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Premium Looking Without the Premium Cost [Build 1: Revision 2]

by eharvey328


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CPU Clock Rate

4.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

16.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

900 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.38 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C


There is little resemblance from the beginning of this build to where it is now. It has been 7 months now since the my first post: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Cpd - Extreme Couponing: Mid-Range PC Edition. 7 months ago my main goal for the system was max power for budget, over those 7 months I now greatly value aesthetics. The little upgrades I did really polished the build and makes it much more visually attractive.

Reddit Post: http://redd.it/1tuww9

Upgrades Include:

Changed side panel to a vent-less window

Painted XFX 7950 plaque blue, but later sanded it to aluminum

1TB WD Blue drive for game storage

H80i CPU cooler

CM Storm MX Blue keyboard

Logitech G602 mouse

2x Enermax T.B. Silence fans

Bitfenix sleeved cable extensions

2nd maching Acer monitor


I did originally build the system with upgrading in mind. It was a solid core to build upon and now that I am (mostly) complete I couldn't be happier. I'm not going to write a term paper sized description like last post, so please feel free to ask me about my thoughts and upgrade choices- I am glad to help.

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leftyrojas430 1 Build 7 points 62 months ago

It...it's... Beautiful!!! Did you mod the window yourself or does corsair sell a replacement side panel for the 300r?

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 4 points 62 months ago

Haha thanks! I did it myself with the materials from Home Depot and a dremel to cut it.

Sulman 6 points 62 months ago

To follow up on Lefty's question, do you mind offering more detail on how to make that window ventless? Is it something an amateur could do? Anymore info on this would be greatly appreciated. Great build!

leftyrojas430 1 Build 4 points 62 months ago

Was it a difficult thing to do? And did you reference to things like forums or youtube?

twaelbroeck 5 points 62 months ago

Good Lord. This is absolutely beautiful. I love everything about it lol. Cable management is top notch (your sleeved cables seriously complete the build. care to link to where you got them?).

GPU looks great with the aluminum, btw. How is it doing with the 6300? Got any benchmarks for us? Have you done any OCing yet?

Sorry for the 20 Qs lol. Top notch build. +10 if I could!

P.S. Guitar looks gorgeous AND somehow matches the color scheme. :)

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 62 months ago

Thank you! I got the sleeved cables here: http://goo.gl/tqR7Pi.

The 6300 is fine with the 7950, I will try to get some benchmarks here soon, having some problems right now.

As for my OCing I have only done a minor OC on the GPU (960/1380) and I haven't yet done any CPU OCing.

timpeteut 3 points 62 months ago

I love the clean build and the les paul +1

zightbaoe 1 Build 2 points 62 months ago

I wish I had known about that case before I built mine. Nice build also

djsav 1 Build 2 points 62 months ago

simply wow !

swright36 2 points 60 months ago

Nice Les Paul ya got there ;)

Jozmtr 2 points 59 months ago

looks at first build


looks at revised


TooGood 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

twaelbroek is right! That is a STUNNING setup. I'd give +1000 if I could...

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Thank you! Feedback like this means a lot.

jtaku 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

You can put rubber grommets on the 300r, just get the 350D rubber Gromments for only 3.99Usd on corsair's website http://www.corsair.com/en-us/350d-grommet-kit i guarantee they fit look at this fourm http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/51539-300r-compatible-grommets/ So u can make this build look more premium :) I love the custom window

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

That's great! For $4 I might as well put them in. Thanks for the info.

mateuszr 1 point 62 months ago

Wow. This needs to be upvoted more. This is amazing.

By the way, did you buy your two monitors separately? One's $129 and the other's $119...

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

I bought them at two different times. The $119 was the first from ebay, then I just bought the other during black friday for $129

Irollmyface 1 point 62 months ago

Stunning! That cable management is so impressive! I bet you wish the sticker on the PSU was blue though huh? By the way where did you manage to get the custom side panel from?

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Ya I thought about buying another PSU but I have a hard time justifying another $100 for a blue sticker, haha. I made the sidepanel myself using a dremel to cut an acrylic panel from home depot: http://goo.gl/rRJlgV.

PapaRay90 1 point 62 months ago

Very sweet looking blue-ish build.I just got a nerd boner !

Tellement 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Very nice build! Love the blue lights, check out my build.

DiscoMagician 1 point 62 months ago

For the LEDs. Was the strip that came too long/ too short/ just right?

I just bought this case for the build I recently finished and I want to put in LEDs eventually. I don't really know how much I'd need though.

Also, was that a difficult process and would it be possible to do after the initial assembly without having to take everything apart?

+1 It looks great

Broadsky 1 point 62 months ago

OMG, i plan getting the monitors, theyre so smaxy!

nickabong122 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

where did u get the ventless side panel

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

I made it.

nickabong122 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

oooooo u should make me one

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Ahh no need, you can do it because it is very easy. Just go to home depot and grab a $10 sheet of acrylic, trace the old panel onto it, and cut the lines (slowly) with a dremel. If you mess up (like I did) just go grab another $10 piece of acrylic.

nickabong122 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

ok cool ty for the info

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

np. If you need me to take pics of how I did it I will do that. Though like I said, it is fairly self explanatory.

tster14 1 point 62 months ago

how are you running the air flow of the build

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

140mm intake in the front, two 120mm exhaust on top, PSU is bottom intake, and the H80i is in push pull.

Vorck 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

This is absolutely glorious. But that yellow power supply... did it have to be? Love that side panel mod though.

