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I decided I deserved a treat, and it all came to this. I'm moving from a little ULV 13" notebook, well, it's not worth making comparisons. The prices are awfully jacked, but such is life over here in Middle Europe. First complete build for myself for the express purpose of gaming, well, I'm flabbergasted really. Running WoT at 60 fps stable, or Second Life on 55, with maximum graphics, while staying completely inaudible. Never experienced such a thing, but boy I'm not going back! I'm planning to play Star Citizen later on with this thing, and also on a mild OC over factory settings.

The whole plan went though a lot of versions, with Fractal cases, miniITX configs, locked CPUs, but I finally ended up with this. No regrets.

As for the build process itself: it was five hours of intensive work with an experienced friend helping. Mostly due to our fumbling about, but space is tight, have to plan ahead. The Grand Kama Cross 2 is a huge-*** thing. Either conflicts with the exhaust fan or the first PCI, we chose the latter. Also gives very little RAM clearance, so SLI or adding/replacing RAM also means unmounting the cooler... which was easily the worst part to install. The screws are hard to access, borderline impossible on the RAM's side, had to improvise with a flathead screwdriver, but it apparently sits well enough. The rest was alright, booted on first try (had to give the 20cm fan a little nudge to start, I blame the starting voltage).

With that said, onto the good things: * The little Devil's Canyon is zippy and crunchy, no complaints. The cooler keeps it nice and calm, and dead silent, even under Prime95.

  • The mobo is pretty. Really-really pretty, pity I don't get to see it more. BIOS is easy to work with, flashing to a recent DC-supporting version went with no problems.

  • RAM is plenty and fits under the huge vee-eight. No complaints.

  • The SSD is a dream. Quick boot, fast installs, no cache-induced lagspikes in the infamous World of Tenks.

  • The HDD is huge and works as far as I can tell, hoping for no issues.

  • The GPU crunches everything. Glorious.

  • The case I had to wait for to arrive, but worth it. Heavy as a rock at 7.5 kgs empty, 0.8 mm steel constriction, soft plastic. Rigid, firm, silent, with fans included. Roomy for SLI and 240mm LQ upgrade. And looks appealing, also the top-mount IO panel is a nice touch. Tiny complaint is the plastic top lighting up right next to the power button, and the lack of handles of any kind, for side removal or carrying, and the lack of a front dust filter. Minor nitpicking, it's wonderful.

  • PSU is silent and does the job, hopefully it holds up.

  • The screen was a steal and it's huge. And has a beautiful image. Some might find the base flimsy, does the job for me.

  • Thanks to a clerical error I got the backlit keyboard with brown switches. Takes a while to get used to, but it's stable and accurate.

  • Headphones are comfy and have sound. Mic is weak. Not beating Audio-Technika, but ah well. Just a little bit problematic, since I have a triple spiral in one ear, imagine that.

  • The mouse is also cheap, accurate, and feels great to claw grip. Looks cool too.

  • Mousemat is because I can. It's big and nicely dyed, feels quality material, not gonna fall apart.

Pics are as they are, also the photographing roommate got bored halfway, so no internals for now. More to come later.

EDIT 3. 26. So the PSU just gave up the ghost a month back. Real shame, and double the shame on my vendor, iPon Computer, because they are gloriously incompetent when handling warranty. Ended up breaking contract and buying a new one. The good news is that the expensive PSU paid off and didn't kill anything else in there.

EDIT 6. 11.

Warranty took forever (about two months or so) and I actually lost money on asking for cash back and buying a new, identical PSU. Here's hoping this one's faultless (so far it is). If not, that's a bad mark on Corsair's rep.

Edit somewhere in 2016

Yeah, the RM 650M just blew again. Got a 650 GQ instead. Really bad coincidence or a shoody PSU, who knows.

Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

jesus you paid 100$ more than what that graphics card is worth. +1 for build though.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. And yea, as I said, prices are inflated. Rose by ten additional bucks since I got it! No real complaints though because I'm getting the feeling of performance not even the good old 8600GT gave me back in the day.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Like to see more pictures of the inside after the build. Case might interest me.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Added! Cabling probably could be neater in the hands of someone good at this, but it's something. Really not much space to work with, no hidey-holes behind the tray like in vertical cases, and the USB3 header is of course right in front of the front fan with its thick cable :P Otherwise I can warmly recommend the case, roomy and sturdy.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Zipties are your friend. Even if there's nothing to tie the cables to, you can bundle them together tightly to get them out of the way. Thats what I did on my brothers build here.

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/ZHXLrH

It's not perfect, but there's good airflow.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

That room you have it in looks awesome, well done on the build too!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's not a bad place to live in, has that mix-and-match feel with this thing and a Soviet VEF 206 :D

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

WoT ftw ;) How's the Scythe cooler?!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I just bought an E-25 just to celebrate, soooo much fun to dogfight at a silky smooth 60fps :3 The cooler (apart from being a real ******* to mount in this little space and covering up most of the insides) is pretty darn good. WoT staying under 50°C, Prime95 staying at 70° when the motherboard decides to amp up the fans. Inaudible all along and looks pimpin' with that vee-eight design!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Correction, very kindly got the tank as a gift. My memory is leaky >.> No bad blood intended.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, yeah it looks great!

My friend has an E-25, have fun :)

I can't help but ask are you in a clan?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, having fun already, it's a nasty little thing. Not currently in a clan, but keep in mind that I'm over at EU :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw, I'm NA. Happy tanking :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there, great build! How is LG 22MP55HQ-P for gaming? Did u notice any ghosting issues?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Heya, thanks :3 No issues apparent to my eyes. Someone really sensitive to ghosting or response rates might notice the difference between IPS and TN panels, but I'm not one of those people, I'm just happy with the colors!

Your mileage may vary, but I sure can recommend it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

thnx m8!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and +1 on the name haha, hows the monitor treating you?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Name loosely stems from the WoT nickname of the Panzer-Selbstfahrlafette IVc, by the way.

Screen's still flawless, I'm enjoying how huge it seems, before this I used 13 inches at ×768 for two years. Got used to it by now though, feels natural. Other than that: no faults; colors, contrast, response, all looking very good to my eyes.