Description

Sorry in advance for potato-quality smartphone pictures :(

This is my first Gaming PC owned and built. I spent some time doing my research (reviewing benchmarks, reviews, checking out other builds here). I was originally going to go the AMD FX processor and Radeon video card route but I saw too many good things about Intel and Nvidia.

CPU

Very fast. Awesome. Overclocked to 4.5 GHZ @ 1.270 V

CPU Cooler

The Corsair H100i does a good job keeping the CPU cool even under 100% load. The included fans are kinda loud so I think I will replace will some different fans later.

Motherboard

Very nice features. Red & Black color scheme looks cool.

Memory

No problems. Runs great. Runs at 2133 MHz

Storage

Nice and fast. Windows 8 boots in a flash ( startup = 10 sec, shutdown = 5 sec). It only holds about 10 - 15 games so I will get a large HDD later.

Video Card

MSI Frozr series is one of the most inexpensive of the GTX brands and has great reviews for easy OC and cooling performance. Can handle any game at 1080p, Ultra setting, No AA at smooth and steady FPS. Overclocked to 1300 MHz core and 7500 MHz memory clocks. Not bad for only an allowed +12 mV core voltage and 111% power limit.

Power Supply

Semi Modular is perfect because I used most of the attached cords and I only had to add a SATA power cable.

Case

I love this case because of the steel build material. The case is fingerprint-resistant and offers a high quality look to the build. I don't think I'll ever buy a plastic case after using this one. Color is a change from the usual black cases I see all the time. The only tight spot was at the case ceiling. I had to mount the H100i cooler a little higher up than usual because the mobo heatsink was in the way, but it worked just fine.

Audio

I only have a small 2.1 system for now. I will get a good gaming headset later.


I've run some tests on Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD - 1080p. All default clock speeds on CPU, GPU, and Main Memory: score 1970 All overclocked speeds for CPU, GPU, and Main Memory: score 2161 So overclocking gives me about ~10% extra performance.

Part Reviews

CPU

Been using for over 2 years overclocked with no issues so far. Should hold up for many more years.

CPU Cooler

Great AIO water cooler. However, the included fans are LOUD. I had to buy some nice quiet static pressure fans for the radiator.

Motherboard

Never had a problem with this board. Offers plenty of extra software (most of which I don't use but it's nice to have available for some people). Offers a CPU overclock button right on motherboard for small, safe boost in CPU clock multipliers.

Memory

Works great. Not much to say.

Storage

I have been using this drive as my primary for over 2 years and experienced zero problems so far. I will always stay with Samsung for SSD's for their superior performance, warranties, software, and competitive pricing.

Video Card

Silent card. Played games well 1080p @ 60 FPS.

Case

Probably 95% metal design. Plenty of room for cable management. Not capable with AIO water coolers so I had to rig the H100i weirdly to the top of case. Also for the first few months of using the case a vibrating noise was coming from the side window and metal vibrating together. Problem seemed to just go away after a while.

Power Supply

Semi-modular. Been using for over 2 years now and no issues.

Optical Drive

It works.

Operating System

Great operating system. Used student discount on Microsoft store to get Pro for $70.

Speakers

Cheap 2.1 system to hold me over until I decide on a better audio solution.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 6 points

A couple tips:

  • Flip your PSU over. This will allow it to intake cool air from the bottom of the case, and will also position the hard-wired cables right up near the motherboard tray for much easier cable management.

  • Grab a pile of black zipties, unplug everything, and start again. Pull all the cables you'll need from the PSU to the back, then run them through the closest motherboard tray holes. Pull out as much slack as you can and ziptie them down.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm on fall break now and I'll be back at my apartment on Monday so I'll flip the PSU and work on the cable management. Thanks

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Parts look great, but the cables could use some work...

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm going to work on the cables and post some pics later. I just got excited and ignored the cable management I suppose.

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

$1440 will you be gaming at 1440p? ;D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be so nice! 1080p is pretty sweet for now. Over time, I will add parts and peripherals.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Ouch, those cables... do em right the first time, then you don't have to go back :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build. rjc34 has given some great advice and I feel you would be wise to heed that advice. While looking at your parts you seem to have been able to acquire each of them at very low prices which is also a plus. I do feel that because you mention this as a gaming build you will soon see comments stating that 2133mhz ram is too high (but hard to beat your $65)or that a 4770K and its hyper-threading is more advantageous on a video rendering build and a 4670K is better suited for gaming and could have saved you money. Others may ask why Win8 Pro? But here again, tough to beat the $80. But please post the images once you tidy up a bit. This is a +1 build in my book.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 8 Pro was only $70 for students on Microsoft.com and I heard its a little faster than Windows 7. As far as the RAM most people said 1600 was good enough for gaming but I also read that faster is better (like you said though it probably doesn't help at all). It was going for a decent price so I snatched them. Thanks for letting me know about the 4770K. I guess its a little too much and I spent a little more than I needed. I'll keep that in mind for my next build down the road. Thanks for the feedback.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

i fixed the kernel error by increasing the LLC by one grade. Apparently the OC made it crash

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice build, decent prices! It needs cable management though, especially with that big window you have on your case.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Link to desk??

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this case & just ordered the H100i. What did you have to do to get it to work? Could you take some pictures of how you did it and post them for me?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, where did you get that RAM stick bargain? Usually I can only get 1600MHz for 65$, but you have 2133MHz!!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm looking at the 2.1 sound system, how was it?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey im doing a build revolved around the Enermax case and stumbled upon yours. When putting on the Corsair Cpu Cooler to the build, it says it has potential issues. Do you have any problems with it??

Much thanks! great build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

You can see in picture #3 that the water cooler is mounted off center. There isn't a lot of space between the top of case and top of motherboard so the heat sink gets in the way when mounting a water cooler up there. So i couldn't use the intended fan screw holes on top but since the fan grill is metal and perfect fit for screws I mounted cooler with just 2 screws on top and its pretty sturdy. The H100i is a 240mm cooler and barely fits so I don't think a 280mm would fit.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the update! Will review my build asap!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Have to say thanks for doing this. Have this exact same case but was a little worried a H100I wouldn't be able to fit in here. Looks like it might be tight but it'll work thanks! (and if not I'll just return the darn thing :p)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

If i this was my first pc i won't complain to be honest

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  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

This case is so cool! I like the black or white color schemes I've seen here with other builds but I was attracted to the grey/red theme. The case uses SECC material so it feels and looks better than plastic cases. Fingerprint resistant which is nice. The side window panel is VERY dark so you can only see the components with lights on them. I will get some lights in there later to illuminate the inside.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

How well were you able to get the cable where they needed to go? Was it easy, hard, or somewhere in between?

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  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks kinda bad too... :( I'll fix them up soon because it looks sloppy.

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