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First Ever Build.

by Starwarssky


I built this PC mostly for CAD use in college and some ease of use that also includes gaming. Obviously works great for gaming though in that I eventually got a Titan X (Maxwell) for super cheap used. Got a score of 3722 on Superposition running at 1080p extreme, as my panel is only a 1080p panel and I hope to eventually upgrade long down the line. Runs 99% of games great but is going to require a GPU ugprade to a newer Titan or at least a 1080ti or 20 series card eventually but will be good as the GPU and technical single RAM stick are my only possible bottlenecks.

Part Reviews


Absolutely great CPU. Not the K as I won't be overclocking any time soon and can just upgrade my CPU by then.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler that comes with excellent fans and easy to use software. The minimal RGB is a nice touch and just looks nice.


Excellent motherboard lacking absolutely nothing major besides actual thunderbolt 3 on the usb 3.1 type c.


Great RAM. RAM is RAM, just wish I'd bought a second one.


Excellent size for general use and as a game drive.

Video Card

Excellent GPU with more than enough specs to keep me going for a long time.


Really nice case. Makes excellent use of all the space separating the motherboard and power supply also makes for super clean looking cable management.

Power Supply

Really great power supply. Greatly appreciate the sleeved cables but kind of wish I'd bought a higher wattage for more upgrade-ability.

Operating System

Windows is Windows. Wish I didn't have to pay for it....

Case Fan

Super great fans, really quiet and excellent speeds.


A great monitor. Could have gotten a 1440p monitor but but necessarily at 144Hz and I appreciate being able to use this monitor with my Xbox One X every now and then for the variable refresh rates.


Very tactile keyboard with mechanical Romer-G switches and looks great with the solid red backlighting and I really appreciate the dedicated media switches.


Just a secondary mouse for the use of the programmable buttons on the side, the RGB but with a completely different software is okay.


Excellent mouse. Nothing special with extra buttons or anything. Great RGB with easy to use software.


Super great headphones that work great wireless even with a phone with usb OTG. Decent mic and great battery especially when the RGB is disabled.


Excellent soundbar in general but works great as computer speakers when using the toslink optical audio.


Great little part from EVGA just for a little bit of extra cable management.


Very good add to any built that isn't running a SSD or just wants a faster booting game drive HDD anyways.


Finished my build then realized to control the fans properly to begin with I had to do it in the UEFI so I got this for Christmas. Easy to use software and I LOVE being able to place my fans over a side view of my case.

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burlypillow 1 point 4 months ago

This might be just me. But I think the EVGA CLC is overkill, mainly because you can't overclock.

caument 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I basically did the same with mine except used the 280 instead of 240. Maybe overkill, but there's the benefit of being able to lower fan speeds as well. One thing's for sure - OP won't have to worry about CPU temps!

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I had to switch from the stock cooler anyways and its quieter and just looks nice. I can't overclock now, yes. It is slight overkill but adds to the aesthetics and upgradeability factor.

CamManCraft 1 point 4 months ago

This is a really nice build, especially for your first build. The components are great for gaming and streaming, and the overall look of the build looks cool. A little on the expensive side, but nice build otherwise.

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you. Personally I would give the overall look to the Rosewill Culinan PX case. I at first had a TERRIBLY picked Apevia X-Dreamer 4 mid tower case. Fit everything and had a nice 200mm fan on the side panel but it just looked bad. It looked okay at first, but then finally once I had it all together and in my room it just looked bad. I do think the price for everything was still a bit bad, but at the very least I got a bargain on that Titan X. (Link for the original case https://www.amazon.com/WALI-Premium-Adjustable-Capacity-GSDM001/dp/B0779JSRH5/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1543702036&sr=8-16&keywords=monitor+desk+mount )

SychicMind 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Darn you got a Titan X for $440??? That's insane!!!

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Found it on Facebook marketplace. I at first had a terrible Quadro K5000 that I bought for $300 simply so I knew it would run CAD programs great and just do okay gaming. Once I saw and immediately bought the Titan X I returned the Quadro.

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

nice bargin for the titan x

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

For sure. It runs great and is honestly the only bottleneck of my build for now. Lol.

