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After a 19 year wait, and 15 years since my last build, I figured it was time to put a new build together in anticipation of the release of Mechwarrior 5 (it better be good, PGI, you've had almost 20 years!).

Initially I wasn't really sure which direction to take the build but when my seven year old daughter saw the videos of Corsairs new QL fans, she was adamant that we had to give them a try. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it...

As everyone else who's built in the O11 says, it's a dream to work with. Far easier than any of my previous builds, case design seems to have come on quite a bit in the last 15 years. Though, even with the amount of cable management space behind the motherboard, I did struggle a little with the sheer amount of fan controller cables, hubs and with the lengths of some of the standard PSU cables (CableMod here I come...).

Stupidly, I assumed the triple packs of QL120 fans would come with an RGB Fan Hub which would've integrated with my Commander Pro. However, they only come with the Lighting Node. Whilst that works, it's not ideal and does mean that I'm currently short of a USB header for the PSU Link. I'll probably pickup a couple of Hubs and maybe even a second Commander Pro when the credit card recovers.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! Seeing builds like this makes me regret not getting a lian li.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

same here. that case looks beautiful every time I see it

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Its the sexiest case i have ever seen! i cant wait to build mine with it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great build it looks awesome and colorful

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

First to use a QL

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

First! :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Whats the GPU temps on that card? I was considering this or the msi gaming x trio.

Love the build too.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had much time to setup the fan curves yet but it seems to idle at 33'C (40'C with Fan Stop enabled) and runs around 71'C under load. I'm sure I could get that down with a bit of tweaking.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey I am building a scarily similar build, how were you able to hook up and control all of the fans in this case? I assume you are running a push/pull configuration for the AIO.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yep, running push/pull on the AIO with the three included ML fans connected to the pump header's built in hub. Six of the QLs run from the Commander Pro and the remaining three run from PWM headers on the motherboard (the Aorus Ultra has six PWM headers). They're all setup with similar fan curves, monitoring the same temperature sensor, to try and reduce inefficiencies between the different fans on the radiator (as much as the differing software will allow - Corsair iCue & Gigabyte SmarFan/SIV). All of the RGB control is run through the two Lighting Nodes that came with the triple-fan packs, they're running off the CoPro's two USB headers at the moment.

Ideally, I'll pick-up another Commander Pro so I can control all twelve fans from one piece of software but that's a nice to have a this point...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I didnt realize that the new QL fans require USB control with the new Lighting Node Core. Fortunately I actually intend to use a set of LL fans with RGB strips on the radiator along with the included ML fans so i think I will be able to avert that issue. Have you been encountering any issues with the gigabyte RGB software interferring with ICue i.e. the RAM? I appreciate the help. The build looks fantastic!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I assume the LL fans will come with a Fan Hub and a Lighting Node Pro, which will also need a USB connector. Probably worth taking a look at this guide for wiring help if you haven't already.

I haven't noticed any conflicts with the software at the moment. Corsair's hardware settings seem to take precedence over Gigabyte's and then iCue takes full control when it's running. The only thing I'd shy away from is using full granular control of the LEDs in the RAM, as iCue seems to be a bit of CPU hog when setup to do that. Everything seems to work fine otherwise, though it's still early days...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How do you feel after spending $300 on fans

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Fantastic?

  • 1 month ago
  • 0 points

Fair enough. They look great. I just think $30 for a piece of plastic with leds is a bit too much

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's gotta be the best looking build I've ever seen.

I just ordered 3x QL120 3 packs. I've never done anything with LEDs on a build before. I basically assumed I could run all 9 fans as they come. Is that not the case? Will I at least need a Commander Pro? I didn't even know those existed until I took a look at your build.

Amazing setup btw!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Unless your Motherboard has 9 PWM fan headers, you're going to need a hub of some kind to power them all. The Commander Pro supports up to 6 whilst running off a USB header on the Motherboard, though I believe you can chain them together if you can afford two...

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

SICK BUILD!!!!!! How's the CPU and GPU temps?