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UPDATE #2: I finally replaced the PSU and put in something fully modular so I could have a bit more control of the power cables and the complete mess that was happening behind closed doors. My original intent was to complete the set with some white-sleeved cables I ordered, but after seeing how the stock EVGA cables came wrapped and matched nicely with the existing tubing for the Cooler, I opted to ditch that entirely and return them for the $80.

I think the black cabling looks awesome now. And how about how good the back looks?

I also replaced the stock corsair fans for the H100i v2 with their High Static Pressure models and continued with the white rings on those.

While it was going in the direction of a black/white build, it was starting to feel forced and anything I can do to up the graphite/grey tones will be upped, but otherwise this is probably where I'll be landing for the foreseeable future.

I initially deleted older pictures of the build's early stages. I've put them up again starting after the photo of the closed case under my desk. Those will probably bring light to some of the earliest comments on the build. It can also show you what a guy can learn in about a week of on and off free time.

A NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE ASUS ROG BUYERS/LED ENTHUSIASTS: I initially wanted the Motherboard and GPU Aura effects to both match the "white" tone, but no matter what I did I could not get the LEDs of both to match up, DESPITE there being a grayscale slider in both Aura control programs (which are intuitive but not specific enough). It's probably an issue of the white balance on the LEDs themselves. In the end I turned off the Aura Effects on the Motherboard entirely, which is fine since the GPU hides the LEDs from view 95% of the time. The GPU has a slight EV/Purple coloration to it's "white", while the Motherboards's is blue-ish. I've attached a photo of those on as well to show you how crazy it could make you (last photo in the set).


UPDATE!: I rearranged my fans and now it shouldn't be the unpleasing disaster it was before.

I still have some cleaning up to do but any additional thoughts are welcome.

Thanks!


I finally made the decision to jump back into PC gaming. This time building it out myself. I spent a good 2-3 days reading up and checking out the builds and configurations on here.

Hands down, I couldn't have done it without the detailed feedback and help from the community on PCPartPicker. Thank you all for helping and supporting each other! It helps those just reading along tremendously.

I didn't have an aesthetic in mind but had originally purchased the 1070 to throw in a Razer Core to go with my Razer Blade 2016. After I read up on some of the first round of impressions on the Core and bottlenecking, my wet feet told me I could probably throw together a dedicated gaming rig for the same cost of the Core and probably learn a hell of a lot to boot.

All the materials were purchased in an afternoon at the local Fry's, except for the ASUS ROG STRIX 1070. So I didn't get the best internet price going in, but I plan to follow up with their pricematch once the dust has settled. (Thank you Fry's for being my part shop during this with your gentle return policy and outstanding 30 guarantee).

I already returned the ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard I originally picked up and replaced it with the MAXIMUS VIII HERO. I'm so glad I did. The extra dedicated Fan Controls and Water Pump have got me cool as a cucumber. Though frankly, it was primarily to future-proof my rig slightly more for just $20 extra bucks.

When I was in there a second time, I pulled out the Hard Disk bay in the case entirely, replaced my cooler with the H100i and stocked in a few more fans and cleaned the cables a third time.

I'm just a little overclocked on the GPU at the moment, I'm still reading up on it all. Where should I go from here? As you can see I did a little re-cabling, and I KNOW I need to replace that GPU Power supply cable ASAP.

Do I tone down and refine the aesthetics? I put in the White LED Fans to kick up the light on the shroud of the the Motherboard. I dug how that looked so I tried to match that on the GPU too, but ended up with an almost UV quality to that light source after playing around in the settings. That's where the name is coming from at the moment.

Overclocking tips for newbies? I want to develop an understanding even if this isn't the best set up to go on. But I get the impression I did my homework right so far... If you know why it wouldn't be, please advise!!!

Any feedback is much appreciated. :D

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  • 36 months ago
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I like that case a lot. It really looks nice. Do you have the side fans as intake and the top exhaust? If so that should be good since hot air rises.

  • 36 months ago
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Yea, that's how I have them set up but I definitely going to push the radiator up in the front panel. It's looking crazy splitting the middle in there right now.

Both the white LED fans are pumping exhaust as you suggested.

I think I went overkill trying to flush three fans along the front. :P

  • 35 months ago
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Are you sure a push pull setup will fit?

  • 35 months ago
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On either side of the radiator? Surely not with the size of the 1070...

  • 35 months ago
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Thanks for the info. Nice build

  • 36 months ago
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I have the same case and I would like to make a suggestion if you dont mind... I would move the corsair cooler to the top of the front panel and mount both fans on the radiator as intake. This was you would keep the cpu cool and blow air over the gpu. Put 2 fans as exhaust on the top and 1 at the rear. You have good components and can make an excellent build. As for the power supply, I think its ok for now. I am running EVGA 1080 FE in SLI on a corsair RM850x. Good luck

  • 36 months ago
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hello there. i'm currently eyeing this case and can i know whether the EVGA SuperNOVA 650W G1 PSU which is 180mm long will have any fitting/cable management problems?

