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Silverstone Temjin TJ10B: Water Cooled with Silence

The Silverstone Temjin Series TJ10B chassis has a very stylish clean look, and to top it off, it is design is excellent for powerful internal water cooling loops with its included radiator support bars.

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Introduction

Silverstone came out with their Temjin Series chassis back a few years ago. One of their successful Temjin chassis’ was the TJ09 which later got upgraded with the help of customers feedback to the Silverstone Temjin Series TJ10. The older high end gaming chassis TJ09 had excellent reputation with Digital Storm as they started using multiple water cooling loops in their systems. However Maingear’s “Ephex” line is using the Silverstone TJ10 chassis for their systems. This brought up lots of attention and made me curious how good could this chassis be? So I decided to give the TJ10 a go and try to implement my own internal water cooling system with the RadSupport09 and with some of the latest hardware on the market. Seeing that the Temjin TJ10 case was built a few years back however, it made me curious if this chassis could keep up with the latest hardware and the current competition on the market.

The Silverstone Temjin TJ10 chassis comes in many different styles. Depending on what the user prefers, some of the most known models are the Black and Silver TJ10, which are named TJ10B and TJ10S respectively. These models come with either a windowed or solid closed side panel. Many of the reviews written in the past have taken a look at the TJ10 with the window side panels and just some of their features, so we here at Bjorn3D, decided to take it one step further and try to build a killer gaming rig from the parts that we gathered over time. To accomplish this, our goals were to have an internal water cooling system that will cool the CPU, but also try to install AcoustiPack Ultimate Soundproofing Kit and AcoustiPack Acoustic Noise Reduction Foam Blocks to fight the annoying noise some of the latest computer systems make.

Today we will be taking a look at the Silverstone Temjin Series TJ10B chassis with a solid side panel. To test this case we will be measuring the overall temperatures of all the hardware installed in this chassis. This will measure how effective the air circulation is in the TJ10. Our second test will be to see how well the AcoustiPack Products provided by AcousticPC will work with the Silverstone TJ10 chassis. Will it help lower the overall noise generated inside the case if it a closed chassis without any windows? And finally what are some advantages and disadvantages with the RadSupport09 that allows us to use internal water cooling systems. Let’s take a look at this chassis.

Thank you for Silverstone and AcousticPC for sponsoring us with the Silverstone TJ10, the Custom Built Water Cooling System, and the AcoustiPack Products!

Features

  • Premium all-aluminum chassis for extended ATX, ATX, SSI motherboards
  • 120mm fan only design for ultimate performance & quietness
  • Unprecedented air duct dedicated for graphics card cooling
  • Advanced structural engineering with superior chassis stiffness
  • User friendly layout with multiple tool-less access
  • Classic SilverStone styling and finish
Remark


TJ10 outfitted with AMD QuadFX platform and 12″ long Leadtek Quadro FX 5600 1.5GB GDDR3 in SLI

     

TJ10 outfitted with AMD FX platform and 12″ long Diamond Radeon HD 2900XTX 1GB GDDR4 (OEM version) in CrossFire

Specifications

Specifications Silverstone Temjin TJ10B
Model Number

SST-TJ10B (black)

SST-TJ10S (silver)

SST-TJ10B-W(black, with window)

SST-TJ10S-W(silver, with window)

Material

Aluminum front panel/door, 2.0mm aluminum body

Motherboard

SSI, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX

Multimedia

Drive Bay

External 5.25″ x 4, 3.5″ x 1

Internal 3.5″ x 6

Cooling System

Front 1x 120mm fan slot

Rear 1x 120mm exhaust fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA

Side 1x 120mm mid-section fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA

Top 2x 120mm fan slots

Expansion Slot

7

Front I/O Port

USB2.0 x 2
IEEE1394 x 1
audio x 1
MIC x 1

Power Supply

1 x Optional standard PS2 (ATX) or 1 x Redundant PS2

Expansion Card

optional (support for 12″ graphics card)

Net Weight

13 kg

Dimension

207 mm (W) x 521 mm (H) x 644 mm (D)

Extra

TJ10 NVIDIA Edition

The Silverstone TJ10 is built from a 2mm thick aluminum. Steel parts are nickel plated SPCC. Even though it is thick enough to keep the whole system intact and sturdy enough to move around and easily put your hardware in it, we fill like the side panels could have been a bit thicker.

