That means I had one in the cupboard so used it in this build.
It was to hand
future upgrades :-) this is his "step one", actually the parts list was compiled with a broad upgrade path in mind, pretty much everything in it can be easily and individually upgraded (unlike Intel rigs and so often need new socket, chipset and ram)
agree, but recipient is a youngster and the RGB ring wants to be seen ¯_(ツ)_/¯ rig not going to be pushed too hard so I doubt heat will be an issue (though will of course test it through to be sure/safe)
Thanks, Strix has since been replaced with an EVGA 1080, which fits with bags of room but I miss the Strix... Hope to put a Strix 1080ti in there (which should fit with my side panel mod and clearance of ~3mm between the end of the card and the radiator :-)
Not done any paint yet, have applied a temporary white wrap to half the case but will swith back to black and go for chrome grills I think
If you're using an mATX or larger mother board in your build I'd suggest considering the 600W variant of the PSU as sooner or later you'll look at the spare PCIe slot and imagine another GPU in there (not an option for me on mITX), the extra power of the 600W will ensure you can add a second GPU if and when without having to upgrade your PSU
sorry for the delayed reply - PSU has been solid and faultless from new... Silverstone are one of the quality brands.
I'm running the EVGA 1080 Superclocked over the original Strix 970 now and I still have bags of power from the 450w to OC both the CPU and GPU without running into power issues (drawing ~330W at the wall under gaming loads)
side panel done, pics up
the case HAS been modified to accommodate the Strix 970. Two points of concern are the SLI finger fouling against the metal side panel and the heatpipes extending beyond the case dimensions.
A tempered glass side panel is pending that will sit proud of the case side by 15mm (on signage standoffs). This will increase the overall case dimension and offer unfiltered exhaust ventilation in addition to offering ample clearance for the heatpipes.
As for the SLI finger issue, currently the travel cap sits over the finger holding the case away from anything that could short out, but I will dremel a relief notch in the steel when I fit the new glass side which should make for a neat and safe solution to the problem.
Picture set will be updated when work is complete.
I've added a camera phone picture of the zip-tie securing the AIO hoses, only needed one (but you'll see the lump of closed cell foam used to prevent the fabric hose braiding from cutting against the metal fan cover.
Yeah, bags of room there for a couple of high speed fresh air blowers directly firing at the gpu; I've currently got the standard (came with the case) corsair af120 fans there, but as I've carbon filtered all my intakes I'd be well serve to swap them out for static pressure optimised fans.
I also used on of the fan mounting holes to extend a support pillar up to the gpu heatsink shroud to prevent the card from sagging over time.
Close up of gpu support pillar: https://flic.kr/p/CqNBEe
Good work :-)
Hi there, sorry for the delay in geting back to you.. The cpu cooler tubes are indeed secured by zip ties...