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New built I just finished, taking advantage of Boxing Day deals.

CPU: Not too much to explain here, not much competition for the 4670k for a gaming/everyday use processor. The chip I got wasn't too great at overclocking, 4.3GHz with 1.32V.

Cooler: Had a killer deal on the Water 2.0 Extreme and reviews seemed pretty good. Overall, performance and installation is very good but the fans and software could definitely use improvement. The software does not detect my CPU temps and is generally a pain to use and the fans sound like vacuum cleaners when turned all the way up.

Mobo: Once again, killer deal on this. Very solid board, has all the features you'd ever need.

SSD: Got a pretty good deal on this. Very fast (well coming from an old 5400RPM mechanical drive, anything's an improvement) and no issues so far.

Hard drive: I forgot how nice it was to have so much storage you don't have to worry about having too many programs installed. Solid drive, decent performance.

GPU: Really nice card. Maxes out almost any current title, pretty sweet for under $250. Was going for a GTX770 but couldn't find any nice deals so I sprung for this instead.

Case: Tons of flexibility and options. More than enough expandability for my needs. Cooler went in absolutely no problem despite the Water 2.0 being an extra-thick rad. I love the looks of Fractal cases, so not too much explaining to do here.

PSU: Killer deal on this one, 80+ Gold and 650W for $65? No problems so far, love the modularity.

OS: Not a big fan of Metro or Windows 8 but Microsoft doesn't offer the student deal on Windows 7 anymore, so I guess I have to settle for 8.1

I know cable management isn't the best, but realistically, I spent zero time on it. I might get some LED lighting because you really can't see inside the case with that smoked windows that comes stock on the Arc Midi. Any suggestions or improvement welcome. Thanks for looking.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that you've got your rad fans set to pull air in through the top right now. You may want to flip them so you're pushing air out of your case.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there an advantage to that? I've always heard that pull is a better configuration than push because it's easier to clean. Would it be better if I had it pull air out instead of in? The only reason it was installed like that is because it was easier.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Well in the configuration you have it in, you'd still have to take the rad out to clean off the dust. Most people either recommend pushing air out of the case(fans on the bottom blowing up) or pulling air out the case(fans on top of rad pulling air up), that way you don't have hot air from the rad going in the case and heating up your other components. I've got a water 2.0 pro on an overclocked fx-6300 and the only time my fans run at 100% are when the pc first boots up, so if you're having a problem with that you may have to mess around with some settings in the bios.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Gigabyte mobos are good, I like how they 'insist on ultra durable'.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Every time I read "boxing day" I can't help imagine a day where everyone walking down the street has boxing gloves on and picks a fight with everyone he/she meets.

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