I love seeing custom PC builds and what people can create. Most of the time what I see are custom water cooled PCs. As much as I enjoy them, I find that maintenance can be and issue and as well as the dangers of liquids being near electronic components. So... this is my attempt at showing that air cooled PCs can look good, even though they don't have fancy liquid flowing though them, hehe.
This is still very much a work in progress, but I still think that things look decent enough to show and hopefully inspire others (if people actually like it :P).
I'm using a Lian Li O-11 Dynamic, and build a custom mount so that the GPU can be mounted next to the motherboard. I remade the motherboard shroud and other bits, however these are just attempts and the final designs aren't done yet.
I have fans blowing air from the bottom of the case to the top, and normally I would say that it gives the case nice airflow, except for the PCI-E extension cable that blocks some of the airflow to the CPU cooler. What I really wanted to do is mount the PCI-E cable on the bottom PCI-E slot and have it wrap around the back to the GPU so that the cable isn't visible. That angle is a bit too tight, and the hole to small, so for now this is my solution.
Even though the GPU is mounted differently, temperatures seem normal so far and the PC is very quite. Only real noise is the coil whine from the GPU when stressed.
**Warning: Still a work in progress**
Things still to-do:
- Find someone to help me create a custom PCI-E 16x extension cable
- Improve GPU mount
- Diffuse GPU LED
- Resign motherboard shroud and bits and pieces
- Finish custom GPU cooling mount and heatsinks
- Shorten GPU fan cables once final GPU cooler is mounted
- Have the case GPU cable extension backplate made out of metal