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Antec that finally Breathes!

by spawn01



Date Published

Aug. 7, 2018

Date Built

July 27, 2018

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


This a rebuild of my first gaming computer. Actually it ran fine. Only problem was that it was pretty loud and ran pretty hot. Initially, I had a cryorig H5 universal for a cpu cooler and a gigabyte gtx 1080 tubo blower style GPU. Temps were pretty good on the video card, but boy was it loud. The Antec ISK 600 is a decent case but lacks any air flow. I had modified it with a front 120mm slim fan but was being limited by the location of the PSU.

Recently, I injured my Achilles tendon and was stuck in the house with a cast for 5 weeks. Boredom took over so I decided to open this case up and see if I could improve airflow. The outer panel is one piece and very thin. Cutting openings into it did not seem like a very good idea at the time. So, I decided that I would make new panels for it. I decided to use carbon fiber panels because I had a sheet left over from a speaker project. The carbon fiber I used is called red reflections. At only .56 mm thick, it is somewhat flexible and not very structurally rigid. It would more likely be considered a laminate instead of a plate. For the sides, I bonded it to an aluminum plate with a mesh screen sandwiched in between. For the top, I bonded it to an acrylic plate. The red shows kind of sparkly in photos but is more black cherryish in person.

I decided to go with the Gigabyte G1 gaming 1080 with triple fans as it would be a lot quieter than the turbo model although add heat to the inside of the case. I think the cryorig H5 would have been fine, but went with the R1 universal because well, it looks cool. also having twice as many fans has to help some. I had some serious doubts about it fitting in there, but PC partpicker said it would, and it did. Just barely though. As far as this R1 universal having ram clearance, well did not quite work out. This thing was overhanging my ram slot by a good 3 mm. It was contacting the rear IO and just would not fit in general. I could tell out of the box, it was not square. Not sure if something happened in the packaging or shipping. I clamped the base to my bench and tweaked on it until it was square and shifted the front fin stack back and the rear fin stack forward so that the fan fit snug in between. After that, it fit like a charm.

I threw some darkside RGB strips in it because I couldn't help myself. Remember, I was bored. I ran 2 channels, 2 strips for the main system, 1 for the SSD's. As far as cooling, vast improvement. 68 degrees for the GPU under benchmark load, 71 for the CPU at 4.6 Ghz. I modified a fan controller to fit in the front to control the front fan and for temp readings in various spots inside the case. As far as cable management, It was more about trying to keep the cables flat and low so not to impede on what little airflow I had and not make it look like R2D2 puked in my case. I am gonna have to consider some dust filtration in future for sure. The prices reflect when I actually purchased the items. Most of which was some time ago. I realize that there are better ITX cases with great airflow out there, but I kinda like this case. And besides, Boredom will make you do some strange things.

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Wolfemane 7 Builds 4 points 8 days ago

omg... that is the desk i have been searching for!!! Whats it called and where did you get it??????

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 4 points 8 days ago

I made it a few years ago. First time experimenting with bent lamination. It is a copy of some desk I saw on the internet only I made it bigger for my needs.

Wolfemane 7 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

That corner desk is hand made??? Wow that’s beautiful!!!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Its based off a whalen desk. I needed something more bigger. Could not find what I was looking for. Originally, I had it as 2 separate desks. I later added the corner piece once I got a tube roller.

Wolfemane 7 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

Yeah I am in the same boat. I need something bigger. Needs to be a corner desk. Wouldn't mind one side extending even longer.

Beautifully done all around!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

Thank you, i appreciate it.

dixonerfais 1 point 8 days ago

There are quite a few on Amazon, just gotta know what you're lookin for :)

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Yes, and I’ve had a few of those. All way to small. OP desk is much bigger, which is what I’ve been looking for.

pegotico 2 Builds 0 points 8 days ago


thefowles1 2 points 4 days ago

Picture #8 is a major oof, that stick of RAM slightly leaning to one side. Made me shiver. But this is a sick build, super love it.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Yeah, this whole 100 percent ram clearance thing may have some exceptions to it. Although I did have to tweak the cooler some so i could be entirely on me. But to be honest, the original H5 universal cooler made contact also. Could just be the size of the dominator heat spreaders.

Silegr911 3 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

I Love this build!!!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Thank you, I am kinda of fond of it too.

alexsack 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

okay, this thing is so cool. Idk how you managed to build in it, but +1 just for that!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Thanks, I definitely had some doubts about everything fitting, but it all worked out. Dremel tool helped out some too.

