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Project Phenom v2 - Modded Corsair 300R. 770 SLI, 23" Tri IPS monitor, gaming/editing goodness.
by StaRn3ss
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Description

Project Phenom is back, this time being cleaner, better, and faster. For those of you who haven't seen v1, it is located here - http://pcpartpicker.com/b/HYf

I spent some time upgrading my GPU's, motherboard, fixing my cable management, adding a few aesthetic changes, incorporating my AC network adapter inside my build, and finishing up my entire battlestation.

Also posted on reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/1w2lg4/build_complete_project_phenom_is_back_with_v2/


Images:

Here are the desktop images with some descriptions - http://imgur.com/a/IbCNr

Here is my battlestation with some descriptions - http://imgur.com/a/OvJrS


Few interesting features:

  1. Everything is linked together with Corsair link. (For those of you who are unaware of what it is, it detects almost every component in your build, and lets you control most of them, while showcasing the temps.) This is provided by the Corsair AX760i PSU + H100i)

  2. I have remote controlled lighting installed. [Ghetto mounted under PSU, cant be seen after side window is put back on, however. Just the IR receiver. ;) ]

  3. LCD Touch screen fan controller.

  4. Multi SD card slot, with front red LED strip control scroll switch.

  5. Sound dampening foam installed where ever possible.

  6. Dust filters on the front, sides, and bottom. + Optional magnetic dust filter for top, specifically for 300R.

  7. Custom cut full clear side window on Corsair 300R.

  8. Custom laser etched name + signature.

  9. Custom designed braided cables.


Benchmarks (GPU/CPU temps taken at ambient room temp 64 Degrees/17.7 C):

3DMark: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/2287893

3DMark 11: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7871080?

Unigine Heaven benchmark 4.0: http://i.imgur.com/FEasxur.png

Geek Bench: http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/363927

Cinebench: http://i.imgur.com/HCSINRi.png

GPU temps I achieved at these fan speeds:

100% Fan usage

GPU 1: 69C

GPU 2: 66C

75% Fan usage

GPU 1: 81C

GPU 2: 75C

50% Fan usage

GPU 1: 78C

GPU 2: 75C

CPU temps I achieved (according to RealTemp, if I read it correctly. Picked highest temp in both min/max):

34C min

71C load


Notes:

One of the biggest reasons why I have changed the motherboard ( and somewhat ruined my color scheme) is because the UD4H failed on me TWICE. For whatever reason, it was not capable of basic overclocking and the bios had failed on me, prompting me to take apart my build and replacing it twice. Not a fun experience, but now having the asrock motherboard, I have had nothing but a positive experience. In my last build I had the last generation z77 asrock mobo and also had a great experience with it. Not the best looking motherboard, but in terms of performance and features, it is comparable to some of the highest end (and most expensive) out there.

As for the graphics cards change, I sold them off in the bitcoin rush and made a decent profit. Not only for this reason, however. After doing some benchmarking and listening to the users here, I found out my gpu's to be way too close and hence not being able to cool down properly. Luckily I got my GPU's during a sale with all 3 nvidia games each, which I sold for a overall gpu discount.

Finally, those of you who are wondering how I got some cheap components (some free), none of them are used/refurbs. All brand new. Just got them at great deals. I kept this list pretty accurate.


Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load68.0° C
PNY GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.15Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load78.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP18132
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themaniac 7 points 9 months ago

could you add more pics with the cat in them

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Unfortunately I can't this time, as it was my friends. I did all the final upgrades myself.

 
 
DARKxSIEGE 3 points 9 months ago

LOVE, that AOC monitor. I have the exact same one!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Yeah it's great, and pretty cheap for what it is.

 
 
Leon117 [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

I just pooped a little...

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

lol

 
 
Mincading [10 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

beast machine, wimpy speakers ;)

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I don't use speakers pretty much at all. I got these speakers for free, and surprisingly they are not bad.

 
 
Mincading [10 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

i got the same set, theyre decent, but you cant blast them :(

 
 
mattwhit65 [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

It's...Beautiful...

