I am using a psu that's 140mm and purchased a drive cage that houses 2.5 inch drives into the 5.25 drive bay. I also have a drive mounded at the bottom of the case, as well as use an m.2 ssd on the motherboard.
I would not go longer than 160mm for the psu as it can get pretty cramped in there. I also use silverstone's short pus wire kit, as cable management can be difficult in this case. I would go with modular cables if you can swing it.
Regardless of the above, I do love the case very much
have you considered adding the gpu to your loop? the aio you are using is expandable, no? nice build and hope you are enjoying it.
Thanks for the kind words and i'm happy to help where i can. i am certainly considering a next-gen gpu soon, but i'm also excited for the i7-5775C. atm i think my cpu is the 'bottleneck' in my system as i still game in 1080p.
i have also read the same regarding system memory versus video memory, but i have also read some random forum reports that say that stability seems fine even with less memory then suggested by Nvidia. I think tom's tested the titan x with only 16gb in their testbed setup:
how is the cpu?
nice rig. have you tried overclocking yet?
i did give amd serious thought but i opted for the upgrade options of z97. hoping broadwell will be worth it.
so far it's been great. with the new omega drivers, it seems smoother...
have you overclocked your cpu yet? wanna know how it goes with the msi board. thanks for sharing and congrats on your rig. great build for a great price.
awesome thanks for sharing!
love your shibuya desktop, btw :)
the wattage estimate does not take into account overclocks, afaik. i think with your overclock you are probably pushing the boundaries of your psu. ideally you want to be using around 50% of the psu capabilities to use it at its most power-efficient state. however as gpus and cpus become more efficient, your current psu should suffice for future upgrades/systems. have you considered selling all your gpus and buying a single gtx 9xx? i believe performance will be similar, but without the eyefinity or power issues.
like the outside-mounted fans. good job.
Here's my try:
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i went with the same cpu. good budget choice with a decent upgrade path to i7. nice build.
i also paid more on my case compared to my cpu. a good case can last sever upgrade cycles whereas cpus (and therefore sometimes motherboards and ram) tend to get upgraded before other components in the system. it's totally valid to buy a good case now, in anticipation of an upgrade path that includes it in future builds.
what drivers are you using for the 285?
i believe that the loss of frame rate due to the cpu bottleneck is marginal (+/-10%) so its not as drastic, considering the costs savings. you also have a decent upgrade path if you do need more cores and avx, etc. down the road, which is where i believe the real bottleneck for future games will be. the g3258 is inadequate for games like star citizen, for instance, where cores are better utilized. even with my modest overclock however, i can still play most games (currently shadow of mordor, civ beyond earth, dolphin emu, etc.) on medium-to-high settings with no issues at all - smooth as butter.
yup exactly :)
So far it's been fine for the limited gaming that I do. I think for most 2013 titles it will play on medium-high settings with my current gpu. However I don't see the cpu being relevant past 2016 as we see more and more games utilizing multiple cpu threads (Star Citizen for instance). With my current overclock single threaded performance is amazing. Multithreaded performance not so much. I imagine having to upgrade to i7 in 2016 to keep up with new games but at $70 for the g3258, it's totally worth it if you leave yourself with a good upgrade path (z97 motherboard, etc.).
nice work on the cable management even with the non-modular psu
coolest footrest i have ever come across..
Will upload GPU-z screenshots soon...
The M.2 SSD is nice in regards to case management. No power or sata cables are nice. Speed wise I went with a normal AHCI SSD and not one of the new PCIe ones. Works fine but performs exactly like it's non-M.2 counterpart. Eventually I will upgrade to PCIe SSDs once they are cheaper.
Have you overclocked your CPU in this case yet? Cheers
just saw this now as I have finally finished building with this case (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/tMBkqs). I hope your build went well but I will try to answer your questions anyways for future reference.
A modular PSU would be very wise for this case. Silverstone has announced it's 600w SFX (http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=524) and although having never used it, I imagine it would be perfect for this case. As a bonus it comes with the excellent PP05-E short cable set.
For my build, I used the ST65F-G (http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=350) and purchased the PP05-E separately. The ST65F-G is a standard ATX PSU but is only 140mm long. I installed it with the fan facing down towards the CPU on the motherboard as it has to double as the PC's only air exhaust.
As for mounting the 3.5" hard drive into the 5.25" bay, you would at least need to get a pair of these (http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9357/hdc-68/25_HDD_to_35_Drive_Bay_Universal_Adapter_Bracket-25350.html?tl=g34c273s906&id=YUdW9JJ9). For my build, I purchased one of these (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817998185). As an added bonus, it has USB3 ports which you can connect to your motherboard USB2/USB3 header. You might need an adapter for USB2 but your case or motherboard should come with one.
One a side note it's nice to see someone as young as you DIY building PCs. I started when I was 16 :) Good luck and have fun.