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  1. Hello all! After a year and change with my V51 Build (photos in V51 Owners Forum), I decided to go big w/ the WP100 chassis. Breaking down the build (as is): Thermaltake WP100 Chassis Intel i7-6800k EVGA x99 Classifed 128GB Corsair Vengeance LPX @3k OCZ 256GB M.2 SSD 4x EVGA Hydro Copper GTX 980 EVGA 4-Way SLI Pro Bridge, Version 2 Toshiba OCZ 256GB M.2 SSD Western Digital 500GB Velociraptor SATA III HD EVGA T2 1600w PSU Thermaltake PR22+D5 w/ Silent Pump/Reservoir 2x Thermaltake RL280 Heat Exchanger 5x Thermaltake Riing RGB 140mm Fans 4x Thermaltake Riing RGB 120mm Fans *NOTE: One of the fans isn't aligned properly & clips the side of the fan case; sounds terrible. Tt RMA inprog. 6x Thermaltake Lumi RGB LED Strips 3x Swiftech 41-65mm Male-to-Male Lok-Seal Fittings 10x Thermaltake Pacific 90-Degree Elbow Fitting 11x Thermaltake Pacific 3/4OD Compression Fittings 2x Thermaltake Pacific 30mm Male-to-Female Fittings In the near future I plan to change things up a bit & add some additional hardware. An Asus Blu-Ray R/W optical drive, a multi.-card reader, a Thermaltake PR2U Pump/Reservoir (when available in the US), a Tt RL360 radiator for up top, and some additional fans. The build was straightforward; lots of little screws, but nothing too difficult. I thought the instruction manual was quite handy & easy to follow. I chose not to install the hard drive racks b/c I don't use that many; and I like the look of the big open chassis. I also need to pick up additional cords/controllers for the Lumi's & Riings fans so I can improve on cable management.
  2. Finished product. Fill & vent went perfectly fine, no leaks at all. Temps holding around 26 degrees Celsius idle, 30-32 Celsius gaming. Incredibly quiet, even with the 6 fans (2x 140mm front, 2x 140mm top, 1x 140mm rear, 1x 140mm PSU, 2x 20mm MB fans) & pump running. Extremely pleased with the end result. The only item that was an unexpected snag was the necessity to disable my CPU fan monitoring in BIOS. The W2 water block is plugged into the CPU fan connection for power, but (obviously) doesn't have RPM data to keep the MB happy. Disabled & done with. Hope you enjoyed the build/change/mod saga! Please leave feedback & ideas!
  3. Hello all! My DIY liquid cooling parts came in Friday, and I've been busily putting things together ever since. First thing was to cut all of the wire-management zip ties, disconnect, and remove as many cables and wires as I could. Then I removed the 2x HDD Cage from the chassis, and moved the hard drives to the right side of the case (cable management area). The tool-less snap-in feature works quite well, but the clearance on the bottom of the lower hard drive is *extremely* tight. There is no access to that SATA/Power connection whatsoever. The upper hard drive is an SSD, and it went in like a champ; no wire guidance issues or tolerance concerns. However, the mounting supports for the P22+D5 Reservoir have a screw that must fit at the lower-right corner of the hard drive cage swap-tray. Since I have my SSD mounted to the other side of the tray, it was no big deal to snap off the lower-right corner of the plastic, and make room for the bracket screw. However, for anyone using a mechanical hard drive, this would not be possible. The RL280 reservoir mounted to the top of the chassis easily. However, the fan screws are a tad short. I understand they're supposed to be tight to minimize vibration; but I'd feel more comfortable if they screwed into the radiator with a bit more room for error. Also, due to space constraints, I had to give up my Corsair Vengeance RAM fan. I have another 280mm radiator for the front mounting location if necessary. I want to check what my heat loading looks like with one before I decide to cram the case with even more gear. Pump mounting feet went in just fine. The vibration mounts are a nice touch, but the location only supports #### down two of the feet. This is mitigated by also having the to reservoir arms attached; and things don't move around even when given a solid shake. To mount the pump I had to give up my optical drive, the bottom dust screen, and my two bottom 120mm intake fans. I may have gone a little nuts with the fittings; but I like the chrome/black look, and wanted to keep my tube bends neat & clean. Once my external power supply (to provide pump power during fill & vent) arrives I'll be able to leak check and ensure proper makeup. Everything feels tight at the moment except for the 90-degree fitting at the intake of the lower GPU; for some reason that one feels tight, and I can see the o-ring is compressed; I just have a funny feeling about it. The random piece of tube on top of my PSU is there to provide structural support for the lower GPU. Swapping from the EVGA ACX 2.0 GPU coolers to the EVGA Hydro Copper water blocks was easy (just follow the directions), the weight doesn't seem distributed evenly. The top GPU seated just fine, hanging where it should, just like before. For whatever reason, the lower GPU appears "crooked", as though the weight of the water block is causing the GPU to bend. It looked this way before & after fittings/tube were attached. So, rather than risk damage, I stuck a piece of excess tube underneath to take some of the