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Old 07-30-2019, 11:21 PM
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Big Grin Corsair Obsidian 500d SE RGB Build Log

Howdy,

About 5 months ago, I had decided that it was time to stop gaming off of my laptop. I play WoW and EvE online (I guess I am partial to games referred to in camel case). I wanted a machine that could achieve decent framerates without destroying my wallet in the process. Here was the initial setup:

Initial Build
Corsair Obsidian 500d SE RGB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming WiFi 5 x470
AMD Ryzen 2700
Corsair Vengeance Pro 3200 16GB
Corsair CM650x Power Supply
Corsair H100i RGB Platinum Pro AIO
EVGA Nvidia 1070 XC Black
480 GB SSD and Western Digital Blue 1TB HD
Corsair RGB Lighting Strip Expansion Kit

Came out looking like this:
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:45 PM
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Default First design changes

Turns out I had made a few mistakes with that first build, as well as some compromises in performance that turned out to be more annoying that I was willing to live with.

First mistake I made was that I installed the push fans on my push-pull config for the AIO backwards. Basically, the front fans were pushing into air through the radiator and the "pulling" fans were also set up to push into the radiator. That did not help my CPU temps. Those changes were quickly made to correct me not paying attention to which way the arrows on the fan went.

Second issue was that I didn't fully populate all the memory slots. Did I truly need 32GB of RAM, probably not, but having all 4 memory slots populated did make the build look complete.

Corrected Push-Pull on the AIO is here:



With a better overall image here:

Last edited by usna92; 07-30-2019 at 11:46 PM. Reason: Corrected photos
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:54 PM
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Default Version 3.0 Update

I lived with the system as is for about a month, before I decided that I needed a bit more oomf in the video card department. The EVGA 1070 was nice, but I wanted something a little more modern. I ended up going with a EVGA 2070 XC Gaming RGB (two months before the AMD-Nvidia graphics card wars) and before the release of the 2070 Supers. Anyway, I went that route because I have two large GSync gaming monitors and I didn't have quite the budget for 2080Ti. It hit the right price points so that is where I ended up:

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Old 07-31-2019, 12:29 AM
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Default Version 4.0 Update

Here's where we are with the changes so far:

Corsair Obsidian 500d SE RGB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming WiFi 5 x470
AMD Ryzen 2700
Corsair Vengeance Pro 3200 32GB
Corsair CM650x Power Supply
Corsair H100i RGB Platinum Pro AIO
EVGA Nvidia 2070 XC Gaming RGB
480 GB SSD and Western Digital Blue 1TB HD
Corsair RGB Lighting Strip Expansion Kit

But....I couldn't really leave things alone. I don't have a sports car anymore, but I can tinker with this...

Anyway, I decided that with the increased heat in the case from the EVGA 2070 that I wanted to provide more cooling to the CPU and provide increased ambient case airflow. I thought the best way to do that would be moving up to a H115i Platinum AIO, which allowed me to go to LL140 fans which move more air at slower speeds, which let me run a little cooler overall. In the stock 500d SE case, this would require reshuffle of my fan-radiator setup. This would require that I put the AIO in the top of the case with the LL140 fans, but would open up intake airflow in the front of the case.

Additionally, I wasn't happy with my storage situation. I was using the AMD fusion storage system that melded my hacked together SSD and my 1TB drive into a hybrid system. This was ok to get me up and running, but as I used the system more, I noticed I was lagging a bit at load times. I opted for a Crucial P1 1TB NVME m.2 drive.

Finally, I added an additional LL120 to sit on top of the power supply enclosure to add additional exhaust right below the GPU. This actually seemed to improve GPU temperatures when I put some stress on the GPU. I checked the temps on the power supply and there was no increase in power supply temps. My power supply was inverted and exhausted directly to the bottom of the case.

So this was the resulting configuration:
Corsair Obsidian 500d SE RGB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming WiFi 5 x470
AMD Ryzen 2700
Corsair Vengeance Pro 3200 32GB
Corsair CM650x Power Supply
Corsair H115i RGB Platinum Pro AIO
EVGA Nvidia 2070 XC Gaming RGB
Crucial P1 1TB NVME m.2 SSD
Corsair RGB Lighting Strip Expansion Kit

Setup below:
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Old 07-31-2019, 12:51 AM
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Good Build log/info buddy :).. keep em coming

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Old 07-31-2019, 12:53 AM
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Default Version 5.0

Yea, really, version 5.0.

