Description

My first custom built PC. Been a long time Mac user (please don't hate, Macs are just better for my line of work), and decided to get a PC after a few trips to PAX Prime inspired me to get back onto PC gaming (use to PC game a lot back in the Diablo II and C&C Red Alert Days, then switched to Playstation for well over a decade and a half). Went about looking to build a gaming and media centric PC and ended up also going for aesthetics.

Case: In Win 805 - Once I saw this case I instantly fell for it despite its steep price tag and bad airflow. In hindsight I wish I had chosen a different case. Not only is the airflow REALLY terrible, its a difficult case to work with, especially when mounting the front fans and HDD cage. Ideally I would leave the HDD cage at the bottom to allow the fan to blow directly onto the GPU but that meant I would literally have no intake fans. As well for whatever reasons In Win decided that if the HDD cage were to be mounted on the fan mounts, it should be arranged to block as much airflow as possible >_<! As well, there is no bottom vent for the PSU fan, thus you are FORCED to put the PSU fan side up, also negatively affecting airflow. Well at least it looks pretty, especially the tempered glass...

Motherboard: Gigabyte Gaming 7 Z170. I was originally going to go with a ASUS board to make my build white and blue, but I really didn't want to pay the ASUS tax, so decided to go with the Gigabyte Z170 Gaming 7, it provided all the features I needed and some added ones like some extra LED RGB lighting on the board and I/O shield. Overall couldn't be happier. The red/white/black colour scheme ended up influencing my decisions for the other components

CPU: intel i7 6700k - Nothing to complain about its a great CPU that was a breeze to overclock (OC it to 4.5Ghz no problem). It is definitely not the bottleneck in my system.

GPU: MSI R9 390x 8GB - I was originally going to go for a GTX 980Ti, but I wasn't willing a) to pay an extra $400 for the GPU, b) plus an extra $400 to get the G-Sync version of the monitor I wanted and c) and pay a premium for a GPU when the next gen GPUs are just around the corner. Overall its a good card. I have no trouble playing most of my games at max settings and getting 60-75fps. It does run hot which is a problem for this case especially. It is also a thick card taking up 2.5 slots, but at least its one of the shortest R9 390s which was another thing I had to consider because of the case as I definitely could not fit a longer card in this case thanks to the location of the HDD cage.

RAM: 32gb (4x8gb) G.Skill Trident Z GDDR4 3200mhz. Probably overkill, but I might do some rendering on this computer later on so decided just to go for it. Fast and easy to overclock!

SDD: 1024GB (2x 512GB in RAID0) Samsung 850 Pro. Nothing to complain about! Blazing fast load times.

HDD: 4TB (2x 4TB in RAID1) WD Blue Hybrid. Unfortunately SSDs are still not cheap enough to warrant not having a HDD for the extra storage. Nothing to complain about, the Hybrid SSD seems to help with loading things faster.

CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X41 - Great cooler that seems to do the job despite the poor airflow in the case, CPU never goes above 60 degrees. Also love the RGB LED on the pump. There does seem to be a bug with the CAM software that controls it however where it keeps thinking the CPU fans are not running :/

PSU: EVGA Supernova 1000PS - Overkill I know, but this was on sale on black Friday so i couldn't pass it up. Great PSU unit that can run on silent mode (fan doesn't spin) if you want but I never find the PSU fan to be loud enough to hear.

Case Fans: Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC - DAMN these fans move alot of air. They are expensive but you definitely get quality products from Noctua. Phanteks PH-F120SP - got these mostly for the LED and white fans. I wanted a fan with LEDs and was tempted by the Thermaltake RIING fans, but the airflow specs looked terrible on them so decided to go with the Phanteks as they had both LED and good airflow. Just wish they were PWM though.

