How are you enjoying the SC2 Hybrid? Pump noise ok?
quick question: did you try the D15? Just curious why you went with the S model?
I think it should fit, so long as the total height is under 163mm.
You and I must be lost twins.
This is my setup.
Oh yea, and it's ALSO named GLaDOS (casing and everything).
Well done sir. I applaud your component selection.
Air bubbles are the primary concern, by mounting the radiator higher the bubbles are (allegedly) less likely to keep passing through the pump because they stay around the radiator.
Love the clean look. Few questions:
1) how do you control the Kraken as you're running Mac OS? Or do you let it run full blast (which is the default I believe if you don't set it up with CAM)?
2) how do you set fan curves with a hackintosh?
Mac is my primary operator and I've considered building a hackintosh but never was practical for my circumstances. My trusty old 15" Retina works well enough. =) Nice job.
I like them a lot. I use Equalizer APO and played around with a nice EQ curve I found online that really cleared up the sound for me, and paired them with an old MK sub I wasn't using anymore to handle the low end. Together, I'm legitimately surprised how good they sound given their price.
Already done! About to update the post with the new pics and details.
The stock fans were 3 pin DC, but I shifted around the connections so now my A14 front intake chassis fans are powered through the Asus Fan Extension card, and the exhaust (i.e. the F12 GPU Rad fan) is now powered by the motherboard chassis header (which allows me to both set delays on ramping up speed to avoid random fan fluctuation, AND I can control it through Speedfan if I choose and base speeds off GPU temps...WIN/WIN).
I've currently got the A14 intakes set to about 800RPM and I can barely hear them. The airflow seems better as well compared to the stock, need to do more testing. And as a bonus, they REALLY complete the look of the build. =)
With the amount of fans you have you could probably just strap on a power supply and ride your machine like a hoverboard. ;D
Thank you! Yea, I'm not gonna lie, I saw the case online and liked the look, and a friend who saw the picture said "You just want to build GLaDOS don't you?", lol. Then I remembered I had the turret plush, and it was clear I needed to use this case. ;)
Couple questions: So I think I'm going to add a couple of matching 140nm Noctua A14's (iPPC 2000RPM with white corners, of course) to front for intake. Good idea? Larger/better fans should allow for better airflow at lower RPMs?
And if so, should I move the stock fans up to the top as intake? Given already low fan curve that will be set to have silent running 2000RPM front intakes, the stock fans will be VERY quiet at a very low RPM. Should I bother with this, and if so, intake or exhaust?
Fantastic. I didn't think I would care about ultra wide. Now I get why people have them :D I also think the 100Hz refresh is probably ideal, as I dont realistically think we'll have a single GPU option that could do 144+ FPS for new games on ultra settings for a bit, while 100 FPS is doable.
Good thought, and I actually had tried that exact config. While it makes sense to get fresh air running over the GPU, there were a few unique issues with that arrangement.
From a pure "build planning" standpoint, I would have to replace the front intake fans with matching fans with a higher static pressure (which, combined with the fact that they are closer to my ears now, comes with a slight noise sacrifice). When I had tried that config, the VRM temps were higher since it was basically sucking in all the hot air from the radiator placed at the lower intake, which I wasn't too comfortable with. I also figured that at that point, if I'm already going to be recirculating the air inside the case and my goal was silence and performance, an AIB air cooled card would do effectively the same job, with the added bonus of having a 0 db fan mode when idle. In fact, main concern with AIB air in this case would be fan noise from the GPU: there isn't much space between the card and the shroud, and the space below the shroud is a PSU and a nest of cables. Any other silent freak Manta owners able to chime in on GPU fan noise? :) if this pump whirring doesn't go away with the replacement, I might be forced to go with an air option for the GPU...but I hate noise so I really don't know of that would be a good move.
As for temps (tested with Unigen Heaven) the GPU (with an equally quiet radiator fan RPM config) was only about 5-7 degrees cooler, which is good, but at my current measurement of 60 degrees under load I still have 20 degrees of headroom before hitting the 80 degree throttling point the 1080s have, so it doesn't make a huge difference. Also, CPU temps aren't typically that crazy compared to GPU.
And for CPU temps, I don't have any data for that since at the time I was still testing a Kraken X62 (top pull exhaust setup). But due to hot air rising, I would think that it might actually raise CPU temps?
I figure: heat has gotta go somewhere, so I tried to balance it with cold in, warmer temps as it passes, and then hottest point at exit? Always open to optimizing if community consensus is to switch things around through. :)
Blessing and a curse situation: the motherboard is largely black and red, so by the heatsink covering it, it doesn't lock me into having red as the accent color,
I was planning an almost identical build as you. My only concern was pump clicking noise being annoying, and I've noticed that I get some fan resonance/humming from the top mounted fans (I tried an X61, which is a 280mm). Did you get any fan hum, and how is pump noise? Thanks!