My first pc build. Learning together with my daughter. Our fun and educational summer project. Going amd to save $ and still get some good 1080 gaming.
First few pictures show our build up and running pre-water cooling. We have now begun our loop and will post new pics soon. Also you can see all the CCFL lighting i put in. The shot from the back kinda show two switches i wired up for all UV and all white modes. Mostly black and white parts show off the UV and white themes and if nether soot my mood i can just flip it all off.
I have seen some fantastic builds in this case (mostly on this site!) I know this is humble by comparison by I;m happy to add my rendition to the line up.
worked well while it lasted (short life as my mobo killed it)
: ( ......................RIP
The main advantage I see to this cooler (besides the fact it works just as well as any cooler in its price range) Is that is had a different shape and fan orientation then most coolers this sizes. This way a key factor for me and the reason I used this in the end. Most other coolers this sizes with a good size fan and heat pipe and a much bigger footprint over your cup. In my case almost all standard sizes coolers would hover over 2 of my ram slots, thus making it impossible to use all 4 slots.
This cooler is narrow at the base and doesn't get wide till a higher point, further from your Mobo. So 5 points for unique shape and knitchy applications. I'd recommend this for hot, small, cramped builds. Also ya cant argue with the price.
Here's the thing. I'm a noob and this probably broke due to my stupidity so these stars mean a lot less, but here is my tale.
I bought this board for 3 simple reasons. It was very affordable for what it offered, It was from a well know brand and it looked dam sexy, way sexier than any other boards in this price range.
Unfortunately it get very hot very fast and the build quality is MEH so so. Friend have told me this board is "All looks" and I see what they meant. I'll admit in the end it blew because of one loose screw (my fault, didnt notice it while working on another part of the chassis) but that **** lit up so fast it not only fried itself the second i turned it on. it fried my CPU as well. DEAD AND DEAD in one second. From one grounding screw being loose.
Also when it did work the features didn't all work (fan ports and such) and like I said those sexy heat sink got super hot under light loads.
So take it or leave it I know some of you have had great luck with this board. Myself, I'm getting me an asus sabertooth ;P
so far all good. absolutely no issues with the build quality or performance. Solid product for the price.
This review come AFTER the release of the fx 480 so lets seeeeeeeeeeeeeee
I'm still happy I have a 390. Why? because even if it is a dinosaur and it ins't as efficient and it does cost more..... not everything new is automatically better. Yes the 480 is more "forward thinking" but if you don't give a **** about power consumption or its ginormous size its actually more powerful (only by a bit)
Small, new, more eco friendly cars are more practical, just like the 480, but in a straight line down an open road, a big, old gas guzzling muscle car like the 390 is still faster, louder and more fun.
At the end of the day, do you want to build a Honda? or a hot rod? Why are we here people?
We all know why this case is awesome. Looks nice, affordable, built well, simple and with a lot of thought put into it. NZXT makes good stuff.
I guess I just want to justify not giving the 5th star.
It scratches very easily, especially the clear plastic window.
Not having a disk drive can be a pain especially in a tower this size. You think you don't need one until you don't have one. It's true you can live with out it but I've realized life is easier having that option if you need it.
It fits a lot inside but maybe not quite as much as you may expect. Radiation and water cooling isn't as easy as one would assume in this case because of space and layout. This isn't a major issue and I got around some of these situations by drilling extra holes when needed or finding new ways to mount things. If your creative and you want a lot going on inside there this is no prob.
I still highly recommend the Case. Just go in knowing theses things.
LOUD. CHEAP. UGLY.
Don't bother. It didn't brake but everything about it feels cheep. To the point that I replaced it quickly. Even if your peak power is lower than 400w, this supply will make so much noise it drowns out 8 fans, an old HD and a 390 gpu and sounds like it will die any second or set you house on fire. WHILE IDLE! yup.
also ugly nasty stiff feeling cables. There are many more reviews out there on just how loud this thing is. Its like a joke. Like they used the parts to make this thing from the old noisy vacuum cleaners we all threw away years ago.