Description

Where do I start. I've been wanting to do a more custom build for a long time. I feel like I still lack the skill set and the ingenuity for some of the amazing super custom builds I see on here with heavy case mods, such building a system into an NES. However, I wanted to do something that had more personality and flair than just snapping some good components into a case and calling it a custom build.

I wanted to build the absolute best system I could for my budget, and since I was going to put high-end hardware in it I wanted to take the time and effort to go slow and pay attention to the details. So here it is, the Hyrule Warrior. I've always been a massive Zelda fan and the influences can be seen all over my office slash game room. I wanted to take that theme and build something dedicated to it.

White builds may have jumped the shark for some people, but there's something I love about white builds. They're clean, elegant, and have just a simple look to them that's uncluttered when done right. I have seen so many epic builds here on PCPP , and they all gave me a little bit of inspiration here and there for things to do with this system.

Rather than break down the individual components and explain why I chose those specific ones, I figured it talk a little bit about the bill process itself. Most of the users here are far more knowledgeable and skilled than I am, so they're very familiar with the hardware and why someone would pick a particular part. For me the interesting parts are in the little details regarding the build itself.

I wanted to keep this is clean as possible, so in the process of planning it out, I thought to myself that I wanted to custom sheath as much of the cabling as I possibly could to give it a really clean look. I've never put sheathing and shrink wrap on anything before so this was an entirely new process for me. I even went so far as to sheathe all the cables for my fans, and then go figure, when they're put into the system you don't see a single part of the cables. Go figure, all that work, and no one gets to see it. I understand that that's a bit of naivete, but I still found it amusing. I had a set of Vengeance RGB Ram that I really like, but they were black. So I strip them down sanded them and used some engine enamel paint to give them the white treatment.

The GPU was the part I was worried the most about messing up. Since I'm not made of money, if I screwed it up I wouldn't be able to easily replace it. Add to that the fact that I am terrible at painting anything and anything I've ever painted in my life is ended up with big Globs or drips on it. But I watched a few YouTube tutorials, and read some of the build breakdowns here on PCPP, and the general consensus was to make every coat light, give it time to dry, and come back and add another coat. Just don't rush it. So doing the GPU shroud took me about 15 coats, but I think it came out really well for being as inexperienced as I am. While I put the Blood Sweat and literal burns into this build, there are several people that I owe thanks to period without their advice and words of caution, I wouldn't have been able to put things together the way I did. I certainly need to thank JMmods for the Stellar work they did on that GPU backplate and SSD cover. He was even nice enough to include a Bridge and controller to sync everything up. Thank you to users EvilHedgehog & kschendel for their help sorting out my RAM issues as well.

I'm not completely done however. I've actually been designing a modification for the front panel. Once I figure out the design part, I'll take it to a company here in town to have them laser cut the front panel. Then I will mount a piece of acrylic inside and run some LEDs through both sides. If it comes out even half as good as the vision in my head, I'll be ecstatic. Anyway I hope someone enjoys this as much as I do.

UPDATE 9/15/2018 I switched to the white cable combs like recommended. I added the pictures to the gallery to update things. Will update when the Radiator sleeving arrives.

UPDATE 09/19/2018 Added pictures of the desk and room for people who asked. It's not the best setup I know, as there isnt much space for the Zelda build yet. We are in the process of designing a new desk for the office for more space. Also, the Logitech K400+ by the Zelda build is just the keyboard I use for setup on new builds. I have yet to buy a proper Keyboard and another G700 for that setup. The room is cluttered I know, I am still working on trying to split up the work and play areas lol. Only so much space, and the wife wont let me use another room in the house, IDK why? lol

UPDATE 10/04/2018 I added images with the AIO sleeving on.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 9 points

what a crappy build.

LOL jk dude its frickin awesome how it turned out. I would do +20 if i could.

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you. my lack of experience with a few things really stands out to me, but a lot of them are hidden or you have to look close to see the mistakes. lol.

