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Cheshire Cat - 1st Solo Build + window mod
by rurbano
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Description

This is my first solo build. A friend taught me how to build a PC a handful of years ago and I decided it was time for an upgrade. This was put together in May 2013 pre-Haswell and pre-Nvidia 700 series. (wished I waited for the 760.) I know that EVGA has a step up program but got busy with life and just forgot to upgrade.

The main purpose of this build is for gaming and I wanted to keep the budget under $1000. I plan on over-clocking but have not yet. In hindsight, I probably wouldnt have minded getting a 670 and breaking the budget but at the time I really didnt want to spend over the limit I set for myself. The optical drive and hard drives came from the previous build that my friend helped me do.

The prices listed are what I paid.

The only thing I actually didnt list is I paid $2 for a thin sheet of plexiglass to do a small window mod. I like the look of the Antec 1100. However, I did not want to put fans in the window and I didnt like the fan vents obstructing the view into my computer. So I bought a thin piece of plexiglass and cut it to fit. I think it turned out ok.

I like the color purple and I havent seen many PC builds with purple in their color scheme. So to be a little different I decided to go with a purple theme. I didnt really care for the purple sleeving. It was somewhat difficult to use because once you cut it it would fray and unravel. On top of that, they were not big enough to fit over all of the cables. If I were to do it again I would have bought colored extensions.

So here it is and I hope you guys enjoy the pics.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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dkevelx 6 points 15 months ago

Love the purple.

Really clean for a first build and nice parts selection too.

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 15 months ago

Thanks! I appreciate it!

It's always nice when someone approves of your work.

 
 
ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Art is there to be looked at and I like looking at your build +1

 
 
aedgar777 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Solid on the purple. I'll be putting some purple fans in my upcoming build. Maybe we can make it a thing. World needs more purple-friendly parts.

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Thanks, and you should definitely put purple fans in your build. We can start a new trend and say we were in on it at the start.

Agreed, there is a shortage a purple PC parts in the world.

 
 
MAGPiE 1 point 14 months ago

yeah I just made an account so I could upvote this purple box! Love it.

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 14 months ago

wow, thanks!

Im glad you like the build and I appreciate the kind words.

 
 
duramax08 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

For some reason, im thirsty for grape kool-aid...

 
 
a_slow_descent 1 point 15 months ago

you really like purple don't you?

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Purple looks great man +1

 
 
Erikus [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Beautiful build, and great cable management. Love it.

 
 
Jmalo [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Did you replace LEDs on the 200mm fan or did you completely replace the fan?

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

neither. it is the stock fan. the fan has the blue LEDs in it and there is a switch on the case to turn them off or on. I have them turned off and i have LEDs on the window panel that light the inside.

 
 
Jmalo [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Nice. My friend is purchasing this case from me, but wanted to change the color scheme and I was trying to get some ideas for him. Thanks!

 
 
krazykiller [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I thought the puprle looked awful, until i saw your wall, and the LEDs.

 
 
dgb1119 1 point 15 months ago

really nice window mod

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks!

I only bought 1 piece of plexiglass and was afraid i was going to cut incorrectly or scratch it. Im happy with the way it turned out.

 
 
coryjamesking [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Just beautiful.

 
 
DeathClap 1 point 13 months ago

Purple was a nice touch! Good build, great job!

 
 
cthefisch 1 point 13 months ago

How loud are these fans? I'm trying to decide between them and the purple corsair ones

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I used 2 different fans in this build.

I used both the Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm and the Xigmatek CFS-SXGJS-PU2 61.4 CFM 120mm.

Both are quiet in my opinion. The both get drowned out my the 200mm case fan on top.

Corsair didnt have purple LED fans as an option when i built this. So I have no idea how they perform.

Hope this helped.

 
 
AmamMcMam [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

That's amazing! Love the purple theme. Oh and I was looking at this case. How far is the clearance on the top roughly. I want a h100i in Push/Pull.

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I don't know off the top of my head what that clearance space is. I meant to check yesterday after I saw your message. I will try and remember today and get the information for you.

edit: I just checked and once you take out the top fan you have about 2" from the top of the case to the Motherboard.

 
 
NGTO1 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build.

Just wondering, and this is kinda a newb question, but does the case come with those nifty rubbery cord port things? My case just has big open holes, not those rubbery things you can fit the cords through.

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks.

The rubber liners in the cable management holes came standard with this case.

 
 
TheRealCheekyGit 0 points 15 months ago

Should of called it, "Purple Rain"

Cool build. +1

 
 
rurbano [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I actually considered calling it that. But for whatever reason i went with the purple cat instead.

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 0 points 15 months ago

Clean.