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My second AMD rig and OooOOohhhh this one was such great fun to build!

The chassis I used (Warship EVO this time) doesn't appear on PCPartPicker but it's the same price as the SPEC-02 so I've put that in, everything will fit in that case if you want to go Corsair :)

The chassis is certainly unique, opening it up was actually a little bit of a mission as the side panels have nothing to grip - I found it easiest to remove panels together by clamping down on both sides at once. Once you get in though it's a pretty cool layout.

Best bits,

  • Long GPU have a support bracket above the HDD cage, not as solid as the Zalman Z3 plus version but still cool.
  • 2x Fan controlers (High/Off/Low) and a SD card reader.
  • There are 2x SSD tray on the back.
  • 3x HDD/SSD storage bays and a couple of 5 1/4 slots.
  • Orange

Around the IO cables you'll find are 4 fan connectors for controller #1 and #2 + a molex for powering this. Annoyingly the 2x red LED 120mm fans that are included with the chassis come with 3-pin and a molex which just isn't needed.

As I started gathering the parts for this one I couldn't believe how cheap this build was going to be, the GA-970A motherboard was massive with enough space for me to add wireless and even another R7 370 later! The FX-6300 has some really good reviews but still comes in under the $ of something like an i3-6100, I'm a bit dubious about the 6 core claim after reading some articles around the web (shouldn't it be 3?) but anyway, people seem to like it so I feel confident :)

When I first started putting this one together I used the AMD Wraith cooler and it was pretty cool, but when I turned the machine on for the first time and the chassis lit up like a fireball I knew I had to find something a bit more colourful - a quick hunt around and I found the perfect little Zalman CNPS8900 = https://www.instagram.com/p/BEVC9l1wDNT/?taken-by=goodgamingpc

I was understandably pretty happy, until I went to install. Though the manual shows the mounting screws being easily accessible from the top this is not the case... I ended up having to take the motherboard out of the case (ruining my cable management art) in order to reach the screws. Temps wise I burnt things for around 30mins with the side panels on and just managed to hit 50 degrees on the CPU. Looks wise it was the right choice and by happy accident I've also found a new cpu cooler for my Xtreme Phoenix MKII build :)

To mix things up I've swapped out my usual 1TB WD for a 1TB Seagate of the same speed, nothing against WD just wanting to try new things. Same goes for wireless - using the D-Link over TP-link in this build also for no other reason than to try it.

I've have also used an extremely well priced 240GB crucial SSD in this build, such a bargain!

Special mention to the excellent Sapphire Nitro R7 370 for putting the single 6pin on the back of the graphics card, this allowed me to keep the cables super tidy and on that note I also rotated the rear fan to give me more cable length so I could hide the unnecessary molex over by the front IO :)

I can't wait to try a bit of gaming, it still feels to inexpensive to be real but I was pleasantly surprised by the little R7 360 build so i'm optimistic, I'll get a playlist for this one up on the youtube channel soon :)

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet AMD gamer

Thumbs up

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Upvoted for blitzcrank figurine.

Oh and nice pc too

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

:P Blitz for scale

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

so tasty...

were can i buy this case?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

In New Zealand they've just arrived at a shop called PB tech = http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=CHASGT4100, though the pics aren't quite accurate (paint job is ultra thin and the fans are normal red led not stripes)

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

That case is amazing!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

good build! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's April 26 in Florida right now.

Nice build and color scheme!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! New Zealand mid way through the 27th now :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap... This is amazing.. I clicked on it for the name lol. Love WoW. Don't know if this would be the reference you were making, but oh well lol. Im considering using this chassis now... Its just.. Amazing to my eyes. I love cases that aren't even heard of as well. Makes it that much more special. Looking up reviews and specs now! :P. Thank you!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm a sucker for a new chassis and when I saw this one light up it reminded me of my Hearthstone Shaman so you're spot on with the WoW reference :)))

While I was googling I saw another chassis named "Dawning Blade" and I'm pretty keen to get that one as well - maybe name it paladin :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The black one reminds me more of a Fury Warrior lol. I can't wait to play Hearthstone. My tablet feels like its about to explode playing that game haha. Can't wait to try one of these chassis out. Let me know if you run any gaming benchmarks or anything. I love seeing AMD processors. Just don't know how they compare anymore.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How did u get your case? I want it! Lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

They just arrived at a shop called PB tech in NZ, a few really unique looks in the range and what better way to check things out than to build in em!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU is silent, isn't it?

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty close, with the controller set to low I can hardly hear the rig going.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh Nice!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

TEAM RED!!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

\o/ GO TEAM RED GO!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love the case. Amazing build! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a beautiful case, it looks about 5 times as expensive than it really is.

Good performance for the price.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Accurate!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeh

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep i love the 950 in my Hero build :) The AMD machines are so I can add gameplay fps test to our youtube channel for the red team, it's been a popular request :P