Description Gaming, Streaming, Editing. This is my first real attempt at building something this fast. I may not know exactly what I’m doing, but I’m sure going to have fun in the discovery! That said, let me preface all of this by saying it was a rush build. I was forced into it when my old PC (a Dell Dimensions XPS I purchased in March 2003) died. I figured if I could keep that piece running for 13 years, I could do this.

I was not able to put everything I wanted into this build, so I will be making modifications over the years. I intend to add sound card & speakers. I will also replace/upgrade the keyboard, mouse, monitor, GPU, SSD and case fans. And when the grand experiment is done, I will upgrade the CPU. Maybe the motherboard may even get overhauled.

Don’t be surprised to see any of the parts I’ve installed on eBay one day.

Now, for a little insight from my efforts:

• The GR One is a great case. It is totally spacious and good cable management. However, it comes with a
couple of caveats;

o   I wanted to replace the case fans in front with either blue or preferably purple LCD fans.  However, the fans 
    need to have a square brittle frame that matches the original case fans because they are not screwed in . . . 
   they are held in place with clips.

o   The space within the top hood does not allow the fans of the SwifTech H240-X to be inserted above the 
    cage.  The fans must be inserted between the cage and the radiator which limits the space between the 
    cooler and the motherboard.  **YOU MUST PLUG IN THE TOP POWER CABLE TO THE MOTHERBOARD 

• As for the H240-X, I had only 1 issue. The screws that come with the cooler are too short. They will hold the fans onto the radiator, but if your intention is to mount the device on a wall of the case, you will need to purchase a pack of machine screws that are about ¼” longer.

Note that I removed the exhaust fan from the top of the cage to insert the H240-X. I also inserted a purple LCD fan as intake on the floor of the cage behind the PSU. And for added protection, I sat the rig on 2 ceramic tiles to keep carpet fibers out of it.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I don't want to knock it down a full star for short screws. Besides, the system is completely expandable.


No issues with the board, however the owner's manual was written for PhD candidates.


Too small for C: drive. This is my fault.

Video Card

Driving an LG EW 224T. More than capable.


Rating can be shared among all case manufacturers. The idea that no full ATX case has been moved beyond USB 2.0 is ridiculous. As for this case in particular, more space could be provided on top of the cage to allow case fans to be mounted on top of the cage instead of underneath. Also, the USB 20-1 connector sits a little loosely in it's socket.

Power Supply

All the power I need until I go SLI.

Optical Drive

Will eventually need a Blu-Ray Writer.

Operating System

This was recommended until the bugs have been worked out of WIN10. Besides, 9 is one of my favorite numbers. How dare MS skip it!!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

I Feel Like The gtx 960 is bottlenecking the 5930k

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

It isn't :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i reccomend changing that to a r9 390/390x/fury/fury x or gtx 780 (sli maybe)/970/980/980 ti

as it will help with performance

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

how the f did you remove the top. i dont wana use the force to break it. it just wont come off :(

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry. i built the thing and really haven't looked back to see if there were comments.

anyway, as i recall, there are hooks that accessible from the inside that i pried gently with a flathead screwdriver. the top is plastic with enough play in it that it won't break.

my original plan was to place the fans on top of the inner cage under the top, but you need extremely thin fans to fit in the back. it would have been nice though because there is hardly any room between the radiator and the top of the MB.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. btw that power supply can handle 3 way SLI with your current cards

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

At this point the OP best choice is to SLI that 960 or sell the current one and get something much faster

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i am glad you find this build interesting. i've been plotting for months to get it done, but as i said, my hand was forced by the loss of my 12 y.o. dell. to answer your basic questions . . . yes, i do have SLI in mind. i doubt that i stay with the 960 . . . or the 5930k for that matter.

please keep the comments coming. this is only my 2nd build. i have so much to learn.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

among other things, i've about completed a novel with pics and vids included. as for the 960, that was strictly a budget move based on the monitor, an LG flatiron ew224t. i figured there was no sense in going any larger until i could move into a 4K.

i was forced to move on this earlier than i had planned because my old dell finally gave up the ghost. it was 12 years old.