Monitor: Acer Predator XR34- Not the G-sync version but the Free-Sync version (ugh why can't Nvidia and AMD just work together to make it one type!!!) I really wanted a curved ultrawide that was good for gaming and had at least 3440by1440 resolution which the Acer Predator X34 fits those requirements really nicely. However I also decided I really didn't want to spend over $1500CD on a monitor, so went with the cheaper XR34 version with Free-sync which ultimately made me have to get a AMD GPU instead of a Nvidia GPU. Im also capped at 75hz instead of 100hz, but in the end I can't complain. Its a beautiful monitor and gaming on it is awesome!!!

PSU Cables and RGB LED strip: Custom made by Icemodz. Can't say enough about how awesome the guys at Icemodz are. The cables and LED strip are top quality and the guys over at Icemodz are easy to get in contact with if you have any special requests (such as custom length PSU cables and custom soldered LED strips). Highly recommend these guys for any of your custom PSU cables and LED strip needs!!!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 30 points

Sigh unzip

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

I see what you did there....

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Are you referring to the cable combs? I might in the future. Originally did it to train the cables but I kinda like how it looks

  • 43 months ago
  • 7 points

He is referring to something else....lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

Oh wait... now I get it LOL

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

nice clean looking build

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

I love the MOBO and custom cables, red and white go together so well

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

holy moly is that a pretty build. LOVE the color scheme!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

That case! Those cables!! Very nice build +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn son. You did good. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

How's that 390X running at 3440x1440?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Works great, no problem hitting 75fps (my monitor has a max refresh rate of 75hz so no point for more fps) with max/ultra settings for most games I play (War Thunder, World of Warships). Also hits a steady 55-65fps for games like Fallout4 and Just Cause 3 at max/ultra settings.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome man.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats better than i thought it would perform.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great, and minty.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL thanks, name was picked by my SO :P and I kinda stuck with it

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It reminds me of winter.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build. Love the colors and cables used!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build! love the glass In Win case :D
+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup def one of the reasons why I bought the case, BUT my god was it a pain to work with.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't blame you for switching to PC. I've been a long time Mac user and fan boy, and still am, but their price compared to performance is just poor right now. I'm starting to edit 4K video for wedding films and I was looking at a new Mac for this, but I can get more power for half the price by building a PC.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I still use my Mac for my work though, most of the programs I use were optimized for Macs, also pretty much everyone in work uses a Mac as well. But yeah Apple really needs to up its game with their hardware, they can't just keep getting by with their name (and OS) alone... or can they O_o

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh I bet they can haha that Apple fan boy community is still going strong! haha

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Not to mention all of those white girls who hava a need to have Apple products.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

I AM A GUILTY WHITE GIRL. For a while, iMessage was the only thing capable of group messaging. I "had" to have group messaging because everyone I associated with only communicated via group messaging, and I'd get left out of plans or community service events bc I was an android fan. They also didnt want to install a messaging app like kik. So, I caved, and bought a cheapo 5c. Shortly after that, I learned that group messaging with android phones is a thing now. All I want in life is the new Galaxy. Its so sexy.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreeeeeeed, the S7 Edge is sexy af

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

As an owner of the S7 I can confirm it is sexy.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Man Inwin makes some beautiful towers. Your whole build is beautiful. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! That case is gorgeous, but I've heard it's quite the challenge to work in.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You have heard correct. This was a challenging build mostly because of the case. They went for the looks rather than the user friendliness thats for sure. Not to mention it has terrible airflow.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the build but why risk running raid 0?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't plan on having anything on the SSDs other than the OS and games. Plus I have 6TB external this thing backs up to every week

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Very awesome build. Love this case. Great stuff, +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous, perfect name for it. Same MOBO as mine, I have had no problems so far. I braided my cables.... lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

In love those cables! Icemodz really are awesome!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

amaizing

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Why can't I build something cool... sigh alright let's get this over with

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

this looks sick as hell. '

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great psu for a low air flow situation. hardly ever even runs I bet

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually never ran it on silent mode... But I bet I could since I'm only drawing about 580W for the entire system. I'll give it a try.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I know every little bit helps. goodluck

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Freaking flawless! Beautiful build my friend!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build dude looks great. I have the same case and plan to take the front off and put some rubber washers in, this will hopefully leave a few mm gap for better airflow.

