very nice build! makes we want to build one too.
I thought about it but could not justify the cost. I usually get a set of those to go with the h100i as they are better looking and better performing but with the side panel on you can't see them anyways
for anyone who might be interested I am going to be selling this build on ebay. I just finished it over this weekend and it runs great! It turns out I am basically addicted to building new computers haha. If you are interested hit me up for the auction link or just search for item number 261813135908
thanks! I could not get a decent picture with the h100i and windforce leds on but they match almost perfectly; I am very happy with how it turned out
thanks! yeah, I have been very impressed with the OCZ Arc 100 series; great performance for the price
thanks! it was not very easy finding good blue fans with leds; I didn't want it to be too bright
I looked at your parts list before reading you comment about upgrading and I was about to ask why the $139.99 cpu cooler for a $69.99 CPU haha. I am usually all about upgrading but in my opinion its rarely worth it to wait for the next best CPU because you will always be waiting; components are constantly being upgraded. I recommend grabbing an i5-4690K and calling it good/great. nice looking build! I have used the S340 and I love it
looks great! should be plenty of power for browsing the web. what is that thing on the front of the case? looks like what they used to refer to as an "optical drive"? whats that used for these day? haha, just messing with you but yeah, nice build; love the color scheme
overall a very nice build! but I am curious, why so much processing power? are you going to be using this for more than gaming? (I would hope so because if its just for gaming money could have been better spent on GPU(s)), just curious; thing is a beast otherwise
Your build looks great but some advice on future upgrades. I would hold off on the memory upgrade and put the extra $70 towards a better GPU. I had the GTX 960 (2GB version, 4gb coming soon) an was not impressed. You would be better off going with a GTX 970 (despite the memory fiasco). You will rarely use more than 6GB RAM unless you are doing some serious multi tasking. Also the Kraken X61 is awesome (and looks sick in this case) but you can get an H100i for $90 where the X61 will run you $140. take the $70 saved from not upgrading memory and $50 saved from getting an H100i instead of a X61 and you have just enough to get yourself a GTX 970 instead of a 960. If you intend on using this for gaming putting the money towards your GPU will pay off
thanks! yeah this was a great build. I really love the handle on the case, makes it very easy to move around and the case feels very solid
I actually just sold this computer to a friend and before doing so I did install a 2nd fan to the Evo 212, fit great. I am not sure how much room there was between the Evo 212 and the GPU but there was plenty of clearance
let me guess, you have never tried one? The price of an SSD has come down drastically and they don't just boost boot speed; they make everything faster. You can get a nice 120GB SSD for $55 and it is very worth it. If you every try one you will find out what you are missing out on. It wont be long before SSD is the standard. Working in IT is has already become the standard for my company. You can easily get both a 1TB HDD and a 120GB SSD for under $100 total; just saying
holding up great! the wifi is nice when I need it and the dual nic setup is pretty cool; no complaints at all
I got it for around $75, not sure why it shows that price on here!
after doing some research I have found that it is recommended to orient the fans with the major airflow of the case. I have 2x 140mm intake fans in the front so I will not be mounting this horizontally (makes sense to go with the airflow and not against it)
makes sense, I think I will do the same. I am going to have a 140mm fan on the top for exhaust so then it really seems to make sense to install it horizontally
great looking build and a nice selection of components. one suggestion; ditch that stock cpu cooler and get something like a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, you will love it and so will your CPU
looks great but I was just wondering, why did you choose to have the CPU cooler pointing up instead of back? just curious. Temps staying good? I am planning on building in this case as soon as my order arrives.
Selling for $1299.99 on ebay right now if anyone is interested
I like your choice of components, overall a nice looking build! Give any consideration to getting an SSD for your OS? The change is speed will change your life; once you do SSD you don't go back! I would recommend a Crucial MX100 or Samsung 840 EVO
nice job with the cable management (especially for your first build)
I am super OCD about cable management and getting all of the excess cables tied down (and out of sight). How is this case for cable management?
thanks. yeah it was a little tricky working in such tight quarters but overall it was not as bad as I thought (and have read). I really did not run into any issues with components fitting. I will post more pictures tonight
love your build; I just completed a similar build and your advice on the cpu cooler (upgrading the fan) was most helpful; thanks!
very nice, I would love to build a haswell-e machine; likely will for my next undertaking
how are you liking that DDR4 memory? I have been thinking about building a new system with it but have been holding off due to the price and the overall lack of need (at this point). Your build looks amazing, nice and clean!
the heat pipes on the MSI card you have comes REALLY close to touching the top of this case but I have used that same card in a build similar to yours. Nice build here, looks good! The last build I did in this case I used one of the ITX 970 cards and it allowed for some more room (for cable management) but overall it was not that much of a help and I would definitely recommend the full size cards for their overall better performance
looks great, nice choice on a case (love this case for clean cable management)
not terrible but the sp120 are quieter and move a lot more air; worth the $31.99 for sure
the stock fans that come with the Corsair H100i are not bad, pretty decent actually, but the Corsair SP120 Performance edition fans move more air and look a lot nicer (easy to match many color schemes). They are an optional upgrade but I really love the matching color rings and in my opinion they are worth the extra $30
really it was actually quite easy to build in, much easier than the Obsidian 250D. The sides both pop off very easily without any thumb screws and it is really easy to get to everything. The H100i was a tight fit but other than that it was a straight forward build. there are all kinds of tie down points for you to zip tie things down
I definitely prefer the ASUS Z97 board in terms of performance but with 2x GTX 970s in this bad boy I did not run into any issues; have been destroying any game that I throw at it. I am just not a huge fan of the boring black/gold color scheme that ASUS used on their Z97 board but you are correct, it does out perform this MSI
thanks; this thing is a beast. I was hesitant to get this particular motherboard because of the mixed reviews but so far so great
thanks. it was a little tricky hiding the cables for some of the fans but in the end it turned out great
nice! I really like the white led fans, they have a certain "crisp" look to them
thanks! cabling the PSU was a bit tricky but the "compartment" it hides in makes for a clean build
right! ahh I miss the old lan parties where everyone was actually in the same room; good times, good times
looks great, you are going to love having the H100i in there. I recommend getting a 2 pack of Corsair SP120 fans for your H100i; they are better than stock and the white rings would look sick in your build
I was surprised to see how you mounted the 212 but temps don't lie, nice build!
looks like a solid build, wise choice going with the G.Skill memory
great CPU and motherboard but you should really look into upgrading the GPU if you want to do any real gaming. Depending on your budget I would recommend a GTX 960 or, if your budget allows, a 970. This will give you a MASSIVE boost in performance. Also, a better case would be a great idea. You have some higher end parts here but it pains me to see them in a low end case. There are plenty of great cases out there for under $100; check newegg for prices and reviews. Get a better case and a better CPU cooler and you can overclock this thing no problem; start putting that unlocked CPU to use! great choice on the SSD
love the clean look and very neat cabling job; very nice
sold this little guy for $1400, which in my opinion is reasonable. I had around $1300 into parts. Buyer is quite happy. Now onto my next build (yes I am addicted to building them and may one day keep one haha)
i hear ya. I contacted the sales department at Digital Storm to see if they would sell me just the case for the Bolt 2 (yeah I know it was a stretch) and they do not; would be awesome if they did
quick question. I am building in this case using many of the same parts as you. Are you using the fan that is mounted on the case above the cpu cooler as intake or exhaust? I have read of people doing it both ways and I am trying to figure out what will be best; logically exhaust as the hot air is is blowing off of the cpu