Description

This build was my first. I made this to run mostly eve, which most probably haven't heard about. Anyway, I had an Alienware 14 laptop that was able to run two clients at full res at once, but would run hot. So I made this to run this now and anything in the near future. I am a complete sap for looks, which drove more than a few choices. The speakers I already had, but they match, which is nice.

Notes:

CPU Cooler: This was a pain. The back plate fits great. The flanges that allow the cooler to mount though, not so much, they were too far from the back plate. so much so that i had to bend them down with pliers and even then the screws barely made it into the threaded holes. It was a lot of effort where there really shouldn't be much.

Everything else: These work great. I haven't hooked up the disk HD yet, as I don't have a SATA cable for it, but everything else works. The MoBo power cable is a pain to get all the way in, literally causing the MoBo to show signs of cracking from the required force. I'm not sure if this is a symptom of these parts or just the ones I got, but that's what is was. 30+ pounds of force, and it still hasn't latched. It works though.

I'm very satisfied so far, all things considered! I should note that the fans are mostly for appearance, as well as the controller, which is not yet hooked up to them due to lack of converters. I am remedying this soon.

Edit: I did some quick benchmarking. I have no idea whether these are good numbers for the parts and all, but I figured I may as well share them.

Cloud Gate, 18001. Sky Diver, 19744. Fire Strike, 7025: http://www.3dmark.com/cg/2565086

Part Reviews

Case

I love the case. However. When removing the front panel, make sure that the door on the front is still taped down. When I removed mine, the latch that holds it closed broke as a result go the force required to remove the panel. I don't care too much, because the door will sit closed. It just wont latch. Just a heads up.

Power Supply

The PSU works great, and comes with all the cables you need. However, the 24-pin motherboard connector is too large, and therefore extremely difficult to fully plug in.

Keyboard

For the price, this is worth it even just for the keyboard. It works well, looks great, and isn't overly bright. The mouse also works very well, though I do have two small gripes with it. The LED lighting is nice, but you only get half of it from the perspective of using it, as some of the best ones are on the only part you cant see (the very front). The other thing is that the LEDs do not ever turn off. Even when the computer is powered down (yes, you can switch off the PSU, but that shouldn't be required). While not an issue for some, I find it very annoying, as my computer is only a few feet from my bed, and I have to either unplug the mouse or put a shirt over it to be able to sleep in a dark room.

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

So, you had an issue getting the power cable into the mobo as well? I agree, having the same mobo, it was a scary moment trying to get it in without cracking it in two. But, still a pretty good mobo for a basic z97.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. It actually took me putting a block behind it to not break it, and literally all my strength to get ti to where it is, which is about 98% to where it really needs to be. Good to hear I'm not alone though!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

it isnt the mobo. I have had issues with CX PSUs. The connector is known to be to large, and it sucks. dont get them anymore :/

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, good to know! That would be my only complaint with the PSU then.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah its a shame. its a pretty good PSU otherwise, my connections were all in order, relatively good saudering.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Gotta love that case. +1

I got the 530 - it looks a lot alike, just bigger. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/tyBPxr

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

It seems like NZXT is really killing it in the case design area recently.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Have you OC'd your processor? Trying to figure out how this MB will handle the Devil's Canyon i5.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No, not yet. I'm not sure I plan to, but I imagine the temptation will get to me sooner or later.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you choose 280x over 290?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Cost. There was a deal on the 290 originally that I was going to get, but by the time I went to checkout online it had sold out. I'm also already slightly over my original budget. My gaming needs don't necessitate anything better than a 270 frankly, so even the 280x is more than enough.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 I want your cpu cooler. I just built a blue rig too and wanted to use that cooler but then a different one went on sale right as I was ordering and couldn't help myself to buy the 10 dollar one instead. Oh well. I got a sapphire 280x too, but got the vapor to match the blue. Heres mine http://pcpartpicker.com/b/j9LD4D

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I actually like the bit or evil orange right in the middle of mine haha. The cooler LEDs are bright, but look dim next to the light form the fans, FYI.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like this build, good selection of parts. One of the main reason I found this build is because my sister really wants to use the case in a build. I wanted to know if this case has an integrated fan controller and if it does have one how many fans it supports.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

It does not. I bought one for about $20. Any standard controller should fit, and the appearance won't matter much as it will be hidden behind the case door.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I used a 280X in my first build about 3 years ago. It can still handle more-than-console quality at 1080 and even though it runs very warm, it keeps lasting even after I through it into the Ethereum mines.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually just replaced it with a GTX 1080 in a new build I'll be posting this weekend. It lasted well. Easily handled PUBG.