Description

Built with gaming in mind.

Built and Edited with help from Elitesoulman.

CPU: Works fine for my purposes. I haven't had any problems.

CPU Cooler: Looks awesome, was a pain in the *** to install, I recommend you ask for some help with its installation for the first time, the metal brackets have a heavy resistance on the first install. (Ed. Note: Huge pain in the ***, bring a friend. Looks great though.)

Motherboard: Again no problems. The bios is easy to use, wire management wasn't a headache as in my previous system.

Ram:

Storage: I had a bit of a hiccup when cloning my OS over to the SSD from the HDD but all works as it should.

Video Cards: A bit long for the motherboard, if i didn't have right angle SATA lines i wouldn't have been able to hook up my drives properly as the 2nd card overlaps the top 2-4 slots. Being new to crossfire i'm still getting used to its "rules" or "limitations". (The problems im experiencing could be driver related.) They are clocked great out of the gate, but have a slight heat problem out of the box, they tend to run a little hot too fast for the fans to catch up. Manually setting fan speeds off the bat will help this, just make sure you set the "overdrive" down closer to the factory start, or you will over heat in 5 mins if you don't run the fans at 100%.

Case: Awesome case, I love the looks and handles on the top, since i'm mobile it helps a lot with the total weight being around 35 lbs. Air flow is easy to manage without much deconstruction if any to fit my 9 fans. (Ed. Note: Great looking case with more mods to come.)

Power Supply: I haven't had any power problems to date, the only dislike I have is the way the wires are wrapped up, it adds a lot of bulk and takes away from the wire's ability to bend where i need them to.

Fans: I used the 2 different sized LED fans to make the light shine where i wanted without them showing through the intake and exhaust cages. One of the cheaper plain black fans i bought failed on me within 24hours after I installed the fan controler, i replaced the downed fan with one of the bigger LED fans and removed the special LED wire so they don't light up the top exhaust cage. (Ed. Note: LEDs Look better in person I'm just not that great a photographer.)

Fan Controller: I don't like how it didn't come with a driver program or that i can't check the temp through software when I don't have a internet connection. Its not very intuitive and doesn't come with a installation guide for new users, it seems to also be absent on the suggested web site they send you to as well. But other than that it was a great help to troubleshoot the GPU heating problem and air flow. (Ed. Note: Looks great with the case too.)

The case will also be getting a custom window courtesy of MNPC Tech and engraved with a logo of Elitesoulman's design.

Part Reviews

Wireless Network Adapter

Chip in wireless card stops update from Windows 8 to 8.1. Odd issue but still was pretty bad.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for team red! I'd recommend upgrading the PSU when you get a chance though! =)

  • 59 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah PSU is probably a good next step!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! I love the XFX 280's. Your estimated wattage is 639 though and you're running a TX650. I'm sure it'll last you a while but if you ever get an extra money I'd have to recommend upgrading the psu.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Corsair-TX850M-Enthusiast-Series-Power-Supply-850W-Modular-80-PLUS-Bronze-certi-/121562248016?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c4dacb350

I got my TX850M from here and it's been doing great. Great price.

  • 59 months ago
  • -1 points

Yeah the PSU is the only thing we didn't agree on. He already had this one and it seems to work well so far. Good link though thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I have run into a problem with my upgraded ram and currently looking into it. I have 2 x 2GB ddr3-1600 G-skill Ripjaws. And 1x 2GB Ripjaw (same speed) The new 2 x 4GB one work fine by themselves, and with the unpaired 1x2GB But when i put the old paired ones in together along side them, the PC has a lot of errors when starting up.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Had a lot of fun working on this!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here, cant wait to work on your's eventually.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey dude hows the cooler because i have the exact same cpu but an r9 390 and i want to overclock the 8320e to the clouds. Would this be the necessary cooler to do so???

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a question does the case feel military? like is it tough or flimsy? would like to know before i buy

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

its pretty tough. i take my PC anywhere im staying for more that a few days. which is why i got this case over other cases with handles, and its survived so far.

could be carried easily and could take a good accidental drop or hit from a door frame or furniture. ive already whacked it a few times myself and no damage to the PC. again im not saying i dropped my built pc off a roof, or pushed it off a table or anything to actuly test it, just some accidental whacks here and there just enuff to make a thud.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I just bought the case for my build and its a tough case, its mostly steel construct with some plastic parts. its also easy for use wheres its completely tool less plus both sides of the case can snap out quite easily with snaps on both sides

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man wicked build, Would totally love any new mods for it especially the customized window you're getting for it. I dont have any mods in mind for mine yet but would love to see how it turns out

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it it has a really sturdy rugged look. Fan controller was a nice touch. It looks like a high end Jeep Wrangler turned into a PC.

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