Lets me just say to start that this case is actually a piece of art in comparison to some of the cheap plastic cases they make.
But word of advice, plan and plan again, look at all your parts before hand and read reviews and check out other builds before you actually commit to buying as it will make your life easier when it comes to putting it all together.
Wanted something elegant that stands out, not some huge gaping plastic/metal case sitting 45cm high but something modern, sleek that would blend in nicely and for those that notice it too come and take a closer look and admire it.
Lets start by saying, liquid cooling, everyone wants it but think again, there are plenty of reviews where the radiator and fans are on externally mounted on the outside so this is now installed within the case, using Slimline 15mm fan as exhaust
Airflow is major issue and isn't an issue depending on the graphics card you install, the maximum compatible GPU length (300mm card) fits perfect but covers up majority of the 120mm intake fan, also note this card is triple fan based 2.5x slot version and fits perfect.
This graphics card is one of the best R9 290 in terms of performance, noise and heat, its a triple fan and as its Graphics Processor is completely covered by a huge copper base so it runs extremely cool, especially in comparison to a fair few R9 290's on market. Temperature goes no higher than 65 degrees in this case with a factory overclock as standard and fans are not very loud. If you want to decrease fans speeds and set your own curve you can get it running pretty much silent running but at cost of another 10 degrees but still within range that it wont throttle back at all.
But overall, its a very fast i5 Quad Core PC, gaming and graphics side is based on 4GB R9 290 version, this is fast and foremost alot cheaper outlay for the price paid than the current 3.5GB GTX 970. This version though is unfortunately does not have the ability to be unlocked to the 290X specs via a free bios update but a positive I guess is the utter silence and the lack of the renowned coil whine. Efficiency and Power Consumption were not used in this decision to install this particular card, as felt at time that based on market values, the R9 290 holds the best price to performance of any card.
Settings have been adjusted for fans, temps etc and now sits pretty quite. Its running at moment at 4.2Ghz overclocked on stock voltages.
3D Mark results Firestrike - 9701 Sky Diver - 23316 Cloud Gate - 19976 Ice Storm - 148119 Unigine Heaven 1080p High Default Benchmark - Average FPS 109.1 Score 2749 Intel XTU Benchmark - Score 842 Processor Freq 4.2GHz Max Temp 55 Degrees
But for time being this suits it needs perfectly, plays any games at thee Highest Quality at 1080 and 1440p. Video, Photos, Editing work, Encoding, Decoding. This pretty much covers all basis and should easily give top performance for fair few years.