The name is based off of my name: Allen VILjoen
I built the system for gaming according to the tutorials I had watched online and everything turned on with no major issues. I had some issues figuring out which psu cables to use and bad gpu drivers causing BSODs but I managed to sort all of it out.
After multiple attempts and configurations, I figured out cable management that works for me. IMO it doesn't look to cluttered. The side panel closes easily and everything is tied down. I did accidentally break a fan cable, but I managed to fix it luckily and it works now with no issues.
I wanted to dabble in overclocking, and by looking at the cpu temps under load I can see I have quite a bit of room for it, but I decided to let that wait for another day if the FX6300 becomes more of a bottleneck. I also really want to invest in an aftermarket gpu cooler soon since the stock one doesn't allow for clock speeds above stock (oc edition) without getting above 85C.
Yes, the computer is sitting on top of a piece of cardboard. I wanted to get the bottom of the case up off the carpet floor since the psu wasn't getting any intake and that was the quickest solution. Any tips for a (very cheap/free) permanent solution? Like cutting out a piece of scrap plywood maybe? And also, yes I am attaching my SSD with duct tape. I forgot to check whether the 210 elite had 2.5in drive bays, but hey, whatever works...
I'm using a tv as monitor, some speakers I found somewhere in the house (actually pretty nice speakers), and I have an external fan (thats what the white thing hanging from the back of my desk is) blowing hot air away from the top exhaust of the case. Not sure if this is necessary, probably isnt, but it keeps my legs cool while gaming (it can get pretty hot in my room).
As far as airflow I have the two cooler master fans as intakes on the front. Not sure if the psu counts as intake, but if it does, it is. In addition, I have the stock 120 and 140 mm fans at the back and top of the case respectively as exhaust. My siblings got me the noctua nf-f12 for my birthday so I replaced the stock cooler master heatsink fan with the noctua and moved the cooler master fan to the side panel as exhaust for the gpu. I figure I should add another intake to the bottom later on since I have 2 intakes and 3 outtakes, I've heard its good to have positive air pressure inside the case to keep dust out.
I went with windows 8 on a suggestion from a friend and as it turns out its not horrible. There are some annoyances, but 8.1 preview got rid of a lot of them. Overall, windows 8 is something I can live with.
Side note, yes those are rubiks cubes on my shelf and on the desk. Speedsolving and collecting them is my other hobby that I spend way too much money and time on.
On the build as a whole I think I've done a pretty good job for my first time. It runs modern games like Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 3 at 1080p very high/max settings at 60 fps. I appreciate any and all feedback and advice about my first build.
EDIT: UPDATE: I've since run into problems with the gpu getting "vertical lines of death" crashes so I'm sending it in for an RMA. While that's going on, I've decided to just rip out the raidmax psu so that I'm not tempted to use it anymore. Idk if that was what caused damage to my gpu or not in the first place, but I'm gonna play it safe rather than sorry. Probably gonna get this (OCZ Fatal1ty 750W) once I have the cash: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041
EDIT: I did the rma and got a working graphics card, and I just bought and installed a new corsair tier 1 psu. I'm now not at all worried about this thing frying my system. Now its time to dabble in oc'ing.