Description

This build has been retired for Darksyde here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ZMhypg

NOTE: Corsair h115i RGB Platinum does NOT fit very well in the NZXT h500i (or h500 for that matter). Even though NZXT says a 280mm radiator will fit, there is only ONE configuration for the h115i to fit inside this case - if you place them from left (or rear) to right (or front) of case: radiator, fans, bracket (front of case). The radiator on the Corsair h115i is 280mm PLUS the 20 mm or so clearance it needs for where the tubes connect to the radiator. I wouldn't recommend an RGB fan(s) for your radiator in this configuration because it won't really show up through this particular case.

Went from h500i white to h500 Vault boy and g.Skill RAM to Corsair Dominator, but now it's in another case and I'm doing a different post because I've changed so much with this PC.

Other than that, everything else went smoothly. The motherboard was a little tricky getting screwed down onto the case, but I managed to get everything fit and working. I'll upgrade the GPU in the future, hopefully by the end of the year so I can pass this GPU down to another machine in the house.

In hindsight, I should have just bought the h500 opposed to the i model that comes with the CAM control unit on the back. Since I ended up getting the Corsair LL120 fans for exhaust, I had to plug them up with the control node that uses a USB header on the motherboard. The CAM module also needs a USB header to power it and the built in RGB light strips (if you opted for the h500i vs the h500 that is). With the $30 saved from forgoing the i model, I could have used it for Corsair lighting. Instead, I ordered an internal USB hub so I can have everything plugged up (the AIO cooler was taking up the second USB header on the motherboard). Photos added are not the 100% complete project - some have the old fans but the light strips on, others have the new fans installed but the light strips off!

Part Reviews

CPU

Only 4 stars because this should have been the 9900k and have no i9 class that's not in HEDT category. I was able to overclock to 5.0 ghz on all cores but when the second or third update to Apex Legends came out my game kept crashing so I de-clocked it because I didn't feel like tweaking until everything was stable. Spring for the 9900k if you want the hyperthreading, but if all your'e going to do is game and not content produce or stream, then the 9700k is great. It performs very close to the 9900k in terms of gaming with all of the other components being equal - in that sense the 9900k is not worth buying just for gaming.

TLDR; 5 stars if just for gaming, 4 stars if you content produce/stream

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

What made you choose the Maximus hero over the Strix? Has it helped with overclocking your 9700k?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

i am also interested about that. following

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

omg I AM SO SORRY I am just now seeing this!

Honestly, I'm not even sure why I did. It might have been because of the number of USB ports because I need a lot of them since I stream. I also think I got the idea to check out the Hero when I saw a build video on YouTube with it and thought it looked nice.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Wish I'd seen your build comments earlier; I recently bought the Corsair H115i RGB Platinum to go on my H510. I guess the RGB of the ML140s will be useless.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be too difficult to get the elite version of the 510? I ended up getting a new case completely and did a custom water cooled loop, just finished it last night! I'll hopefully update the photo on this build soon.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It could possibly work but I find the h510 elite a bit too “flashy” in my opinion and certainly way too expensive. :) I did a bit of research and it confirms your observations : you can’t fit a 280 radiator on the mount for a pull configuration. The other option is to do a Push/Pull - so the RGB fans can be on the inside and use whichever ones you want on the hidden push side. Downside being that you lose a lot of space on the inside and will limit which model GPU still fits.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, with the fans on the inside i think I had issues with how everything would mount on the bracket and then the case so push was the only way for me to go. I need to update this build because I went overboard and water cooled with hard tubes 😂

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Does that cooler work well?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The Corsair h115i is an EXCELLENT AIO and I highly recommend it if you're in the market for one. This is a tight fit but it will front mount on the h500 cases. At idle my 9700k would be around 34-37C and when gaming maybe mid 50s or lower.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice heater! custom cabling would make that thing pop real nice.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

When I had it in the white h500i I wanted to get white custom cabling. Now I have it in the h500 Vault Boy edition and have the lighting with a yellow and blue look. Maybe I should look into getting yellow and blue cables now... any other companies to recommend besides Cable Mod?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

update: bought an RTX 2080 Founders Edition a few months ago and you can see in the most recent pics. I don't know why I'm unable to edit the part list on this build, I guess they assume you're not going to swap something out?

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  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Maybe an RTX 2070 or 2080 is in the works in the future!