Description

First build in over 15 years. This machine was replacing a laptop that was serving media to our main living room TV.

The case is fun with those glowing blue fans on the top and the thing will probably never overheat with all that air flow. The mobo and video card are a little small to warrant a case of this size, as the case was bigger than expected. I could have gone with one of those mico super tiny things, but I didn't want to struggle with tight spaces.

Windows 8 on the 240gb SSD only takes 10gb or so, so there is plenty of space left over for my favorite apps. I added a 1tb hard drive for steam games that don't require a lot of gpu power, like Kingdom. Civ V, Hearthstone, etc.

Plays 1080p very nice, snappy boot and shutdown, quiet and glowly when I pop the top. Fun times.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you feel about the case? Nice build btw

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the case! I didn't know it would be this big honestly, as my little gpu and mobo are rather lonely in there. The magnetic mesh on the top is nice to pull off and show off the glowing fans (as well as increase air exhaust out)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

The case is nice, but a bit wide. It was surprising when I took it out of the box and it kind of dominates the right side of my desk. But all those power cables are hidden behind the motherboard in the back, which makes for easy cable management in the front. It's a trade off, easier cable management if you don't mind a super wide case. I would say it's almost double as side as a normal case you'd find in a best buy.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thx

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

some H81 dont come with HDMI output

so the GT610 is need to get video output

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It was super cheap and I wanted something with HDMI output that could handle little games I threw at it.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

So far so good. At default setting it only runs at 24%. Very quiet. When running at 100% it's still very quiet. Nice low profile too.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's nothing amazing but it does the job. I am able to watch 1080p .mkv files with no hiccups or lag. Running a graphically intensive game like Cities: Skylines, it chugs bad but doesn't crash.

Idle temps are about 38-40 Under load temps are about 43-45

Haven't seen them get higher yet. The cpu cooler has also never reached above 40% spin.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

idle is about 28

I haven't done any overclocking yet, so the most I've thrown it is a about 4 hours of BF4 and Fallout 4. Temps get up to 43 but fans never go above 50%. Everything is running at 2560x1140, ultra everything and a G-sync monitor.

It melts my face. I love it.

When it's time to step up more I'll be putting a larger PSU to support overclocking and an sli. but for now this is plenty.=D

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no idea. Check out these builds that use that card and ask them. ;)

https://pcpartpicker.com/builds/by_part/evga-video-card-02gp32619kr

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU cooler is alright. I like how I can change the color to anything with Corsair link. It keeps things pretty cool as well, which is nice.

It does have a little pump noise to it however. When things are under heavy load I can occasionally hear a little ticking coming from the pump. If I manually turn it down with CorsairLink then the sound goes away. But, clearly, if that pump thinks it should be running then Imma let it run. If I turn the fans up to 100% then I can't hear it anyway, them fans push a lot of air.

So the cpu cooler is fine. In retrospect I would have spent another $50-$100 on the next model up in hopes of a more quite pump and better.