Description

I will be using this computer for running new games at max graphics 1440p (once i get the monitor) and also for live streaming games like runescape and magika.

I was very impressed with how easy it was to work inside this case when building the computer. The azza-8000 is an excellent case if you want to easily view certain components of your computer. (especially hard drive bays.)

One problem that i did have is the fan controller stopped working properly. The rpm limits were not working. (I had it set to 600 rpm for all the fans and they were going as high as 1900 rpm.) also the battery would not work and i wound up breaking it trying to get the battery in. Best buy customer service was excellent however and I have a new one on the way.

P.S. -- Please disregard the old GTX 280 that is cramping the style in some of the pictures. It has been removed as of the build date and replaced with the XFX R9 390 that is shown in the close - ups.

Part Reviews

CPU

This thing has been running strong for about 2 years now! It was a great budget/performance for it's time. I would not recommend this thing in 2017. There are plenty of new and better processors out there. It still works for me for now but I will be upgrading soon.

Also if you are looking for high frame rate games (100Hz+) you're going to want something with way higher single-core performance.

CPU Cooler

This cooler looks and performs very well for the price. Installation was relatively easy and the light up silverstone snowflake looks awesome. :)

Motherboard

this thing gets pretty hot on the VRM's but other than that I don't have any problems with it.

Memory

Ram is Ram is Ram and so is this. good stuff.

Storage

Easy installation. great performance. very pleased with my purchase.

Storage

A great hard drive. Best value in its class. No problems with installation

Video Card

This thing never properly worked for me, same with the 290x I tried to replace it with. Eventually swapped for a GTX 1060 which works great. Go team green

Case

I originally wanted to get a raidmax vampire case but it went out of stock. so i bought this. It was the best decision I made in this build. This case is phenomenal! easy open front doors on both sides for quick hard drive swaps (though i am using them for turning my lights on and off -- i have all my switches mounted on the back panel) when the case is all lit up with my blue lights it looks incredible! expansion slots have easy to remove covers that you don't even need a screw driver or any tools for. I would definitely recommend this case to a friend!

Power Supply

I will admit, I didn't really know what I was doing and I spent WAY too much on my first power supply, I don't need anywhere near this much power and I probably never will, however, this power supply is awesome.

It has never given me any problems, It looks very nice, and I have never heard this thing make a single sound. Fully modular is really nice and now I'm spoiled and I don't think I can ever go back. I have had this thing for almost 2 years now and I will be using it in my next computer build, which will be more power hungry.

I don't take off stars for price, and this thing definitely doesn't deserve to lose any, it's super reliable, quiet, and does it's job! Corsair has never disappointed me with any of their products.

Fan Controller

This thing looks cool, and if you want to turn your computer into a centerpiece, I'd recommend this thing. If you actually want to use it to control your fans, look somewhere else. The fan headers on your motherboard do a great job at that.

This thing does not know how to take full advantage of your fan's capabilities. (I don't think any fan controllers do) So unless you have more fans than you have fan headers, this thing is mostly cosmetic. Even then, you should get splitters for your fan controller, so that they will actually work properly.

The first one I got had a broken fan but Best Buy customer service is really great and they got me a replacement quick and easy. The fan also randomly starts beeping rarely -- it has a temperature alarm but apparently it randomly goes off even when disabled. Thankfully it doesn't last very long.

Tl;Dr - Seriously, don't buy this thing. It makes my computer look pretty cool and that's like really the only good thing about it.

Keyboard

The macro creation and customization software is really great. It is very easy to make a custom lighting setup and very easy to make macros. you can have as many profiles as you want for all sorts of different games. I use a lot of macros and custom keybinds for games that I play.

The plastic construction makes it feel kind of cheap and I would definitely recommend getting the 'X' version over this one, it did not exist when I got mine.

The key switches are very loud and can be annoying when talking to other people as 99% of headsets will be able to pick up the clicking sounds.

My last complaint is more personal to me than anything, I would like to have had more macro keys on the side, rather than having to find creative places to put them. the K95 by corsair has 18, which is what I plan on getting next. Again if you don't use them, you aren't going to care.

Overall I would recommend this keyboard if you don't mind the noise it makes. I would say to spend extra to get the aluminum Chroma X, however. Razer software is really great in my opinion, however, I will be looking at a different brand for my next keyboard.

Mouse

This mouse is a very nice mouse for someone who likes to play at different DPI settings. it is very easy to change the dpi setting with just one click up or down. The only bad thing i have to say about it is the software. making macros was relatively easy to do, but they do not work. at all. they literally do nothing. the mouse would perform exactly the same as it does if i just uninstalled the software for it.

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like the fan controler it fits the case like hand and glove. And speaking of the case those hatches are siiick. Really dig this icy build

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The fan controller actually bummed out on me and started ramping up the fans waaay higher than i wanted them to go. Best buy customer service is amazing though and they are sending me a new one.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but you left out the most important review....GPU....

