Description

I've been wanting to build a gaming computer for a long time, I recently acquired some money so I put it to building this computer.

Firstly, I am aware of the cable management issues, I thought this case would've offered more, but you can't feed any cable round the back of the case, otherwise, you can't get the back cover to go on. I can assure you I will save up and get a new case, so it will look better in the future.

The general use of this computer is a mix of work & play, I will generally be used for gaming, but also for the odd piece of work. It is currently located at my girlfriend's flat (In the kitchen) until I sort out my stuff to make enough room for it, it will also have some more RAM installed soon, as I am about to tear down another computer that has compatible memory, as well as a Blu-Ray drive.

I do plan to get a 3rd Party CPU cooler, I think the 62C temps when under load is perhaps a tad too high, but need to save up a bit more first. At the request of my GF, I had to make sure it lit up, hence the lovely red lighting installed. Although I replaced the original case fans that had LEDs as they rattled like mad.

Generally, I quite happy with how it went, as I said, the case will be replaced at some point, probably to something with a nice window. Feel free to comment on my selection of parts, but please be aware that I actually overspent on my budget, hence the cheap(er) case, so please don't say "should've spend x more and got this instead".

EDIT: I have since did some changes to the layout of the components, the insides are now significantly tidier than before, which has resulted in temperatures dropping on the CPU from the max of 65 to 46, a huge improvement. I'm no longer in a rush to replace this case, just needed the experience of laying it out correctly.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

Cable management is not the best D:

As case recommendation, you should get Fractal Design R4 case with window ;)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I know :( I can't even route the SATA power cables round the back, there is literally no room. So I did the best with what I have.

I should have enough to buy a case after Summer, though I did like the external design of this case, I will check that one out though. Thanks.

  • 79 months ago
  • -1 points

I love the R4, that and the NZXT 410 are the best cases out there.

Cheaper cases have horrible cable mgmt, I know...Cooler Master case owner.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Just had a look at the NZXT 410, that Black one looks amazing!

How are Coolermaster cases? I liked the look of the Storm Enforcer case and it's seems to have good reviews, but I heard a lot of bad stories about Coolermaster cases.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

In my opinion there's nothing wrong with the Enforcer i had it before i got my C70. And I really did love it. Good cable management, good airflow, decent price and a big side window. Not much you could ask for really in my eyes.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good, whats the door for the 5 inch bays like? I heard some cases have issues with the doors snapping off after a while of use.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It shouldn't break just got to be careful with it. Its actually quite sturdy.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Only cheap cooler master cases are bad. More expensive ones are good, such as the storm enforcer or the haf 912.

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

Toaster at your battlestation...

Always gotta be ready for those cutscenes, eh?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It's in his kitchen xD There's also a stove.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Theres also a Microwave just off the side of the photo. What more can a Gamer want??? :P

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing I love about Skyrim - you can do whatever the hell you want during a cutscene (when important people are talking, not really a cutscene)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll admit I did actually think about doing this, but theres sadly only 3 plugs back there, with no repeater, so with the computer, TV & speakers. The toaster lost out :(

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a surge protector :D

Now you can toast on during storms without worries!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Well we never get storms :D

I think the worst we had here (Southampton, UK) was a few bins blown over.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

For your processor, unless you really wanted features that only Z77 had, I'd have gone with a H77 chipset.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

that was the big error I saw too. If you don't overclock then get a H77.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah... I saw the 3470 and Z77 and I was like ._.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I did plan to overclock and have the motherboard for 2 weeks before I got most the other stuff, but the 3470 happened to be on offer at the time, so I went with that one purely based on budget.

I do plan to build more, so swapping it out in the future isn't an impossibility.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did you get it for?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the CPU for £144, down from £154, the 3570K that I had planned to get was £170, I went with the 3470 and used the saving to get the 7950.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I like your build, you did well for the price. I am lucky I can pick up a 3580K for only $20 more. that's one hella vid card for this rig though.

FOr the case, I'd recommend the Coolermaster HAF XM edition. I picked one up for $100, and it is still classified as a MID-atx case though it is large. GREAT cable management and like the name says "High Air Flow". case fans came quiet, good dust mgmt etc.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll check it out :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Upgrade your ram to 1600 mhz 8gb asap. Most games nowadays need more than 4gb

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Hiya, I have another 2x2GB RAM that will be salvaged from another computer, hence why I only invested in 4GB here. I believe the other RAM is also 1333MHz, but I don't believe there'll be a significant difference between that and 1600MHz.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have put a lot more money into the case and less into the fans.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually agree with you there, I actually didn't plan to buy the extra fans, but the case fans rattled and were a bit pathetic, so I got the extra fans after I'd already built it.

I actually wish I had spent more on the case initially, as the extra fans took me over my budget, but I plan to get another case and swap the parts over as I am disappointed with this case.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay that makes sense. If you want a cheap case that has lots of great features and good build quality, check out the corsair 200r.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

questionable power supply choice, i've had 3 of these crap out on me after just a couple months. could just be my luck but otherwise nice build

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Well reviews of this PSU seemed quite positive from what I saw, also has a good 3 year warranty. Hopefully I can prove you wrong :)

It's probably also worth mentioning that the case came with a power supply, that one blew in a week, it wasn't even worth trying to get a replacement.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

fair enough, while mine were working they were great, nice and quiet under load and efficient, best of luck with them and the whole build

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Pop tarts and pizza rolls with out getting up, gotta love it

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

wasted CPU power. 4 core processor and only 4 GB of RAM. However, please do a FLOPS test on www.whohasthefastestcomputer.com/

It looks like this could be nega quick

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey dude, You do realise this is a Cit Vantage case not a Bitfenix...

I have one too and because the case is too thin I can't put an 212 Evo on it and it doesn't support watercooling.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

My Apologies, I have since updated the build (I got the BitFenix case) but haven't updated pictures, I hopefully will get round to it eventually. Sorry for the confusion.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

You went big with a video card and bought only 2x2GB 1333 RAM? Hmm, You should have bought 2x4GB 1600. ohh well. You could have gotten a cheaper 128GB SSD and put money into RAM and a bigger monitor. 7950 is meant for 1920x1080 gaming. Please upgrade to a 24" monitor and enjoy the beauty of a 7950.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks the for the comments. I have another 2x2GB RAM from another computer that I can have for free, thats clocked at 1333Mhz, plus I got the Kingston RAM on offer, so once the new RAM is added, I should be fine there :)

As for the screen, it have a 26" 1920x1080 screen for use at home, but atm, the computer is at my girlfriends until I sort out my stuff, so that TV will have to do for now.

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