Description

This was my first build I finished 4/21/13. I decided to build a gaming rig to switch over from console because I don't like where they are heading. I originally started with a $700 budget including os and monitor... so much for that =P ended up at a $1000 budget for the initial build. I really wanted to go for bang for buck as far as game performance. This case really has terrible cable management but I did my best on it. It turned out ok with my semi-modular psu and barely being able to fit my 8 pin cpu power behind the mobo. I really do not like where the audio cable routes across the mobo, might try to find an extension... Next time I am definitely going for a case with great cable management. My friends Phantom 410 got me so jealous and makes me hate looking at my cables haha. Just want to say I could have went with an i5-3570k or an ssd or both, but my logic was to put the money into the gpu, oh well I'm happy. So heres a list of my parts and why I chose them:

CPU: AMD FX6300 6-core I originally decided on a 965 black edition, but for a bit more I got am3+ socket, a six-core and presumably much better cpu. Also should be able to overclock easy.

Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo I put this in last minute due to the great reviews and I found out the overclock potential of the FX6300

Mobo: Gigabyte 990fxa-ud3 I originally had a cheaper mobo but after I decided to overclock I wanted a good mobo for it, this had great features, and I fell in love with the color scheme.

Ram: Patriot Viper 8Gb 1866mhz Funny enough, I just searched for the cheapest 8gigs 1600mhz or above and this was it at the time. I now realize I got a great deal!

HDD: WD CB 1tb 7200rpm Good brand, 7200rpm, good space at a good price

GPU: Sapphire 7930 (everyone knows thats the true name) (came with Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider ) I originally opted for a 7870 ghz, but after reading up on the 7870 with tahiti I had to jump. This should give me almost 7950 performance at a great price, and free games? Sign me up!

Cm elite 431+ It was on sale, had good reviews and supposedly good airflow, and I HAD a combo deal with my psu but it ended in-cart. >=[ Still not completely terrible.

PSU: CM silent pro 700w Semi-modular: Was a great deal for an 80+ semi-modular high wattage psu and came with a $23 combo(that I missed...)

Optical drive: Lite-on It plays discs... Also loud as hell so good thing I will probably never use it again =P

Monitor: Asus Ve228h It was LED backlit, full 1080p, had speakers, hdmi, dvi, and vga connections for my xbox 360 and PC. Also it was bigger and better quality than my current TV lol.

Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Loved the LEDs that fit my theme, macro keys, and great deal.

Mouse: Mionix NAOS 8200 I really needed a better ergonomic mouse for my wrist pain. It has custom lighting and awesome reviews and should fit my palm grip very well

OS: Windows 7 Oem 64 bit because I have a PC, not a tablet.

Fans: CM sickleflow red LED 120mmx2 Going for a red theme and wanted to add an exhaust fan.

Total: $1066.93 after rebates for the tower, monitor, OS, mouse+keyboard, and including two games ($100) so not bad I would say.

I am proud of this build and would love some opinions or advice on maybe future upgrades or cable management. =)

I have been able to play any game I throw at it with everything on max at at least 40 fps. Next up is overclocking!

5/20/13 update: added my new mouse, purchased prices, and updated description.

7/1/13 update: Added the NZXT Hue RGB LED controller, the Aerocool shark 140mm front intake, and my audio extension cable. I painted the front mesh covers to match my red/black theme. I spent about 2 hours planning and managing cables today so I hope it looks much better than it did. Added photos from today.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

I know how you feel with the case. I have the elite 430 and the cable management opportunities are nonexistent.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I built a pc in that case last year. Good little case for a budget but it makes cable hiding and tieing a major headache.

I had a terrible case and it was in use for 5 years. But really when you think about it, it is one of the best places to go budget. Trust me, your cable work looks a lot better than mine did.

I almost built the exact same CPU and Processor, but opted up when my budget improved. How is it running for ya? The FX-6300 should easily be a better investment than the 965 black. Game on!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Haven't had a chance to game with it yet as I am dealing with BSOD crashes and other annoying errors... but I will let ya know when I do! I am determined haha.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fans can you have in this case and what size?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The front can have a 120 or a 140mm, in front of the psu is a 80/90/120mm mount (long psus will prevent putting a fan there) The rear can take an 80/90/120 mm fan and two more 120mm mounts up top. If you use a large tower heatsink such as the hyper 212 evo you can only fit top fans less than 20mm wide. Also you can only fit up to a 120mm AIO cooler in the rear, this case does not support top 240mm rad. Hope that helps.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking the Sickleflow fans?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

They work good for the price. They do push a decent amount of air. However, the LEDs are quite dull, and they aren't the quietest things ever (not too bad though). Also I don't know if it was just me but I had one go out on me after a few months. Also they are terrible for anything but open air case fans.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for information :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. =)

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Does the fan fit the case? It says it is not compatible.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming you mean the CM Sickleflows, yes they fit perfectly. This case can fit a 120 OR 140 in the front, a 80/90/120 in front of the psu on the bottom (not with a large psu) a 80/90/120 back exhaust and 2 120s up top. If you have a large heatsink the top 120mm mounts will only fit a slim 120 fan (thinner than 20mm). Which brings me to my other point, The case fits the EVO perfectly, if thats what you meant. Hope I helped.

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

How do u like ur naos?? Ive got one n i think its the most comfortable mouse ive ever had!!

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Its awesome! I had a $20 anker wireless before it and it messed up my grip so bad, when I first got the NAOS, it wasn't comfortable. Then it hit me, I just lifted my hand, relaxed it, and set it down and it was a perfect fit! Haven't changed my grip ever since.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!

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  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks man! Your build is pretty good as well, should serve you much better than a cableboxone or a ps4. Only thing is the apu + dedicated card is a waste, but I am sure you knew that already =P.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks man, that is much appreciated because I worked way harder than I probably should have on it haha. I think I can push a bit more out of the cpu, the 4.3 was done in about 2hrs. (1hr prime95+ lots of game time for testing) Hoping for 4.5 ghz but we will see. Also I added a little custom pci fan setup recently so I am going to update pics with that as well as see what I can push from the 7870xt. =)

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

I am getting this case because of all the room it has! Anyways, I am doing something like a theme, but instead of red, I am doing multiple colors.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Themes are nice! But seriously, I really recommend getting a different case. This is a great case if you can get it for $30. $40 is really pushing it, let alone $50 or so.... There are much nicer cases for your money in the 50-100 price range. I was only able to get my cable management like this through LOTS of planning and a couple extensions.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

Alright, I was hoping to get this for 30 but I guess they raised it back to normal.

So which do you say I should get? -----> http://tinyurl.com/mgsokag ----> http://tinyurl.com/kvm246j ----> http://tinyurl.com/k2n5yh4 For this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/tmladd/saved/22lx

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-cas21w2b1

Thats what I would recommend in that price range. Great airflow options, good cable management, and IMO looks great with a window as well. Only downside is no front panel USB 3.0. Just remember when choosing a case, always get something you can keep for years. Thats my biggest regret with my build. Keep in mind things like: How many hard drives might I get? Will I water cool or have a massive air cooler? How many 5.25 bays do I need? How many PCI expansion slots do I need? How much does cable management mean to me? Most importantly: Can I look at this every day for years and like it?

By the way, on your build what are you using it for? If its just gaming, just get the cheapest 2x4gb kit of RAM. 16gb is way overkill. Also I would recommend getting a higher end card over low end crossfire, there can be issues with it you will not have with a higher end card. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42763kr I would recommend this gtx760.

Before you buy post this up in the Parts list opinions wanted section of the forums, there is a good community on here that can help you get just the right parts. Hope I helped =)