One nice thing about the Silverstone TJ10 is it’s very nice refined and straight hair-brushed black surface. It’s very stylish and looks clean and professional.

External

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The Silverstone TJ10 chassis came in an extremely sturdy box. This box is so thick that it is really hard to bend. This makes sure the case does not get damaged during shipping. The boxing itself has lots of pictures of the case and lays down all the features and parts of the case. There is a picture on the back of the box showing each feature of the TJ10.
 

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Right away after taking out the TJ10 from its box, we can see that this chassis was designed for a professional business look instead of going with a gaming look. I personally feel that this looks a lot more professional than other cases trying to create crazy looking designs. After setting up the whole computer system in my room, when my friend came over to talk about a few things, he noticed the new case and told me. “Whoa, you got a new case? It’s so nice, clean and quality looking case!” Well I think he pretty much summed it all up.
 

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These are the two sides of the TJ10 from the back. As you can see they are both identical looking. The only difference on the other models would be that the left side panel would come with a windowed side panel instead of a standard side panel. On these last 4 pictures, we can see the top of the case. These show the large ventilation area where the chassis is designed to blow out the hot air from the internal hardware with two 120mm fans. In case no fans are installed on the top, that is still ok. While it is not as effective, the hot air could escape from the top. We know this from the basic understanding of heat. Heat rises up while cold stays on the bottom.
 

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Here is the right side view of the case, and the front side. On the right side we can see the ventilation holes for the hard drives. This allows great ventilation for the hard drives while also keeping the hard drives separate from the internal hardware. The hole right next to the ventilation holes is the hole where another 120mm fan intakes cool air straight into the chassis itself. The front side of the panel is also very clean looking making this case very professional looking. The TJ09 chassis did not use to have a front door to cover up the 5.25″ drive bays. The TJ10 now has a door which nicely covers up the drive bays. On the front of the case we can also see a large Silverstone logo and 2 buttons. The top large button is the Power Button. The button all the way on the bottom is the reset button. Right under the Power button is the Power LED, and right under the Power LED is the HDD LED.
 

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Finally on the exterior portion of this chassis, we can see the left side of the case which also has a solid standard left side panel. The other model comes with a windowed left side panel. Since we wanted to keep this case looking as clean as possible, we decided to review this model instead of the windowed model. This also allowed us to cover the side panel with AcoustiPack Ultimate PC Soundproofing Kit provided by AcousticPC. The back side of the TJ10 is neatly designed. A few things that quickly come to our eyes is that the power supply gets installed on the bottom of the chassis. There is extra ventilation provided towards the top. This extra space can also be well used up with an internal radiator that you can install with the help of the RadSupport09 that can be ordered separately. In this review we will also take a look at that.

For those that are interested, the 4 bottom feet come with plenty of rubberized areas which makes this case extremely sturdy and hard to knock over on a desk. Also these anti-vibration feet make sure you don’t get any unnecessary vibration from the PC that could make you annoyed.

A back I/O shield plate is not included, which in my opinion was a good choice to leave out due to the fact that all motherboards are different and they all come with their own I/O shield plates anyway. Lower down we can see the 7 expansion slots that come with a ventilated expansion slot covers. This will allow the video cards and any other hot hardware installed in the back of the system to let the hot air out on the back. Right next to the expansion slots we can see a few more ventilation holes included, which can also help in reducing overall heat in the case, however if you are going for a quite PC, these features could actually hurt the overall soundproofing of the system. Two more things to look at are the included 120mm fan on the back of the TJ10 which also comes with a fan grille. This is more expensive to implement however it helps in overall performance of the fan and also helps in lower noise being caused by air hitting unnecessary areas. And finally we see two large 1/2″ water cooling holes which allow the user to install an external water cooling system on this chassis.

