Description

This is a medium duty compact gaming PC for the wife built with the Raidmax Hyperion, which is an amazing little case for an MATX build. A few minor snags:

1) The ONLY 970 chipset MATX motherboard that supports an FX 8350 is the ASRock 970m in the parts list. Regrettably, this board has a very small (4+1) VRM. In order to use the hot and hungry FX 8350, ASRock notes that you should use a top-down blower for a cooler in order to help cool the VRM and surrounding components.
2) The CNPS 8900 Quiet does the job well enough I'm seriously considering using it for a second build that doesn't even require it, though it does block off the 4th (in my case unused) RAM slot.
3) The board set the stock CPU voltage a tad high, so I had to back it off a little bit. Otherwise, the performance has been terrific, the machine handles everything I've thrown at it thus far well (mainly FFXIV). Primary storage is network based, hence the singular SSD. 4) Mounting the 200MM intake fan to the front of the case was a TIGHT fit (it actually mounts on outside of the front of the case, behind the front bezel). It seems to get a reasonable amount of air pull from the bottom, which was my primary worry. If you wish to build with this case and put a 200MM fan on the front, look for a slimmer fan than the one I chose. It'll work, but barely if you can't find one. It's also the primary source of lighting, giving a cool blue glow from the front without being too harsh due to this positioning.

After completing the build I decided I wanted just a little bit more lighting so I switched the rear fan out with a blue LED one and that seemed to give the right amount of illumination, which is why some of the pictures look a little different. Because the system is small enough to sit on the desk, the case lighting is perfect to illuminate the gaming area when the lights are off just enough to see your gaming area. With the room lights on, it's classy enough it doesn't come off as an adolescent neon laser show, but with lights out, it's definitely an eye catcher.

One last note: My white/blue hyperion case came with three fans, which is awesome. The top mounted ones are WHITE LEDs and the rear exhaust was just plain black (as noted I swapped this one out for a blue version).

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That PSU is going to fry this PC. It is completely junk and you should really consider replacing it ASAP. It is as low quality as it gets. Go for an Antec, XFX, Seasonic, EVGA (G2,B2,GS).

It is also only a 528w unit, not 630w. And a junk 528w unit at that.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. I've had a Raidmax PSU that I used for a friends build, and it was dead in less than a year. That made me hate Raidmax from then on.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Raidmax have and always will be junk. they use crap OEMs and therefore make junk PSUs.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a real pricey bit of junk too, could have gotten something top ranking!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll make sure to update and resubmit when I get a new PSU then. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! Get rid of that psu ASAP!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, Raidmax is as bad as it gets.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cable management is so clean and the case looks stunning! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, i realized the PSU was a mistake about a week after i stuck it together. I figured that even if the rating was a peak rating, im still above the curve as far continuous power. I plan on replacing it before it kersplodes.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

dat cpu fan +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Selected as the widest top-down cooler I could find that would fit, I wanted something to overhang the skimpy VRM to keep air on it. Does the job perfectly.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

o cool

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Zalman coolers ftw! Fx-8350 ftw! Sapphire ftw! Raidmax for the trash!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the idea of sticking an FX 8350 on your build for a gaming PC, and how well it was rounded off! So I changed few parts here and there to see if I can do something that can work out quite well too. Maybe a few different parts are a nice choice. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rv3GZL

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Cant use the 212, its not a top down blower design. Asrock's cpu compatibility page notes that for 8 core cpus, a top down blower is desired due to the fact that the VRM needs help keeping cool. Its only a 4+1 VRM since the micro atx size is prohibitive at having a larger VRM, so Asrock wants your cpu fan to also be able to cool the surroinding vrm and chipsets. The Zalmam cooler was selected because its width causes it to also directly overhang the vrm and provide cooling there, which seems to be doing a good job thus far. As i mentioned, it does block off the 4th RAM slot unless you use low profile sticks, but wasnt planning on needing the 4th slot anyway.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I forgot about that. I was hoping for any alternatives. Though, it seems like a really fun build to play around with. Thanks for the info

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats my Build :D no just kidding nice build !

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, just learn from my mistake and don't use a Raidmax PSU. Even if it doesn't explode, the internet will never let you live it down.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You and my neighbor have made the same build. The only difference is PSU and CPU Cooler. He complained alot how the temperature rise in his room then he remembered there's no ventilation in his room.

Anyways this is a good build. The only problem with this is the PSU :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your build! I have the same cpu and mobo, but I'm using the 212 EVO. Temps are good, but I did invest in a small 70mm fan for my vrm and it brought my socket temps down ~10C. Normally get around 20C idle and 45C under load for core temps, with socket getting up to 60C. I do like the way your cooler looks though and may have to check it out. What are your temps like?

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