Description

I built this because I love the case. Everything else was build around it. I choose the white version as I have an m65 rgb white version which goes with the case... or at least I thought. For future buyers: the case is awesome, but it is a pain to build in. Firstly, replacing the front fan is annoying, the included screws are too long or too short, depending on which ones you used. I ended up using the large ones and cutting them shorter with bolt cutters (NOT advised) on the side with the h100i v2. I also had to cut the mounting plastic bits for the front short to fit the cooler (annoying but not much of a problem). In addition, cable management is bad, comparable with a $30-40 ATX case. (I have built many ATX systems, this is my first ITX build). The motherboard also is awesome, but it does not have an internal usb 2.0 header, an unforeseen problem which means I can't connect the corsair link cable to the mobo from the h100i which has not caused a problem yet, but is is annoying: the fans are at low for most of the time, but occasionally pulse to high power. Also, I bought the DDR4-2133 RAM, when the 2166? speed was CHEAPER and included Rainbow Six Siege (GRRR). I have not benchmarked yet, but I will post scores when I get around to it. However, to me benchmarks are useless when you are playing games on your PC, not comparing scores. I can't be of much use here either, as I have a relatively small game library and my favorite game is warface, which is not super intensive for the PC. given the components and the case, I would expect the PC to preform on the upper side of other PCs with the components, as the case has good airflow, I have lots of fans, and I am water cooling the CPU. However, I am not skilled at overclocking (although I will overclock the CPU and GPU), so others will probably be able to eke out more power.

UPDATE 5/2/16: BENCHMARKED (Using Unigine Heaven)

BEFORE OC:

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0

FPS:
109.7 Score:
2764 Min FPS:
31.9 Max FPS:
227.3 System

Platform:
Windows NT 6.2 (build 9200) 64bit CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600K CPU @ 3.50GHz (3503MHz) x4 GPU model:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 10.18.13.5891 (4095MB) x1 Settings

Render: Direct3D11 Mode:
1920x1080 fullscreen Preset
Custom Quality High Tessellation: Disabled Powered by UNIGINE Engine Unigine Corp. © 2005-2013

AFTER (MILD) OC:

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0

FPS:
122.9 Score:
3097 Min FPS:
31.6 Max FPS:
242.7 System

Platform:
Windows NT 6.2 (build 9200) 64bit CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600K CPU @ 3.50GHz (3503MHz) x4 GPU model:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 10.18.13.5891 (4095MB) x1 Settings

Render: Direct3D11 Mode:
1920x1080 fullscreen Preset
Custom Quality High Tessellation: Disabled Powered by UNIGINE Engine Unigine Corp. © 2005-2013

You can see a slight difference, but not much, as I didn't overclock alot, and the CPU was very unstable and had to be brought down to 3.8GHz to run smoothly without crashing. This was very disturbing, and I believe this happened because the AIO is not setup correctly: as I mentioned earlier I could not plug the corsair link cable into the CPU block. I also setup a very agressive GPU fan curve, which kept it pretty cool.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like it would be a difficult but unique looking build. What are your impressions of the monitor?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I got the monitor when it was $120, and it is awesome. The color reproduction is the best I have had before, there is no glare when using it, and (I have no way of testing), but the specs for delay time are incredible in this price range.