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

Thank you. The power supply was purchased during the time when ascetics didn't matter to me. Now I regret that. Though I will more than likely be "debadging" it soon.

dan1229 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Do you like the NZXT Hue? I wanted to get one for my build but the LEDs look very spread out and kinda crappy in all the builds but the price and control seems too good too pass up Also what do you think of the g602? I was looking for a mouse and that seems like a very good option

ninjacupcake22 1 point 60 months ago

Wow this is just a awesome computer. Mind if i use it to build mine, it is just so good. Also Do you recommend this build if i plan to game? (skyrim,diablo,etc) like big games that need dedicated stuff?

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Thank you! Go for it man, I feel this is a great system for any 1080p gaming. The 3GB VRAM on the 7950 is great for large textures like skyrim and diablo. Perhaps take a look at some of the new r9 series cards if you don't want to be a generation behind though.

Best of luck.

davidspadaccini 1 point 60 months ago

Hey eharvey328! Love this build, I'm building my computer quite similar to yours, but I don't know what NZXT LED lights you bought, I have the same case, but which lights did you purchase? I can't find the multi-color strip at all!

ninjacupcake22 1 point 60 months ago

thanks for the help and the tips really appreciate it!

drbau5 1 point 59 months ago

Amazing build, how the Logitech G602, I'm interested in buying one of those.

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

I enjoy it quite a bit. I am a palm/claw grip hybrid and I find it comfortable. It has good weight to it and the wireless aspect is wonderful. Also, it has been nearly 6 months now and I am yet to change the batteries. I think for the price it is hard to beat, though the new g502 logitch is showing off looks interesting.

drbau5 1 point 59 months ago

Thanks for the reply, I am currently looking for mice, so your review of the mouse will help. Appreciate the response.

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

If it helps I can tell you a bit more detail.

First the left & right click have a good force required for them, they are not super light like the deathadder. There is no accidental clicking.

The wheel lacks a bit for me. It has a decent semi rubbery texture to it but it is quite thin and the scrolling feels a bit cheap.

The 6 MMO style buttons above the thumb are perfectly placed, I never accidentally hit them yet still easy to reach. The problem is they are thin buttons and kinda smash together if you aren't very accurate with it. Also, these buttons are hard plastic and triangular, so you press the point of it which isn't the most comfortable, but it doesn't really bother me much.

I love the materials. The thumb area has this nice hard textured rubbery material that I like. The grippy palm area is a softer rubbery reeling but not in an annoyingly sticky way. And the left & right click has a good quality feeling plastic. Unlike like the plastic you find on those $10, it is a thicker heavier plastic.

I had a bit of tracking issues because I had my wireless headphone receiver right next to the mouse receiver. If you have skipping problems just use the receiver extender and place it away from the other receivers. I haven't had any tracking or skipping issues since.

I use a soft/velvety mousepad and it slides quite smoothly along it and doesn't have any slipping. If you use a hard mousepad and prefer it to slide around it will. On my bare desk it is quite slippery. It slides about an extra inch after a normal push.

The only complaint I have when it comes to the grip of it is that my pinky kinda gets lost off the right side of it with no real place to lay. I rest my pointer on the left click and my middle finder on the right click and there is only a bit of room left on the right side for my ring and pinky finger which usually results in the tip of my pinky to be on the mousepad.

drbau5 1 point 59 months ago

Thank you sir, that extra detail helps.

xtcnemesis 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Nicely done! Was it hard changing the window to a ventless one? I was thinking of doing the same since the vents just completely ruin the look of the case.

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

It took me 2 times to cut it the way I wanted it with the dremel, but I am terrible with that thing. So no, it was definitely an easy swap.

nehemiahawesome1 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

that looks absolutely cool with the led lights and everything. a little expensive though. could have shopped around

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks! the led strip has been changed from the hue strip to a much better 5050 strip. For the original build I shopped around like crazy. Ebay, open box, you name it I searched for it. The base tower was ~$650 total. Do mind this setup was build 1 year ago so prices have since fallen.

nehemiahawesome1 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

i understand

braeden515 1 point 56 months ago

How is the CPU? I'm thinking of using it in my build.

coldfirex44 1 point 55 months ago

I want your monitors.. TT

GMAN-DV8 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Very nice build, by the way how is tht h80i treating you and are you still running it?

RRRilind 1 point 51 months ago

I know this is a late comment but im looking to get that monitor, good contrast ratio/does it look top notch?

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya I know Linus did a video on these monitors and was impressed by them. To me that means a lot since he has a much more first hand knowledge of many, more expensive monitors. To my eye it is superb. I do quite a bit of photoshop work and find the colors/contrast/brightness/viewing angles all to be great. Hard to call it top notch since that title is probably held for the $500 asus monitors but for >$200 I wouldn't get any other.

RRRilind 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks a lot! Looks good, especially if Linus gave it a good review!

jman5625 1 point 48 months ago

That build is beautiful. What is your background?

Harvey_TM 1 point 47 months ago

Epic build and setup mate!

Riotman2 1 point 34 months ago

Anything changed 2 years down the line . Also would you recommend the headset and keyboard.

eharvey328 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Wow 2 years already! I still love the headset, sound is great still though the ear cup fabric gets a bit dirty. My guess is that now there are better options (newer tech and all), but ya I do still enjoy my headset. The keyboard is sort of a different story. After the first year I began to have some issues with the LEDs. Most of them still work, but 9 of the keys on the left have gone out (and no it's not a custom mode). Also the cable is flaky has heck; any micro movement and it loses connection (with any port).

Riotman2 1 point 33 months ago

Thx for replying

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