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Built a new system for a relative today. This one went MUCH more smoothly than my system in 2014 did -- because I stopped playing around with MicroATX and used an ATX mid-tower this time. I love. This. Case. So easy to work with, and I could finally do that "route all the cables behind the motherboard" thing that everyone keeps talking about.

Part Reviews

Case

This was a wonderful case to work with. That's half the battle with these builds. Lots of space behind the motherboard tray, generous cable grommets, removable drive trays, lots of space. The Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case gets my seal of approval.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

HAHAHAHAHAHHA you should do a mini itx build then, a living hell I tell you

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

im itching to do another itx with skylake. i can definitely relate though! elite 130 case... wheee is that one fun lol

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

130 is hard af, just don't get a optical drive, and straight sata cables are your best friend

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

yea I don't use the optical drive slot. I usually hide my cables in there. Though I wish they came with windowed sides. that's why my next one will be the 250D. small but "open" :)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

At least with that case the cables are shorter cause SFX

Both seem like a living hell,

I spent 4 hours doing cable management, and I redid it 2 times

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG, I probably wouldn't even be able to reach into a mini-itx case to put the power supply in. Seriously, the cable management on my microATX gave me nightmares. I had to get it workable, then take a three month break to calm my nerves, THEN re-do the cabling so it would be, not pretty, but less embarrassing. This new system was an entirely different experience. I'm proud of my cabling for the first time in years.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! +1

Also, I'm pretty sure you can still overclock that i3 with the right bios version and with the help of a few guides to get the most out of the CPU.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

you can if you use older bios. Intel/Microsoft found this loophole and patched the microcodes already. And the vendors did too. So with new bios, you cannot OC the cpu anymore. you still can if you use older bios but you'd be missing out on the improvements. I'm not sure if Intel/Microsoft with their code update prevents you completely or not.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Good to know, but I doubt there will be much call for overclocking with this system. I haven't even overclocked my personal system, which was built with it in mind.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the kriek, its really good.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it was!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

love the build! Although I will say you must have gotten the wrong mATX case. The one I built my rig in is pretty freakin epic!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree I have 2 mATX builds here and I love the cases :) an Air 240 and A Lian Li cube :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I love my MicroATX system now that it's built! (See my other completed build on this site.) But man was it a pain in the butt to put together. I have large hands.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless you plan on upgrading that cpu, enjoy your gpu bottleneck :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Plan on upgrading to an unlocked CPU? Man, ditch the HK speakers and get some Cloud 2's and use the extra cash for a 6600k.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

or the Z623 THX one's from Logitech... Oh man that subwoofer

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny you say that, I bought that set in Tech School.

  • 40 months ago
  • -2 points

i3's will perform very well with nicer motherboard other than that this build is great!

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