  • 13 months ago
  • 5 points

I creamed. Beautiful build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 5 points

I did too building it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

The literal last thing you need is AIO sleeving:

https://cablemod.com/product/cablemod-aio-sleeving-kit-series-2-for-evga-clc-nzxt-kraken-white/

This is so clean! Perfect for Bizhawk and Ocarina of Time Randomizer!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Already ordered the sleeving kit, lol. Someone over at OC Forums also suggested that I shorten the tubing on the AIO as well.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

if you can magically do that without breaking anything then go for it

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you could reroute that aio cable to behind the mobo and back around. It looks odd just routed to the side. Take it straight up and behind the mobo then back into the w_pump header. Fantastic job elsewhere, but I also agree with the sleeving AIO tubes. No need to shorten, that is a risk not worth taking and would be a hassle if maintenance is needed. If you go that far, may as well invest in a custom loop. Really no point tho, keep it simple. These AIO's are not designed to be taken apart for good reasons. No need to.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I ordered the AIO Sleeving

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

is that the aio sleeving in your part list?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol. Love it. Check the pictures, I have the full sized Master Sword and Shield of Hyrule mounted above the TV.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

yaaaas

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes nice! I agree on white aio sleeving + white cable combs. Black doesn't look bad though

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol. That's the last on the list. Someone over at OC Forums also suggested that I shorten the tubing on the AIO as well. I ordered White Cable combs, will update once installed.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

how much was this whole build? the price shows £978.31 but im pretty sure its more than that?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The whole thing was around $2600 USD, but that wasnt all upfront cost. The RAM I had from another build, And I have been sitting on the CPU since Ryzen 2 launched. So it's been gradual, collecting parts and prepping.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the beautiful cable management, looks awesome

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your P3 Build. My Main system is a P3, needs some visual tidying though, I have let it go the last year. Yours looks great.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

The ram sticks are in the wrong slot !

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I fixed them. I switched them around a bunch during troubleshooting when the system wasn't posting. I ended up having to update my BIOS for the Ryzen 2 CPU. I was so happy to have everything working, I neglected to swap them back after. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like your build

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I appreciate it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

feature

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the Vote!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Greatness!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much!! I am shocked to see it is a feature.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Your R2 build is stellar. Out-of-this-world. Love it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

thx! : 3

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

can we get a desk pic?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ill take one when I get back to the office.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Added Pics of the desk and room. It all fits a gaming/geek theme

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

that is a really nice setup. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. Now that's a good looking build.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I really appreciate all the upvotes. I am surprised and glad so many people like it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Now you can finally play the Wand of Gamelon at 69 fps

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

You make jokes... but that's the only reason I bought a CD-i back in the day. So terrible. How they got away with the license... Nintendo never got over that. /smh

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

CLEAN! This is awesome. Great job +1!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Super clean! Great build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, that 1080 backplate is beautiful. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you! Check out JMmods. He does great work.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree about the clean look of white builds, its why I went for white/black for my first build. Love the attention to detail here.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Your setup is so clean. I need to get my desk that way. Love it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, dude, dude... DUDE! from one Zelda fan to another, this build is epic.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much. I am working on a couple more changes and upgrades, will add pics as I do.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Get like a action figure or a funco pop of Zelda/Link

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Those look really cool on some systems, I like the clean look of this one, wouldn't want to put a commercially manufactured figure in it. There are a couple awesome customizations coming though. I think people will love them.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks insane man, great job!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, you freaking nailed this build. This damn PC is the easily in my top 3 favorite white themed PC builds. I have been meaning to add white sleeves to my AIO tubes (check my build out if you want!) but college and bills got in the way :/ need a white GPU too, I might see if someone can paint mine. Idk why white components are so hard to find.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I sincerely appreciate the comments and accolades. I worked hard on it. I painted my Strix 1080 with Dupli-Color White Engine Enamel. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00296CI58/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1.

