Description

Made it for gaming to replace my old machine.

Case is a little worrisome to work with, but overall a nice size with mega airflow. Cable routing isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Hardware is cheap and panels don't lock well until screwed in. The magnetic filters drop airflow substantially. Its nice to work on the system after its built, as the modular sides makes it very easy to access the part you need. The fan rails detach super easily, once you realize how they work.

Cpu is super fast, but im upgrading from a 2009 i7-860 4.0ghz Liquid cooler is awesome. Highly recommended for the price.

Motherboard is ok, limited options for mATX z170. usb 3.1 type a and c are neat, if i ever need it.

Memory is great. Had to underclock it to 2800 for this motherboard however. Wouldnt fault the memory though, im just guessing its the board. SSD works great. Graphics is great.

PSU was onsale, being economical and gold efficient. The flat cables are not as nice as bound and sleeved IMO. Enough hookups for the case size, might be a bit lacking in a Midtower ATX tho.

Fans are very quiet yet quite powerful. I went overboard on water cooling in the last machine and decided to be more economial in this. Still wanting to overclock and wanting to maintain low noise, I chose to have many fans running at low speeds vs a few fans running at high speeds. Overall noise is lower while air movement is higher and much more balanced.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

It's on the sweet spot of budget. The fan layout looks good. You could have gone wrong with this enourmous number of fans

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, I got overzealous with the fans. Luckily it worked out. Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

What kind of splitter/hub did you use to get all those fans in there?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

SilverStone PWM Fan Hub System, Black (CPF04). I mounted it beside the 200mm fan in front, under the front panel IO.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

it's kinda cute though :) +1 nice build mate!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, its a lot smaller than the full atx im used to! Thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Your rig looks great!

I'm also thinking of going with the Asrock Z170M Extreme4 micro ATX. Do you have any comments on this mobo? Also, how many fans can you connect to this? Not sure if I need to get a separate fan controller hub.

Thanks in advance.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

So far so good. I think this is a great bang/buck board. Memory wouldn't run faster than 2800mhz even tho its a 3200mhz kit. Stability has been excellent so far. It also allows for dual graphics cards. I did have problems installing Windows 7 w/o a legacy USB 2.0 port. Even after making multiple attempts with driver added images on dvd and usb, I ended up just installing windows 8 and did the currently free upgrade to 10.

For fans you can connect: 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control) 2 x Chassis Fan Connectors (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)

You can definitely team up 2 fans per connector. I couldn't find a max wattage/amperage, but normals fans are fine.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!