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As this was my first ever build, there were quite a few things that I didn't know when I first built it, and I had to go back and do some tweaking, but I'm very happy with my system now. The case from Raijintek was quite nice to build in - the removable motherboard tray helped massively with installing the CPU cooler and motherboard into the case - and it does look pretty nice for the price. Airflow is terrific and fan support is pretty incredible for a case of this size (I mean, two 200mm's?!) - Front: 4x120, 2x140 , 1x200; Top 2x120, 2x140, 1x200; Back: 2x120, 2x140. The build process was pretty smooth, although as the Strix is quite a long card I had to remove the 3.25 drive bay to make room. It was also a bit of a challenge fitting the power connector into the GPU as the optical drive bay is just above it, but it fits comfortably now.

I mostly use this for gaming (Overwatch, Minecraft, Civilization V/VI) and it performs extremely well - especially with the overclocking I've applied. I managed to get the CPU to 4.6GHz at 1.33V on air ( I did originally have it set to 1.3/1.32 but it blue screened under certain heavy load conditions - but at any rate it seems to be running perfectly stable now). The GPU I bought pre-overclocked but, even so, I managed to get another +121MHz (1968MHz) on the boost clock and + 400MHz (8608MHz) on the memory clock using GPU Tweak II.

I only recently bought the SSD since - despite it being an SSHD - the hard drive was making my system feel a bit sluggish every so often. But I can say for sure that buying an SSD has made a massive improvement and I'm so glad I saved up after buying the PC.

Let me know what you think of the build, any feedback is appreciated :)

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

so why the case? also does it feel big? it looks huge.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I picked the case cause, at the time, it was pretty unique (I loved the idea of horizontally mounting the Strix, and there weren't many alternative methods at the time) and it was relatively cheap.. also I was a sucker for LEDs... Plus it came with a lot of fans (though I've now replaced most of the stock fans with blue led ones) and the airflow is insanely good, keeps the heavily overclocked CPU really cool.

It is wider than most traditional cases (horizontal m-atx), but it's also not as tall as a lot of cases (which was important for me). The cable management can be a bit of a challenge compared to a traditional m-atx case, but not terrible.

Will say that about a year after getting the case, the outside LEDs starting flickering on the front panel and now no longer work, but I'm still very happy with the case as a whole

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you still using it then? can you replace the leds on the panel?