Description

To start off, please excuse the temporary crappy pictures. Facebook compresses photo's down like mad and I didn't feel like running upstairs to grab a sync cable for my phone. The LEDS also aren't as overpowering as they look in the pictures either, they are very subtle. The iPhone 7 Plus just captures it strangely.

The bug bit me again to build another white themed PC after building the new Intel rig for my brother. I had some parts laying around that were just collecting dust as well as some other parts from my brothers original build. I had a some spare AM3+ motherboards laying around and an old 8350, so I decided to get my first (planned) mATX build going.

DIYPC has proven to have really cheap cases that are surprisingly nice quality, and some decent looking designs. I'm more of a minimalist person but the DIY-F2-W seemed to just have enough flair to not be too simple, but not be over the top. One thing I was really worried about was cable management in a case that small. There isn't a lot of room on the back panel to play with for managing cables, especially adding the extension to already long cables. I was too lazy to go the sleaving route on them, but still wanted everything to look nice.

At first I had an Asus motherboard in the system, a M5a78LM, but eventually swapped it out for the Gigabyte one. Both of the boards are 4+1 phase power design for the VRMs so it's not really ideal for the Higher wattage FX chips. The Asus would throttle itself down after about 30 minutes of Prime95 testing due to the VRMs overheating. So I turned off Turbo Boost and underclocked and undervolted the piss out of the system. Prime95 ran well with no throttling now, but the VRMs were making some crazy noises. This is when I remembered that I had the Gigabyte board laying around. Long story short, the Gigabyte board has VRM coolers plus imo with a 8 pin CPU power connector I feel like it can deliver more power better than the Asus board with only a 4 pin CPU power connector.

Another thing that I was keen to try out was the Darkside cable extensions from ModMyMods. They are somewhat local so shipping is always super fast and reliable. The color fit perfectly well with the Asus board and the SATA cables, and surprisingly still matched once I swapped the motherboard.

I had some spare cable management grommets laying around, and with this case having some open holes that exposed wires I got an idea. I measured out the holes and got to cutting. I ended up making 3 custom rubber grommets for the cable management holes (which this case surprisingly has) and they turned out somewhat decent. Now finally getting this all crammed into the case was a challenge with the back almost not wanting close, but with some cable rerouting and finessing i got it all to work finally without being able to see any cables from the windowed side. The custom rubber grommets do a good job of hiding some cables, as well as the semi modular Corsair PSU eliminating all the unnecessary cables not needed.

All in all the build came out really nice and just like I envisioned it. There was not many reviews or pictures of this case or a build in the case, minus the ones with rat's nest wiring and low quality parts. So it was some what of a leap of faith with the case. It ended up being a lot smaller than expected but I feel like it sort of worked out.

Part Reviews

Video Card

Good card overall, runs well and is pretty quiet. Haven't tried overclocking yet but it run's PUBG and Rust in High settings with no issues.

My only complaint is the lack of a back plate causing a good amount of sag.

Case

Please see the massive post above for my feelings on this case. At this price point, including two led fans (out of the 4 possibly that can be placed in the case) this is a steal.

Only thing I dislike is how the side panel has the window set up. I feel like it could be a tad bit bigger, but the way it is keeps both side panels symmetrical.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

Great build! This case has a really good layout. I have also built in 2 different DIYPC cases and I love them for the price I paid. This case might be my next! Thanks for sharing.

+1!

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

I've used one other DIYPC case and everything about it surprised me. Definitely some good products for their cost. This one was nice, I'd just prefer SSD mounts on the back side instead of the bottom right corner.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Blue Ice? Bule ice? Wouldn't want white ice now would we? JK

Love your build and especially due to that case

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

For the pics you should just email them to yourself and download them on your pc. After that you can upload to pcpp. Good cable management. That psu is awesome.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, we just got this PSU in where I work, definitely good quality. I was in a hurry and had Facebook opened so it was the first thing that popped into my head lol. Once I'm off work definitely getting better ones taken.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for posting this. I used this as a basis for my new build based on the cost vs performance. Mine doesn't look as good but then it's the first build I've done in like 20 years so it was handy to have something to start from.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

That's good to hear man! Get a build posted on it, I'd love to see it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Really never though much about the DIYPC cases. I certainly will give them a closer look. Very clean wire tending. Nice work.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The cable management was harder than normal in this case, primarily due to the cable extensions though.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Your c.m makes me wanna redo mine lol nice work

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you! That's one of my main focuses on all pc builds. It makes the inside look great, as well as helps with airflow.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this post was forever ago, but could you tell me how to get the front panel off? I have the black and orange version(F2-O), and I can't figure out how to take off the front panel to install another fan.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

You just need to give it a good yank from the opening on the bottom and it should pop right off.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll see how that goes ...

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Just picked this case up for a friends build. He’s going to be getting my old Hyper 212 Evo. I didn’t even think of it not fitting until i bought the case. I guess this answers my question. No issues with the 212?

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

No issues at all! Clearance is good, even with dual fans. Aesthetics wise it looks nice in the case as well.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude nice cable management. I was planning on using the same case for my first build with a non modular psu but ima see how that goes

  • 30 months ago
  • -2 points

good cablemangament but i hate part choice why fx series nowadays a r5 is good or i5 but -1 for fx

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

These were all parts I had lying around collecting dust, minus the 1060. This was a build I put together for a friend of mine. I'd never chose the FX line anymore, but it was free from an old build I had, so it's better than letting it go to waste.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ok