I took my computer apart to clean the case, cooler block, and rewire it now that I know what I'm doing, and decided to take pics.
I mostly use it for gaming, such as BF3, PS2, TF2, and others. It will run BF3 very nicely, with the overall bottleneck being the CPU (which is understood). I had a 7750, and got the 650ti boost for about 115 on sale, so it was a good purchase.
The upgrade to an SSD was easy, fast, and makes the computer literally 10x as fast, much faster than I expected. Using Windows 8.1, I can go from power to desktop in about 20 seconds, and an additional 10 for all the programs to start up. I have to say Windows 8.1 is not that bad, its just the start menu that is different for me. It's currently set to show the apps installed when pressed, I could care less about widgets.
Cable management in this case is, well, tight. It took 2 people to get the back cover on because there was no space. Actually routing cables was not bad, only the top corner where the motherboard 8 pin connector and 3 fan cables was difficult. I would have to say, installing the CPU cooler first was a bad idea, I would connect all the cables to the motherboard, THEN install it.
Other than that, the Logitech G series is great, just the G710+ keyboard was not the best price. The corsair mouse pad is very large and tracks good, the fans push a lot of air BUT do not like to be modified voltage wise. Connecting them to a 12-5w controller helps, but it only likes being exactly at 5, 7, or 12w.
Later on, around black friday time, I will look for an i5 to make the final CPU upgrade, along with a Micro ATX motherboard to later get a better, smaller, more lightweight case. Next year may see a GPU upgrade to a GTX 7xx, depending on my budget.
Thanks for reading! I'll try to answer any questions, and feedback would be great
|CPU||AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$89.00|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$30.00|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||$5.00|
|Motherboard||ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+||$70.00|
|Memory||Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$40.00|
|Storage||Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" SSD||$150.00|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$60.00|
|Video Card||MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB||$115.00|
|Case||Raidmax ATX-249B (Black) ATX Mid Tower||$15.00|
|Power Supply||Antec 450W ATX12V||$40.00|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$20.00|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm||$30.00|
|Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm||$30.00|
|Fan Controller||NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller||$21.99|
|AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||40.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||52.0° C|