Description

I never utilized space in the 600T that I've had for a few years and wanted to move my setup to a smaller, sleeker and simpler build. I had been looking at several cases over a long period of time, then happened to come across the Pandora. I fell in love with the aluminum exterior, form factor and side panel. It was an instant buy which kicked off the process in scaling down to a more compact mATX build.

The swap process took about 3 weeks to complete, being that I swapped components back and forth and upgraded some hardware in the process. I guess a bit oddly my objective here was to downsize my rig, compact as many components as the space would allow while keeping as clean as possible. Therefore, a few of the hardware changes included expanding RAM to utilize all the slots, adding a second SSD, upsizing from a 120mm to a 240mm radiator, and adding a second GPU to the mix. Where before I had a huge cave of a rig with none of its potential being used, I now had a smaller, aesthetically better looking pc with all of the space being used.

Of all the reviews I read and watched of the Pandora, the one criticism that often came up was the lack of cable management space behind the side panel. This was indeed true and probably the hardest part of trying to end up with a clean build at the end. It definitely took a little more creativity in getting the final look how I wanted it.

In the end, it was definitely worth it. I'm extremely happy with the new mATX setup and the beautiful case from Bitfenix!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

+1 but get a better power supply.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Noted, will re-evaluate/upgrade PSU on the weekend.

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah the Corsair CX line of power supplies are actually really bad. Look at higher end Corsair or an EVGA psu. Also you overpaid for it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Will check out a higher end PSU. Also, I had just used the standard pcpartpicker rates as many of the components I bought years ago. The CX was $64 after a mail-in rebate to Corsair.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

CX Series? Get the pitchforks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, didn't know I needed the flame suit for posting this build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely love this build, brillaint use of the Bitfenix Pandora. Great job woth the color scheme and the pictures are stellar! +1 from me good sir!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, I see we have a lot of the same components!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

So much negativity aimed at the PSU, I have it in my i5 4690k / R9 390 build and feel it works fine.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not about whether it works for you. It's a low tier psu, with a high chance of failing. Just because it works for you doesn't mean anything.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

If it provides efficient power, and is rated, it isn't exacrtly low tier, at all. 90% of premade computers come equipped with no rating no brand PSUs and they run fine, they would be classed as low tier but yet a lot of computers like that can run for years no problem.

Too many people are getting their nickers in a twist over this, and just because it has a higher chance of failing than other PSU's does not mean it will.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

But why would you go and spend hundreds of dollars on parts and buy a cheap psu? Just doesn't make sense to me.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

£90 PSU cheap? Personally I feel he should have dropped the SSD down to a Samsung 850 evo, would have saved him £30, that £30 could be invested into a fully modular gold grade PSU. He could have also bought cheaper ram in the 8GB stick variety, and obtained the same amount of ram for £50 cheaper, as well as giving him the option of maxing the motherboards ram limit at 32GB. However I guess it is his choice, and these are just my opinions ;3

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input on the PSU. There are many comments regarding this and prior to posting the setup had not realized that this bronze certified psu had such a bad reputation. The PSU was also a carryover from my previous rig so I did not really take it into consideration.

I'll look more into why the CX is so poorly regarded and will look into upgrading this weekend. Thanks for the feedback.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Very very pretty build. this should get featured because of how clean it is, not to mention how great the photos are. I also really like that case. I never see anybody use them, so when people do it's always a treat :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Thuggin! I was originally only evaluating other Corsair cases because I generally stick with Corsair components. However, one look at the Pandora ended that search quickly! I haven't seen alot of builds with it either and wonder if it's due to the many reviews citing the lack of cable management space.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comments, everyone! It was a process to put together and learned a bit more about space/cable management that I originally took for granted with the 600T.

Regarding the PSU, as a newcomer to pcpartpicker had no idea the CX PSU hate here. This is probably the oldest part I've carried over from my previous setup, along with one of the GPU's. I haven't had an issue with it over the years but will do more research as to why it's so bad. If it is indeed that terrible of a PSU I'll go ahead with replacing it over the weekend.

