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So, I wanted to upgrade my cheap "I have no money because I'm 14 but I want to be part of the PC Master Race" computer since I am now 17, have a job, and have money. I also wanted to make this build the most unique as possible, while staying within a reasonable budget. In addition, I had to design the setup to accompany a future life in college, so I decided to go for a mATX layout to minimize space. And yes, I love the romanticism and poetic lyricism of the Latin language, hence the name of the build.

So here's the rundown on each component and my opinions on each. If you want a summary of the build, skip to the end (END).

Case: This was the most unique part of my build, as no one has really heard (and much less reviewed) the products from DIYPC. I found two video reviews online on the Cuboid, both praising the product. I decided to gamble on it and bought the G (green color scheme) version for around $70. After about six months with the case, here are the pros: -horizontal motherboard -space for long GPUs -5.25" bay -cable management space -choice between red, green, and blue color schemes -4 total drive bays, 2 2.5" and 2 3.5" -solid build design -dust mesh filters all over the case (really important for where I live) -front I/O -fingerprint-proof soft touch finish -dual-window side panels -many fan slots (200/140/120mm front, 140/120mm x2 top, 140/120mm back, 90mm back) -toolless GPU install bay -top mesh cover is easily removable -toolless drive installation SUPER easy -room for huge CPU coolers (Dark Rock Pro could easily fit in) -great to work in

And here are the cons: -very large for a mATX case (I really wasn't expecting it but it is pretty big; not very deep, but very wide; it literally is a cube, hence the name CUBOID :P) -windows are heavily tinted -5.25" bay interferes with GPU power cables if GPU is >10 inches (I managed to squeeze mine in after I put the 770 onto the motherboard, but I probably should have put the cables in first then put the card in) -top mesh cover can be easily dented in shipping (mine was, picture available above) -pathways for power cables can get long, I keep my optical drive unplugged and my SSD cable is stretched tight due to this) -included case fans are garbage and really loud. I took out both immediately, and I'm currently thinking about buying some Bitfenix LED fans as well as some Alchemy strips to counteract the dark side panels

So yeah, this is probably the coolest mATX case on the market. It seems like all of the cool little aspects of each mainstream mATX case have been thrown into this case, and I honestly love it. For only $70 I couldn't be happier.

CPU: i7 4790k. This is where most of the money went. Fast, reliable, fantastic in PC-crushing games like Arma, and great at rendering videos, so I'm a happy camper.

CPU cooler: You probably know what the 212 EVO is like since everyone and their cousin has one. It's great.

Motherbaord: I chose the Gigabyte mainly because it was the only cheap, 4 RAM slot, neutrally-colored, overclock-compatible LGA-1150 mATX board I could find. I like all of its software features and it fits my needs, however there aren't enough PWM fan slots on it (in fact, there aren't many at all). I have to use a splitter cable from an old Noctua NF-F12 to plug in both of my CPU fans, and they're currently the only fans running in the system (but that's mainly because of the cheap fans included with the case). Other than that, it's a great board.

RAM: The most generic RAM ever, but it's reliable so I'm fine with it. I don't really think expensive, flashy RAM matter a whole lot, so... meh :/

Drives: The SSD is cheap for 240GB and fast enough to validate itself as useful. The WD Blue is good. The Samsung is old so likely no one cares.

GPU: Reference cards FTW bruh :D No seriously, I love the look, the LEDs match my theme, and it's a 770 so it gets s**t done. No overclocking, but I'm honestly okay with it, especially since I picked this thing up at MicroCenter for like $220.

PSU: After my old Sentey 625w PSU made everyone on this forum gag, I decided to step up my game. This is apparently a really good PSU, and I actually can't say more other than it adequately supplies my components with power.

Optical drive: It works.

Monitors: Beautiful, bezel less, 1080p, 60Hz, IPS displays for $120 each. Another bold gamble for me considering the product doesn't have a substantial purchase history, but definitely one that paid off. They are so cool to have as multimonitor displays and they have a matte finish which prevents glare on the screen. Truly awesome from AOC, I highly recommend them.

Keyboard/mouse: I picked up this full Cherry MX Blue Rosewill keyboard and optical Naos 3200 mouse from a guy on Craigslist for $70 total. The keyboard feels SOOO good to type on, and the mouse is amazing for fingertip/palm grip styles since it has extra rests for your ring and little fingers. The mouse has configurable RGB lighting and a DPI switch, which is always a nice feature to have.

Mousepad: It's really great. For those who have cheap $2 mousepads from Target and think that gaming mousepads don't make a difference in your performance, think again. As an avid CS:GO player, the change made such a difference in my hs rate and flicking. I do recommend the Steelseries mats, as although I haven't tried anything else the Steelseries ones feel much better than the cheap ones.

Mic: It sucks, as expected. The Icicle is cool though, as it supplies phantom power and only costs $20, which is crazy cheap when compared to other amps/mixers that can do that.

Headphones: They're good, but slightly uncomfortable as there isn't a lot of support on the top of your head. I end up getting pains on the top of my head after a while and have to adjust the headset every now and then.

BONUS: if you flicked through the pictures above you might have noticed the colorful PS4 controller. I actually painted that myself using spray paints from Lowes and a clear coat spray sealant. If you wanna paint a controller yourself you have to open up the controller and remove the top plastic frame, then paint it separately. Don't paint the buttons, triggers, or toggle sticks as they get too sticky to properly move around (I had to replace most of the buttons after learning that the hard way).

