Your budget could have been better optimized if you went for a lower wattage PSU... that's overkill for your build.
Good build, but I would really recommend that you buy a monitor instead of using a TV since the response time in a TV is considerably slower than a monitor. Also for the RAM, I would have gotten 2 x 4GB for dual channeling. Is your CPU overclocked as well? It would be a waste to have a fancy cooler with no OC. Just some constructive criticism.
Otherwise, it's a good build that should last you awhile :)
I'm very surprised at the quality of the case for the price. It looks quite alright too. Few things to note about the case though. The cable management space is a joke, you only get 1 exhaust fan and you have to purchase your own 120mm fans for the front. Also this case is convenient as the stand-offs are built-in. I would say buy it if money is an issue. But if you have $20 more, I would go for another case.
It was tricky since the area for the cables was not even an inch wide. I had to stuff parts of the cables into the HDD bays as you could see. Not the best case for cable management, but I couldn't really complain given the price.
I've used that PSU for many other builds before and it hasn't run into any problems after 3 years so far. I agree with the OC options but with +$40 as you said, you can arguably get a better GPU =P It's just a bunch of trade-offs. BUT for its intended purpose, I like the configuration.
Yes it does.
you can use sp120's if you like. Bit I would use them only if they are for radiators or heatsinks. I use af120 for the case since it creates good airflow (it has small blades so more air can pass through). sp120's would do fine too, but they are more for pushing air from harder places like a radiator. Plus they generate more noise than af120.
yeah it fits fine. Fits just right. If you're worried, try going for a corsair water cooler.
Everything that says $0 on the list means that I bought those already from my last build. So i already owned them.
not very loud. sounds like a light breeze at most. but it really depends how fast you set the fans. if you are worried about the noise, then opt for the quiet edition. its not much different except that the stock speed is lower. still good tho
it has 2 fans included: 1 at the back and 1 at the front. its the original black bitfenix ones that arent that bad. (i moved them to the front where no one can see them anyways)
everything that says $0 are things i already had and reused in this build.
Fairly quiet considering how much power it packs. During intense sessions, its not loud enough to bother me.
case looks like my radiator
yep very nice. you got some good prices on there too! can't wait to see it built
Nope. maybe a soft summer breeze at the most but it really isn't loud enough to bother me.
At first i was planning to but after testing everything, i didn't think i need to so i just left it alone. Noise isn't something i'm worried about since its not that bad and i always have a headset on anyways. Plus my house isn't the most quiet place.
unfortunetly i couldn't adjust the fan configurations without a controller but they are ok in terms of how loud they are. The SP on my heatsink is a bit louder but thats because its running at 2200 rpm. If you're concerned about noise get the quiet editions as oppose to the performance ones. The only difference really is the stock speed.
Hey good job on your build! :D Looks really nice. Feels nice that i can be an inspiration to someone.
For heavy duty, i suggest getting the performance versions of those fans as oppose to the quiet ones. The AF are good for case fans while SP are good for radiators and heatsinks as they push more air through. But i have seen people just use SP for everything to get the max air flow.
i removed the stock fan at the back and moved it to the front. So in my front i have 2 intakes. On the side i have another intake and the top and back are exhaust
There are ways to make your cables look better. I admit that my build had a non-modular psu but it doesn't take that much work to make it look nice. Use the cable management features of the case even if its very limited. Use cable ties to bunch some cables up so they arent flying all over the place.
a picture of lolcats would be more relevant. Just saying
Read the other comments i replied to people about the same question. But really all i did was pop off the mesh and spray painted it. It not hard, just takes some time and patience.
Yea, i can only manage to overclock to 4.3 before it bsod on it. The cooler is awesome, it does the job well and causes no problems and i like how you can change the stock fan if you want. My friends have the same setup but some manage to get the cpu to 4.5 and even 4.7, i guess i wasn't as lucky. The psu i have no complaints about. it does what it's suppose to do and plenty of power for future upgrades. The only thing that's bad about it is that it's not modular which kinda sucks but the price i got it for was too good to pass up. I would recommend those components tho, its a solid fit.
They aren't free. Anything that says $0 are from my last build. It doesn't seem right to add the price to this build.
Not at all, but i guess I can't say much since i replaced the stock fan. However, if you want, you can always reduce the cooler fan speed via your mobo settings in your bios.
painted them. used the original black that came with the case
it fits fine. you can fill all the slots. The reason why it looks a bit tight there is because i switched the stock fan with something else. But for the most part you should have plenty of room
It was from my last build so i didn't include it in the prices. Everything else was new
take the mesh out from the case (careful not to bend the latches too much or else they might break).
Buy 3 things: primer, color, and a finisher.
I used painter's touch as the brand but you may use any from lowe's or home depot.
You should apply 1-2 coats of primer, let them sit for 24 hours.
Apply the color and let it sit for 24 hours as well.
Same for the finisher. You can choose any type of shine but I like to use semi-gloss to give it as close to the shine of the original mesh.
And that's all there is to it. It would be nice if you have some scrap metal to practice with (i used a mesh plate from my last build's front panel as test material). Careful not to spray too close or too much or else the paint starts to cover the mesh holes and that's not good.
it was either $120 for HX or $75 for TX. That extra $45 just for a blue label is not worth it for me. And I don't care too much on modularity.
What did you use for the inside lighting? Looks nice
nice case! (Also got the same one but black). I'm not really digging the cd drive though =/ looks kinda odd with a white shinobi
The CPU bothers me quite a bit. For that money, you can get a current gen processor for less unlocked. For light gaming, i think even a i5-4670 would be way better unlocked or not.
lol i cant see yours =( put it up
I took the original black ones out from the case and then I spray painted them. Had them primed, sprayed, and applied a semi-gloss finish each step taking 24 hours each. And then I put the mesh back in the case.
mine are connected to 4 pin headers. Either works fine so no need to worry about it
I was tempted to get a blue GPU cooler but $300 for the msi twin frozr was a steal, you'd be stupid not to pick it up. And you can't see the cooler unless you look from underneath. Same with the TX750. I got it for $75 new so I couldn't not get it. It would look nicer if I got those, i agree, but i didn't want to spend a buttload on cosmetics and this already looks good. My original budget was $1000, but ended up spending $1300 altogether with tax. Original price of all the parts would come up to around $1700. So you see I value savings first over all the fancy stuff :D
You can fit up to 2. The evo comes with extra mounting brackets that you can attach to another fan. I just took the stock evo fan and unscrewed the mounting bracket and put my SP 120 fan in it. The reason why I didn't put another fan back the back is that it really doesn't make much of a difference, and I didn't want to make it look cluttered since the heatsink is already kinda close to the back of the case.
it is 3-pin and i have no trouble monitoring their RPM. You can change their speed with mobo settings.
it's a really nice case for the price. Lots of room, standard cable management, well structured. The only issue i have with it, is that it doesn't have a dedicated spot to put your ssd. I didn't have a bay adapter so i just stuck it above the hard drive bays. Air flow is also fairly good too.
Yes but they weren't the same shade of blue as the fans. I did my homework on it lol
Thanks! I'm glad people appreciate the little things that I worked on.
My first build had blue led fans and I wanted to try something different. I chose air series with white cathodes to really bring out the colour theme of the air series themselves. I find LED fans hide some of the details of the other components (as most of the attention is drawn towards the LED glow) and I was aiming for a clean themed look.