Description

Most of the parts in this build were brought over from my last system, which was an AMD-based mid tower. I knew I wanted to go mini-ITX so I could bring my PC more places but I wanted to keep the Corsair H100i GTX that I had won in a giveaway; the Corsair 250D fit the bill perfectly. I'll admit it was a little bigger than I had hoped, but I was really impressed with the build quality and I love it to death. I did run into some issues, which I expected to, and by posting this log I hope to help anyone worried about building a PC with this case and an h100i GTX.

There are two spots where the h100i GTX tubes cause clearance issues: 1) Rear-mounted tubes - If you want to mount rad with the tubes towards the back of the case, you will have to make sure the metal parts of the rear I/O are short enough to let the tubes lay on top of the PS2 or USB ports, whichever your board has. You can not bend the tube around that block because it'll run into the radiator fan. I wanted to mount the radiator in this orientation but didn't, because the only motherboards with a short enough I/O are extremely overpriced.

2) Front-mounted tubes - If you want to mount the rad with the tubes towards the front of the case, you will not be able to keep the intake fan, neither 120mm or 140mm UNLESS you're willing to mount the radiator in an unconventional position like I did. If you look closely at my photo, my radiator is only held in place by two screws, and it's pushed further towards the back of the case than normal. This gave me enough clearance to keep the full 140mm intake fan! I highly recommend mounting the radiator like I did. It's still very secure and I'm grateful for the extra clearance it gave me. But then again, your motherboard might have a short enough I/O to achieve the rear-mounted tube orientation.

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 10 points

I respect anyone who has good cable management in a mini ITX .+1.

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

I agree 100%.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The standard 24-pin and PCI cables are rough to work with in a 250D. I should have invested in a few sleeved cables for mine, would of made things so much easier.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That's some dope sh!t m8

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks really nice! :-)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Powerful, portable, perfect. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Freakin gorgeous... +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I like mITX builds, and this ones pretty clean.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I LOVE YOU...YES ****

NO **** ACTUALLY

Anyways, I really do like when people put amazingness into a 250D.

+1 m8

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

I am gonna try a mini itx in the fall. I hope my cable management is half as good as yours.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking at any cases in particular?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No not really, why do you ask?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Just curious. I highly recommend Silverstone.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I will check it out.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent choice of components.

Same Zotac GTX 970 as my build +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your thoughts on heat and noise?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I put that Afterburner from MSI on it as a control program. Changed to Farenheit so mine is alway 90-101 F. Noise - it's good - not too loud.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

101F is 38 degrees celsius, so you must be talking about idle temps. Mine is usually 80c under load and kinda noisy because I run the fans at 65% in-game. But at idle, obviously there's nothing to complain about.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, right now I'm just playing Mass Effect 3, so it may not be that demanding of a game. I used that Afterburner program and put my fan from 40% to 48% and it's not that loud at all. But I have noticed my idle temp at like 88-94F and game temp at 99-106F. I think it's an easy game for this card to handle at 1920 x 1080(I think).

On Afterburner - My CPU temps for 1st and 3rd processor are around 120F - so cpu is hotter than GPU?
That is right around where it reads.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! Great job with cable management and photos.

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I was planning on getting this case, you made it look great! All the parts work great together, especially the GPU!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

There's tons of clearance, go as big as you want on a GPU (with an exception for the ridiculously large cards that only fit in full towers)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great 250D build, well done on getting around the H100i GTX issues.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I wanted a challenge and I got one. Knew I'd make it work though. :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you sleeve those cables yourself? +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes, very tediously with the staple method. Spent about $10 on paracord and never bought any tools/materials.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hot

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to remove the bottom bracket for the H100i to get it to fit? Also, I couldn't get the tubes for the CPU to fit when placed near the front intake. Did you remove the fan first?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, I kept the bottom bracket. Install the radiator first, pushing it up and towards the back of the case until you see 2 screw holes line up, then screw them in. Next, slide your 140mm fan in front of the tubes (little snug but not bad at all) and secure it with your 4 screws. If you don't get what I'm saying about where to mount the radiator let me know and I'll take another picture for you. Should be fairly easy. Good luck!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

See my fans didn't fit in between my mobo and rad unless I removed the bottom bracket. I would have to order slim fans in order to fit. I too had to use the top for mounts to screw it in place. Like I mentioned, I tried having the rad tubes by the front intake but it just wouldn't fit.

You're using the SP120 fans that come with the H100i right? Also, are you sure you have the H100i GTX and not the older GT model which is a few mm slimmer?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not using the stock fans but the 120mm fans I replaced them with are the same exact size (stock fans were too loud). And yes, I do have the H100i GTX.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Corsair 120 SP fans (with the colored rings) and they don't fit with the bottom bracket in. Either your motherboard is a few millimeters smaller or your fans are a bit thinner.

Anyways... nice job with the build. I'll be posting mine soon once I get my soundproof and lighting mods done.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm looking forward to your build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks G!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great, love the sleeved cabling!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

I'd happily build a custom loop if you wanna pay for it ;)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

probably not as fast tho

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL me and you read about that thing!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless you put 670 mph pump in that loop.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Umm this was 2 months ago

It'll blow up