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First PC for about 12 years.
I set myself a budget, and stuck to it. Well I tried my best, only $117 over.
I got the smaller form factor,as I had seen it in a local shop, as a completed build, I saved myself over 1000 dollars and for a much higher spec building it myself, this site was a great help.
Was easy to build, although the wiring is a bit tight in places, made good use of cable ties inside.
Case has a god sturdy handle, I like carrying it from office to lounge depending what im playing. Cities skyline looks amazing in full high detail.
Runs fairly quietly, and the GTX970 chews through anything so far ive thrown at it. (only have 1080p screen so far) ( this site was so helpful in me avoiding the GPU that was slightly too long)
Standard cooler on the CPU, as i wont overclock it for a while.
Will be used for gaming and light video editing mostly.
I have a Synology NAS for storage so it didn't need more, just yet.
Just added more photos, I was trying to capture the essence, of excessive cables, but thats what you get for the small form factor. Everything is still accessible. I look forward to adding a cooler onto it, although ill save that for much later.
Good board, and the on board graphic support isn't too bad either, runs basic stuff really well. Have yet to experiment with all the options, it has many. The WiFi antenna seems a bit naff but has a magnet built in so it stick to the case. Had no issues with drivers and windows 10, used the ones that came with the disc, ( didnt bother with the wifi and bluetooth ones as already working fine)
Not sure how to review ram, but yes they work well, solid build and easy to install, and who doesn't love free stickers.
Speedy woosh woosh. Its a thin drive, that comes with an optional plastic frame to make it a bit thicker if needs be. Helps the machine boot from off in about 6 seconds, install times are a dream.
So far, have only tried the following games,(1080p) with all the resolution settings set to max, which is high or very high, Portal, Star Trek online, and Cities skyline, looks amazing and runs so smoothly, using windows 10 there was a drive update on the 13th august, comes with software for overclocking etc. Its quiet, and the fans only kick in when needed, which so far isnt that much.
Great case, really sturdy and solidly built. Very happy with it.
Minor first world issues for me. The lights are quite bright on it, and on the fans and about the grill, would be nice to have the on/off option.
Only bad build thing, the plate where you screw the power supply to, the paint flaked of a little revealing the metal underneath, and the screw holes seemed threaded badly. Its at the back though so you don't see it.
Probably over the top for my needs, so i was future proofing myself a bit.More cables that you could shake a stick at. Great quality as i would expect, the only thing that caught me out was i needed a 4 pin for the motherboard, and only had an 8 pin plug, didn't realize this split in 2 so it could be used on smaller boards.