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

i haven't reviewed the GPU yet because i've only had it for 2 days. I'm gonna see how well it performs after a week before i go there.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the GPU? Waiting for a review ;)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

So far 0 problems with it! The other day I was playing eso maxed out ultra settings getting 40 fps @ 1080p even though it's only detecting 4 of 8gb on my card. I'm assuming that's a driver issue. Many reviews on the 390 and 390x cards say they had problems with black screens and installation but I had none! It's been very smooth.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build,
I know it's not that bright when you look at your computer, a camera always over expose's blue lights, the highlights are hard to control in the camera, it takes some good software to bring the highlights down.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes some of the pictures make it look a lot more ridiculous than it really is. I also can very easily turn off all of my CCFL lights with switches that i have mounted on the right side of the computer (where the easy open side panel is for plugging in hard drives) so i can very easily make my computer darker. The fans that i got separately also have little switches on them to turn off the fan lights, which are super handy.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Your OC and temps are really awesome. Almost a full gigahertz higher than the stock clock. Nice.

But looking at it, "Ahh my eyes" is all I can think of. I would have gone with a better brand GPU too. Also I see you only have 2 HDDs installed but all of those drive bays. Can you remove the ones you don't need for extra airflow?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I can remove the quick swap slots that hold them or the section of 6 bays but I'd rather just keep them In there. I am also using one to hold converters for the lights. It looks a lot brighter on the camera than in person and I can very easily turn them off. (:

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, this looks so awesome! That fan controller matches well with the look of the case. Awesome build!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

May I ask why your monitor cost 10 USD? Ahaha

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it at a thrift store. Killer deal right? (: I'm planning on getting a 1440p soon though haha

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Was that the highest OC you could get on the chip or was that just a mild one? I OC'd mine and hit 4.41 with a mix of FSB and multiplier OC'ing and it wouldnt go any higher at 1.45V and im not looking to burn a hole in my motherboard lol. I decided to crank it back because it didnt impact gaming at all and I just pushed my GPU higher. Great build btw!!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I tried some tutorials for manual over clocking and I couldn't seem to do any better than the auto over clock that my motherboard does(which works very well compared to others).

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

jayztwocents has a great tutorial for the fx series processors

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Superb build btw, love the snow theme. Just wanted to know, how long have you been using your Silverstone cpu cooler? I bought the same knowing it doesn't reach the best temperatures, but it's price is appealing, the snowflake looks awesome and their attention to build quality is important - but - recently Iǘe been thinking if I should not return it to get a heatsink air cooler for more longevity with only the fans to worry about rather than pump failure and leaking risks. Just wanted to know your thoughts on the cooler thanks and cheers man. Sick build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry about any pump failures or leaks. They build these all in one coolers with all those in mind and you usually have nothing to worry about when it comes to that. Just make sure you apply thermal paste properly and everything should work out for you. I've had no problems with my cooler in about 6 months of ownership.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1! Really awesome build man. The lights look amazing, this thing looks like a freezer. And pretty good cable management too. How's that 390 treating you? I plan to upgrade to one soon :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

right now the 390 is having SERIOUS driver issues. i can hardly do anything on my pc at the moment. No one that i've asked knows how to fix the problems either. might wanna look at a 200 series card or something.. or just invest the extra money for a 980 or 980 ti nvidia card.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I know its off topic but do you know if the CPU cooler will work with FM2+?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it will, use this site when you make a build, you can enable compatability filter and it will eliminate all parts that will not work with your build, you can also look at coolers and they will say all slots that they work with

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for that. You saved me $40

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I dunno, maybe its sometimes better to have easy access to your parts; it allows others to appreciate it!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know, if your GPU is too big, it might not fit and you wouldn't get to use it at all!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah but if the case isn't prepared for that, it might leave and go live with that shady dude across the street.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The camera over exposes it a lot and the tinted window on the side makes it not as bright also. It looks a lot better in person. But yes it is also bright. I have 10 CCFL lights crammed in there and 4 light up fans. I like being able to get to my parts easy. It is very nice for when you have to switch something out or add something, such as a hard drive or an additional graphics card.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Not necessarily easy access to parts but it is easy to open the case to view things. It is easy to access the hard drive bays and (in my case) switches for my CCFL lights, which I turn on and off frequently.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You might have wanted to invest in some remote control lights if you have to access the case in order to turn them on and off, this could allow for colour customisation aswell.

Killer build btw, congrats :)

Cheers, Mitch

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The case has a handle on both sides I don't need to unscrew anything to turn on the lights haha so I'm fine with that. I might look into a remote control the could turn them on or off though. Do they make those for moles connections? I also didn't want to spend hundreds to get rgb lights hahaha.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, molex connections are avaliable, look into online stores (eg. http://cplonline.com.au/lighting-products/led-strip-lighting/led-strip-5-metre-roll-4-8w-p-metre-cool-white-complete-with-remote-and-power-adapter-3m-adhesive.html ) they are usually relatively cheap and look great! Maybe even look into installing them onto a back of a desk and giving ambient lighting behind your monitor.


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