 
 
jaredt [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Its just so pretty... +1

 
 
Swish2000 3 points 9 months ago

I think I love you.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago
 
 
bunnykilla [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Holy mother of amazing cable management. +1

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks ;-)

 
 
mikemaddem [1 Build] 3 points 7 months ago

HOLY GOD! IM DOING A build just like you except it only cost 1k

 
 
Bajubom 2 points 9 months ago

You have the money and the enthusiasm....

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago
 
 
thunderdan602 [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

So gorgeous. And this motherboard OC's better I take it?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Much better, and easier. At a cool 4.4ghz at the moment without any issues.

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Did you uplad this to r/buildapc a little while ago? I may have seen something similar but im pretty sure this is the one. Such a sick looking build

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I put the v1 on reddit, this is the upgraded version.

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

ah, i should have read the beginning

 
 
LokStock [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Great build man!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you ;d

 
 
icebottle 2 points 9 months ago

+1 Wow amazing. V1 of Project Phenom was my favorite build on this site, this is even better!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks ;D

 
 
tgnade 2 points 8 months ago

Absolutely sick build. Love it.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks ;d

 
 
GMAN-DV8 2 points 7 months ago

Nice build, how did you get the rubber gromets for your case?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

The obsidian series 700/800D grommets are compatible with the 300R. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/rubber-grommets-for-obsidian-series-800d

 
 
GMAN-DV8 1 point 7 months ago

ok thanks

 
 
jsx821 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Your build is an inspiration to my 300r build. +1 I have a very SIMILAR build except my theme is black/yellow and some other minor mods. Not nearly as nice as yours :P.

Question- the patriot vipers have a pretty high heat-sink. Did you have to make any modifications so that it didn't hit your corsair fans? I currently have low profile rams (vengeance), but the color options for all low profiles are very limited.

Question- the custom clear panel you ordered through Lazerwerx... Did you have to send them measurements? Did you do any modifications after you received your window? Just asking, because I'm about to order one from them as well. Also- If you removed the metal folds/strips whats holding the window onto the side panel? I also noticed that you have a gap between them. Why not sand it down to make it a perfect fit? I was also thinking of doing it on my own- but like yourself, I don't have the right tools for even a minor procedure.

Either way- great looking build!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for liking my build. Sorry for late response. Due to the load of questions I get on a daily basis, I usually take the time to respond to all of them every 2 weeks.

So before I answer any of your questions, I took a look at your build and it looks like you got the side panel already? Assuming from Lazerwerx? The owner already had the case so it is easy for him to create one.

As for the ram, both of our ram look like they are nearly the same size. I didn't have to do any modding in that aspect. It fit in just fine.

As for my side panel, I didn't remove the metal folds, I just bent them to remove stock and put my own. It does kinda seem like there is a small gap but really there isn't. It has a good seal to prevent anything from getting inside.

 
 
TurkishDelight 2 points 6 months ago

Great build I must say. But I really would like to know how you managed to do that lighting, what you used and how you set it up? I would greatly appreciate it, I've been looking for good LED lighting but none are strong enough and can change colour but this is perfect! Please could you tell me?

 
 
tmans19 1 point 9 months ago

Sexy. Nuff said

 
 
zSyzygy [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Wow I love it! Sorry about the motherboard issues... I had one as well; they're the worst. But damn you got a steal on those 4gb 770's though so I guess that's karma at work! :D

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 0 points 9 months ago

haha yep

 
 
timpeteut 1 point 9 months ago

amazing setup +1 and a very nice headphone collection :)

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 0 points 9 months ago

Thanks ;D

 
 
timpeteut 1 point 9 months ago

do you use a DAC with those headphones?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah, look at the last component in my list. The uDac. My 598's are connected to it, if you look at the bottom of my middle monitor.

 
 
timpeteut 1 point 9 months ago

nice, I just saw it on amazon a little to expensive for me... lol. But I will probably use a DAC later

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

This is amazing! What do you think of the 558s? Might be purchasing them soon. Sweet rig man... I wish I had it ;)

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

558's are great, almost identical to the 598's but with a little more bass. As for sound quality, you can mod it (look up on youtube) to sound just like the 598's.

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

558s or 598s have more bass?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

558's have more bass. 598's sound a bit better.

