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Modest gaming rig with a strong focus on aesthetics. Built for streaming on Twitch.tv. Was able to fund most of it through Twitch bucks/donations, so shoutouts to my viewers. :D

Build Log:

March 20, 2015

Updated with pics of desk and streaming room. I spent $20 total for the three monitors. They don't match but they get the job done. Mount is from amazon; it is very sturdy and exceeded my expectations.

Pinpointed the noise to the GPU. It's not crazy noisy but it is definitely noticeable. Is this grounds for an RMA? At least I wear headphones half the time.

Initial Remarks:

Blacked out theme for this build. Trying to keep it as quiet as possible (while still looking clean). Six fan setup - three intake (two front, one bottom), three exhaust (two roof, one rear).

Spray-painted the mobo with 3 coats of Plasti Dip, 20 minutes apart each coat. Left to dry for four hours. I accidentally smudged it cause somehow I had some wet paint on my hand that rubbed off. Can you spot where?

Removed HDD cage, empty SSD cage, and ODD tool-less mounts. Mounted HDD inside ODD tray via 3.5" to 5.25" bracket.

The Sleeved LED Kit is meant to fit in a PCI slot but the motherboard armor was blocking it. Just removed the PCB from the metal piece and taped it to the back of the ODD tray. Need to get double sided tape but electrical tape will do for now.

Where can I get a damn Corsair PSU cable with a single molex connector instead of a chained connector? Tried my best with the cable management here...

I almost bricked the mobo by horribly failing at upgrading the SSD firmware. Why do you make it so hard for me to update your SSD Crucial? I couldn't get the firmware update software to boot from my USB drive and somehow it stopped my PC starting up; couldn't even go into BIOS. Thank God for BIOS flashback... Never thought I would need to use it.

PC has failed to power on a few times before. It seems to happen right after I move some stuff around inside... I inadvertently fixed it by making sure cables are properly connected but haven't isolated it to one thing. Is there a some sort of short somewhere?

Here's a rundown of why I chose each part:

  • CPU: Leftover from my last build - needed something that could handle video encoding 720p/60fps video encoding while gaming. I should have just gotten an i5 - the i7 is a bit of an overkill. Something something, future-proof. :P

  • Cooler: Decent cooler for OCing in the future. Most importantly: it's black and looks good.

  • Motherboard: This is the "central piece" of this build. Needed a black motherboard without all the visual noise the usual mobo has. The armor covers everything and gives it a clean look. It actually comes grey-colored (check pics to see the difference) but I spray painted it matte black with some Plasti Dip. I should note that I almost mATX and bought the Gryphon.

  • Memory: It was between this or the G-Skill Sniper. I thought the white accent complimented the H100i nicely, so this won. Was originally going to get the 1866 set but picked up the 1600 for a bit cheaper. I'm not too particular of RAM timings.

  • SSD: Had the 850 EVO/PRO in mind but got this for relatively cheap. Not bad. Cons: not black >.>

  • HDD: Salvaged from last build - apparently this is a good HDD? Not black either <.<

  • GPU: Went with EVGA for this build cause it simply looks the best, IMO. Would've been happy with either a 760 or 960, which I find to be the sweetspot for me. Almost bought the 960 but I found this for pretty cheap, like new! Plays my games maxed out at 1080p. The gold trim on this 770 is pretty but EVGA's 980 is all black - must be why it's so expensive.

  • Case: Cleanest case, IMO. Nothing stupid on it. Does have its drawbacks, though - could use better cable management, front dust filter is lackluster, only 2 front USB ports.

  • PSU: Why did I buy this again? Its got too much not-black on it! Anyway; it's full-mod, looks decent (cable wires are black instead of "rainbow"), platinum efficiency (psh), $30 MIR

  • Case Fans: Idk about these. They don't seem all that quieter... maybe I've got sensitive hearing? They look decent though. Update March 20: Pinpointed the main source of the build's noise to the GPU. These fans are actually pretty quiet; virtually inaudible frrom my seat.

  • LED Kit: It was cheap and lights up my case. Couldn't mount this thing in a PCI slot (mobo was blocking it) so I just stuck it behind the ODD tray. Weird mounting the LED sleeve at first but turned it out great.

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 8 points

I like the rabbit you put in the parts list XD

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Two thumbs up! Really sweet. Agree with all that cable management is very good. Enjoy!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that is a really clean build, good job!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Worked hard on this build and I'm glad you like it :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's one of the best cable management jobs I've seen.

