Description

This my first computer build that I have ever done. The rig is going to mainly be used for graphic design and using programs such as Lightroom, Photoshop and Corel Painter. I just needed a computer to handle the everyday use of those programs, as I am not a gamer. Might be overkill, but it was fun to build. I knew I wanted something that was clean looking and not a lot of color, i was looking for an industrial look, not sure I achieved it.

CPU: I choose the i5 because i wanted the latest processor and I have a similar one in my laptop and it is working fine. I wanted the i7, but really didn't want to pay the extra $150, and I didn't really see the benefit, for what I needed if for.

CPU Cooler: I wanted a black cooler and this one seemed to get a lot of good reviews, so I went with this. It was easy to install. I took off the stock fan, that had a blue led, this wasn't going to work with my case theme. I wish I could of found a white led with a black fan. The Enermax PWM fan is what I went with.

Motherboard: The MSI motherboard has a all Black matte board, and this really was the main reason I choose it. It looks sharp and clean in the case. I did have one problem with it, Case fan header #1, would not start my Enermax 140mm exhaust fan, unless i nudged it. I just hooked it directly to a molex plug, since it wasn't a PWM fan. My conclusion was that the Enermax fan probably needs more voltage to start the fan, and the motherboard wasnt producing enough start voltage.

Memory: Went with something different then I see on most builds, its black and it was inexpensive. It looks nice in the case.

Storage: The Samsung 850 is a good SSD, again it was black with a hint of silver/grey. I plan on buying another and mount it below the other. I mounted the current on with some 2 sided velcro.

Video Card: Wish I could afford a card with more bling, I opted for a simple video card that would just get the job done for my purposes. Again it was black and also did not need extra power, so no power cables visible.

Case: When I first saw this case, I knew that was the one I wanted to complete my build. It was nice and roomy on the inside and it just looked sharp and clean. I know the glass/acrylic will get spots on it from handling it, but I traded that for a view of the whole case.

Power: Black, modular, and good reviews made my decision on the power supply. Plenty of power.

Operating System: Windows 10......it works.

Case Fans: The majority of the fans are Enermax PWM fans. I liked them for the color and they look sharp with the silver side grill. I also have 2 Xigmatek PWM fans on the top of the case, not really in love with them, might swap them out for 2 more Enermax.

Monitor: Current is a older HP, does the job, hoping to get AOC in the near future.

Case lighting: I added 1 30cm strip of Alchemy 2.0 led lights to the top of the case, makes it look good, but it does leave it a bit shadowy towards the bottom. MIght added a smaller strip near the bottom in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You should put pic No.6 as main pic :-P That's an awesome camera job and a very solid build!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love the power of the 750 ti. I'm rocking one in my build right now and it handles everything I want it to, even ARK!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good! Nice pictures.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Would the front fans not fit in the mounts at the front of the case where the 140 fan was originally mounted? Or was this more of an aesthetic thing to have the metal sides visible? Also, I'd mount that Evo at the bottom right for a more visually appealing look. +1 either way.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct, moving the fans to the inside was done for aesthetic reasons only. They would of fit very nicely on the outside also. I did think about moving the SSD lower, but like I stated above, I'm going to be purchasing a second one and that bottom right is where it will sit. Thanks mate!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit similar to my build. 6600K and 750Ti So far no complain or no lags when doing the job?

Mind to check mine? Would love your feedback about that.

/p/BX6gD3

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I had no problem with the build. The Phanteks was so roomy, even when I moved the front face fans into the inside. Your parts list looks good. Do you have a theme?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. It does not have a theme. LOL.

I noticed your build has a bit more fans than I do. Perhaps I also should add some more to make pc cooler.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice +1 Going to build mine this week, same CPU, GPU and motherboard :)

I thought the motherboard only allows control of 3 fans?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The i5 you chose makes your graphics card look cheap... But all in all good build, can never go wrong building in a phanteks case