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Dual Front Project

by jemss

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6 Comments

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Date Published

Jan. 28, 2018

Date Built

Dec. 15, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

So I got bored over the christmas holidays.

At first I just wanted to upgrade my existing computer but I ended up buying the whole lot.

I wanted a white themed build.

After having bought all the parts I realised those fancy Corsair LL fans at the front would be useless on a Carbide 400C.

Since I didn't want to return any of it I started thinking .... How could I make those fans shining again ?

I went for 2 solutions and decided to let you guys choose which one you like the most in the comments.

Solution1 --> pop holes in the front of the 400C and make it look good. After much fannying about I decided that it wouldnt look good so I started thinking different and...

Solution2 --> fit the 460X front on the 400C case. At first I thought it wouldnt work as they are 2 different cases. But the white version of the 400C share the same fabrication as the 460X so they both mix and match perfectly. You can buy spare front parts of the 460X on the corsair shop. White version of the 460X isn't out there yet so I had to paint it in white.

Then I found a way to make the solution1 look good so I'm left with 2 fronts for this rig and I can't decide which one I want.

Before any of you ask ... I didn't buy the 460X straight away because I only liked the white 400C and didn't like the all glass 460X and it was not available in white anyway (I think it will be soon though, but still)

Part Reviews

CPU

After reading everywhere that i7 only come usefull on heavy tasks, which I nearlly don't do, I decided to go for the i5 instead and saved the 100 quid for other things.

Overclocked to 4.8GHz, it is very stable and doesn't overheat. Perfect little proc for what I needed.

CPU Cooler

First time in liquid cooling that popular cooler is quite the beast. Temperature doesn't go over 60 deg even after long gaming sessions.

It is quite big though and had to scratch head to make it fit in the box. Also was not sure how to position the fans. Hope I did it right.

Motherboard

Went asus/corsair for this build. That mobo does the job, it got wifi and bluetooth and tons of tweaking things for overclocking etc.

It is also on the white side to match the white theme of it.

Memory

Same here, corsair all the way. 16G was enough for what I needed and white/RGB to make the build looks fancy.

Totally useless therefore utterly indispensable.

Storage

Had that SSD from my previous rig. Used it here to save a bit money. Still work perfectly after those years.

Storage

Wanted to try out those new hard drives that plug straight on the mobo. Quite fast and perfect to save space.

Video Card

This is the critical bit. Nearly went for a cheap 1060 but after thinking I said what the hell if I am goint to spend money in that build I might as well do things correctly and got that beast of a GPU. (That did not apply to the CPU though, but it's different)

Assassin's Creed Origins averaging 80 fps on super extra maxi high settings is quite pleasant.

Case

Good match for the white theme of the thing. You can mix and match parts from the 460X if you want to go a little numpty on design.

The case is quite small so make sure to not fit too much in it. The all acrylic door is perfect to admire your shiny little fans.

Power Supply

Again white theme and big numbers if I want to go SLI one day. I'm not sure if a second GPU would fit in.

Case Fan

Fancy fan with fancy RGB. Totally useless therefore utterly indispensable.

Case Fan

Fancy fan with fancy RGB. Totally useless therefore utterly indispensable.

Comes in pack of three with lighting module to control RG side of it.

Monitor

Got that screen from previous machine. Nice all rounder IPS for windows and internet while playing games on the fancy big screen.

Monitor

Here comes the beast that I regretted to buy at first but not after using it.

I was playing Assassin's Creed Origins on a classic 60Hz monitor and frames were really stuttering specially when you capture an eagle point and the scenery turns around the character. Anyway that screen make things super smoothe and it is a real pleasure to play with it.

So question is : yes it is worth the money

Keyboard

I don't like gaming keyboards but discrete stuff. That keyboard is perfect for what I need.

Other

White theme again totally useless...

Sata cables were not in the starter package so had to buy separately.

Other

Same as keyboard and silent to not piss off girlfriend.

Other

Aaaahh the commander pro. Totally useless therefore utterly indispensable. Had to have one of these to make the RGB fans "sing" in sync.

It has a lot of wires so be prepared to be good at cable tidying.

Other

Same here. Totally useless therefore utterly indispensable. Make the computer look nice and shiny.

Other

White power to match the theme. Very easy to install.

Comments Sorted by:

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Corsair fanboy... (grudgingly) +1

SneakierEmperor 3 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

I think both front options look pretty cool, so I would keep both and just cycle them out every once in a while. Nicely done!

Thegreatgnome 1 point 14 months ago

The left option

Bhelios 1 point 14 months ago

Regarding the choice in picture #1... left is right :p

aakins 1 point 10 months ago

+1 For being damn thorough with the description and parts list! I also love the clean, white aesthetic! The case on the left looks dope.

octa-wow 0 points 14 months ago

who doesnt like corsair

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