weight off of the motherboard/PCI socket. I'll see how it holds up; if anything starts acting funny I'll have to regroup. The W2 CPU water block when in like a champ. In was the most stressful part of the task, since I previously had a Corsair H110 installed. Getting the old cooler out of the way, cleaning up the thermal compound, applying new thermal compound; easily the most stressful part of the task thus far. I swapped out the orange Tt logo for a white one; since it the color will match the EVGA SLI bridge & GPU lights. That's it so far. Once the test power supply arrives I can start filling, leak checking, and (finally) get back into some gaming! As always, I'm open to questions, comments, or concerns. Any advice for a first-timer would be appreciated as well. --- EDITED 2/9/2016 --- ...I put the other 280mm radiator in. The cooling loop now goes Reservoir -> Pump -> Radiator 1 -> Radiator 2 -> CPU -> GPU 1 -> GPU2 -> Reservoir. I also added a pair of cutoff valves to the GPU 2-to-Reservoir line & the pump output. This will allow me to isolate flow at the lowest points to facilitate draining. I also installed a tubing stubby at the top of the reservoir with a pressure relief valve; so that the reservoir won't pull vacuum on itself during cool down (thus unintentionally shattering). The pressure relief fitting came with a separate reservoir, not the pump/reservoir combo kit; not sure if that's oversight, or if I need the thing at all. Want not, waste not.
  4. I was using the Commander FT until recently. I think you can reduce voltage in manual mode to slow the fans down, but I don't think you'll be able to turn them off completely. I'm having my own fan control issues/saga; since I swapped to the RGB Riing series fans...which are only compatible with the three-button RGB Riing controller that comes with them; they aren't compatible with any of the Commander series fan controllers. This wouldn't be bad, except cord length limitations force me to keep the controllers inside the case...where I can't get to them to adjust settings. *shrug* Hopefully this will be addressed in the future.
  5. Most decent motherboards have on-board audio that supports at least 5.1 Surround Sound; there are even a few that have 7.1 & 7.2 support. For someone doing professional audio work, musicians, or audiophiles, it may be worth it to drop another couple hundered dollars for a high end audio card. Most people should be satisfied with on-board though. Its the same mental calculus we play with graphics cards. Ask someone with a GTX 750Ti if they *need* to upgrade to a Titan X, and the answer is usually a technical "no", since a 750Ti will play just about any game with fair graphics settings. At this point the conversation changes from *need* to *WANT*, and the answer changes accordingly.
  6. --- Parts List --- Thermaltake V51 Chassis Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1w/ both motherboard cooling fans installed* Intel Core i7 4790 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1866 DDR3 2x EVGA GTX 980 SC w/ ACX 2.0 & Backplate GPU's & EVGA Pro 2-Way SLI Bridge (Version 2) Corsair AX 1200 PSU Corsair H110 CPU Cooler w/ 2 140mm Fans Corsair Vengeance RAM Cooling Fan Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB Fan Controller** Asus Blue-Ray RE-Writer 256 GB Samsung 850 Pro Solid State Drive (OS Drive) Western Digital Black 4TB 7200 RPM Mechanical Hard Drive (Data Drive) 3x Thermaltake 140mm RGB case fans (two front intake, one rear exhaust) 3x Thermaltake 120mm RGB case fans (two bottom intake, one top exhaust) NZXT White LED Strip*** *The smaller of the two motherboard cooling fans did NOT come with mounting screws from ASUS. Probably overlooked during packaging; it happens. Luckily, the extra screws from the Thermaltake RGB Riing fans were threaded exactly the same (or close enough that I couldn't tell the difference). The only issue was screw length. To address this, I used a pair of insulating rings, and a 10-12 AWG AMP crimp as a standoff. Fits perfectly, and doesn't look shabby. Obviously, would have preferred factory screws, but for want of a nail... **Thermaltake RGB Riing fans are not compatible with the Commander F6 RGB fan controller. Right now it's sole purpose is to serve as temperature probes & a placeholder until a RGB Riing series fan controller becomes available. ***I don't leave this on all the time; its only used when taking pictures of the internals. My internal temperatures when idle stay around 21-27 degrees Celsius (~80 degrees Fahrenheit). During marathon gaming sessions (Heroes Of The Storm, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Total War: Arena, etc.) my temp's have yet to go above 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). Very happy with the thermal performance of this chassis setup. The Thermaltake RGB Riing series fans look great, and are virtually silent. The control hub that comes with them is ok; but I would have liked them to be compatible with a fan controller. As it stands, with cord length limitations, the controllers are mounted inside the case; so I can't change colors or speeds without taking off the viewing window. That's it! Let me know of any thoughts, ideas, or random musings you might have. Looking forward to seeing others builds & mods!
