Description

Took advantage of the discounts and rebates offered in the last month and completed this build. Very happy with it. Especially at the price I have nothing to complain. With the benefit of hindsight, I could have used a better case. I will add pictures and expand the details later.

Part Reviews

CPU

I only spent 89.99 before tax on this and it is worth twice as much. It is very snappy and the graphics are enough to meet my needs. If you are a casual gamer, you can pick this one up or its heftier brother 7850k and you will be very happy.

CPU Cooler

It is a so so fan. If you must use a low profile cooling solution which my case forced me to do, you can use this if you do not want to spend a lot of money. However, for anything that is 95W TDP or more, this may prove inadequate. My opinion is it should be good for 65W and lower.

Motherboard

It has got everything. ac wifi and bluetooth 4.0. A88 chipset. USB 3.0 headers and on-board. 4 SATA3 ports. The only annoyance is its live USB ports that are supposed to provide charging while its off. Can't figure out how to turn it off. There is a driver and utility to turn it off but I haven't had enough time to research it.

I would highly recommend this board.

Storage

It is not bad at all for a consumer SSD.

Case

Cons: Poor air circulation. There is one fan in the front, one on the side. The side fan makes a lot of noise. Disabling it raises the temperature. The connectors on the motherboard happen to be just next to the side fan. So it is not really efficient in moving air because it is blocked out. The PSU goes on top of motherboard and that design limits your choices of cooling solutions. I had to pick a low profile CPU cooler. So that hinders access to one of the RAM slots because it is broad. And you cannot use high profile RAM. It has support for liquid cooling in theory, but I believe you have to mount it externally. Cable management is adequate but it is not neat. Modular PSU will help with that case. I would not recommend this case for high temp CPUs. This could potentially work for Kabini and Celeron HTPC builds but for me it was a let down. Rebate process was long but it could be Newegg's fault. I would spend more and get something that is larger.

It is pretty small and with some mods could be a good HTPC. But then again, you can spend more and get something better to begin with.

Power Supply

It works. For the past few weeks I can hear some noise out of its fan at times. If not for that noise, this was going to be a five star.

Optical Drive

Should have gone with an USB external drive.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Replace the 120mm fans on the case with areocool dead silence fans.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well done! Where'd you score these prices?

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

The Holiday season and of course Microcenter.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

you could get a much better CPU cooler for like 24.99 on amazon. I think it is the Cooler Master something.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

hyper 212 evo

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

The case limits the cooling solution. The PSU goes right on top of the CPU area of the motherboard and there is only so much space left in between for the cooler. Hyper 212 will not work in this case. I moved this build to a BitFenix Prodigy case later and got this 212 EVO and that made a whole lot of difference in the temperatures and noise, but it also increased the price a bit. I threw in a A6-7400K in this build and sold it off but even 65W was too much for this case to manage.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm really thankful I came across this as you managed to save me ~150$

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad I saved you money. Mind telling me how though?