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This pc was a graduation gift from my parents. They offered to get me a pc when I graduated college, and to maximize the funds they were willing to put in, I decided to build it myself. I knew that it would have to cover all of my computer needs. I wanted something that could handle gaming, as well as quickly and efficiently handle running the software needed to do my work. I often have multiple adobe programs running simultaneously, a task that my 7 year old laptop just couldn't handle any longer.

Installation went pretty swiftly and I had very few hiccups. I read up on the shortcomings of the case I had chosen, the InWin 904 mid tower. It only had 145mm of space for a heatsink, so I had some trouble finding the best choice. I wasn't ready to build a water-cooled system so I went with Noctua's NH-C14. It's pretty massive, but it did fit in the end (though it was a super close fit vertically), and both Noctua fans run almost silently. Even in sleep mode, my boyfriend's computer's noise overshadows mine while I'm working.

I did have a bit of trouble with cable management at the end of the build. I thought I'd done a nice job of routing all my wiring to the back of the case, but when it came time to put the second pane of glass on, it was a tight fit because I routed too many wires through the same hole in the case, creating a bulky area. In Win included a lot of cable management accessories in their case, including some really useful stick-on clips.

One gripe about the case. Neither of my drives wanted to connect to the 'hot swap' sata connectors that were pre-installed. I fiddled with them for a while, but ended up unscrewing and ditching them in the end. I still recommend the case, it looks slick as hell and even as a first-time builder I didn't really have any serious trouble with it. I'm looking forward to placing a few LEDs inside to compliment the lights already on my motherboard.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

nice heat box :P still a cool gift

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

This case has such bad ventilation for air coolers! But its meant to be classy, not look like a disco ball cyborg from mars

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

The r4 dosent look like a discoball

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I did read a few reviews on the case and they all came back with pretty high temps. That was one of the reasons I went with the heatsink I did, everything I read reported super low temps so I'm hoping the two will trade-off and I won't overheat anything. So far, I haven't had any problems!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

$275 for just the case? Holy smokes...

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

To be fair, its probably the best looking case i've ever seen.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It IS the best looking case you've ever seen. You wanna know where that $300 bucks went? that wicked acrylic side panel, the smooth brushed aluminum front panel and bezel, I can go on :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Both the glass sides and the aluminum are thick, very solid, and the edges are nicely finished. The glass is so heavily tinted you can only see shadows inside. Visually, I couldn't be happier with it. :>

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The prices currently displaying aren't the prices I paid. The case was on sale when I purchased it, it was still steep at $180 but the glass and aluminum combo was too gorgeous to pass up, I love it.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. I love that case. Looks similar to what I am trying to put together. But I travel a lot so I am going with mitx build. If not I would most likely go for that case.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine is the inwin 904, inwin makes an an identically detailed mini-itx called the 901, if you really like the case, check it out!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard I am thinking of getting one and would like to know your opinion.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I've only been using it for a week but I've had zero issues, it's been fantastic so far. Probably too soon for me to make a solid judgement but I expect it to continue to perform well.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. As many programs you run I would went with at least 24 gigs of ram.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

My main computer used to be a 2007 macbook pro with 4 gigs, so my new system is still a huge upgrade. I'll take it into consideration for future upgrades though, thanks.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You used a grapich tablet as mouse pad? Wow

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I've actually had the same tablet since high school, I just happened to take the photo after I'd been using it. The mouse is a peripheral for it, it came with the pen.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooh

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! How is the GTX 770? I'm currently looking at options for a good affordable graphics card.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I ask about connectivity? Does the back mesh affect your ability to place cables e.g. HDMI cables or is there a way around it? Would you happen to have a picture of the back all connected? Thanks, Hyoo

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

beautiful case man. my next buy is going to be the in win 904 case. looks super clean. +1 from me. you should check mine if you get a sec

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

please i need help, I just bought tthis case and built it last night but it wont seem to power on : (.....i dont get it maybe im not plugging the case oanel wires to the mobo correctly, can you please send me a close up to how you did it? i really need this, or maybe tell me where you plugged them all.....thanks!!

great build btw

heres my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jonasbensimon/saved/9zY2FT

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. What speakers are you using with the Asus Xonar DX soundcard? I'm thinking about getting the same card and wondering if my Logitech Z313s will be good enough to notice a difference between the soundcard and my onboard audio.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice job on graduating, but I have a couple of questions. Why the DX sound card, when the onboard audio on the Maximus is already really high quality audio? Second, why did you get the Maximus in the first place?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

A number of choices were based through comparing reviews. The maximus seemed like a very solid choice, and also I read numerous times that it's bios had a great, really straightforward interface. As I don't really know anyone with computer experience, it seemed like a plus that I probably wouldn't have to seek out help when dealing with it. Was that my only reason? No, not at all. Did it help put it above others I was considering? Yes, it did. I wanted something that could handle gaming or running numerous adobe programs at once. It seemed like a good balance of price vs. quality. Please correct me if I should have made a better choice, I'm still a novice at this, and had very little input on the build.

The DX sound card was a somewhat superfluous purchase, I will agree, but none of the reviews I'd read had attested to the Maximus' sound quality, and it was something important to me. Spending most of my day in front of a computer, poor sound really grates on my nerves. It's just a pet peeve of mine. Again, let me know if you disagree or would have done something differently, I'm enjoying reading people's opinions and learning as I go.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It's still too soon to say how they hold up in the long run, but both run super quietly. Everyone said installing the C14 was a pain, but perhaps because I had no benchmark to compare it to, I found it pretty easy. The trick was taking the fans off to install the screws, then re-clipping the fans to the heatsink. I think most people are probably trying to install it as one piece. I've had no problems with overheating, I knew fitting a good heatsink would be interesting, since the 904 only has 145mm of space, most heatsinks with vertically-oriented fans were out of the question. I think I made a good decision with the C14.

the SP900 I can't complain about, again, super quiet, it came with a nice install kit for computers with only 3.5" drive bays, keeps the computer quiet since I use it for the OS and most programs.

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