This is Moissan, named after the discoverer of silicon carbide, Ferdinand Frederic Henri Moissan. I use it primarily for gaming, but with Electrical Engineering being my major, it will eventually be used for 3D modelling and any other programs I might require.
You may or may not remember a similar rig by the name of Ttammy, which was essentially the same machine, save for the case and a few fans. Yesterday, I transplanted parts from Ttammy into Moissan. Don't worry, I will be donating Ttammy's chassis to my friend who needs me to help him build a computer.
Some exposition as to why I bought the case: My 21st birthday was a couple of days ago, so I thought I might as well get something for myself. When I found out that Corsair released the Carbide Series 88R, I knew that that was what I wanted.
Make no mistake, I'm a typical broke college kid, and this case was purchased with birthday money. I originally bought all of the expensive parts when I had a decent paying job and was attending community college. Now I'm at a full-on university, and school is my primary focus (although I do hold a part-time job at the apartment complex I live in). Anyway, not trying to throw a pity party, so let's go over some of the parts.
Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower I only have three issues with the 88R:
- The lack of in-case fan headers.
The ASUS Z97M-PLUS only has three fan headers, with two of them meant for the CPU cooler, so the only way I can power more than one chassis fan is to have the case power the fans, or get a fan hub. The 88R doesn't come with fan headers, so I had to go with the latter option. Luckily, the Thermaltake Core V21 had the same exact problem, so I purchased the Thermaltake Commander FX 10-port fan hub whenever I built Ttammy. Unfortunately, there is no controlling how fast the fans are running, so they are running at max speed constantly. On the other hand, I really don't care because the fans aren't that loud.
Note: I realize I could have used a fan header splitter, but I'd rather not try and power 7 fans from a single header. Not to mention that it would look bad / impede airflow.
- Cable management.
This issue is one that I totally expected, given the fact that it's a mATX case, so it's not so much an issue for me as it is something I'd like to make note of in the event someone is looking to build with this case. The RM850 comes with fairly long cables, so managing them was a bit of a challenge. I could have taken some time and cut down the cables to shorter lengths, but I'm a special kind of lazy, so I took almost a whole hour contemplating how to fit as much of the cables behind the side panel. It all worked out in the end, so I'm not going to whine about it.
- Air filtering.
Again, this is something that I expected when I bought this case, so not really a personal issue. This case's front panel has three mesh filters (one on the bottom, left, and right sides). The mesh is not very fine, so I can definitely see some dust making its way into my case. Fortunately, the airflow in this case is great, so I don't expect so see much dust settling down.
The pros for this case are that it has a nice tinted window, great airflow (when the cables are properly managed), and has full tower aesthetics that are properly miniaturized to the mATX form factor. In my opinion, it fits perfectly into the Carbide Series.
Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" SSD
I purchased this SSD soon after it was released, and with the firmware updates from Samsung, it's still a solid SSD.
This is a great little cooler, and since I've got it in push-pull as an intake, it really keeps my CPU temperatures down. Nice and quiet (at least, with aftermarket fans). Not much else to say about it.
Thermaltake Riing and Luna fans
Thermaltake's Riing series is by far my favorite when it comes to being aesthetically pleasing and functional (the static pressure is pretty great).
The Luna series is good as well, bringing decent CFM to the table without being as loud as a jet engine.
Both fan series' are not the quietest on the market (Noctua, be quiet!, and Cougar are the quietest, if I'm not mistaken), but they certainly aren't the loudest.
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
You probably noticed that the price for Windows 10 Pro is definitely not the normal price. That's because I originally had Windows 7 Home Edition, and since I signed up to test Windows 10 before it was officially released, Microsoft upgraded me to Pro. Pretty great deal if you ask me. Aside from the spyware that's in the OS, I really like how it looks and functions. Speaking of the Windows 10 spyware, I use the program Destroy Windows Spying. I could do the registry edits and whatnot myself, but DWS does all of it for me with the click of a button (again, I'm lazy).
Well, that's about all I have to say about this rig. Sorry for the wall of text, I really didn't mean for it to go on for this long. I really enjoyed building in the 88R, and I hope that it is as pleasing to look at for you as it is for me.
2016 Edit: No, I do not plan to upgrade to a 1080/1070 (or whatever comes after)