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Black is White Air Overkill

by Frostyside


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Date Published

Nov. 5, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.708 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz


Greetings builder community this is my most expensive build I’ve attempted since the hobby started in 2001 . I call this build the "Black is White Air Overkill" I fell in love the the main focal point in the 2018 CES the Lian-Li Dynamic for its visual potential in showing off whatever i choose to stuff into this gorgeous case design. As with many of my builds in the past I see a case and I'll build around it to suit the needs of that unique case as a problem was with my aged Thermaltake HTPC IPOD case and the limited tight space. The Lian-Li Dynamic was not without its own set of problems as well that did not present themselves until the build actually got started. Specifically fans/filters,case size, and front panel I/O. I had planned to build with a custom loop for the first time but choose at the last minute to go with an air cool design after watching a video on JayzTwoCents since the cooler was wicked and offered much the same in cooling/price in retrospect to a closed loop. Lian-Li Dynamic DW was the purchase really designed for a water cool solution I choose to accept this as a challenge to a air only build. Many of the reviewers have spoke poorly of Lian's provided air filters due to there lower air flow compared to what Silverstone offers**. So I got to thinking about mod around the problem without changing the filter which led to an expensive nine Varder EVO RGB static pressure fans that offered that highest air flow i could find to pull air through Lian's filters. This also provides me with a future upgrade to a closed loop as these are the fans that will be used. The air cooler NH-D15 SE-AM4 D-Type also proved to be a major issue due to the limited 155mm limit before hitting the main window glass of the case. I swapped the Noctua 2 radiators fans for there twin black and white Chromax to stay with the black and white theme. The new height was pushed to 163 mm slightly higher than I planned due to the memory issue im explain later. I knew this was going to be an issue so I fabricated a 1/2" polycarbonate spacer to extend the height and add some RGB flair. The spacer took a few attempts to master. One side of the space has phillips head screws that match the eyelets where the glass slides into. The glass to poly mounting was allot trickier though, the first attempt was a fail the polycarbonate heat tolerance would melt trying to router out eyelets. Second attempt I simply bored out holes in the final resting space of the glass and used superglued rare earth magnets into the poly spacer so the glass rivets could bond to the spacer. The bottom slotted feet for the glass also proved to be a problem i just sacrificed 2 old NIC card rails and mounted to the bottom. I also affixed some RGB strip lighting face down onto the inside spacer to give some light to the extension. Asus Prime x 470-Pro mated with a Ryzen 2700x,NH-D15 SE-AM4 D-Type,Chromax Radiator Covers, 16gb Corsair LPX 3466 (needed due to air cooler), (2) BPX PRO NVMe 480GB (o/s) 960GB (raw video), (2) PNY 1080 8GB Founders in SLI Mode, and a Corsair RM850x White. These make up the primary guts of this rig. The Motherboard and Proc were on sale for a one day walk-in at the Atlanta Micro Center , the NVMe decision was based on a remark from a PC Perspective podcast in which Allyn Malventano was in the process of reviewing the BPX Pro from MyDigitalSSD based out of New York. Price was a huge factor with similar to better performance compared to the Samsung EVO this was a no brainer to give this a try. My GTX 1080s were a gift from last year are they were pulled from a company test device and could not be resold I was not gonna complain free is cool . Lian-Li front panel I/o usb3.1 ports don't work and there is no reset button and the power button will not allow power button hold for shut down. (waiting on a replacement). I wanted a black and white PSU all I could find with the power requirements was the Corsair unit. I liked the unique sleeved wires but the black combs were a pain to work with . As seen in the photos there as straight as there gonna get i spent literally hours trying to get picture perfect. The air cooler was a problem too even though the design allows more clearance for the ram the 140mm fans still get in the way. Pulling air through this cooler generates are audible noise push is the only way to go but my case and memory to glass clearance added more frustration. The only case area without a air filter is on the back upper side and i really wanted the air flow to take advantage of the fresh intake air from the back right side air intakes. Fans are st as 3 bottom intake ,back right side 3 fan intake, and 3 upper fans sucking out air. So had to place the 140mm radiator fans blowing from right to left the only place I could fit the fans within the glass to motherboard spacing even with my modded case spacer. I purchased 2 Silverstone air filters and put then onto the outside back upper side to filter air pulled into Noctua unit.


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antonjetpack 2 points 5 months ago

oh. my. god. overkill is an understatement for the number of monitors you have using at once for one game. lol Why are the GPUs listed at zero dollars in the price list??

Nice build! +1

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Why are the GPUs listed at zero dollars in the price list??

Did you read the whole description? Wait.. I know the answer to that one lol.. You didn't....

My GTX 1080s were a gift from last year are they were pulled from a company test device and could not be resold I was not gonna complain free is cool

antonjetpack 1 point 5 months ago

lol i did not have time to read the WHOLE thing. good eye :)

Frostyside submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

The graphic cards came from a oversea's test device, I was allowed to use them as long as I did not declare the source. They have the same bug that the EVGA had with there Semiconductor (VRM IC Manufacturer) that causes random shutdowns due to the triggering of OCP (Over Current Protection) . The problem has gotten a lot worse in the new rig it happens more often now which will force a new GPU sooner than later.

ESPI 1 point 5 months ago

So, you tweaked the case to be able to accomodate a Noctua NH-D15??? Absolutely epic!

Frostyside submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Awe ! Thanks :) I'm really critical of my own work the spacer started out of a sheet of Polycarbonate . Made a few mistakes along the way a co-worker asked why didn't i just print it out , Um because i doubt they make DIY Maker that can print that big available to the consumer market.

pandazal 1 point 5 months ago

How are the thermals?

Frostyside submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I'll post something soon as can run another benchmark. The 20 degree offset has been a major pain core 0 has been intermittently spiking to throttle on at 4gz . The AI3 Suite was not reporting correctly and had to use only the Bios 4024 .

ninamarie8253 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Hey! How are temps for 2 gpus at max power? I reaaallly want this case too, but people have me concerned with airflow in here for 2 (or maybe even a 3rd hybrid) gpus. Thank you

Frostyside submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

hey chap :) both my gpus float between 38 and 48 C yet i got the fans via a utility running full bore 24/7 2800rpm . What I cant see is the pillow of airflow inside my case . This case as stated In many of the reviews is designed for water cooling. m 9 case fans are running @60% most of the time to keep the heat under control . My 2 140 s fans on my Cpu are running full speed to cure CORE 1 from the annoying heat spikes! The Lian Li Air is much better option its 80% the same case minus the front panel. I could fairly easily buy the Air Case and swap the front panels without doing a full tear down . Yet i plan to convert this to WATER once I stomach upgrading the problematic founders cards that still have a annoying completely random black screen shut down .

ninamarie8253 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you! Those gpu temps still sound great tho, I know the fans can be loud but is there any other issue running them fast/high? Thank you again

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pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

No.. it overheats while trying to run Minecraft….

Frostyside submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I'll give it a try will be curious how many times it crashes due to the bugged OCP chip.