Looks even better with the thermal armor coving the mobo. :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Tried the best I could with the cable management. I only needed to use a single Molex connector but my PSU only came with a chain of 4 so three connectors are just empty cluttering up my case. O_o

This case would benefit from a few more cable tie slots, though. Also, have you peeped the rear monitor/desk pic for some bonus cable management? :P

The thermal armor creates such a clean look. I used to have an Asus Z97 Pro. While the mobo features were fine, the thing looked so noisy.

I haven't seen any temp issues using the thermal armor even though I leave the assistant fans off most of the time. So from my experience, there really is no downside to using it (price aside, haha).

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh lol, I didn't even look at the monitors, but just did now, good job there also!

Yeah, on my computer (go to my profile to see it), my cable management was terrible at first, then a few months later I decided to clean up as much as I could. Looks way better now. :)

Huh, what made the z97-PRO more "noisy" than the rest of the motherboards? Just curious since I have a z97-A and it looks fine to me.

BTW...Since it seems to me from what your pics say that your a hardcore streamer, maybe you should buy a nice gaming chair to add more "bling" to your streams? Just a suggestion. :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job on cleaning up the cable management! Gotta get full-modular next time for the best cable management!

What I mean by "noisy" is that there are a lot of random words on the mobo, along with all the solder points, capacitors, etc. I just wanted it to look clean. Less is more, blah blah blah.

When I built my first PC, I only cared about performance. It was only later on that I began to care about the aesthetics of my build. I soon realized the parts I had purchased didn't really flow together so I sold that build and began on this project.

I'm not too particular chairs as of now. That may change, though. I only have a inexpensive chair from Ikea that I thought looked half-decent w/ random throw pillow for padding.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

kind of ghetto, but what I did with the molex is I just cut off the daisy chain (i.e. cut the cable after the first molex connector) and taped up each end with electrical tape.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play? and whats your twitch handle ( and what games do you play on twitch?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor mount/stand is that?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Link is in the description

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It was in the description but here it is again.

I highley recommend this mount. It's extremely sturdy and highly adjustable. I'm suprised how strong this thing seems, really.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Stellar job, love the cable management and clean look. Welcome to the 450D club! =)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

4 5 0 D B O Y Z

Haha, thanks. I took a look at your build as well. You stream on Twitch, too!?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah bro! I used to have a joint stream with my wife but we recently got stationed in Alaska and I'm underway on the ship a lot nowadays. She has her own channel now though, I built a new PC for her to stream on too! Used some of the parts from my 450D build but it's all good, her channel is way more successful than our joint one ever was LOL

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I have a link to your twitch channel?

By the way nice clean build looks awesome to me.

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

twitch.tv/dudleyc_

Hit me up in chat next time I'm streaming! Kappa

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the rabbit any good?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

wheres the rabbit and how good of an over clock did you get on it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

That's a clean looking built...i'd replace the fan you have on the bottom of the case with something with better SP,it is probably whats making it a bit noisy.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for the input.

I actually found that the GPU was the source of the noise. It seems the fans on it likes to buzz on and off. Not too noisy but is noticeable (especially in a "silent" build). The fans on their own are pretty quiet! But if I had a chance to buy the fans again, I would have tried out the Be Quiet Silent Wings 2.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of hardware are you using for the fans? It's hard to tell from the photos, but they look like the plastic push-in peg type...

Have you tried using the rubber type found in like OEM boxes? They work wonders for silent builds.

http://www.quietpcusa.com/Acousti-Ultra-Soft-Anti-Vibration-Fan-Mount-AFM02B-8-pack-P295.aspx

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just screws. The Corsair Quiet fans have an interesting mount. It's basically a rubber piece with a that's non-threaded. The screws themselves thread the rubber upon installation. It actually results in a extremely quiet operation.

It's just the GPU fans... >:|

Thanks for your suggestion though!

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

This is a great build, BUT the only thing that bothers me is that HDD. Seagate is known for having high failure rates for it's HDD's. I'd swap it out for a 4TB WD Black series, if you're looking for more storage. If not just go with a Caviar Blue drive.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. How did I not know this prior to purchasing it? They are a extremely popular part on here and figured they performed better than WD. I may end up purchasing another drive for RAID 1.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man, they're only popular because of the price that's the only reason. if you look at the statistics, they have a 20% annual failure rate. Meanwhile WD's 0,5%

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

I don't think that it was overkill. If you can stream while gagming from a single machine with optimal quality, i'd be impressed. Having two machines or a capture card is ideal.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't agree with two machines/cap card being ideal. Streaming from a single computer will give you the most control. Audio would also become an issue.

If the CPU is lacking, there is also the possiblity for utilizing the GPU for video encoding.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Mmm I wasn't aware of that. That would be a good option, in that case.

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