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.