Description

(Sorry for the disgusting cable management, I thought it would be easy, but, well...no.) I use this mainly for gaming and browsing the interwebs. It can run Skyrim on Ultra (with a 2K texture mod) smooth as butta'. The Witcher 2 seems to run great on maximum (yes, with Ubersampling!), but I haven't tested it extensively.

So far, it's been a rough road to a magnificent end. I started with a ten-year old Dell slim (picture if wanted) with a half-working integrated GPU, to this beast that does everything I need it to.

All temps are average, and the CPU idle temp was taken from the motherboard. Any suggestions for my next build or how to improve this one are more than appreciated (Dang, tough word...)!

EDIT: Now updated with new parts I got recently. EDIT2: Finally managed to get better parts, including a new PSU. I also was able to, with some difficulty, wire most of the cables through the back, like I figured out you're supposed to. Also, I got an Nvidia Shield, and that runs perfectly with this too! Oh, and the speakers were free because my friend gave me them for my birthday! Yay friends!

EDIT3: Finally got a new case. Posting pictures in probably a week if I remember to, haha.

EDIT4:RETURN OF THE CASE: Can't believe it's been three years since I first put this bad girl together. Got (another) new case, and it's like I have a brand new build. I also upgraded my GTX760 to a beastly 1060, which has more than enough power to run anything I care to. Added new pictures this time, too!

Part Reviews

Video Card

Great card, runs everything I want it to. Fans really do turn off when it's not too hot! Only issue is a small one - there is coil whine, but (strangely) only when in the main menu for Skyrim. Just the main menu, mind you, and it goes right away as soon as I load a save. And only that game. Otherwise, an absolute must-recommend!

Case

I am so glad I sprung for a more expensive case this time. I've had multiple other cases before, but the Maker 5 really blew me away. Was a little difficult to get the back screws of the first time, but no problems whatsoever afterwards. I LOVE having all this room, and it's inspired me to do a little more cable management. Absolutely would recommend to anyone looking for a stylish, large case that morphs exactly to your needs. And it includes a free lighting bar! Wish it came in other colors than just red, but beggars can't be choosers. Just a tip: make sure to plug in a SATA power cable to the controller unit around back. Couldn't figure out why the lights weren't working at first!

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

2 small critiques. You parts list seems to indicate that you have generic microcenter RAM and Cruical ballistixs RAM in your build. you should make sure that the 2 different types of RAM you are using have the same voltage, speed, and timing, otherwise you should not be using 2 different brands. The Kingwin PSU is not the best quality, it would work for now, but you should replace it with at least a tier 3 PSU from this list.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Other than that it looks really nice. Keep on building.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the advice! I had heard about the RAM problem, I will get more of the Crucial ASAP. As for PSU, that's going pretty soon. I just wanted to go with a temporary option for cheap. Thanks for that list!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I use that same tiering guide myself. Just for future reference, the PSU is not the part you want to try and save money on. With the exception of a water cooling mishap, the PSU is the only part of a build that can fry other parts of your build if it fails. Although it doesn't always hold up, my general rule is to put ~7-8% of your total build price into the PSU.

EDIT: BTW, love the descriptions of the custom parts. Also, a modular or semi-modular PSU will help a lot with the cable management (which really needs work).

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Ditto on all of this and... dat cable management.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! I actually was spurred to clean it up quite a bit, will post pics once I'm done. Oh, and my condolences to you.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the parts...but that cable management is...yeah. Just yeah.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Do the 2 GPU fans spin together at 60c? or only 1

and did u had any issue with it?