*I've always wanted to build my own computer. I even made custom graphics , homages to some cult classic 80's movies to customize the case with. Although I had never customized nor built a computer , I finally decided to realize the dream! I completed my first computer system "MaximumOverdrive" and let me tell you I couldn't be happier with the results.
*Other than having to reload the operating system from scratch to fix a realtek audio bug , it works without a hitch , blazzzzzing fast and most of all STABLE.
*Please note the "under load" temperature on this build is the temp given on my firestrike ultra stress test. That's the Maximum temperature it reached , it stayed at that max level but did not exceed it @ 60c.
*I bought last year a brand new vizio m49c1 49 inch 4k TV and that is my computer moniter I'm using. It gives me 120hz at 1080p or 2160p 60hz through the HDMI off of the GPU. My goal is 4k gaming @ 60FPS on this build.
*I made some sexy and funny movie graphics I designed for use on this project. A few based on the Evil Dead movie series and the Maximum Overdrive movie. I designed them , printed them and cut them to size to use for designing the case.
*The extra Magnetic wireless antenna is a duplicate of the same one provided with the motherboard. The second wireless antenna is purely aesthetic other than potentially being a backup. It just looks Sexy and symmetrical to have two of them :)
*The first item I bought was the Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 GPU. Good lord did i get raped on the purchase price on Ebay! I decided to make an orange and black theme based on this sexy piece of hardware. I knew that the open style graphics card would heat up a case fast during gaming so my choice of case reflected that. The Corsair 250d's low profile , yet roomy case with good airflow seemed a plausible choice. The only negatives i had about it are the cheap inadequate rubber bottoms on the feet and the lack of rear fan filters. I added a Demciflex Dual 80mm magnetic fan filter for the two empty rear fan spaces , and another 80mm Demciflex fan filter for the rear hard drive cage.
*The Corsair H100I offered a waterblock with an LED lit , flat surface for my NECRONOMICON graphic. (if your not familiar with the evil dead movies shame on you) The h100i is a good lower end AIO but with some noisy fans , so i replaced the 120mm stock corsair fans with Couger 120mm pwm fans in black with orange trim. The couger fans , let me tell you I'm very happy with the quiet operation. they are supposedly better in cfm than the stock corsair ones but with less noise when there at full rpm. Thumbs up. Also to note on the H100i , After a messy first install attempt , i had to use Arctic Silver 5 as i made a mess with the stock paste of the h100i. Just a note. Also note , i couldn't fit the h100i as an intake as the waterblock tubing wouldn't clear the ps/2 area on the rear left of the motherboard. Even so , this fan configuration does works as it pulls out the hot air blowing from the graffix card in a steady direction as it vents through the radiator out the case. Temperatures stay stable although its not a positive pressure setup. The additional rear demciflex filters should help keep dust accumulation to a minimum as such. We'll see over time :)
*I also replaced the stock 140mm Corsair case fan with a 140mm couger fan with the same black with orange trim color. I can't attest for couger fans in longevity yet but at first glance they seem perhaps higher quality than corsair fans. They run very quiet.
*I spent tons of time with cable management tying things down as i went along. Given by the amount of good reviews on the Corsair 250d's case , the enormous amount of tie down spots helps give those reviews merit. This is a great first case to build with for MINI-ITX form IMO. I'm sure my cable management could have been slightly cleaner but hey.
*One thought about the corsair 250d is with good cable management you could add a 140mm radiator on the front fan area. If I ever wanted to invest in a custom waterblock for the GPU one day good to know. Suppossedly theres a company or two just coming out with them for the Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1. One company is EK.
*The motherboard with its all black profile looks awesome through the acrylic top window. Especially when you have a NECRONOMICAN EX MORTIS on your waterblock! NECRONOMICON's face and eyes glow from the led lights behind it on the Corsair waterblock. Don't stare too long it'll swallow your soul......
*Athough the insanely expensive price on the Samsung 950 is pretty tough to swallow , the insanely fast read write speeds are VERY noticeable. It really is a noticeable difference over regular ssd. I loaded Windows for the first time in only a few minutes! Read and Write speeds around 1500 mb/s . Check pic of that disk benchmark in my pics of this build , Maximum Overdrive Yo!
