I want to throw some key things into how to maximize this GPU, as I was not satisfied for quite awhile till I found everything out that was needed.
First lets talk about the parts I Used.
The first thing, You need a good chassis big enough to hold everything in.
So Work with what I got, and get it to be as good as possible is what I stuck with, So at first I used the Chaser A41 from Thermaltake, which did not work for what I needed as my CPU also used a AIO CPU Cooler bringing harder mounting positions into the game.
Finding proper mounting positions to fit both my Motherboard Layout, and Radiator location layouts was actually quite hard
The Fractal case had a extra set of mounting holes for a radiator if you used dual 120mm radiators (Not a 240mm) with a motherboard that also had high memory, or your 8pin EPS connector would get in the way, as this case gave me options for a few more things, as I needed more cable management, also easier hand room to play around in the chassis with.
Regarding the Chaser A41 from Thermaltake,I had to use weird positioning and actually put massive amounts of stress onto the PSU Cables within this chassis. It still ended up not being efficient for my needs as the chassis has to sit on the floor, as both exhaust and intake, the GPU temps were not hitting where they needed to be.
So I wanted to show you just quickly some pictures of that system.
So, I got rid of this chassis, used it for my Testdrive rig which I later gave to my friend, and took the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 as the chassis I needed.
I noticed how much easier this case was to work with for my build, As it had removable drive bays, a little more room, and also more mounting positions.
So here’s the rig that went into it for those who are curious for my friend.
Now moving onto the Fractal Case…
At first, I tried it as the following pic below.
As the CPU Cooler would not fit up top still for some reason, and working with it for awhile over the past few days, It was where I wanted it to be sort of, regarding how everything should be. Temps are fine, Cable management seemed alright, Had everything fitting snugly, but I knew… I can squeeze a little more performance out of it and make it look cleaner.
Wanting to get more intakes in this to keep the ambient temp inside the chassis lower, and therefor cooling the radiators down a bit better, keeping the coolant in the tubing a smidge lower…
Working from where I left off, I tried the top again, wondering why is it stopping to where I can’t install the CPU cooler on the top? Turns out, I forgot about the Seidon cooler which has a “refill port” it was hitting the side of the 5.25″ drive bays structure, preventing mounting, so all I had to do was turn it around and do a 180, I was able to mount it on top again.
This then allowed me to put the R9-295×2 onto the rear of the chassis as a exhaust as the cpu cooler was on top as a exhaust with another fan acting as one as well.
I then got that Intake I wanted all from the bottom and the front of the chassis while everything in back was exhaust.
Things I did while doing this was add in Coolermaster Excalibur Fans into the chassis.
For this type of build in a mid tower chassis, you do need Push/Pull Personally with a good static pressure fans, As it will heat up and down-clock from hitting its limit at 75c, Hence why I explained everything so far.
I did not rest until CPU and GPU stayed at good stable temps under Prime95 for CPU and Furmark for GPU.
Over the course of this build it was quite hectic, As I know the asetek coolers can perform Great still if the radiator is on the bottom, not having the airflow in the chassis to move it all correctly, can hurt you hard. Not to mention, If your ambient temperature in the chassis is warm, so will your components with CLC’s or Custom Cooling, and this being on the floor of a chassis, having it as a intake I had stable temps but higher than I would have liked, and if I exhausted when it was on the bottom in the Chaser A41 It wasn’t going anywhere because of my carpet.
Most problems I faced was because it was inside of a Mid Tower, You limit alot of your airflow on big components like these, and finding a chassis that can do everything you need it to support and allow will be a journey.
Hope this will help someone down the line regarding similar parts or builds as I enjoy talking about where problems were found.
Thanks for reading, and if you have a question, Please feel free to ask.