Internal

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This is the inside of the Silverstone TJ10B chassis. As you can see the inside is not painted black as you might have seen on the Digital Storm’s TJ09 series PCs. Digital Storm does the paint job on their side which is why Silverstone does not have a black interior model of the TJ10. From the first picture we can clearly see 4x 5.25″ drive bays, 1x 3.5″ drive bay and 6x 3.5″ drive bays for the hard drives. The motherboard tray is also visible but it does not have any hole provided for the CPU cooler’s backplate for easy installation. Hopefully Silverstone’s next models will incorporate the motherboard cutout for easy backplate installation. On the second picture we can see a close-up of the drive bays when the front door is opened. You can also notice the back 120mm fan that is included with this chassis.
 

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Next up we can see a picture of the hard drive bays. They can be easily removed by pushing on two levers on the sides to unlock the drive bays. There are two drive bays that can have a total of 3 hard drives each. That is a total of 6 hard drives in this chassis. The places for all of the hard drives are prepared with custom rubberized slots so the hard drives would not vibrate during operation. Next up on the second picture we see the area where the power supply gets installed. As you can see there is another rubberized section prepared to prevent vibration from the power supply. all these little features add up into one nice case, so they need to be noticed. If you look slightly to the right above the ventilation holes for the power supply, you will notice a black lever. This lever is pretty stiff, and keeps the power supply in place in case you are transferring your case to another location. One little disadvantage about this case is that the area where the power supply gets installed, the ventilation holes on the bottom does not have a dust filter. Seeing if you are going to put the computer on a hard floor or even a carpet, it will suck in plenty of dust eventually. If you are placing your system on a desk, this could still happen even if you keep your desk very tidy. The motherboard tray has been built from very stiff material which means that you will get a sturdy motherboard tray instead of the other flimsy ones that you might have seen in the past.
 

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On the following pictures we can see the top connector panel. This part has 2x USB 2.0 connectors, 1x IEEE 1934 Firewire port, 1x microphone jack, and 1x headphone jack. These connectors get connected straight to the motherboard once the system is set up. One the second image we can see the whole TJ10B from the back with the side panel removed. We can see that all the cables for the top connector panel are hidden in the 5.25″ drive bays. These connectors have to be plugged into the motherboard. You can also see the 120mm fan that is in front of the hard drive bays. We’ll go into more detail about it bellow.
 

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This is the fan we were talking about in the previous section. This is a 120mm fan that blows quite a lot amount of air. This is another part where we noticed a con about the Silverstone TJ10B. This fan does not come with any dust filters. After just using the case for a week we could already see dust being accumulated on the video card and the fins in front of the fans. The air is being sucked in from the hole provided on the front of the case after the hard drive cages. This allows fresh cool air being pushed into the case without blowing the hot air from the hard drives straight to the video cards. This will make sure the video card in the system gets plenty of cool air as well as any other hardware in the PC. We do recommend getting fans for Memories or motherboard coolers since there are no side fans included on the Silverstone TJ10B. This will just make sure the parts that usually get hot get some direct air circulation as well.
 
On the second picture we can see two blank spaces for 2x 120mm fans that can be installed. These cages are very simple to use and allow the fans to be installed without any screws being used. If you are going to use a single radiator water cooling setup in this chassis, it is not required to remove these fan holders. This will just make sure that you can install the fans on the top and mount the radiator right on the fan. In case you are thinking about using a dual radiator (240) then you will need to remove the fan holders by unscrewing a few screws on the sides of the chassis. This will allow you to install the Radiator Support Bars that you can buy with the Silverstone TJ10. One dissadvantage that I have noticed with the RadSupport09 setup is that the radiator gets mounted to the top and the fans get mounted on the bottom of the radiator making it impossible to do a pull setup with the fans. We have tested different setups with water cooling and we found out that air being pulled through the radiator is much more effective than air being pushed through. This is where the RadSupport09 fails where you can only mount the fans to push air through the radiator instead of the pulling.
 