I agree completely on the limited number of white components out there. You can totally paint the GPU yourself, man. I was REALLY scared to do mine, but it came out great. Get the paint, a set of Sandpaper with 400, 600, 800, 1200 sheets, and wet sand the shroud in the sink, starting with the 400, and work your way up to the 1200. Blow it dry with the compressor, then let it dry for a day. Then go SLOW. VERY light coats. It will take about 8 coats before you even completely cover all the original color. Then a couple extra coats for a solid finish.

If you are nervous about doing it and can't find anyone to paint it, let me know. You can ship me your shroud and Ill paint it for you.

P.S> - I love your build. It's beautiful. I really love the Crystal Series cases. They look so cool. And the AIO Sleeving makes all the difference in the world. It's well made to. Props to CableMod for that.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

What was your experience with the Corsair water cooler? Would you recommend it to me or did you discover a few problems?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I have used about 70 of them now in personal and client builds, and I have only had a couple need replaced or have problems in the first couple years. So, I am comfortable with them. They arent the flashiest or nicest looking coolers out there, but they work, with few problems, which is nice.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Duuuude! This is soooo awesome! Including your whole gaming room! If you started up a "Gaming Renovation" business I'd gladly fly you up to where I live haha! 10/10 Aesthetics 10/10 Color Scheme 10/10 Awesomeness man! Huge fan!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the praise! We actually do setups. My clients generally have more money/space than I do, so their setups that we do are better lol. I am constrained space wise in our home, so I am trying to make do . We started doing gaming/theater rooms last year for customers. It's my favorite part of what we do.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I bet man! It would seem like a blast putting all of that high tech gold into an area that would appease the clientele and then on top seeing what the outcome looks like afterwards...man let me know if you have some people like you in Alaska haha, because the cleanliness in your build is very appealing as well!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

sexy af 10/10

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You very much

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I will be forever in love with this build. Great job OP!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I have an itch for a new build, so this is probably going up on eBay soon.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

How are temps with only push fans on the radiator?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

2-3 Hours into GR:W, CPU is at 50-55 C , GPU running 63C. Pretty consistent with most games.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

From start to finish how long did this take you? It's really nice, I can't help being obsessive over how neat and colourful it is!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I worked over time as I collected a few extra components. But once I started the actual build process, about 25 Hours total including the customization of cables and the like.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Still one of the nicest builds I've seen on PCPP +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You very much. I appreciate it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome man! +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!! I am pretty proud of it!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I am also thinking of painting the ssd white so it doesn't stick out.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

So so beautiful!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I love all these black/white builds, definitely a trend I can get behind. nj!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I've done several crazy off-the-wall super RGB builds that are nothing but flashy lights all over the place, I wanted to do something that's clean and presentable that had a theme that unified it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I love clean white builds. I have a question though. You're GPU brace seems too low to do anything? Is it touching your GPU shroud?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. I'll add an image. It has risers of 2 heights, I am using the taller one. Should I paint the riser white too??

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the gaming room more than anything! This is what gamers who grow up to be adults should aspire too! You've got my +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build, would love to build something like this.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I am shooting for an all white build myself in a couple of months and you gave me a bunch of good ideas and stuff to watch for, thanks!!

Just curious, how is that thermal conductive pad working out with you temp wise? I've been wanting to give them a try but I've heard thermal paste is still better.. I would still switch for the sake of no more mess and clean-up lol

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! I look forward to seeing your upcoming build. Regarding the pads I'm only using them to hold the GPU Backplate cover in place. I use thermal paste for the GPU heatsink. The pads just cover the memory.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

wut backplate? looks sexy

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The Backplate is custom design of my own, made by JMMods. And Thank You!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

A truly impressive work/play space you've created. Man you've got some sweet toys there.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it man, very clean build, great theme and high performance. Only thing that kinda hurts my eyes in this massively white build, is the black radiator... Paint that bad boy glossy or matte white, which ever matches better. Then the black of the fans are on the radiator act more as an accent of black rather than the black fans and black radiator which kinda stand out (in my opinion of course).

But that would be my only criticism.

