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Personal Build - GoldenEye

by actechy

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Date Published

Jan. 15, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 15, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

Description

I work in motion graphics, video editing, photo editing, etc and also play a game or two when I can. Main goals for the build: quiet, aesthetically pleasing and well-balanced for my usage.


Parts Rationale:

CPU/Motherboard - found these for sale together on Craigslist. I am always wary about buying used, but I was able to test both and verify everything was working. Don't care about overclocking, so non-K is the way.

Memory - this kit popped up on sale with a coupon code, so I jumped on it. 32GB, to me, is the minimum for a video editing rig, but it's also the max the motherboard can handle.

Graphics - found this 780 on eBay for a killer deal and it still has a year and a half of warranty on it. Will handle any game at this point, but more importantly has plenty of CUDA cores for Adobe to take advantage of. I dismantled, cleaned and reapplied thermal paste and it's running fairly cool. I also plasti-dipped the silver accents to match the gold accent theme. I'm watching ebay for a backplate to go up for sale, and that will be the final touch.

Power Supply - this unit was just recently released by EVGA and got a good review on JonnyGuru.com, has ECO mode for low-load silence, semi-modular cables, a 5 year warranty and it's 80+ Gold. Got it on sale plus rebate. My main complaint is that the branding on it sucks. I don't know why, but EVGA doesn't seem to give a rip about decent-looking branding (I've used many of their units, low and high tier). I removed the side sticker (which came crooked anyway) and made it an SSD mount. Works.

Case - The Enthoo Pro M, to me, has all the things I want in a case: psu basement (while maintaining view of the power supply itself), excellent cable management, open design, plenty of expandability, and an enormous window. The sheet metal was a bit thin all around, noticed just moving around the case that there is a lot of give to the various panels. I'm ok with it, but it's not my favorite for a ~$100 case. I still give this case a 9/10, it's really, really nice with a lot of primo (pun intended) features. It comes with two 3-pin 140mm fans that have good reviews, but I opted for PWM Fractal Venturi fans as a replacement.

CPU cooler - there aren't a lot of black cpu coolers. I like that this has full compatibility with tall memory and also looks really clean with the fan sandwiched between both towers. I was pleasantly surprised how easy installation was. Replaced the stock fan with an Enermax PWM fan for aesthetics. I realized that the included PWM 140mm has removable blades, so I might get around to plasti-dipping the frame black at some point and using it in the future.

Fans - they're PWM, black and silent. My only complaint is that the mounting corners instead of having rubber covered corners instead are completely rubber. It's great for sound dampening, but not great for a secure mounting job; since they're fully rubber, the screws don't tighten down at all. I chose the Enermax fan specifically for modding, as almost the whole thing disassembles. We'll see how it performs since it's not a static pressure optimized fan. I may end up throwing the Phanteks fan back in eventually.

OS - I might make the free upgrade to 10 down the road, but I'm still a Windows 7 guy. I bought the Refurbished Builder DVD on Amazon at a great price.

HDDs - WD Green from my old build, Deskstar was bought used with the CPU/Motherboard combo.

SSDs - Got the Samsung 850 EVO 500GB because I wanted a big SSD for OS/Adobe/Games without having to redirect downloads/docs to other drives, etc. This drive is basically the best you can get, and I didn't want to trust mission critical to another manufacturer. The SanDisk Z400s was free with a separate, qualifying purchase, can't say no to that. The two Samsung 840s are from my last build.

Wireless Adapter - brought over from last build and plasti-dipped to match my theme.

Extensions - went with some kinda pricey (to me) sleeved psu extensions from Silverstone. Wanted the look, but I didn't wanna do it myself.

Mods - I did a bit of custom plasti-dip modding to get the look I was going for. Black plasti-dip on the I/O shield, gold plasti-dip on the graphics card accents, Phanteks case badge, PCI slot covers and the wireless adapter. I didn't want to spend bookoo bucks on the hdd/ssd trays, so I used 3M double-sided tape to mount 3 of the SSDs inside the case.

Cable management and clean appearance was/is a high priority, so I spent quite a bit of time. I'll probably add some LEDs at some point, but the big window let's a lot of light in at this point.

Thanks for lookin'!

Comments Sorted by:

Jake762by39 6 Builds 5 points 39 months ago

Enthoo Pro M master race!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I'm a happy member :)

GandalfGangsta 1 point 33 months ago

me to just haven't posted my build yet :(

Wailord_use_Body_Slam 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

NZXT S340 Elite Master Race!!!

