The Blue Beast Mk.2 was built with a friend at the end of May. My old computer was still running a five year old AMD FX-6300 and I felt it was time for an upgrade. I wanted a compact full ATX computer that looked beautiful! I Already had many of the parts from my old computer but I knew than I needed a new motherboard, processor, cooler and case.
The Carbide 400c is almost perfect, I would highly recommend this case to anyone thinking about buying one or who is in the market for a compact ATX case. It looks beautiful and makes a real statement in the room, the LEDs hidden around the edges really complete aesthetic and are almost a necessity for the case. I am yet to scratch the window and it seems to be fairly resilient. The airflow is very good and all of the intakes are dust filtered. However, one problem that I did encounter which no one else seems to have covered is that if you fit a full 280mm Rad to the front then the dust filter will not clip in correctly and it will bulge off its mounting. The case was also hard to work in due to its compact nature and the pressure of making the internals look great with good cable management due to the window. It is worth noting that this case has no sound dampening and although I picked quiet components it can get a little noisy under load.
Another build I saw using this case had the H110i roof mounted and I have litterly no idea how they did this as there is very little room up there and the rad wouldn't even fit without the fans because it hit the heatsinks on the motherboard. It dose however fit in the front even with my 970 G1 which has a 299mm length. Cooling is amazing and the software control is flawless, I run it on the quiet mode and the CPU idles at 25 degrees with almost no pump/fan noise.
I'm not going to lie, the motherboard was picked because it is the best black and blue Z97 board I could find, and it looks great, so mission success! However, it still has all the features I was looking for for this build and it has a very easy to use UEFI with full fan control, overclocking options and MSI fast boot ect.
The i5 4690k is a legendary processor and I don't feel as though a review of this component is necessary because it has all been mentioned before, however, in 3d Mark firestike my score rose from 7900 to 9800 with the processor being the main changed component.
I have had the 970 G1 for just over a year now and it was in my old PC, it is an awesome card and I never drop below 60FPS on anything really and I play lots of different games and AAA titles. I would happly recommend it to anyone. The reason I got the G1 and not the normal 970 is that this one comes with a cool backplate and a blue LED. (Shameless I know, but i think the extra £30 was worth it for the ascetic I have achieved. My only gripe with this card is that it is 299mm long, that's massive!!
I hope you enjoyed looking at the Blue Beast Mk.2 and if you have any questions or queries about any of the components I am happy to answer them.