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On my first build (midicus) I talked a little bit about the crappy case I had. Well, I got rid of it allong with a couple other things.

The main goal of me doing this was to be a midway point between my old build and my next major performance upgrade while making sure all of my options are open when I do upgrade, and right now I can upgrade just about any part to just about any part with little to no reconfiguring. Mission accomplished B ) plus Im giving a little more about my periferials instead of just the tower.

NEW PARTS: This cooler is pretty awesome. I love the design of Zalman coolers and this is no exception. Idle my temps are 6-8c above ambient and with prime95 full blast it barely got up to 50c (with the chip at 4ghz). It is also light enough that it does not need a back plate.

AS5, no explanation needed really, I considered getting a thermal paste that benchmarks the same and doesn't have a ridiculous burn in time but they are considerably more expensive for considerably less paste.

The corsair spec 01 is a great case, definitely worth the price. It has almost everything you would expect in a $100+ case but just slightly turned down (like for example, it has good cable management options but doesn't have the fancy rubber covers in the holes and could use a tad more space behind the motherboard to rout cables)

I currently have all 4 of these fans at full blast and they can be drowned out by a medium hum (and my head is 2ft away), so for less than $10 each on amazon I would call that a win. Be warned though, if you buy these fans to put some light in your case you will probably be disappointed, though they do give a nice soft light out of the front.

the hard drive doesn't really fit with the whole getting ready for a big performance upgrade thing, but the 2tb drive it replaced was giving me the click of death so I had to :/

LIGHTS!: I wanted blue front case fans to replace the red (because I like blue), but the case had red accents, so I either had to change the accents, leave them clashing with the blue, or have something else be red with them. Also, the side panel is tinted just enough that without lights you cant really see much, but that also makes the lights look better because it takes the harsh brightness out of them. So what I was thinking about doing was putting in the blue leds and getting the cm gemanai iii ($30) and use the original case fan on the cpu cooler. Then I started looking at stuff and found the thermaltake riing fans ($20) and wanted one of those on it. That would be $50 for a cooler rated for 95w tdp -_- . So I scrapped that and found this nice zalman cooler and found that it had good potential to tie in the red accents (plus I had been looking for an excuse to try a zalman cooler because I love the designs)

The leds themselves are cheap all purpose strips that you can easily find by searching "waterproof led strip", they come in rolls of 300 and to make shorter pieces there is a cut line every 3 leds that you can solder leads to, everything is in parallel and polarity does matter.

there are 12 leds on the cooler, 6 on the top behind the zalman logo (with some toilet paper glued over it to diffuse the light) and 6 on the bottom back making that cool splash effect. they are being powered by the 12v line to the fan in parallel with the fan so that it does not cause a voltage drop.

there are 24 blue leds in the case, 6 on the top between the cooler and 5.whatever" drive bays, 6 on the bottom in the same place and the rest are in between the psu and the back fan on the side.

OLD STUFF: the cpu/motherboard are working well together still at 4ghz, it takes less than 30 seconds to go from power off to the desktop (if I'm paying attention to put in my username and password immediately) so no complaints with the new hdd, the only thing that tried to die is the old hdd.

the keyboard is pretty good for something that was probably packaged with a random dell computer. The mouse isn't bad, it fits my grip well and has a good sensitivity, but the scroll wheel is a bit inaccurate and sometimes will go back a little when you take your finger off the wheel (I think I got it like 2 years ago for $6)

The dss is very nice, the virtual surround sound is good for games and movies, but for music it sounds kinda like you're in a large cave. I also use it as a dac/headphone amp for casual listening for 3 reasons, its better than my sound card, analogue volume control, and analogue wheel for bass boost (a well done bass boost at that). I listen to a lot of different types of music so these headphones's relatively flat signature is good for me (if I want to change something I either use the bass boost on the dss or use an eq) and the detail is amazing, highly recommended. the speakers you see have hardly been used since I got these headphones. (the same time as my graphics card, a year ago in July) although the dss is a recent addition.

TODO: Fan controller - What I've heard is that all of the cheap fan controllers are crap, so I'm just going to get a $7 pwm motor controller (rated 2A 14V from an extremely well reviewed company, seriously, for $7), drill a hole for the pot in the 5.whatever" drive bay, and connect all of the fans to that.

psu shroud - probably gonna just make one out of cardboard, put masking tape on the seams and spray paint it matte black.

find a new used monitor (my good used monitor died and now I'm on my crappy backup used monitor)

set aside money for a performance upgrade- yeah!

Looking forward to all of the comments, if you have any questions please ask. Sorry, the pictures are kinda potatoey.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Cables....someone was gonna say it.

  • 53 months ago
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Lol, they aren't that bad. Mostly its just a couple stashed in the bottom and one fan cable that never got put behind everything. Before I put the lights in the extera cables were in the bag that came with my headphones, but the blue lights are on molex, so that killed that.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Or did you mean the cables in my floor lol

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I did a build for a guy using this exact case. There is plenty of room and mounting spots behind that back panel to tidy up those cables. He had many fans also.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I had them back there at first, but it was a very tight fit to get the panel on, even with the case on it's side where I could have gravity working for me, then once that panel was on I would have to flex the case to get the other panel on, which I was not comfortable with having that much tention on the case.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

You're room is a mess. You could clean up a little bit to take your photos ;-) Anyhow just to say you're tig is like a Christmas tree. Lights are nice and important but use the essencial That case is great and is a very balanced machine. You play quite well games like BF4 or Cars Project or The Witcher 3 in ultra settings. Maybe you could consider a nice and cheap watercooler like Cooler Master Seidon 120M This is mine https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ZctJ7P Enjoy and have fun!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, my room is a mess. I usually work more on keeping it away from hurricane level rather than making it spotless every once and a while ;) I knew that I wouldn't be upgrading for a while (the original build was around a year ago) so ballanced was definitely the goal. I would consider getting an aio if I was in a better position for overclocking, my motherboard is not made for it and I am not planning on getting a new one just to oc further (at 4.0ghz but probrably wont go any further)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, my room is a mess

I didn't say it :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I can always appreciate a good aesthetic upgrade; It's like shaving, but for computers.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, its more aesthetic and cooling

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yay for Debian and the cables are fine.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Horah!

  • 53 months ago
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  • 53 months ago
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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

lol.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the Sabrent controller.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice redo.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, +1 for the Killer looks..

No offense dude but the FX-6300 is Uffff... I am sure you have a pretty good reason for choosing the 6300 but it certainly is not the best choice..

Mind u I am not an Intel Fan boy at all, I am just a performance fan boy.. Any intel 4-core i5 is leaps & bounds ahead of the 6300..

Cool build, still :-))

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

An i5 wasn't really in the budget when I first built this (an i3 would have been streaching it), but the 6300 is serving me well. I do a bit of multitasking (more recently video encoding because dvd rips) so the extra cores are usefull.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Best wishes :-))

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thx :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Blue here looks so much better than the standard red. Good job!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You can (contrary to popular beleif) get thermal thermal paste that is better than as5, but as5 is cheap in comparison to these pastes (the other one I was considering was $10 for 1/3 of the paste)

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