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My last build was an ultra tower. This time I went in the other direction, cramming a decently powered build into the Phenom chassis. I did a bit of research and read through some reviews ahead of time - this helped the assembly process go as smoothly as possible.

While you may want to set aside a bit more time than you're accustomed to, it's really a great case to work with. Space is tight but a bit of patience gets things sorted away quite easily - I was pretty happy with how this turned out.

There are two fans up top blowing down (in), the fan adjacent to the CPU cooler is blowing out, and the bottom 200mm is blowing down/out. The PSU is pulling it's own air in from the front. I may flip the 200mm around and have it blow up for a positive pressure setup, but temps and noise levels are well within acceptable bounds as is.

Temps have been pretty decent: with the case fans on pretty low settings, the R9 290 is staying just below 75C under load, whilst the CPU hasn't broken 55C. I'm not overclocking, and these temperature levels aren't fantastic, but for a small case lacking tons of airflow I am satisfied.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 5 points

wow, nice view! and nice pc too ;)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build, love the cable management!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :)

It ended up being quite a bit easier than I was expecting on this case. BitFenix did a great job designing it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

So beautiful. I love the simplicity and cleanliness of the build and the setup, and the parts list is great too. VERY nice. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad to see other people also like the clean look.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah. I'm a big fan of having as little as possible, especially in terms of cords. I like your view too :P

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean build with good part choice. +1!

Btw, does the 290 get loud while gaming?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

Regarding the 290's noise: Not really. It does become technically audible at times, but is not noticeable in the passive sense, if that makes sense.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I get what you mean. How are the temps with the XFX cooler?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

With the GPU fan turned manually down just below audible, I'm not going over 84C. Right on the edge of audible it stays around 75-80C. The 75C figure I quote above in the build notes was from a more aggressive fan profile which I inadvertently activated.

I will say that it's a bit different from the GTX 770 I was using before. That card was dead silent and I never bothered messing with profiles of any sort.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management <3

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management of a micro atx +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Simple, neat, powerful, +1 for that! I'm loving the reverse ATX layout too, would give another +1 if I can.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build. I heard a lot of good things about benq monitors, I might save up and get 3 of them +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo. Where can I get that lamp doe

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

beautifully simple, i love that lamp in the corner, and nice parts

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and love the case. Can a corsair h100i fit in a phenom m? thanks

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I give so much for this as for the last photo you put up. My reaction to the wire management, View, the lamp, and how the rest of your things are there along with your pc. Nice job man!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a nice build. You're using many of the parts I'm currently considering. I'm looking at buying one of the Macho heatsinks, which I'd like to orient in a vertical fashion (90° to the orientation in your case), but I'm not sure if it's possible. There are also several revisions of the Macho, so perhaps it will be possible with one of them. You wouldn't happen to know a little more about this, would you? I'd be most grateful for your advice. Also, would you recommend the Bitfenix Spectre 230 mm fan, in place of the CM 200 mm? Mainly for the PWM, but also the additional size?

Once again, great build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those Bose QC15's I see in the pic of your desk?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice view! Very tempted by this case...

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and great cable management. The whole thing is super clean