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The build itself seemed to be fairly straightforward, there was no problems that I noticed. Having said that there was two small grumps I have with the case, fifteen years ago the case I bought came with an onboard speaker/beeper I was surprised to find that this one didn't. It was mentioned that it had space on the side of the case to mount two SSD drives, it does, what it does not mention until you buy it is that they must be mounted before the motherboard is and that shoud you ever decide that you wish to remove or upgrade them at a later date you must remove the motherboard first in order to get to the screws holding the SSD's in place. This I thought was a bloody stupid idea and decided to mount my one SSD with some Velcro tape instead. The optical drive was replaced with an LG Bluray reader and DVD recorder as I was offered one second hand at a reasonable price. I also included two 250GB HDD's from computers that I have owned in the past. (The 'puters have gone but I help on to the drives). The Graphics card was just a tiny bit too large but the central drive bay is removable and rotatable, therefore I rotated it and then removed two of the caddies from the bay allowing the card to protrude into it and giving me somewhere to hide the cables.

With the build finally complete I plucked up the courage to power it up, the graphics card fans spun, the LED lights lit up and the mouse had power and the optical drive opened up but that was it, nothing else happened. After spending a quite a while checking all the connections, pulling my hair and banging my head I finally noticed that I had forgotten to plug in the CPU ATX power cable. With that in place I now have a near silent, extremely fast PC that I have yet to learn how to work. From XP to 8.1 is quite a leap.

Something that came as a complete and utter surprise and has put a nice big smile on my face is that when I started the setup for the graphics card it asked me about 3D, now my monitor is just a rather old 2D flatscreen but I did have a pair of blue and red 3d anaglyph glasses nearby and the option was there to use those so I did. It showed me some nice pretty pictures then I forgot all about it. Later I installed Google Earth and low and behold that is in 3D.

I have no idea what the benchmark tests for this machine are as that is not something I'm all that interested in finding out, sorry, but I can tell you its bloody fast.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering but how is the Thermaltake 2.0 Extreme treating you (temperature and noise wise)? I was leaning towards it but decided to go for the H100i.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Have not really had a chance to test it under stress yet but I did notice that when I first turned the computer on the only fans I could hear were the ones from the Thermaltake 2. After installing the supplied software the fan speed dropped and the sound became almost silent, the temperature (fairly idle) did not waver other than a few points of a degree.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really awesome (and underrated) build!