So Good Morning and Hello to all my fellow RoG'ers!
So I am building a System with these components. (listed below)
CASE- COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000
PWR- ANTEC 750W
MOBO- ASUS Crosshair V
SINK- CORSAIR H100
CPU- AMD FX8150
RAM- CORSAIR DOMINATOR 2133 8GB
GPU- (2) ASUS 7970
HDD- 3TB/WD/CAVIAR + (2)1TB/RAPTOR
SSD- (OCZ) AGILITY 2 90GB(x2) + 240GB AGILITY 3
I have several plans for this build, heavy modding included.
Taking notes of what has been done with the case including new techniques to improve it's efficiency in cooling, I have decided to do some of these modifications to update my case.
I also plan on upgrading the Power Supply as I get the new drives in and the secondary 7970 in the system.
Now I know and understand I could just dish out the money to just upgrade to a newer case that has a lot of great features, after all USB3.0 and T-Bolt Ports on top of your case seem like a great idea, but this is my baby and I want to update it to my hearts content.
First plans are to Modify the Top Exhaust
Cut out about 1/4 inch around the existing exhaust and outfit the area with a new pressed steel piece designed to fit the H100 I am putting into the case. At this moment after trying to mount it, I am left with gaps around it as well as only being able to mount it using 4 screws. There aren't any issues with that except the gaps which are hindering the performance of the overall cooling.
I am also looking into having the port holes cut out for better cable management of the CPU pin connectors at the top as well as have added slots for the ATX motherboard. I am currently taking measurements of this and working with a machine shop to have the edging match that of the newer Cosmos 2.
I also plan on drilling out the rivets, taking the interior of the case apart and having a local shop here Powder Coat it in a Low Gloss Finish. The Handles and the Door Panels will also be Powder Coated and the Remainder of the case will receive a High Gloss House of Colour "Grabber Orange" Coat of Paint.
As far as helping the interior Match a bit, throughout time I will Anodize the Heatsinks in Orange for the DOMINATOR's, and also the Crosshair V. For the exhaust fans I will be utilizing the Cougar Black/Orange Fans, from which I have heard/read great reviews.
I am also looking to Utilize the Grommets for the Port holes mentioned above, hopefully CM can help me with this. And I need the communities help in looking for a Grommet that will fit the rather large openings it currently has for cable management.
Another thing at the top of my head was to look into the structure and possible modding of the USB interface at the top of my case to allow for USB 3.0
The second information I needed was to help with the RAID setup for the system.
I am currently thinking that this
7 - 6Gb/s SATA Connections
Windows OS, Beta Games, Adobe Master Collection and Other Applications - OCZ Agility 3 240GB
Music, Drop Box and Work Folder (Large Adobe Files [Sound, Video, Imagery]) - WD RAPTOR 1TB x2
Steam Games, Wow Main Client, Other Large Capacity Games - OCZ Agility 2 90GB x2
[1st Disk - Movies, Shows, Photos][2nd Disk - Backup Music, Games Files, Work Files] WD 3TB Caviar Black 64MB Cache x2
type of configuration will work for my purposes.
What I want to know of this,
Is it possible to have two different RAID 0's on this board?
- If not, then I will replace the Agility 2's for a Large 240 Agility 3
Is this an optimal setup for my usage?
- Since I do it all from this computer I want to make sure it can handle anything I throw at it for quite some time.
I think the storage upgrade is definitely a great idea as well as upgrading to the 8 core Bulldozer (I plan to upgrade as the newer AMD Procs come out and sell the older proc to keep the system as up-to-date as possible.)
Things I'm using the computer for are
- Gaming (CoD, L4D2, Crysis 2, WoW, SC2)
- Light Server Duty (Feeding Movies/Music to my Network for use in the bedroom.)
- Video Editing (After Effects)
- Audio Editing (Pro Tools HD)
- Word Processing (like it matters... lol)
I appreciate all the help and comments/suggestions and opinions I will be receiving (hopefully!)