BeQuiet 801 AirFlow Edition

Light1984

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I really fell in love with the looks of the BeQuiet windowed 801 and I especially like how the side panels attach and detach. Only problems I have with the case are the lack of color options (need a white case for that storm trooper look) and the restricted air flow. I know they are going for quiet operation, but there's no reason you can't have air flow and silence. This will be my first build in about 6 years, so maybe this is normal now, but BeQuiet was willing to sell me parts out of their higher end Dark Base. I thought that was pretty interesting so I upgraded the fan controller and IO panel. I will keep this thread updated as I ready this case for ryzen 4000 and Nvidia RTX 3000. Please feel free to leave any constructive criticism.

Mods so far:
  • Switched out fan controller to Dark Base pwm controller with LED headers
  • Switched IO panel to Dark Base unit which includes USB C and the correct header to operate the pwm fan controller
  • Cut vent in top panel for Nemesis NLX420 radiator.
  • Custom Button 3D printed for side panel release mechanism
  • Designed custom grill for top panel, laser cut.
  • Prepping for paint

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Light1984

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Custom button for release mechanism sent off to shapeways. This button was needed to clear the radiator...Maybe should have gone with a 360 instead of trying to stuff a 420 in there, lol.
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Nobu

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Custom button for release mechanism sent off to shapeways. This button was needed to clear the radiator...Maybe should have gone with a 360 instead of trying to stuff a 420 in there, lol.
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Don't feel too bad...didn't realize the inwin 301 only supported 240 rads until after it shipped–it was an antek case I was looking at which supported a 280, but I got reeled in by the pretty colors and sidepanel latch. Going to try to make it work anyway. lol
 

Light1984

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It'll be worth it, something cool about making it work with something not originally intended.
 

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Custom grill mocked up. Fits well, but there is a little warping causing some gaps in-between the screws, will need to tack weld or epoxy I think.
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Light1984

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Cut out 120mm mounting at front to increase 140mm air flow.
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Light1984

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So work continues, priming, painting, clear coat, very tedious. About 75% complete, then see news that BeQuiet is releasing the Silent Base 802 in white which is exactly what I've been building. Awesome...

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Light1984

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So I'm changing the name of this build from the Be Quiet Air Flow edition to the Incredible Value for Your Money build... Since I decided to go with the best value items like two Be Quiet cases, 3090 FTW ultra, 5800X, Asus Dark Hero... Got the Silent Base 802 modified to fit the 420 radiator and got the power supply and a few place holder fans installed. Still waiting on motherboard and some water blocks to come back in stock. Pretty happy with how it turned out. 3D printed buttons work as intended and didn't run into any big issues. Surprising for 2020.

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Good work! I'm actually thinking about getting the Silent Base 802 in white and swap my watercooling loop into it. So I'm interested to see how it works out for you.
 

Light1984

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Good work! I'm actually thinking about getting the Silent Base 802 in white and swap my watercooling loop into it. So I'm interested to see how it works out for you.
So far it's been smooth sailing build wise. Was working on a custom mounting bracket in solidworks to mount the reservoir this evening. Problem is I still don't have a motherboard or gpu block. Could be awhile until I even get to fire this thing up on air let alone water. Pretty bummed with the lack of stock on everything.
 

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Custom mount for reservoir sent off to shapeways. This will hopefully give the reservoir/pump combo the illusion that it is floating a little bit. Thats the idea anyways.

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Light1984

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MB finally came in so I was able to build! Went together without any serious issues. Glad I waited till 2021, for sure would have had issues last year. Not super happy with the Octo fan controller. Since it uses molex the power connector sticks out about an inch. So instead of a clean mount on a SSD tray on the back I had to double stick tape it up top on the radiator. Lame. System runs great, 6069 mc and 630 sc on cinebench r20. And holy shit games.... This is what y'all been talking about. Went from 2700k and 970gtx to 5800x with 3090 with gsync. Unbelievable, so smooth. Now just waiting on water cooling stuff to come in stock.

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