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Just needed something to tinker around with and somehow this case caught my attention. Saw several youtube clips of the case and how it's supposed to have an interesting airflow design that is further helped if you mount the GPU vertically. Few weeks later while the idea of the case still stuck on my mind I came across a listing for a used EVGA 1080ti FTW3. With that brushed metal front plate - what a great fit for the case's color and look!

It's my first time buying a used GPU and understandably I was quite reserved but the seller was very accommodative and the site we used acted as the escrow for the fund so I thought I could inspect and test the card without having to worry about losing my money. Upon arrival I ran the card through Heaven benchmark for an hour and temp peaked at 70c. Several games' benchmark also produced pretty good result and in line with similar tests I could find online.

All in all was having mixed feelings with the finished build predominantly with the case. It sure had an interesting premise with the design and I sure see improvement in my temps but I'd rate the case's build quality to still be inferior compared to phanteks and fractal cases that I've built on previously. I think Cooler Master could've done a better job with the precision of their thumbscrews. Also would've been great if they could engineer an on/off switch at the back (in fact the power plug on the case wasn't installed correctly so I had to fix this. Nothing too major and it was a very easy fix but again would've wished for less issue with my PC cases). My biggest pet peeve with the case was the ways they mount the SSD/HDD which doesn't feel snug and secure. Anyway, thanks again for reading my ramblings and as always, welcome any input/feedback for this build. Cheers!

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Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build +1, neat cable management

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Still got some way to go especially at the rear.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, the Dom plats were a very good choice. I recently put together a 6850k/1080ti that looks very similar. Used parts came up to around $1100. 1080ti for $450, Mobo and cpu for only $260! It's insane what you can find in the used market. I like the 6850k because it's like an 8700k without the insane temps, lol.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. That's a steal for your 1080ti. Wish I could've gotten mine for that low. Checked ebay and Amazon market and most of the used ones were still listed for 700-800 bucks. Crazy.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

BUY DIRECTLY FROM THE SELLER SO YOU DON'T PAY HAVE TO PAY MINING PRICES. No seriously you can get a factory refurbished 1080 ti off Zotac's website for 400 bucks. **** the gpu miners.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job on the pictures. I love builds with good photography. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to have a 6850k, watch out because my cpu fried because of my Motherboard

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

This chip and mobo have been used together for almost three years now so fingers crossed. Plus I never went for too crazy an OC. Thanks for the tidbit though. Sorry about your CPU. Hope you got a nice replacement out of the incident

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

god youre lucky man, I never OC and it just happened out of no where and I just got an 7800x but the 6580k is wayyy better

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The plant reminds me of hardware canucks. Nice build! Looks really clean.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Nailed it haha. It's surprising how a little bit of fake greenery make the setup looks better. Thanks

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, already with another build :) Great work! Very clean too. I did not know CoolerMaster made an all aluminum case. At first I thought it took styling cues from Phanteks. Wow for that price you'd expect CoolerMaster to go "All Out" and take the build quality to the highest. Thanks for listing all your user input on the SL600M. But all-in-all, your entire setup is pretty sweet! I need that kind of space.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was an interesting experience with the case. Not bad but definitely not top notch either for the price. Thanks for the comment/feedback :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is super clean. I've never seen that case before, but it really compliments the overall aesthetic.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate. Yes the case isn't that widely used that's why I thought of giving it a try.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I was considering getting this case. Is the build quality that inferior? I think it's interesting, but rather not pay 180 for something that isn't good.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I guess it depends on what you're after or comparing it against? I just felt that overall the case was good but some of the little details just peeved me given how this was supposed to be one of Cooler Master's flagship case.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, I have the same case I'm looking to mount the GPU vertically too, what riser / bracket did you go for? Was your GPU secure or did it sag a little?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I went with the Coolermaster bracket. The GPU has no sag or move at all. Though I'm not sure whether that would still be the case if you're planning to mount beefier GPUs.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job on the build it looks so clean! I am considering doing a build with the same case. Have you noticed your CPU thermals suffering even with liquid cooling or are your temps still pretty good? I have watched Gamers Nexus and several other reviewers discuss the great gpu thermals but the problem that the cpu is getting the heated air from the gpu as oppose to fresh air from the outside esp bad with air cooled systems none that I found took the time to put a liquid cooler on it and recorded the temps.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I saw Steve's video as well but I didn't have any problem with CPU thermals thus far on my build. I think having an AIO in this case helped as compared to using an air cooler. However if I recall I think GamersNexus also pointed out that the GPUs in general were most likely to throttle first before CPUs anyway so I think you shouldn't worry even if you're using an air cooler.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

very cool thanks for the reply love your clean build

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I had almost the same setup a few months ago. 6850k 360 AIO and the same GPU. Only thing I can see different is the back of mine looks like a bowl of pasta. and I think it's sand blasted, not brushed aluminum.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, thanks for sharing! I manage to build a PC with SL600M case and Kraken X72 radiator in push configuration on top just like you did. It seems the case supports 360mm rad on top with 43mm clearance, but X72 is 27mm deep and certainly more than 43mm if you add fans. How did you manage that?

Bye

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Let me open up the PC tonight and see. Can't quite remember running any problem when building this last time.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're referring to what I think it was I'm more worried about my age since it's my daughter who reads that series :P

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