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UPDATE 7/17/2015

-I replaced the Phantom 410 with a black S340. I just finished the case swap, and I can already say the S340 is much more satisfying to look at and work with. Took some pictures along the way and when finished, for your viewing leisure.

-The name was changed from the Spider-Man Greyhound to Symbiote Spider-Man. The case is all black, and that + red and blue parts reminded me of Spider-Man's symbiote suit and how it sort of engulfs him (as the case does the parts, I'm so smart!).


This was my first custom PC build, given birth to back in July 2014. I chose the parts I did mainly for gaming, and the necessary school work. In retrospect, I wish there were some parts I didn't choose, so in this description I will tell you why to possibly NOT purchase the below components.

-Cooler Master Seidon 120M: this is one of the cheapest AIOs you can buy, and definitely not one of the good ones. It performs only a couple degrees lower than a Hyper 212 EVO, but costs a bit more than twice as much. The included fan didn't really do all that much in terms of static pressure, so I swapped it out for a couple of Corsair SP120s. Pump is a bit noisy too. Only purchase if you're on a budget but MUST have an AIO just to have one.

-Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB: this is definitely a good SSD, don't get me wrong on that. My first one too, so I can't complain at all. HOWEVER, at the time of purchase I didn't know that the '3K' part signified reduced performance, yet at the time it was $70-something. Still is. I liked the look of it, so I got it. Bad idea on my part to fall for looks, but it definitely costs too much compared to the competition.

-NZXT Phantom 410: OHHHHHHHHH BOY, where do I start? I don't think the front intake vent is filtered at all. The rubber grommets are held in place by nothing more than willpower. The paint on the plastic part scratches VERY easily. The PSU dust filter is just a piece of mesh, without an easy way to remove it. The front only supports 1 140mm fan, when most cases in this price point have 2. It DOES have a lot of cable tie points though, that was nice. But it definitely falls behind considering the price and the competition.

And that's about it. Now that I'm smarter, I have some upgrades in mind, namely getting a Phanteks Enthoo Pro M when I can. Thank you all for viewing my build, and I apologize for the lack of pictures. I really didn't take that many, and I'm currently on vacation. :)

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  • 57 months ago
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A great looking build! +1

  • 57 months ago
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Haha thanks :D it was impossible to hide that fan cable above the drive cage though

  • 57 months ago
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You can't learn if you don't try it yourself, even reading reviews is not going to tell you how good would it be for you.

Pretty balanced build afterall, so +1.

  • 57 months ago
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Very true. Thats why I think non-reviewers should be able to enter some sort of lottery and be sent review samples too, so we can give our peers an unbiased review

  • 57 months ago
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that might be a weird question But i want to know how good is the monitor? I have my eyes on it and I want to know is it good before I buy one

  • 57 months ago
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For the price its amazing. 2ms response time (though I really can't tell the difference), and the colors were perfect when I got it. No adjustment was needed. Although the glossy exterior does smudge and show dirt easily. And there's no DisplayPort. But for the price its great

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  • 57 months ago
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The stretchmarks are still there LOL. And yeah, you got the spiderman part right. I called it greyhound, honestly just because the case is grey :P but needless to say 1080p gaming is VERY enjoyable, esecially when coming from Intel integrated graphics

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  • 57 months ago
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If I do get the Enthoo Pro M, the name is gonna have to change to the Spiderman....brushed aluminum plastic?