Description

I recently retired a case and I had several parts available, so time for another build :) The only thing I had to purchase to make it a complete PC was the case and power supply. I listed the original paid prices for the parts just for informational purposes (i7 was bought used off eBay a few months ago, hence the price).

Everything went together well for the build and booted up first try. The only issue I ran into was the DVD drive cover on the front of the case isn't a pass-thru, you actually have to unclip it and dispose of it. I decided to use a razor and cut off the clips then use some cardboard and double-sided tape to attach it to the front of the drive tray for a much more satisfying look. Also, the fan for the Noctua NH-L9i was making some annoying noises so I just replaced it with a spare I had. I have had the cooler for a bout 2 years now but I expected more.

I ended up not having to use the drive cage that swings open so I just removed it for a cleaner look. Overall, for the price I really enjoyed the case and think it was well worth the $22 and has a lot of potential if you can be a little clever. Cable management is also well done for this price point. I hope to see more people use this case!

PS) Going to upgrade to the 1070 when it comes out :)

Part Reviews

CPU

Couldn't pass up the deal, should last awhile as well as I'm fine with DDR3.

CPU Cooler

Bought this awhile back and has served me well and performs better than the stock cooler.

Motherboard

This motherboard as went through many builds for me and has been a real trooper. I used to run a G3258 oc'd to 4.5ghz on this board. It's also very tiny, only about an inch longer than a mini itx.

Memory

I love Mushkin, the brand has been very dependable.

Storage

This drive has also been through several builds. The price-performance is so good and I really like the Samsung magician software.

Storage

This came out of an external drive. Spinpoint drives are known for being reliable and quiet.

Video Card

Bought this a couple months back for a budget build and now it's a placeholder for the 1070 :)

Case

$22 with free shipping for a case of this quality and features was a no-brainer.

Power Supply

A cheap, yet reliable brand that I trust. Virtually silent!

Optical Drive

Because it was cheap and Samsung.

Operating System

Windows 10 has grown on me. With some tweaking and disabling of things, it suits me very well.

Case Fan

Moves a good amount of air and not too loud. Priced very well.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 6 points

OMG that cable management .... holy sh!t snacks that is beautiful!!! Everything is nice and tidy and clean and in its place and just freaking wonderful!!!! TAKE NOTES PEOPLE!!! This is how you manage to cram a pretty decent amount of non-scrub hardware into a small case and make it function and look good at the same time. My only regret is that I have but a single +1 to give you! Please keep up this quality of builds!

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow, thank you so much for your comment! :) Much appreciated!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't understand it... Is it a Mini ITX mobo or Micro ATX or a Mini ITX mobo made to be used as a Micro ATX mobo?

+1 for the cable management and for my crazy theory!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha i know right! it's like an in-between board. I've seen some people stuff it into a mini itx case :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the PSU so far? Thinking of getting it but since there are so many "I'm glad it have t burnt down my house yet" comments on its product page am I abit afraid of buying it... :p

Also how much do you use this PC and how hot is it where you live???

Best regards Olliver

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Haven't had a lick of trouble out of it. I've used several EVGA psu's in the past and never had a problem with any of them, it is a great brand. I try to shop EVGA when I can. This pc is my daily driver and is on 24/7. I usually game on it about 4 hours a day and more on the weekends. It's about 70-85 degrees where I live at the moment.

Thanks :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What USB 3.0 card is that?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The brand is Anker. I got it off amazon. You can search for "pci to usb 3.0" to find these types of cards.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I see Anker all over the place nowadays. I've got a Qi charger and a decent $10 wireless mouse from them :P

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man!!! Put mine to shame!!! THAT CABLE MANAGEMENT IS GORGEOUS!!! Makes me want to go back into mine and somehow replicate this masterpiece. I love it. Glad to see you made that drive cover work ;)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, bro! Your tips definitely helped :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the optical drive in there? I tried pushing mine in, and when I hit the front button, I can tell it's not hitting the button on the drive. Is there some trick to it or am I just bad at getting it in there?

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

I have since sold this build but I believe that i had to put some double sided tape and cardboard on the inside of the case so the button would make contact with the drive. That is also how I attached the plastic lip to the DVD-tray.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy **** that sounds like a pain.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I found out the front of the case comes off, and if you put it in from the front, it'll fit perfectly.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

oh, right! I forgot it went in from that way. Glad you figured it out :) it's an awesome case for so cheap!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you happen to recall what bracket that is to hold the SSDs? I'm looking to put my ssd there. Right now so have them on the damn hinge thing.

Great cable management. Mine looks atrocious compared to yours and I didn't use an optical drive. Then again the cables that I have on my PSU are Daisy chained and are very stiff...wish I could get better cables...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issues installing/using the DVD writer? I've read some accounts of it being a bit finicky

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Works great for me and operates very quietly.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm late, but this is great. Awesome cable hiding. Was considering this case for a build. Now I'm sold. Thanks

Thumbs up on your build.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's a great case for the price and I may build in it again. Good luck with yours!

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

Okay, I don't mean to be rude, but you wanted UB 3.0, which your case had headers for, but you could have spent like $10 more and got a Motherboard that had rear USB 3.0 on it and then been fine sooooo why buy this? sorry, but no +1 from me :( http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JjT2Q7

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Because i already had the motherboard, as listed in the description. I've had it for about 1 1/2 years now. I said I bought the case and power supply, the rest I already had. Good job.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, my bad. but i still thing an upgrade would be the next thing to do though, I saw one like it for like $50. I retract my statement on no +1, and replace it with a +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It's okay. It's easy to judge based on pictures but descriptions usually have the answers to people's unique or strange part decisions. As far as upgrading the motherboard goes, I can't justify spending ~$50 for minor upgrades when this one works so well. If it doesn't give more fps then it's useless in my situation :p I'm going to upgrade to a 1070 when those come out and eventually upgrade the cooler and use the Noctua for a mini itx.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't say fanboy as I didn't go out of my way to buy Samsung branded parts, but I do like them nonetheless. Thank you!