Description

Use this machine for some moderate to heavy gaming (once I have a new display and GPU, feel free to suggest a good combo).

Intel rapid storage technology is giving me issues but other than that everything checks out.

Windows 8 can be annoying but after installing classic shell it becomes quite nice.

Cable management is a bit of an issue in this case, mounting the SSD upside down made managing it's power cable really annoying. Other than that the case is solid, sleek and seems durable. It also supports up to 5 case fans and a huge radiator, which is great for the price and in such a compact size.

The pic are taken with my mobile/cell phone, if your wondering why the quality is so bad

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

What GPU do you plan on getting?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking an AMD R9 280x and 1440p display (QNIX looks good, I don't mind the Korean monitors).

Though I am curious about the R9 290(non-x) and it's price performance. GTX 770 prices are also falling. So I'm not sure lol. Any advice?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

You might want to wait for the 290.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

What budget did you have in mind for your gpu? I'd recommend something like a 7950/270x for a lower budget, a 280x/770 for a mid budget or a 780/290x for a higher budget.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

My budget is around £200-£250 the R9 280x looks good, seems like it handles 1440p well.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The wider memory bus and more vram than it's counterpart definitely help

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

If you planned on buying Arkham City: Origins, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, you'll find the GTX to be by far a better deal since that's $180 worth of free games, and another $100 off a Shield if you want one (or care to resell for a ~$100 profit). Radeon released some good cards but those new nvidia pricing changes and bundle deals are just insane imo.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Hard to tell in the pics if your PC is sitting on carpet or not. If so I'd get a board or something hard and flat under it for your PSU intake. Build looks good otherwise. I would also say, don't wait too long for a GPU... There will always be new things "just around the corner". Set a date for after the closest release of the card you may want so benchmarks and stats will be available and nab the best one (best performance / best performance per dollar... whatever your preference).

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

That was just for the night while powered down. Have moved it to the enclosed space under the desk (not on carpet) for just that reason. Thanks for the advice on the GPU, I'm thinking I might should just **** or get off the pot so to speak. Integrated will just have to do for a couple of weeks

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

280x toxic is available from dabs at £250 which should making you choice easier :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeh was looking at the card... Looks sexy. Is there any advantage (other than the higher stock clock) over the MSI one? It's 25£ cheaper and seems to OC well. I'm a total Noob at GPU OCing could both cards obtain same real world performance?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

i am too haha!! im in the process of building my first rig. however im pretty sure that the toxic can OC higher than the msi. i read somewhere that once fully oc'd the toxic is ever so slightly behind a 780. hope that helps !!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

also how did you get w8 for £20 ?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Went on reddit /r/softwareswap. People sell and trade legit codes. Download an iso, make a Usb boot drive and your away, it's pretty easy.

Do some checking, the codes are sometimes in a legal grey area. All I read said the buyer won't face any repercussions and the seller had good feedback. Have a look. Gonna do some researchon that toxic, if it OCs that wwe'll I could be worth the 25 quid.

Good luck on the build, message me when your ready to buy/built. Would love to see what your going for!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

thats awesome, ive already got my os (w7) for £42 so not to bad really. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/clarky007/saved/2wfx thats that will be my build as you can see some parts are already ordered.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Also remember that US codes work fine

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you did good with the pics unlike so many that are lazy with necessary pics missing. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Gonna take some better quality ones to post on /r/cablemanagement. I'll post them here too

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you like the keyboard? thinking of picking one up

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

It's my first time using a mech KB and my typing accuracy is not good but I'm really starting to get used to it and it's lovely. The brown switches still give a fairly loud clack amd the backlight is great and nicely customisable. Function keys are nice and the integrated numpad is really quite useful! Probably best backlit mechanical keyboard for the price (unintentionally, the colour scheme matches my case nicely too!)