Description

I had a friend contact me about building him a new computer. He wanted it to be simple, quiet, powerful, and modest. He also wanted to stick to a $900 budget.

He is going to do some moderate gaming on this machine. I know he plays Diablo 3, Team Fortress 2, and a few other games.

Overall the build went really smooth, and the case was a blast to build in. Cable management was super easy, with tons of space behind the motherboard tray. Another cool feature of this case is that the fans in front are modular (so to speak) - they are hooked up to a metallic strip that clips to the case, making these a breeze to take out and clean.

My only gripe is that the rubber grommets come out too easy. That, and some of the PSU cables were "almost" too short. Namely the PCIe wire, and the CPU 8 pin wire.

As you can tell from the photos, that cat clearly helped (so did the Hard Cider).

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Looks like some good cable management too! +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! And a nice kitty, too. :3 +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cat, but all I could think of is that thick fur wreaking havoc on case airflow in about 4-6 months.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha yeah. Hopefully it won't. Good thing the case has dust filters.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

True! In your experience, is the 990fx worth the money as compared to a 970 motherboard if you're using a cpu like the 6300?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It has a few little extras here and there. If you want better components for over-clocking, I would choose this board.

My friend wanted a Gigabyte board, and wanted something that had a stealth look. That is basically what pushed the decision on this board.

However on one of my previous builds I was able to over-clock an FX4130 to 4.5ghz relatively easy. I haven't gotten to test the capabilities of this board fully yet. Currently his CPU is sitting at a nice 4.3ghz.

Also remember that some 970 boards may need a BIOS update when running a newer AMD CPU.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

oh it's stealthy alright...

  • 70 months ago
  • -2 points

You can buy a case with power supply for cheaper :( or a cheaper case and a cheaperpower supply do you really need 500w

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the feedback. I picked out the case for my friend, since he wanted something white, quiet, and not overly flamboyant. While I admit that it is a fairly pricey case, I don't think that it is completely out of line for a case of this quality.

Also, I tend to stay away from generic, under-powered power supplies, especially the cheap-o ones that are usually found bundled with said cases. A case is a matter of preference, and he is happy with it.

As far as the PSU goes, this build is estimated to consume close to 400w of power. For $40 I picked a pretty decent PSU that gives plenty of overclocking headroom (hence the 212 EVO and FX6300).

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks!