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Higher end gaming rig with good multi-core performance for streaming and photo editing. Built to be upgraded with more storage, RAM, and a faster CPU down the line. The PC-011 Dynamic is a joy to work with, my one gripe being the 155mm limit for CPU cooler height. Another 5-10mm would have been a big improvement. Even though it is a "water cooling" case it actually makes a great air-cooled case as well, especially with minor modifications. The side intake fans have a large gap at the top and a smaller one at the bottom when using 3x120mm fans. This drastically reduces airflow performance, especially in a 100% positive pressure setup like I used here for reduced dust ingress.

My solution was to fill the gaps with precisely trimmed pieces of thin stainless steel. Easy installation and a nice, clean look. This significantly improved the ability of the side intake fans to pressurize the case, which was especially important here since the Scythe KazeFlex fans that were used produce decent flow, but only modest air pressure. A set of three bottom-mount fans ram air directly into the GPU. This provides unrivaled GPU air cooling performance, better than any other case currently on the market. A set of three more fans in the top of the case for hot air exhaust would provide even better cooling, but the six-fan positive pressure setup was already so good I didn't see a point in adding more fans.

Also, this configuration allowed every single fan to be plugged directly into the motherboard and controlled with Gigabyte's smart fan control software. No cable splitters, no dedicated fan controllers, no nothing. This resulted in a VERY clean, spartan install that looks great and runs like nobody's business.

The 650 watt power supply might seem under-sized, but with no hard disks or optical drives (and no plans to add any), the system will never need more than 500w. Better to run a slightly smaller power supply that is higher quality (10 year warranty!) than a bigger one that isn't as well made.

Several parts were bought used to save money, especially the 1080 ti.

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Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

how is the scythe fuma? it barely fits or?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

It is a perfect fit, about 0.5mm to spare. It doesn't quite touch the glass, but it is about as big as it could possibly be and still fit. I think it is an ideal air cooler for the 011 Dynamic, which was hard to find because so many of the top-tier air coolers out there are just slightly too big (Noctua D15, etc)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a real chance to scrath the glass panel because of Fuma 2? Other guy with same O11 Dynamic mentioned it here

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you not watched a building computer tutorial?? what you did wrong was putting the ram sticks next to each other. This makes it so only one ram stick is in use, the ram sticks have to be spaced 1 slot apart to be utilizing both.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You're partially right. Installing the sticks next to eachother doesn't make it so only one stick is used, it makes it so only one of the motherboard's two memory channels are used. You still get the full capacity of the installed RAM, but only half the speed you would get by using both memory channels instead.

You're certainly right that the pictured configuration isn't ideal. Good eye. Total oversight on our part that was fixed later along with the addition of three more fans providing exhaust flow out the top of the case.

Thanks for stopping by!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i put a vertical mount with this cooler? will it fit ?