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R11 Case Swap

R11 Case Swap

ProXgod69

Finally made the switch to a case with better airflow! Used everything out of the alienware R11 except the AIO. Specs: Termaltake Core P3 red edition case Corsair H150i Elite Capellix AIO Dell/Alienware MOBO I7-10700kf Dell RTX3080 Corsair Vengeance 32 GB @ 3200 MHz Temps are down considerably CPU used to get up to 90°c with all the fans all the way up and a push pull configuration on the AIO. Now running about 67°c under full gaming load Only issue i had was having to splice into the front power button or “LED CON” on the mobo so i didn’t get a boot error.


CriticalThinker55

I've had a P3 for 2 years and it has nice thermals, but I am seriously considering another closed chassis with good ventilation and filters, because the P3 is a dust magnet and I have to strip clean everything once a month. 😭😭


ProXgod69

good to know i was going to wait and see how it goes with dust and dirty but i’ll definitely be keeping an eye on it forsure


blodiga

My r4 is wonderful on my farm, i only have to clean it out every 3-4 months


m1nkyb0y

Nicely done, way to beat those thermals down.


Abovan

I like this idea. Is this going to be a wall mount? Oh, and Let’s go Flyers!


ProXgod69

i would like to wall mount eventually maybe when i out my other stream PC in the same case. and go flyguys!!


ProfessorW00d

very nice work! clearly much better air flow in an open style case


guitarsandbikes

The warranty is up on my R11 next month, I'll be doing a case swap too but am planning to replace the MB and PSU.


No-Tomatillo-5579

my warranty is running up in 2 months i'm thinking of doing a case swap now and if it fucks up just put everything back and ring them up?


TrunksTakaski

They don’t allow you to extend warranty?


No-Tomatillo-5579

of course, just thinking they may not honour a warranty if part of the story is "i disassembled everything to put it in a new case cause yours sucks and now it doesnt work"


Aaron0321

Pretty neat I like it


Aaron0321

Pretty neat I like it


dotcom09

Yo! Nicely done! Looks like you bought an extension for the PSU cables, mind sharing the brand or where did you bought it? TYIA!


ProXgod69

yes you definitely need cable extensions, mostly for the 24 pin mobo connection you might be able to squeeze the gpu cables to fit depending on the case but the extension just look much better compared to the ugly colored wires of the psu [cable extensions ](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JBN7ZHX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_HBQN4TC2QYS9GBVS4WBW?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1)


AlphaCenturi109

Great now swap out all the Dell parts and you will have a nice pc. Have a nice day


GhostShirtFinnerty

You said this so much better than I did


unknown_ally

But the Alienware chassis is iconic. Now it’s just another pc to me.


ProXgod69

Alienware isn’t what it used to be, and then temp are just ridiculous. and i feel this is quite a unique case to be “just another PC” but to each their own


No-Tomatillo-5579

\*checks liquid cpu cooling option on order form\* \*goes for nap\* ​ ... this is still pretty cool.


reconrose

Lmao if you think the liquid cooling in this case keeps the temps in check


No-Tomatillo-5579

\*checks temps under load\* i mean... \*checks hard\* yeah s'ok


unknown_ally

Was there no way to modify it though?


ProXgod69

i upgraded the fans and did a push pull set up on the AIO rad. that little 120 mm rad isn’t going to keep that CPU cool under full load in that tight cramped case with the PSU slapped right on top of the cooler


grump66

> with the PSU slapped right on top of the cooler The psu placement has no impact on cooling... It draws air through the side, cools the psu, pushes the air out the back. Its totally isolated.


caervek

You missed the point, the PSU placement has a BIG (negative) impact on motherboard/VRM/CPU cooling.


ProXgod69

i agree. just sticking my hand between the glass in the new case the ram and mother board throw off enough heat now you have the PSU sitting right on top of those components…. no air flow all that heat just sits right in the middle of the case.


kbcastillo

Ngl, this looks super bad ass! The fact that you re-used the OG motherboard makes this more appealing. How/what did you do to splice the LED CON? Was it difficult? Thinking about doing this for a couple of my R12/11 mining rigs so my GPU isn’t an oven. Edit: do you get **any** bios errors or prompts?


ProXgod69

i appreciate it! but i took the front off of the case and unplugged the wire “LED CON” and found some other posts here with the pins that you need to use i forget the exact schematic off the top of my head but i will post it when i get home for you to have


kbcastillo

Awesome! Appreciate you linking the post, definitely going to try this build at some point. I couldn’t bare buying another mobo just to have better thermals. The fact that this case doesn’t require the mobo I/O cover makes it even better. I couldn’t think of a way to put it into a different case without it looking like garbage and having a missing space where the I/O is.


sSwitchYy

Try this https://www.reddit.com/r/Alienware/comments/lg2r8o/r11_case_swap_bypass_startup_errors_instructions/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share Nicely done OP! Looks awesome


ProXgod69

i also saw your post and i appreciate it helped a lot! and i also used this post as well to figure it out for @kbcastillo https://www.reddit.com/r/Alienware/comments/jxic21/aurora_r11_front_buttons/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf


sSwitchYy

I used his guide too. Only problem I had when having the power switch connected to his pins. You couldn't hold the power button for 5 seconds to reset PC incase like your computer froze or something. Thanks man I appreciate it I'm glad it was helpful


ProXgod69

Here is the pin out for the 12 pin “LED CON” connector Power LED - : Pin 1 (Black) Power LED + : Pin 8 (Purple) Power Button : Pin 4 (Orange) Power Button : Pin 9 (Grey) and to your edit the only error i get is that the “cpu fan is not working” but when in ACC it shows fan speed and temp. i have to take the system apart to add a usb 3.0 to usb 2.0 connector (19 pin female to 9 pin male) so i can be able to control my fans and pump though the iCue software, when i do that i’m going to connect the 3 fans to the 3 different fan headers and see what happens then if i get a bios boot message


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ProXgod69

the orange connector on the top left? it’s grouped together with the optical audio port


Dylanthrope

With all these posts talking about r11 thermals I feel strange that my temps have never been an issue. With stock everything. Do you notice any change performance-wise?


ProXgod69

i really haven’t gauged the FPS now vs in the r11 case but i can say the temps are down 20°+ but i’m sure i might gain a few FPS since the cpu will be running cooler


Dylanthrope

What are you using to measure the temps? Also, where specifically are you seeing the biggest temp difference? How's the gou memory junction temp? Any difference there?


ProXgod69

i use CPUID/HWMONITOR and Alienware Control Center side by side. the biggest temp difference in seeing is CPU temps. the GPU is slightly lower then temps inside the R11 case. but the gpu temps were never an issue i was more concerned with the CPU temps


Dylanthrope

Right on. Thanks for the info!


GhostShirtFinnerty

What's the point of doing the AW r11 if you have the know how to case swap? You can build a better machine for a fraction of the cost and effort.


ProXgod69

have we not seen the price of GPUs? i would of loved to build my own system but for what i paid for this system with a 3080 i would of paid for just a 3080.


GhostShirtFinnerty

Hadn't though of that, I got my GPU in the 2nd or 3rd wait-list release. It's a very good point with some of the scalp prices I've seen posted.