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

just get another one and sli them, that would be crazy fast

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

SLI isn't near as good as NVLink and its a great card but really starting to get dated with the release of RTX. If I could find another card for the same price I would probably go for it, but at the very least I would need to upgrade my powersupply no matter what I do.

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

i just realized that u bought a liquid cooler for a non overclockable cpu, why?

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

The original cooler I had did not fit in the new case I bought (a Cooler Master Hyper T2) and I needed to buy a new one, so I kinda did just go overboard and bought the CLC for aesthetics and upgradeability.

ZedSamCat 1 point 4 months ago

Link to that backround? It is DOPE

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

razer.com/downloads I don't have much anything but the Naga Chroma mouse that is Razer (and an extra mousepad) but I couldn't find many other good backgrounds and found that one whenever I went to download Synapse.

ZedSamCat 1 point 4 months ago

Cool thanks

PapaPlatypus 1 point 4 months ago

Hey I’ve been looking into this case and I just want to ask how is it to build in? I’ve been reading a lot of mixed reviews but I would some feedback from an actual owner of it, thanks.

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

(skip to the bottom after the blank line for short and simple version.) I 100% understand where you are coming from. I literally couldn't find any great in depth reviews for it online anyways but was really interested in dual chamber cases and this one caught my eye too well to not upgrade to it. The dual chamber design is great, providers better thermals theoretically having all the extra things that don't need to be 100% directly next to the motherboard in a separate location to provide an easier airflow space and especially better looks too. The glass side panels are only annoying in the fact that the thumbscrews are in these anchors that also screw into the case that you have to make sure and not lose the rubber gromits for, and the anchors themselves can sometimes come loose. I appreciate the dust covers on the top, PSU side panel, and bottom. The only thing about the bottom fan placement is since the conserved space making it a very thin dual chamber case, you absolutely can not fit fans in the bottom properly with any ATX motherboard. Also, PCPP lists the case as having 0mm room for the PSU and graphics card length as just being off. I can assure you my Titan X with the EVGA powerlink fit in there just fine, and it fits any normal ATX PSU. I love this case as you can fit 240 or 280mm radiator up top and up to a 240mm radiator up front, and I would assume you could possibly use another 240 even on the bottom if you used a micro ATX or mini ITX motherboard to allow for such radiator and fan spacing. The brushed metal on the front panel with IO looks amazing, and also the front panel provides a full 15mm breathing room for those front fans so airflow is completely dependent upon if you switch out those OEM fans and what you switch them out for. If you have any other questions, ask away. I know its a lot, I've spent a lot of time managing my PC I just don't have the money to do any more upgrades right now, lol.

Overall, to build in this case is easy so long as you be careful with the rubber spacers on the side panel and understand you can't properly fit any fans in the bottom of the case if you are using an ATX motherboard. Otherwise this case is an amazing dual chamber case and priced in a decent budget but slight enthusiast mark.

PapaPlatypus 1 point 3 months ago

Holy mother of jesus I wish everyone would write a review like you. Thanks a lot man!

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Lol. The main details are just for the quick and easy once over look at my PC. You asked, I answered. I don't run many benchmarks so I'm not the exact kind of numbers guy for my PC yet, yet, but I can for sure tell you how it all works aesthetically and physically as you asked. You're welcome, I hope I provided enough information for you and anyone else asking about this case.

xardoniak 1 point 2 months ago

Hey mate, I'm looking at this case as an option for my supermicro server board but I'm unsure if the case is wide enough (back to front) to fit it. Are you able to measure the internal space and let me know? With or without the fans :)

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Back wall to front wall it is right at 13.5 inches (342.9mm), from back 80mm fan to front fans it is barely over 11.5 inches (292.1mm) and with a full ATX motherboard I still have around 2.5 inches (63.5mm) space before the fans. I am proud to provide an measurements as PCPP won't. Lol.

xardoniak 1 point 2 months ago

My board is 330mm long.. Would look awesome in here lol. But I did some research on pricing and postage to Aus is more expensive than the case itself, so I'm unsure if I'll go with it.

Thanks for confirming it will fit though, you're a top bloke!

Starwarssky submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

You're welcome. Best of luck with your build.