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After the demise of my Dell XPS L702X, I decided to cut my losses, sell the laptop carcass to the buzzards and put together a Devil

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Obligatory Box shots

 

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 When the components turned up in their brown boxes, I opened the larger box believing it to be the motherboard but infact it was the PSU - quite a shock!

 

 

Corsair 250D

 

Inside it's pleasently robust

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The rubber gromit and pin design on the drive caddies however, is not

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So young, so full of life

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Unbeknownst to me, this will be coming back out 48hrs later...

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Continued

 

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Yeah, not happy about the SATA power connectors from Corsair and where they're going to have to fit. I have just ordered some short red SATA cables at this point as the shortest I have to hand is 30cm.

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Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5 - Seen bigger mousemats!

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Note to future Corsair H100i owners:

These clamping nuts actually slide to allow it to fit your motherboard. It won't mention this in the manual because they giggle to themselves as you search the box for another clamp that never existed. Yes, the manual was supplied was placed in the box to deceive you - you are supposed to be of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's lineage anyway.

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Yeah, so I wasn't happy with those SATA connectors - DIY humble SATA backplane

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Steel rule also in the post

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Much better

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Continued

 

A lot of room for improvement

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Streuth, that's a bloody big fan

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Revisted those accursed cables for the other two drives

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Much better

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Installing Corsair H100i or How to move a stubborn old goat

 

When it comes to maneuvering the Corsair H100i, boxes are your best friends

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Mounted block after a few more monkey plasters

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This thing is like the Companion Cube from Portal!

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#Geekask #geekporn  #lolwhatthehellhashtag

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Continued  - How to move a stubborn old goat Part 2

 

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I do love a good build thread with loads of pics :)

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Continued

 

No petrol smell so far

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First attempt at sleaving

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Second attempt at sleaving

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Few attempts at sleaving later

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Quite happy with the progress

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Replacement SATA cables arrive

 

Excuse for more sleaving!

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SSD mounting issues can always be resolved with zip-ties

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Loving this form factor.

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Exterior Photos

 

Window shot

 

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On the cabinet

 

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Next to my Silverstone GD06 (Server)

 

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High Resolution Photos

 

Availible on my OneDrive:

 

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Needs more glow

 

First up, replacement single Corsair AF140 High Airflow (Blue) [Front] & 2x Corsair SP120 Low Static Pressure (Red) [Radiator]

 

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A trip through the sleeving process

 

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All fited and mounted up

 

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Test fire

 

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Should attract a few moths

 

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Cooling Issues Addressed

 

Due to the MSI HSF on the GTX 770, a lot of hot air gets dumped inside the case with nowhere to go (which do the size of the case, is quite catastrophic).

 

So, first I swapped the front 140mm fan to become exhaust. Secondly, I found a build of Corsair Link that actually does something productive in Windows 8.1 x64 (build 2.5.5146) as the latest build is completely cattle-trucked. This has allowed me to some something about the fan profiles and also mess around with the Corsiar logo colour.

 

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As I was finishing testing the impact of the changes, the postman delivered some Xilence 80mm fans

 

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The power connector requirements werw an issue because as for some reason they've opted to wire in a 3-pin and a 4 pin molex connector into the same cable. As it turned out, I was only able fit a single 80mm x 80mm x 25mm fan inside the case at the back due to the radiator hoses (an additional fan would need to be 15mm deep to clear it).

 

I decided to make some adjustments

 

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All seems to be well now and the GTX 770 has dropped from 84

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Very nice build! Got me thinking about a mini-ITX build of my own now! Did you find the case cramped at all?

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