-- Unique AMD Custom Build -- Some Mod & Centrifugal Fans Questions


Dec 18, 2012
So................first off, this build started as upgrading my old computer (I built last year about this time). I quickly realized I needed a bigger case, then came a new mobo, new video cards.........you get the picture. The case I got was too big to fit under my desk anymore with a chair, so it had to go on the desk somewhere.............this is where the fun began.

I have attached pictures along the way to see its transformation
- going to put back acrylic panel as well that is raised the same as the front. It will be smoked glass with 2 exhaust fans as well.
- Do I need a bigger power supply?
- I would also like any ideas on how to mount
- I would love some ideas on how to mount the AeroCool touch 2100 above the fans on the right (behind the acrylic)

*side note* - after visiting my parents over Thanksgiving, I realized how outdated and slow their Dell Dimension Pentium 4, 512mb ram, onboard graphics was. So I rebuilt my old computer and upgraded it a bit and am giving it to them for Christmas. Specs below.........
-AMD FX-4100
-Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler
-16gb ddr3 Patriot Memory 1333mhz
-Asus HD 6870 1GB GHZ Edition x 2 in crossfire
-750 watt Power Supply
-Corsair 120GB SSD Force 3
-1TB 7200rpm WD
-Thermaltake Armor A90 Mid-Tower PC Case
-Lots of fans smile.gif

OK!!!!!!!!!!! Now to my new build and its specs..............................

- Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
- COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
- AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+
- ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (CROSSFIRE)
- ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 (CROSSFIRE)
- Corsair Vengeance Performance Memory modules, 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9
- CORSAIR Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler (upgraded 120mm fans to BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Blue 140mm 90cfm Fans
- RAIDMAX RX-850AE 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Power Supply
- Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3A-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX Internal Hard Drive - 300GB, 3.5", SATA 6GBps, 10000RPM, 32MB (RAID 1)
- Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLHX Internal Hard Drive - 300GB, 3.5", SATA 6GBps, 10000RPM, 32MB (RAID 1)
- WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB Desktop Hard Drive - 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache
- WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB Desktop Hard Drive - 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache
- Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - 4-channel Internal Cable TV Tuner Card for CableCARD
- Samsung UN40EH6000 40" Class LED HDTV - 1080p, 1920 x 1080, 120Hz, 5000000:1 Dynamic, Clear Motion Rate 240, HDMI, USB
- Samsung B2330HD 23" Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor w/ TV Tuner - 70,000:1, 5ms, 1920 x 1080, HDMI, USB

- Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad
- Logitech MX Performance 2.4ghz Dark Shield Mouse
- Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 2.4ghz
- AeroCool Touch-2100 5-Channel 25W Fan Controller w/ USB 3.0
- ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive with Disc Encryption

- 5 x BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Blue 120mm Case Fan - 60cfm
- 6 x BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Blue 140mm Case Fan - 90cfm
- 2 x AeroCool Shark 140mm Black Edition - 100cfm
- 2 x Corsair 120mm Stock Fans - 85cfm
- 1 x Thermaltake TMG SL1 Slot Cooler
- 1 x CM 200mm High Flow Case Fan (on side panel) - 85cfm
- 1 x CM 140mm High Flow Case Fan (side panel H80 exhaust) - 70cfm

Also to follow up my build and where I am going with it............

- Custom laser engraved and carved acrylic mods (with the Baby Blue theme) - my sons nickname is "Baby Blue" in case you wonder where I got the name. Have a Digital laser engraver/cutter at work I can use.

- The side acrylic panel cost $88 - I drilled out all the holes, but Tap Plastics cut the piece to spec and rounded the corners.

- The top of the case is being removed, and I will be expanding the case upwards in the back (keeping the handle). This enclosure will have 2 small exhaust fans shooting straight out to help redirect the other 2 140mm exhaust fans (in top of case), so that the heat does not run back behind the case or down the sides into the intake fans. The custom expansion will be metal and wrapped in carbon fiber. I will also be adding a Silverstone Media Reader in this area (lots of photography SD cards loaded all the time)

- The space above the hard drive fans (far right 2 fans) will be customized to fit my AeroCool Touch 2100 Fan Controller & optical drive. These will be behind the acrylic panel. One might say.........."but that's a pain to access the disk drive"......and I will answer "the one time a year I load a disk, I will gladly remove the panel over cutting through it" (went over a lot of ideas for the access of this, including doors, laptop slimdrives, etc etc).

- ALOT OF YOU will be wondering why the $%#@ I made the acrylic panel so wide on the left. My thought here is to frost or smoke the left 6 1/2 inches (where the normal cutoff is), to hide the wires and external hard drives tucked along the cabinet there. But I quicky realized I needed better air flow out the black and am adding fans along the left instead.

I hope you all like my build, and any and all feedback is appreciated, including constructive criticism smile.gif -

I have questions about centrifugal fans if anyone has used them before, or had success. I need high airflow since its in a cabinet.

And any ideas how to mod the top exhaust are greatly appreciated :) I found something that might work from Lian.
- http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=486&cl_index=2&sc_index=34&ss_index=155 possibly modding 2 of these facing outwards, and enclose them.
- http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=465&cl_index=2&sc_index=34&ss_index=155 - just a basic redirect out the front on top. Easy install, but not high flowing.

I will keep this updated and questions coming.....thank for the help in advance :)

FYI - I am a Chef - I just like to build things




May 7, 2012
Edits all over this bitch:

The power supply is fine wattage wise, but Raidmax is seriously questionable. They don't exactly make quality.

Other than that, it really looks quite nice. I think you should be fine for cooling, I don't see that machine needing anymore fans.

Great job!


Dec 18, 2012


May 7, 2012
That all looks very good! If you want some more light, you could grab some cold cathodes. Also, you could line the backside of your desk with adhesive LED strips, which would make it all come together nice.

Aside from any physical suggestions, I think you should leave the cooling as it is, or maybe mount some exhaust fans on the back of the cabinet (the side you can't see)

While I originally was going to suggest putting them on the left part where the actual exhaust is, I think the fans constantly blowing in your fan would get annoying and mess up the remaining symmetry.