Description

I Wanted something with style and bite for about $1000. The last computer I built (Pentium G4500) is still performing flawlessly as a productivity computer, but I recently started editing video from time to time, and the lack of a dedicated GPU on that computer plus having only 2 cores meant I could not do video editing in any sort of reasonable time frame nor quality.

That is why I decided to build this. It is doing very well in terms of the light video editing that I do. Plus needless to say, heavy multitasking performance is great. I use 2 monitors at 1080 P, and all works well.

I have stress tested it; the CPU maxes out at 66 C. Although, in real life loads, under consistent 100% CPU loading (for example while rendering video), it never even reaches 60 C. I believe the difference is caused by the variable load applied by the stress test; the CPU cooler simply lags a bit in terms of reacting to temperature changes.

Update Oct 21, 2016: Just noticed that the CPU cooler was wobbly! I fitted it correctly and stress tested again. This time the temp maxed out at 56 C.

Big Update Nov 21, 2016: After several weeks of contemplation, I decided to swap the stock CPU cooler for something quieter - it was not the sound level that bothered me so much, but the persistent whine that came with that cooler. Opted for a Noctua NH-U12S because I heard that it was quiet, reliable, cools well and would in theory fit on my mATX motherboard inside this specific cube case. Installed the Noctua cooler without any clearance issues whatsoever. After that, ran a stress test and the max temp is 48 C - during which the cooler remained inaudible. In terms of clearance, the cooler installs easily and does not overhang ram slots, and even if it did, my installed ram is not tall enough to come in contact with the cooler. On the GPU side of things, we have a clearance of about 1.25 cm (about half an inch) - I did not measure with a ruler but eyeballed it. I reckon with my existing GPU (which lacks a back plate) I could have gotten away with a 14 cm cooler, however, if the GPU had a back plate, then the 14 cm cooler would probably touch it, but I am only eyeballing this and estimating. In terms of clearance towards the rear case fan, there is more than enough space there to install a second fan for a push-pull configuration - although the cooler is performing so well, I don't see a point (in my situation). More photos added showing the full setup and the cooler with highlights of clearances.

Part Reviews

CPU

Unless you are a very heavy content creator, this is all the CPU you will ever need.

CPU Cooler

Good quality, easy to install, informative manual, dead silent in operation and reduced temps at full load by 8-10 degrees lower than stock cooler.

Motherboard

There is nothing specifically wrong with this MB, but I struggled to get the 24 pin cable plugged in. The plug that it goes into felt somewhat cheap. In contrast, everything else on this MB seems to be of high quality. The heat sinks for example are beautifully made, and I/O Shield is nice and solid.

Memory

Performed way above average in the benchmarks that I did. Easy to handle and stylish too.

Storage

Good value, average performer. But for the money, no complaints.

Video Card

Runs quiet and performs without a fuss. No additional power connector needed, which is great for a clean looking build or for retrofitting into an older computer. I edit video (not professionally) with Resolve and it seems to be doing a good job since Resolve utilizes GPU power. I wish they would offer a version with 2 x HDMI connectors though.

Case

Gorgeous case. Limited room to work inside if using mATX MB. I recommend going with a modular PSU if you are going to use this case. Could not find even one nasty or sharp edge inside or out. The included case fans are very quiet. My entire family and all my friends love how it looks.

Power Supply

Very quiet and has a high quality feel to it. The screws that were supplied with it are not as good as they should be. They included a nice little bag with the cables in it.

Optical Drive

Loud (boy is it loud!) but works fine.

Operating System

It is what it is. The best version of Windows to date.

Monitor

Good value, although it came only with a VGA cable (seriously Samsung?). So I needed to purchase 2 additional HDMI cables (using 2 monitors). Other notable complaints, you can only connect this to either HDMI or VGA. My graphics card had 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI and 1 x DP. I needed to buy a DVI-HDMI adaptor to plug in the second monitor. Finally, there is no VESA mounting option.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Pretty sexy build. The pics are great, I want to see more :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I am very satisfied with the aesthetic aspects of this build! I will post more pictures shortly.

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Never saw a motherboard laying like this, is this normal?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

That all depends on the case.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I know man but i never saw it before, looks cool

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It is rather common for cube cases to have the motherboard in a horizontal position like this :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

great looking build, I hope it serves you well

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! So far so good! I will post more pictures and updates!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't have ever thought that a GPU and a case with conflicting colors could look so good.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Sometimes the right contrast can do magic for appearance. I also used blue and red zip ties and Velcro in alternating locations exactly to achieve this contrast. I am glad that you liked it!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

what do u think of this monitor input lag

i mean while playing BF4 when u move the mouse. DOES the screen move at the same time?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't notice any lag doing what I do. This monitor has an advertised response time of 4 ms, or 1/250 of a second. If you are running at 60 Hz (like I do), then you will not notice this. If you are experiencing a noticeable input lag with a 4 ms monitor, then your problem is not with the monitor but somewhere else.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

$1000 for a pc with an rx 460?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, the primary purpose of this computer is heavy multitasking, not gaming.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, okay.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmarks?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Here you go: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/2218275 (ignore the 56% CPU background). As you can see, everything performing above expectation except the GPU.

Then I overclocked the GPU by 100 MHz (to 1312 total) and overclocked VRAM also by 100 MHz (to 7100 total) the GPU bench improved slightly from 38.2% to 38.7%, which brings it up from 38th percentile to 55th percentile and then the performance rating became "average".

I ran Cinebench R.15 open GL test, with the same overclock on the GPU, got 118.51 FPS - higher overclock makes it crash.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated the GPU drivers, Cinebench R15 OpenGL score went up to 124.79 FPS on stock clock this time.