Description

This was my first build and it was a great experience. I use it for gaming, some school work, and general Internet browsing. It performs very well. I couldn't have possibly done it without this site, so thank you.

The Hyper 212 EVO was bigger than I thought it would be. It works really well. I ran Prime95 for an hour, played Borderlands 2, Crysis, etc. and it never rose above 50 degrees (I think CoreTemp is messing up somehow because 50 is a little too good). Instructions were clear and it was easy to install. The only problem was I got one screw that came with it that was cross threaded, so one of the bolts on the back only screwed in about 2 rotations. The other three worked fine so it doesn't look like it will make a difference.

As for the 280X...wow. I came from a laptop with an A10-4600M and Radeon HD 7670M graphics, and this blows it out of the water. I don't own a lot of newer games yet, but from what I've run so far (Borderlands 2, TF2, Crysis, DE:HR) I get 60+ fps on max settings without breaking a sweat. The MSI Afterburner utility for this card is really nice. It also runs pretty cool. I don't think I've given it a real test yet, but doing the same things on my laptop would get temperatures to 95+ so I am happy.

Pictures do not do this case justice, it looks beautiful. The blue and red color scheme is very pretty in my opinion. Cable management was a breeze, the case is very helpful for that. I also like the fan speed controller. The rubber grommets that the cables go through fall off really easily, but they are fairly easy to get back on so no big deal. Honestly, sometimes I just stop whatever I am doing and admire it. May cost me a kill, but it's worth it.

Over-all, I am very happy. I overspent on the PSU and CPU, both of these items went on sale for ~$20 cheaper than what I bought them for within a week of buying them. I still have to get my keyboard, mouse, headphones, and mousepad, but I am waiting until Christmas for those. For now I use a basic version of those items. I think I did pretty good with cable management. The cable for the GPU is kind of annoying to work with though, plus the other side of the case...there's a good reason I don't have any pictures of that little family get-together.

The name came from a certain supercomputer named Daedalus. Compared to my old laptop, this thing might as well be.

Feedback is appreciated.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

50c is normal. Especially unoverclocked. try hw monitor cpuid if you are still skeptical. It is a better tool, gives all sorts of information.

Sweet build !

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Actually, it is telling me I am sitting at 6 degrees idle so I will probably try hw monitor. I do not live in a fridge so 6 degrees is a bit low.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Amd temperature sensors glitch out at idle. Load temps should be accurate.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

If you use something like speedfan, make sure you're looking at the core temps and not anything labeled CPU.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

im looking at geting that card is it good

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, for what I've done with it. I have played Borderlands 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Crysis 1, and I get 60 fps with all of them on maxed settings. After buying all these parts I can't afford to get better games right now (whoops), but from benchmarks online it looks good.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1. I know this is a bit off topic but how's Human Revolution?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't played a lot of it but I love it so far. Tons of options for powers, items, etc. I like the cover system as well, sneaking is much more realistic. Worth the price on Steam, especially if you can get it during a sale (which I did for $2.99!).

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

It is basically a 7970, similarly priced too. Yes is the answer.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

At this point in time it might be best if you can pay the extra $30 and get the 770. If not for the features then for the games(ac4,arkham origins, blacklist)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

is it better tho ?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It varies from game to game, but typically they are neck in neck.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

well 3 three 60doller games x by three u get 180 or just 30 i will think about it

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I forgot to mention most people feel nvidia drivers are better.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Good Build, I bet that GPU is insane from your previous laptop!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I got 25 fps on Borderlands 2 on all lowest settings. So, yes :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, i thought the a10 was better than that.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Well, that was throttling it down to 50% CPU speed. If I didn't restrict it I got 95+ temps and occasional auto-emergency shutdowns.

