SFF Lingo Aficionado
- Oct 13, 2018
Still one of my most favorite cases to this day. Should try making a pass through to the back! I put my pass through in the back, and it made it super easy to drain the system. Think the only thing that still a bit sketchy about my q37 build, is that the GPU terminal is like right at the glass. So I usually leave the side glass off.
I put the glass panel on standoffs. My GPU block terminals completely blocked the glass from fitting otherwise.
I had the build done early July initially, but ran into some unexpected complications. Firstly, right off the bat my GPU temps were higher than they were in my NCase. Like 10c higher. It wasn't until this past weekend I had to chance to disesemble the loop, take the GPU out and see if there was gunk in the block. Seemed there wasn't, but I took the block off and put some fresh thermal paste on and it resolved the issue.
Other complications were fitment issues. The Corsair radiator didn't fit with 15mm fans on the bottom, big air bubble in the CPU block that wouldn't come out, RGB cable for the reservoir didn't fit the motherboard, etc.
In any case, the build went from this:
Started Friday night, did a little early in the day on Saturday before taking the evening off and finished it off through Sunday afternoon. Retubed the entire system, did the aforementioned removal and repasting of the GPU, trimmed the 5v cable's housing off so that it would fit the header on the motherboard, and flipped all the fans around for a negative pressure airtflow setup (that's working wonders thus far).
Just a shame about the fans, I'm tempted to get Arctic P12's for the top rad and Chromax A12x15s for the bottom. The rear 80mm fans are really not necessary and are pretty much permanently off so I'd just remove those and not replace them.
Anyway, only thing holding me back is that I really don't rate Noctua's A12x15 fans at all. I think they're terrible, frankly. Beyond 55% PWM, I feel like I'm back on the factory floor at work.
So I'm still looking for an alternative solution for a future revision to the build. I considered Scythe's old 12mm thick fans, but they're likely as loud or worse and I don't believe they made a PWM version of them. Not to mention they're as rare as hen's teeth now.
Another thought I had was mounting the radiator externally and using 25mm thick fans internally, but a big change like that will require a fair amount of modding, so it's something I'd look into further on a very raining day.