Drunken is spot on. Get an SSD and you will really lower issues with loading programs slowly. ;p
Saving for a major upgrade. But this is what I have atm.
keyboard: Saitek cyborg
Mouse: Razer mamba 2012 edition
Headset: Plantronics around the neck style. Noting special. But work great.
Monitor: Acer 22Inch. (forget exact model)
Case: Raidmax Dirk-Tooth
CPU: Phenom II X4 9950 bE
MB: Asus M3a79-T Deluxe
Old Creative SB audigy 2 Platinum EX. Works good surprisingly since it's about 7 years old. lol
GPU GTX 560ti. But just won a GTX 570 from Guild launch.
Ram: Crucial Ballistx DDR2 8gigs
Whopping 401 MHz
Can't wait for a great upgrade. Hopefully in the next few months.
Well kill me dead, I just bought my first laptop - desperately needed it for work, bedroom studying, watching stuff on TV, light portable gaming, etc and I couldn't exactly carry around my 25kg tower around the house.
I wish I could build one with my own hands but laptops don't work that way, not without costing an arm and a leg :P
Model: Asus N55SF White
CPU: Intel i5 2430M <--should be powerful enough
RAM: 8GB 1333MHz DDR3
Display: 15.6" (1600x900) LED Backlight <--Great resolution for a 15.6" screen
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 2GB DDR3 VRAM <--enough for most games at low/med settings.
Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 <--I love USB3!
Dimensions: 37.9 x 26.1 x 3.7 ~3.75 cm (WxDxH)
Weight: 2.7 kg (with 6 cell battery)
I will replace the pathetic 5400RPM drive with a 128gb SSD later down the road (limited to Sata2 since I highly doubt the laptop is using a Sata3 port), now that I have a taste for SSD's I simply can't go back to slow boots/performance ever again
The most I'll play on it is some Portal, Audiosurf, Batman, Amnesia, you know those singleplayer "games you play when you're bored" kind of games.
And I believe that Audigy 2 Platinum EX should still be better than most onboard sound solutions.
My computer is far from special, but it runs WoW on max graphics, and SW:ToR on medium graphics smoothly, max is choppy but only in large towns.
Intel Core 2 Duo E660 @ 2.4ghz
ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB
4 GB RAM
320 GB Hard Drive
Can't remember the case model, but it's an Alienware knock off case, but with no aliens. Same look as alot of Alienware stuff, LED strips on the front / sides, a clear case on the left side, with an LED fan. Pretty beautiful, maybe not what I would have chosen, but it was a bit of a hand-me-down from my brother when he went into the military. I've upgraded a few things inside the comp since I got it, but the case has remained.
It's not spectacular, but it runs everything really great. Since I have dual 20" monitors, I was going to buy a 2nd graphics card and dedicate them to my screens, but it runs so smoothly it's kinda not worth it, especially since I plan on getting a new laptop soon that will be far better than my desktop... Or a decent laptop and upgrade my desktop(??). I dunno what I'm gonna do. Suggestions?!
Can't remember all the specs off the top of my head as I'm at work (Currently on my sister's absolute shit laptop).
Last edited by Mr Gnomage; 2011-12-18 at 02:30 PM.
The cable for the side fan really is short but my guess is that is done on purpose so you can easily connect or disconnect it when ever you remove the side panel. I have the cable tucked down under the bottom of the HDD cage so it's out of the way and not visible through the window at all. My MOBO has a total of 6 fan headers, 4 of which are along the top so I guess that's why I had no issues with all my exhaust fans and CPU cooler easily reaching a fan header.
I would like to know how the side fan on your Lvl10GT is "better". It's the same size, same speed, same air flow. The only difference, and it's in the HAF X's favor, is the HAF X side fan has an air duct that helps channel that air directly onto the GPUs. An open fan like in the Lvl10GT does blow air on the cards but with out that duct the air has the chance to dissipate before reaching the cards.
If for what ever reason you don't like that air duct it is removable. Just to compare fan options between the two cases
Lvl10GT: Front Intake 200 x 20mm; Rear Exhaust 140 x 25mm; Top Exhaust 200 x 30mm (single only); Side Intake 200 x 30mm; Optional Bottom Intake 120 x 25mm
HAF X: Front Intake 230 x 30mm; Rear Exhaust 140 x 25mm; Top Exhaust 200 x 30mm (with option for a second identical fan); Side Intake 200 x 30mm; Optional VGA Fan Duct 120 x 25/38mm; Optional VGA Bracket 80 x 15mm.
So in comparison the Lvl10GT has fewer and in some cases smaller fan options when compared to the HAF X. The only thing I will give a nod to is the optional bottom in-take fan. But the HAF X has a larger front intake fan and an option for a second top exhaust fan and that space can be used for a radiator allowing you have have a radiator but still keep the stock exhaust fan in place. The HAF X also has the option to have a total of 3 different fans blowing air directly onto your GPUs. Those extra GPU fans do not make a huge difference but if you are running an SLI set up every little bit can help.
Last edited by MMOMODSSUCKDICK; 2011-12-20 at 05:07 AM.
Cooler Master HAF X : Intel Core i7 2600K @ 4.7GHz : Corsair A70 cooler : 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Vengeance LP : ASUS P8Z68 V-PRO/Gen3 : EVGA GTX GTX 670 FTW SIG2
Not to mention that you're able to angle it yourself.
Honestly, you come off very strong on the fanboy-side, and feel the need to defend and justify your purchase. I get that. But the rest of us might have very differing opinions. I'm glad your HAF X works out for you. It's by no means a bad case. In fact, it might even be above average. But it's nowhere near a fantastic or near-perfect case.
HAF-X: ugly case, cheap feel, low build quality
Level10GT: also an ugly case, good feel, decent build quality
if i had to pick between the two, i choose the CM Silencio 550
one of the machines i use for folding has the HAF-X, let me go over what I find wrong with it:
still uses thumbscrews
the Level10GT fixes those issues, but has it's own:
tiny side window
minimal watercooling support
looks like an ugly stepchild compared to the original Level10
i7-4790K | Z97 Class. | 16GB DDR3-2400 | GTX-980 | RAIDR | 512GB Samsung 830 | SuperNOVA 1Kw P2 | RV05
Dell U3415w | Ducky Shine3 YoS | Zowie ZA11 | Xonar Essence One | Tannoy Reveal 402
I notice I came across a bit wrong about the HAF X. I meant to say it isn't jaw-dropping - it can still be fantastic to some.
As for the Silencio 550, I'd rather have the Define than some watered down case with design-flaws :> I'd rather have the HAF X, actually. Not to say the Silencio 550 is thoroughly bad, it hardly is, but I find similiar flaws too glaring and overshadowing. (And seriously, quick-mounts. This is the 2010s, not the 2000s D: )