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These are the final two pictures of the chassis itself without any hardware in it. The first picture shows the right side of the chassis without the side panel on. We can see that there is no space included at all for hiding cables behind the motherboard tray. This was a bit disappointing once again due to the fact that most of the new cases allow cable management behind the motherboard tray to hide the cables. Due to the fact that we are also using AcoustiPack Ultimate PC Soundproofing Kit on our side panels, there is no way that cables would fit on behind the motherboard tray.
 
If you are using a motherboard with a large mosfter cooler like the Thermalright mosfet coolers and you are planning on using internal water cooling setup with the RadSupport09, make sure the whole radiator and fans together don’t exceed 6.5cm, which is roughly about 2.56 inches. On the second picture you can see the motherboard tray being removed. All you need to do is remove 5 thumb screws on the back of the chassis to remove the motherboard tray. Other chassis like the Cooler Master ATCS 840 uses screws instead of the thumb screws which makes the Silverstone TJ10B more convenient than the ATCS 840.

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The following two pictures are the included connectors that come with the TJ10. The first picture shows the main connectors for the Power, and Reset switch, and the LED cables for the Power and HDDs. The second picture shows 3 more connectors. One of them is divided into two connectors depending on which one you would like to use with your motherboard. The included cables are USB, IEEE 1934 Firewire, and Audio cables.
 

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And finally this is the last picture in this section. These ar the accessories that come with the Silverstone Temjin TJ10B chassis. The two bars in the middle are the RadSuppor09 bars, which allow you to mount a 240 radiator inside the top of the chassis. This is not included in the standard package, but can be ordered separately. The chassis comes with a manual, and different screws packaged in different zip lock bags.

Hardware Installation

This was the hardware installation process of in the Silverstone TJ10B. As you can see the radiator of the water cooling system has already been installed with the radsupport09 and two Noctua NF-P12 Fans. Cable management is a hard one in this case due to the fact that you cannot hide the cables behind the motherboard tray due to limited space. The motherboard stand-offs are also really short which doesn’t allow the user to hide thicker cables under the motherboard. In this case though we could hide all the radiator fans’ cables under the motherboard and the top connector panel cables under the motherboard because they were thin enough to fit under it. This helped in organizing the cables a bit.
 

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For the Hard drives, it is very difficult to organize the SATA cables while the power cables could be fixed a bit more. Since the standard SATA cables are not long enough in general, it is not long enough to route the cables on the bottom of the case behind the drive bays and also plug it in. This is why we have went from the front. And finally as mentioned before since there are no cable management areas in this case we had to organize the cables differently. I got a few cable ties and cable clips. This just allowed us to ceap everything tied together to not make a mess in the case and also get the cables out of the fan area for good airflow. We would have liked to see some cable management with this case, but maybe in the next models.
 

Installing the water cooling loop

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The following six images including the two above will show the system built 80%. This system is already functional but more acoustic foam will be installed to further lower the overall noise produced by the system. In these images we can see that I have installed a Danger Den Dual-Bay Reservoir in the 5.25″ drive bays. On the second image you can see the Black Ice Xtreme II 240 radiator with 1/2″ ClearFlex Tubing.
 

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 Next up, we have used a Danger Den MC-TDX Intel Socket 1366 CPU Water Block which fit very well in this system. As you can see the fan on the memories gives a bit more air circulation for the memories since there are no side fans on the silverstone TJ10, and I also have a custom Thermalright HR-05/IFX Heat Pipe Chipset Cooler with a 80mm slim SilenX fan. On the second picture where you can see the complete setup, there is a Laing D5-2 Revision 2 Quiet Variable Speed DC Water Pump. This was the basic setup of the whole Silverstone TJ10 system.
 

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Finally just to finish off on how the system water cooling system was put together. I have ordered some 90 and 45 degree Danger Den fittings. This allowed me to make shapt turns without messing with the tubing. I have connected the tubing from the radiator straight to the reservoir in the back and then used a 45 degree fitting to direct the tubing down into the Laing Pump. This is how the system looks once it was closed up and finished. The top device you can see sticking out is the Wireless Network card I use in the front USB.
 

dampening the PC with acoustic foam

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And these are some pictures once all the layers of AcoustiPack Ultimate PC Soundproofing Kit and AcoustiPack PC Case Noise Reduction Foam Blocks were installed. I have installed it everywhere I could find space. One of the best parts I love about the combination of both of these products was that it made my DVD drive completely unaudible. My DVD drive used to be very loud and with this, it is completely silent. After installing all the acoustic foam, the air circulation noise is still heart, however the sound of the fans are not heard anymore. This helps tremendously if you have loud graphics cards inside the case.

