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Build this computer about 2 years ago and use it for my productivity / gaming rig. Cooler Master HAF 912 provides solid base for the build. Overclocking the X4 955 is a breeze and the updated air cooling has never let me down.

In hind sight I would have gone with a different MOBO with sata 6/GBs and without integrated graphics. Still performs fine though.

Cooling via front 200mm CM fan pulling air in and top 200mm Bitfenix (should have bought CM fan for consistency) pulling air out. I retasked the two CM 120mm fans to side pannel over the GPU and as a second fan on the CPU CM 212 cooler. Had to join the two wires off the CPU cooler fans to run off the CPU fan header. Other three fans connected to Scythe Kaze Q 4 channel fan cooler in 3.5 drive slot in front of case.

WD Caviar Black 1TB drive is quick and good but LOUD. Sounds like a coffee machine on steroids. Very reliable but I wish I went for the whisper quiet and power efficient WD Green drive.

Edit: Thanks for the community feedback. I have improved my cable management based on your tips.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Incase anyone else sees this - There is a specific hole on the motherboard tray of the case, for the top power connection for the motherboard? Looking at the motherboard in the case, look to the top left see the little square hole? Instead of routing that cable away from the power supply, towards the optical drive bays and then back over the top of the motherboard, it'd probably work better to go directly straight up the back of the motherboard tray, up to that hole and then connect :P I was looking at the other builds who have this same case, and soooooo many other builders do this exact same thing so I figured I'd try and help the bad community cable management habits just a little.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thanks for the tip. I have never spotted that. Routing that cable around the board was always a pain.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I have nice cable management on my HAF 912 build. I have pics posted on my only completed build.

Also, you should turn your HDD around and run the cables around the back.

I plan on modding my case soon (Side panel, LED lighting, and nicely paint the inside Matte Black with red metallic flakes

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, that is really helpful. I had a look at you cable management and I'm going to use it as a guide to redo mine.

Sounds like you have a nice mod planed. The only thing I don't like about the HAF912 is the grey interior.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

If it wasnt for that I would have already modded it. I plan on upgrading to a build like this (Sell old parts and replace) towards the end of summer and I am just going to do it all at one time.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/McLubbin/saved/1oXn

I just need about 850$ xD

This was my first build and I am surprised the cable management turned out so well (I have had to take it apart and put it all back together like 3 times for DOA parts)

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

ALSO, I would turn your CM Hyper 212 clockwise 90degrees

Make it exhaust with the rear out take fan. (I would take it back off your heatsink and put it back on the back. You want an outtake.)

Also, you can run the fan cable out of the hole right above that in the case.

Additionally, you can take the 2.5" HDD bay off of the bottom. If you look at the pics on my build you will see that I put mine on top of the other bay.

EDIT: I didn't realize you had an exhaust fan in the top. However, it wouldnt hurt to put another one in the back.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Good point on the fan cable routing and removing the 2.5" bay. I used to have my cpu cooler rotated to flow out the back but with top 200mm the flow is much better this way. Also, it does not cover the memory now.

Good luck with the rebuild.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks... I hope the eyefinity goes well.. I love these monitors...

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

"work"

  • 83 months ago
  • 3 points

:) well, work does happen from time to time.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

ddr3 1333 is not the best for a gaming rig the minimum is 1600 lol 1866 for be ok in the next years

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Very true, actually I used the AMD memory in the spec because my bargain Team 1333 memory is not listed. I am planning on upgrading it to 1866.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Best quote from above "Sounds like a coffee machine on steroids." Love that. Nice Build.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Very nice old build.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers, old but still working great.