Description

Added a custom water cooling kit along with some Avexir RAM (32gb).

If you are thinking of adding water cooling to the Enthoo Luxe and are thinking, "Hey, I reallllly want a 420 MM Rad in there!", be careful what kind of kit you get, that RAD is huge so in my case having the reservoir and pump in one unit made it a pain in the @$$ to install. Not to mention just the sheer size of the radiator.

All and all I love this build, and short of maybe adding another card for xFire, and upgrading the SSD, I do believe this is a finished product.

If you wanna see a vid of my rig in action follow the link below

http://youtu.be/N9UfTBob3gE

Part Reviews

Case

Best case for the money you will ever buy! Everything from cable management down to just plain good looks, this case has it all. Def recommend it!

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

You get points just for the name!

But also a very nice build, have you considered putting the GPU into the loop?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I've thought about it, but the card looks so damn sexy, and stays fairly cool, I'm not sure the few degrees of cooling I'd gain would be worth it

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it would be a "because I can" the cost is rarely worth it for the upgrade in performance.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeeeeeed

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

"We no can dunk but good fundamentals, that more fun to watch!" :lol:

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I love these blue builds! I fall in love with the Enthoo every time I set eyes on it.

It's magical...

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I have enjoyed seeing the progressive updates to this build, blackout. Many of the components used I have been considering for my next build. I had been set on the Thermaltake Core V71 for the black/blue theme, but your series has almost completely convinced me to go for the Enthoo Luxe instead. I plan on an air-cooled system, and the Core V71 has the Luxe beat when it comes to airflow capacity (4x 200mm fans, just for starters). Before you went water, did you find the Luxe airflow was sufficient to keep things (CPU, GPU, etc) cool and that the excess capacity of the V71 would just be overkill?

Full disclosure - GPUs I'm considering are the Sapphire R9 290x 8GB VaporX and the Gigabyte GTX 980 G1; CPU cooler will be a Phanteks PH-TC14PE Black with three of those Aerocool DS Blue 120mm fans replacing the stock ones.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the cudos! I think the Enthoo has good airflow, however I have always found that cases that have a top exhaust with the removable mesh lid hinders airflow a bit, but all in all my components stay fairly cool. Idle temps for my CPU and GPU pretty good considering the overclock I've applied (CPU @ 4.7ghz (23/24C), GPU is around 35C idle). It's hard to say how it stacks up against the V71 since I have never used it, but overall I am very happy with the temps the Enthoo provides. I was, at one point, considering the V71 believe it or not, but all the little things Phanteks included (fan hub, cable management, leds lining the exterior of the case etc etc) in this case sold me on it, and I was not disappointed. I do also plan on taking one of the SSD brackets from the case and mounting it on the PSU shroud to add a little more flare, I really like the look in those NZXT cases so I figured fawk it =P.

When I had the Be quiet! cooler in my case my CPU was still keeping pretty cool even with my CPU clock speed a 4.5ghz, so if you are wanting to go with air cooling I think it's a good way to go, and it is easy on your wallet. I love my 290x because it is powerful and there's enough VRAM to support multiple monitors and 4k without sacrificing performance. I did alot of research on the GTX 980, and unless you just want to murder benchmarks, depending on your budget I think the 290x is plenty. I run shadow of mordow full 1080P and never drop below 60FPS EVER. GL with your future build!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

If I may ask, how is your RAM working out? That Avexir Core series is awesome looking, but I've heard there can be issues with high performance RAM when purchasing 2 2x8GB sets as opposed to a single 4x8GB set. I know it has only been a few days, but have you encountered any issues?

I'd swap my chosen set of GSkill in a heartbeat for that Avexir stuff if I was certain there were no hiccups in buying two separate sets or if Newegg started to stock the 4x8GB set. Although it will be hidden by my chosen PH-TC14PE, I think it would still add a nice effect within the case...to say nothing of the lower profile fitting better with such a massive cooler.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

So far so good, all 32 gigs being read, didn't even have to set teh XMP profile in the BIOS, these bad boys ran at 2400 right out of the box! It took a while for these kits to come out at a decent price, I would jump on them while they are cheap.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Love that blue LED lighting. I now have "Crystal Blue Persuasion" playing in my head.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What sort of blue beast have you unleashed? Congrats on the build, wiring coupled with your aesthetic choices makes this one gorgeous design! :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice combo of parts. Agree with the aesthetics. Everything looks great together. I recently used those Aerocool fans for the first time, and they are perhaps the best fans I have used. Two thumbs up!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, best fans for the money, and they look awesome!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have seen black red and white build but never a blue but is by far now my favourite

