Description

This is my new Haswell i5-4670k system. I wasn't quite happy with my FX-6300 build, so I decided to change it up. Most of the parts came from the FX build, but I wanted a smaller and faster computer. The XB case is an awesome yet massive case. As I was transferring everything over I spent more time on cable management than I did in my last build. The HAF XB definitely makes you think how you need to route your cables. The removable motherboard tray is a nice touch which made things easier to deal with. I set the fans up to maintain positive air flow in hopes that it will cut down on the dust.

I'm using the Samsung SSD as my boot drive and multiplayer games like BF3 and Crysis 3. The 4TB Seagate is being utilized for my Steam Library games and all my other games I don't play online.

Revised: I originally had a Sapphire 7970 GHz Vapor X 3GB installed. Unfortunately the card has died and I'm done with AMD cards. I've moved on to the MSI GTX 760 Hawk. It's an awesome card and much quieter than the 7970.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

We need more people putting their parts in XB's.

+1

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I really dig that case.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the cooling in that case? What were the short comings of the fx-6300? This is a great build. I know that the intel i5 does better than the fx-6300, but I'm wondering how much better. Do you get higher fps and a snappier computer overall?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I have five temperature sensors placed in various spots around the case. The one sensor I have in front of the 2 rear exhaust 80mm fans reads a constant 32C. The only time my i5 broke the 70C threshold was when I was stress testing for 4 hours using Aida64 extreme edition. Utilizing positive air flow is key with this case. The way Cooler Master designed the XB to house the components underneath the motherboard was a stroke of genius. For surfing, using office, or playing movies I set my fan controller to 60%, but during gaming sessions I crank them all up to 100%. Even with the XB right next to me it's much quieter than my Antec 1100 under my desk. Only thing I noticed so far since jumping to Haswell is I'm getting 15-20 more fps in BF3. I really have not played with my i5 yet to see what else has improved.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Job well done.

Nice choice of card too, love the vapor series.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

have you had any problems with the hotswap bays? i saw a lot of reviews on Newegg claiming that it fried their hard drives. really the only reason i'm skeptical about upgrading to this case.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

I read the same reviews before I bought my case. I have not had any issues with the hotswap pcb not recognizing my hdd yet. I'm keeping a close eye on it, so if there is a problem I'll remove the pcb. I've been on the official fan club site on overclock.net and most of the guys that have this case stated their hdd's weren't fried, they were just not being recognized. However after removing the pcb and wired the hdd's normally, the problem went away. Like you I was skeptical at first, but I did a lot of research before switching to this case. I love having the case right next to me on my desk. If I can clean my desk up and keep it clean, I'll post a picture of my setup.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

I'm a lurker over at overclocker.net and caught your blurb about the 200mm fan. Thanks for the mention, as I'm about to order parts for this case and needed to know about the top fan.