*The design on the case inside and out makes this Computer build looks super unique. Just a little glow from the inside led lighting , but not to much so its not distracting as a HTPC out in the living room.
*I currently see no reason to upgrade the ram as 32gb @2133 MHz seems fine for now , although i could get some ddr 3000 mhz maybe one day when ddr4 is easier to find for 16gb x 2 sticks. I had a real tough time finding any 16gb x 2 kits out on the market right now above 2133mhz as it was.
*The computer overall is running cool and stable IMO :) Thank You Lord! I can't tell you how satisfying this build turned out! Its not only attractive in and out of the case , but it feels good to know its fast , runs well and I BUILT IT!
*I had a max result that I could keep stable of 5449 on my FirestrikeUltra benchmark , firestrike 4k gaming test. That was with an overclock at 4.4 ghz and around +160mhz on the GPU. if i had a waterblock one day on the gpu i could overclock much higher i bet for a better score.
*at stock it has a result of 5164 on FirestrikeUltra with no overclocking on either the GPU or CPU.
*With no overclocking it resulted in 16677 on regular Firestrike.
a 5400 score on PCMARK , means its UBER-usuable as a creative workstation for photo and video editing.
REAL WORLD BENCHMARK! both MechWarrior Online And Chivalry Modern Warfare both run perfect without a glitch on 4k resolution @ 60fps at maximum settings. That's without any overclocking on the cpu or gpu.
DiskBenchmark has the Samsung 950 @ 1500 mb/s read speeds and 1400 mb/s write speed.
"This machine is Wicked and evil ........and faster than a jealous Oscar Pistorias , chasing after his lover....."
for 90 watts this thing is insanely powerful. doesn't seem to gerate excessive heat either. very manageable with lightoverclocking with a h100i cooler or better.
the pump seems unneccesarily loud , but the corsair link function is extremely useful , especially for keeping an eye on a new builds temps. I recommend aftermarket fans for this as well. the stock ones although perform well , are too loud.
A super sweet little , feature packed motherboard. Matches well with a g1 graphics card :)
also it has great onboard sound.
its like space age jetsons fast , but generates a lot of heat and makes me worry in my mini itx build. ne hoo its benchmarking 1500 mb/s reads and 1400 mb/s writes ......
Its sexy , and currently (one of) the most advanced graphics card on the planet. In person operating its not unreasonably loud , is nice to see a visual fan off indicator.
I think this card with a 5100-5500 Firestrike ultra benchmark (depending on overclocking options) performs in realtime just good enough to be considered a "4k graphics card". Although id say the 1080ti version of this that will eventually come out will truly be the 4k version. i imagine fallout 4 i wont be getting 60fps with max settings on a 4k resolution. Probably around a medium setting.
heres what i can say:
playing MechWarrior online which would probably be considered a moderately demanding online multiplayer game , at maxed settings on 4k resolution it gets 70 fps.
the game plays beautifully and stable on my 4k 60hz monitor at 60fps :)
If you wanna say you have one of the first "4k gaming graphics cards" ever , go buy this now!
four of five stars because of its insane price right now.....
i couldn't imagine a smaller case that still would have great airflow like this one. Word to the wise , if your not building a positive pressure case you gonna need to order a demciflex 80mm x 2 fan filter for the rear of this case for dust protection. Other than that this case is nice and offers lots of tie down points and space to work in. Good beginners builder case for mini ITX form.
i can't ever tell if its making a peep of noise. good product.
this fan in person at full power is dead silent really it is , but it doesn't seem to move that much air. Although i could be fooled by my fan configuration. Overall i would recommend this product , they seem high quality compared to corsair fans and they are very quiet.
four of five stars not five as i wish they moved just a tad more air.
this fan in person seem to be a high quality one , visibly seems nicer than the corsair fans on the h100i i replaced them for.
thumbs up here , there not that loud at full load and seem to be moving air well.
four out of five stars as I'm not experienced enough to know if they are 5 out of 5 rating.