Big Fishtank

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Big Fishtank

This build is all about the Inwin 303 case that I bought used on Craigslist. I've always liked the way this case looked, but thought it was a bit oversized and overpriced for my needs. One day, however, I saw someone selling two of these cases, so I made a modest offer and got a decent deal in my opinion. Both cases were in like new condition so I was ecstatic to start build planning. One of the cases immediately went into one of my previous builds, The Ryzen RGB Monster. With the leftover case, I had some older parts I wanted to use, which was how this build was created.

CPU / Motherboard / Ram

The blue color theme of the build all started with these components. This combo was bought in Q1'2018 for only $190 off Craigslist. The market price for just the i7-4770k at the time was around $150, so this was a pretty good deal for me when I found it. I used this combo in my main gaming machine for about a year before I upgraded, so it's been on hiatus for a while now. The CPU was able to hit 4.5GHz fairly easily on this motherboard, but I mainly ran it at 4.2Ghz.

CPU Cooler

The actual CPU cooler I used was the Uphere Blue LED CPU Cooler with 4 Heatpipes from Amazon. Aesthetically, it looks better than the Deepcool Gammaxx, but the Gammaxx will probably perform better thermally. Since this build was built for the purpose of flipping, I went with the aesthetic choice. Either one would have worked with the blue theme, but I liked the black heatsink on the Uphere cooler better.

Storage

Cheap SSD from Microcenter, and a leftover HDD from a previous build. Cheap and good stuff.

Video Card

Since the Inwin 303 is so large, I definitely wanted a triple fan video card in this build. In early 2019, I was able to buy the GTX 970 on Facebook Marketplace for only $70, which was a steal. Even in 2020, these cards are still selling for around $100. Really happy with having this card in the build. The LEDs also were set to blue by default which was nice.

Power Supply

I'm honestly not a fan of these PSU's for the coil whine, but the price was good enough for the purpose of this build. We really need more $40 CX450 sales.

Case Fan

Bought these case fans on /r/hardwareswap as one of my first trades and finally found a great home for them. It took me a while to find the perfect case that could utilize exactly 4 case fans, so this case was the perfect fit. Also they're blue.

Conclusion

I really loved the color scheme and how clean the build turned out. If I had ample space to keep this case, I would, but I'm glad I was able to flip it to someone who would appreciate it. The build ended up selling for $520 to a nice guy who bought this PC for his brother so they could play League of Legends together. Mission complete. Thanks for reading!
Color(s): Black Blue White
RGB Lighting? No
Cooling: Air Cooling
Theme: none
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 310.98
Intel - Core i7 4770K
Socket: LGA 1150
Cores: 4
Motherboard
MSI - Z87-G43 Gaming
Chipset: Z87
CPU Socket: LGA 1150
Size: ATX
Memory
Kingston - HyperX Blu
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
$ 599.99
Gigabyte - Gaming G1
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 970
Storage
$ 29.99
Inland Professional - SSD
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 240 GB
Storage
$ 39.99
Western Digital - WD6400AAKS
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 640 GB
PSU
$ 67.40
Seasonic - S12iii SSR
Wattage: 500
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
Case
$ 89.99
IN-WIN - 303 White
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
Corsair - AF120 - Blue (4x)
Size: 120 mm
Cooling
$ 29.99
DeepCool - GAMMAXX 400 blue
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 135 mm
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