Congrats on the feature dude :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nailed the theme. +1 from me, wish I could give it even more

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy sexy +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build, grats on the feature!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

That is really pretty. Great job.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

not much to say but nice build

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 just for the name alone.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Does the R9 390X get good frame rates on the acer predator x34?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems getting consistent 70-75fps for most games I play (WarThunder, World of Warships) at max/ultra settings. No need for higher fps since the XR34 has a max refresh rate of 75hz (The X34 has a refresh rate of 100hz + G-sync instead of free sync but costs significantly more). For other games like fallout 4 and Just cause 3 there's a bit of a dip, to about 50-65fps.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

wow looks awesome!! what are your thoughts on the case?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

All looks and no user friendliness. Its a difficult case to work with with really terrible air flow (despite what In Win claims). Biggest gripe I have with it is the fact that if you want any intake fans (and you will need it for this case), you will have to give up the HDD cage or putting it right in front of one of the front fans blocking airflow. This also potentially limits what size graphics card you put in.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

okay thanks :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the only build I've seen with this motherboard that looks good. All the other builds look tacky. Good job making it work!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

very professional photos :) +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

YOU MISSED AN OPPORTUNITY TO CALL IT THE PEPPERMINT PC!!! But still a very beautiful build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL that's actually a better name for it! Ah well my GF picked it out and can't change it now :P

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

She has spoken, so it must be written!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build!~ +1 :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, good looking build

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

That is reeeeeeeeeeedonkulously OCD sexy

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the pictures uploaded. Cant figure out how to do it

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

holy crap do they actually ship that case with a big old sticker on the glass?

WHY?!

no way that doesn't leave a gallon of residue if you pull it off.

edit: jesus i didn't know cables were that expensive wtf

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing a little bit of goo gone wont remove!

As for the cables, I could have gone with cheaper ones for sure, but I can't say enough about the quality of Icemodz cables.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow!!! Thanks for feature!!! :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It deserves it. Great build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is the PSU facing upward? (Soz PC noob)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately In Win didn't put a vent for the PSU on the bottom, thus I was forced to put the PSU fan side up. Another reason why I'm not a fan of the case anymore.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you cut the bottom of the case? Using a 4.5" hole saw makes a great porthole for a 120mm fan, then add a fan grill or fan filter. That is if you want to cut on your case, but it looks so nice as is.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks fantastic. Well done. From what I've read that case is hard work > but its worth it.

See this build was on here recently > similar to yours with some great ideas for cable management etc

https://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/y6GfrH

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

To much color. Try matching up the rgb lights with the color scheme. Clean cable management, but try putting on a cable cover

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually leave the RGB lights on either all red or all white. Just did it show off for the full spectrum.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you seem like that guy on csgo with an insane inventory

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Bet this is hell of an upgrade from a playstation... +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

True true, but I will definetly be getting back on the PS when Uncharted 4 comes out :D.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

SSD: 1024GB (2x 512GB in RAID0) Samsung 850 Pro. Nothing to complain about! Blazing fast load times.

Just make sure you have that sucker backed up. One power failure and it's all gone. If Barnacules and Hardware Canucks are any example.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL yup seen that video! Don't worry, have it backing up to an external HDD every week ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

What made you go with an AIO water cooler over a traditional fan? Also why NZXT over Corsair?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't choose a traditional fan partially because I knew this case would have terrible airflow, and that the R9 390 is a hot GPU. Thus I reasoned that by using a fan it would just be blowing hot air over the heat spreader, lowering cooling efficiency. so I wanted the heat dissipation to occur further away from the GPU.

