Description

Hello!

I wanted to build a machine to take to the office or to a lan party when needed so the Corsair 380T provided the ideal platform and i built a choice of components around it. Starting with a modular power supply, a motherboard with the best connector positions for the case, a smaller but capable AIO cooler, and custom sleeved custom lenght power cables.

My aim was also to make the build as clean as possible. I managed to sneak a lot of cables in the top of the case under the handle, i routed several of them through some added cable holders and under the drive cage. The lighting of the case was ok to start with, but wanting more i also added a 30 cm red Phobya Flexlight powered by the integrated fan controller so it also changes intensity along with the fans.

Using a push-pull config on the cooler, it was impossible to mount in the intended side spots because of the RAM (even this lower profile type) so using a few longer screws i managed to mount it up front where it gets fresh air all the time. It exhausts most of its air out the back with the help of the back fan and keeps the rest of the interior well ventilated. The two SSDs are used - 1 for the OS and CAD programs (AutoCAD, ArchiCAD etc.) and the 2nd for storing the few games me and my friend often play.

The Thermaltake Riing fans were added some time after i first started and so far they have performed excelent. The CAD apps are CPU intensive and use the GPU very little when turning objects so my choice of GPU was aimed at powering games at 1080p.

Overall i am pleased with the performance of the machine both at work and for fun and i have not had any problems with it. Building this was not as easy as expected (in particular when i hit the cooler snag) but it was fun and the result is rewarding as far as i am concerned.

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

That's is one clean looking build! I love small form factor PC's but they are usually so messy so congrats on putting this bad boy together!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

It is amazing that you crammed all that hardware in such a small space and still made in look good! Nicely done.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I bought the case about a month before the other hardware because i caught it at a better price so i had a lot of time to take it apart, look around, measure it and figure out what to do next.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to make this more into paragraphs instead of a giant wall of text? I love this build though!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i made paragraphs when i wrote the text. No ideea why it turned out a giant chunk

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

fixed now

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Best looking build ive seen with this case. I love the view through the window, its just so freaking clean !!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Very compact and tidy. The quality of this build is just great!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

looks really cool! well done

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man i might be late to the party.... sorry but the card is longer than the recommended maximum card length and i wondered if it has caused any trouble, hopping you are still around, can i get answers?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I know about this error, i took the risk and it payed off...the card fits perfectly and does a gtx 970 g1 gaming which i have on my home pc...haven't had the chance to try the 980 g1 thought but i suspect it fits as well. You can see in the photos that there was no problem. Long story short, both the 960 g1 and 970 g1 are the exact same lenght and they fit within the 300mm specified by corsair for this case. The stated lenghts on the gigabyte site are off by a few milimeters.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Phew! :D you just saved me from returning the card for a 2 fan 960! Thanks for the reply and taking the risk for the rest!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :) please give me a message if/when you post your build here, i'd love to see it!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy balls! This will be my inspiration for building the same rig. Thanks for sharing this mate! You did a fantastic job!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

:) thank you very much. I can tell you the machine performs better than i expected for what i work/play.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, hopefully you see this comment.

I am looking to build a PC for a colleague for ArchiCAD, how does the i5 handle the software? Is it all good to use you think or do you think you would have been better off with an i7 or Xeon?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Archicad work great with the I5. I've worked with versions 14 through 18 on 64bits and they all run fine. An SSD is very important though. Running the program from the SSD as well as the project currently being worked on is essential. I recommend the samsung 850 evo 250gb. It is well priced, 5 year warranty and it's amazing fast! Archicad 19 that will come out soon will finally use multi core, all previous versions use single core only, except for renderings. Rendering on it with Archicad and Artlantis works great. I have an i7 at home on another rig and the differences in time spent rendering are not worth the extra price of the i7. As for graphics card, the on board chip from intel does ok but when handling more complicated models, it stutters. I recomend a minimum gtx 750, 760 or something with 2GB VRAM. Also 16GB of RAM! I tried 8GB and was having problems keeping multiple projects open.

To sum it up. Go for the i5 with confidence! The i7 is a bit better but if the budget is tight, it's not worth it. I don't know how the xeon does, i never had one or used the platform. But just so you get an ideea, a 4k image rendering takes 10 mins max with max details, antialiasing, lots of lights and objects inserted. All normal operations on Archicad (usual drawing and editing) will not feel the difference between i5 and i7. Hope this helps!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for the reply.

This will help a lot I think. I have an i7 at home and run ArchiCAD off that, so wasnt too sure on an i5. Im pretty sure he will want to budget the PC as much as possible so this will definitely help!

With regards to the GPU, I was looking up ArchiCAD's recommended cards and their benchmarks. A bit confusing as some of the Quadro cards perform better in some areas and then the GTX 500/600 series out performs the GTX 700 series in other areas. (http://helpcenter.graphisoft.com/technotes/video-cards/recommended-video-cards-for-archicad-19/) What do you think about what they have in their benchmarks?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never tested the quadro series first hand. I know they're made for this line of work but they're too expensive for me. So far the geforce series (i've had the 460 sli, 650m on a laptop, 670, 960, 970) hasn't let me down. I'm sure their benchmarks are well done and so on, but i only have my user experience and i use that to make recommendations. If the budget is a concern, then surely go for a mid range geforce card. Also i've seen some tutorials on youtube on how to reprogram geforce cards to act like a quadro series card (since the hardware is almost identical on both series), so maybe have a look at that.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you buy the motherboard

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

a local dealer back in february but it's been out of stock for months

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Who are you and what have you done with Jip?! You can't be him because he only leaves comments with veiled sexual overtones and innuendo.

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