  • 36 months ago
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How wide is it? The mount is pretty big. I actually picked up a Corsair SF600 to replace this temporaryThermaltake one with but it was too small for the PSU cage on the case. (only 100mm wide instead of 150mm like the Thermaltake).

If you lose the HDD casing inside the shroud you get plenty of space to work with and cable management shouldn't be much of an issue there.

  • 36 months ago
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Thanks for the feedback!

How are you liking the case?

Aesthetically it's good in my books but I wish I had another cm or so to work above the motherboard. I can probably streamline and come up with the space but so many times I've been running into configurations conflicting with the memory placement by just a hair.

Also. Man that PSU shroud is a pain, right?

  • 36 months ago
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Also. How does one handle the GPU exhaust with a pretty standard ATX board placement like this? That's what I've really been trying to wrap my head around...

The 3 fans on the 1070 push all the hot air down away from the GPU, but heat rises! I initially took the bottom fan on the front and made it an exhaust to try to reduce some of that heat rising through the case, but I get the feeling th PSU shroud just bounces all that air back up before it has a chance to get pulled out.

The fans mounted on top in front and above the H100 were intake as well.

Maybe losing one fan in general....

  • 36 months ago
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Great job pickimg the components your build truly is a force to be reckoned with..but my only problem, well 2 problems are: Firstly and this is really insignificant please try colour coordinating your build..pick a colour scheme and stick to it. Your components are RGB and can easily be changed to match the rest of the parts. Secondly and this has already been pointed out i think you should reposition your radiator in the front a bit further up so that you can re-route the tubing better. That's all. Great Build, especially if it's your firat one.

  • 36 months ago
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Thanks for the advice.

That cooler is totally moving up when I can crack it open after work today.

I'm less focused on the colors right now since I have some control. I quite honestly cannot stand red and black as an aesthetic and white boards and pieces always come across looking cheap and dirty IMO. Once I land on a configuration I'll reinvest in cabling and double down on color. Maybe silver/gray wiring to match the brushed metal look of the board. Just no red.

  • 36 months ago
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I totally agree with you about the whole black and red theme..not really a fan either. Grey on the other hand would look really cool plus not many people out there have a grey/silver themed build.

Also the edited Build looks amazing! Just pure badass. Great job!

  • 36 months ago
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Thanks man! I updated it again with where I'm pretty much landing with it for now.

Graphite /Silver is in my bones now. I'm hoping I come across some more parts that I might be able to move in that direction.

I've seen gold-sleeved cabling but I haven't found a vendor with silver or grey yet, seems so ideal...

  • 36 months ago
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Hey how was the experience building in that case?

  • 36 months ago
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As a first time builder, I thought it was going to be a breeze. It's definitely easier than when I used to open up and switch out parts in my cases in the late 90s...

That said, the PSU shroud is a total pain in the butt--unweildy, flimsy, can only click into place from a couple points of entry. I'd probably buy something else if I was planning a build further in advance.

Honestly, I'm tempted to replace the case entirely because bits and pieces are running into one another more than I would expect. But taking the sides off and digging into the main area is so quick and easy that it's hard to really dislike it.

Installing a radiator in the front with even the flatest of screws causes the dust shield to push away slightly, tarnishing it's usefulness. That is also peeving me.

  • 36 months ago
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What's wrong with the radiator placement i see a lot of builds with it right there?

  • 36 months ago
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Initially I had it on the lower front because I was having trouble with the fit. It looked totally haphazard. I've since updated and am much more pleased with the general layout.

  • 36 months ago
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Im new to pc building and i thought the first one looked fine , but what do i know lol

  • 36 months ago
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I just put up some pics that show where it was in the beginning...

Wrapping my head around the physical mechanics of putting all the pieces together for the first time was quite the mental chore that day. Just getting it put together and having it turn on when I pressed the button was enough excitement for myself to throw my arms up and shout out loud.

I could barely see the thing for how it looked anymore so the snap feedback I got was super helpful (if not a little embarrassing). But I'm so happy with where I'm at now.

  • 35 months ago
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I missed this one. Great job.

Thumbs up.

  • 35 months ago
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Man just saw this build, excellent first build man. I dunno how your gonna top the Noctua BH4 though :) that thing is on fire!

  • 35 months ago
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Thanks!!! This was the tip of the iceberg that started the obsession going. The whole time I was thinking about what i'd do better.

Holy cow. I know! I had no idea it would take off like it has! Totally exceeded any expectations. I'm honored. I've been linking to your bh2 when people ask about the case too! trying to get you some more love on that beauty!

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  • 36 months ago
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Lol. Hey! Gut reactions help too!

The intake/outtake and h100 setup has been driving me bonkers throughout the reinstall process. Staring at the thing from 5 inches away certainly doesn't help either. I could tell it was all caddywhompus once I uploaded the photos but that's a work in progress for ya.

speak your truth. I'm made of thicker stuff than this plexi paneling.

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  • 36 months ago
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Damn lol