Two updates in one day, oh my!
A few months back we were contacted by a customer that was interested in getting his son the best birthday present you could imagine–his very first gaming PC!
After some communication to decide on what components would work best, we decided on the following.
- DIYPC Cuboid-R Black/Red Case
- GIGABYTE GA-H110M-A Motherboard
- Intel Core i5-6500 Quad-core Processor
- HyperX FURY 8GB DDR4 RAM
- XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Video Card
- Crucial BX200 240GB Solid State Drive
- WD Blue 1TB Hard Drive
- EVGA 80 PLUS Bronze 500W Power Supply
- SAMSUNG DVD Writer
- Microsoft Windows 10 Home – 64-bit
- 27″ ViewSonic XG2701 Gaming Monitor
Corsair Programmable Backlit Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G402 FPS Gaming Mouse
SteelSeries QcK Gaming Pad
This was our first experience with the DIYPC brand, and we came away really impressed with the value. The entire front of the case was a wrap-around mesh, which allowed the red LEDs to shine through.
The motherboard sits horizontally in the case, which puts less pressure on the mounted components like the processor and video card.
The video card has twin fans. Here you see how there’s no pressure put on the PCI-e slot.
Bottom of the case has the drive bays. The 3.5″ bay is in the foreground, while the 2.5″ bay is in the background.
The CPU with the stock cooler. Unless you plan on overclocking, the Intel stock cooler works great.
We left one DIMM slot open for easy upgrade of RAM in the future.
We chose a 80 PLUS Bronze certified PSU for maximum value/performance. With each successive hardware iteration, components require less and less power, so this power supply should be good across several upgrades.
Here you can see one of the red LED fans in action.
The soft glow of the front LED fan through the case mesh.
Another shot of the huge front fan. Air flow is no problem here, as the fan pushes cool air across the entire motherboard.
The top panel is magnetic and has a place for additional fans or a radiator.
The front control panel on top of the case. A neat touch was the addition of tiny rubber gaskets that protected the ports when not in use.
A shot through the side-window of the case.
The case has a window on each side. Overall, it looks really modern without being over the top, a sweet spot a lot of cases seem to be unable to find these days.
The monitor and keyboard we purchased for the customer kept the red theme going. Unbeknownst to us, the dad purchased a corner desk for his son and installed red LED lighting for one of the coolest looking setups we’ve seen:
Really cool, and we heard back that both the customer and his son were very happy with the final result! Welcome to the wonderful world of PC gaming!
Interested in what Rocket Custom Computers can do for you? Contact us at [email protected] today and leave behind the restrictive world of console gaming.