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Photos and wiring 2.0. Thanks for that suggestion. This is my third time building a PC. I build this mainly for gaming, but also for other things. I had a max budget of 680$ and that is what I stuck with. The keyboard, mouse, and monitor were all bought separately.

The CPU is awesome, runs cool and fast. Mobo is just your average motherboard. RAM is rather basic. Hard drive is just a workhorse. 7850 absolutely demolishes games for the price while staying cool. 600 watt PSU has few connectors, but runs well and quiet. Case has a few issues, though. There is a fan controller, so you will need a Molex connector on your power supply. Fair amount of light leak from around the front bezel. And the front panel connectors are a pain to deal with. Great airflow, though. ODD is just a basic optical drive. Windows 8 has absolutely awesome boot times.

Tell me what you guys think! Planning to add another 4 gig stick at Christmas time. Then, later on, an aftermarket CPU heatsink.

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  • 79 months ago
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Good build! pricey case for that budget though!

  • 79 months ago
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It was definitely worth it. Great case to look at, and I liked the airflow.

  • 79 months ago
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Yeah it is really pretty. I heard it is a fingerprint magnet though.

  • 79 months ago
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Mainly just the window. Few issues, though. There is a fan controller, so you will need a Molex connector on your power supply. Fair amount of light leak from around the front bezel. And the front panel connectors are a pain to deal with.

  • 79 months ago
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Front panel connectors are always a pain :p

Ahh i was wondering if there was a fan controller on that case. No wonder its so popular! Not bad at all for 70-80 bucks!

  • 79 months ago
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Yeah, that fan controller is awesome. you have to really work around the front connectors as they are right down the middle of the holes.

  • 79 months ago
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There are literally 3 parts different from what I'm thinking about building.

  • 79 months ago
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Nice budget build! FYI though, cable management is free.

  • 79 months ago
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looks fairly good to me I do think you should get an after-market heat sink CPU cooler the ones provided with the CPU's aren't quite up to the task and an OK budget cooler will only set you back like £30 or $45-$50

  • 79 months ago
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You have a PSU and case that are good for cable management. You should clean it up. Really nice build.

  • 79 months ago
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Great, thanks for that suggestion. I finished re-doing the wiring.

  • 79 months ago
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I'm getting the same CPU and GPU and RAM. May i ask, what games do you play on it? would love to hear some benchmarks upfront :)

  • 79 months ago
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This thing runs great. Minecraft with SEUS Ultra, Optifine, and a x128 texture pack runs at 50 fps+. Team Fortress 2 runs maxed with over 150. Deus Ex runs at ultra at 100ish. Euro Truck Simulator 2 runs at ultra between 50-80 FPS. It absolutely demolishes games. Load times are fast as well.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

damn good cooling

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the Phantom has some really nice airflow even with my bad wiring. XD

  • 79 months ago
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I've seen a lot worse here. Bit of a rat's nest at the bottom, but that shouldn't really impede airflow.

  • 79 months ago
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The darn case came with the front IO cables already zip tied down, so it made it quite a challenge to do anything... Plus, there were a few useless connectors.

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

That is definitely coming down the pipeline within the next few months. This is just a start up to PC gaming. Lower the initial cost.