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The case isn't as bad as the price would make you assume. It's not the best for cable management, but does allow for an okay job of getting the cables out of the way. Also, I was expecting the temps to be higher, but seems there is good airflow and keeps the temps well with in acceptable ranges.

The other thing learned was SSD's are very much the way to go when doing a build. It's something I intend to add shortly.

Modular PSU's are amazing things. I'm sure they've been around for awhile, but I can't remember back in 99' ~ 02' seeing them around. Being able to cut out so much cable clutter is fantastic.

The video cards are massive. The last rig I built (I believe in 99' or 00') had a voodoo3 3000, and it would be eaten alive by the size of cards today.

The mechanical keyboard is amazing. I have a very hard time programming on anything else after using it for the past 4 months. The Razer Taipan is very nice as well; it's amazing how much this thing can be configured to the users liking.

EDIT:

My son and I have updated his rig with a new PC case--Corsair 540 Air, CPU cooler--Noctua NH D-14, hard drive with an SSD-- Toshiba - Q Series Pro 128GB, his PSU to a Nexus RX-1.1K (because he wants to get a 3rd 7950) and ram--Crucial BallisX low profile 16GB(I took his 8GB (2x4GB) G.Skill Ripjaw X and put them in my rig (which is visible in one of the pics): http://pcpartpicker.com/b/HwZ). It's a much quieter rig and has a less 'from the trailer park' look now.

I don't see Nexus offered in the PSU category, so I've left the previous PSU in the item list for now.

Not sure why pcpartpicker is choosing two different companies when I select the exact same ram module, but is what it is. I bought them both from Amazon.

NOTE:

I have nothing against people who reside in a trailer park.

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Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

even though i am questioning your case, it seems like a good build overall :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Gaudy *** case but that's how I like cases, not those boring *** fractal ones !

Nice build ! how is the xfire treating you ?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Crossfire is hit or miss. Doesn't scale as well as I expected, but when it does, it's impressive. Battlefield 3 scales great whereas Killing Floor shows no gains. I do like that the motherboard allows for enough space between the cards so that the top card has room to 'breathe'.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Snazzy case xP Looks pretty sweet actually!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man what type of fan did you install as the front case fan? a 120mm or 80mm? because I have a 120mm and I tried to istall it between the outside of the case and the front panel. You can only install it from the inside right?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LED. Just popped the face plate off and mounted it in front of the hard drive bays.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

but is the fan inside the case or between the front plate and the case? because I tried putting a 120mm fan in front and the faceplate doesn't haven enough space for it.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It's inside the case. The fan is not mounted between the front plate and the chassis. The front plate is removed to gain access to screw the fan on to the inside of the chassis. The fan exhaust should be right in front of the HDD bay.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh OK are you able to mount your hard drive in the HDD bay properly? Because the fan I have installed makes it impossible for me to put any hard drive in there.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorta. Its not flush with the bay; it's hanging out towards the PSU more. Front drive screws and mid screws are holding the drive in place. Back screws (those towards the sata connection) are closest to the PSU.