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Vacuity in the Dark Base 700

by Daemonicus819


Just a move for my Vacuity build from the Aerocool P7-C1 into the Dark Base 700 with the addition of another SSD. I'm happy to be back with a Be Quiet! case and it was an absolute breeze to build in. There was nothing that made me wonder how it worked, what it did, or why it was designed that way. Everything in this case just makes sense. I was a bit worried about spending $180 on a case like this, but I don't regret it one bit now that I have it finished. I could do better on the cable management, but with the way it is, it is still easy to put the back panel on. No force, no awkwardly pressing one corner down with my chin when I try to slide it forward, no bending the panel. This is the first build I have not had to do any of those things, so I think that's a testament to the case's design. I will be using a individually sleeved cablemod 24 pin and dual 6+2 pin cable in the near future, so I didn't want to go too crazy and strap everything down.

I would have just left this and not put the update on PCPP, but I saw there were no other Dark Base 700 builds at the time, and I see now one person has beaten me to be the first Dark Base 700 build.

The airflow in this case actually isn't bad. I have the fan hub in the back set to silent, and it really is quiet. Go figure. I took a video to share with a G+ community with the Silent 1 speed setting. The microphone picked up my breathing, floor creaking from me walking, leather settling when I sat in my chair, and the cat cleaning herself not far away, but not a peep was heard from the PC. GPU temps are only a few degrees warmer than my previous mesh fronted P7-C1. That would normally not go above 55C on my undervolted Fury while gaming. The highest temp I have seen on the "silent 3" fan setting on the case has been 60C, still more than reasonable for a 275 watt card. Granted, I don't do torture tests on my card, so i'm sure it would be higher, but if I'm never going to be doing anything that stressful, why bother? I just test it for my uses.

Gamers Nexus was correct in their review of the case's stock fan configuration. The GPU is getting the brunt of the cool air. The 1600X was reaching 67C with 100% fan speed at stock settings. I already have two more 140mm Silent Wings 3 PWM fans on the way to alleviate the issue.

On the note of the CPU cooler, eagle-eyed among you may notice this isn't the stock fan. I actually replaced the stock QF-120 for a 120mm Silent Wings 3. This fan obviously wasn't designed with air coolers in mind, but the rubber radiator mounts actually do work well with the clips to attatch it to the air cooler. The result is a fan that looks more stealthy, is significantly quieter, and pushes a little bit more air to boot. The QF-120 developed a bad bearing only 1 month after purchase. It would make a rubbing noise at most speeds below 100% and I could visibly see the tips of the blades wobbling in the housing.

I will be happy to answer any questions. Thanks for the interest to check out my build. I think it's my best looking build to date, and it does everything I ask of it in spades. Dare I say, I'm actually somewhat proud.

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fn230 9 Builds 3 points 16 months ago

The march of the Furies continues.

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Aye, I got mine earlier in the year when they were on sale for $269. It was $10 cheaper than I bought my R9 390 for at the time. It definitely wasn't a night and day difference, but it does everything I want it to. It's currently paired with a $279 144 Hz 1440p Freesync panel I got for black friday, and if my current experience is anything to go by, I won't be upgrading for at least another year, maybe two but that's stretching I think.

AZAZELMILLZ 3 points 16 months ago

NICE BUILD BRO....so u saying it's ok to get this case because i really like this case and want this case but the gamer nexus review turned me from it ..............

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Whether getting it is okay or not is up to you, man :P

You pay $180 for a metric ton of options, build quality, and ease to build in. GN came to the conclusion it's temps are pretty average. It won't thermal throttle until you turn the fans down under load. The CPU temps in the stock configuration aren't anything to brag about, but lone intake fan is pointed at the GPU, and it's obvious where the air is going. I have yet to see over the high 50's while gaming with the "silent 3" fan setting on the GPU, while the highest temperature I have noticed on the CPU side was 67C. I am keeping the CPU at stock settings and letting it clock as it wishes, and it still does XFR boost to 4.1 Ghz at times. This may be aleiviated by adding a fan to the front, which I have not done yet, though the fans are on the way. I bought two more 140mm Silent Wings PWM with the intention of adding one to the front intake and one above the cooler for exhaust.

It isn't the quietest case on the market either, but it's far from the loudest, plus you can tweak it with the fan controller. If i'm gaming, which I primarily do with this build, the sound doesn't really matter since I wear headphones. But if i'm just doing general internet browsing I turn it to "silent 1," and it is completely silent.

I think the most decisive thing about this case is the price tag. It's high. That's nothing new for Be Quiet!. That value can be a relatively subjective thing depending on your financial situation. Just getting another fan to match the others for a front intake adds another $20, so by that point, is $200 worth it to you. From my personal experience it's more than worth it. The experience building in it was effortless. Everything is well thought out and where it ought to be, and the cable management is vastly improved over the previous cases I have used. Those would be the Silent Base 800, Phanteks P400TG, and the Aerocool P7-C1.

I don't think it's as bad as gamers nexus made it out to be, and they never even said it was a bad case to begin with.

