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Brandoo - Customer Build

by Khaosix



Date Published

June 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


Build Date: 21JUN2016

Request came from a referral of a previous customer of mine.. The customer had $1100 to spend and only cared about the gaming performance of the machine and explicitly stated that he had no interest in how it looks and therefore didn't want a window or lighting.. As most of my customers do, he had done some research and he decided that he wanted the 1070 and didn't want to overclock. Then he researched airflow on computer cases and found an article from 7 years ago on the HAF talking about its immense airflow (back in the day when components got super hot). He was dead set on the HAF 912 despite my multiple attempts to convince him otherwise.. I wanted my first GTX 10 series to look awesome :(. But at the end of the day, it's his build and even though I seriously hate this case, I put the order in for it.


  • GTX 1070
  • SSD/HDD Combo
  • Tier 2 PSU
  • 16GB RAM


  • HAF 912
  • No SLI capability
  • No CPU overclocking


I don't really have a lot of notes for this machine. The $1100 budget gave me a lot of overhead to build a nice well rounded gaming machine. While I personally would have chosen a different case, the rest of the parts provide a nice sweet spot between performance and price. Additionally, the SSD arrived DOA but I've already sent it back and have a new one on the way (Thanks Amazon!). Until then, the rig is running on the WD Blue. As always, if you have any questions, please ask!

Thanks for reading!

PS: Sorry about the photos again.. Just go ahead and assume that I am never going to be good at taking photos.

PPS: Bonus photo of me doing some cable management..

Part Reviews


I had no idea and was pleasantly surprised when I turned the machine on and the motherboard had white LED backlighting.. Another quality motherboard from MSI with a nice and clean white/black color scheme. The white LEDs are just icing on the cake. I will definitely be using this motherboard again.


I seriously hate the way this case looks.. It's big and bulky... The side panels are flimsy, there is very little room for cable management. The inside of the case is bare metal instead of painted/powder coated like almost every other case out.

However.. It comes with a nice bit of hardware including a 3.5-2.5 adapter. The included fans are surprisingly quiet and the case has excellent airflow because of it's large mesh design and lots of spots for extra fans. There is also a lot of room on the inside which could be useful for people with big hands or lots of HDDs, custom water-cooling and whatever else.

I am going to give it 3 stars because even though it is outdated and is an ugly beast from yesteryear, at it's core it is still a decent case with a lot of room and great airflow.

Comments Sorted by:

Enrico411 2 points 30 months ago

Clean build!

Oh and when wine goes in wisdom comes out. lol ;) +1!!

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 4 points 30 months ago

Thanks buddy.

And yea, lol; wine tends to be a good source of sometimes unwanted wisdom.

bowlby87 3 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Just a good honest no frills machine that will do its job extremely well!

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks man. Glad you like it.

afdryan13 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Nice...I'm sure it will work great for him. I wonder why he would disregard the advice of an expert, its not like you are a car salesman trying to get him with all these unnecessary upgrades.

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks, so far he's super excited about it.

It's like I've said before.. Unless it will severely impact the performance/price of a build, I typically never argue with a customer because it is bad practice. He asked me if the case would work and if it would impact performance and since the answer was "Yes, it will work, and no it will not affect performance", that was the end of the discussion.

Just wait until my next build. It's a 6700k/1070 RGB build.. Should be posted within a week or two.

Robotfood 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Solid build. I do agree though, I really don't like that case. Different strokes for different folks.

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Building a computer with sweat pants and no anti-static wristband?!


Just did a build with much of the same specs (shameless plug) and the performance was amazing. Good work.

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Lol yea... At this point I was done building the computer and was just tucking away cables. It's the rainy season here and I always ground myself before handling delicate pieces. Havent had an ESD incident yet after 15 years.

Sick build. I'll go comment on your page. Thanks for the compliments.

Andzx02 7 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Nice clean to the point build, I never like how Micro looks in Mid towers! +1

EdInk 11 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Very tidy cable management +1

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanaks man. Means a lot coming from you. Your builds are beautiful.

EdInk 11 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Thanks pal...

Tengrand1989 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

That case ruins your system bro

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Not my system. But, I agree. However, the customer likes it.. To each their own.

Ahtsik 1 point 29 months ago

What case would you recommend if I may ask

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Depends on your budget and form factor. There is no shortage of fantastic cases available. Send me a PM and we can talk more about it.

kaseron 1 point 29 months ago

Just a quick question about the benchmarks: can this setup be reasonably expected to keep up with a 1440p 144Hz monitor? I've seen it referred to as the 1440 killer, but I'm unsure whether this is on 60Hz or 144Hz screens.

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

It really just depends on what games you are wanting to play.. In general, I would go with a nice 1440p IPS 60hz monitor with a GTX 1070.However, if you wanted to play CS:GO, Overwatch, or another competitive shooter/fast motion game, then I would recommend the 144hz monitor.

Do you already have the monitor?

kaseron 1 point 29 months ago

No, and I've been eyeing a ROG Swift. My only worry was that I was overdoing it and buying too much screen.

griffinater 1 point 28 months ago

So what about a cpu cooler?

Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

It's only a 65watt "locked" chip..

The stock cooler is perfectly fine, even after hours of CPU intensive gaming it will remain within the recommended specifications from Intel.

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Khaosix submitter 20 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks. I'm glad you like it.

The lights came on the motherboard lol, I had no idea they were on there.

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