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Some corrections to my parts list: The right monitor is actually a Dell 1905FP and I use a Sidewinder X8 mouse now.

My rendering/design build in a Raidmax Seiran. Upgrading to a 670 or 7950 this holiday season. I mainly use this for my design work or video rendering; but this is also my main gaming rig. I can get a solid 40-50 FPS on DayZ. Some other games I can get smooth play on 'ultra' settings include Skyrim, DOTA 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, PAYDAY: The Heist, Portal 1/2, Prototype 2, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Sniper Elite V2, Spec Ops: The Line, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Future Soldier and H.A.W.X, Tribes: Ascend.

As you can see, the cooler I have; the N520, just BARELY fit into the case. The tops of the heat pipes are literally millimeters away from hitting the fan shroud when the side door is on. Originally, I was hoping to get a Hyper 212 EVO, but after some measuring, I found that it wouldn't have fit. I think this cooler is a perfect substitute. Even with a full screen game and browser, Spotify, Skype, etc. running; my CPU has never gone about 100F/38C. This is whilst the CPU is overclocked to 4420MHz as well.

The included picture of the back of the case was prior to an assault of zip ties on that mess of cables. Its much cleaner now, I promise. It's just very difficult to get the case door back on when you take it off. There isn't much space between the back of the tray and the edge of the case itself. There are actually very large 'caverns' molded into the door on the back that allow you to mold the cables to that shape and fit a large amount back there. It takes time, but its pretty effective management. As well, the front panel connection cables do not have a channel above the main compartment as in some other cases. They rest directly on top of my CD drive and go out through the nearest management port.

Another thing you may notice is that I have 3 HDDs. 2 of them are old IDE drives that I used to use until my SATA-IDE converter broke. So now I just have my single Barracuda. Just a warning to everyone out there, the SATA connector on this drive is very very fragile. I accidentally snapped off the black plastic guide for the data input on the drive. Because of the front facing SATA inputs on my board, I had been forced -- well not really but whatever -- to use a straight plug on my HDD rather than a right angle. When my hand glanced the plug, it gave enough leverage to snap the connector. Currently, I have the connector reassembled into the plug so that it at least guides the pins correctly. I should be getting a hotswap dock soon to alleviate any further issues the broken plug will cause.

If you would like any other details or want me to run some kind of benchmark for you, shoot me an email at jpickett@chromobyte.com

Regards,

Jordan Pickett

Comments

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

i like it nice build but i will go with intel cpu for gaming and hight performance programs

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Like I said to the other guy; I would've gone with Intel, but I already had a spare AM3+ board so I figured why not and grabbed the 4100. It works well enough for me.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

make sense

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

good job, everything looks nice, i like the case, hows the 4100? i dont like bulldozers except the 4100 so i was just asking

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it's fantastic. Definitely one of the most affordable bulldozers. I can easily get it up to 4.6 or 4.7 somewhat stably. I just prefer to keep it around 4.4 for the nice cool temperatures.

  • 88 months ago
  • -2 points
  • 88 months ago
  • 0 points

nice Build I'm going AMD too(I'm an AMD FanBoy). Never heard of that case though but now you've gave me another option for a case!

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I spent a while looking through Newegg's selection and I came across it. It only has a few reviews on it but I personally thinks its great. It could be a bit wider to allow for larger CPU heatsinks; but its fantastic otherwise.

  • 88 months ago
  • -1 points

I would have still done whatever to get an Intel i5 2500k, but im not a fanboy, dont worry. And building a pc now, I would go to a 660 ti as a gpu

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea the only reason I stuck with AMD is because I had this board already and it suited all the needs I had. The 550TI was a leftover as well. Once I get a 7950 or a 670 it should be much quicker.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

oh i see, nice

  • 88 months ago
  • -1 points

The 660ti is quite mediocre, I would go with a 670

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

not really, have you looked at the bench marks in comparrison? in games auch as Crysis 2, the Witcher 2 and others, it ran then on the highest available settings at around 10 frames less than the 670. 670 ran around 60 frames and the 660 ti ran them at 50, which isnt mediocre in my opinion. Especially not for the price. It also is the first of the series to match its next level up. i.e. 560 ti didnt compare to the 570 but the 660 ti compares to the 670.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

You're right, actually.