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Hooked III - the final upgrade?
by canders
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This is yet another update to a build I did last spring. This time, I upgraded the case, the PSU and added a second GPU. I also added a fan controller. I am thinking this is the last update for a while but you never know. I seem to have caught the PcPartPicker bug, if you know what I mean.

The PC is used for programming, gaming and some video editing.

I have been eyeing the FT02 for a while. Recently, I saw one on Amazon for what seemed like a decent price and I decided to go for it.

The FT02 is a fun case to work with and it seems to run quite a bit cooler than my Fractal Design R4.

One thing that surprised me is how little space there is for cable management behind the motherboard tray. For a case this large, I expected a little more room.

You can see from the photos, I used bolt-on electrical clamps to hold the wiring as close as possible to the motherboard tray (I got the idea from some other FT02 builds I found). And while that was a lot of work, in the end I like the look.

I also read that there might not be enough clearance for my Phanteks cooler. But it fit fine. I did move the fans down a couple notches on the cooler just in case but there seems to be plenty of clearance.

As always, thanks for looking. Hope you enjoy my build. It was a blast putting it together.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.06Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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SparkyOnPC 10 points 12 months ago

that case is so different... lol nice build man!

 
 
noob_for_life 4 points 12 months ago

it really is but i guess it eliminates the graphics card from sagging

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 6 points 12 months ago

Exactly, let gravity do the work for you. :)

 
 
noob_for_life 3 points 12 months ago

hahaha awesome build!

 
 
ImElkay [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

Really nice build. +1

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

Thanks.

 
 
Booth21209 2 points 11 months ago

Alot of people don't realize this is an issue when they put massive cards into their systems (that is that they need to be properly secured). Not saying that all cards are going to sag, but massive cards (i.e. Dual-GPU cards) with heavy water-blocks and such need an extra bracket. The heat and torque on the card will eventually warp it.

 
 
TheWinningHit 2 points 11 months ago

I kind of agree with Booth but I also don't. The cards can sag but it isn't normally a problem anyways. A lot of people build their systems with a sagging card and don't find any errors with it.

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

They might not have hardware issues, but I'm fairly certain that I'm not alone in thinking that it looks like crap when it's not addressed.

Personally, I've got an ASUS 770 in my build as well, and it sagged a lot. With the big window on my CM Storm Stryker, it was bugging the hell out of me. Ended up scrounging up a piece of 1/4" dowel and supporting my card with that.

EDIT: Forgot, nice build BTW...

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks. My 770 seemed to droop a bit in my R4 case as well. It was very slight but I could still see it. I tried to find a solution online and there was a company the made a cool looking support but it seems to have been discontinued. I was leaning toward the dowel solution as well until I decided to swap cases.

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I'm assuming the solution you're referring to was 'Ninja Wire.' I looked into that myself.

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

It was something called the POWER JACK by PowerColor (http://www.powercolor.com/us/products_Accessories_features.asp?id=1). But I could never find one in stock. Seems like it was only available for a short time. I hadn't seen the Ninja Wire before. I think I will file that one away for future reference.

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Ah, forgot about that one.

Personally, I don't like the idea of connecting multiple parts of my PC with a conductive wire, so Ninja Wire is out for me. I like the hooks, but would probably just stick with high strength fishing line if I was going to hang it.

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

That's a good point. The dowel solution is not bad though. You can always paint the dowel so it blends in and looks like part of the case.

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I know what you mean. That's one of the things I liked about it.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 5 points 11 months ago

I saw this case the other day and I was hoping someone would build with it very soon!

The design is great, cool air going straight to the GPU/CPU/MOBO first and then just out the top in one easy flow, love it

How loud are those AP fans? I saw a review on them from linus the other day and they moved a TON of air

Again, very nice build, +1 and more if I could!

