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  1. I would love to see a review of, and a gaming build of, the HG Computers Osmi chassis…! This is a very stylish mini ITX chassis, and we know Linus LOVES mini ITX chassis'…! Even better if you make it a Hackintosh build, focused on OS X gaming, particularly WoW… http://hg-computers.eu/product/osmi-case-only/
  2. Re-necro-ing this necro post…? I have been going round & round on a new build to replace this old MacBook. It will be a Hackintosh, but I am looking at making a decent little gaming rig for WoW, and general Internet surfing, movie watching, etc. … I am now looking at, again, the Fractal Design Node 304. When I came back around to the 304, I was all "let's just do a simple mid-range gaming rig, all air cooled, nothing fancy"… Then I started looking at builds and seeing folks doing full water cooling loops in the 304. So my build changed, again. Now, I want to do a few specific things & try to make it as clean & as simple & as straight-up bolt together as possible. Finally, I will get to the point…! ;^p The Hardware Labs Nemesis 140GTX radiator; Hardware Labs SAYS it can disperse up to 550w, I am looking at putting about 300w or so thru it. Thinking about the following for a build list: Fractal Design Node 304 miniITX chassis (white) ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact Z170 miniITX motherboard Intel i7 6700K 4.0GHz Skylake CPU 32GB DDR4 RAM (two 16GB DIMMs) Samsung 950 Pro 512GB SSD (M.2 format / PCIe 3.0 4x interface) EVGA GeForce GTX970 FTW ACX 2.0 GPU (keeping it simple, lower power & cheap while I wait on the Pascal boards to work out their bugs) Silverstone ST55F-G 550w ATX PSU Custom length black sleeved cables from IceModz (one 24-pin motherboard, one 8-pin CPU, one 8-pin to dual 6-pin GPU, & one 4-pin Molex) I will replace the two 92mm Fractal Design fans with two Noctua NF-B9 1600 PWM fans. I will use two 2-way PWM splitters, one for each set of fans (radiator/exhaust & case/intake) The pump/reservoir combo will be plugged into the Water Pump header on the motherboard (and into the single Molex cable from the PSU), the 2-way fan splitter from the radiator fans will be plugged into the CPU Fan header on the motherboard, & the 2-way splitter from the two front 92mm intake fans will be plugged into the Case Fan header on the motherboard. This is assuming ASUS places a Water Pump header on the M8I motherboard, like they have their other new Z170-series ROG motherboards. If not, the pump/reservoir combo & the two Noctura 140mm fans on the radiator will be ganged on a 3-way splitter to the CPU Fan header on the motherboard. The water cooling loop will be as follows: Hardware Labs Nemesis 140GTX radiator EK Monoblock for M8I motherboard (not a released product yet, but I am thinking maybe the current one they have for the M6I, which also works on the M7I, might also work on the forthcoming M8I) EK full-cover block for GTX970 EK backplate for GTX970 EK Monarch X2 RAM block EK Monarch RAM modules (x2) EK XRES 140 Revo D5 PWN pump/reservoir combo EK barb fittings EK angled fittings as needed EK 16mm tube clamps EK ZMT matte black tubing (3/8" ID x 5/8" OD) EK Ekoolant EVO clear premix coolant Noctua NF-P14s 1500 PWM fan (x2) Intake will be thru the front, as designed; exhaust thru the rear, also as designed. The radiator will be push/pull, and the case will exhaust thru it. I would think the case would draw air in thru the filtered vent on the GPU side as well. All Noctua fans are the grayish/blackish models. All EK blocks (Monoblock, GPU & RAM) will be Acetal & Nickel. The only visible cooling fluid will be in the reservoir, which will be tightly tucked into the front corner, GPU side. Filling the reservoir will simply be a matter of removing the case housing & opening the fill port on the top of the reservoir. I will place a splitter on the reservoir output; one part going to the RAM block, the other to a drain port mounted in the floor of the chassis. There will be a ball valve inline. The loop path will be as follows: Pump/Reservoir Combo > RAM block > Monoblock > GPU block > Radiator > Pump/Reservoir Combo Everything will be very tight, but since I am using the M.2 SSD as my only drive, there will be no need for any of the drive bays, thereby opening up the limited airflow some. I figure the budget on all the above, shoving all that gear into the (relatively) tiny Node 304, will be about US$2,750.00 Thoughts…? Actual end user insights on the 550w heat dispersion claims for the Nemesis 140GTX radiator…? Thanks!