Testing methodology

To test this system for Acoustic Noise and temperature, we have used several methods to acquire the information. Since I do not own a device that measures accurately the dBA level of the case, we have came up with another good way to measure the delta of the noise that is being produced by the case. To do this we have taken out our camera (Canon Vixia HV30) and set up a XLR Audio-Technica AT897 shotgun microphone 1 meter away from the case. We have used an XLR converter from Beachtek to make sure the noise being picked up by the camera is clean without any noise.

To acquire the delta measurement for the noise, we have changed the volume settings on the camera to show 0dBA when the system was off. Once the system was turned on, the amount of dBA the noise have went up was measured and recorded. The noise was measured without any of the AcoustiPack Products and then with all the AcoustiPack products installed.

To test for temperature change, we have used built in software to measure the NB, GPU, and CPU temperatures under idle and load. The results were recorded.

Here is the system we have used:

Test Rig
Case Silverstone Temjin Series TJ10B
CPU Intel Core I7 920 Extreme 2.66Ghz @ 3.8Ghz (vcore 1.35v)
Motherboard ASUS P6T SE X58 Motherboard
Ram OCZ DDR3-12800 1600Mhz (7-7-7-18 1.66v) 12GB Kit
CPU Cooler Custom Water Cooling Loop from AcousticPC
Hard Drives

2x Western Digital RAID Edition 3 1TB Hard Drives

2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Hard Drives

Optical Sony DVD R/W
GPU

EVGA GeForce GTS 250 1024MB

Case Fans

2x Noctua NF-P12 120mm Fans - Top on Radiator

1x Silverstone 120mm Fan – Back

1x Silverstone 120mm Fan – Front

1x Noctua NF-P12 120mm Fan – Hard Drives Front

Additional Fans

1x Cool-It Memory Fan Cooler

1x 80mm SilenX Slim Fan

PSU

Sapphire PURE 1250 Watt Modular Power Supply

Mouse Logitech G5
Keyboard Logitech G15

 

Results

Here are the temperatures:

Hardware Temperature (Without AcoustiProducts)
CPU

Idle:  37C        Load: 71C

GPU

Idle:  39C        Load: 72C

NB

Idle:  40C        Load:  48C

Hardware Temperature (With AcoustiProducts)
CPU

Idle:  38C        Load: 72C

GPU

Idle:  39C        Load: 72C

NB

Idle:  41C        Load:  49C

From the temperatures above, it might be interesting to see that even a powerful water cooling system that I have set up in this case seems to bring the CPU temperature up to 72C under load when it was overclocked to 3.8GHz. This is because this Core i7 920 chip is the older revision that produces more heat. The newer edition Core i7 920 processors do not produce as much heat as my Engineering Sample Core i7. So this temperature has to be looked at a bit differently. With a newer Core i7 I could have gotten a few more degrees lower however it’s not far from the actual temperature.

The temperature difference with and without the acoustic foam is very little. Only 1C, which in my opinion is worth in exchange for low noise PCs.

The Acoustic Noise:

Silverstone Temjin TJ10B with AcoustiPack Products – Noise Test (Delta)

With Acoustic Foam (Whole System) :  6dBA

Without Acoustic Foam (Whole System) : 10.5dBA

With Acoustic Foam (DVD Drive Load with Whole System) : 6dBA

Without Acoustic Foam (DVD Drive Load with Whole System) : 15dBA

Overall I am very satisfied with the combination of the Silverstone TJ10 and the AcoustiPack Products. We can still hear some noise coming from the PC due to the hard drives only being covered with a mesh instead of a complete cover, and plenty of holes in the front, top and the back and the bottom where the noise could escape. Even though it did not silence the PC completely, we can see it did help tremendously and it makes HTPC systems or high end systems where low acoustic noise is needed a dream to work with.