Choose NZXT over Corsair primarily for aesthetics. I liked how the NZXT pump looks more than the corsair (plus the RGB lighting was a selling point) and it came with a fan with white blades which matched my build better.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. I bought the InWin 805 a couple of weeks ago and I am trying to complete my build and deciding what CPU cooler to go with. I too have been a LONG Mac user and looking for something with more power. How do you like the case with all your components after a while? Any problems with the airflow as you stated if you had gone with a CPU fan?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Airflow is still an issue, so I have to run my fans faster than I would like. I'd highly recommend a AIO liquid cooler for this case because your GPU will be heating up alot of air around it. As well, I would ditch the HDD cage all together as this caused alot of headache for me in terms of spacing and airflow. I originally planned to have the HDD cage in the upper fan slot and the AIO in the lower, but because of how the HDD cage gets mounted on the fan slots, you can't fit the AIO this way, unless your tubes go all the way to the bottom.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thats for the advice. Think I will get an AIO liquid cooler. Either the Swiftech H220-x or the NZXT x61.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No regrets on not getting the Thermaltake Riing fans? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BxzxLk Not sure if I should sack them in my build or not.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well can't say for sure. The Riing fans look awesome but the specs on the airflow are not the best according to their published specs and a few reviews I've read. With this case you definetly need to consider the airflow but looks like you are getting rid of the HDD cage all together so I think the Riing's performance will be adequate for your build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you put your Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC fans? Would you recommend that I go with an x41 or and x61? I have InWin 805 as well. Also how are the Phanteks LED fans? Is your PC quiet?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh you have your Noctua fans in a push config where your x41 and hard drive cage is, I see. Do you recommend I do that? I want a quiet PC while there being good airflow.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup the Noctua fans do a really good job even in the front where you would think there wouldn't be a good supply of air. I wish I could have gone all Noctua fans but they don't make any fans with white blades with LEDs... maybe one day.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Are they loud? I want something that provides excellent airflow while quiet. in other words dba to cfm ration good

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Not loud, when not spinning at its fastest speed. When you push them to their limit they can be really loud, but you shouldn't need to push them since they push alot of air even at 50%. Honestly the only fans I hear in my build are the GPU fans.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think of the Phanteks led case fans

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

and also for some reason, when i try to add the nzxt x41 to my part list, it says its incompatible with the inwin 805. what are your thoughts? and is the nzxt aio ok? loud or quiet? anything to say about it?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

They are located on the otherside of the front panel, so you can't really seem them. It's totally up to you, The X41 is sufficient for my needs as I only overclock my CPU to 4.5Ghz and don't do too much CPU intensive work such as rendering, but more cooling efficiency never hurts. Just remember that if you use the X61 and want to have any fans in the bottom intake you will have to give up your HDD cage.

My PC can run quiet but I purposely run a steep fan curve, especially on the GPU due to the 390X being a hot card. If I ran the stock curve on the 390X it would be silent as the Phantek fans are pretty quiet themselves. Speaking of the fans, I don't have any regret, they seem to work great and I'm happy with how they look. My only gripe with them is that its not PMW and has an extra cord which acts as the LED switch with a button so its a little more annoying in terms of cable management and there is no way to turn the LEDs off without installing a controller or opening the case and pushing the buttons manually for each one.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How is windows 10 32/64?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't had an issue so far.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you get 2 500GB instead of 1TB SSD?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

cost, and the 512GB were on sale

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Other than sale, is there any other benefits of getting 2 SSDs versus 1 large SSD?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really. I went with two SSDs cause I wanted to have them in RAID0 or RAID1. One large SSD though allows you to instal another SSD in the future of course.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wanted to ask whether the tempered glass panels on your In Win 805, has slight striping/color distortions when its reflecting yellow light off a lamp etc?

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

None that I can see or have noticed. The glass is also tinted so that might mask any of those distortions

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Was there any compatibility issues of buy 2 of the same kits of RAM? Like you did 2x(2x8GB) versus (4x8GB).

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Not. Enough. Upvotes. +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

That RAM looks so ******* sexy oh my god....

