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My 3rd gaming build! Certainly not the greatest wire management. Please don't be too harsh on that.

CPU + MOBO combo: I got pretty cool combo deal from newegg and got an instant $60 off.

CPU cooler: It cools my CPU pretty well. But it's getting in the way of the leftmost RAM slot. Watch out if you want to use up all 4 of your slots. Noticably lounder than other fans in the case.

RAM: Great RAM.

Storage: Nice and solid. Boots Win 8 in 5 seconds.

VC: SC2 run 60+ fps on Ultra settings. For a 4v4 match, it would lag with <10 fps on Ultra. Played Hawken on Max settings. Getting 60+fps and the graphics looks really nice and pretty.

Case: Really nice case. Very light. Sleek design. Removable dust filters for front and bottom. Allows different orienatation for hard drive bay. Optical drive bay is a bit loose. Also adding new hard drive to the bay is bit painful, you have to remove the whole bay from the case and then fix the new drive to the HDD bay by putting screws on the side.

PSU: Couldn't find the model here. Here is the link to it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817250010 The cable is a bit too short to route 8-pin cpu line from the back. I have no choice but to have half of it across the MOBO...

Monitor: Great Monitor. Pretty cool that they can fit some embedded speaker into such a thin monitor.

Keyboard: Very disappointed. I thought this one was the a scaled down version of the $99 RAZER BlackWidow 2013, but I was wrong. The platic looks cheap. It doesn't have that glossy look as shown in their picture. Some keys are noticably "stickier".

Mouse: Very cool design. Noticably heavier than RAZER mouse. I personally like that.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm a huge fan of the real Lian-Li cases. I also like how you filled it. Very similar to my build save for the GPU. Nice job.

If you're into window'ed cases, tell your wallet I'm sorry.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=130_158_711&products_id=26576

I have a similar case ,PC-7HX, which is not listed as compatible with the side panel, but I took a chance and it fit perfectly. I can tell you it's exactly 18 1/8" x 18 1/4".

Also a drive bay adapter to hold your disks so you can remove that hdd caddy and improve airflow.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=52_87_137_1218_960

Ever wonder what those holes in the bottom of your case are for?

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=44_1187_1189&products_id=26021

As much as I love Lian-Li, I've come to learn that their fans are just "ok". You could certainly do worse, but it wouldn't cost much to get more CFM for less Db.

Just some ideas for the future.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I seriously considered it for my son's pc. He likes trains, and pc gaming. If it had the one expansion slot for a discrete gpu, even single slot, I might have gotten it.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Didn't know there are that many extensions I can get for the case. Thanks for sharing!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Awful cable management blarghflarghhagawfggf.

I'm just playing man, really nice build. If your heat sink is getting annoying, might I suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO? It is a beautifully quiet and efficient heatsink, does its job very well and it's very cheap.

I mean really though, great build. Very well rounded, great part selections. +1 from me.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! You got some cool fans there. Do those work out well?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah the NZXT FS fans are amazing. I can hear my heartbeat over these things. The pictures don't do my build justice, since when I built it, I was still pretty inexperienced with everything.

I am in the process of upgrading a few parts here and there and I keep meaning to update the pictures but it always slips my mind. Anyways, I'm not sure what other alternatives you could look at for 200mm fans, but the NZXT ones are great. Make sure they're the FS though, I think the other ones are FB or something and they are a bit louder - though they do spin faster as well.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all I must say Nice build. It's a little nicer than mine and mines already 2 years out dated lol. Also nice mouse!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

dat 8.1

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

..What's the hardware monitor app. . .?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build; love the 840 Pro

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! What kind of sound levels do you get with the CNPS2X? I'm currently looking at some low-profile Zalman coolers for a mini-ITX build. Also, does the cooler completely block the first RAM slot, or do you think a low-profile module can fit? For example, a Kingston HyperX Fury Black DDR4/DDR3 stick.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice build, but any reasoning for the 2x Windforce 670s?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I only see one.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

The two is referring to the amount of fans on the GPU.

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

2x Windforce 670s

You made it plural.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I didn't notice that. My apologies.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I got that VC cuz of the rebate. :p

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Windows 8, Nooooooo! :P

Great choice on the SSD but the motherboard isn't great, it used to be the first I'd recommend in it's price bracket but it turns out ASRock cheaped out a bit on the MOSFETS so it's not one I would pick but at stock or with a small overclock it's not a bad choice at all and it does have a great BIOS.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have an actual reason for disliking Windows 8 other than "LULZ TEH METRO IS TEH WERST"?

Also, here is the review of the Extreme 4 that goes over the terrible mosfets: http://www.overclock.net/t/1333812/asrock-z77-extreme4-z77-extreme6-review

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

No i was only having a little joke, although I have used it on a tablet pc for a little while and, as someone who is used to Andriod (on a Nexus 4), I thought it was horrible.

Thanks for the link, as the reviewer says, most other reviewers don't pick up on the bad MOSFETS because they don't bother to look and they then score the board highly without warning people about the way ASRock have cut corners.

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

I was hoping you were joking about that, haha.

And yes, do the PC building community a favor and save that review in bookmarks or something, it's a great resource to spread in the Parts List Opinions Wanted section. not enough people consider the motherboard as important as they should.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

not trying to be mean to the OP, as it definitely does the trick, but so many people just look at features and not build quality these days. I know me personally if I hadn't of seen a review discussing MOSFETS (which I really don't even know anything about) I (like so many others) would have thought it was a fantastic board, but i assumed something was up as soon as I saw the features and the price.

  • 80 months ago
  • -2 points

I see you complained about the Razer keyboard, and if I may be so bold: All but a handful of Razer products are ACTUALLY worth a ****. I believe they make one or two mechanical keyboards that actually compare to the quality of other mech keyboard brands. Razer's cloud based system for storing settings/macros or whatever sounds bad as well, although I haven't fooled with that.

If you want a REAL mech keyboard, at the same price as the one you listed (or cheaper), look into the Cooler Master Storm Quickfire Rapid or the Rosewill RK series. And if you want your mind ****** with mechanical keyboard information: http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

kk. I will check that out. Thanks for sharing!