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.
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