The Silverstone TJ08 Build

Jan
8

I thought I would post a quick blog up to show how I have gone about building up my Silverstone TJ08-E and what kind of issues you run into with a Socket 2011 board.  I have a bit of a thing for cases and my attic space is filled with cases ranging from the Cooler Master ATC 210B to the gorgeous (but an ass to work) Lian-Li PC-777B.  I do have to say though, the Silverstone TJ08-E  is one of the best cases I have ever owned, but it does have a few niggles.

Today, I decided to fit an additional SSD into the case – the rapid OCZ Vertex 4!  So I took my PC into the dining room and dismantled it, then documented putting it back together. I thought I would post up the ‘abridged’ version here for any potential purchasers to see.

Firstly I took a picture of my PC building kit, I have basically collected the various screws and bits and bobs over time, which I now have in a Stanley Tool case.

Going into the case are my original components. These are as follows:

  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage Gene IV
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K
  • RAM: 32GB 4x8GB Corsair Vengeance
  • GPU: Asus GTX680
  • HDD: 2 x 512GB OCZ Vertex 4 / 1 x 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 / 2 x Samsung F4 2TB
  • PSU: Silverstone Strider ST1000 1000w Fully Modular

   

      
One of the things I did last time I built this rig was to ghetto mount an SSD behind the motherboard tray using screws through the grate at the top. This was all fine and dandy until it came to the point when I wanted to change the SSD over from a 60GB to a 120GB. I had to totally remove the motherboard in order to change it over. To get round this problem I attached the SSD to a tray which I then stuck onto the reverse of the motherboard tray with Scotch double-sided sticky tabs.

  
  

Now I have come across two big issues when using the components that I have chosen. The Socket 2011 M-ATX boards have a 2 x 2 memory configuration, meaning that you have 2 sticks of ram one side of the motherboard and 2 sticks the other. The trouble with this particular chipset in this case is that if you have RAM in the side furthest from the I/O panel you CANNOT use the HDD caddy, it just will not fit.

If you are using a pre-built water cooler such as the H80, then you will also get the fan housing pushing (gently) against the RAM that is closest to the I/O panel. The position of the RAM slots on 2011 boards is just ‘slightly’ inconvenient.

The other thing to remember when building this case is that if you are going to be making use of the 2 front 5 1/4″ Bays at the front you will NEED to get a 150mm depth PSU. A 160mm would be excruciatingly tight. Even with a 150mm depth (totally modular) PSU I am struggling for space!

I placed the 2 OCZ Vertex 4’s in the front 3.5″ bay using the base of the HDD caddy. I screwed one into the lower section and then used some more scotch pads to mount the second one.

Next was the GPU, which could really do with the caddy in to give it a teeny tiny bit of support. It does sag every so slightly at the end nearest the front.

  

Cabling in this case is a mission and I WISH that I could do what I have seen people over on the Overclock.net forum do (check it out if you wish to see some truly astonishing  cable management).

However I did the best I could in the time I had, the front I/O board does have some really thick, not very bendable wires that I can’t seem to find a neat way of using.

In order to use my 3.5 ” HDD I purchased 2 Hot Swap (Trayless) bays to go in the top of the case, these have proved a bit of a godsend, although putting them in has made cable management REALLY difficult.

  

So there you have it… My little build and rundown of the case with a 2011 Socket board. Would I recommend this case???? In a heartbeat. I love it! But with a 2011 board it is a slight pig to use.

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