Description

Decided to build a MATX rig after having a ATX rig forever, really loving the smaller size. I have a NZXT Grid+ on the other side of the case controlling all the fans and i have to same im really impressed with it. I was looking for a stealth fan controller since i dont have any drive bays and the Grid+ works like a charm. Temps stay pretty cool with all the fans,reaching around 70 under gaming load when it was 100 degrees in Los Angeles during the summer. Using an old 80GB Intel SSD for OS drive which doesnt show up on the parts list.

Im pretty happy with the outcome of the build and minus replacing the 770 to something newer and swapping the HDDs for SSDs i cant think of anything else to change. Some friends have told me to put an AIO cooler on it just for prettier looks inside the case when viewing through the window but i like seeing a heatsink with a 120mm fan sitting on it so i wont be changing it.

Also good job Asrock with this line of MoBos, the blue heatsinks are a nice subtle touch to the board and provide a nice look without being over the top like some of the other boards.

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome CPU, handles all my gaming needs without trouble

CPU Cooler

Good low profile cooler, has no clearance with the case and provides plenty of cooling

Motherboard

Havent had a problem with it yet, does everything i need

Memory

16GB is more than i really need, but there area few games i play that use over 10GB of RAM so it comes in handy.

Video Card

Great card, runs quiet and handles all the games i throw at it without a problem.

Case

LOVE LOVE LOVE this case, super clean look and shows off my parts nicely

Power Supply

really like this PSU, comes with flat cables and is semi modular.

Case Fan

Put this on the CPU cooler to replace the stock fan and love the performance it gives. moves a ton of air.

Case Fan

does a good job without too much noise

Case Fan

These are some great intake fans, they move a ton of air into the case and keep my temps down.

Case Fan

Put them up top as exhaust and they give a nice subtle blue glow to the case. very happy

Monitor

the perfect 1080p IPS monitor. colors are great.

Keyboard

Really love this keyboard, the MX Browns are wonderful to type and game on it feels like my hands are typing on clouds.

Mouse

Wasnt sure how i was going to like this mouse at the start, but after playing with it for a while and getting used to it im in love with how it feels and performs. My palms tend to get sweaty after long gaming sessions yet i dont feel like my hand is going to slip from the mouse at all. There are some nice rubberized parts to grip and it doesnt seem to collect dirt and grim very fast. Only downside is the Logitech software, when it works its really cool but sometimes it freaks out and i have to restart the program to get my mouse settings back, but that is not a problem with the mouse.

Headphones

Got them on sale at Best Buy, havent had a problem with them.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

She must be running frosty with all those fans in there...what are the configurations?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Two Front and Bottom as Intakes, Top 2 and Back 2 as Exhaust.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a first time builder and I'll be buying very soon, and I was hoping you'd be willing to answer a question or two about your set-up. I'm getting this case with nearly an identical set-up for my case fans. The only difference is that where you have AF fans I'll have SP, and where you have SP, I'll have AF. How has air flow been with this case and fan set-up? Did you have a reason for setting up the case fans this way?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

good built. the 980ti would be awesome in this build :) only thing I would do is take that bottom intake fan out from the case its messing up AF to the card. Also when you get that 980ti, I MIGHT change that psu. Maybe for one of those new corsair RM650i (not the regular rm650)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Without the bottom fan i only noticed a 1-2 degree temp difference so im just going to leave it there, when i get the 980Ti im getting the windforce version which would be just long enough to take up most of the space and then the bottom fan should provide some better cooling to it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Will that card fit??? That card is LONG

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep will fit with just enough clearance, i used this build for comparison since it uses a Vapor X R9 290 and it fits. That build also has a rad in the front which i dont so it should be fine.

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

Overspent replacing the CPU cooler fan. Can't blame you for that, Cougar fans are good. Just think you overspent on it, as I have a similar cooler in a build, and it's whisper quiet. Another thing to note is that your PSU isn't a quality unit. I hope it doesn't ruin your system, even with it's lower power consumption. Otherwise, a good build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Most thermaltake PSU suck, this is true, but this one in particular is a solid unit. It is based on the same CWT design as the RM650. Is it the best unit out there? No. But it is solid enough.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats the best 600W budget PSU you can recommend? I'm looking to replace the one in my current build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12ii620bronze

Or a 550w XFX. That would be plenty for your PC as well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll definitely look into that!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

$14 for a Cougar PWN is overspending? and the thermaltake PSUs are fine go check out the johnnyguru review on it, its better than getting one of the corsair CX models for sure.

  • 50 months ago
  • 0 points

It's your build, not mine. Just throwing out my opinion.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know a tier 2a PSU was not a 'quality unit'.

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