I bought this case in 1999. Until yesterday there was an old Athlon Thunderbird@1,4Ghz with an VIA KT133A chipset working in it. (Yes the good old Thunderbird from 2000) ;-) Some weeks ago i had to take a decison, should i throw away this old case or not....so my decison was to make a midrange gaming PC with it. I have to say that my blooming period in gaming was about the years 1999 to 2001, in the meantime i did not play games untill today... I'm happy to have done this....
I have overclocked the system only a bit, I'm not the one who always goes to the limit. So the FX8320 works at 4,34Ghz(now4,45Ghz) with a VCore about 1,455, CPU to NB +200Mhz@2424Mhz and the MSI R9 270X runns @ 1180/1550Mhz. I'm sure there can be done more but so the system runns very stable also with long tests on prime 95.
The Cooler Master V8 is real monster, he was to big for my old bigtower case so it stands out of the case (photo)! ;-) It's a real good cooler so i have only 49°C on 100% CPU usage over a long time. With my 2 big 34cm coolers on the case I also cool down the whole system. At 100% GPU load it goes from 69°C down to about 59°C! And they are not as loud as they may look like. ;-)
The to big 230V/50Hz fans are speed controlled by an potentiometer which is mounted on the left side down. When they are at low or mid speed they are very quiet. But if they get to maximum speed the Tower vibrates! ;-) Maybe with some wings he starts to fly? Maybe a good idea for revision 2?
Powerconsumption in idle is 95W and at 100% CPU load with prime95 265W! Thats only the tower with components. The two big fans take between 35 and 120W. ;-)
Update 2.11.2014 20:00: Now the FX8320 runns at 4,45Ghz Vcore 1,46V Prime 95 tested...