Hey, i've been a little busy these days.
The only thing that i would have done different is the orientation of the PSU, there is no reason to place it downwards if no fans are going to move air from it, on most seasonic fanless, the manufacturer recommends the holes on top to aid the cooling of the PSU by the hot air rising, so i would turn the PSU 180.
Thank you very much for this idea. I am aware about air convection but i did not take the PSU into consideration. So, i turned it 180 degrees but i encountered two problems:
1. The PSU is not fully modular so the 24-pin ATX cable, the 8-pin CPU cable and one PCI-E cable were on the opposite side of the cutout hole of the case causing a cable mess. I've attached a photo.
2. The inside of the PSU is very unaesthetic.
Because under load the PSU radiator is cold, i left it the way it was. Thank you again for the input.
is the bottom intake blocked off, open, or does it have a fan as well?
The bottom intake has a 120mm Fractal Design R2 fan. On top is a 140mm Fractal Design fan. I've attached a photo.
You really need a bit more room around the HDD for suspension to work well. the way you have it is not enough cord between the drive and the cage to isolate vibrations. suspend it on its edge in the HDD rack, or put it horizontal in a 5.25" bay. (- or just go SSD like you want.)
I know the suspension is tight but it doesn't get through any vibrations whatsoever. I can't wait for that SSD
How about a mini-review on the Core 3000 case? Why this case rather than the newer (and cheaper) 3500?
What temps are you seeing while playing GTA V?
It's a solid case but has two major flaws:
1. Doesn't have a cutout for the 8-pin CPU power cord.
2. Just 1 cm gap between the backplate and the back panel so there is very limited room for cable management. I've attached a photo.
The GTA V temps vary with the outside temp and the controller voltage, but the maximum i've seen are 65 degrees for the GPU and about 45 degrees for the CPU, with the fans @800-900 rpm. I'll have a closer look and get back.
I've made some modifications: I moved the SSD on top, above the DVD-player and i've connected the two intake fans to one controller channel with a 3-pin fan splitter. Now i have the intake control on one channel/knob and the exhaust on the second channel/knob. The cables are a little bit of a mess because i need a longer SATA signal cable for the SSD. After i get that i'll work on all the cables.