AZAZELMILLZ 1 point 16 months ago

thats for the information man .........very greatful u took the time out to tell me these details ....

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Sorry, rambling on is a bit of a habit of mine. But not a problem, thank you for checking my build out :)

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arturs_stepa 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

+1 nice build

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Thanks for checking it out! :)

ryansmission 5 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Gamers Nexus are always pretty harsh with their reviews - which is probably a good thing when you look at some of the bigger online reviewers. Most of them sold out long ago no matter how many videos they produce claiming to be nothing but impartial.

I just wish GN would spend more of their thermal review time on the case configs that builders are more likely to use, rather than the stock configs. Lately I've noticed a few like this, so hopefully it continues.

Great build BTW!

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I agree, but a review should be harsh. It's a review, not an advertisement. Thanks for checking it out :)

Project460 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

I also picked up my fury when it was on the low low. Definitely still a great performing card and when paired with freesync its unbelievable for the price I paid. Nice build!

c19chris 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

what is this build for

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I use it primarily for gaming

RyanJMcC 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Build looks really nice dude! How is the motherboard onboard audio, I'm trying to decide between this and the X370 Strix

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I don't notice much difference in audio quality between motherboards to be honest. The big difference would be if you're using an external dac. Otherwise, they're all pretty similar.

If you're choosing between boards though, I suppose I could give some of my experience with this thing :p The first board I got was dead. I would press the power button on the motherboard and nothing would happen. The button's LED was on, but no power to anywhere else, no fans or anything. I RMA'd it for another one, which worked perfectly. I did some more research on it after my replacement arrived and found a video about mounting the cooler caused the board to sligtly flex in a way it didn't like. After adjusting their cooler they got theirs to work.

As for now, board itself has been great, everything is where I would expect it to be. A concern may be with the USB headers however. As far as I am aware, most boards have 3 USB headers, and one USB3. This board sacrifices a USB for another USB3. My build in the P7-C1 had an issue with this, since the IO on that required 2 USB headers for the card reader, and my Quad Lumi needs a USB for the lights. I had to buy an adapter to make use of the second USB3 header to convert it to USB.

The second problem I have had with the board is more to do with the software, namely RGB Fusion. It's buggier than Virginia in August. Changing colors required a system restart to take effect, the brightness slider does nothing, and attempting to adjust the LED's on the memory caused an instant crash in the software. Rolling back to the older F4 BIOS fixed the system restart requirement, and I use Corsair Link to adjust the Memory. I have heard good things about ASUS's Aura or whatever they call it, and nearly everything supports it.

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Also, something audio related I forgot about, this board has two amps, one for the rear audio and a second for the front audio. I don't use the front audio port however, so I can't speak for any effect it has.

The ASUS only has one amp.

Lunatyk009 1 point 15 months ago

Did you connect the front USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 on front panel to your motherboard?

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I learned while moving my stuff into this case that the Aorus X370 Gaming 7 does not have a header for type C gen 2, sadly :(

axistek 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Have you been able control your case's RGB lighting with the motherboard software?

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

No, I didn't bother with trying to connect the two. The integrated hub in the case can be connected to the motherboard to synchronize internal and external LED's. The manual has a section dedicated to "HANDLING OF THE LED ILLUMINATION." How German.

I didn't bother because I don't mind manually changing colors, and with the pure cancerous experience I have with RGB Fusion, i'm not convinced I'm going to ever bother with connecting them.

Ovrz6 1 point 12 months ago

How hard was to sync all the RBG on your build? Imagine adding 3x Corsair LL140mm with the lighting node pro, would I be able to sync all, or would it be better to leave the case RGB aside and link the rest? (Corsair stuff, mobo, ram and cooler) How would you connect all together?

Great build btw, hopefully somewhere around this year I will make one on this case ;)

Daemonicus819 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Personally I opted to leave the case and internal lights separate. The case lights can only do the 7 colors and 2 effects you can change with the button on the front. I might be wrong, but I'm reasonably certain.

As the rest of the lights, it's hit or miss as far as linking them goes. Gigabyte's RGB Fusion continues to be pure cancer even after the one update it has had since I got the Gaming K7 around October of last year. But at least it doesn't instantly crash anymore. It still crashes when I save a profile (it does still save it though), and trying to adjust the memory's LED's also resulted in a crash.

That said, as always, you're limited to the software the manufacturer uses. I've since gotten the upgrades mentioned in this build's description, and went from the H7 Quad Lumi to the Cryorig R1 Universal, and now i'm using the Corsair H115i Pro. I haven't had any problem with Corsair's LINK software, so it's been seamless. It's just a matter of matching the RGB numbers in the software.

I've never used RGB fans, since i'm a sucker for Be Quiet! and the ML fans included with the H115i Pro have been fantastic. I think if they came with some kind of hub to control the RGB that would be the ideal solution, but I don't know how RGB fans actually work, so I wouldn't be able to say. Something like the NZXT's Hue+.

I've thought about updating this build page, but I don't think it's really worth it considering the attention it gets, and I'm not on PCPP much anymore, considering my 19 day reply time. lmao.