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.
- 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.
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 :)