Description

I designed this for a budget and then waited for good deals to show up for two months leading up until Christmas. The idea was to put the parts under the tree and then build it with the girls so they would be comfortable and safe around PC components. They truly were interested for the first 2 hours or so. Then it was a solo gig. :)

Windows installed in 12 minutes using UEFI and a $2 16GB USB 3.0 stick I had laying around. Not quite as fast as the install I did on a Samsung 951 at PCIE 3 x 4 but I really can't complain.

[Update]

Alright I flipped the Corsair fans on the top and side of the case. Side blows in. Top blows out. I added an extra Arctic F12 I had laying around unused from a previous build and following the arrows placed it at the top of the heat sink blowing up and placed the original fan on the bottom also blowing up. I double checked the airflow with a tissue. Thank you BillyBroken, PhatTuna, and floridaboz. The Corsair fans have no arrows. But Google is your friend. ;)

The power cables on the 970(2x2x3) were electrical taped to keep the extra 1x2 cables off the 970 and to streamline airflow in the case. The USB 3.0 cable from the front of the case was Velcro'd to keep it from touching the 970.

I still have a 1 TB WD Black and a CD/DVD RW to install from the old PC being replaced even though the optical drive hardly gets any use these days.

I took a few more pictures.

Part Reviews

Case

Inexpensive but very useful for cable management. Also blue on black with 2 blue LED fans. Not much more to ask for.

Power Supply

What can I say here. I have the 1050w in my Haswell-E / 290X build and I put this one in my Haswell 970 build. Modular is king and the case these coming in turns into the left over bits and pieces / warranties / install disks storage case for the computer which is a huge help for an unorganized person such as myself.

Case Fan

-1 star for not putting arrows on the fans.

Case Fan

-1 star for not putting arrows on the fans.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

You might want to spin the 212 around, I can't see which way your fans are oriented, but if it is the way I believe them to be your cooler is fighting for air that the other fans are trying to vent out(unless your cooler fan is pulling???), and maybe it will give you the room to install the memory correctly.

I liked the fact that you tried to involve some younger women in the build process (+1), I exiled everyone in the house from the dining room on Christmas day so I could get mine done. XD

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

N/M about the memory, couldn't see clearly...You had to remove the heat spreaders from the stick to fit it in...might still want to check that fan orientation though.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like your CPU cooler is prolly pointed in the wrong direction. You want the fan to be pointed through the heatsink towards an exhaust fan in your case.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Others have commented, but just wanted to be a bit more clear, your exhaust should always go out the back and out of the top of the case, all others can be intake fans.

The build is very nice, just make that one adjustment and you will have a pretty bad*** set up.

There should be a tiny little arrow that points the fan direction.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

(ಥ﹏ಥ) LIGHTS

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Lights are cheap and they are so pretty :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, what do you think about the motherboard would you recommend it for a first time budget builder

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

It depends how tight your budget is. Drop the GPU and drop the CPU to an i3 or 5 and you're in the 5-600 ball park. RAM is cheap but 8 GB is all you really need if you aren't going to be doing video editing. I haven't checked recently but I think you can get a pretty decent system using AMD's AM3+ socket and one of the quad cores depending on the application.

The board was easy to setup and it auto detected UEFI mode. Can't complain.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah why not? Just have patience when you start your build. Expect that it will take several hours and take your time. If you get frustrated walk away for a bit. Enjoy it.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, good build, just wanted to know how many USB ports are on your case altogether. Surely there is more then 2 right???

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I wasn't notified that someone sent me a message.

Back: 4 USB 3.0 - 1 / 4 USB 2.0

Front: 2 USB 3.0

Extra Hub on Top: 4 USB 3.0

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