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This will be quick and I will add to this later but this was my first build. I spent around 2 weeks learning, reading and researching everything. Then rushed into it and purchased all my parts in about a week and a half. The build itself took me like 6 hours. (Wife didnt like the undivided attention :P and Cable Management was intensely difficult even with this full case! Thats probably laughable to many of you but I am very happy and proud. I will add more pics later too. There are a LOT of peripherals on this machine and boy did it take a while to put those cables away! Hope you like it and tell me what you think!

Current Configuration:

Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD runs: OS, Microsoft Suite, core programs 2nd partition: Steam, Origin, Guild Wars 2

2x 1TB HDDs: RAID1 containing work docs, pics, and main storage.

1x 1TB HDD: Containts full system restores and backups of SSD and RAID1 drives.

O.C.: Just a lil bit using MSI OC Genie programs and a bit of custom tinkering. (Dont wanna make a mistake!)

Future Plans: Replace all 1TB Seagate drives with new WD Black 2TB HDDS. Replace 250GB EVO 850 SSD with EVO 850 500GB.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

looks great

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Chris!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

That case looks badass. Why did you rate it so low? Just curious.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment on the case Mat. I rated it 3 of 5 stars because on the back side of the case, behind the Mobo wall, there are very poorly placed built-in cable tie-downs. There are 2 vertical rows of 3 tiny metal slots that you can attach a twist-tie, zip-tie, rip-tie to. Where they need to be are closer to the front where people add peripherals to. This case offers so many front 5.25" bays! Its awesome! BUT.. Why have so many bays without any true traffic lanes for them to run in? All of your SSDs/HDDs are beneath that, so when you are running those SATA data and pwr cables up to the center of your Mobo for data connection and the pwr down for pwr; then all of your 5.25" bays(see my photo, 5 of 6 bays used)... you have NO room for all of that. I managed to do an OK job at running them after spending alot of time with it. Im still a lil worried cuz I had to slightly push my side panel on to be able to screw it in. Dont get me wrong, I really do love this case! It just requires alot of work arounds due to poorly placed(and lack of quantity) tie downs in my opinion. The final result I love though, just took me a lot longer to get there :) If you have any other questions ask away!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, just what do you plan to do on it? My 1st few builds cable management was not that good either:)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

My wife works with 3 programs that interact together for her job and is quite demanding of the CPU. We have gone through 2 laptops over the last 3 years so I wanted to get a powerful enough CPU to handle that as well as enough RAM to make the multitasks seamless. That's why I purchased so much RAM (32GB). After all the reviews on RAM, it appeared that my best bet was with Corsair. They seem most compatible, have fewest faults/issues based on consumer reviews, and with the Vengeance Pro series I can O.C., which I intend to do just a little bit of for learning purposes. It is the 1600Mhz version that has X.M.P.(I still have to learn what exactly that is and how to implement it). I will probably try to push it to 1866Mhz and leave it as that. A friend told me I wont see that much difference between those two Mhz configs but I'd like to find out :). I have no need mess with O.C. that much, in terms of CPU or RAM. I do like to game; however I'm not huge into it. When I do, I play Dragon Age: Inquisition, Guild Wars 2, Diablo 3, or Civilization 4. I appreciate really high graphics so I purchased the EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 GTX970. I heard EVGA has really good quality products. So far, I can play every game on max settings with one or two things set to High instead of Ultra. That's good enough for me. I do a bit of semi-pro photography, so I dabble in Lightroom 5 and Photoshop. I want space for storage and need redundancy for my wife's work docs so I set up 2 HDDs in RAID1 with those being backed up to a separate internal HDD. That separate HDD also pushes weekly copies of itself to my WD MyBook online storage in case my computer fully crashes and I lose everything. My main purpose for this build? Multi-task with storage have the ability to perform well above average when I do feel like gaming. Let me know if you have anything else for me!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you H100i in that thor?? I have the thor as well, and I would like to know. Great build though! Thumbs up

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

So this was a bit tricky. I had to pull the rad. towards me (as you face the mobo from the sidewall of the case). I ended up only using i think 4 or 5 of the 8 screw-downs available on the radiator. I also had to put the rad. all the way to the rear of the case in a push configuration. Push/pull config couldn't work with the Wifi connector installed on the mobo and my RAM.How was your cable management? I've re-done mine twice and it looks terrible on the backside. I do have a LOT of optical drives, 4 of 6 have wires and the final 2 front optical bays are storage bays for my thumb drives, extra screws, restore DVD, anti-static wrist strap, etc.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, this was really helpful!! I have been wanting to put an H100i in my Thor. I am definitely going to buy one since I know that it can be done. Thanks and by the way, Nice Build!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Im glad I could help! Yea it can definately fit. Just move it around a lil bit till you get majority of the wholes lined up :) Thanks for the compliment! Anything else.. just ask!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

WIndows 7 is $441!?!?!?!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, no I got that free of charge. Not sure how that random price got thrown in there!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh Good!!! That scared me

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, when I selected the "full" 64 bit version, the only one available based on pcpartpicker's contacts turned out to be 441 bucks. Weird huh? Anyways, I got it at a discounted price from family. Do you know when Win10 will come out? Im thinking this time around windows will get it right. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

All Microsoft has said is later this year...also u can get the Developer Version right now

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice thanks for that.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build...I've got MoBo envy

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Bama! ROLL TIDE ROLL!! Next year is gonna be Awesome!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

much air, so cooling

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely lots of airflow. I've been able to push my CPU to 4.68MHz but my temps are getting a lil hot, like 58 celsius, so i'll prob drop it to 4.6 and try out a 12/24 hr stresstest. If I need to improve my cooling then i'll prob start a custom water cooling setup and use my h100i for my older rig that still uses stock cooling.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a robot. :D

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

HAHA yes I sure do :)