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Here is my recent YouTube video that I have uploaded on this build. Just know that there will be another one sometime next week with the 8700 K processor and a GTX 1080 TI. Also the 8700 K will have a noctua cooler to keep it cool.

https://youtu.be/vMXoRr3zyxw

I mainly use this machine for gaming. In the future, i will be upgrading this pc on both the cpu and gpu. Once the next gen GTX releases, that will be the main go to card. The current GPU i have isn't mine. I am currently borrowing it in the meantime since my friend was nice enough to let me use it as long it's used for gaming and simple tasks. Cpu is currently OC 5.0ghz at 1.352v. Will change once cpu is upgraded.

I also do plan on delidding the core i7-8700k once i get it soon and update this list thoroughly. This case was finally released and it does support liquid cooling AIO as long its 120mm. I got my hands on the new Corsair H60 (2018) AIO and i can verify it fits just fine with no issues. Although i replaced the sp120 fan with my ML120 Pro RGB fan for better looks and performance. The fans i have here are all Corsair ML120 Pro RGB (4x). Great choice and i believe to be best used in this case since Inwin A1 has a tempered side glass panel that can be easily removed with the 2 knobs. Sadly the H60 cooler isn't rgb since it only has white leds. The only exhaust fan is used on the radiator pushing air out from in. The other 3 are intakes. Also one to note is that the intake fan in the rear (behind my megaman amiibo) has a custom cut mesh to prevent dust from getting inside. Since the weird cutout from the rear panel has alot of open vents but easily brings dust. So putting a mesh will help keep dust out and easily maintainable.

The motherboard is kinda eh. It would be best used in a smaller case like Dan A4 SFX since it only has a cpu_fan and sys_fan port. I had to use a 4 way pwm fan splitter and not hub (will explain why in a bit) to connect all 4 fans into sys_fan port. The cpu_fan port is being used by H60 AIO pump. I would rather aim for Asus ROG z370i since it has multiple fan ports AND a dedicated AIO pump header. Reason why i went with MSI because it is RGB friendly...except for the Mystic Light Software. Its not so much easy to connect the included rgb strip from case into the port. It works ok but not so much great with gskill rgb ram. The fans i got came with the lightning node pro controller and is being controlled by Corsair CUE software for better rgb controlling. So i should have went with ROG z370i since i don't really use the rgb ports on the motherboard from msi.

The gpu is ok in the meantime for 1080p gaming. I recently bought AGON 3440x1440p gsync monitor (refresh) because it has 120hz and 2500:1 contrast. The previous model has 100hz and 2000:1. So i am some what future proofing and i know that i am getting the new GTX 1180/2080 that releases later this year or early next year. I might just get 1080 in the meantime if the next gen releases next year. Inwin A1 case do support full sized GPU as long its a s slot. Some gpu are 2.5 slots so that wont do. I would highly recommend an intake gpu since the fans below it are intake. So more air from the bottom will cool the gpu better.

This case does include a 600w power supply but i might consider replacing it with Corsair SF600w since it is much smaller and gives a slight bit of room around the psu for cable manegement (hiding cables easier). As far for the PSU, the only iffy about it is that it has 3 sata power ports. So i would recomment getting a splitter if using the included psu and have more power connectors. I did this because the AIO uses sata power for the pump, the lightning node pro needs sata power for rgb (takes 2), and if you have 2.5 inch drives, that will also need sata power of course. Other than that, cable management is about 8.5/10 as shown in pics. I managed to get it done and organized it best way i can. It can be done better but i rather not do all the work again. The 4 way pwm fan hub/splitter doesn't need sata power since its just using a sys_fan port. The fans are .219A and 4 of them are below 1A, so its safe. I had a fan hub but it uses a sata power and i only have 5 spots.

Other than that, this case is great! Been waiting for it for months and well worth it. The Qi charging is not being used at the moment since i have a google pixel 2 phone. Hopefully the next gen has wireless charging so i can utilize that feature to recharge as i game on pc. Thermals are great but i will not post any right now until i get the 8700k delided. I have the whole kit and will use liquid metal for the die and considering that new graphite thermal pad between IHS and copper plated H60. I am just deciding whether to just undervolt or overclock.

Feel free to ask questions if not answered through here. I will post a youtube video soon on this build.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 5 points

this is tight, but tight.

