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So this build started off due to the fact I was using a 7 year old laptop and getting 11 FPS while playing DOTA 2.....

I was tired of using a crap set-up and wanted to build a computer that could crush any game I throw at it as well as be able to handle Revit MEP without any issues. (I use Revit/ various CAD programs for work)

I am happy with how it turned out but there was a good amount of work involved getting everything to fit into the Air 240 case and my Motherboard was DOA. After doing some case mods in order to fit the CPU liquid cooler and Fury X cooler and waiting out the whole RMA process through EVGA it is now up and running without any issues.

CASE MODS: I originally thought both 120mm radiators for the liquid coolers would fit along the front of the case side by side but that was not the case. (pun intended) My first attempt at a solution was to remove the waterblock from the Fury X and route the radiator to the rear of the case and re-assemble the Fury X. I took the Fury X apart and turns out the waterblock tubing header is connected to the card fairly permanently and I could not remove it, (it may be possible but I was not confident in doing so without significant risk of damaging the card) So I reassembled the card and moved on to option 2.

The second option was to mount the CPU cooling radiator in the rear of the case in lieu of the gpu radiator. In order to route the tubing I had to remove the 2 grommet’s pictured and basically “merge” the 2 cable management holes in order to fit the waterblock through. Once I was able to fit the waterblock through it was basic assembly as usual.

THINGS TO NOTE: Everything fits and works fine but the Fury X fit is a little tight in the top PCI slot due to the I/O cover provided by EVGA. It fits and works fine but is definitely a little tighter than I would like. One solution would be to use the next slot down but I used the top slot and everything is ok.

The CPU radiator being in the rear of the case has not caused and issues and is working great. There are a lot of cable in the rear of the case and as long as you route/manage them efficiently everything works out.

Looking back at the build and if I had a do-over I would have just waited and got the AMD Nano and not done any case mods.

As far as Performance goes the only game I have played so far is Diablo 3 and with free sync disabled I have seen FPS over 200. I still haven’t put the system to the test and may do some benchmarks soon, we’ll see.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

My goodness, what an attractive build. And great parts too. Your new PC is going to serve you well. You have my up-vote for certain.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

From 1 to sexy, this build is sexy. +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet micro build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like your 27' monior, I was looking to pick one up but didn't see any reviews

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor looks great and works well with the Fury X. Only issue i'v had so far is a yellow line that appeared to the far right of the screen and will not go away. I talked to Acer and they have agreed to fix the problem, i just have to send it back to them. But overall it is a fantastic monitor.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think you could possibly fit another Fury X in there with the radiator in the front of the case? I sure hope so..

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it would be possible. With that said you would need to use an air-cooled cpu cooler in lieu of liquid cooling. (2) 120mm radiators will not fit in the front of the case. The tubing conflicts.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't see where you put the Rad for the furyX curious because I wanna know how long the hosing is :P

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I put the Rad for the Fury X in the rear of the case. The tubing is fairly long, alot longer than the tubing on the cpu cooler.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be possible to post a few pictures on that? I'm trying to pick a (relatively) small case for my Fury X build and I'm really curious to see how/where your second rad is mounted. How is the airflow back there?

If I were to get this case, I'm currently thinking of mounting it up front, but then that either leaves me with an air cooled CPU (not the end of the world), or going mITX, putting the Air 240 on it's side (glass up), and mounting a 240mm rad on the side.

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I would say that you are better off using an air cooled CPU cooler if you use the fury X or go with the R9 Nano and water cooled CPU cooler. To get the radiator of an AIO CPU cooler to fit in the rear you need cut/modify the case to allow the waterblock to fit during hose routing. The radiator for the Fury X must go in the front of the case as it cannot be disassembled enough to fit in the rear.

Hope this helps.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Sound advice. I've already acquired the Fury X (at a shockingly good sale, sub GTX 980 money), so that's currently the basis for my build. My original plan was an R9 Nano, but that changed when this Fury X was about the same price. Score.

For this case, I was leaning towards air cooler since I couldn't think of how to make it work. Well, I suppose I could go Mini ITX and just flip the entire case upside down so the GPU faces up and I could mount a 240mm radiator on that side...

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I mispoke here, the rad for the Fury X is in the front of the case. The rad for the AIO cooler is in the rear, sorry for the confusion.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the H80i GT perform for you? I have it as well on ym 5820k and it is overclocked to 4.3 Ghz and I am getting low 40's just on idle alone. What temps are you running at?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It typically stays around 40* At low use it sits in high 30s and when i'm in heavy use it may spike up to low 40s.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build!

You can really sing I'M Winning with this build!!!!!

and my Motherboard was DOA.

Sorry to hear this! I know im very late commenting on this build! :)

I really dont like EVGA motherboards, but one thing i can assure you is their warranty is way better than asus., msi, gigabyte and other mobo brands.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, with his 1440p monitor the Fury X will do better than the 980 so that could be taken into account I guess.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

No...... I do not think a Fury will outperform a 980ti in 1440p.........

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering the 200$ premium for G-sync over Free Sync i decided to go with the AMD option. I have maxed out every game i have thrown at it, so I am happy with my decision so far. No Doubt the 980Ti is a great card.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahahaha, I was kidding

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I replied to the wrong comment on that xD I wasn't kidding on that part.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with the fury X specifically because of its small form factor and the first benchmarks on DX12.

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