Description

Usage:
Building this computer has taken quite a while, but it has always been a work in progress. This is the first computer I've assembled, but I really enjoyed researching, building, and improving my PC. I use this machine for lots of gaming (Bioshock, Shadow Warrior, GTA IV, Titanfall, Witcher 2, etc.) and a few school applications.

Note: The last 2 pics are old from before the second graphics card was added.

Changes/Upgrades
~Upgraded the 2 intake fans to CM Sickleflow 120's.
EDIT 9/25/2014: I have since changed those to Corsair AF 120's because one of the Cooler Masters began making a strange noise occasionally.

~Added the top 200mm Bitfenix. It fit with only a few millimeters to spare from the CPU heatsink, and I got all 4 screws in to secure it through the rubber grommets. I had seen others say only 2 screws lined up, but with some experimenting and elbow grease all 4 are in. This fan is particularly quiet, and the high airflow is nice.

~Replaced all fan screws with rubber fan mounts, eliminating a slight humming sound from the front intake fans.

~Swapped out the stock CPU cooler and thermal compound. I didn't like seeing my temps go to 65 and hearing a slight fan vibration. Now, even with a slight overclock to 4.1 Ghz, idle temp is around 33o C. This CPU cooler also allows enough room for a top 200mm fan.

Overclocking
I've slightly overclocked the R9 280's to 1050 Mhz and the memory to 1575 Mhz (6300 Mhz effective). This improved my performance for most games by up to 10 FPS. I decided not to keep the CPU overclocked, simply because it is already powerful enough to run all my games with room to spare, while the GPU needed some improvement.

Overall I've been very pleased with this system. It runs every game I have maxed out, aside from the highest levels of AA and AF for certain games, stays very quiet, and is a joy to use for homework and other everyday applications.

UPDATE 10/4/2014: I will be adding a second graphics card soon (Will post pictures after installation next week). I plan on getting newer games that may be more intensive, so I'm hoping to be ready and not need to turn down settings or get much less than 60 FPS.

10/13/2014: Second GPU installed and the whole system is running great! Hopefully it is done, my wallet cannot afford any more upgrades... :D

2/7/2015: New Paintjob. I like the red a lot better.

Any comments, questions, or tips are welcome! (Except any regarding the name, which was inspired by a friend and was much better than anything I could come up with)

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

for some reason it reminds me of a nintendo gamecube.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I could see that... thanks lol

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I always forget this badass case exists until some awesome build using it comes around as a reminder. Good job!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you very much!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how the fans and the cooler look in the first picture! Awesome!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :) that's actually what inspired the name! the Corsair LED fans have a great glow to them...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

When it comes to part choice uniquity....you sir has achieved 5 STARS

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The case looks wicked cool, but what's up with that bulky monitor and the black letterboxes around the edges of the actual screen? Did you forget to update your graphics drivers when you took that picture?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The screen in the picture is an old TV I picked up from a yard sale for 20$ lol. It's 1080p 60Hz, I just haven't figured out how to adjust it yet.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Loving the Zalman cooler

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for build +2 for case paint job

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it really depends on games... Most of my games do benefit from it quite a bit (Far Cry 3, Bioshock Infinite, Warface, Vindictus, etc.), but if you already have a 280 it is a very good choice in my opinion. If you are curious of the performance of any games I'll try them if possible :P Good luck

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