So, After gaming on consoles since the release of the PS2 - 16 years ago, I have finally committed to building my first PC with the intention of saying farewell to my beloved PS4.
What did I want to achieve by converting to PC and building it myself? - Well, i wanted to go over the top with a HardTubed - WaterCooling System, - A build that would get the most out of my Sony Bravia 55" 4K (60hz) TV, - A build that would provide me with high end specs for at least 3 years, - The ability to make modifications, and add add-ons at my own will. And, now that my build is complete, I believe I have achieved exactly what I was after (except for the first point...)
The Swiftech H220x2 Prestige: This cooler is a beast in size! I ran a leak test for several hours before installation and fitting my own tubing, and the test ran fine. The fittings were a breeze to remove, and once the unit was installed into my system with its PETG tubing and Pastel White coolant it complimented the build perfectly. I removed about 20mm from the plate of the case below the radiator and I was able to install an additional 120mm intake fan at the front of the case. Unfortunately for me though, the pump failed towards the final stages of topping up the system. This was a huge inconvenience, and Swiftechs customer service has been terrible at getting back to me via email, and by customer forum. The whole cooling unit has now been removed, and will most likely be used for parts....
Build Pros: - Compatibility for every part was spot on. - The build is exactly what I was after. - It runs a lot quieter than what I had anticipated. Even under load. - The Cases front panel window is good quality and provides a good view of the motherboard while also allowing you to hide a LED strip around the frame, and hiding the radiator. - The included LED and Fan controller are a nice touch to the case -The CPU is stable at 27`C while idling
BuildCons: - The faulty H220x2 pump, and Swiftechs lack of customer service. - The 2M Phanteks LED is overkill for this case. I ended up cutting the strip in half as there was no where else the strip would go. Some of the lights on the strip were already broken (wrong colour) before I had even installed it. And, the included 3M tape doesn't even stick to the strip.... - The SATA cords in the sleeved kit are terrible for back of house cable management. They take up too much room, as they create a T shape when connected, as opposed to EVGAs Y shape, making it impossible to attach the back panel without it warping. - Protective plastic coating on the GPU metal accents.
I would love to build another PC, and i would also love to have another go at a HardTubed Loop. But, this will do just fine for now (a few years).
The photos at the back of the album showcase the Hard Tubing + H220x2 unit before it was removed.
thanks for viewing/reading, and i am more than happy to answer any questions in regards to Compatibility, Benchmarks, Specifications, and Installation.
H115i This unit was a breeze to install! The size of the radiator utilises every mm of space on the face of my case, and the fans are setup in between the frame of the case and radiator in an intake configuration.
A nice looking mother board that also worked really well for my monochrome build. The BIOS have been fairly easy to navigate so far.
Perfect for what I need at the moment, and still provides efficient memory access speeds.
I was originally trying to source the white version of this case, but gave up after such limited availability in Australia.. But, now that I have it fully built I am still very happy with black! The case was Super User-friendly! It helped deliver a great end result with Front of house cable management, and I much preferred the GPU cables going to the back of the case rather than to the bottom. The tool-free HDD drive bays are super easy and sturdy once installed. The thumb screws seem a little bit flimsy, but once tightened they do the trick just fine. The inner sound dampening layer on the inside of this case seems to make a good differennce as the case runs at such a quiet volume.
This PSU also includes a MOBO bypass tool which was handy to run both leak tests on the H220x2 and h115i before I had completed my build.