  7. Hi guys! I did a V51 build in 2015, and had a ton of fun with it. For 2016 I'm looking to get into something different, so I'm going smaller with this build in the V1. Since you have already conquered the challenges of the V1, I wanted to run my build guesstimate by you, and see if there is anything that stands out as glaringly incompatible. The only item I *think* may have any sort of clearance issue is the CPU cooler. I've read that the V8 GTS is a space-hogging beast, but I've also read that its performance is worth the space issues. Anyone having issues with the stock case fans? I plan to stick with the 200mm front fan & 2x 80mm rear exhaust fans for the moment. How is heat management with this chassis? I tend to over-cool my PC (My V51 build has 7x case fans, PSU fan, 2x motherboard fans (thanks ASUS), RAM cooling fan (Corsair), and 2x GPU fans, plus closed-loop liquid cooler for CPU); I know its overkill, but I like my under load temp's to stay frosty (highest temp during marathon Payday 2 & HOTS sessions has been 29degC). Please let me know what you think, before I go from building something exciting to breaking something expensive. ​ --- PARTS LIST --- Chassis: Thermaltake V1. Motherboard: EVGA Z170 Stinger. CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K. GPU: EVGA Titan X SC. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 @ 2666. PSU: EVGA T2 850w. CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 GTS. OS Drive: Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 256GB SATA III SSD. Data Drive: Mushkin Enhanced Reactor 1TB SATA III SSD.
  8. Hi guys! After some cable management adjustments, new fans, and swap from the NZXT fan controller to a Thermaltake fan controller, this is my current/final V51 configuration. The only remaining item(s) to swap out are: The Power Supply: I'm going to go from the Corsair 1200AX to the Tt Toughpower DPS G RGB 1250w (provided I can find somebody that has one in stock). --- EDITED 2/4/16 --- The CPU & GPU Cooling: Part order is in, going DIY with Tt PR 22-D5 w/ Silent Kit Pump/Reservoir combo, W2 CPU Waterblock, 2x EVGA GTX 980 Hydro Copper GPU Waterblock(s), T22 Reservoir, 2x RL 280 Radiators, & enough fittings & tubing to re-plumb Flint, Michigan. The fan controller (again): Tt released the Commander F6 RGB controller, which (after some help from Mike Fierheller (AKA: ThermalMike) can be made compatible with Riing RGB fans after a bit of a work-around. The Riing RGB fans are 4-pin fans that connect to the Riing RGB Fan Controller (comes packaged with the fans, supports 3 fans). This mini-controller has a 3-pin power connection. To get the whole setup working, I have three of the 4-pin fans connected to a single mini-controller, and the mini-controller 3-pin power cable connected to the 3-pin fan connector on the Commander F6. Using the dial on the front of the Commander F6 Fan Controller, I can turn up the voltage, and get the fans running. I have some reservations with this setup. While the Commander F6 is designed to push six fans worth of output power, Its supposed to do so down six individually regulated paths. I'm pushing three times the power down a single path; and even though its holding up so far, I'm wary of how long my luck will last. I'm tempted to pull the Commander F6 out of my case, set up a bench, and torture test the thing using 3 RGB Riing fans off each of the six channels; see how many of the 18 fans I can get going, and for how long. So, for now, this is it. Thoughts, musings, ideas for improvement, and comments welcome!
