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Everything I Need, Nothing I Don't

by azncoldblade



Date Published

April 16, 2016

Date Built

April 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.126 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C


I built this to replace my laptop. It was a good laptop, but this is a good desktop. I consolidated most of my ordering with Newegg. Had to get the case from Amazon and the GPU from BestBuy. The blower style GPU should work well with the upwards case exhaust.

All the parts came in without major issue. The case panels had some water/oil stains even though it was under a fabric cover, wedged between two foam pads, inside a box. The PSU and CPU cooler is by far the best packaged parts. Worthy of an unboxing video if any of those videos are worth anything.

I'm used to putting together rack-mounted servers with nicely organized insides and this is my first desktop build. It seemed like way too many screws and even more holes. The professional workstations from HP and Lenovo are worth their price in gold. But I wanted to build my own so here we are.

The case looks pretty big but only about two-thirds of its volume are available for internal components. The motherboard went on first. Next is the memory DIMMs, followed by the PSU, the SSD, the CPU cooler, and finally the GPU. There weren't any big surprises but I did refer to included documentation a few times. I wouldn't have to able to put this together if not for the long screwdriver bit that came with the CPU cooler. It's needed due to design decisions of the case.

The foam on the right, or back, panel was peeling off from the adhesive on one side. Putting a few books on it overnight did not help. My first few attempts at routing the cables also caused them to dig into the foam at several places. I redid the whole thing until I was satisfied with it. Had to push motherboard sideways maybe one mm to fit some cables between case and board. Should've routed some of those cables behind the motherboard beforehand. Contrary to what a lot of people say, I actually found it helpful to have the slim disc drive cage installed. It helps to nudge some stubborn cables into their place. Last I checked, the SATA power cable still digs into the foam at one small spot near the center of the panel. I also had to take out a connector for it to fit. I didn't have to use any extra zip ties or cables besides what came with the components.

It sits on the floor, in front of a blocked off air vent, next to my desk. The two case fans are on low after setting the BIOS to 100% for them. It's about the same amount noise as when the HAVC kicks in. Just air blowing around, without any clicking noises from the GPU fan nor CPU cooler fan.

I will probably overclock it and add GPU or storage when it starts feeling sluggish. I would not recommend this case if you're looking for an easy build, but I had fun.

Part Reviews


Fast enough for anything I've thrown at it so far.

CPU Cooler

Very nice packaging. The long screwdriver bit saved the day since the case basically requires it.


Memory DIMM slots only have one latch.


Very high performance so far.

Video Card

Haven't pushed this with any games yet but so far so good with everything else.


Big dimensions. Small internal volume. Nicely built though. Could've put a sheet of protective vinyl on the side panel mirror strips. Not sure how my side panels came with water/oil stains. Inside foam peeling off and won't stay flat. Minor quibs but dampens the experience quite a bit.

Power Supply

Very nice product design. Pretty sure it's on silent mode all the time. Will update if I overclock or add more components that'll push it.

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SHOCKOPS 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

+1 for the build, but I would like to see more pics.

azncoldblade submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

I uploaded a few more pictures of the outside. Anything in particular you want to see?

NitroOG 1 point 35 months ago

Nice build.

azncoldblade submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago


incidentflux 1 point 30 months ago

How's the Seasonic SS-760XP2 Platinum power supply, doing under low and medium loads? Any fan or coil noise?

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Added to my favorites list. Love this.


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azncoldblade submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

Bestbuy seems to be the only place that carries the reference 970/980.

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