  3. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gTsg7P ASUS ROG Maximus VII Impact miniITX Z97 board Intel Devil's Canyon i7 4790K CPU 16GB Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3 RAM EVGA GTX 970 FTW ACX 2.0 GPU I am going with the Devil's Canyon i5 myself, but same on the rest. Building a nice little Hackintosh for WoW & stuff…
  4. You do realize that you have actually come over to the Light, not the Dark Side. The Dark Side is, and has always been, Windows. But I might be somewhat biased…!
  5. The kit does use standard G1/4 fittings; the question is to the length of the two external 'hard pipe' fittings that go from the case to the rad section. As for the anti-kink, there are one or two spots where the bend in the tubing might be too tight to prevent the tube from collapsing, hence the anti-kink. I would rather have the anti-kink on and not need it than not have it on and find the system frakked because a tube collapsed and seized the loop?
  6. Hey folks, quick question for anyone running one of these cases with the water-cooling kit designed for it… I want to do a Hackintosh with the Hadron Hydro case, & I want to use the water-cooling for both the GPU & CPU. Core parts list: ASUS ROG Maximus VII Impact motherboard Intel i7 4790K CPU 16GB Crucial Ballistix Elite RAM (2x8GB DIMMs) 250GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SSD (OS & apps) 2TB Seagate Barracuda 3.5" HDD (Stuff) EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti (baseline reference model) For water cooling, I want to stick with EK parts: EK-FB ASUS M6I monoblock; acetal + nickel EK-FC Titan X full-cover block; acetal + nickel EK-FC Titan X backplate; black EK-XRES 100 DDC 3.2 PWM reservoir/pump combo EK-DDC heatsink housing; black EK-Uni Holder w/DDC add-on Asst. EK compression fittings & 45/90 degree angle adapters; for 3/8" ID x 5/8" OD tubing; black PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT tubing; 3/8"ID x 5/8" OD; clear PrimoChill anti-kink coil; for 5/8" OD tubing; black Now that we know what is going into this system, the real question… What are the dimensions/measurements of the two extender fittings that come with the Hadron Hydro water-cooling kit…?!? I want to replace them with fittings from EK, just to keep everything uniform, and to keep the black fittings thing going… I would LOVE to be able to use an EK rad as well, but the way the Hadron Hydro case is set up seems to lock you into the EVGA rad unless you want to start cutting up the case; which I do not. The thing that really sucks is that I am basically paying about 160 bucks or so for a simple 240mm rad with 'special snowflake' fitting locations. The rest of the kit will not be used at all! I wonder, if I can get EK fittings to make the connection between rad & cooling loop, maybe I can get EVGA to sell me JUST the rad…?!? Cross-posting this around the web, looking for answers…! ;^p
  7. When I put the motherboard in question into PCPartsPicker, and then add in a M.2 SSD, it tells me that I would lose two of the six available SATA ports… I am also very interested in this case for building a compact Hackintosh for playing WoW, watching videos & surfing the web… Basic Gigabyte H97 board, mid-line i5 CPU, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, 2TB HDD (2.5") & EVGA 4GB GFX 960 SC GPU… I plan on using a Silverstone Strider PSU, the 550w ATX one that is only 140mm deep, almost like it was made for this case… I would also use the Silverstone short cable kit, or maybe even think about having some custom cables made. I mention custom cables only because I would need four cables & I think the Silverstone ones may still be too long for some areas? So not like an entire expensive set, just a smaller less expensive set. I would need the 24-pin & 8-pin to the motherboard/CPU, a 6-pin to the GPU & a SATA power with dual connections on the drive side. Only other cables (aside from the ones the case comes with) would be a pair of 10" SATA data cables & the fan/CPU block cables from the CM Seidon 120V. My main question is towards fan usage… I would plan on replacing the fan the CM unit comes with for an ugly brown model. Now, I know the case is designed on Positive Pressure, but maybe having the fan blow the radiator heat out the front & have the PSU suck the heat off of the motherboard would be best…?!? Thoughts…!?!