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Pics above are before and after, if that wasn't obvious.

While ordering parts for a machine for my children this week, I threw in a couple extras to upgrade the first machine I built a little over a year go. This is the first time I've done anything since building that machine so it's not my first or second build, I'm calling it build 1.5.

I added an ssd for the OS and game installs, upgraded my case from an Antec Three Hundred to a Corsair 300R (can't say enough about this improvement*), and "downgraded" my PSU form the Antec Gamer 750 (non modular) to the Seasonic m12 II 620 (modular). I also removed the optical drive for my kids machine since I've never used it since my initial install of Windows 7.

I'm pretty stoked on the outcome TBH. The SSD is obviously a big upgrade in speed. The PSU is still plenty sufficient and much neater, which along with the case make for a much much cleaner build as you can see from the pics.

*A Note to New Builders About the Cases. I went with the Antec Three Hundred with my first build because it was moderately priced and had literally thousands of stellar reviews. When I was putting it together I couldn't believe how much of a pain it was to work with, especially for cable management (I know some people have some amazing builds in them, but it seems more for people who are cutting out holes and customizing it, not first time builder style).

When I originally ordered this stuff, I got the R300 case for my kids' build and the Antec One to upgrade mine. It was definitely much better than the Antec Three Hundred but it also had it's little annoyances (usb 3 connector doesn't fit through closest hole to the back ect, minor but annoying). Then finally I went to put in my gigabyte hd6870 (last step of course) and uh... didn't fit. Fortunately I already had the 300R for my kids so I decided to throw my rig in there.

Everything about the Corsair 300R is awesome. It was so much easier installing and managing cables and everything in this machine. IMHO it's so worth the extra $30 for a first time or new builder, even if you're not planning on upgrading or working on it more, and if you are... then it's absolutely worth it. Caveat: I haven't built in any other cases so maybe there are other cases with comparable features in the same price range or lower, but I couldn't find them.

Comments

  • 86 months ago
  • 5 points

I went with the Antec Three Hundred with my first build because it was moderately priced and had literally thousands of stellar reviews. When I was putting it together I couldn't believe how much of a pain it was to work with, especially for cable management

Consider yourself lucky, that you didn't have the Antec Nine Hundred (Edition One), which is even worse than the Three Hundred. It has the same bad, non existent cable management, with added handicaps for the hard drive bays. To change one hard drive, you need to:

  • take off both side panels
  • unplug all hard drives, that are in the same cage (one hard drive cage has 3 slots)
  • unplug the case fan, that is mounted in the cage
  • unscrew the hard drive cage
  • slide the cage out the front
  • unscrew the hard drive you want to change
  • repeat steps in inverse order.
  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

I do =) I could never have done this stuff 5 or 10 years ago, now it's fun! <3 Technology!

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

You do realize that with both side panels off of the nine-hundred v1 (the case my personal computer is in currently) you can add and remove HDDs without removing the cage.... not that much of a pain...

  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

that. is so nasty

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope you're talking about the before picture... :/

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I am LOL

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

OH GOD THE DUST

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

It's like night and day from your old build, especially aesthetically. How do you like that PSU? I'm looking at getting it.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems fine but tbh I haven't used it much yet. Been working on my kids machine. It's super quiet and should be reliable though. If you don't know already, it's not fully modular. The huge mobo (24pin?) and two 8pin cables are permanently attached. I didn't need the second 8pin plug, but it was easy to stash one extra cord away. All the cables are nice quality with the extra sleeve, etc and it comes with a decent bag to keep your extra cables in (as opposed to just a ziplock).

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks for the info. :)

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Any Sea Sonic PSU is pretty much the best reliability you will get out of a power supply, get it.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cable management.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, with a mudular PSU in a huge case with only two hdd's it's not that hard, but I did put some thought into it as it was one of the principal reasons I rebuilt it =) The only real upgrade is the SSD, which now that I've played with it a bit really does make just about everything feel faster.

  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

I would buy an aftermarket cooler ASAP

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  • 86 months ago
  • 0 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/ys2 Check out my build! I need the feedback, and some suggestions on what to add/ fix.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

lets talk about research

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  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. I know it doesn't really matter but I wanted it to be pretty on the inside. Maybe I'll open it up and clean it once in a while this time =)

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