Description

Went from a Phantom 410 with a Hero Vi and a 750 Ti to this and I love it.

Tips 200mm fan orientation is important because of the tabs on the fan it only fits in two orientations You can fit the 120 Seidon with the end tanks oriented vertically The STRIX is a snug fit but there's just enough room to even keep the accessory bay. I have two SSDs and I left the traditional hard drive plastic slots empty so I could wire manage in that area. It leaves nice clean airflow through the base. With this setup and mobo the fans barely run when you aren't playing games, the STRIX is nice and quiet. You do have to remove the bottom of the screws on the Impact VII power board and replace them with case screws, I think they just keep it safe in shipping.

Install Order (at least as I remember it) Remove panels and accessory bay for max simple install PSU (w/o) cables, 200mm fan, IO panel, mobo (w/cpu, ram, daughterboards), water cooler/rad/fan, secondary exhaust fan, power harnesses, wifi antenna, hard drives, GPU

I installed the water cooler after the mobo was mounted, a horizontal mobo lets you apply thermal compound and for one person it steadied the board so I could attach the pump.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

At full speed the pump is loud, but not too bad with other fans at full speed. The radiator is nice and the rad fan is quiet. Haven't had any issues, keeps my 4790 happy all day long.

Thermal Compound

It does the thing it's supposed to do.

Motherboard

I bought this in October 2015, tracking one down at a reasonable price was *****. But it's a kick *** board with a **** ton of options, all the goodies I plan on needing at least. And it's sexy. I had the Hero VI full size ATX and it would be nice if it had the LED accent on the board, but it's a mini ITX it might have made the board weaker. Nice board.

Memory

I don't have anything remarkable to say about this memory. It's RAM, it has a speed, it has worked well since I bought it.

Video Card

Haven't pushed it yet, but for minecraft and basic internet surfing this thing doesn't even run the fans, I love that. Will try to update later with more impressions.

Case

This is a great small case. I've jammed a lot in there and it let me reuse my full size ATX PSU. Pretty happy with it, may add some custom graphics. I wish it came in white.

Case Fan

Really like this big-*** fan, 110 cfm max and pretty quiet at anything but full throttle. LED looks really nice. Might look slicker with a black surround.

Case Fan

I may eventually replace the radiator fan of the two of these I bought with something that can do 80 cfm, but for now these are pretty quiet and look good as a pair. Corsair could improve the way that they market these though, the naming structure confused me a little.

Monitor

This monitor is fast and good. The only downside is that it isn't gloss which makes the blacks seem very dull in any kind of ambient light. In low light conditions it's great.

Keyboard

Clickity clickity..this keyboard is good. It sometimes has it's issues and requires two USB ports to work properly. Occasionally it sets itself back into demo mode which is pretty but annoying at night. The software is not very intuitive.

Mouse

This mouse was a steal, comes with weights, is comfy and you can customize the LED colors and breath/fade rates.

Headphones

I actually think these leave a LOT of room for improvement. The mic is overly sensitive to ambient noises but at the same time doesn't pick up my voice well and I frequently have to use PTT to prevent feedback/echo.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Your review of the 4790 is very helpful. Was on the edge between that and the AMD counterpart. Thank you OP.

  • 47 months ago
  • 5 points

I aim to please. I threw a sandwich at it the other day...it said "Thanks, I can process this." So it is also a very polite processor.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

It really is such an amazing description of it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Always love seeing a 200mm case fan :D they are just soo cool haha.

Also lovely cable management and build in general. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! It's always nice to see a Mini ITX build as they are quite difficult, but I think you did a good job with it! Also, may I ask why you got the non-K 4790? You have a great mobo for overclocking, and you also have an AIO cooler.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

gonna copy and paste this same answer in as someone else asked as well..

I'm new to gaming since April 2014 and my old rig my budget minded friends had me go with that, honestly I'm seeing a lot more improvements from the graphics card upgrade, don't think that it's not on my fun to have list though, but trying to drop money on a new processor with one that I am already happy with, I'd also want to grab a H100i radiator if I was going to OC this rig, I wish I had got the K...it's only $30 more, right? ugh...haha

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

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"Did you Know? Black and Red are the most common colors in a custom computer!"

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, R/Blk is all over the asus ROG world of parts...I was also thinking I'd like blue and white but Corsair hasn't released a white (non-refrigerator joke) 250D..haha

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great - I love smaller form factor builds. :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

"But it's a kick *** board with a **** ton of options"

I couldn't have said it any better myself.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Always love small form factor PC! +1

But why non-K processor with (probably) the best Z97 ITX mobo?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm new to gaming since April 2014 and my old rig my budget minded friends had me go with that, honestly I'm seeing a lot more improvements from the graphics card upgrade, don't think that it's not on my fun to have list though, but trying to drop money on a new processor with one that I am already happy with, I'd also want to grab a H100i radiator if I was going to OC this rig

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does that monitor perform with that gpu? Both are parts i intend to buy. +1 btw, nicely done build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry for the long delay, I've only been having one weird issue with the card is that it prefers the HDMI output for some reason, I've google some solutions but I haven't spent a lot of time trying to figure it out as it doesn't happen all the time. What happens is that the DPORT is seen as the second screen even with no HDMI plugged in and you sometimes have to do a reset to get it to work, it's intermittent, otherwise I love the card and how quiet it is when doing mundane things, the whole setup is much quieter than my last tower

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I may actually do some custom vinyl graphics on it as well