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Erakis - The Garnet Star 2.0
by codyrush
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Description

Named for Erakis, the red giant star, the most brilliantly colored star in the night sky and used as a measure of all other stars' light.

Erakis is my first personally-built rig. I've had home-built rigs before, but they were always made by friends. I wanted to go the extra mile and prove to myself that I could do it in an elegant, attractive final configuration, moreso by far than anything I've owned in the past. This site had a lot to do with the inspiration involved.

Though Erakis was born of technical necessity, I put considerable research and time into making sure all the components involved would not only be top-of-the-line performance-wise, but also visually striking. Every piece from the wifi antenna to the fan controller lights, the appearance of the video card sidebar to the alignment of the cpu cooler logo to the center of the RAM LEDs, EVERY detail was given the utmost scrutiny. Nearly a whole day was given just for cable management so that even the side that is unseen is still organized and accessible.

Key features of note: -Color scheme is flat black with red and orange acents/LED highlights. -Case came from the factory with the window option, so both sides of the case are the same shape. -NZXT fan controller hookups are arranged so that fan pairs will always appear symmetrically on the switches. -NZXT logo on the Kraken X60 aligns with the center LEDs on the orange/red Ballistix Tactical Tracer RAM (32GB). -Cables for the X60 are hidden as well as they can be, wrapping around the top of the cooler itself. -Power supply cables are arranged on top of all other cables in the back so they can be easily sleeved later on. -All SATA devices are powered off the same cable to save on clutter. -Stock case fan LEDs are still controlled by the case buttons, while the fan speed is the job of the controller. -The red circle on the keyboard is a repeated style element of the orange circle on the Kraken X60. -The mouse colors have been programmed to match in all situations. -The silver band on the bottom of the monitor matches proportionally the silver band on the front of the tower. -Keyboard uses cherry mx black switches for a lovely typing feel and sound, as well as fast multi-tapping.

Still to do: -Black out the cables that connect to the lower portion of the motherboard. -Install a proper enclosure for the 960GB SSD. -Install a special personal touch...top secret! Stay tuned on this one.

Things I learned that may help you if you use some of these components (things no one tells you): -Ballistix RAM comes stock set to Green and Blue out of Green/Red Blue/Orange sets and has 4 preset motion effects. -Ballistix RAM is great for knowing when your computer is actually doing something without a monitor hooked up. -A code 00 on the motherboard display means it can't find the CPU. In my case it was because I only had the 24-pin connector attached and not the additional 8-pin on the top of the board. Not enough power to the CPU= code 00. -A code A2 could mean that you have a CPU fan error. To get around this you can change the setting in the BIOS to ignore the cpu fan entirely if you are using a water-cooler. (It will give you an error if the fan is moving at too low of RPM). -Two CM HAF X PSU covers fit perfectly in the CM Storm Trooper case, but you have to snip about 1 inch off the mounting rail where it intersects the IO grill in the back. Takes 2 seconds with some dykes. -Mounting your radiator in pull mode yields the same temp as push, and significantly less noise/negligible temp difference from push/pull, and has the added benefit of easy access to vacuum the radiator. No disassembly required! -Don't lean the CM Storm Trooper case back while the lower dust filter is in place...you could snap off the handle for it like I did. :( -The included wifi antenna with the Maximus VI Formula motherboard is magnetic and fits PERFECTLY on the metal grille on top of the CM Storm Trooper case.

Please note: I know my parts list says I am using (2x4GB)x2 RAM, but there was not a selection for the same kit but in (2x8GB)x2. I am actually using 32GB of 1600 RAM, not 16GB. I picked the closest thing.

UPDATED with all parts installed, new pics, etc. UPDATED with pics of internals with side window removed for clarity. UPDATED with detail photos and Unigine benchmark.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load62.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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Uzi780 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Ho-Lee-Schitt

Nice build!

Please share benchmark results with us! Also great cable management. +1

 
 
Levyrat [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Nice computer, but what really hooked me was the name. Very cool choice, and it fits the build perfectly.

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! I put some time into coming up with it. Glad you appreciate. :D

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

What monitor are you using? Just seems like a tiny sony TV

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

It is indeed a Sony TV, and I guess compared to a 60" monster it is tiny. For being 6-12" from my face though, 32" is a great size.

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Input lag bad?

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Not at all :)

 
 
HikingMike [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Nice salt crystal. Haha, just kidding. Crazy nice build and nice parts! It looks great with the window for sure. Maybe more obsessive than I would do but hey why not for your first build and if you want to put in the money. How do you like the Cougar fans? That's cool, no HDD? Staying away from Windows 8?

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

The cougar fans are great, very quiet and they look really cool! :D No HDD at the moment, gonna add an archive drive a little later when I need it. And yeah no Windows 8 yet. I don't see a need to upgrade when 7 works just fine and 8 still has so many problems.

 
 
HikingMike [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Cool thanks, good to know about the Cougar fans. I had heard of them but that was it. I am definitely big on the quiet fans as I went out of my way to get some Nexus and Fractal Design fans last time, and I have a bunch of good Papst and Panaflow in reserve, hehe.

