That was from the original build 2 years ago, it was a 780 Lightning (that actually died within the first week and got sent back and replaced with a Gigabyte 780 GHZ Edition that my son got after I just replaced it with the 980 ti in my rebuild.
I like to think "unique", LOL. I have a cnps8900 Quiet in the HTPC/Steam box that does a great job as well.
Very nice, clean build. Also, best. description. ever.
Nice, I love the "artic cameo" on the new Sabertooth.
Good job, I used the same case for my HTPC/gaming "console" build, I love the look and size of it but it can be difficult to build in.
Nice clean build. +1
Updated my set up and my emulator front end
No problems with it so far, I was worried it would have trouble powering a 7950 but it doesn't.
It has performed great so far, though this build is only used for gaming and media. I'm not sure how well the i3 would do with video editing or streaming.
I'm guessing that the RAM is probably ECC RAM, which costs more.
The case has 3 fan mounts, one on top of the case (above the CPU and the motherboard) and two on the bottom of the case (which bring air into the graphics card chamber).
The only part of the 7950 that caused issues is those giant heat pipes that stick out (you can see them in the picture), if your card is taller (wider?) than that card with it's giant heat pipes than it probably won't fit. I had to use twist ties to hold the card in place because the clamp wouldn't fit with those pipes in the way. There is plenty of room in every other direction, though (especially length, this case will fit extra long cards just fine).
One of these days I'll take some more internal pictures but it's a pain to take this thing apart and then put it back once it's all together.
They are practically on top of each other but they do both fit. I'm not sure how much good the case fan is doing with them being that close, though. One of these days I'll do some temp tests with the fan in and with the fan out.
Thanks guys, I know this build will get buried by all the i7-5820K, GTX 980 SLI builds but I'm more proud of this build than anyother I've done.
Why did you name it.......oh a BitFenix, I see what you did there. LOL.
The PC just connects to the TV via HDMI, I have a sound bar and sub woofer that connects to the TV from the TV's optical audio out. The sound bar was a compromise, the wife wouldn't let me set up a full 5.1 or 7.1 surround set up in the living room, LOL.
I've already had it lose all my customizations once, which caused a re-set up and had it "lose" a couple of my emulators once which made me set them up again. Are you using the latest build? I'm wondering if it's just having problems with the newest Kodi release and I'm thinking of rolling back to XBMC Gotham. Only problem is I think only the latest release supports the H.265 codec.
Thanks. If you're getting a 4690K and planning on overclocking then the NH-12 is about the best cooler you're going to get into this case other than water cooling, good choice. I chose the Zalman mainly for it being quiet while still performing well but I don't think I'd recommend it for a K chip. This is a nice case but might be tough for a first time build, make sure you follow the recommended build order in the instructions that come with the case, it will help a lot.
I thought about using Windows 8.1's Start screen as the main screen and using a program called XBStart to use the Start screen as a sort of front end and launch things from there using a 360 controller. Decided to go with launching directly into XBMC and launching the few 8.1 apps I used (Netflix, IHeartRadio) from there. I'd say doing it from XBMC looks "cleaner" and more Home Theater like but just using the Start screen is much easier to set up. I had the "wife factor" to consider and wanted it to look and control more like something bought of the shelf.
You could always just pin XBMC or Plex to the Start Screen or Taskbar for using media, I use Plex on my gaming rig in my office and it's much more user friendly for just Movies/TV/Music.
A front end called Kodi (formerly known as XBMC).
I'm also a fan of AMD's price/performance ratio, I have an 8350 in my main rig (and a 6300 in my server). There are no AM3+ M-ITX boards but I considered an X4 750K or 860K but the i3 was the better choice due to better performance in emulators and running on much less power and giving off a lot less heat, both pluses for a small build like this. Plus the Microcenter I was at didn't have either AMD processor in stock, and with the bundle I got it was actually cheaper than getting a 750K and similiar motherboard somewhere else. I do agree, though, AMD makes a good choice for a budget concience build.
They had a special that weekend for $40 off any board, but only with the G3258, i3-4370, i5-4690K, and i7-4790K. The Asrock board also had a $10 instant savings.
Nice build, I like that case but it looks like it could get loud, how loud does it get when doing heavy gaming?
I got the 8350 for a very nice price (about $80 less than an i5 and over half less than an i7) and it was the first thing I bought. Originally this was supposed to be a more moderate price/performance type build, only at the very end did I say heck with it and threw in the Lightning and extra SSD, LOL. Plus for gaming I won't notice any difference (plus they keep saying new games coming out will use all 8 cores) and for the stuff like video editing and encoding the 8350 actually does very well. So for my purposes something like an i7-4770k would just have been unnecessary.
Very Nice, I have to admit, the 760 Mars probably isn't worth it over a 780 TI for the same amount of money, but it is a very cool card, both in looks and unique factor.
Thanks! I love the case, was between it and the Define R4, I think I made the right choice. Good thing is even with all those fans it's still pretty quiet so it's like the best of both worlds.
I really like it. The colors are bit washed out, but overall it still looks good. It's good for general purpose stuff and there's not much better for gaming with it's high refresh rate and almost no motion blur. It also has probably the lowest input lag of any monitor, which as you can tell from the pictures I play a lot of fighting games so that was important to me. Also great for FPS and fast action games.
Yes, I have a lot of HP keyboards laying around so just hooked one up for now.
Very Nice build! I'm building my first build in the Air 540 as well, I love this case. How do you like the Logitech Z506 speakers? I was looking at picking those up as well.