Description

I built this console sized gaming pc to have something powerful to game on in 1080p. I wanted something that could stay on my entertainment center, look nice, and dominate 1080p games. If money was no object I would have bought myself a Digital Storm Bolt II (liquid cooled) but they are way over priced for the components (you end up paying mostly for the custom case). With this case you need to be very selective with your components in order to have something that runs well yet stays cool. I know that the GTX 970 has been under fire as of late but I believe that it is still a great card. For this build I went with the Reference cooled (titan cooler) version of the 970 that is only available from Best Buy. It is not only incredibly solid (awesome backplate, and awesome titan cooler) but this kind of case really works better with a blower style cooler. I will upload more pictures as I can but so far this little guy has really been exactly what I was looking for. A compact gaming pc that can handle almost anything at the highest settings in 1080p.

CPU: I have seen instances where builders have had great success with unlocked CPUs but I am very picky about cpu temps so I opted to go with the 4790S CPU with the lower TDP. I do not yet feel the need to overclock this this CPU will be plenty for me

CPU Cooler: After researching and reading many reviews I decided to go with the NH-L9i and I think it was a great choice. I did upgrade the cooling fan to a Noctua NF-B9 as I wanted more performance than the included slim 92mm fan provided. I also have an amazing Noctua NF-F12 109.9 CFM fan installed directly above the cpu cooler.

GPU: Chose the GTX 970 with the Reference (titan) cooler as the blower style cooler is best suited for this kind of case. From what I can tell this particular reference model is only available from Best Buy.

Other notes: If you build in this case make sure you have the flat PSU cables (the 600 watt silverstone PSU comes with them) as they make things much easier. I had no trouble installing 2x Corsair SP120 fans on the side underneath my GTX 970. make sure to set all case fans as intakes

UPDATE: Due to a some unexpected expenses at home I am going to be selling this on ebay really soon. If anyone is interested let me know

ebay listing: http://www.ebay.com/itm/251855250495?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D251855250495%26_rdc%3D1

Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, you got a lot in there! Impressive!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks. yeah it was a little tricky working in such tight quarters but overall it was not as bad as I thought (and have read). I really did not run into any issues with components fitting. I will post more pictures tonight

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Selling for $1299.99 on ebay right now if anyone is interested

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I did use the 120's as intakes near the gpu, they look and work great in this build

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

no, the pictures are accurate. the side of the fans with the ring are the intake sides. on the af and sp corsair fans the company logo/color rings are always the "front"

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