 
 
PacificNic [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah. Unfortunately I cannot justify the extra $60. Might be worth it to some but for me, it's not. At least for now… ;) Thanks, man

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

There is actually a foam mod for the 558's which makes it into a 598 essentially.

 
 
ScubaSteve88 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Good Lord.

 
 
supramp 1 point 9 months ago

Is your led controller and lights,( http://www.amazon.com/LEMONBEST-SMD-Water-resistant-Strip-Controller/dp/B00AJJDLHQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top ) from amazon? If so, how did you power it. did you make an adapter for the dc plug to the psu?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Yeah that's basically what it is. I personally got it off of ebay. I wasn't able to hook it up to the psu because of the small circuit board which is kinda proprietary with it to work. So I took apart the small brick, wrapped it in electrical tape, and mounted it under my PSU, which you can't even see after the panel is on.

 
 
supramp 1 point 9 months ago

how did you power it?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

The brick uses it's own power plug unfortunately. Not a big deal, I did have to drill a hole however.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

goddamn man, that eye candy. Cool build!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks ;D

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

SOMEONE knows how to fill up a case... :P

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Just the right amount before making it too cramped ;)

 
 
Electrospeed 1 point 9 months ago

No cat this time? :P

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Unfortunately ;(

 
 
paceman04 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

this looks fantastic, excellent job! I love that desk setup you've got going also

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks.

 
 
mallocunbounded [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

How did you get the Acer monitor so cheap?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

It was on one of those quick sales on best buy. I almost bought 3 but I was limited to just 1 :/

 
 
nike2k8 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

What an awesome build, not sure about paying $100 for a Razer mouse though.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

This mouse is 100% worth the money if you have seen what it is capable of.

 
 
PrivatePorkchop 1 point 9 months ago

How did you mount the sound dampening foam to your case? Also, how much of a difference does it actually make? Because I have quite a similar fan setup to you and though Corsair call the SP120s "quiet" they are by no means quiet.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Makes a small difference, few db actually. Tested it with an app on my phone. Not the biggest difference out there, but a few db is a few db quieter.

I thought, since I have space in my build and it wouldn't really make it look too bad, I might as well do it.

 
 
PrivatePorkchop 1 point 9 months ago

So do you think it is worth me doing it? Also, how did you mount the foam? Double sided tape?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Foam like this has an adhesive side to it. Sure why not, just get sound dampening foam that you like, and according to size to your build.

A lot of cases put sound dampening foam into the side panels etc, basically I am trying to do the same.

 
 
PrivatePorkchop 2 points 9 months ago

Yeah, I saw that the Define R4 has some and it's meant to be pretty damn quiet(so I've heard). I might aswell give it a shot I suppose, It shouldn't be too expensive anyway.

 
 
Vince7196 1 point 9 months ago

one question lets say you have a blue motherboard, and you have a red case a red everything, gpu,fans,case, ect. will the blue motherboard good with everything?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

lol that is completely subjective. I personally wouldn't like it too much, but if you do, no one will stop you.

 
 
Swainey97 1 point 9 months ago

Great build man :D

How are the AOC monitors because I'm thinking about getting them for my PC are the colours good and how are they for gaming?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Personally I find the acer (middle monitor) to be a little more crisp, but both are amazing. Even for gaming. 5ms is pretty nice for an IPS monitor.

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

why did you trade 2 7970s for two 770s... I wouldn't have done that.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

3 things.

  1. My particular 770's are the second highest clocked 770's available stock. I have gotten better benchmarks on these cards than my 7970's.

  2. Better cooling. Due to the massive 3 slot size of the 7970s and the very little space between the 2 cards, it was causing issues. Not to mention these 770's are quieter.

  3. These cards were cheaper when I got them, and I sold off my 7970's for a profit.

Huge win for me.

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18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

ah, makes sense. I assume you sold them high because of miners?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Yup. Sold my 7970's for over $400 each. Bought these 770's, sold the games, and got rebates. Overall, really good discount.

 
 
dransikrs 1 point 8 months ago

Is 760 watts enough for 770sli and overclocking?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Very much so. So far I have only maxed to like 600 or less.

 
 
AminWinsGaming 1 point 8 months ago

Hows The Asrock 4 Doing Good Do U Like It?

