Description

First endeavor to build my own high-end PC. Vids of completed build can be seen here, in all the RGB glory:

Color Shift

RGB puke

I took a photo at the beginning of all the unopened or attached pieces: this was what I initially thought I'd need. Many pieces of peripherals I already owned (speakers, headphones, mice, desk, chair, 3 monitors, etc). Primarily I'll focus on the PC case and it's contents.

I completed the build using as many tips, forums, videos, documentation, and determination I could find. LTT, Jayz2Cents, Paul's Hardware, etc were excellent reference videos and I encourage others who have never built a PC to watch their tutorials.

Pieces added after initial phase 1 components purchase I was actually able to complete the build with only my initial purchased products. In the end, pieces I didn't purchase initially but had to buy for "phase 2" included, in chronological epiphany order:

  • 2 additional fans: the case has capacity for 8 fans. The purchased H150i AIO had 3 fans and there were 4 others already in the case. However. 1 of the fans was standard with no RGB (the back one). This caused it to stand out as the outlier so I replaced it and added the additional missing fan, for a total of 2 new LL120's.

  • RGB LED Expansion kit: bought after initial build primarily because I didn't know how much more lighting strips I'd need, if any

  • LL120 3-pack: Turns out the H150i comes with no RGB (magnetic fans). So this again conflicted with the rest of the build. So I bought a new 3-pack of LL120's.

  • Corsair Commander Pro: Despite now having 2 Corsair Node's, I needed the commander pro to run all of this. In the end, every connection port into the Commander Pro ended up being used. It ends up resulting in all Corsair lighting showing up in iCue and can be controlled from there (including fan performance/RPM)

  • OPTIONAL: Newegg ran a sale on WD SSD so I picked up 2 as additional storage option between the M.2 and HDD just the day before writing this description. It isn't needed but I have it now.

Issues/Observations

  • First thing first: I love the build, with a few caveats. It looks amazing and there are a few small cosmetic changes I may choose to make to really enhance it (i.e. custom GPU backplate that RGB can be controlled through iCue). Performance is amazing as well: I overclock GPU to 2050 MHz and 5.0GHz on CPU and I never get the temps higher than upper 60's it seems.

Case thoughts The Case is the one piece that I love and hate at the same time. Love that is has separate compartment for cable management and non-RGB pieces. Glass side means easy access. Also it's sexy as hell.

Gripes include:

  • Fans are not white and one fan has no RGB at all.

  • If attaching a 360mm radiator, which is obviously possible since I did it, then there is no room to attach top fans (the fan closest to radiator won't fit above the water line from radiator). What I ended up having to do was recess the fans above the metal casing, just below the glass. In this orientation I cannot put the dust shield on. Also, it isn't self-contained in the case and protrudes out. (see pics)

  • Check your GPU length! Mine barely (one can say it didn't actually) fit. To get my Strix 2080 TI to fit I had to remove the screws in the middle of the radiator that attach it to the fans. There are still plenty of other screws to fans at top and bottom of radiator but it's missing the middle screws. That's how tight the fit is: the couple of millimeters the screw head adds means the GPU was too long.

Minor PSU issue

This is minor but the 1200i has gen 3 motherboard 24pin connection (24pin Motherboard <-> 7x7 & 5x5 PSU). The Corsair white Pro cables came with the gen 4 cable with 4 extra pins (9x9) that connect to the PSU. That configuration is actually most common for PSU's. However, it didn't fit the 1200i. So in phase 1 build I used the black cable included with the PSU instead of the white cables. I had to order the gen 3 version directly from Corsair for about $20 and used it on phase 2 build.

Other than the case configuration issues, most everything else went smooth as butter. It fired up and ran great after phase 1 build, no issues with BIOS, overclocking, Windows installation, etc.

Phase 2 build added cosmetic updates like RGB lighting strips, replacement LL120 fans, and the Corsair Commander Pro for added lighting and fan speed control.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Snow storm?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. I like it

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

thanks

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

There's something that bothers me about knowing those bottom fans are blowing air down towards the ground so they're not really doing anything

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, not much to be done about that though. There is a gap, the size of the case legs, at the bottom. So air has a path through. But it's not as much as the back fan which has open space to ventilate. Either way, I have pushed the GPU to max for lengthy periods of time and it hasn't even gotten above 70 degrees, so thermals aren't an issue ATM

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, to be fair, I would really hope thermals aren't an issue in a rather large case, and with 8 fans. Haha

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I like the build... now that corsair taking up most of your budget not so much....... lol.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah iCue is PIMA with performance problems but it's better to stay consistent I thought

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

how much clearance between the top fans and the glass panel?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably no more than an inch or 2. Same scenario as the front fans since the glass is slightly raised from the case. So it allows airflow, just not as much.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

OK so on second thought (don't have it in front of me) there's less than 1 inch with the way I have it configured (fans above the case opening). However, there is some clearance. Just less than one inch.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :-)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing white build +1 May I recommend some cable combs for your sleeved cables though

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm they have cable combs. They are pushed up closer to the rear though so they don't show as much since the combs are black

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, my mistake, I should have looked more closely, if you want to get some more that match your build and distribute them throughout the cables though, you can get them from here- https://www.ensourced.net/wire-wraps/ I used their cables and combs on my build and they are really nice

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Frostbite?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice love it !

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

have a name: Ic3 (just replacing the "e" in ice with a 3)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you try to mount the ROG STRIX 2080 Ti vertically? Does it fit?