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So, back in September, I took the dive into custom built PCs. Took my time pricing out parts and making sure everything would play nice with each other.

My first build comprised of the following:
- AMD FX-6300
- Cooler Master's Seidon 120V AIO
- Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
- 8GBs (2x4) of Kingston's HyperX Fury DDR3-1866
- MSI Radeon R7 250
- Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD
- EVGA 430W 80+ Certified PSU

All rapped up in a Rosewill Galaxy-3 mid-tower case.

Budget was $600 and I went over by $0.25... and then remembered I needed an OS. tongue.gif



Tax season rolled around and I moved up to full time at work, so it was time for some upgrades.

I've since stepped up to the following:
- AMD FX-6300 (oc'd to 4.2, stable at 4.5 but I'm not a fan of the higher idle temps)
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate
- Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
- 16GBs (4x4) of Kingston's HyperX Fury DDR3-1866
- Asus Geforce GTX 960 Strix (4GB model) (Custom painted white)
- Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD + Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB SSD Boot
- EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified PSU

Now rapped up in a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe full tower case.



I also started off with an old Dell 4:3 monitor, which I've since swapped for an LG 21:9



Since I started building this rig, I've learned so much about hardware and how everything works together. I'm glad I took the plunge.

So there ya have it, a worthy reason why I don't have any food in the pantry. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Dragmod View Post

So, back in September, I took the dive into custom built PCs. Took my time pricing out parts and making sure everything would play nice with each other.

My first build comprised of the following:
- AMD FX-6300
- Cooler Master's Seidon 120V AIO
- Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
- 8GBs (2x4) of Kingston's HyperX Fury DDR3-1866
- MSI Radeon R7 250
- Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD
- EVGA 430W 80+ Certified PSU

All rapped up in a Rosewill Galaxy-3 mid-tower case.

Budget was $600 and I went over by $0.25... and then remembered I needed an OS. tongue.gif



Tax season rolled around and I moved up to full time at work, so it was time for some upgrades.

I've since stepped up to the following:
- AMD FX-6300 (oc'd to 4.2, stable at 4.5 but I'm not a fan of the higher idle temps)
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate
- Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
- 16GBs (4x4) of Kingston's HyperX Fury DDR3-1866
- Asus Geforce GTX 960 Strix (4GB model) (Custom painted white)
- Seagate Barracuda 500GB HDD + Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB SSD Boot
- EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified PSU

Now rapped up in a Phanteks Enthoo Luxe full tower case.



I also started off with an old Dell 4:3 monitor, which I've since swapped for an LG 21:9



Since I started building this rig, I've learned so much about hardware and how everything works together. I'm glad I took the plunge.

So there ya have it, a worthy reason why I don't have any food in the pantry. biggrin.gif

solid build man. Hows the airflow and everything with the enthoo? Im really debating that case
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Nice job.
The paint job on your graphics card really meshes well with the case, I dig it. thumb.gif
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Ah man your hooked now. Next is bi-yearly upgrades, then quarterly upgrades, you can never get enough! Looks good, love the all white theme.
 
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solid build man. Hows the airflow and everything with the enthoo? Im really debating that case

Airflow has been solid so far. I removed my unused HDD sleds so the 200mm front fan can blow straight onto the GPU. Matched with the 140mm rear exhaust, my lateral flow is stellar. I then have three 120's pulling air up through the Water 3.0's 360 rad. Temps throughout the case seem to settle at 28 degrees while idle, granted my room is a bit warmer then normal.

As for the case itself, its rather sturdy and I found it to be pleasantly spacious. Also, just about every piece of the case can be reconfigured or modded, so that will come in handy down the road.
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Airflow has been solid so far. I removed my unused HDD sleds so the 200mm front fan can blow straight onto the GPU. Matched with the 140mm rear exhaust, my lateral flow is stellar. I then have three 120's pulling air up through the Water 3.0's 360 rad. Temps throughout the case seem to settle at 28 degrees while idle, granted my room is a bit warmer then normal.

As for the case itself, its rather sturdy and I found it to be pleasantly spacious. Also, just about every piece of the case can be reconfigured or modded, so that will come in handy down the road.

Thats the one mod i would do. I would remove the hd bay all together and place a 360 rad in its place
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Thats the one mod i would do. I would remove the hd bay all together and place a 360 rad in its place

Here's a good review on the Enthoo Pro (which the Luxe is built on, only real difference is the addition of the Luxe's LEDs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBAl6g8BlY

About halfway through, he shows what size rads can fit at each mounting location. It's a rather versatile case.
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I used to have this problem too. I once scoffed at the idea of a $500 video card (the GTX 580...right around when I started getting into custom building), but then I found myself buying two of them a year later. The upgrades never stop!

I am finally cured, however...for now. Moved across the county and I'm living in my aunt's house and I only have 1 tiny room to live in, so I bought a gaming laptop that I can't upgrade :-P
    
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Here's a good review on the Enthoo Pro (which the Luxe is built on, only real difference is the addition of the Luxe's LEDs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBAl6g8BlY

About halfway through, he shows what size rads can fit at each mounting location. It's a rather versatile case.

Thank you for that. Im only on edge cause im running 3 seperate loops. 2 2x120 radiators and a 3x120 and about to pick up another 2x120 to add to my cpu loop
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Hard DriveCooling
some off brand ssd  custom loop 
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