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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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CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.15Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01Ghz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C

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.


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themaniac 7 points 16 months ago

could you add more pics with the cat in them

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

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

Leon117 1 Build 5 points 16 months ago

I just pooped a little...

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

lol

bunnykilla 1 Build 4 points 16 months ago

Holy mother of amazing cable management. +1

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks ;-)

DARKxSIEGE 3 points 16 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

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

Mincading 12 Builds 3 points 16 months ago

beast machine, wimpy speakers ;)

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

Mincading 12 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

mattwhit65 1 Build 3 points 16 months ago

It's...Beautiful...

jaredt 1 Build 3 points 16 months ago

Its just so pretty... +1

Swish2000 3 points 16 months ago

I think I love you.

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

<3

mikemaddem 1 Build 3 points 15 months ago

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

tmans19 2 points 16 months ago

Sexy. Nuff said

Bajubom 2 points 16 months ago

You have the money and the enthusiasm....

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

;)

thunderdan602 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

l13199l 1 Build 2 points 16 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 16 months ago

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

l13199l 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

ah, i should have read the beginning

LokStock 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Great build man!

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you ;d

icebottle 2 points 16 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 16 months ago

Thanks ;D

tgnade 2 points 15 months ago

Absolutely sick build. Love it.

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks ;d

GMAN-DV8 2 points 15 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 14 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 14 months ago

ok thanks

jsx821 2 Builds 2 points 13 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 13 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 13 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?

zSyzygy 1 Build 1 point 16 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 16 months ago

haha yep

timpeteut 1 point 16 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 0 points 16 months ago

Thanks ;D

timpeteut 1 point 16 months ago

do you use a DAC with those headphones?

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 months ago

558s or 598s have more bass?

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

PacificNic 2 Builds 1 point 16 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 16 months ago

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

ScubaSteve88 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Good Lord.

supramp 1 point 16 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 16 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 16 months ago

how did you power it?

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 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 16 months ago

goddamn man, that eye candy. Cool build!

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks ;D

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Just the right amount before making it too cramped ;)

Electrospeed 1 point 16 months ago

No cat this time? :P

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Unfortunately ;(

paceman04 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks.

mallocunbounded 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

How did you get the Acer monitor so cheap?

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 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 16 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

PrivatePorkchop 1 point 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 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 15 months ago

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

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 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 15 months ago

Is 760 watts enough for 770sli and overclocking?

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

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

AminWinsGaming 1 point 15 months ago

Hows The Asrock 4 Doing Good Do U Like It?

Sedare 1 Build 1 point 15 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 15 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 15 months ago

I have that gpu!

Superbad120 4 Builds 1 point 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 months ago

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

VenomousFalcon 1 point 12 months ago

No cat! D:

samBme 1 point 12 months ago

throw away all the xbox stuff and your good!

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

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

pookjo3 1 point 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 months ago

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

Bdog 1 point 5 months ago

he says right above in a response to pookjo3 how o install them i plan on picking up these leds for my case as its a creative mod and the colors change which is great for all themes of builds

user_Oats 1 point 11 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 10 months ago

U wanna be best friends?

BaSkA 1 point 9 months ago

Purple is the best choice.

Elvyn 1 point 8 months ago

Where did you get those custom Letters?

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 8 months 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.

ImYourChrist 1 point 7 months ago

Could you tell why do you need 5 headsets? Do they have different use/purpose? Or you're a collector? Overall very kick*ss station you've set up there! Would you care and explain to a rookie how is the lighting done inside the case? Definitely +1

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Srry for late reply. I accumulated over the years. And I suppose you could say I am a collector. They do have different purposes. Lighting inside case is pretty simple, I would just get a remote controlled LED lighting kit, just lay out around ur case, drill a hole for power cable for the small brick (or take apart brick like I did and use electrical tape and mount). Pretty simple.

thekasafist 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Nice! I plan to put my system into a Little Devil PC-V8 soon. I can't wait to upgrade the system next year I am waiting until I get into some extra work. +1

qsball1999 1 point 4 months ago

Cable link?

StaRn3ss submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Custom cables designed by me and created by ensourced.

qsball1999 1 point 4 months ago

nice! i'm actually looking into ensourced, they do some sick ****

Tnodolf 1 point 4 months ago

Is the light strip by Supernight? +1

DragonOpsZ+ 1 point 4 months ago

You spend this much on a rig, and throw some console shite in there. You're the worst.

darkhawk_18 1 point 3 months ago

Hey bro how did you do that? i mean the logo that says ''Project phenom'' in the window.

fallouthalo 1 point 19 days ago

I see that you are at least somewhat of a Microsoft fan. Thoughts on Halo 5?

+.5 for sheer power. +.5 for Halo.

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CyanFrost 1 point 10 days ago

Did you have any issues with the NZXT Sentry-2?

lilshatespug217 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

PHENOMinal build :p

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