- Sep 5, 2016
This is a design that I originally built about 2 years ago, and recently had manufactured. The main intent of it, and the advantage it has over other similarly sized cases, is that it has 87mm of heatsink clearance, allowing for significantly higher cooling capability, and is very focused on good thermals. It trades the ability to take a full-size GPU in order to use larger pancake-style heatsinks and have proper exhaust from the front.
Complete dimensions are 108mm x 209mm x 350mm = 7.9L. First, I wanted to stay below 7L, then 7.2L, then 7.5L, and then I ended up here. So it goes.
I'm relentless when it comes to silence, and get bothered even with gentle fan noise. I use this system to do virtual reality demos to corporate audiences, so it has the unusual requirement of being silent even while doing what would be heavy gaming.
I'm using a Raijintek Pallas with a Noctua P14s redux on top. It's quite capable even with the stock fan, but the 25mm Noctua cuts down on noise even further. My build is dated, with a 6700k, but this setup allows for very easy overclocking, 4.8GHz non-AVX/ 4.55GHz AVX, without any delidding. However, instead, I have it undervolted at stock turbo of 4.2GHz, with the fan set to max out at below 600 rpm, so even under the heaviest loads, it's close to impossible to tell that the system is on.
When the time comes, an 8700K, Ryzen 2700 or eventual 9900K shouldn't be a problem. It can also fit the 140mm Corsair H90 AIO, along with the common 25-27mm 120mm AIO's, though air is my preference.
Similarly, the GPU (Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini) has its stock fan removed, with the same 140mm Noctua in its place, and has a similar fan profile set.
The PSU is flex ATX, but its fan is removed, with a 92mm Nexus Real Silent in its place, making it quieter than most if not all SFX PSU's. A side benefit to the exhaust fans is that the M2 drive (1TB 960 EVO) stays below 70C under load. Without the fans, it can go up to around 15C higher.
Hopefully posting here is fine. I'm planning to do a small run for some friends, but no plans beyond that.