Anyway, I wasn't really happy with the AIO in the top of the case. I felt like heat rises and I was worried I was just creating a pocket of hot air in the top of the case. It was probably more my imagination than anything else, but I wanted to go back to a push-pull arrangement, which doesn't work in the top of the case.

After talking with Zotty and other builders, I decided to switch the trays in my 500d. I put the front tray in the top and top tray in the front. This configuration does work, but has some ascetic flaws that we will get to.

I also decided I needed some more storage and added a second P1 SSD.

Newegg had a steal of a sale on power supplies around here as well. I picked up a Corsair HX850i for about 50% off, so in the build it went. Along with some CableMod Red/Black type 3 cables. This will allow future expansion with Ryzen 3000 series processors when I decided to upgrade.

Configuration now:
Corsair Obsidian 500d SE RGB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming WiFi 5 x470
AMD Ryzen 2700
Corsair Vengeance Pro 3200 32GB
Corsair HX850i Power Supply
Corsair H115i RGB Platinum Pro AIO
EVGA Nvidia 2070 XC Gaming RGB
Crucial P1 1TB NVME m.2 SSD x2
Corsair RGB Lighting Strip Expansion Kit



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Old 07-31-2019, 01:14 AM
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Default Version 6.0

I know what you are thinking by now, when does this guy have enough time to play any games....anyway Version 6.0.

I mention that there was an ascetic issue with just swapping the stock trays in the 500d SE. it turns out the top tray supports LL140 fans, but because of the way the tray is cut, it obscures part of the LL140 fans when viewed from the front of the case. It was not a good look and I felt a little stymied by the development. But then Zotty came to the rescue again. He mentioned that the 570x and the 500d trays are the same. He also said there was this company in Europe that was custom cutting fan trays for 570x cases. Well say no more. A quick set of emails with ColdZero. The tray arrived. It's thicker than the stock tray, but it is very strong and made out of 3mm Plexiglass. This allowed me to go to LL140 fans in the top of the case, as well as, push-pull in the front of the case. I also upgraded my extra exhaust fan to a LL140 as well.

I also added a second set of RGB strips at this point for the interior of the case as well as some around my monitors.

Corsair Obsidian 500d SE RGB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming WiFi 5 x470
AMD Ryzen 2700
Corsair Vengeance Pro 3200 32GB
Corsair HX850i Power Supply
Corsair H115i RGB Platinum Pro AIO
EVGA Nvidia 2070 XC Gaming RGB
Crucial P1 1TB NVME m.2 SSD x2
Corsair RGB Lighting Strip Expansion Kit x2
ColdZero Custom Fan tray



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Old 07-31-2019, 01:38 AM
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Default Version 7.0

You thought I was done...

Anyway, I hadn't messed with anything for about two weeks, but Amazon decided to be my downfall. RGB Kits dropped to like $29.00 for 24 hours. I was already running 8 strips. Why not go for killer RGBz. I added two more RGB strip kits, for a total of 16 strips, but where to put them. I want to put some in the top of my case, but the opening in the 500d at the top is a little too narrow at stock height to get an RGB strip in there. I took the top of the case off, added longer screws and added a spacer to add more height between the top plate and the top of the case. I also added 6 strips to the back of my monitors, and two strips in the bottom of the case. You can't add more than 6 strips on one lighting channel, so I needed to add an additional lighting node pro to so that I could light this beast.

So my current state is this (with all the controllers added):
Corsair Obsidian 500d SE RGB
Gigabyte Aorus Gaming WiFi 5 x470
AMD Ryzen 2700
Corsair Vengeance Pro 3200 32GB
Corsair HX850i Power Supply
Corsair H115i RGB Platinum Pro AIO
EVGA Nvidia 2070 XC Gaming RGB
Crucial P1 1TB NVME m.2 SSD x2
Corsair RGB Lighting Strip Expansion Kit x4
ColdZero Custom Fan tray
Corsair Commander Pro
Corsair Lighting Node Pro
Corsair RGB Hub



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Old 08-01-2019, 01:56 PM
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/Killer, I am planning to get a similar setup. I have a 500 D SE ready, but I really want all LL fans in black. Sadly the AIO seems to be white. Strictly from aesthetics does it look good overall mixing LL and ML fans?
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Old 08-01-2019, 11:22 PM
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My AIO was only showing white fans because of the iCue profile. They are all LL140s except for the LL120 in the read. I have never actually used the ML Fans. You can replace the ML fans, but you might end up spinning them a little faster at max cooling.
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