Upgrade Like a PRO

By Chris Stolze, on November 18, 2020

Want a pro-level build? This pro-level builder bundle includes everything you need to future proof your build. Providing more space to install larger, higher performance components and the dual-chamber design of the 680X RGB allows you to move your PSU out of the way for easier cable management and a clear view of your hardware.

Relocate the pre-installed LL120 fans to the top and rear of the case as exhaust fans. This opens the front locations for the H150i PRO XT to be mounted.

Relocate LL120 RGB fans

To determine the direction of airflow, you can look at the fan from the front side. Air would be drawn through and exhausted out the back.

Air intake goes through the front of a fan and exhausts out the back.

To configure your LL120 RGB fans, check out this video where we show you how to use the case’s included Lighting Node PRO.

And if you need help with re-orienting your fans in iCUE for animated lighting effect, check out this video.

With the front fan locations now open, you can install the H150i PRO XT in that spot. Depending on the how you want the airflow for your case, you can position the fans in front or behind the radiator. In either location, be sure to orient the fans so that they push or draw air throw the radiator to help cool it. The ML fans can be plugged into the 4-pin fan connectors that come off the pump head, you won’t have to worry about finding extra PWM fan headers on your motherboard.

We have an installation video for Pro XT coolers to help guide you.

When installing the AX1000, make note of where the power connections are on your motherboard.  The PSU is going to be located directly behind the motherboard, oriented vertically, and the cables will pass through the grommets from the rear chamber to the front. The fully modular design lets you use only the cables that you need.

Rear chamber of a built system

The 8-pin EPS12V is typically in the top corner and you can route this cable so it can connect directly to your motherboard. It helps to route this cable first while you have more room to work in before installing top mounted fans or coolers.

The 24-pin cable can be routed through one of the middle grommets that is closest to your motherboards 24-pin connector.

If your graphics card requires extra power, route the cable through the bottom grommet closest to the PCIe connector on your GPU. We recommend running a dedicated cable per power connector on your graphics card for best performance!

Connect the SATA power connector for your H150i PRO XT as well as the SATA power for your RGB Fan Hub included in the rear chamber.

Do your best to keep all your cables clustered closer to a single column, this makes for cleaner cable organization even with a lot of cables.

You can check out this video on installing a fully modular power supply, just like the AX1000.

And check out this video for some tips on cable management.

And if you are planning to vertical mount your GPU, don’t forget to install your PCIe riser cable as well as removing the two cover plates for the vertical mounting location.

Optional Vertically Mounted GPU

Of course, you don’t want to forget to connect your front IO for the case. The power button, reset button and LED indicators pins are generally located in the bottom right corner of your motherboard. Check your motherboard’s manual for the exact pinout of the header. You can route these cables through the bottom grommet.

Built System with general IO locations marked

For the audio cable, this is generally in the bottom left corner of your motherboard. As always, check your motherboard’s manual to be sure. You can route this cable up through the bottom cutouts.

Your USB 3.0 header is usually at the bottom edge or along the right edge of your motherboard. Route the cable through one of the grommets that aligns with your cable management in the rear chamber.

The USB Type-C connector is generally on the right edge of your motherboard. You may want to consider using a USB 3.0 header adapter for this cable if your motherboard does not have a USB Type-C header.

Make sure your Lighting Node Pro is plugged into a USB 2.0 header on your motherboard, most boards should have at least 1 header. Always check your manual for exact location! Remember that the RGB Fan hub connected to the Lighting Node PRO will only control the lighting of your fans. You’ll want to make sure that you connect your fan PWM cables to appropriate headers on your motherboard (check your manual for header locations) or a fan controller if you have one that you plan to use.

For a general guide to building a PC from start to finish, check out this video!

If you have any questions, please contact our support team or join our community on Reddit, Discord, or the CORSAIR User Forums!


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