Yeah 8 scares me. I have used it just a little while helping out friends with their computers and it seems like it would really get in my way of doing things. I hope there is an improvement before I build my next one.

 
 
mchammond 1 point 6 months ago

Nice looking build, well done! Two questions:

  1. Where did you get the motherboard from for $275?
  2. Did you replace the stock fans on the Kraken X60?

Thanks!

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago
  1. Ebay! Picked it up new in box by submitting a best offer.
  2. Yes, the Cougar fans replaced them, I put them in pull configuration on top of the radiator.
 
 
mchammond 1 point 6 months ago

Good deal, thanks for answering! I'm looking to get the same motherboard and CPU cooler for a NZXT H440 case.

 
 
linsyschopman 1 point 6 months ago

You should really consider a nice IPS monitor or something!

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

yay, someone else with Tactical Tracer memory! +1 and #brofist

did you buy two sets of each color of the RAM? is that why each set is so expensive?

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

As I mentioned in the description I bought two sets of 16GB (2x8)x2. One set red/green, one set orange/blue so I could have red/orange to match the rest of the color scheme. :D #fistbump

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

ah, my bad, i didn't see that detail (i don't see why Crucial can't sell those via a retailer).

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I know right?

 
 
actechy [4 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome, love that ROG Armor look. +1

A few pictures of the entire inside would be nice...can't see the HDD side or how any of that cable mgmt worked out.

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I'll add a couple when my SSD enclosure arrives. It's really the last thing I'm waiting for. (Right now the SSD is just hangin out...literally :P) The enclosure is on its way though so it won't be long. Maybe Friday!

 
 
actechy [4 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Nice!

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Enclosure just arrived. I'll have a photo of the HDD side soon!

 
 
Schwizzle 1 point 6 months ago

Nice salt lamp ;3

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! It really mellows me out, man.

 
 
Schwizzle 1 point 6 months ago

Same here, I don't know about yours, but mine doubles as an aroma therapy thing, burning off scented oils.

 
 
coolguy562 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome build one of the nicest looking ones if seen so far!

 
 
KingPWNinater 1 point 6 months ago

That modular Keybaord and MMO 7 mouse is inconceivably sexy. Can you take more pictures of the MMO 7? I plan on getting that black glossy version very soon and I can't find many pictures of it. Also, is it a fingerprint magnet?

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

You know, I thought it would be but so far, no it's been great! I think if I let it build up it might get bad but since it's new I've been keeping it shiny. I'll add a pic or two soon for ya.

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I've added a pic for you. I would love if the MMO7 came in flat black but sadly it just wasn't an option. The RAT7 (my old mouse) was great but I needed the action lock option for EQN:L mining. It's been spectacularly useful so far.

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

please don't tell me you built your PC on the carpet ?

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Totally did. No incident. :P

 
 
Flazhbang 1 point 6 months ago

Where did you find that PSU cover? It looks epic!!!

 
 
 
 
Flazhbang 1 point 6 months ago

Did you have to do some modding to make it fit, or does it already have fittings that match?

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

I mentioned a little in the description. You have to snip off about an inch on the mounting tab to make it fit under the I/O bays in the back of the case. As for mounting it, You could drill your own holes or just do like I did to keep it tidy: just set them in there. They stay pretty well on their own. :)

 
 
YosefK 1 point 6 months ago

Wow man so freaking awesome! :'o http://pcpartpicker.com/user/YosefK/saved/47fT I'm going to buy this build soon, if you have any advices please I need some. :D

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

I've taken a look and left some advice. :)

 
 
Retroman 1 point 5 months ago

Hehe I love the aesthetics of the build it all goes together so well. It's very Sci-Fi looking. Great job +1

 
 
IloveSprite123 1 point 4 months ago

how good is the sound blaster zx

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I'm enjoying it quite a lot. I use it to feed a shelf system. Great bass, very clear sound.

 
 
Flazhbang 1 point 4 months ago

Did you have any problems fitting 280mm radiator? ive seen ALOT of builds useing the trooper, but not a single one of them were using a 280mm. and does the trooper have 280mm screw holes?

 
 
codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

The trickiest part was putting the fans in pull configuration, since you can't screw in the fans and then the radiator, you kinda gotta hold the whole arrangement in place while you screw it in. There are 280mm screw holes, yes, but they're not the most accurate ones. They're a little big for the screws of this particular radiator. I made it work by just pinching the screw onto the edge of the hole with a good amount of torque.

 
 
Ricky_Math 1 point 1 month ago

GOD DAMN. that is one fine ass machine. Mine is a lot like it except you went all out on this one. well built and I'm very very very very ******* jealous.

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codyrush [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

At the moment, sure. Four years from now when I don't have to buy more I'll be happy I have it. :)

 
 
HikingMike [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Yeah, they always tell you to buy the sticks together nowadays, so what if you need more later? Too bad, buy all new? Hopefully it's still available then. In the past I bought 2 sticks of memory expecting to be able to buy 2 more sticks later, and I did that twice and it worked fine, but it seems like that's not the best way to go now.