Description

I've been wanting to downsize from my full tower Thermaltake V71 for some time. I've had to move it around a lot and doing so was a serious pain. It's a solid steel (except for the front and top panel) behemoth that doesn't fit in many places. I also opted to buy new fans for uniformity as my previous case had a mix of Bitfenix and Thermaltake fans. This new case doesn't support 200mm fans anyhow.

I was interested in the Corsair 400C, but it was the Enthoo Pro M case with the acrylic window that really caught my eye.

I was concerned about the space inside, considering I have an SLI configuration and there were no builds on here using this case with more than one graphics card. I'm happy to say space was not an issue whatsoever.

My biggest change aside from the case was switching from the human baby-sized Phanteks PH-TC14PE to a water cooler. I was pretty nervous about it since it was my first instillation of a water cooler and I had a big whoopsie moment when I got a tiny bit of thermal paste on the motherboard.

I honestly couldn't be happier with how it turned out. When I finished this at midnight last night, I couldn't help but to sit and stare for some time before calling it a night. This case looks REALLY good.

I really wanted to mount it on the shelf under my desk, but the stupid metal support bar prevented that from happening, so it gets to sit on some wooden slats for additional height (for the PSU) to the side of my desk instead.

Blue Ice 3.0 - ~Name Pending~ is my future plan (some time after Pascal is released) to beef up my setup for gaming in resolutions above 1080p.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This was the first water cooler I'd ever installed. That being said, it was pretty simple up until the point I had to mount it onto the CPU. It was a bit of a pain getting it lined up correctly and holding it still. It looks fantastic however. I wish the logo was LED lit, but the fans look great. Overall pretty quiet. I can't hear it over the sound of my other fans. The most important part however, is that it keeps my CPU very cool. Under 100% load for 5 minutes it didn't climb above 63C.

The included fan controller is nice, as you can change the LED color/pattern and fan speed of your radiator fans.

For my ASUS Z97 Pro mobo, I plugged the pump into the CPU OPT port and the Fans into the CPU Fan port.

Case

There is no doubt that this case looks absolutely fantastic. The acrylic window really adds to the aesthetics of your build and shows it off wonderfully. This was the first case I've worked with that had a basement. It cleans up the inside incredibly well and it helps that the placement of the rubber grommets was well thought out. I still managed to make the cable management in the back a bit of a tight squeeze, but a vast improvement from my previous full tower case.

It would be really hard to make a build look bad in this case. There are lots of nooks and crannies for cable management and cable management is not my strong suit. I would recommend you thoroughly look through the manual or even watch someone do a build in this case on youtube before attempting to build in this case if you're a newcomer. There are some caveats while attempting to remove and add things that could cause you to do double the work because you didn't know X needed to be removed before you could install Y and vice versa. Working in this case was a bit more difficult, but worth it.

If you're at all concerned about fitting your SLI configuration in here, don't worry. Though it may depend on your motherboard, you'll have limited space under your second graphics card for any type of rear mounted LED strip. Mine is very low profile so it fit just fine.

I'm going to say what everyone says who buys this case and recommend that Phanteks add a second SSD bracket. Why only include one when you have 3 mounting places for SSD's? I mounted my second one in the HDD tray in the basement, which is fine, but the option would have been nice without having to make a second purchase.

Another thing to consider is the window actually requires maintenance to keep it clean. Acrylic attracts dust, pet hair, and fingerprints.

Case Fan

The colored corners are rubber, so that aids with eliminating vibrating. They look and feel like good quality fans. The best thing about these fans though is the LED ring. It looks absolutely amazing.

Case Fan

The colored corners are rubber, so that aids with eliminating vibrating. They look and feel like good quality fans. The best thing about these fans though is the LED ring. It looks absolutely amazing.

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Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Im going to buy at least 20 of those fans i dont care how expensive they are and i dont care that its a waste of money to buy that many but in like 20 years our robot overlords are going to thank me when they have adequate cooling and they look sexy af

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Dank Pc m9

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

There are some things i would disagree with, but overall, i like this, good job!

