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So I've only ever had prebuilt machines, and I decided that I wanted to build my own! I knew I wanted the best of the best parts wise, since I wanted the system solely for gaming.

It took me probably about a month to decide on the case though. I wanted something not too big, with support for large parts, and an optical drive. I eventually decided on the Xigmatek Aquila.

I ran into some problems with fitting the cpu cooler (originally planned to go with a larger phanteks), and had trouble getting the pci cords plugged into the gpu at first. ( I had to plug them in, AND then plug it into the mobo.)

Cable management was pretty tricky with this case. I like smaller builds, but if I was to do it again, I might select something easier to work with, even if it meant using an AIO cooler instead of air.

Part Reviews

Case

Look the style and build. Negatives are the poor cable management and specs provided. ( no problem with graphics card, but be careful with psu or cpu cooler! )

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  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

So I've only ever had prebuilt machines, and I decided that I wanted to build my own! I knew I wanted the best of the best parts wise, since I wanted the system solely for gaming.

The i5-4690K would have worked too. If that is what you are mostly doing, gaming. i5's do great with gaming purposes. And other things like basic video and photo editing but I'm just sticking to the point. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have an i7 if one intends to do more heavier tasks in the future. Meaning some high-end video production for example. Tasks that require the CPU to work.

It took me probably about a month to decide on the case though. I wanted something not too big, with support for large parts, and an optical drive. I eventually decided on the Xigmatek Aquila.

You are wise to think it through. Rushing to work with a case ends up being a pain. :)

Cable management was pretty tricky with this case. I like smaller builds, but if I was to do it again, I might select something easier to work with, even if it meant using an AIO cooler instead of air.

I think you handled it very well. It's such a clean and lovely build! You earned my one. :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Dammit. Beaten again. Couldn't allow a x2 combo for me could ya? XD

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw, I'm sorry!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha ha lol

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Would the i5 bottleneck the 980 ti?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a good question! It shouldn't bottleneck when you have overclocked the i5-4690K at 4.0GHz. Maybe minor if it wasn't or if it wasn't overclocked enough. Again, this is assuming one would overclock the i5's K version.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope not. Why does it say "parent" next to report?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It should be fine. And, I'm not sure on what you meant? I'm guessing it's from the comment.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, nevermind. It's only on the mobile version (I'm on an S4)

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

I really like the horizontal motherboard cases. Nice build, looks good!