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After 10 years, 2 Xbox 360s, and a PS3, I figured it was time to get back to my PC gaming roots. Also, I got to teach my girlfriend's 11 year old daughter a little bit of tech self-reliance. :)

I think the case looks great, but it's huge. You pretty much need a large desk for it. A regular test/bench case would probably have been a little more practical, but everyone who walks in the room comments on it. I like the layout, but the cabling that came with the power supply made it a tight fit.

I had intended to dual boot with Win8 and SteamOS, using the SSD as the primary drive and the HDD as mas storage (files, games, etc.). Unfortunately, I misunderstood the SteamOS disk requirements, so it's only Win 8. The Western Digital performs ok, but I probably should have just gotten a 1TB SSD instead, especially since the case makes it easy to switch the drives.

I skimped a little on the video card, figuring I'll upgrade it fairly soon anyway. Even so, it runs most of my games full bore, including Tomb Raider 2013, Titanfall, and Shadow of Mordor. Too bad Destiny is console only.

Next stop is liquid cooling. And while I'm engaged in wishful thinking, a Cross Desk to put it in.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 7 points

ummm $140 for a 212 evo?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It must have come with a processor or something

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Really think this looks nice but... just the case.... dust... dust on all the things...

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

The dust is going to suck...

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

the dust is going to suck so much

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

How did you manage to pay so much for that CPU cooler?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think I paid more than $60 for the CPU cooler. If I was going to pay more than $100 for a fan, I'd have gone to liquid cooling right away.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not change the price then?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I haven't been on this site for a while. I wasn't aware you could change the prices if it was already in the list/parts catalog.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting choice, using a test bench "case" for an everyday PC. Looks great though. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Why would you buy the 4770K if the 4790k is the same price?...unless you got your MOBO first and didn't have a choice.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4770K was actually cheaper when I bought it. I actually finished the build 6 months before i remembered to update it here.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It turns out that dust really isn't an issue. Outside of the screens where the fans pull air, dust generally gets blown out of the compartment instead of settling. I've had more dust collect in my mid towers than in the bench case. The real problem with case turned out to be size. It's 24 inches front to back, which is about 2 inches deeper than your normal desk.