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This is my first gaming build. I have been a gamer since the 90's and have been mainly a console gamer. When I was young I used to play Blizzard games on the Mac and other Mac based games like Age of Empires and Heroes of Might and Magic. I decided to go all out of a PC build because there is just too much to do. Plus I like to stream my Xbox one Destiny gameplay.
After a lot of research this is what I decided on. For 4k gaming and streaming this seems fine. This can easily be upgraded to an SLI setup or to a 1080.
This build is not complete! I need to touch up the cable management, add 2 more ram sticks, and replace the fans I don't like with the Corsair HD120 RGB's. I will update once it is finished.
This guy is awesome so far. After a lot of research, you just get too much bang for your buck. I will post results after I overclock.
So far this thing is great, we will see how cool it keeps the CPU after Overclock. So far I have not seen the CPU go over 63C under full load. I love the look and it's a great price point. The only downside is the LED in the CPU fan only is consistent when the fan is at full speed. If you want to see the constant LED pulse you have to run full speed or hook the wiring direct to the PS.
This motherboard has been great. The BIOS is pretty easy to use and it has most of the features I need.
Good sturdy Ram stick. I have not really tested much of the performance yet but the quality is much better than any other stick I have used. I feel like I could drop these out of a 3rd story window and they would still work. Corsair also offers tons of customization on these: LED fan cooling unit, LED conversion kit.
Great performance for the money. It looks really nice too.
This is probably my favorite part. This card looks great and performs even better. You can customize the LED colors as well to match your build. EVGA really has done well with parts for my build.
SO here is the low down on this case.... A lot of the negatives you read about this case are true. However, this thing is just beautiful. It's material quality is really good and it's pretty compact for an ATX. If you get the lighting and cable management right, this will offset the downsides.
-Airflow is not great so you have to make up for it with good cooling (You should be doing this anyways with a high end build). I am going to add some of Corsair's HD120 RGB fans this week to give it even more cooling power. I am running 2 intake and one exhaust (The radiator fans are not technically intake since it is drawing air from the case). As of right now, my components are keeping cool.
-Cable management will be tough since everything is a tight fit. I still need to update my cables once I install a few new parts. The back glass panel fits pretty snug with all the wires in the back, it just takes some trial and error. I got creative with some velcro pads for a fan controller and my NZXT hue+.
-The motherboard i/o shield compatibility sucks. It does not fit perfect so you have to wiggle it around after the MB is installed to make it work. Most i/o shields are cheap aluminum anyways so this area of you computer will just have to be ghetto. Be a man and deal with it.
Besides this the case is awesome. I have no regrets.
I bought this on Ebay for 80 bucks open box without the cables. I knew I was using upgraded BitFenix cables so this was a win win for me.
These are 3 pin so controlling them will be difficult. I have 2 of them in front of the radiator so you can only see the LED's from the front of the case. They are super quiet though so I have no problem running these full blast at all times. They also look really nice. Once my HD120 RGB's come in I am going to move them around. I will probably use them to supplement my radiator cooling.