+1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice choose on CPU and GPU brand for a cool PC. :-D

+1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you OC that 4790K to?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not currently overclocked, but I will be testing that out soon.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

i like the price.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it was just a transfer from my old case to a new case lol.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the Riings! When I get enough for my next build (Blue also), I'm switching to Riings and moving my Noctuas to my H115i AIO. What sleeved cables do you use?? +1!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

EVGA Sleeved Cables. :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thank you!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Omg I feel ya lol. After I upgraded to my Corsiar 750D(Which totally dwarfed my carbide spec- 03), it was hard to move it around and work on it sometimes. Overall I like the addition of the thermaltake fans. Are they good? How are acoustics since I may be interested. Love the color scheme! :D Plus that mid tower seems pretty big consider the full tower isn't that much bigger. ._. +1 to this build :D Do you plan on upgrading gpu to pascal, or just stick with 970's? I'm just curious since I run 2 970's as well >.< http://pcpartpicker.com/b/TwLD4D

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to mess with the fan speeds some, but at the moment I'm not sure there's much of a difference in sound compared to the fans I was using previously. It's a bit quieter. I'm kind of used to it at this point, so I don't notice half the time. Aesthetically worth it either way to me.

The size and weight differences between these cases is actually pretty significant. I can only guess at the weight of my PC in the previous case at being around 45lbs. Not fun to move with or carry up stairs.

Dimensions HxWxD:

Thermaltake V71: 23" x 9.1" x 22" - 29lbs

Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic: 18.9" x 9.25" x 19.70" - 15lbs

Side note: When I went to check the dimensions for the Phanteks on Newegg I found that the case is sold out! Glad I bought it when I did.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow that must have sucked to carry it lol. Thank god I didn't have to move it up and down the stairs. That's a surprise about the difference. Greater than I though it would be ._.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

You might find this useful for the Riings ; I did and like them. Only draw back is the kit with the fan controller can't be turned off and the singles aren't PWM.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

That is sooo cool!! O.O

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

WOOO WE HAVE THE SAME CASE AND THE SAME COLOUR SCHEME AND THE SAME RAM XDDDDD

Source - https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/PPr7YJ

:)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait no we don't... They look similar tho :P

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

THIS! YES! SO MUCH YES! LOVE! YES!

+1...00!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great. What's the full price?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I built this exactly a year ago actually. With the two monitors I purchased it came to about $2,800. Check my first build.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks. Kind of burned down the bank, didn't it?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

A tad haha. There are things I would've done differently looking back, but it was my first build, so eh.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, first builds are the most awkward.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't even understand why people buy 970s to SLI a 980ti is far superior the same price with 2/2.5gbs of extra VRAM it's stronger everything above a 970 in SLI

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I also have a Pro M with SLI and I love the case more then my Storm stryker full tower. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Jx8KHx

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how long is your LED light strip in your case? I'm looking to build a pc in the same case and was wondering how long I should buy the strip.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

According to Amazon, but I don't think it's accurate: 6.8 x 4.5 x 4 inches

In my opinion I think it's too long, but I got lazy with the routing, so I probably could have utilized the full length better.

Also not a huge fan of the clips. The adhesive is weak.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a solid steel (except for the front and top panel) behemoth that doesn't fit in many places

Behemoth.. that was funny. Reminds me of my rosewill blackhawk RIP..

Nice build BTW! :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have a washer I can use cause I messed up my pants... lol dope build

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you used any NZXT Sleeved LED Kit ? Or Nzxt HUE RGB Led Strips ?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to say the sleeved led strip is bitfenix but I can't remember. Not a fan of it. I will be getting better lighting for V 3.0.

The adhesive on the clips is crap.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool thanks for the reply mate. I've been researching and I might get the Cable Mod WideBeam RGB Led Kit 60cm $45 PCcasegear. Or Cathold CCFL 30cm Bar.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

We're can I buy it

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The computer

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I want it

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Plz tell me were to buy it

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you talking about? You can't buy this specific rig anywhere unless someone else used each part I've used exactly. You're not going to find a build like this for sale in any retail store.

Each part was purchased/repurposed individually, like every other computer on this website.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

For sale????

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Um, no... lol. This is my main rig.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

WOWOWOWOOWOOWOWOWOWOWWOOWOWOWOWWOOWOWOWO The PC you have built is so freaking beautiful!!! Less then 3

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder if this is a bit late. But wow. This is so nice. <3

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

She belongs to someone else now :')

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww. That is such a nice looking pc though

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  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you talking about?

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

oh stop your whining and just take it already XD

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Do I get any say?

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. Stop hogging that beauty all for yourself.