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I ran into a couple hiccups along the way, but in whole the build is very satisfying. I haven't tweaked the OC settings on any of my components (still a little new to the PC world), though I imagine that is something I will eventually stumble into. The hiccups mainly involved the H100i, they tell you that the mounts have been adjusted for the Haswell sockets (1150), but really its just an extended oval mount, making it sort of a jigsaw to mount on the back of your motherboard. Once you are actually able to align the brackets into the motherboard and screw on your front mounts, you'll notice (on a Micro-board at least) that the mounts are intended for a much thicker board. I'm not sure if this was because of the specific dimensions of the GRYPHON or to what nature, but I ended up applying my own rubber washers (same kind used to silence your fans) to the back of the board in order to secure the pumps' mount. I thought about boxing the whole thing up and sending it back, but realized that Corsair probably would have gave me similar instructions. I will also note that the stock fans that come with the radiator are efficient, but terribly loud. It really doesn't bother me because I think it sounds pretty beastly, especially when I can control their speed through the Corsair Link 2 in the desktop. However, if your looking for a quiet operation, then I would suggest upgrading. The other hiccup I came across was my drive occasionally cuts out, more than likely because it was the cheapest and highest rated drive on the site. Though it has served its purpose and has worked, eventually, for all of my drivers. Another bust I had was in my keyboard, apparently the unify devise is a hit or miss, meaning some of them work and some of them are a little more sketchy. If you get a bad chip, the connection between the chip and your USB mount won't be flush, resulting in a loss of connection. However, you can simply send it back and get a new one. In respects to performance, like mentioned earlier, I'm highly pleased. I enjoyed the build process and I'm enjoying learning the depth of these computers. I would say that right now I average BF3 at about 80 fps on ultra and it runs fairly cool. A truly shocking difference for me, considering I've always played on a console prior.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build, however the naming. Yes this is going to outperform every console for the next 10 years, however your build is more than 4 times the price of a console. You can't compare this with a console.

I do like the build and that is why you deserve my +1, enjoy your build!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much, and I do agree, the the unit is a shinny penny and really doesn't compare with consoles, but its a catchy name and it killed the consoles for me.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Although I agree that you can't really compare it to consoles directly, if the next-gen has any of the reliability of this one (I went through three 360s and a buddy went through a few PS3s all but one post warranty), then that does bring the margin down some. Combine this with the fact that with some overclocking and maybe a few minor upgrades, it will probably be better than gen-9 consoles (purely speculation :P), that brings the margins down even further.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Amen to that, I have had no problems with any of my playstations (genI to genIII) whatsoever, but friends of mine have had lots of problems, they became too hot and of course the red ring of death that everyone knows from the Xbox :P

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  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Just like how mine is going to be hopefully, in the process of buying my parts right now. My gryphon board came today with its armor kit as well, apparently it keeps it even cooler and makes it look aesthetically pleasing, which i agree with! Not a big fan of the brown on the board but thankfully it doesn't show up that well after the kit has been applied

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Consul killer indeed! lol that's kind of an understatement! Yes, after this build, you'll never come back to consul gaming! :) Welcome to the PC gamer community! Looks real sweet! Enjoy!

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

It is a incredible build, I am saving up for something similar, only difference is that I am going with the Sabertooth. When you replenish your funds, you should put some thought into buying the Gryphon Armor Kit. Very nice and tidy build. +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I really like the look and performance of the tuf boards. Good luck on your build!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Why should he buy the armor? It doesn't really offer any benefits.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I just think it adds a nice touch to the aesthetics.