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Obligatory "my first build" statement...

I found that none of my parts came with detailed installation instructions. It was all thanks to you guys and girls who posted your great build pictures here at PCPartPicker that I could have a good idea as what goes where. YouTube was also very helpful. Once it got going, construction seemed pretty straightforward, though still challenging (but very enjoyable).

Case: Wanted something minimal and modest. This case is very easy to use, but I felt it wasnt very dynamic, so I decided to try some "case modding". As you can see, this was simply spray-painting the plastic drive-bays and aluminum front dust-covers. This accomplished little but it was a fun learning experience. Love the glossy look. Reminds me of the Citadel from Half Life 2.

RAM: Originally wanted DDR3-2133 but, but the affordable sticks I found wer mostly CAS 11, and I figured that DDR3-1866, CAS 8, would be about as good, and much cheaper. Later added another 8GB for more photo and video performance.

MoBo: Z97 came highly reccommended by many on here. Love the idea of being able to over or under-clock effectively when needed.

GPU: Originally wanted a R9-280 3 GB, but the price for the 290x seemed a better deal at the time.

Noise: The case fans are the loudest part, but the PC is slightly louder than my laptop, but much more pleasant sounding and almost soothing I might add. Havn't heard a peep from the GPU yet during gaming.

I managed to retrofit an old 80mm Raidmax fan to the front with some cable ties around where the old drive bay would be.

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Well done !

Just curious why you did not mount the PSU with the fan in the downward position?

If I may suggest that when you upgrade, you may want an SSD for programs like Photoshop.

+1 from me

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, at first it seemed intuitive to install it like that. Both the Antec logo and the power switch on the outside would be oriented properly, and the input titles inside would be legible. They would all be upside down if the PSU was upside down, so I thought that was the way to go. I also have a dog and his hair gets everywhere, and the idea of the the fan taking that in scares me. I've seen a lot of builds with it upside down, and there are good reasons for doing so, but I can't find good info on how much more beneficial having it upside down would be for performance and temperature. The PSU fan doesn't seem that powerful anyway, and even though the GPUpulls air up and the PSU pulls air down, there doesn't seem to be any turbulence and it looks like there is plenty of space for air for both with the rear dust cover. I'm going to see what I can tomorrow cable wise, but I would love more info.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The best reason to flip it over as I suggest is to bring cool air in to the PSU through the bottom of the case. Your case does come with a filter on the bottom but as you pointed out, pet hair is not beneficial to the health of a PC. If you keep this on the floor I would not blame you for keeping the same orientation.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

How loud is that CPU cooler?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't hear it over the case fans. All in all, the PC is slightly louder my laptop, but has a soothing sound like a slight breeze. No rattling, mechanical noises, or strained airflow sounds. Smooth overall.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol well I had left over fans from my old computer and I wanted more! Check out my new double fan!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I give this build an A++ just for the jankety-ness of that front fan, that's totally something I would do.