Thanks again for the input! I'm still learning things every day so thanks for bringing it into light.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

some people here really spend their life just mocking the psu in every build, your system won't die but if you plan to overclock especially a solid psu is crucial, i had some old lepa unit from ebay that got so unstable when it was pretty hot last summer that the voltage spikes shot my overclock and resulted in a dead 200 bucks mainboard. spending good money on a good psu is worth it but it's something you can easily upgrade later

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

sobs it.. it's beautiful. well done and great idea to use those EK backplates on the cards looks amazing

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I wanted to do something about the top of the cards aesthetically and mounting those backplates really cleaned it up. EK puts a nice emblem on the corner too.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

indeed, i had the same idea in mind and wasn't sure if they just fit like that or somehow require the waterblock on the other side. my two zotac cards have differently looking pcbs on the back with one having some awful yellow caps and that always bugged me, ordered two backplates now thanks for the inspiration : )

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey dax, yes! I also had the same concern before buying the backplate because the manufacturer description was something like "works with nVidia Titan series cards with EK waterblock" which made me wonder if the waterblock was somehow required for installation of the backplate. I'm happy to report that these will bolt on directly to the GPU with stock heatsink. You will need to buy longer screws than what is provided by EK. I went with HPI Racing M2.5x12 Hex Socket screws off ebay. 6 were required for each GPU. Hope this helps and I'm looking forward to seeing the backplate on your Zotacs!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

oh thank you very much for this information, definitely gonna pick some up tomorrow. definitely saved me from a bad awakening when the screws won't fit : D

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem at all, glad I could bring that to the table because it certainly upset me to have to wait a few days due to ordering new screws! (I'm assuming the screws provided by EK are for the instance where their waterblock is used)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Stunning.

One of the best looking white themes I have seen. Super Clean! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a beautiful build...it's almost painful to see it being run by that PSU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Get rid of that PSU

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

"Well, its RAM and fast at that... But heres the shocker, IT LIGHTS UP" ~LinusTechTips corsair dominator platinum

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked out his review, love the quote lol.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Right? I know I didnt quote it correctly but it was almost the same

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice case, I'm not sure why people are yelling at your for the PSU but as long as it's a unit that supplies power it's good.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, as long as it supplies power. It's efficiency or probability of killing your computer doesn't matter.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ummmm...

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy pictures!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, thanks Faizan!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very low quality psu.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker will be the death of the CX series power supply.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my God

Amazing. Love the pictures, cable management, little SSD mod...great attention to detail. +1 Best build I've seen in this case!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It took awhile to mess around with different configurations and touches, happy to see this comment!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build, great quality pictures. Good job my friend.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks KYBL!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

cleanest build in the history of mankind. You have my +1 my friend

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, it's much appreciated!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Now I know what to do with my tax refund. I hope you don't mind if I ctrl + c this sexy machine!

I'll just get a better PSU ;P

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. No problem at all, thanks! I also know what I'm going to upgrade with my tax refund, don't make the same mistake I made!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

If I do get the same PSU... I'll be sure not to post it. CX police might pull me over.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

This really is a beautiful build! I've been on the fence about using the case for a build that I'm doing for my Dad for his birthday, and seeing how lovely it looks makes me consider it even more.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks mb67! I had been very surprised at the lack of builds with the Pandora given that it really is such a beautiful case. It was enough to convert this die-hard Corsair fan!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Some LEDs would be nice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Good build, but I was really turned off when I saw that PSU. Go EVGA. Only do Corsair if you're going high end.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input! I saw the many comments on the PSU - will look at upgrading over the weekend.

  • 48 months ago
  • -2 points

Excellent build! Everything is top notch except for that PSU. REPLACE IT ASAP!!!!!!!

The CX lineup is not designed for high performance builds like yours, if it goes out, it could take ALL your components with it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I saw the many comments regarding my carrying over of the CX into this build and I will re-evaluate and upgrade over the weekend.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Just...WOW, thank you!!! Looking through the awesome systems on the notable & unique builds thread I'm humbled to be on the list. I appreciate your feedback as well, thanks again Geekazoid!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!