END My setup is great for my needs as a high-schooler interested in gaming and video editing. It's green-themed and uses some obscure yet surprisingly awesome parts. I recommend all my components (except the headset and mic) to anyone looking to get a PC in the $1000 to $1300 price range or looking to enter the PC enthusiast community.

Thanks, and glhf :D

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 6 points

This looks amazing. Greener than a Prius.

Probobly faster than one too;)

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  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I'm surprised that more people don't use diypc cases; they are a great deal and they look nice for the most part. Oh well, it just makes your build all the more unique!

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks! Glad to see someone recognizes the quality of DIYPC. I'd really like to see more from them :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that there are many Case manufacturers that don't get as much recognization as deserved. My friend got a Cougar Archon for his build even after I said I wasn't sure about the quality of Cougar's products. Guess what, he proved me wrong. Absolutely amazing quality for the price. I notice that most well known case companies seem to produce other things as well. (Power Supplies, RAM, Peripherals, etc.) So I think it has to do with most people buying the Hardware before the case most of the time. They get to the end and think "This RAM got good reviews, this case is made by the same company, this must be a good case!". It also has something to do with Advertising, the reason Intel is more popular than AMD is because of advertising. Most of AMD's hardware is good quality, if not great! (With the exception of Bulldozer AKA Faildozer Architecture CPUs) But the AMD graphics cards in the 200 dollar range sometimes perform better than NVIDIA graphics cards in that price range. It is a shame that people just buy whatever has good advertising and the most reviews, these smaller companies really deserve more respect and credit than they are given.

P.S. Love the Latin name, Its my favorite language. And the only one I know besides English....

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Are they really that decent in quality?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

thy're not used much as alot of the top seen reviews on most websites say cheap, bends easy, broke and other crap like that.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for Hesh 2's. Those things will last you years! I still have a pair from 3 years ago!

+1 for OCS SSD Master Race.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a pair of SLYR's and a pair of Aviators

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, that's devotional work right there. How good are both pairs, compared to the Hesh 2's?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The SLYR's have decent bass, although the treble is a little bit overpowering sometimes. They also have a disappointing build quality for Skullcandy, leading to cracks on the left and right sides from stretching during frequent on-and-off use after about 2 months. The Aviator's on the other hand, are a thing of absolute beauty. They show the same cushioning comfort of the Hesh 2's and amazing sound quality. The bass is a tiny bit superior to the treble but is extremely well balanced out. It also includes a MIC-3 controller for volume and pause/play control on Apple devices. They are extremely light and well-built as well, being made of hard metal and plastic, which creates a really long lifespan. I've had the Aviator's for over 4 months now and no signs of wear-and-tear, not even a scratch. They are also a collaboration pair between Skullcandy and Rocnation.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Sounds like I might need to invest in a pair of those down the road. Either those, or a pair of Bowers & Wilkins P7's. The P7's are God.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I love obscure parts! Great build +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the Naos!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

congratz on the feature great build man. +1 from me.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I could see the entire setup a little better. I actually considered that monitor when I built my first rig, but the reviews said it didn't have a great base. Anyways, I bought a decent dell one but it's nowhere as beautiful as yours. Then again, if I get another monitor, 24" will most likely match it. Nice mouse. I love the ergonomics, and I have the 7000 myself ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the cuboid R and personally hate it. The cable management options are pretty terrible. I am one that like minimal cables showing, so with the front IO cables hanging down the center of it it makes me sad. But hey, the design is nice so if you like that then more power to you

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this part of the "Random Build Featured" program?

Neat looking setup. I really like the horizontal setup mother board cases and especially when they are not freaking huge. +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good build! Congrats :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I am a HUGE fan of AOC monitors. Risked a purchase on one of their 4k 28" monitors and after a month wound up buying another two.

Great build, you luck *** teenager!

+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. I would have gotten a corsair case tho

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I was considering the Air 240, but for $20 less and a whole bunch of extra features and the green color scheme I had to go with the Cuboid. Nothing wrong with Corsair though :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I moved my edit rig (4690K, H80i, GTX 570s SLI) from the Corsair Air 240 to this exact case, purely for more room and the 5.25 bay. Still gotta have a 5.25 for some aspects of pc repair and whatnot.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very well done, nice build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

They still sell 770's? Dude I always wanted one (Now its old....) But still id probably get it over a 390!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It was overstock, got it a year ago. They called it "refurbished" but it was brand new :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI it allows for a 3rd 3.5 HDD, but you mount it with screws from the bottom of the case, it doesn't come with its own tray. Kind of a disappointment but oh well.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Wanna know what this would go great with ? GTX 970 100 Million Edition.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You should send one to me to complete the build :P

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

"the romanticism and poetic lyricism of the Latin language"

It's just the declining that sucks.

Great build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Gah! Creeper!!!! o3o

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

love the rig and setup! but what desk is that?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ikea desk, I believe it is the Galant

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice. somebody please give me a link to that wallpaper, looks so nice!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot where I found it, but it's called "retro topograph" if that helps :)

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's definitely hard to match colors for a green theme, since there are noticeable differences between Nvidia green and regular LED green. Red seems to be easier to match but green definitely has its rewards ;)

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