I’m going to be setting up a new desk in my basement soon where I’ll be able to keep it up in view, along with finally setting up some studio monitors I’ve had sitting for years. I used to have a Corsair 250D case with a top window which was a much better fit for this desk.
Zip tie mounts, mounting bases or something similar. I got a 10 pack at Home Depot for a few bucks. Here's a link on Amazon for a 50-pack, but you might be able to find a smaller pack once you know what to look for: https://www.amazon.com/Adhesive-Backed-Mounting-Bases-Pieces/dp/B0071N1YGS/. I believe mine are 1" x 1", but you can probably get away with smaller mounts.
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Between the layout of that connector on the ASRock motherboard and the PSU having flat cabling, that gives just enough clearance for the CPU cooler tubes to get by. I'll add a picture of the layout tomorrow if you'd like.
The Hue+ comes with four 10-LED strips, and that was the perfect amount for this build. The two on the inside extend just past the window, and the two on the front panel can pretty much make a complete circle, as seen in the last few pics.
Thanks! I too am loving the visual improvements. I find myself often times sitting back at the desk and just admiring the lighting :)
Thanks! The hoses for the CPU and GPU coolers barely push against the top panel. Enough to add a little resistance when working with the panel, but not enough to cause any issues.
Good luck with your build, I hope you enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying mine!
Thanks! I can't take all the credit on the lighting since I saw another build on this site using the Hue+, but I did set up a static lighting theme for it to match my keyboard. The front panel LEDs definitely give the case a nice aesthetic that most others don't have.
I got the Hue+ and installed it today. You're absolutely right about it being fantastic! Most of the day I had a red/green motif for Christmas, but have settled on a static rainbow pattern to go along with my keyboard profile. I've posted some pictures of the result on my build: 4K Gamecube
I installed the M.2 drive on the back of the motherboard and it was instantly recognized in the bios, but I don't think it showed as a boot device. When I installed Windows I made sure no other drives were connected and did the install from a flash drive. Once the Windows install was complete I reconnected my data drive and went back into the bios and set the M.2 drive as the boot device and it's been running fine since. Are you using the same motherboard? Also, are you running the latest firmware on your board?
Just wanted to drop in and say I really like the lighting. I have a similar build in a 250D case and I'll be getting me some Hue+ action for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration!
I got the desk back in July at Office Depot. It's $150 right now, but tends to go on sale sometimes for $100. Here's the link: Realspace Limble Glass Computer Desk
I might just do that as I'm considering swapping the 120mm fans (3 in total right now) with a set of RGB fans in the near future. Thanks for the tip!
The GTX 1080 and H100i v2 extend the full length of the case and protrude too far inward to allow the cage to be mounted. That might be a deal-breaker for some on the 250D, however I have no use for an optical drive in this build. There should be enough clearance left for something like a shallow fan controller, though you may have to get creative to secure it in place.
Thanks! I've rectified the Apple Keyboard "situation" since Best Buy had a deal on the Corsair STRAFE RGB Mx Silent this weekend. I'll still be using it for work, but now I'll have a flashy toy for when I'm at play :)
I've been testing for a few hours and I think I've just about hit the stable limit on this card.
I could take the GPU up to 2138MHz, but I had to reduce the memory clock significantly which produced much worse results in the Heaven benchmark. It's very stable and produced the fastest benchmarks at 2113MHz/5514MHz (11028MHz since it's DDR), so that's what I'm going to run with.
What's your memory clock at? I'm finding the that if I take the GPU clock up I need to reduce memory clock, and vise versa. Still trying to find the best balance with this card.
I'm really digging it. At first I thought I made a mistake getting the hybrid, but once I pulled out the 5.25 drive bay cage and swapped the intake fan for the hybrid radiator everything fell into place.
It's been running solid @2113MHz GPU & 11016MHz on the memory using the slave bios on the card. I'm quite pleased since the default is 1721MHz GPU (1860 boost) & 10010MHz memory, and that translates to a nice performance boost for an already powerful card. I have the fan set to automatic, but it never goes over the baseline of about 1200RPM and never breaks 50C. I'm actually going to try and push it a bit further this weekend, hoping that the new motherboard gives me a bit more stability. Wish me luck!