526christian 4 points 39 months ago

Those pictures though.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! I try to make the pictures reflect the same care that went into the build

RyRy 2 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

Stunning photos... The color scheme is also just amazing. Awesome build, I hope it serves Or has served... you well! +1,

Please continue to care with your photos <3 :P

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you and I'm glad the photos are appreciated!

mlach 4 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

Black/Gold isn't seen often at all. Love it! +1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you! Yeah, haven't seen too much of it myself, glad to try something a little off the beaten path. Cheers!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Only thing missing now is the gold corsair ram :D

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I know!! I was waiting for the 2x8GB 1.5v kits to be available in gold, but they were never available. The full 32GB matched kit was $50 more than the Snipers, and I just couldn't justify it. Maybe some day ;)

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Could always do a mod and paint them yourself ;)

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Totally, really thought about it too. The sniper heat spreaders are just so funky it would be hard to add just an accent (like the Corsair Vengeance kit has), and I didn't know if I really wanted to plasti-dip the whole spreader. I might keep my eye out for a deal on the Vengeance kits and swap out someday, cause you're right, it would be nice to have a little something going on there. Cheers!

PureBlackFire 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

very nice build. seeing some goods stuff in the Pro M lately.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

It's a solid case, with very few weak points. Thanks for the comment!

pwelch234 2 points 39 months ago

OMG IT LOOKS SO GOOD

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

THANK YOU!

johngerges582 2 points 39 months ago

I don't think I've gotten so excited about a CPU cooler before lol.

Top notch, and excellent work. +1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

haha, thanks! So far it's working out excellently!

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

First GQ build on the site I think. Awesome! Love the use of older parts, and the gold theme.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

So far, it's a decent offering from EVGA! Thanks, I appreciate the comment!

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

It's actually almost on par with the G2 units, according to johnnyguru. I'm getting one!

johngerges582 1 point 39 months ago

It's alot closer to the 550/650 GS.

The 550/650 GS are good, but no where near as good as the G2.

550/650 GS<GQ<G2

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

What I meant was some of the aspects are very close to the G2, but it is more like the GS.

johngerges582 1 point 39 months ago

Which aspects were you referring to specifically?

klausfaerevaag 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

damn, that's a good looking computer. Really jelous, dude :D My only gripe would be that the enermax-logo on the fan is facing the "wrong" way, other than that it looks sublime...

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

hadn't even thought about it, but I guess you're right! It may not last that long anyway, we'll see how the noise profile is. Thanks for the comment!

Liam81 1 point 39 months ago

Sweet...... Thanks for sharing

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! Always appreciate a kind word after hours of work!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Nice setup. Good prices for your hardware. +1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you! I'm really happy with the price/performance ratio. Cheers!

Airplane505 1 point 39 months ago

I'm buying the CPU that you have, so can you tell me how its like? Nice build ;)

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! I've used an i7-3770 quite a bit and I'm sure it's basically identical. It's a great processor. Not the fastest out there, but an excellent processor nonetheless. I wouldn't recommend it for gaming, unless you just want to spend the cash. It's an excellent productivity processor (in my case, the Adobe ecosystem). Cheers!

sniperpro 1 point 39 months ago

you totaly made that inexpensive mobo look good, and love the case, awesome build and i am a huge fan of those cable combs

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks mate, I appreciate the positive feedback! Yeah, cable combs really make a nice finishing touch

TheEthernet 6 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Great build my friend. I love those mods and seeing someone grab good deals on parts. +1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Much appreciated! I need to take a peak at your builds, they look super clean at a glance!

TheEthernet 6 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks, help yourself :)

piemancoder 1 point 39 months ago

This deserves a gold medal! Definitely should be featured! +1

Seriously, please feature this manirelli.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I see what you did there ;) Thanks for the kind words

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Wow, what a amazing build with amazing pictures. This is probably going to get featured.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks for the kind words, it was a fun one to put together!

Quickie 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Really Nice build. What Cable clips are you using?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! I appreciate that! There's a user on ebay "ilavmodding" who makes these. I had good success with the 24-pin and 6-pin, but had several of the 6+8-pin and 8-pin combs break on me. Thankfully I bought more than I needed, as combs are notoriously brittle. There's always E22 combs as well. Cheers!

JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

I smell a feature!

Chuck38 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Absolutely beautiful build! You nailed the aesthetically pleasing part of this build! Great choice in parts!

Great photos! +1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you, much appreciated!

grapezombie 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Awesome build! I'm also glad to see a build in this case with the acrylic window. I've been thinking of using this case in my new build.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

I highly recommend! I noticed it go on sale with rebate shortly after I bought it for a few bucks less, so just keep your eyes open!

NvidiaGirl 1 point 39 months ago

MY EYES ARE BLEEDING!!!!!

Although

That's a very nice theme you got there! My future build's theme is going to be a night theme!

