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The H2 is my first assembly, made for the woman who makes my life worth living. She had previously managed to get by with a 2009 MacBook and a donor PC, neither of which was well-suited for modern desktop computing to say nothing of gaming. This system was designed to replace both and does so quite admirably.

I didn't run into much trouble during the build outside of mistakes I would imagine are familiar to the novice. Most glaring is an issue with some of the tabs on the IO shield getting misaligned on installation. Also I'm fairly certain M.2 drives were designed by sadists. While largely complete, I'll likely add the Noctua in a push-pull config on the EVO (which does an admirable job keeping the CPU cool despite being a dated design), replace a few of the built-in fans with something a bit nicer, and revisit cable management.

I would have preferred something with a bit more punch than the RX 580 but Vega was more expensive than I'd prefer and NVIDIA's lineup doesn't work so well under macOS. All things considered it pushes 60+ at FHD on ultra settings across modern titles.

Can't say either of us are disappointed in the results.

Update: Installed the Noctua on the EVO using the attachment kit that came with the EVO. At first, I tried optimizing with Fan Xpert, but .. temperature didn't change much, not that you would expect it to. Turning to BIOS fan optimization, I found improved results. FFT Torture Tests under Prime95 failed to push the package or cores above 68, in limited testing. Altogether, an improvement of a few degrees. Still have to revisit the IO shield & cable management. Put in an order for some 4tx and RGB splitters so I can install the remaining PWM fans.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm a beginner and I was wonder how hard is it to build in that case

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't encounter many issues working with the case itself. While this is my first build, I have worked with computers more or less all my life. From installing modem cards in Apple ][s, to NuBus, and later PCI cards in various Macs. So take my opinion here with a grain of salt. I know enough to know that I probably don't know what I'm doing. Ha!

The USB 3 header is my biggest grievance thus far as it has bonded with the motherboard in such a fashion that makes reseating the motherboard a difficult task, which was necessary as I somewhat botched the initial installation (misalignment on I/O shield).

Be sure things are generally how you want them to be before you plug in that header, or you're in for a headache.

Other than that, cable management seemed sufficient. It seems to have decent airflow as I have a dated cooler and its managing to keep the i5 under 70 at load, albeit with an extra fan on the cooler and one of two additional exhaust fans installed on the top of the chassis.

Mind you, I largely assembled the board outside of the case so I didn't do a whole lot of work in the actual case itself. Still, once the mobo, cooler, drives, and the rest were installed, I've found it easy to return and add in additional fans, et cetera.

If you've more specific questions, feel free to ask and I will answer to the best of my ability.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn this is a nice pc, but isnt the front panel completely choked off? It doesnt look like theres any vents

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Contrary to appearances, the case has a vent around the front panel. It is just concealed, inset behind the molding. The case gets pretty good airflow, according to reviews and my own limited experience. Will see if I can’t add a photo to illustrate the front intake.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Allright, thanks, now i might consider the case ^

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I am looking at getting this case but have never used any RGB stuff. How do you control the RGB on the fans and can you just set them to white? Thanks.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, kindly! There are a swarm of options when it comes to RGB control. Some people like remote controls, the TD500 wires the reset switch to change the color for a simple hardware control. I prefer using the ASUS Aura Sync software and planned the RGB around it. The Corsair memory has a few issues some of the Aura presets, but no real deal-breakers. Still it was kind of bothersome in that many people reported it worked without issue (after some earlier problems were hammered out). I might look into some other RGB control software - there are a world of options. Of course, the GPU is sadly controlled separately as Sapphire doesn't offer much by way of integration.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you be more specific about how the RAM worked with the motherboard? I'm planning on getting the same RAM along with an Asus motherboard.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

The case actually comes with the hookups and a rgb controller. You can set the color to whatever the controller let's you. If you have rgb headers on your mobo you can bypass controller and run it to the header on the mobo for full rgb control.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Pc building Noob i bought the Coolermaster td500 case used of Amazon and i have a feeling one of the cables might have been damaged but im not sure it looks like a Molex connector on the inside the cradle looks like it should have 4 pins but only has2 pins is anybody able to help me confirm

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you connect the RGB for the case fans, the lights on mine are not on and not sure where i messed up, the fans spin but no rgb.... did you buy a rgb control hub etc please let me know if you can much appreciated

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the extremely late response. I would assume you've resolved your issue by now, but .. as far as how RGB was hooked up - it varied a bit from the default build as I replaced the integrated fans with the Air Flow 120s. I just used some cheap RGB splitters and went straight into the motherboard. I didn't like the reset switch being taken over for RGB. If memory serves, the case came with a hub that plugged into SATA power. I didn't use that, either. Just straight to splitters off the mobo for everything, as I recall. CoolerMaster had some cheap ones over on NewEgg when I made the build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

FIGURED IT OUT THE CASE FAN RGB HEADER NEEDED TO BE PLUGGED INTO THE MOTHER BOARD DIRECTLY

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds like the route I ended up going down, if memory serves.

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