Description Gaming, Streaming, Editing. This is my first real attempt at building something this fast. I may not know exactly what I’m doing, but I’m sure going to have fun in the discovery! That said, let me preface all of this by saying it was a rush build. I was forced into it when my old PC (a Dell Dimensions XPS I purchased in March 2003) died. I figured if I could keep that piece running for 13 years, I could do this.
I was not able to put everything I wanted into this build, so I will be making modifications over the years. I intend to add sound card & speakers. I will also replace/upgrade the keyboard, mouse, monitor, GPU, SSD and case fans. And when the grand experiment is done, I will upgrade the CPU. Maybe the motherboard may even get overhauled.
Don’t be surprised to see any of the parts I’ve installed on eBay one day.
Now, for a little insight from my efforts:
• The GR One is a great case. It is totally spacious and good cable management. However, it comes with a
couple of caveats;
o I wanted to replace the case fans in front with either blue or preferably purple LCD fans. However, the fans need to have a square brittle frame that matches the original case fans because they are not screwed in . . . they are held in place with clips. o The space within the top hood does not allow the fans of the SwifTech H240-X to be inserted above the cage. The fans must be inserted between the cage and the radiator which limits the space between the cooler and the motherboard. **YOU MUST PLUG IN THE TOP POWER CABLE TO THE MOTHERBOARD AND ROUTE IT BEFORE INSERTING THE COOLER.**
• As for the H240-X, I had only 1 issue. The screws that come with the cooler are too short. They will hold the fans onto the radiator, but if your intention is to mount the device on a wall of the case, you will need to purchase a pack of machine screws that are about ¼” longer.
Note that I removed the exhaust fan from the top of the cage to insert the H240-X. I also inserted a purple LCD fan as intake on the floor of the cage behind the PSU. And for added protection, I sat the rig on 2 ceramic tiles to keep carpet fibers out of it.
I don't want to knock it down a full star for short screws. Besides, the system is completely expandable.
No issues with the board, however the owner's manual was written for PhD candidates.
Flawless so far.
Too small for C: drive. This is my fault.
Driving an LG EW 224T. More than capable.
Rating can be shared among all case manufacturers. The idea that no full ATX case has been moved beyond USB 2.0 is ridiculous. As for this case in particular, more space could be provided on top of the cage to allow case fans to be mounted on top of the cage instead of underneath. Also, the USB 20-1 connector sits a little loosely in it's socket.
All the power I need until I go SLI.
Will eventually need a Blu-Ray Writer.
This was recommended until the bugs have been worked out of WIN10. Besides, 9 is one of my favorite numbers. How dare MS skip it!!