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.