So this is the second time I've built a system and first time I've completely done it by myself. I'm upgrading from a AMD Phenom II X2 555 and a XFX 4850 so this is a rather large jump in performance. The 4850 didn't do too bad until I tried playing Metro: Last Light and watched in horror as it all came to a jumpy halt fast. I had originally set a $1200 budget but I saw the matrix edition of the 7970 and just kind of fell in love with it's good looks so that kinda went out the window fast. I was also planning on a black red and white design but upon finishing the build it hit me that 1 I didn't have a window in my case and 2 the lettering on my PSU is blue. sigh Little over sights are annoying. Anywho I worked pretty hard to get the cable routing to be as clean as possible and the Fractal R4 really shines for doing that. The case is simply put wide really really wide. Overall I'm really pleased with the build had hope it will last me for a few years with upgrades when needed. Really love this case. Any input/critiques are welcome. As an Art and Design students I'm fairly sure I can handle it. :)
Update 1: After looking around I have found a way to change the damned annoyingly bright power light to a much nicer red led. Hope to have that change done soon.
Added the Corsair fans and am waiting on the new PSU so I can finally have that color matching I've been looking for. Will have new pics up soon.
Finally got around to posting updated pics. Have a custom PSU cover being designed and produced to add that extra touch so hopefully will have that in a few weeks. Will update when that arrives. And the Reason for the AX860 is for when I eventually can afford to get an Asus R9 280x to cross fire with my 7970. Also Thinking about having a local professional photograph the rig so I can have some really nice pics to upload. Will have to see about that.
|AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||21.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||48.0° C|
|Extreme Preset Score||X6671|