Either way, great build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thumbs up mate that is super clean looking build I'm very impressed!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! In the compabilities it says there is a error how did you solve it?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's with the Motherboard, may need a BIOS update for Ryzen 2nd Gen CPU's & Higher RAM Speeds, in my case, it did. Otherwise, No Issues. Just make sure you update your board is all.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one sick build my dude! How is the cable management with the Corsair hub(s)?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! It's actually pretty good. To be fair, while MOST of the cable management in the back is pretty neat and concise, the RGB hub for the GPU Backplate and SSD cover are not sync capable, as they have a VERY simplistic controller that connects to the PSU molex. As such, because of the length of those cables, that hub and wiring is kind of just stuffed under the PSU Shroud towards the front of the case. Not Ideal, but it gets the job done. The corsair hubs are great. They are affixed to the back of motherboard mounting plate

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Probably one of the best builds I've seen, no joke. I'm inspired greatly by your build, I'm in the process of picking out my parts for my own white and black build. Honestly, it makes me sad looking at your build because mine will probably never look this clean with the beautiful white cables and GPU. Truly amazing and if my first build which will be finished in maybe 1 or 2 months is even half as good, I would be impressed. I simply don't have the skill to put together something like this masterpiece but I hope I'll at least get close in my own custom build. Fantastic, dude.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I truly appreciate the props. It was my first serious customization build. I have built about 700 systems, but 95% were of the shelf Lego builds, just snap in parts, hide most of the cables and install. Easy-Peasy. Seeing some of the insanely awesome builds here on PCPP pumped me to try something a little more clean and detailed. I love it, Ready to build the next one. Then fun is in the build for me, I just don't have enough time to use it! lol. I cannot wait to see your build, send me a link!! I love looking at what other people do, it gives me ideas!!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the support, I'll be sure to let you see the build! I'm using the 1080 Strix like you but yours is flawlessly customized with white, makes me think mine will look so bland in comparison, I do not know how to make it look nice as well. So many aspects of your build inspire me, it's crazy dude. I know I already said it, but wow, amazing build It looks better every time I click on this page.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I am excited to see it. Unless you want to save the work and buy mine! lol. Going to have to fund the next project somehow my wife says.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get yours to run, i have the same Cpu and MB, my ram is slower than yours 3000Mhz and a rx 580 Gpu, and i cannot get mine to boot... it has no input to my monitor then restarts in a loop with the same results. I have done everything from putting just one stick of ram in the system to moving my Gpu from Pci to pci ports. (having 2 x16 PCI-E ports on board) with no success i have the bois ready to update, and windows ready to install, just cannot get to any of the MB boot pages. Any advice would be great.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

You HAVE to install 3.50 First in BIOS. Here is the link: https://www.asrock.com/support/BIOSIG.asp?cat=BIOS8

After that is updated, you can update to the latest. Aso, Make sure you are looking at the right board, as there is an Wireless AC version of this board, and a standard, and the driver sets are totally different.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

if i buy your build, does it come with the zelda plates, or will i have to get that on my own?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

That build comes as is. Every single part. Its a complete system.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the sleeving you have in the part list the same as the one in the build? it looks kind of different.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Same exact kit. They stretch it in the image, but that is the sleeving I used for all the cables.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

where do you get that gpu shelf protector thing ?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are referring to the GPU Backplate, I got it from JMMods.com. He does amazing work!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You could've gotten a 2070 for cheaper than a 1080 my guy. But awesome build nevertheless!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the props! But actually, No. This was built way before RTX was announced. Bad timing for me I guess!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build man, I myself am trying to do a white build and you have been a great example of how to do it right. My only question was with the cables from the AIO, how did you get those in white cause it looks like the cables that come with it are in black only.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I am late but on the motherboard whenver i turn the pc off the red light doesnt go away but everything else works fine.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely love it!

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It is among my favorites, while not my favorite. But for some applications, amazing. Your build is clean. I like it.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that. I don't know that it is feature worthy, but I appreciate the vote of confidence and appreciation!

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have plans for the front panel. I'll have it laser cut with a Zelda design I'm mocking up in PS. I'll post here later. But with the cutout it will increase the amount of airflow in the case.