WaterTriber 1 point 8 days ago

That is one of the coolest pc cases on here simply because it has carbon fiber. Looks awesome.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks, carbon fiber laminate is pretty easy to work with. It machines well and can actually be cut with a good pair of scissors. Just not very rigid. They also have some really cool colors and patterns.

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

I knew this was worthy of a feature! Congrats, dude!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

I had to look at the feature page to see what you were talking about. This is unexpected. I am extremely grateful. Thank you so very much!

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

You're welcome! You fully deserve it!

crenaud 1 point 6 days ago

Incredible build! I love to see modded cases and the carbon fiber looks great. Quick question though, what's the case at the very end? I'm into SFF too and I'm looking to move my NCASE build to something smaller.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Thank you very much. That case is something I am working on now. It is a Geeek A30 case. All acrylic. Its a little different to work in. Should be done modding it by next week and will post it.

TableTerrorMatt 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

Oh wow, that is an extremely pretty build! I hope to one day be able to get good enough to build something like this!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

Thank you, I have built few systems over the years and my first couple were definitely function over aesthetics. Now I build for the fun of it. not in any hurry, some of my builds may take months like my scratch htpc build. The great thing about PC's is that you can always upgrade, change or modify as time and finance allow. That is what happened with this build. Your posted build has a great foundation! It is an awesome case. I did a budget build in a white version of that case and did some very easy to do at home aesthetic touches to give it a clean look. Its one of my posted builds if you wanna check it out. Just gotta take your time, and if it looks good to you, that's all that matters. once again, thank you.

TableTerrorMatt 1 Build 1 point 2 days ago

Of course and thank you very much! I just need to go back in with some better cord management but I'll probably end up building another, slightly more upgraded, version of my current build just to get some practice in. Thank you so much for the advice as well and I'll definitely check it out!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

I look forward to what you will be able to accomplish.

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

Super nice mods on that ISK. I'm inspired.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

Thank you kindly sir.

legomaster 5 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

How has the R1 been treating you?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

I like it a lot, the H5 I had before was good but needed to be in a good airflow case. This R1 though, it makes its own airflow.

legomaster 5 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

I own a R1 and it treated me well, it managed to handle my 8700k at 5.0 GHz until i upgraded to a water loop. Now it is cooling my other build with a r5 1600x.

willfeltner 1 Build 1 point 5 days ago

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spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

Don't forget the magic pixie dust!

poc88 3 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Beastly little build! My first build I started off with a full tower case and every time I looked at it, something always bother me. That is all the "EMPTY SPACE" inside the tower! It makes me feel like its not complete or something is missing. I got over it soon after i did a lot of research and learn about itx/matx small form factor. I'm not going back to a large case ever again, even some mid tower are huge! Small form factor FTW!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Thank you, I agree. I build mostly mini itx pc's. I don't think I would know what to do with a full atx system.

Bronstet 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

I can't decide which is more beautiful, the super clean mini-ITX build or the hand-build PC desk. Great job on both!

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Thank you so very much. Now that my desk is getting so much attention, I need to work on it's cable management.

DubstepOracle 1 point 4 days ago

Are there any good alternatives to your case? I'm looking to build a similar PC for LAN parties, and the case you have seems to be out of stock/discontinued.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Yeah, they don't make these anymore. There are a lot of good cube cases out there, especially some with great airflow. I just don't like having the PSU sitting over the motherboard and most cube cases are configured this way. If I had to replace my case and wanted a similar layout, I would be looking at the Fractal Design core 500.

JR00K 1 point 3 days ago

This looks really good. I'm not usually a fan of form factors this small, but your build is starting to change my mind...

What fan controller is that on the front?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Thank you, I know that SFF are not for everyone. They are definitely not cheaper to build, but they are fun. The fact that you find it interesting makes me grateful. As for the fan controller, it is a modified GELID speed touch 6.

Balex 1 point 2 days ago

I love the build, it looks amazing, but that other build in the last pic really caught my eye. Could you direct me to it or the case used if you know?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Thank you, that would be my new Geeek a-30 build. It is an all acrylic build yourself case. Its modified some and I should be done with it in a couple of days.

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

GeeekA30 finally finished it

4chan420 1 point 2 days ago

that pc is cool and all but its run kinda toasty don't u think

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Ah, the pitfalls of those who build in small cases without active air flow. Actually, I don't think these temps are that bad for air cooling. My temps before modding the case were 10 to 15 degrees higher without any overclock!

Kurajber -2 points 7 days ago

Why do people like these small builds?

spawn01 submitter 7 Builds 5 points 7 days ago

They are kind of fun to build.

Simulint 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

Technology is getting faster, smaller and better.

0verfiend 1 point 6 days ago

Why do people by ipods?