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

  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

Enthoo Pro M master race!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a happy member :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

NZXT S340 Elite Master Race!!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Those pictures though.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Only thing missing now is the gold corsair ram :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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 ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Could always do a mod and paint them yourself ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG IT LOOKS SO GOOD

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK YOU!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

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

Top notch, and excellent work. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Which aspects were you referring to specifically?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet...... Thanks for sharing

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice setup. Good prices for your hardware. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, help yourself :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

Seriously, please feature this manirelli.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Really Nice build. What Cable clips are you using?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I smell a feature!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

Great photos! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, much appreciated!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

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!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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❍)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You should get that checked out ;) Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

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!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

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!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Decisions, decisions ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

haha thanks!! I appreciate it

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the acrylic side panel tinted?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Enjoy! Its a beautiful case. Cheers!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Those photos are phantastic.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Phanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

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

Great work man!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, its got the slots for a custom loop pump

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Finished the build if you wanna have a look! ^

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Much appreciated

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

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!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks a lot! Super fun case to build in

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

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 !

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You are really showing off your SSDs ha :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct, I think 2 layers

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks !

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

shitz pimp yo!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

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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