Finished this build about 7 months ago. Love it... high quality parts (well, except maybe the card reader). Cost was a couple of hundred dollars less than the PCPartPicker list of Feb 2013.
Personally would of gotten the hyper 212 evo over that cpu cooler. Also for $200 I would of gotten a 7850-7870 instead of a 560 ti
Agreed, although i think the case and cpu cooler might have been a combo deal.
How well is your CPU cooler running?
It's not as good as some of the bigger air coolers (CM EVO 212, etc.), but does an adequate job. Got tired of the huge, heavy vertical coolers.
Why the enermax products? I've seen some pretty bad reviews of their stuff. Other than that, cool build man!
Thanks. Got a good deal on the Enermax case and cooler. The case also comes with FIVE fans! ...and an external SATA connector. Didn't like everything about the case (see Newegg.com reviews), but it's pretty good and I like the look and flashing lights. The cooler is very high quality construction. Not the best in performance, but certainly adequate. I wanted to try the low profile CPU cooler instead of the big heavy towers I've used in the past--and I think I'll stick with low profile from now on.
Wow, that's a lot of extra stuff! Awesome! Glad it all works well :D
I like it but why get the i7 Ivy Bridge an i7 unlocked at that, I would have gone with the i5 just to save a few dollars. I'm not trying to be like critical of your choice in CPU I'm actually legit interested in what you plan on using this for with such high end parts plus a card reader. So far, from what I understand of the i7 it's drastic increase in internal graphic processing (which is awesome for games especially with Crisis 3 and stuff like that) and the amount power it saves as compared to its predecessor.
I'd built an i-5 Sandy Bridge some time ago, and wanted to try out the i7. Great for video rendering, which is one of my bigger uses of this computer... love the speed, although I can't say for sure how much faster it might feel from the i5 Ivy Bridge. Yea, probably could have saved a few bucks, but it was within my budget.
Had to have a card reader. I use SD cards a lot, mostly sharing video, photos, for photo frames, etc.
Little known fact: Using the Intel "speed demon" sticker actually makes your computer run twice as fast.
You are correct! Imagine my surprise when I stuck that sucker on and it just took off like a rocket.
I like your case