Hello PcPartPicker Community,
Here is my final build for my main computer; after a month of taking it apart and putting it together again I finally have it perfect! So why don't we start off with the parts and software shall we?
Thought of this for a while, Haswell or Skylake, and went with Haswell. Why? It is fast enough for what I need it for and for the extra money for Skylake I could build on the X99 platform. Microcenter had a great special on this guy with a motherboard and I just had to pick it up!
CPU Cooler: Be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3
This guy was on sale at NewEgg for $30 off during Black Friday and it replaced my aging Corsair H55, which was noisy anyway. While this guy is huge and not the best performer, it is nearly dead quiet with "Quiet Mode" on my motherboard activated.
Better than the stuff that comes with a cooler!
A very odd choice, right? An overclockable i7 with a H97 board? Well I wanted a board compatible with El Capitan, all boards listed on TonyMacx86, and the Z97 was nearly double the price! The H97M, if rolled back, can overclock a little too; however, I don't think that will be happening with this case. Windows and El Capitan fit snugly together and boot with no issues. (El Capitan requires virtualization to be off in the BIOS)
PNY Gold Sticks that I ripped from an older system of mine. 16 gigs is more then enough for what I use my computer for.
OCZ Agility 4: Despite the bad reviews, I've had this drive for quite some time and hasn't failed me yet, knock on wood. It's speeds are fairly low in today's standards, but it gets the job done!
OCZ ARC 100: Found it on a Black Friday Sale on NewEgg. The drive looked very nice, although I won't be seeing it. The speeds are consistently over the 500 Mb/S as advertised. Overall a great product for my El Capitan boot drive.
Barracuda: I've had this since early of 2013 and it still works. "Where is it?" you may ask yourself; the drive is in an Insignia 3.5 Enclosure and runs as fast as it does with Sata. The drive is formatted for the use of both Windows and El Capitan. It is mainly used for game storage and video storage.
Needed a reference style PCB and a 0 db feature. Although PcPartPicker says this won't fit, it will, barely. This is actually my second card that I had to get a new one, more on that at the power supply section. Overall, a little bit big, but it beats my old Radeon 7850!
Love the look of this case, it's all aluminum too, and how small it is! Sometimes, I won't lie, It was a huge b*tch to work with. I'm sure If I were more sane and put in reasonable sized parts it would've been easier, but hey, it all works. Also, if you don't want to kill yourself, because you've become frustrated with cables in this case, get a fully modular power supply.
UPDATE: Forgot to add: The added fan controller on the back below the 120 mm fan was removed as it was managed by a bulky molex connector and just has a hole in the back of the case. Nice addition, but not for me. +1 for easy removal!
This is where the story gets bad. This was suppose to be finished after Thanksgiving; however, I first exchanged my aging EVGA B2 750 as it was very hard to work with in this system, I exchanged it for a fully modular 750 G2, that killed my GPU and had horrible coil whine. Next, I exchanged the bad G2 for a Corsair AX760, but that power supplies Hybrid mode didn't work and was stuck with the fan on. Finally, I brought the Corsair and exchanged it for another 750 G2, I gave it another chance because I only hear good things of this power supply and EVGA has good customer service. I brought my entire computer to Microcenter and tested right in the store after the exchange, although the man who ran the Service area seemed to be pissed at me because I asked him if I could borrow a mouse to start up stress testing software. At the end of the day the 750 G2 won my heart with it's 0 db and fully modular capability.
Windows: Use it for gaming and 3D modeling.
El Capitan: Use it for video editing and homework.
Thermaltake: Got it for 7 dollars, had a low noise cable, and it's got a cool light!
Dell U2410 x 2: Boy these things are great! Got these as a gift and love all the connections they have!
Logitech K740: Not mechanical, but fits with my setup and stands up to my forceful typing.
G100s: Found 2 of these at Goodwill brand new for $5! Great for DPI switching and replaced my aging MX Revolution.
Samson SR850: Got these for $25 and they beat my old earbuds.
Installing parts that aren't meant for this case was hard, but here is how I did it if you'd like a small quick guide. 1)Lay out all modular cables on bottom of case before installation. 2)Slide GPU near top of case at a 45 degree and line it up with PCI slots. 3) (A friend helps in this step but isn't needed) Hold the GPU up while it is in the slot area, and slide the motherboard into position. Note: Having the SATA, CPU, Fan, and motherboard connections already plugged in could save you a big headache 4) Hold the GPU in the air and screw in the 2 standoff screws for the motherboard. 5) Slide the GPU into the PCI slot. 6) Plug in all connections left Note: A pencil will help you lock in connections if you can't fit your hand in. 7) Slide your power supply in last 8) Plug in the modular cables in the back of your power supply. 9) Pray to god you didn't forget a cable and hope it boots.
Great CPU I got from Microcenter for a great deal!
While temperatures may not be perfect, and it is also HUGE, it destroys coolers in terms of looks and noise levels!
Keeps CPU cool
Got this for $45, has an i7 and a GTX 970 hooked into it. Also great for Hackintoshing
Got the drive for $60, very good speeds and a lovely look of the drive.
Good and dependable drive, however speeds aren't quite competitive to those of its newer line up of SSDs.
Dependable and fast.
While one died on me, thank god Microcenter replaced it for me, the card stays quiet during normal web usage and starts to get loud during gaming, understandable.
Love the look of this case, and to those who say "No cable management", have you seen the standoffs for the motherboard?! Routing cables behind are pretty easy, if you have a modular power supply, and I could see someone fitting well above the maximum amount of hard drives in this case as there are spots you can hide SSDs. While this is a tiny case, do not get it if you get frustrated easily, because you will. A great show piece and functions as a PC Case.
First one killed my graphics card and had coil whine, next one worked fine and had Microcenter replace my GPU and PSU free of charge. Good customer service and nice unit.
Nice little fan, although the quiet cable does not work well if you have silent mode enabled in your bios settings.
A little expensive, but I feel that these were, and still are, Dell's greatest units. Tons of ports and a great resolution.
Good keyboard, love the typing. However, with age, the keyboard will begin to sag in the middle.
5 bucks and controller DPI? Sign me up