- Falcon Northwest AMD Build
Falcon Northwest systems have always been comically expensive (even their early 386/486 era models), but you can't accuse them of cutting corners on build components or quality. Solid components throughout.
Put a system together on PC Part Picker and then basically double it.ID: h404dof
Super high quality systems, but yeah the pricing is nuts.
I kinda understood back when you couldn't just get everything with the click of a button, but now...if you get a build from them it's because you wanted a build from them.ID: h40imy7
For sure, maybe even triple it! During these stupid times though I think it was more like an additional $1000-$1500 over a similar spec from PCPartPicker which is still really expensive. At least they own it and don't try to sugar coat it with promotions and gimmicks.ID: h41kzxl
You're paying for the build labor and stress-testing afterwards. Cost of the components is yes, ridiculous at the moment, but I'd rather pay for knowing that the system will work properly versus 'basement builder'.
Outside of that, there is little-to-no profit to be made on system building.ID: h41rb24
The stress testing is crazy, they run it for 48 hours straight and give you a 10 page checklist detailing every part installed and their operating temperatures and benchmark results including 3 games. They kinda have to do that, they stand by the system working for 3 years of use. Some system integrators even put a sticker saying that the individual components were tested but the finished build was not.
There's something oddly satisfying about a build that fits in the case this well. Same with the lack of RGB in the picture. I imagine it's a bit more colourful when on?ID: h41gb2w
Actually, that is my least favorite aspect of this build. No RGB is refreshingly sane, I agree. If you have even medium-sized hands (like mine) these tight cases can be murder to actually have to work in, should the need arise--upgrading components, etc. I like a really deep case, myself, with plenty of working room inside--I'm a veteran of a thousand tiny cuts amassed over the years...;)ID: h40i8ec
Right? It's like a tailored suit. Funnily enough, he uninstalled every single RBG controlling software so none of them turn on. The side panels are solid aluminum anyways with no window so you wouldn't be able to tell, he and I both dislike RBG. We also discovered a nice bonus for ordering the solid panels; they absorb and heat up which makes me wonder if the entire case is acting like a giant heatsink?
Wait they're still around? Damn. That's like finding out Tyan and Elsa are still around.
Very nice very cool!ID: h40ix1t
Right?! I think one reason he decided to go with them is because of nostalgia. We are now adults in our mid 30s with some disposable income and remember reading about these systems in PC magazines back in the day and can finally "afford" one. I told him that I would help build one with him but he was dead set on Falcon Northwest. After seeing this, I am tempted now too!
Looks pretty good! I like that they nicely managed all the cables and such.
Are those cable extensions?ID: h40hu6q
Yes sir, from CableMod.
Pretty neat build and cable management. What the hell did they use to make that corner on the ATX cable at the back end of the motherboard???ID: h41rjsl
That confused me at first too! It's a 90 degree bend adapter thing.
Benjamin likes it?ID: h41rfwp
Hah, yeah. The plaque with your name is cool. It's a take it or leave it thing for me.
Pleasantly surprised that they are still around. Falcon Northwest is basically the last of the original big boutique builders that wasn't bought by Dell/HP. I always liked their branding. Looks like a quality system.
Nice rig, very clean and powerful. What aio do you have?ID: h40001x
He didn't specify and neither does the website but it's a 240mm with some really nice Noiseblocker eLoop fans. Probably just a generic Asetek pump and block that Falcon Northwest branded. Temps were pretty good, idling between 40 and 60 and gaming in the 60 to 80 range depending on usage.