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I like the fans so far. I have them running at 720 RPM, they are very quiet and are keeping things cool. I will try to push them a bit this weekend and see how they hold up. Thanks for the comments.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Good to hear, this is the video that makes me want these fans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8m8fC809TK0

Plus I watched a linus tech tips review of them

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Cool video. Thanks for sharing.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Np!

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

Nice man. Very sharp, I like it, of course, but I'm pretty easy to please so that's not saying much. :) +1 from Starlana

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

I really like that design case. Looks like it is great for bottom to top ventilation. Wish those cases weren't so expensive. Nice build! +1

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

Yeah, they are a little spendy. Hopefully it will last me a while. Thanks for the vote. BTW - enjoyed your builds. I remember seeing/voting for them before. It was nice looking thru them again.

 
 
Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks man!

 
 
ventjh [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome build. Very different case. Love it!

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks.

 
 
TheWinningHit 2 points 11 months ago

The only difference in the system that I would've made is an AMD Radeon R9 290x card @ 4GB's instead of a 770 from NVidia.

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. I probably would have considered the new AMDs but I bought the first 770 over the summer. Then when they dropped the price $70 and threw in 3 games I decided to grab another 770.

 
 
PickItApart 2 points 11 months ago

I got dizzy looking at the photos and didn't realize until the end that the GPUs were standing not sitting. Why'd you choose this case over the plethora of other ones? I mean, the fans plus case cost $300.

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah, the cost is one of the reasons I held off for a while. When I first decided to build my own PC this is one of the first cases I ran across, however the price was a factor. But, the case gets really great reviews almost everywhere you look and I really liked the design. Once I had all my other parts the incremental cost didn't seem as bad. The extra fans weren't really necessary. The case comes with 3 180mm fans that are pretty decent from what I've read. But the AP182s are more adjustable, have a wider RPM range, and the give a little more cooling power. Plus they match the color scheme. :)

 
 
yourmother117 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

sexy lookin case, a bit expensive though

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Agreed. It is a bit pricey. Definitely a splurge on my part. Hopefully it will last me a while.

 
 
jdwash11 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Very interesting case

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I was intrigued by the design from the first time I saw it. If you get a chance check some of the reviews online. AnandTech has a good one.

 
 
theonelonewolf [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Have any temps? +1 good build!

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Just posted some idle temps. The outside GPU runs about 5 degrees cooler. I may turn up the middle fan and see if that has any impact. Haven't had a chance to do much else. Work is a bit crazy this week. Thanks for the vote.

 
 
ArcticEditor 2 points 11 months ago

Wow, very clean! I really like your cable management O_O

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. I had my doubts because the space behind the motherboard is a bit narrow, but it worked out. The clamps really helped keep things tight against the panel.

 
 
ilian11 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

props on the case - so different, I love it!

Great build too!

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. I recommend the case if the price doesn't scare you away.

 
 
S1L3N7D3A7H [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Very nice build. Love building in the FT02. Such a unique, beautiful, and sexy case.

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks. I really like the case as well. Enjoyed looking thru your build too. Watching the progress on Overclockers was very cool.

 
 
Elshelfo 2 points 4 months ago

I love this case and this build so much, would you mind if I used the idea?

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

No problem. Go for it. That's the cool thing about this site. You can look around and get ideas. Can't wait to see your build.

 
 
Elshelfo 1 point 4 months ago

What do you think about the maintenence of the case, is it easy to clean? How bad does the amount of dust get?

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Maintenance has been pretty easy so far. You need to take the side panel off to clean the filters on the bottom case fans, but the panels come off pretty easy; just a couple thumb screws. The power supply filter pops right off from the outside of the case.

 
 
Electrospeed 1 point 11 months ago

Lol... you might have paid a bit much for that Phanteks cooler... The Hyper 212 EVO is like $25...

But it looks more awesome so w/e. Nice build +1

 
 
canders [Submitter] [6 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks. Yeah the Phanteks isn't the cheapest cooler. It's huge as well. Really need low profile RAM if you are going to use it. But once I kind of started to go with the black and white theme the Phantek really fit the bill.