+1

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

I like your Mega Man amiibo. +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for rgb goodness

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

nice stuff! putting rgb into such a small space is a wonderful idea +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! did not even know this case had come out and had been keeping an eye out for it. +1

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

god those LLs are gorgeous, tempted to replace my NZXT rgb fans with those.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Ml120

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

u know what i meant ;-)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great with the LL fans

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Ml120 pro rgb

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

*looks great with the ML120 Pro RGB fans :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I like the rgb better on LL over ML. But I like the magnetic levitation feature over LL. Low sound and better performance imo.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the ML fans in plain white glow, and love the performance as well

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

Can I remove the ledge stand? and reduce pc cases size?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are referring to the bottom acrylic stand, no.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build! I first saw this build while researching this case on YouTube. Couldn't pass that up once I saw Mega Man. I am currently researching parts and I was hoping you could help answer a few questions. What made you choose the Corsair H60? Secondly, why did you go with an AIO versus an air cooler (I'm leaning towards AIO myself). Lastly, how is the noise from this case with all those fans? It's a large concern for me as I game in my living room. Thank you in advance.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

The h60 is perfect aio for this particular case for better performance anything below 8600k (i5 and below or 2600x and below). Plus , due to the size of this case and limitations of cpu cooler hieght, you have little choices to pick good CPU cooler based on performance. And the Corsair ml120 pro are really great fans for aio rads and case fans. For this case, I highly recommend them or the ll120 RGB fans based on RGB, or ml120 pro RGB for both rgb and performance. The fans aren't that noticebly loud at all, unless you have them at full rpm.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was actually looking at swapping the rad fan with a Silvertone fan with higher static pressure and lower noise output. Plus i have an Asus Strix Mobo so i was hoping to keep it in the same RGB ecosystem. Do you think there is enough room in this case to do a Push/Pull config?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

There's always a possibility to fit a push and pull configuration radiator. but keep in mind that not all AIO are built the same. And the biggest flaw to point out for that in this particular case is the tubing. Unless you're able to fit that or manage to place it well then you're good. Otherwise you will have a hard time managing the tubing since you will have less room and clearance between the AIO and the radiator being placed.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey can this case support a 3 slot GPU? I have an MSI R9 390 I want to put in there. Also can you put a 240mm Rad at the bottom with fans mounted?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

No and no. You can get away with a 2.5 slot gpu but not 3. And this case only supports 120mm radiator.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I think the card is actually a 2.5 slot card so I might be ok. Either way I just ordered it. I’m thinking about swapping GPU’s anyway so I can get a waterblock. Then I could possibly put a 240 rad under the card.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be a very bad idea considering there won't be enough room for a 240 mm radiator and the GPU. The only way it will work as if the GPU was exhaust and the fans exhausting right below that.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Swapped GPU's to a XFX RX580

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build.

Question: will a fan fit behind the motherboard, rather than inside the case? I'm curious if a custom loop is possible using 2 120 rads. There are some very small rads that may fit in the front 120 mount, the thickness is the only concern.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Only 1 radiator will fit and that's the rear. A side one won't fit. If anything I would consider the upcoming raijintek ophion Evo that supports 240mm radiator. It was spotted at computex with 2 itx versions.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you mind posting pictures of your cable management in the back? I'm building in the same case right now and I'm STRUGGLING getting four Corsair LL120's wired up and everything clean looking. How did you hook all your fans up too just curious?

Edit: Ignore! All the details were in the post + pictures! Thank you!

I am curious why you chose that specific fan orientation, care to elaborate?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Since i no longer have this build, i can still explain what i did. The fans at the bottom and side (behind gpu) were intakes. The only exhaust fan was the one in front of the cpu aio 120mm radiator. I felt it was the proper way for ventilation. As for the Corsair ML120 Pro RGB, i used them because of their features. I felt it would slightly perform a bit better than LL120 rgb. Although i would have liked to use the LL120 rgb for case fans and just use the ml120 pro rgb for pushing air on the radiator.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you change the color of the water block?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

No. But I'm sure with some customisation DIY you can probably do it.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you make the mesh dust filter for the side intake?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I took it from an old case that I had which was the Corsair air 240.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

It's so cute :)

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the H60 cool the CPU while over clocked?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Not so well. I wouldn't recommend this AIO for 8700k overclock. It did well for 8600k well overclock keeping temps around 80c for me.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Corsair water cooler come with thermal paste pre-installed?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but I replaced it with ic graphite thermal pad.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn’t you get a kraken by NZXT. It’s a much better cpu cooler and it’s rgb

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

That’s pretty smart I guess

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

The new cards are RTX, not GTX

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I know. This was uploaded way before any announcement of the RTX series. I already did a new build with the RTX 2080 Duke OC and overclocked to the max air cooled in this case.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Does cooler do RGB

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I just bought this case and put together a pc using the LL120 3-pack as well. I'm having trouble fitting in the fan hub along with the lighting node pro in the back. I noticed you stashed the lighting node and some cables directly behind the PSU. Is this safe? Will the device and psu generate dangerous amounts of heat ever? Yours really looks good not having it in the front though, not gonna lie.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I rerouted the cables and still managed to have a cleaner look.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like the water cooler over a fan cooler?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes in a way. I switched to a nouvolo steck case with stack unit. I can now use a 240mm aio over 120.