(❍ ͜ʖ❍)

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

You should get that checked out ;) Thanks!

sirnicko1 1 point 39 months ago

I know you don't care about OC but I feel that it would have been more beneficial to get the 4790k as the K version give you a 4GHz speed instead of the 3.6, other than that, this looks really nice

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

True, the added speed might have been nice (not sure I would have seen loads of improvement though), but the 4770 was a steal, and I doubt you'd see a 4790k for $200, used or otherwise. Thanks for the comment!

sirnicko1 1 point 39 months ago

Ah, I must have missed the bit about it being used (even though it's at the start now I look), but as you said, that's not a bad price for what you get

Bimlightman 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Very nice build! The Acrylic Pro M... sigh so beautiful, fixed the ONLY problem I have with the Pro M.... a month or so after I purchased it.... Please excuse my bitterness OP lol and again very nice build, good job!!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Oh, I hear you! I was about to pull the trigger on the standard Pro M, and literally one morning woke up and saw an article about the Acrylic edition, and knew I'd have to spend a couple bucks more. Wish they'd made the side panels interchangeable! Thanks for the kind words!

Andres95 1 point 39 months ago

The build looks really nice, great job man. I'm working on a build and I'm stuck between this nice case or the Eclipse P400 coming out next month.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

The full window here is hard to beat, but that Eclipse series is a nice budget option for sure! Thanks for the comment!

Andres95 1 point 39 months ago

I really like the changing led lights too on the Eclipse P400 case though. But wire management on the Pro M is good too.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Decisions, decisions ;)

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

This looks classy enough for a member of a royal family!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

haha thanks!! I appreciate it

brodosaur 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

That's a great deal on the 780. I remember about a year and a half ago I got a good deal for mine at 550$. How time flies.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I'm really happy with it so far, seems very capable. Cheers!

svtcobra91 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Nice build. I like the placement of the ssd by the psu I think im going to do the same thing. I have one question how much clearance do you have with that phantek cooler.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! There's a good inch and a half there, it was an easy fit.

khrisz 1 point 39 months ago

Is the acrylic side panel tinted?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

No its not, its of the clear variety. Cheers!

Spooky999 1 point 39 months ago

Fantastic build. I just had that case delivered today been waiting on its release here in the UK. The colour teaming works fantastically.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Enjoy! Its a beautiful case. Cheers!

BingoFishy 1 point 39 months ago

Those photos are phantastic.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Phanks!

Ensamada 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

such a clean and sexy build! i especially love the attention to detail put into it.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks a lot, yeah definitely worked on the little things! Cheers!

Makian 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

This is awesome! some of my favourite parts, assembled with so much style.

Great work man!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks a lot!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks!!

Ben_vh 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Nice build! Just ordered the case myself ^ does the front support dual rad "14 fans? I wanna install a kraken X61 but need to make sure it will fit :p

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I believe it does, if you remove the shroud over the hard drives. Cheers!

Ben_vh 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

you mean the little square cover in the PSU cover thing? like, on the total right

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Yes, its got the slots for a custom loop pump

Ben_vh 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Finished the build if you wanna have a look! ^

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Nice!

nlmaster 1 point 38 months ago

Nice build, actually had a similar idea with the ssd's by the fans for a build I'm doing, promise I'm not copying you, well, at least not on purpose. :P

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Haha, its a good spot especially if you want to show off SSDs and not shell out for drive sleds. Cheers!

amila_banks 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Awweesome build ..also the pictures ...wooow ...!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Thanks! Much appreciated

McDA 1 point 37 months ago

Well done on this build. Wow, the CPU cooler really blows me away... I hope you dont mind me asking, but what's the exact model of the Enermax fan that you used, because the PCPP one doesn't seem to look the same?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks for the comment! The link is the correct one, only I took it apart and plasti-dipped the frame matte black and the silver ring I plasti-dipped gold.

Cheers!

rhumlas 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Beautiful job on the build and custom paint job. Really liking this case.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

thanks a lot! Super fun case to build in

scholes007 1 point 33 months ago

I like it. The black and gold looks great. I'm really looking forward to building with this case. I got the acrylic windowed version. Aside from some flimsy panels, seems like a great case. Nice work !

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I've definitely enjoyed this case more than any other I've built in.

TarikSonmez 1 point 32 months ago

You are really showing off your SSDs ha :)

TarikSonmez 1 point 32 months ago

Do you all think that Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case is a good case? I know this is off topic but would be appreciated if answered thanx.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

See the description: "The Enthoo Pro M, to me, has all the things I want in a case: psu basement (while maintaining view of the power supply itself), excellent cable management, open design, plenty of expandability, and an enormous window."

So yes.

davegiggitygoo 1 point 29 months ago

so you just plasti dipped right over the green board of the network adapter? if so how many layers did you do?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Correct, I think 2 layers

jchen046 1 point 27 months ago

hello!

I was wondering what spray paint you used, and if you did a layer of white/black on the part first before doing the gold or if you just sprayed the gold straight on. most other gold builds i see look more bronze/copper than gold so i'm wondering how you got the color.

thank you!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I used Plasti Dip Vintage Gold, no primer, just straight on

jchen046 1 point 27 months ago

thanks !

opti916 1 point 27 months ago

shitz pimp yo!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks!

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actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Honestly, I went this route because the motherboard had the gold accents and I didn't know how else to work with it haha Thanks!

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