fractal design,or EK (its 68mm thick though so I'm not sure if it would fit o the top) and put it on the top.

+1 though

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually asked him the same thing but it was a cost issue and the AIO cooler he had is working fine for his needs.

Looks like your build is very similar to mine. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/WgbTHN

Any advice? Yours is looking great.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

i would switch the thermal compound for some gelid solutions gc-extreme compound. It is more expensive but it is not conductive and i have heard some bad things about that arctic silver stuff. Also, if its in your budget, and you think you need it (i don't know your situation), i would throw in a $65 USD seagate barracuda 2tb hard drive, but thats just my personal opinion. If you want to save a few bucks, switch that thermal take water cooler for the standard one and buy 3 riing fans with white LEDs to match your other 3, again my own opinion. Everything else looks good! ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

This is why I love PCPartpicker, this is very very close to what I am building.

I was nervous about the H80i V2 cooler placement in the back of the case, but now that I see it in your build I am confident that it will work out perfectly.

Also was there a reason you went for Thermaltake fans instead of the Corsair AF120s?

Super build! A++

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Went with the Thermaltake Riing fans for consistency with the rest of my case fans.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love that case! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, way sexy case! I am lovin it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Job~! If you check my build I made my desk out of plumbing pipes, now you've inspired me to do to two piping shelves!

Great looking build from you! GJ!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ya I love the plumbing pipe look. I wanted to be able to look up and enjoy the eye candy of my rig. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did it cost you for all the components for your table? I am diggin it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

All from home depot and leds from amazon, I'd say ~250$

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What do the fans at the top cool?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually ended up moving my CPU radiator to the top this evening. So they are exhaust.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

They are exhaust, the case has honeycombed side, so hot air is pushed out the side of the case. I ended up moving the Radiator to the top because I wasn't happy with the cooling. New pictures.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool to see this build, I have a black 303 waiting for internals. I had the same thought to go with a blue scheme (given the front LED is blue) so I'm definitely stealing some of your ideas.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Steal away. :) Love this case! I've done three different cases, and this is my favorite. It's so clean and solid for only $88.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice 303! Have you considered getting a custom fan grill? It would like soooooo awesome in this case setup.

Lepa coolers are great, they're inexpensive, performs well and Also great customer service. How is this particular one.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I might end up getting some custom fan grills. I may also replace the case feet with some custom ones.

I can't complain about the Lepa, does a good job cooling the CPU and give the system a custom liquid look, without the cost. I like the clear hoses and the see through water block. The water-block also has two LED's, built in which give the water-block a glow inside. I was even able to modify the hose length to fit the case, because the compression nuts are removable.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you change the cooler?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I did, I changed to a single fan RAD to a Corsair, I wanted the fan's alone the top to be mounted at the same height. What is really cool, is I am still getting good temps even though the rad is smaller. May be a combination of being thicker and and using the Thermaletake ring fans.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, thanks!

I'm thinking that this would be the best of all worlds. Thoughts?

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/NqmxFT/thermaltake-cpu-cooler-clw108pl12swa

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya I like that one. Was considering it, but wanted my pump to have a light, but that one is very nice. If I had the extra funds I probably would have gotten it. It would make your rig standout.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way you have some nice rigs as well! Just checked them out.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks haha!! :)

By the way, I heard that there are no rubber grommets...how's working with that? and your opinion on the cable management capability?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

just curious about the clearance at the bottom of the case is there enough room for a 360 rad and fans or does the motherboard get in the way?. Also very nice build i hope mine looks as good as that when it comes in.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the rad on the bottom and it fit, it's tight but it fits. I found that I am getting cooler temps on CPU and GPU by moving it to the top. But I did have it on the bottom with fans. You will find that the cables for the power, reset, etc are ever so tight against the Rad, but it worked.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

how much difference in temps was there? I've got this case on order and I'll be running a 5930K out of it with a deepcool gamerstorm captain 240 cooler...and it does look very tight at the bottom mount.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Only a couple of degrees, I think I just didn't like how tight it was between the video card and the RAD, plus since I was pulling air from the bottom the warm air from the rad was blowing into the fans on the Sapphire card. I think your rad will fit however if you ever decide to put to video cards in for crossfire, the rad would have to move.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I ended up putting it on the top but may get a thermaltake 360..pretty much finished and will post it as a completed build soon

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

beautiful rig and setup +1!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That case is everything. I really like this

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build looks great but I just noticed the bottom intake fan filter. It looks like a ton of dust can get through. Is this the case? I have cats and dust, so dust protection is a must.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope, the filter on the bottom slides in and out, just hard to see. Works like a champ. I have three cats myself.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!! The motherboard you have is good for controlling all the fans and everything?

I was heavily considering jumping on the MB to start my build. What would make the one you used better outside of looking amazing? Sorry for the newb question :)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813132691

Also, question regarding the case. I'm pretty much going to copy your build exactly but would love to add a 3.5" HD for larger files. Does the case allow for that?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The board I purchased about 6 months ago, so the one you put in the link better. I would have to change the CPU and the RAM to go with a new Motherboard. Maybe in a couple of years. :)

On the back side are two locations to mount 3.5 hard drives.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!! Just a couple more quick questions.

Did you get custom modular cables or did the power supply come with them?

Would you recommend your light setup compared to the Nue+ setup?

Is the glass tinted? My computer is next to my bed and want some ambient light but nothing crazy.

Did you get the white fans? I'm thinking about going with an all white build but if the front panel is blue, I might go with that instead. Thanks again!!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The power supply came with modular cables, but then I bought the white cables for Video and Power.

I like the Hue+ and have been considering it. But with a IR remote I can change color on the fly, rather than having to go into the CAM software, so I am still debating that.

