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Graduation Build: White Lightning

by trancemark


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Date Published

March 25, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.15 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


EDIT: Thank you for all the suggestions! It turns out I am an idiot, and there was an extender for the CPU cable included with the case. Using that made it easy to reach, so I could take out the modular cable. I also rotated the hard drives and worked on hiding the cables a little more, so now it is much cleaner. Take a look at the new pictures for comparison.

First computer I could build since graduating college, and wanted to make a beast! Very excited to tinker with it and try overclocking, as well as play the latest games. Also, I'm trying water cooling for the first time, which looks great and should boost the performance. I have never owned such an expensive graphics card before, so I can't wait to see what it can do!

The case is HUGE, and I think it looks amazing! However, I ran into a few problems with it: The 8-pin power connector for the CPU was so far away from the PSU, it could not reach with the attached cable. Luckily, SeaSonic included a modular CPU cable that barely was able to make it... it is a tight stretch! I really love the option for cable management in this case, it looks so much cleaner than my old computer. I did not zip-tie the cables behind the back panel, I might try to do that soon... I don't know if it is really necessary though.

Also, I installed the watercooling fans and radiator without too much difficulty, but then realized that with the rounded screws, the dust filter for the top would not slide back in. Since it is just a piece of plastic really, I managed to force it by bending it a bit and shaving a bit off the sides. It won't be easy to take off, but hopefully I won't need to do that very often.

Everything else went pretty well! I took my time with the build and didn't try to rush it. I am very pleased with the final result, and can't wait to see how much performance I can get from this.

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Hakumisoso 2 Builds 4 points 59 months ago

You might want to rotate the drive cages for better airflow.

Nice build too.

trancemark submitter 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll try that out.

8gxe 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

Coulda put a little more effort into hiding your cables...

Your components look good though, almost the same (comparable) as mine but I went AMD.

Every1LoveEvery1 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

I would also switch the drives around, as for your GPU power cables you should move them up one routing hole so they aren't dangling like that and will make it look much better/

trancemark submitter 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

I'll give it a shot, but the cables are so short I don't know if it will make it... I might look at getting extenders though. Thanks for the suggestion!

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martyyp 2 points 59 months ago

Almost thought I was looking at my own build for a second, great choice of parts. I also see you went to microcenter :D which city if I may ask

trancemark submitter 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Dallas! I have never been before, and it was a cool store.

Levyrat 2 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

I'm a fan of more cost-effective builds. Usually, a $1900 parts list gives me heart palpitations. But when I look at this build, the price doesn't seem bad at all. I think that's partly because it looks well thought out.

Mostly I think it's the case. ;) Nice rig!

trancemark submitter 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Ha same here... but I already had the hard drives, monitor, and peripherals from my old computer, so that helped. I know the case isn't for everyone, but it was my personal favorite!

Norm101 3 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

You could always get an extension for the 8-pin cpu power cable if you need to.


Nice build. Congrats! +1

trancemark submitter 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

Appreciate the link! That is a good idea, it would definitely make things easier, and I could take off the modular cable...

NinjaSlayer69 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

what did you go to college for? computer sciences or???

trancemark submitter 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Close, I.T.

ThePCguy2013 1 point 59 months ago

I have the exact same psu as you

Ace_Smay 1 point 59 months ago

Awwwwww maaaaan... just when I thought I had my case picked out... you go and show me something like this. Anyways, nice build bro.

Neuenc 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

George Jones!

mstow 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Great Build I really like how you colour coordinated it. Good work :)