Description

I wanted to build this as a somewhat portable LAN box, as well as have a generally smaller yet still powerful machine.

I built this machine to play BF4 on Ultra at 1080P, with plans on going 1440P in the near future. I7, 16GB RAM, and 4GB GPU RAM might be overkill, but I'm keeping this thing for the long run so I wanted something that I could future proof myself with. Plus, I bought most of the parts on Black Friday so parts were cheaper. Winning!!

Currently running stock clocks, but have plans to overclock the I7 when it starts to become the bottleneck. Or, if I'm bored! lol

Cable management was a pain in this case, as there are not too many places to hide wires. Took me hours of tweaking to route all the wires in an optimal position. Also IMO, the Front Panel should be on the other side of the case so that that one can easily open and remove the right side panel. I could have moved it myself, but then the Reset button would be upside down, and hiding power wires (especially the mobo wire) would be more difficult.

Water cooler: I originally had 2 different Corsair H80I's, but they BOTH busted and leaked all over my mobo during install. I found the tubes too snug and thick...maybe that's why they leaked under all the pressure? Anyway, I got the Thermaltake 3.0 Performer instead and it was much easier to install with the thinner, more flexible tubes.

Cooling: Top and Bottom fans are set to intake, with the Water Cooler on Exhaust hence, creating positive pressure with the objective of keeping dust out. Anyone know where to get 230mm filters?

Open to any suggestions and/or feedback!

Thanks for reading

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Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Great selection of quality components such as the 4770K and Asus Mobo. I'm digging that Phenom case and wishing I went that way as it looks like a proper MicroATX instead of the monster Aerocool DS that I'm using. Quiet with great airflow and tons of space but anything but micro. Great job.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It is indeed very quiet. I have no complaints.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Well Done! Best thing is... this is exactly the build I want to do. Great Processor, 4GB GPU and 16GB RAM

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm considering this case, do you think you could fit a second 3.5" hdd with your setup?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. If you use the supplied HDD bracket, you can fit I believe 2x 3.5" on one side, and 3 SDD's on the other. Note that the bracket blocks the view if you have your side panel open/off.

Cheers

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, one more question if you don't mind. How's the noise level?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

During idle its dead silent. During gaming, the GPU fan makes the most noise. But even then, its very very quiet. I've also set everything to be as quiet as possible...