 
 
Sedare [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Hi! Great build. Where did you get the headphone stand? I have been looking for something that can hold multiple headphones and this one looks great. Amazon has an okay dual holder ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007WOGQMI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3J8D4LLTZD8XB&coliid=I1Y9XJU277CPYU ), but yours has more branches.

 
 
sikwidit05 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

incredible build....wire management is one of the best ive seen.....differing LED colors was a nice bonus. I'm jellin haaard lol

 
 
ThePCguy2013 1 point 8 months ago

I have that gpu!

 
 
Superbad120 [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I got almost 20% the same thing, that is a nice and I was wondering, where did you got that window from?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I had to purchase 300R with side window. Custom side panel was custom designed by me and ordered through Lazerwerx. To do them yourself, it isn't too difficult if you have the tools. I, myself, did not. The 300R is a different type of case, it holds in the side panel with metal folds/strips which you can bend and remove. That is something you have to account for when cutting out acrylic for any sort of case. There is a video on this process on youtube. It's by frozencpu I believe. This case, however, has slits on the acrylic panel, so it's a little tougher.

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StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Sorry for late response, just been really busy.

My first silver set was by corsair presleeved. Got it when they were having like a 50% off sale on the cables. The second custom red/silver/gray set I got made by ensourced. Look them up on google or facebook, even have my build featured there ;)

 
 
GotCubes 1 point 7 months ago

May I ask, regarding the Corsair H100i, how you were able to make the portion over the CPU backlit red? I thought that the default was white.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Sorry for late response, just been really busy.

Luckily Corsair has allowed you to set it to any color you want ;). You can even have it pulsing or cycling to different colors.

 
 
nickabong122 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

i wanna make my window like that im just to afraid to lol

 
 
VenomousFalcon 1 point 5 months ago

No cat! D:

 
 
samBme 1 point 5 months ago

throw away all the xbox stuff and your good!

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

I did ;). I no longer own one. I do however use the controller for PC gaming.

 
 
pookjo3 1 point 5 months ago

Really digging the look there. Absolutely gorgeous. I'd love to see if I could jazz up my case with some blue LEDs

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks. One of the biggest benefits of my multi lighting remote controlled setup is whenever I am feeling a different color, it's a simple press away.

 
 
pookjo3 1 point 5 months ago

Any tips on leds? I've been thinking of sticking a strip or two in my case. I've been curious on how to hook them up/where to buy them cheap.

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Well most people would just connect the LED strips to the power supply. I, however, have 1 long strip on the front which is connected to a media controller which has a switch. That switch is originally meant for fans but since it uses the same plug, I can connect a LED strip to it and control brightness.

As for the remote controlled lighting setup I have, it uses an external power cable, so I had to drill a hole into the case and lead the cable through. As for the strip, I just attached it around the case, and since it originally comes with a white brick, I took that apart and wrapped it around with electrical tape and mounted it by the hole. With that all done, I managed to mount the IR receiver in a good spot so I have good angles to control the lighting.

 
 
pookjo3 1 point 5 months ago

What connector do the LEDs use when attached to the power supply? Sorry if I'm asking too many questions lol

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Usually all LED strips come with a 4 pin peripheral cable. Just need to connect that to one of the power supply cables.

 
 
nickabong122 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

man what lighting kit is that i want to get it give me a link for it plz

 
 
nickabong122 [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

how the hell do u set that upa nd make it stay in ur pc that connector for it looks weird as ****

 
 
user_Oats 1 point 4 months ago

The great thing about buying all those additional parts and such a large case is that you can reuse them when you upgrade your build. From now on; whenever you move to a stronger computer (several years from now) you will always have a fan controller, quality speakers, 3 monitors, a top of the range mouse, and several other nifty things.

 
 
adeagazio 1 point 3 months ago

U wanna be best friends?

 
 
BaSkA 1 point 2 months ago

Purple is the best choice.

 
 
Elvyn 1 point 1 month ago

Where did you get those custom Letters?

 
 
StaRn3ss [Submitter] [3 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

It has to be custom etched. Either you can do it yourself, or you have to get someone else to do it for you. Try looking up Lazerwerx, he does this work.

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