INTRO/MOD: My first entry to the PC (and OC) Master Race! #r/pcmasterrace. I'm fourteen, but wanted to build my own computer since my bar mitzvah of December 2013. I made this casemod because of two things: A) Goddammit I hate all unmodded all-black cases, they're unoriginal and don't represent the gamers who use them including likes and dislikes B) I was going to do a 2014 Game recap/ showcase (Titanfall, Ghosts, Watch Dog(e)s and others), but then realized that going from a Carbide 540 originally planned to a HAF-XB, led me to decide that I wouldn't have enough area! And my room has too many solid and plain colors, white, pale blue, and mahogany brown ;). The Acid Etch Primer is extremely difficult to use, I had to use all of it to fill in half of the rip-offs that occured. Imagine walking into your garage to see a stripe of pure steel showing from your all-black primer! The sanding is also a pain, so be warned! Sand till it's flat, not only till you see metal.
THE BUILD: The build went fantastically, except that the 24pin mobo connector was incompletely pushed in on first boot, which scared me a lot, and that windows 8.1 Pro for Students (No way on god's green Earth am I paying 150 bucks for that!) had to be installed via a flash USB, not an external hard drive, which made installation originally a pain.
The Mod: It started with a heavy-handed dose of primer, and lots of sweats, screams, and sobs due to the primer ripping off a plurality of times. Then again, I was impatient! The auxiliary (Mesh/Drive Bays/X-Docks) Gold color is a true 24k color and stands out fantastically. But first, let me explain how i got so good at cable managing (by removing everything else in it's way of course!). In a fit of rage as I was attempting to attach the behemoth of a cable through the cable router between the X-Docks and Drive Bays, in a fit of rage I discarded all of my common sense cages out with it, screws still attached. With that, I attached a cable tie and proceeded to attach my: USB3.0; 2x PCIe 8-Pin; and 24 Pin ATX Motherboard Connector from the PSU to the Motherboard itself. I then pushed the bundle into the deadzone between the front Scythe 120mm fans to ensure optimal airflow. The deep scratch in the middle of the side panel isn't intentional but adds to the looks, and so is the front panel being dented and scratched
Cooling: My Intel-Based Core-i7 4770K runs hot like a mofo on the stock cooler, I definitely recommend a better cooler, like a hyper 212 EVO, which I am buying very soon. The triple-fan solutiion on my Gigabyte GTX 770 4gb WINDFORCE is hilariously silent and powerful, letting me bring my clocks to the brink (Gigabyte only has to know when my card dies of "random problems"). The fans, especially the 200mm Bitfenix, which had to be fit weirdly, are quite silent for the CFM they produce. And my Crucial Ballistix Elite ram looks sexy AF and keeps temps down, for those of you who are into that ;).
Performance: CoD Ghosts is what I benchmarked first, after Valley, of which I got a 2000 Score with min FPS 23, Max 91, and Average 50 on full presets. That is since because that's what finished first on steam. The game runs on higher than Nvidia Recommended Settings and kicks its *** at 1080p. I replaced my dad's aging ASUS monitor for a newer slim ACER monitor with better color reproduction. Titanfall is amazing, like no joke, fricking awesome. Garry's mod and Tf2 run without lag, which is expected! And Planetary Annihilation runs wait for it..... SMOOTH LIKE BUTTA! CoD only crashed once, which was on the train scene (will not fill in rest of scene due to spoilers).
Parts (Thoughts): Intel Core-i7 4770K: Lovely CPU, needs better stock cooler, albeit it's ok. Using it next year for robotics and 3d modeling for our 3d printer at school. Crucial Ballistix Elite 16Gb 1866 CL9: Beautiful, Powerful, Cost-Effective RAM Motherboard: ASUS quality, hilariously easy installation, awesome looks, epic BIOS, great features/programs Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4Gb WINDFORCE Speakers: Dad's old Klipsch Surround-Sound System (2000s)