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Sorry for the bad pics, but this was my first ever build and it went relatively well! The only issue is that I started with an underpowered PSU, and I only noticed after I was trying to plug in my graphics card which required two PCI-E 6-pins... and I only had one. Looked up more info and found out that a 430W PSU would not do the trick. Got the 750W and I should be good to go!

I can't get a good pic of the interior in my dorm, unfortunately. Overall the cables were easy to manage and route through the back. It's not pristine like those NZXT cases but it's still good.

The big thing was the price - I originally was right under $1000 which was super awesome, but ended up having to go up and get the bigger PSU. Could be worse.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

this looks just (almost exactly) like a setup i am wanting to do. is there any problems so far, how does it preform? Do you have a wireless internet connection with that motherboard? and do you wish you got a different PC part?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo comes with some kind of Wi-Fi antenna thing but I haven't fully explored what it does. I think it allows other devices to connect to your PC like a hotspot. I didn't even plug it in and the PC was already able to connect to wireless networks.

As for games, it's been an absolute breeze with everything except Far Cry 4 (which came with the GTX). I just now tried it and it crashed, but I don't think it has anything to do with the build per se. I will have to get back to you on that. For everything else though it's been amazing.

One thing's for sure: get at least a PSU of this power. Don't go lower. While PC Part Picker says you only need 440W for this build that is a lie. I'm only finally feeling comfortable with 750W.

Everything fits nicely together, though cables will not be "perfect". The CPU power cord didn't fit through the opening Thermaltake provided for it, so I had to re-route it around. Other than that, cables are not much of an issue and well out of the way. The CPU cooler came with thermal paste pre-applied so don't bother buying any unless you're getting your own cooler.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the thermal cooler info, i was worried about putting the stuff on.

Do you think you will ever go SLI in the future, or be able to with that power supply?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

With this power supply, I'm unsure. But I don't even see myself really going SLI in the near future, this card kicks so much *** out of the box you really don't need to unless you're chasing really next-gen stuff. The card should be able to handle Far Cry 4 on Ultra... just haven't gotten around to actually seeing it yet lol.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

It turns out Far Cry 4 runs excellent after the patch install. Ultra settings, v-sync to 60 frames and it runs great!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the info. have you run into the problem about the memory loss

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that I've noticed.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

When I saw the "starting it up for the first time, i honestly thought there was going to be a picture of an exploded computer...haha lol +1 nice build

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the gtx970 fit well in that case? or was it too big?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Fits just fine. In fact, this site says you may have to remove one of the storage bays to fit it in (which still isn't a problem since each bay holds 3 drives), but mine actually just fit.

Of course, your GTX 970's length will differ across the manufacturers. Check that first!

Sorry for the late reply!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem, thanks anyway, i'll probably end up getting a gtx 960, the 970 is too expensive where i live.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

On the builds with this case, i see some of the cases having a side window and some of them aren't. Could somebody please explain this to me?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just for looks.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks fine, it's not on carpet except a little on front which isn't even covering the PSU.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's just barely touching the front. The case isn't even resting on it - the entire thing is seated on the hard floor so it doesn't get bogged down on heat.