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 4TB WD Blue SSHD perform? Do you use them for mass storage? How do they compare to a WD Black for example? Great build btw.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Late, I know but your build is so nice I have to say that I honestly think it looks better without the lights on. At least in the pics you took that is.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get that long adhesive cable management clip? The InWin 805 only came with the smaller ones

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the only Candy Cane I like. Great work.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you actually running 9+ TB?

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much!!! :)

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

If it works for him, it works for him :)

Plus, not everyone needs 4k

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

or even wants 4k... been there done that, it'll be ready soon with Pascal but it's a pain in the *** with anything but two gtx 980 ti's. Soon. It will be ready soon!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an absolute nonsense response, and one that gets spread around way to often. I currently run 4k off a single R9 290 OC card. Settings aren't maxed, but the quality is fricken superb compared to max settings 1080. When I have my crossfire setback up, I'll be able to boost the quality level a bit higher. The only thing I could see having over 4k is a refresh rate higher than 60hz. I finally played on a 1440p 144hz monitor and it was cool, but I wouldn't trade in my 4k for one.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it can technically run 4k... but at what? A measly 30 frames per second? Get real dude.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Its no theory DUDE. 4k is not some unachievable resolution. Depending on the game I play, solid 40 - 60fps, low/medium settings no AA. Most of the distance draw I have set to low, quality settings (again, NO AA) medium. Some games, such as WoW, I can run at high settings (even in raids). The quality is very good, game play in ALL games I play is smooth. And when compared to 1080p game play, the resolution shines even at the quality settings I have set.

You DO understand that the vast majority of people who play video games don't run at 60fps, right? XB1 and PS4 don't run at a consistent 60fps, and commonly dip to mid 30fps on AAA titles. And according to Steam the vast majority of PC gamers run on low end hardware incapable of anything more than 30fps @ 1080p. Right now the leading gpu is the HD 4000, and I KNOW that can't run 1080p 60fps, and thats 25% of those surveyed.

So.. measly 30fps... That's the MINIMUM target for gaming, regardless of resolution. Please stop spewing inaccurate nonsense without posting facts to back your claims.

Have a read, you might learn something 30fps vs 60fps

Thought I'd throw this in here as well. Kepp in mind the quality settings. Enjoy R9 290 4k Benchmark

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Different people are going to have different priorities when it comes to the parts they select. OP values his RAM and his storage more than a second GPU. This build will still perform wonderfully when it comes to games and he has the parts he feels are necessary for whatever his line of work is.

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

This rig is more than enough to run 4K if he decides to go that direction.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

3440x1440 is close to 4K LOL :P. Plus the Prices are after tax and in CD$ so at least 30% higher than US prices.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Not that close

3440 X 1440 is 239% of 1080p while 4K is 400%

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

3440X1440 @ 100Hz which iirc you can overclock that one to is only maybe 1% less pixels it has to render per second compared to 4K @ 60Hz.

3440 * 1440 * 100 = 495,360,000 pixels per second

3840 * 2160 * 60 = 497, 664,000 pixels per second

3440X1440 @ 100Hz is 99.53% of 4K @ 60Hz which is actually less than a one percent difference. In conclusion both are pretty demanding and if anything 3440X1440 @ 100Hz is going to be more demanding for recent AAA games since you are going to need a good cpu to hit 100FPS.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

right, I didnt calculate the 100hz

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

BTW his monitor is 75hz...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct but iirc it can be easily overclocked to 100HZ and at 75Hz it will be about 75% of the pixels rendered per second compared to 4K @ 60Hz.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely true. Unfortunately I was buying components at the worst time possible when it came to the US-CD exchange rate, so even if I bought parts down south, it didn't actually save me that much money. Had I waited till now I would have definetly saved enough to warrant a trip down south.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Kanto S2, its a Canadian company but I think they do sell speakers in the states

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hoping to make it better. Waiting on some more cable combs to clean it up a little more :)

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