So this just concludes that there is a possible way to implement high end coolers with low acoustic PCs!

CONCLUSION

Silverstone laid down one professional chassis for us, the TJ10B which is a great combination of look, style, quality and performance. This chassis has the potential for all the latest hardware except for 2.5″ drives. The extended ATX chassis allows great support for long video cards, making sure even the longest will fit without any problems. The front 120mm fan blows direct cold air straight at the video cards and spreads the air around the chassis. This takes care of the side ventilation since the hard drive is in a different compartment with an additional 120mm fan that can be installed.

While this case blows some of the other cases out of the water, there are some disadvantages that you might not like. The TJ10 does not come with any cable management features which is a bummer because more time has to be put into making sure the system looks neat and tidy and also does not interfere with airflow. Next there is no backplate hole cut out on the motherboard tray, which can come very useful if you change your high end coolers a lot. The side panel feels a bit flimsy but it does the job. We would have like to see a thicker side panel, not only because it is sturdier, but also it helps improve on acoustic noise dampening. Next up there are two more things to explain. One that there are no dust filters installed in this chassis which makes it a hassle to clean the PC when it gets dusty, and two, if you are considering on doing an extreme internal water cooling setup with this chassis, make sure to understand that our tests have shown that it is better to pull air from the radiator instead of pushing air through. With the Silverstone TJ10 and the RadSupport09 you can only push air through and not pull. The only way you could set up a pull setup is by having two single radiators using the fan holders.

Finally we would like to add that we enjoyed working with this case a lot. It made system building very easy and also made it look professional. There is no doubt that this chassis will still be one of the top dogs on the market. I would recommend this chassis for anybody looking for a killer quiet gaming PC, but I would also recommend installing some AcoustiPack Products to dampen the noise and make up for the thinner side panels. I would also recommend this chassis for computer enthusiasts and people looking to build a quiet PC.

OUR VERDICT: Silverstone Temjin Series TJ10B Chassis
Performance 9
Value 8.5
Quality 8.5
Features 9
Innovation 9
We are using a new addition to our scoring system to provide additional feedback beyond a flat score. Please note that the final score isn’t an aggregate average of the new rating system.
Total  9
Pro Cons

Great airflow design for such a closed case.

Excellent Features

Water cooling holes fit large 1/2″ tubing.

Easy setup for Internal Water Cooling loops.

Hard Drives in separate compartment.

Anti-Vibration properties.

Sturdy removable motherboard tray.

Quiet with AcoustiPack Products

Clean, stylish, and professional looking.

No Cable Management holes on motherboard tray, and literarily no space to hide cables.

No dust filters installed which makes it difficult to clean the PC if it gets dusty.

RadSupport09 Fan Push design instead of Pull (Minor Con)

No backplate hole on the motherboard tray.

Expensive for some!

 

Summary: The Silverstone Temjin Series TJ10B chassis kept me interested in designing a very nice looking quiet and also well cooled system for gamers, computer enthusiasts, or even people using this system for their HTPC needs. Not only does it look clean and professional, but it also feels nice and quality compared to other chassis! The Silverstone Temjin TJ10 will receive Bjorn3D’s Golden Award with a 9 out of 10 score!

I would like to thank Silverstone and AcousticPC for providing me with the necessary parts to make this review and project possible!

3 comments

  1. Hi, I’m planning on building a very similar watercooled PC, I wonder if there is any conflict between the motherboard tray metal corner piece and one of the two rad-fan (its the place right above the 6-pin CPU power connection) do you think that I can go with a 47mm thick 240-rad? this is 40mm. Thanks.

    • You might have a problem with 47mm thick rad, but you might be able to get away with it. Depends on how far your fans will attach, because the radiator I used, the fan was actually next to the metal, so it didn’t get in the way at all, so technically I could have made it a push-pull cooler, but you have to keep in mind that the motherboard will come close when dealing with thicker radiators or more fans.

  2. As far as I can tell Mike, it looks like it does. Hopefully it will work out for you.

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