So I decided this year to fulfill a long time dream of mine with my tax returns and build myself a gaming computer! I had a budget of about $800 and stuck pretty close to it. I had to include a mouse, keyboard, and headset in that. I didn't have to worry about a monitor, as I'll be using one of two tvs in the house.
I was closer than I ended up, but decided I HAD to stretch enough for a SSD. Speaking of the SSD, I am aware NOW of the issues going on with the one I chose, but didn't until I had already ordered it. I figure that I won't notice that much since I've never had a SSD before so I'll just deal with it.
I'm planning to use this mostly for MMOs, Sims, Skyrim, maybe a few other games. I expect that I'll upgrade as I need to, but I went for something a little more basic to start since I wasn't sure if I'd be able to handle this much lol. I might look into overclocking, but at this point I feel like that's a little over my head.
Had a moment of panic when I plugged it in and hit the psu switch and nothing happened. Then my boyfriend mentioned the power button and I realized, I didn't hit it! Once I did that, it works and gets to POST. That's as far as I'm going tonight, until I get the SSD in! I'll update with my adventures in setting it up tomorrow or Thursday!
So I just spent about six hours getting this thing set up! I really have to say that the internet is a life saver. I ran into several issues along the way with getting everything configured right, but I'm finally finished! I have my first games installing now.
I love this case! The design is very minimal which I was looking for. I adore the military theme of it. It feels very solid and sturdy with the steel they used for the whole case. The handles on the top are attached very firmly and don't roll in your hands. They also snap back down when you let go, which keeps them out of the way. The side panel clamps are sturdy and hold the panels on solidly but easy to open. I love the tool-less design for adding parts. The built-in cable management is a blessing, keeping all your cables hidden in the back.
It got the job done, but not without problems. Still, quite worth finding the work-arounds just for the price!