In short, I like desktops more.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks slick! Glad to see a great build without breaking the bank. The pictures really don't do that case justice, it looks pink in one and orange in the other haha!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, bad lighting + bad camera = no justice done!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, nice job! Glad you are enjoying your custom built PC! :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much! Trust me, I am :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the noise level of that 280x? I've seen a lot of reviews saying it has horrible coil whine , even when idle.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Barely audible at 30%, noticeable at 40% in silence, by 70% fan speed it is noticeable when playing music or with headphones on and is quite loud in silence. Also note these tests are from a case with holes right in front of the card. Usually I can leave it at 50% and it isn't too much of a bother.

In short, not as bad as the reviews make it out to be, in my opinion, but not amazing either.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the detailed response.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

nice! very clean!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

What made you choose the 280x over the 770

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time of purchase the 770 was still $400.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Even at the new price, $330, the 280x is still excellent.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

true but the games the 770 comes with make it a steal in my opinion.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cable management! I'd recommend to tie that loose bundle of cables together for a better look.

Also, you should try and overclock that 8350. It's a pretty easy process and you gain a significant and noticeable performance improvement

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! If you mean the bunch of cable coming out of the PSU, I could definitely do that. The GPU cable is the thing that sticks out most for me, it's very annoying to work with.

Not sure if I want to overclock or not, possibly in the future if I am getting less than ideal performance. Definitely an option, I'd just have to do some research first.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I just looked for any loose cables and bundled them together. It looks heaps better than heaps of little cables going in different directions. On the OC subject, its definitely worth looking into. You'll get some nice performance gains and its fairly simple to do.

edit: sorry, I was looking at the wrong picture lol. I can see what you mean about the gpu cable, try and see if you can get them vertically parallel and tying the two loosely together..

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I didn't mean to upload that picture just because it wasn't the final cut. Also, the pictures seem to have fallen out of order.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice 280x! I was thinking of trying one of those until I saw the 770 being sold for about 330 with a few free games. I hope that monster works well for you, especially for BF4 and some games coming out soon if you're going to get them!

+1 ~Matt

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! From what I've read in reviews and benchmarks, it shouldn't be a problem. Might have to turn some settings down to get 60 fps, but a big step up from my old computer.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the mobo? I'm planning on getting that for a system I'm gonna build that I'll be using for a very long time :P

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

So far, so good. It's obviously not high end, but if you are doing simple things like me, not overclocking or doing much of anything in the BIOS, it is great.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Do the fans included in the case have blue led's in them?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I did not replace any fans. Only the top fan has LEDs, it just reflects quite visibly onto the rear far. Since they are indented into the plastic casing for the fans itself, you could easily cover the up without disturbing the fan.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I actually want the blue fans,since I'm going for a red/blue build

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to build a PC, my B-day is tomorrow and I am going to buy all the parts with my B-day money and I am using the same case, Cpu, and I am using an XFX version of the R9 280x instead because it is about $50 cheaper and pretty much the same exept that it is 50 megahertz slower and has a few less ports. I'm going to use Kingston 1866 megahertz Ram (1x8) and an EVGA supernovz 750watt 80+gold PSU. I am going to use a Asus M5A99FX PRO MB and I think that this will work out pretty well. If you have any Ideas about this or ways to improve, I'm on a pretty tight budget and this all together (hard drives that I didn't mention too) Will run me about $800, and I already have the operating system and monitor taken care of. Any ideas would be appreciated, also will this still run well now? I'm going to use Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I get a build compatibility msg when I look at my system build:

"The NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case supports video cards up to 305mm long, but video cards over 230mm may block drive bays. Since the MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card is 269mm long, some drive bays may not be usable."

Do you have any blocked drive bays? I love the case but want my top-choice card, too.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I've been off the site for almost a year.

In case this is still helpful, the middle drive bay (which is what the card is close to) is removable. There is still space for 2 drives. Even with the middle bay present, the card I have fits (I have 3 hard drives in there right now and no issues). There is a spot for a fan on the middle drive bay (angled up), I would NOT have room to put a fan there with my card.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. I've been off for a while, too. I went with the Phantom 530 and everything fits well with room to spare. I love the case!