Bitfenix Ronin Mid-Tower ATX Build

June 30, 2014 in Cases, Enclosures, Gaming, Guides, Motherboards & Chipsets, PC

 

Water Cooling Kit & Motherboard

Next we go to installing the Corsair H105. We start off by removing the top panel. It’s a bit easier removing this panel then the front panel. Won’t need as much of a firm pull.

As we mentioned earlier the top contains space of 120mm, or 140mm fans so really no problem mounting a radiator no bigger than a dual 280mm. It should be noted that per Bitfenix a Corsair H100, 100i, and 110 can be mounted in a push pull config. Considering the H105 is a thicker rad (272.5mm x 120mm x 38mm vs. 122mm x 275mm x 27mm for the H110, 122mm x 275mm x 27mm for the H100, and 120mm x 275mm x 27mm for the H100i) push pull may not be possible. How true is that? Keep reading.

With the rad installed, we opted to put the fans in a push config as the top just screams add fans on me. Also the top panel allows for plenty of clearance for fans with no interference occurring. We do want to also throw out there since we are showing the interior of the case that there are plenty of cable pass-through.

PS Rad Mounted

We went ahead, and routed the fan cables through an opening located at the top of the case to aid with cable management once we connect the fans to our power supply.

PS Fan on Case

Next mounting the motherboard.

With the guideline etched on the motherboard tray it was pretty much a breeze fitting the board into the Ronin.

First insert the I/O Shield.

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As a general rule of thumb we prefer to install the processor, and RAM onto any motherboard before we pop it into an enclosure. This, to us, just saves time, and makes it easier for us as a whole. With the processor, and RAM in place we just screw in the motherboard stand offs to the case, and utilizing the included motherboard mount adapter bit, we love this thing, secure the board in place. At this point instead of just leaving the block/pump for the Corsair H105 just hanging around we attach it to the board. With the back plate installed first we make sure the block/pump fits correctly onto the processor. Lastly we connect the block’s/pump’s (sheesh we said that a-lot) power cable to the CPU fan header on the motherboard.

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PS Bit II

PS Board Interior

Some would say plug the power cable of the H105 to the PSU. We understand this logic as by doing it this way you are pretty much guaranteed that the pump will continuously be running at its max speed. That is unless your pump has a speed controller built in, and you set it to a lower speed.

Now again, we thoroughly understand this method as the last thing, besides running a pump dry, you want to have is to risk the chance of the pump not getting all the power it can get. However, by connecting the pump directly to the PSU, unless the pump does have a speed controller etc. like we indicated before, you will forgo the ability to control the pump’s speed, and possibly have excess noise. People who really want a quiet (as possible) rig would opt for plugging the pump onto the board. Although with the Corsair H105 noise really isn’t a big factor, as it runs pretty quiet whether connected to the board, or directly to the PSU. So what the heck is our point? You can plug the pump in either of the ways we mentioned, and it should be fine. You could go into the BIOS, and turn the CPU fan speed to 100% if you want to have it pushing at its max. However any flash of the BIOS will require you to reset the speed. Not really a big deal to some, but again either way is fine in our opinion.

Now we mentioned before that since the H105 is a thicker radiator than the H100, H100i, and H110, a push pull config maybe an issue. Well it kind of is. Technically push pull is possible, but in doing so you’ll have the interior fans coming extremely close to the top of the board. It also sits a little closer to the RAM than we would like. Our opinion? If you are going to use a Corsair H105 we suggest going with just a push, or pull config with the fans mounted on the top of the Ronin.

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Next: Build Continued: Power Supply & Drives

 
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