  9. Hello all! Eorlingas, if you look at my picture above, I did exactly what you want to do. I'm only using two drives, a SSD boot drive & mechanical data drive, and had a similar problem. The thumbscrews on the back of the chassis came out with no problem, but the threads on the internal thumbscrews were severely cross threaded, to the point they would free-spin (not go in/out). In the end I had to force them out with a pair of vice grips, which completely stripped the threads off of the thumbscrews. I drilled out the holes & re-threaded them using an electric drill (DeWalt makes a great cordlesss with a rotating handle so it can be held like a traditional drill, or held straight, like a screwdriver) and threading bit, and a set of fresh thumb screws in a slightly larger size. Hopefully you can get yours out with a little elbow grease (and maybe some WD-40 to help things along), but if not, those screws are going to need a bit of tough love.
  10. Swag is nice; but I'd like to aim for something functional. A touchscreen fan controller compatable with the Riing RGB series fans. The simple controllers that come with the fans are ok; but I like having the RPM monitor & manual tuning from the touchscreen control. Also slightly annoyed that the touchscreen controller I already purchased is no longer useful now that I'm using RGB fans. But I digress... I'd also like to see some RAM cooling options; preferably also compatible with a touchscreen fan controller, and with RGB lighting.
  11. Hello all! V51 build-in-progress. Took this photo last night; but I've made a couple of changes today. Waiting a day or two to determine if I want to change things around, or keep it as-is. Current Build: Thermaltake V51 Chassis Asus Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1w/ both motherboard cooling fans installed* Intel Core i7 4790 32GB Corsair Vengeance 1866 DDR3 2x EVGA GTX 980 SC w/ ACX 2.0 & Backplate GPU's & EVGA Pro 2-Way SLI Bridge (Version 2) Corsair AX 1200 PSU Corsair H110 CPU Cooler Corsair Vengeance RAM Cooling Fan (As Shown) NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller (Currently Installed - Thermaltake Touchscreen Fan Controller**) Asus Blue-Ray RE-Writer 256 GB Samsung 850 Pro Solid State Drive (OS Drive) Western Digital Black 4TB 7200 RPM Mechanical Hard Drive (Data Drive) 3x Thermaltake 140mm RGB case fans (two front intake, one rear exhaust) 3x Thermaltake 120mm RGB case fans (two bottom intake, one top exhaust) NZXT White LED Strip*** *The smaller of the two motherboard cooling fans did NOT come with mounting screws from Asus. Probably overlooked during packaging; it happens. Luckily, the extra screws from the Thermaltake RGB fans were threaded exactly the same (or close enough that I couldn't tell the difference). The only issue was screw length. To address this, I used a pair of insulating rings, and a 10-12 AWG AMP crimp as a standoff. Fits perfectly, and doesn't look shabby. Obviously, would have preferred factory screws, but for want of a nail... **Thermaltake RGB fans are not compatible with the touchscreen fan controller. Right now it's sole purpose is to serve as a temperature probe. Honestly, the NZXT Sentry 2 fan controller would serve better at this function (five separate thermal probes instead of the Thermaltake controller's single temperature probe), but the Thermaltake fan controller is more responsive & looks better with my color scheme. ***I don't leave this on all the time; its only used when taking pictures of the internals. My internal temperatures when idle stay around 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit). During marathon gaming sessions (Heroes Of The Storm, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Total War: Arena, etc.) my temp's have yet to go above 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). Very happy with the thermal performance of this chassis setup. My gripe(s), if you can call them that, are few: I would love for the Power button LED to be variable; as much as I love blue, I would prefer green case lighting. However, my OCD won't allow it; if I'm going to have once blue light that I can't change, then they're all going to be blue. The clash between the blue case lighting and my green keyboard, mouse, and headphone lighting (Razer, nat.) ...*twitch*... yeah, it irritates me. The Thermaltake RGB fans look great, and are virtually silent. The control hub that comes with them is ok; but I would have liked them to be compatible with a touchscreen fan controller. As it stands, with cord length limitations, the controllers are mounted inside the case; so I can't change colors or speeds without taking off the viewing window. Another issue isn't strictly chassis-related, but it irks me all the same. I would love to put another set of 140mm fans on my radiator to set up a push/pull configuration across the radiator. Unfortunately the fans won't fit because of the "thermal armor" on the motherboard, and there's a bit of interference from the RAM cooling fan. If the motherboard were mounted a quarter inch lower on the chassis, it would be possible... *music* "You can't always get what you want..." My final gripe is the inability of this case to support two EVGA GTX Hybrid GPU's. I like the idea of liquid cooling my GPU's, but I don't have enough faith in my tube-bending & fitting make-up skill to do a "real" liquid cooling rig. That's why I picked the Corsair self-contained CPU cooler. I saw the closed-loop liquid cooled GPU's and was ready to buy, until I realized that the V51 chassis would only support one of them. The 120mm fan/radiator from a single GPU would fit the rear/exhaust fan location, but putting a second one in for SLI isn't possible; the hoses won't reach far enough to clear the PSU & associated cables; leaving me SOL. I've also rotated the rear exhaust fan so that the power cable doesn't reach across the GPU backplate. Clean & organized is the goal, even if it isn't always reached. That's it! Let me know of any thoughts, ideas, or random musings you might have. Looking forward to seeing others builds & mods!