The glass is smoke and when the main leds are off, just the Riings glow and look cool.

I went with Blue Riing fan's as I love the color blue.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I just realized something on your build. Aren't the bottom fans and the GPU fans fighting eachother?

I suppose there is no real way to avoid it unless you went the crazy custom water cooled route but just something that I noticed. I preordered the 1070 but was wondering if this is an issue or if I should look at other options. Thanks and great build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

It's push pull, bottom blows cool air up to the GPU fans, which then in theory push out. I am actually able to cool the GPU in this set up, when I crank the case fans up.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! The gpu I'm getting has its own fan headers so I can control the two fans right beneath it based on the gpu.

Any issues accessing the bottom headers with this case and fans installed?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope no issues, it is tight if you don't take care in running the cables but worked fine for me.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nevermind! It looks like GPUs pull the air into the card so your setup is PERFECT!!!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wanted to know but looking at a few of the photos you have the ring fans the same colour but the inside of the box might be green or red, hod did you do that?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

He is using led case lighting. Just the fans alone don't do much but offer nice accent lighting.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually the Logisys Mu​lti-Colore​d LED Stri​p with Rem​ote Control​l that are place all around the inside edge which I turn on and change colors, which changes the appearance of the riing fans.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi bobbyw87,

Your system looks Awesome!

Really inspired ... I will be building my first PC. May I know few things ...

How did you manage to run 7 fans on your PC, does "NZXT Grid+ V2" Fan controller controls them?.. or you have 7 Fan headers on your motherboard? .. how did you manage?

Which LEDs and Fans you used?

Is your system Quite?

Thanks myview

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Once again, great build! I'm doing something similar with the same case and could use advice.

What order did you put everything together in and what would you have done differently?

Thanks!!!

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/3LwKBP

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job with the 303 case! How did you like the LED lights you used?

Any tips or tricks for getting them to work with this case?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I connected them on the front inside of the case around the edge. I ran two channels and fed one power cable up over the rear fan and the other across the bottom front and middle fan, since the cables are black they blend in to an extent. I love this case, with the lighting, it makes it very Tron like.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very beautiful build, especially with the white neutral case for the bright LEDs!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking to get the same case I was gonna put 3 fans top and bottom and water cool the back so would u recommend air flow fans or static pressure fans

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Go with SP Fans, much better cooling when doing so.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you fit 3 fans down the bottom with a ATX mobo? hardwarecanucks said you cant fit fans with a atx...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, fit for me, with my asus board it was really tight, but with the MSI worked fine. I wonder what board he was using.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe the issue he had was with the USB 3.0 connection. If it is at the base where the fans connect then you wouldn't be able to fit the fans there unless you modded the case. However, with MSI I believe the 3.0 connection is in a different spot on the board.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your build. I came across it after I just ordered my 303. One quick question...I'm wondering why you didn't go with the theremaltake water 2.0 or 3.0? What is the reason you went with that radiator?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I have now gone to an Air Cooler. No matter what pump I bought, when all the other fans were done to 20%, I could still hear the pump whine. Tried Corsair, Thermaltake, you name it I probably tried it. The pump whine drove me nuts. I am getting 39c on idle with my 4.6 over clock. And under load no higher than 72c. I can live with that in order to get the system super quiet. Will post the updated pictures soon.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Right now using a Thermaltake C5 air cooler, but may switch to Cryorig cause there air coolers have some good stats

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you manage to install those intake fans below with the bottom connectors of your motherboard in the way when plugged? That is my biggest concern when thinking of buying this case.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

There is just enough clearance, when I had a AMD motherboard it was pretty tight, with the MSI board there was a little bit more clearance. I did not use the adapter they provide to plug in all the connectors for the case first, I plugged them directly to the board. Fit good.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Bobby. Love your build. I was just wondering about your cpu cooler position tests. Did you ever mount it to the rear for comparison... Reason I ask, I have mine in the rear on my 303 and didn't know if I would do better with your positioning. Thanks

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I did, I found it to run cooler when I pulled air in from the outside, however I didn't have a filter so is was pulling to much crud in, so ended up mounting on the bottom. I just did an upgrade of all the internal components. I will post soon.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Send me a reply when you get the update up. I'd be interested in seeing it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

love the build. i actually did a very similar one recently

https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/8RjcCJ

im curious though how did you power all your fans? did you run a fan controller?, i have mine setup with 3 fans and a 120 rad w/ fan and i have all hooked to my mobo right now but im basically maxed out for fan slots on the mobo and still wanted to fill a few fan slots on the case.

any input would help and PS +1 on the build i love it!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Your's looks great as well. For the Fan's I control them with a NZXT Grid+​ V2 that coupled with NZXT's CAM software gives me control of the fan's from Windows. Love it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect, thank you for the reply!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build but razer mouse i don't like but nice clean build and it's your choice

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you put the power supply? I am thinking about getting this case. I love how sleek it is. I love InWin cases. Looks great man!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually goes in the top behind the 3 top fans. Thanks, it's a sleek build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

wtf have you underclocked the gpu ???????????????????????????????/

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what you mean?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

the gtx 1070 runs at 1.51 ghz but on your build runs @1.03

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey uh i know this is a bit late but isnt your GPU supposed to go in the highest slot for the best performance?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

It is in the highest slot.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Are that the stock 9 inch tubing on the H80i V2? And if so: Do you think I would be able to place the radiator behind the three fans at the top, if I enlarged the hole at the top to route the CPU block through? I've seen it done with the NZXT Kraken x52, but I'm worried that the tubing is too short on the H80i. Thanks!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

1+ i bet that air flow and cooling is god

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, I believe another card will fit, but not if the RAD is there.