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UPDATED 6/19/17 -- This case is for sale, just changing to a cube case for aesthetics. Please let me know if anyone is interested!

UPDATED: 07/29/16 -- Much better pictures, enjoy!

Hey everyone!

So after my first build (Snow White, found here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/pJWXsY ) a year went by with no problems, but I started getting the itch to build another rig -- With that being said, I didn't want to splurge for all new parts, and my GTX970 was plugging along just fine on most games at max settings (Overwatch being the main game I play right now), so I decided to get a smaller ATX case, custom wiring, and clean up the cable management, as well as some other stuff. Well that turned into changing the entire color scheme of the rig, hence the name Inverse Snow White.... onto the build!

Edit: The first picture is with my old cooler, cables, etc. -- Just put it up to show you the outside of the case!

Proc: The i5-4690k seems to work fine for what I use the machine for -- gaming, and browsing, with light photoshop work. I don't have any complaints here

CPU Cooler: This is new from my previous build; I did have the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 cooler, but wanted to switch to liquid cooling, but not build my own loop (I dont trust myself with that project yet), so after reading reviews, I went with the Nepton 240M cooler. My only beef with this cooler is that it's hard to articulate the part that sits on the proc with the specific case that I have and keep the logo upright (I'm OCD like that) because the tubing is so rigid, but I eventually made it work, as you can see from the pictures. It does keep the CPU MUCH cooler than my old cooler, so I've been satisfied up to this point. I dont have the CPU overclocked much as all, though, so that's something I might dig into in the near future.

MOBO: This is carried over from my first build, no complaints here -- I like the BIOS of this MOBO, and Asus as been pretty reliable to me so far.

MEMORY: I added 8GB more RAM from my previous build to bring the total to 16GB. No complaints here, this seems to be more than enough for multitasking that I do.

STORAGE: I was on the receiving end of a distribution block in my neighborhood going out -- When it's power was surging before, it took out my Mushkin SSD that housed my OS, as well as my GTX970 GPU. More on the GPU in a little bit. As for the Mushkin SSD, Mushkin replaced it with no questions asked. Since i'm still waiting for it to make it to me, I went ahead and picked up a Samsung EVO850 500GB SSD drive for my OS and most used programs. I'm starting to have hard drive sprawl, so i'm trying to find a better way to manage this right now...

GPU: Currently using the ASUS GTX970 from my previous build. As stated earlier, voltage surge from a damaged distribution block in my neighborhood took out my GTX970 that I purchased less than a year ago. i will say this, for all the complaints i've heard about ASUS support, they were awesome. Within 1 day, I had an approved RMA to exchange my GPU, and they shipped the replacement back to me and it was in my hands in 3 days. This card has been awesome for MOST games at 1440p resolution with either high or max settings. More than likely for my next build, I'll be going with the ASUS STRIX GTX1070.

CASE: This was an upgrade from my previous case. Phanteks makes their cases SO easy to build in, so I went back to them for my new smaller case. When I saw the tempered glass of the EVOLV ATX case, i couldn't pass it up. It allowed me to show off my custom cables on the back as well as front. This case was a joy to build in.

PSU: Not much to say here other than this PSU has given me no problems, it's modular, and the kit from cablemods fit it perfectly. A+ for this one.

Really the only things left for this go around is to clean up the red LED lighting at the bottom, and I'll probably add some type of lighting under the GPU since that area is pretty dark, and i'll clean up some of my fan cable sleeving that's crappy on the back, but other than that, i'm pretty happy with this build...until I do my component upgrades to a new MOBO, GTX1070, and probably an i7 proc. Let me know if you have any questions at all!

Captain

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Really the only things left for this go around is to clean up the red LED lighting at the bottom, and I'll probably add some type of lighting under the GPU since that area is pretty dark, and i'll clean up some of my fan cable sleeving that's crappy on the back, but other than that, i'm pretty happy with this build...until I do my component upgrades to a new MOBO, GTX1070, and probably an i7 proc.

Sounds good and nice work with this build. I like the color scheme as well. Enjoy and thanks for sharing it. +1
  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! Just do not mess with the radiator screws because cooler master has had issues with the screws stripping so easily, but other then that, the cooler is great.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll keep that in mind, thanks so much!