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I had no issues. the hardest part was not touching the boxes until everything arrived. I still ended up building it in my old case because the Casecomm took ages to arrive. As did my monitor because paypal decided to use echeque for some reason. The monitor is manufacturer refurbished and works like a charm - not a scratch. Came with warranty too. I saved £50. OCUK were really nice and price-matched most of the components I bought. They have really good customer service from my past experiences so I was really happy.

Ive never experienced multitasking abilities such as this. It cuts through everything I throw at it like a hot knife through butter. Photoshop and After Effects take two seconds to open. On my old laptop it took about 30. It almost pre-empts my clicks it feels so fast. I installed Far Cry 3 to test the performance and its phenomenal. Ultra high on everything and its super smooth. Loading times are pretty much non-existent. Runs super quiet too - with the case fan being the loudest. Amazon sent me two coolers by mistake (or I paid for two by accident, not sure which) so I might use the super silent fan from that to replace the case fan. Intakes cold air from front-bottom and exhausts hot air back-top.

The Casecomm has insane cable management considering it cost me £28+ delivery. Check out the pics. I was worried I would have issues with the cabling but the most I struggled with was stuffing it all behind the mobo and closing the back lid.

I spent a little bit over budget (it was £700 I spent a total of £892.90) but I didnt take a monitor into account back then. This will last me a good few years, and should games progress, I'll just pop another 670 in there.

Spent a few weeks researching and the best tip I can give is MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR NEEDS so you dont go overspending on **** you dont actually need. Also, dont get too nit picky about parts: I got too carried away picking a monitor - reading about dead pixels, poor blacks and backlight bleed etc etc. Do a little research but dont let one bad review put you off. If you like the look of it; get it. If its broken, you are within your right to return it. This is why I went with reputable suppliers.

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  • 85 months ago
  • 5 points

Looks like is was professionally built. Nice Job.

Question: How do you like the IPS monitor? I just purchased the ASUS equivalent .. has not arrived yet.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The monitor is excellent. I haven't noticed any ghosting or whatever else I read about that monitors are supposedly plagued with.

A friend of mine bought the Asus.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent, thanks.

  • 85 months ago
  • 3 points

Good build. I have the same CPU.

Also, dont get too nit picky about parts: I got too carried away picking a monitor - reading about dead pixels, poor blacks and backlight bleed etc etc.

I know that feeling. I was scared of ordering some parts because I read some people having DOAs. Finally just accepted that most of the time shipping is what does it.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

The parts im picking for build look very similar. I have a question, in AE does the pre render time go really fast with that setup?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Much faster. The difference really depends on what you are upgrading from. But I went from 3gb of RAM and a dual core CPU and working with 1080p footage now is akin to what working with 480 was. Also there is no lag between clicking buttons and everything just feels fluid. I can also have Photoshop open in the background and Firefox and switch between the three as if I've just booted up and done a fresh format.

You can also assign AE various cores and RAM configurations to work with when rendering so it does multiple frames at a time. I've never been on full load yet.

I've only had limited opportunity to test it properly thought. So baring in mind that I went from a Dell Studio 1555 laptop to this, the improvement is mind-blowing.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

damn, thats good to hear. Hopfully i can order my stuff soon :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice cable management! I bet that vishera fits all of your psd and ae needs =)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Like your built a lot, except for that monitor. 7ms seems real slow. Most all the ASUS ones in that range are at 2ms. I even found a 1ms asus monitor refurbished 27" 1080p for $219. This monitor but if you check every few days you can always find the refurb price. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236302

O also, you should consider moving all your hhd's/ssd's into the bottom bay and then removing that middle bay for some improved air flow ftw.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I read in a couple of places that gaming is fine on this 7 ms IPS monitor. The ASUS equivalent IPS is 5 ms (VS229H-P, 21.5").

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I heard, you can't notice ghosting below 8ms.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Surprisingly similar to a build i'm considering for an artist friend. That cable management is making me drool.

Was the PSU, and the storage drives all recycled?

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep :) Saved a bunch.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

how much were the hdds?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Free - I recycled them from my old machine.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question... have you tested any other games on this build? I like the build and might order something very similar and, I was just wondering if it could handle playing games?

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

GTA IV

Statistics

Average FPS: 64.59

Duration: 37.31 sec

CPU Usage: 34%

System memory usage: 17%

Video memory usage: 49%

Graphics Settings

Video Mode: 1920 x 1080 (60 Hz)

Texture Quality: High

Shadow Quality: High

Reflection Resolution: High

Water Quality: Very High

Texture Filter Quality: Anisotropic x16

Night Shadows: Off

View Distance: 100

Detail Distance: 100

Hardware

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Service Pack 1

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670

Video Driver version: 310.90

Audio Adapter: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)

AMD FX(tm)-8350 Eight-Core Processor

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

dat cable management... mmmmmm. Very good build!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. I personally love the 8350, and if your cooler is good then I advise OCing it. Again, very nice :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to flash the BIOS or was the 8350 supported out of the box?

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. Planning on building mine with this processor and this is nice to hear.

Question: Are you planning on overclocking? Why did you go with the after market CPU cooler rather than use the stock one the processor came with?

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

That case look so similar to the rosewill challenger...

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this looks really great! What was the full price with all of the extras?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

on a budget???

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the BIOS, or was the Piledriver CPU's supported out of the box?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. I'm actually surprised, but that case looks very good. How is it? Also, are you enjoying the FX-8350? I'm planning on picking it up.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

My part list is similar to this, How do you like the video card and how is the performance when playing games.