I’m calling this build Respiro, the Italian word for breath as I am breathing new life into some very old components. My wife is also Italian and she helped me decide on the white version of the 275r ; )
I recently upgraded my i5 4690k with a used i7 4790k instead of getting a new motherboard and DDR4 ram. With that purchase I decided to get a new case and use my old ATX motherboard, which I had stored for 4 years. I had been using a mini ITX board for the i5, but I recently broke the pins on the front usb 3.0 connector. This was done in an attempt to better manage the cables, something I always struggled with in the ITX case. A mid tower ATX was appealing for this reason, and it allowed me to use my old ATX motherboard.
I really love this case. Corsair has made removing the tempered glass panel much easier so ignore all the reviews on YouTube criticizing the difficulty of removing it. My main problem with the case is the hard drive cage. I wish I could mount a hard drive on the back wall and remove the drive cage for better cable management in the back, as well as easier access to the PSU. This is how the Corsair 270 is designed. Instead I need to keep the entire drive cage just to place one HDD. I also wish you could put SSDs in the front, on top of the PSU cover. I almost went with the NXZT h500, which has this option, but decided on the 275r due to having more options for the top of the case. The h500 only allows one 120mm or 140mm fan on top, whereas the 275r allows for 2 120mm fans with a radiator.
I took a lot of time researching how to best mount the radiator along with reading about positive and negative pressure. In my ITX case I always had the radiator on top with the fans in exhaust. This worked fine, but the cpu did get up to 67 degrees under full load. My original concern with front facing radiator was the lack of cool, free flowing intake air. But I found that what's most important is to have good exhaust, which allows air to effectively move through the case. Yes, this will create more negative pressure, but ultimately negative pressure is much more ideal that positive pressure, despite the potential for greater dust build up. Negative pressure allows air to move through the case whereas positive pressure does not, and movement of air trumps cool intake air. There was also a video on YouTube showing how much hotter an open air gpu can get with a top mounted radiator compared to a front mounted radiator due to the inhibition of exhausting air. So far, the front mounted radiator is working beautifully. I have not done a very long stress test, but running at 4.4 GHz I have not seen the cpu get over 52 degrees. I was also able to mount an additional intake fan below the radiator, which helps manage any problems the front radiator may pose.
As far as looks go, I wish my ram was white instead of blue. My last build was blue so I bought this crazy blue ram and I can’t justify spending $100 on white colored ram, but I think that would pull things together a lot better. I'd also like to get some rgb halo fans, like the LL series from Corsair, but the prices are crazy. I am using two LED light strips that are remote controlled. They are made by ATTAV and I found them on amazon. Really satisfied with them as they as magnetic and pretty bright.
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