  12. Nice looking rig(s) guys! Did you have any issues with the Motherboard fans? I use the same MB (Asus Sabertooth Z97 MK1), and of the two Asus-supplied motherboard mini-fans, the smaller one didn't have screws of the proper depth to get it seated. I had to improvise with some fan mounting screws, 10-12 AWG AMP crimps (used as stand offs due to screw length), and washers. It looks decent enough; but I would have preferred factory parts. Was wondering if you had any issues; or if you used the fan at all. Again, nice looking build!
  13. Hello all! Just put the finishing touches on my V51 case build. Very pleased with the end result; but already looking towards the future. Feeling a bit nostalgic for the good ol' days, where horizontal cases were still available. I know, I'm old, and tower cases are "the thing" right now; but I miss having a nice, solid, horizontal case. I greatly appreciate the honeycomb design asthetic of the V-Series cases, and would like to see it in a horizontal. Also, having seen a Red Harbinger Cross-Series desk/case, I'm touched with a bit o' envy...though the Cross has some design issues that I think Thermaltake would be able to address. Using the RH Cross as a frame of reference, here are my two cents on a horizontal/desk design that, were Thermaltake to offer it, would generate "take my money now" enthusiasm. - The angled legs look cool; but I'm all for the stability that two solid, if boring, rectangular legs offer. I do like the cord routing penetrations though. Give it some RGB LED's around a Tt logo for a bit of personalization. - The motherboard & hard drive mounting bay areas look like they suffer from a lack of cooling. I understand the bulkhead between the radiator exhaust area & motherboard/drive area is likely there for structural integrity purposes, but it looks as though it cuts off airflow around the motherboard & drives. From the way it looks, there are intake cutouts on the under-side of the desk, and the six fans on the side are exhaust fans. I would like the option of mounting some fans underneath the motherboard & drive mounts, and providing some airflow cutouts. Have an option of a 5.25 drive bay facing up, as well as facing forward, on the desk surface on both sides. This provides a mounting location for DVD drives, multi-card readers, or fan controllers. (Personally, I would put touchscreen fan controllers facing the desk surface. I always wanted that awesome touchscreen Master Control desk from TRON.) - I feel funny having the liquid cooling reservoirs mounted at the high point. Any leakage is going to spill over & roll down...right into the motherboard area. This looks like a good place to design in a drip catch, maybe have a cutout on either side so that if anything leaks, it will leak into a drip pan (see: keyboard storage area), rather that flood the motherboard/drive area. I do like the look of bulkhead penetrations for the tubing though. May want to provide the option of using bulkhead fittings, or removing the fittings and running tubing straight through. Some people are funny about the number of fittings they use (since each fitting is a potential leakage point), so making them optional would be nice. - With the bulkhead between the motherboard/drive area & the radiator exhaust area, it looks like the radiators don't have a lot of space for cold air intake. Again, this could be fixed by having the honeycomb-style cutouts with filters, and providing additional intake fan mount locations on the underside, as well as the sides. (Those are my personal pet-peeves with the RH Cross series desk case. I could be wrong.) I would love to stuff a Thermaltake-branded desk-style case full of RGB fans, provided they will eventually be compatible with a touchscreen fan controller. Otherwise, it'll be traditional LED fans going to the existing fan controller for tunable fans. Between fans, and an ungodly amount of liquid cooling potential, it would be a #### of a case. Give it variable-height shelves (so I can put my existing V51 somewhere), lots of USB ports (so I can charge my phone/tablet), an integrated headphone rest/storage, and wide enough to support a multi-monitor setup, and I'd be set for a very long time. Thoughts, comments, ironic musings?
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