Description

The build is intended to replace my 2013 Mac Pro, which I used for primarily video editing and light BootCamp based gaming. My physical build is now complete with Windows 10 installed (Samsung 860 EVO SSD), along with macOS 10.12.5 (Samsung 960 EVO M.2) using the popular clover boot loader.

BUILDING ADVICE - Put the fans, and the drive bay in last. There is not much room! After having to repeatedly take apart case components to adjust/plug in parts it would have been easier to just add those in last.

  • Cable management and cooling. There is a small gap above the 3.5" SATA bay and the top of the case, use this for cables, and keep cables away from the side heat exhaust bay.

  • Added some Silverstone LS02 RGB strips, and connected them to the RGB headers.

  • Fans. Currently I have all but one (the left intake fan) attached to the NZXT Fan Controller on the Liquid Cooler. This seems to work well. The other fan is attached to the CPU fan connection on the motherboard. This was fine, but it would repeatedly ramp up and down before I got ASUS FanXpert 4 to better control it.

  • Liquid Cooler. Run at 100% I don't know why at first I ran it on silent, as it is already pretty quiet. This has definitely helped lowering average CPU temp.

RESULTS - Average Temperatures: Idles at 30C for CPU/GPU, and under load for a few hours on BF1 at Ultra Settings, it stayed around 70C, whereas the GPU sometimes gets hotter by a few degrees.

For a first time build, I am very happy with the results. What would I change? RGB fans and RAM would have been nice, but cosmetics aside, it was a success.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build+1

However, is it just me or is this a terrible case for airflow?

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

The way inwin designed this case, air comes in from the bottom two intake fans and exits the case from the front (side) 240mm hole and the rear 120mm hole. Heat rises so this makes sense if all spots are populated with fans in the right orientation. OP seems to have done so and seems to have decent temps. Source: (I have this case)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Not just you. Micro ATX is not something I recommend for 1st time builders due to the difficulty of the cramped spaces and the lack of airflow. Though it looks like the OP here has done a nice job of that.

Water cooling in mATX is even tricker since since there's no airflow over the CPU VRMs. (stock coolers blow down which scatters air all over the area)

My recommendation to the OP is to pay attention to the temperature probes on the motherboard while under load.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice, my machine idles at 30C, and under load for a few hours on BF1 at Ultra Settings, it stayed around 70C.

Although I am a first time builder, I had a friend who is quite experienced in PC building, and he was very helpful in giving me advice for my build, but going in, I knew heat would need to be closely monitored. So far, it seems to be doing well.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sure the CPU is fine with that nice 240mm radiator. So I was referring specifically to the motherboard temperature probes. The VRMs, the chipset, the south bridge, etc... Those are the components that tend to overheat in a cramped space with stagnant air.

I've taken a closer look at your first image. And it looks like that case has a reversed airflow pattern. That should be fine, and it might even help a bit if the fan in the back is able to blow directly onto the CPU VRMs.

  • 32 months ago
  • -1 points

he should have got the EVGA blower style card ( not the founders )

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

The Kraken is the perfect amount of pop, without the face-melting RGB nonsense. Looks great!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

That is by far the best cable management I've see in this case so far. Taking notes for when I begin my own in this case - hopefully next weekend!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou! It was a lot of re-cutting and re-zipping of ties, but it came out better than I expected!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

All you need to do is blackout the adhesive on those clips with a marker. =D #ocdtrigger

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Just when I thought I had a nice looking Inwin 301 build, I see this beautiful pc. Nice job +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Do You think it is possible to run OSX on this? Do You have some advice how to run OSX?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks stunning mate , loving the simplicity ! +1

How are the temps in this badboy?

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the advice, my machine idles at 30C, and under load for a few hours on BF1 at Ultra Settings, it stayed around 70C.

There was once point in time the CPU reached 82C for a moment, and that was because I had my fans/liquid cooler fixed at 50% (oops, learn and let live).

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitors are you using? the bezel seems pretty small!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

And the bottom right corner of that motherboard has some LED which appears orange in every picture i can see. Do you know if it is programmable(assume in bios) to be other colors besides orange?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what part you are referring to, the board has a single RGB light in the bottom right area, but it's blue in the images.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Both are Dell U2515H 25" UltraSharp monitors.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm really digging the aesthetics of this build

Weird question but is the case hot to the touch or nah when the system is under load? Thanks in advance

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I have never felt the case get hot. In fact, it is mostly cold to the touch, and even under load for extended amounts of time is still has never even seemed warm.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your reply and I really appreciate the build, pics and information. Fantastic job!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting airflow comments.

Thermaltake Suppressor is smaller than this and my temps under full load on a i5 6600k and a gtx 1060 is no more than 60c all day everyday except summer lol. I decided to pull the rad and drop the Cryorig H7 in and heat dropped by 10c or there abouts

Personally I think this AIO business is over rated. The heat radiance off the head unit and rad is something one can never really disperse. Hot air can be disperesed but radiant heat ALWAYS remains unless it can be sheilded from all other components which now makes me consider doing a mod shield for a rad 1 day. This is the main cause of high temps in an itx case.

Plus this whole RGB trend is also dropping radiant heat in to every one's cases....I assume if one took all rgb fans, lighting and ram in to consideration heat radiance might be adding at the very least 2-5c radiant heat in to any build.

I haven't been building long. Maybe 5 years now. But I build at least 5 rigs a year. And noticeable heat gains are dropped when using less lighting and AIO's.

Each case has it's own character trait though.....so part selection is and should always be balanced. Now day my personal rigs rgb is nil. On the odd occasion I'll throw 1 rgb fan in (thermaltake riing for sublte lighting) Corsair Dominator Platinum for subtle lighting. Maybe 1 single rgb light strip for subtle lighting.

Works for me.....maybe not for everyone. I actually dropped the whole rgb lighting after the release of the first NZXT controller was released. Minimalisticis my go to

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very clean build good job

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any hardware (brackets) that is needed in order to mount an SSD bellow the 3.5" bay?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, come pre-installed.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I know what monitor are you using? Nice build btw :D

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Two Dell U2515H 25" Monitors

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Well someone's rich

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Naw, just sold my Mac and used the funds to get a PC, also saved a while...

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s an interesting way of routing your 8pin EPS using cable clips. It looks really clean like that. I might do the same thing with my 8pin EPS. Overall it is an amazing and one of the best, if not the best cable management I’ve seen in an InWin 301 with stock cables.

  • 33 months ago
  • 0 points

Get a sick dual monitor wallpaper, bro. That's the last and most important part of your build,

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I have some ;) (Just added another picture) - Still working on configuring the Windows side of things.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Way to go!