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Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't done a proper FPS test, but I run... BF4 at 1920 x 1080 at medium settings, and it runs at around 45 FPS according to the in-game benchmark. FC3 is about 35 FPS. * Skyrim at high settings with the 3 official texture packs is super smooth, same again at 45 FPS. When I get round to doing some actual bechmarking (next week maybe), I shall let you know!

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, it's cool! It's a good case for cable management as it has tunnels(?) to thread the cables through behind the motherboard. This build shows how this case should be managed, as suggested by fnapoli: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/EwE .

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to be of some help! Good luck with your build!

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't consider myself a knowledgeable authority on computers, so my experience is only coming from an everyday user. I regularly play (now, as opposed to the intension of the build!), at 1920x1080, Skyrim on ultra and BF4 on medium, and have not come across any slowdown. But for the purposes of light gaming and Minecraft, I'd say the Athlon is more than enough for your needs, if it fulfils mine.

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The case was really easy to work with and roomy. I bought it specifically because of the cable-management features at that price point. Also, the thumb screws make it really easy to open the case, if you're like me and really nosey about the inside.

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

You are a kind soul! But I did lurk this website for months beforehand; if anything, I have learnt that to skimp out on the PSU is to court the wrath of this website, and rightly so!

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

It has a steel mesh on the front which acts as a filter of sorts, but it's not as fine as the dust filter for the PSU. You can see it in this picture: http://imagescdn.tweaktown.com/content/5/5/5521_08_cooler_master_n200_chassis_review_full.jpg

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I quite like the design. It's pretty sleek and simple, and the glossy black bar on the front panel is a nice touch, it's just a shame a small chunk is removed for the ODD, but could be worse. The front panel lights are white, so the white LED fan looks pretty sweet with it. It's a minor nag, but the front audio socket is pretty tight and I thought I was going to rip it out when I connect and disconnect my headphones. It's a pretty good case.

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, in terms of your criteria I would say this case fulfils it, but being an absolute novice, I'm not sure how well this case performs with regards to cable management. This review is fairly comprehensive and pretty much sold it to me: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5521/cooler-master-n200-chassis-review/index.html It does actually come with a drive bay, but I removed it. You can see it here: http://www.coolermaster.com/images/upload/images/case/N200-2.jpg

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable management is beautiful! I definitely need to spend more time on it. It was a tight fit against the side panel and bent the cable at a really awkward angle, but I'll try again.

Those were the provided mounts. I actually removed the cage which accommodates more drives. http://www.coolermaster.com/uploadfile/fileproduct_list/P1304160001703a/PRDPIC/13_51fcb436ef436135952a6c7330d99205_1366066083.jpg

The CPU is overclockable. I haven't researched enough into it to consider it, but I shall keep that in mind.

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had seen that article a fortnight earlier I would've spent the extra pounds on the RAM. D: I shall add that in. And, yes, yes we do.

Comment reply on majestic_mackerel's Completed Build: 1st Build, Budget Gaming

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Blech, I forgot to mention OblyTile to make custom Windows 8 tiles. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1899865

Comment reply on Forum Topic "Just before I click buy... First time PC builder, budget gaming rig"

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a fair point; I'll have to leave the SSD as a future upgrade.

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