Build Date: 21JUN2016
Request came from a referral of a previous customer of mine.. The customer had $1100 to spend and only cared about the gaming performance of the machine and explicitly stated that he had no interest in how it looks and therefore didn't want a window or lighting.. As most of my customers do, he had done some research and he decided that he wanted the 1070 and didn't want to overclock. Then he researched airflow on computer cases and found an article from 7 years ago on the HAF talking about its immense airflow (back in the day when components got super hot). He was dead set on the HAF 912 despite my multiple attempts to convince him otherwise.. I wanted my first GTX 10 series to look awesome :(. But at the end of the day, it's his build and even though I seriously hate this case, I put the order in for it.
- GTX 1070
- SSD/HDD Combo
- Tier 2 PSU
- 16GB RAM
- HAF 912
- No SLI capability
- No CPU overclocking
I don't really have a lot of notes for this machine. The $1100 budget gave me a lot of overhead to build a nice well rounded gaming machine. While I personally would have chosen a different case, the rest of the parts provide a nice sweet spot between performance and price. Additionally, the SSD arrived DOA but I've already sent it back and have a new one on the way (Thanks Amazon!). Until then, the rig is running on the WD Blue. As always, if you have any questions, please ask!
Thanks for reading!
PS: Sorry about the photos again.. Just go ahead and assume that I am never going to be good at taking photos.
PPS: Bonus photo of me doing some cable management..
I had no idea and was pleasantly surprised when I turned the machine on and the motherboard had white LED backlighting.. Another quality motherboard from MSI with a nice and clean white/black color scheme. The white LEDs are just icing on the cake. I will definitely be using this motherboard again.
I seriously hate the way this case looks.. It's big and bulky... The side panels are flimsy, there is very little room for cable management. The inside of the case is bare metal instead of painted/powder coated like almost every other case out.
However.. It comes with a nice bit of hardware including a 3.5-2.5 adapter. The included fans are surprisingly quiet and the case has excellent airflow because of it's large mesh design and lots of spots for extra fans. There is also a lot of room on the inside which could be useful for people with big hands or lots of HDDs, custom water-cooling and whatever else.
I am going to give it 3 stars because even though it is outdated and is an ugly beast from yesteryear, at it's core it is still a decent case with a lot of room and great airflow.