This was my first build in a long time. I wanted a nice gaming PC for my son and didn't like the prices of the pre-built ones. I spent over a month (two paydays) purchasing the parts. The prices have gone up since I bought the final piece. The reason I went with X-Fire 7950 was because New Egg decided to charge & ship me two identical orders. I decided to install them instead of sending one back and paying the restock fee.
Pros- The case is spacious and provides great cooling (see temps). Plenty of drive bays for extra drives, fan controllers, etc. The Hyper 212 Plus allows me to overclock to 4.2 GHz and still stay below 50C. The system boots off the SSD in less than 10 seconds. I run the two 1TB in a Raid 1 where all the games are installed. The 7950 XFire benchmarks are almost exactly what you see on tomshardware.com. I can run Crysys 3 with the highest settings.
Cons- The fan controllers on the Rosewill do not function well. The side 230mm fan makes noise unless it is running at full speed. None of the drive cages are removable like you see in other cases. This case is not meant to support a full watercooling solution. I was planning on using the extra drive bays for a 5.25" res but there is no way I can get enough rads internally to support CPU and 2 GPUs.
Overall I am happy with the build. I can live with the air cool system because my temps are great. Once the fans die, I will replace them with some nice aftermarket ones and add a fan controller.
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||21.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||48.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P11732|