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CPU - Performs very well, no trouble whatsoever would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a gaming CPU.

GPU- I was originally planning on getting an 7870 but when I saw this come out I thought id take the plunge and get the latest model and I'm not disappointed plays games like Farcry 3 and BF4 comfortably. great performance/price ratio too in my opinion, look now further for a good value gpu.

RAM- Another good value buy. One thing I would check though if you have this is if it is running at 1600mhz I found mine was at 1333mhz when I first installed it but it only takes 2 mins to change the speed in the bios, might have even just been the default the motherboard was set to.

Motherboard- no complaints, does the job fine. The Flash bios feature works really well, just plug in the usb 2 mins through the bios menu select the memory stick find the file and done. plenty of guides online too for anyone unsure who hasn't updated the bios before.

CPU Cooler and Thermal Paste- The cooler is very awkward to fit for the first time, and it only just fits in the case. However it shows good results especially with the second fan I added after, with around 55-62C while gaming. Although if you are thinking of overclocking I would definitely recommend getting a much higher end air cooler or a water cooler. it is definitely quite loud I can't compare it too stock as I've never used it but personally I prefer wearing headphones while gaming/working so I've had no issues with it. I may later invest in a corsair H80i to give me a few extra degrees and to open up the opportunity for overclocking in the future.

Hard drive- No problems to report I have had issues with Seagate drives before so I opted for a WD this time out. So far so good.

Case- looking online it seems like a great deal on paper getting a gaming case with 4 case fans, and that's what convinced me to pick it up as even if the fans weren't great they would get me on my way. But there are some issues with this case. Firstly it isn't the biggest everything is a bit of a squeeze one main disappointment is the lack of space behind the motherboard side panel meaning you can feed very few wires down that way to the bottom of the case, this mixed with the fact the case is already quite small for a gaming case means cable management is a pain and its hard to get to a reasonable standard therefore also hindering airflow. Also as mentioned earlier the cooler only just fit in meaning any taller standing cooler is out of the question.

PSU- The semi-modular design is brilliant, meaning you only use the cables you need! I'm so happy I picked this up as it helped a great deal in alleviating my cable management problems mentioned earlier. I would've had no chance with a normal power supply!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, just wondering how you connected the front fan? The wire seemed a little short to connect to anything for me

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, from what I remember I managed to take a wire down the back of the case from the psu to the bottom of the case. Everything is a bit of a squeeze in this case to be honest, making cable management difficult.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah I realised that I just had to untie the wire at the front to make it reach. I know right, only managed to get a spare power cable to go round the back of the case to put it out the way. I decided to make like a little nest of cables under the disk drive, not the most elegant solution but it should help airflow. Also how much room did you have for that cooler? thinking of replacing the stock one

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi again, the cooler fits in but it's a very close fit, If it was any taller you would need to sacrifice one of the 2 fans on the side to fit it in. In addition while playing games like BF4 and Far cry I've been getting quite high temps above 65C, so i've decided to invest in a second fan for the cooler to see if that drops the temps. what are your temps like with the stock cooler?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, tempted to perhaps just leave it be then since I dont plan to overclock any time soon. At idle its about 45C and goes up to about 85C while playing. Its just the sound of the stock fan that annoys me really

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

well with my cooler with a second fan. I'm managing around 35C idle and about 55-63C while gaming. I'm always wearing my headphones so I didn't really mind if it was too loud :D

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fit the Graphics card. Thanks

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a close fit but i managed to fit it in. Are you using the same case and graphics card?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using the same case, but the R9 270 Gaming version of your card.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh okay well i managed to fit mine in. i think i put the graphics card in before the hard disk so i had a little more room to manoeuvre the card behind the black plate for the HDD/SSD.