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

TY!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the futurama referance! Super op rig, only 1080p?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah gonna pass on an extra card for xfire (for now) and get a decent 2-4k monitor, gonna wait for prices to go down a bit =)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Really pretty! How are the fans performing? Are they quiet?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty well, there are so many so the noise is audible, but not distracting, sometimes I forget they are even running

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! That's the thing i don't like with LED fans usually. They are transparent and quite... uugh.. but those are mat and pretty, and if you tell me they are discret, I may pick those instead of corsair!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I would, some of the best fans out there, and there are multiple color schemes so it should fit whatever build you are going for =)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you turn the led off?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

On the case yes, the rest no =)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That sapphire is pure sex.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That vapour x look 2 good would be a shame to put plain looking water block on it

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The Cable management is Great and i love the blue theme. it puts my build to shame.

+1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh, once you have built a few rigs cable management gets easier and easier, I took my old machine apart and put it back together for funsies until I got it down =)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****..Amazing

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for futurama! Very nice build too

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

i guess you like the color blue

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

omg this build looks EXACTLY like the one im about to build. Im ordering the parts today lol. Only difference is im using different storage brands and size. I was originally going to use a white luxe case but the black compliments the blue more, especially the DS fans.

I also wont be doing the water loops. I will be using a closed nzxt Kraken x61 CPU cooler. I would love to use an open water loop but for my first build, im just too scared id mess up somehow lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, looking forward to seeing that bad boy built=)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to ask, how did you put that DS fan there in the front/middle (where one of the HDD cages would go). I see areas to put the screws. The best I can do is just put 2 140mm in the very front (in front of the HDD cages). So I took out the top cage for better air flow but it doesnt really make sense to me to have a bottom front fan when the HDD cage is blocking the way so I want to do the top 140mm fan, with the top HDD cage off and put a fan in that exact area you got yours. I just don't see how to do it :/

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

All I did was just use the top two screw holes lol, it is pretty secure so I decided fawk it.I didn't really see any other way of fitting the DS fan without really jacking up the drive cage.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

wait what? lol what top two screw holes? you mean the screw holes on the fan?

but what about the holes on the case itself. I don't see any holes to secure it to the case lol All I see is 2 little holes on that little kit kat looking bar that goes across. if you know which im talking about

I understand what you mean about "fawk it" lmao!! I had alot of frustration built up from trying to secure the my 3rd top fan (the front top closest to the on/off button). I was using the fans to go on top (right under the grill) and that 3rd fan was impossible to screw in the last 2 screws since they were tightly snug by the odd bay, I couldnt fit my screwdriver in there to secure the screws lol. Eventually I just settled with 3 screws since the 4th one was literally impossible without taking apart the damn thing lol

But back to the subject, I dont see any holes on the case to put the fan there! :(

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL! There are screw holes on my drive cage, the fan is too big to use all four so I just used the top two. I will take a pic and post it a bit later. Feeling lazy and drunk right now lol =)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The Build Gods are upon you for that GPU!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get that lighting on your mem.?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The avexir core series ram comes with leds built in

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey are you having any problems with your card? I had the same card and mine is constantly crashing and giving me a black screen after a couple of mins of gaming (only happens during gaming) and have to do a hard restart on my computer in order to get things working again. Wonder if you have had any similar problems.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I did at one point, had to revert my card back to stock clocks, reset my bios, and do a clean install of the latest drivers. After that the card has been running glitch free for a few months now.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I tried doing the same thing, but still no fix. Worst part about it is that New Egg says they won't give me a refund on it all because I threw away the original box...

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Strange man, have you tried another pcie slot, making sure the 8 pins are going into the right slots on the PSU? Hard to believe the card would be bad, instead of a hard reboot did you wait for the blue screen, maybe see if something else besides the card is causing it? I would also reseat ram, check timings etc, even set timings manually, man the list goes on lol

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Checked, tried, checked, rechecked, tried again. Nothing works. Also I've found that these cards are notorious for this problem....so I think I might just be out of luck.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn that sux man, sorry to hear about that. Also tried putting it in another rig, try and duplicate the problem? Like i said i had the same exact issue, but was able to fix it.

Hate to see that awesome work go to waste

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything is good except I would've gone with a windforce 980 but the r9 290x is more than enough

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a R9 290x Vapor-X threw up in there

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Good Basic, CPU only custom. The lights all match + the Sapphire... mmmmmm

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build, great work. Love the lighting and thumbs up for the use of a bay reservoir. I am considering a similar build with hard tubing, but also using a bay reservoir. Really hard to work out how something like your XSPC bay reservoir could be filled when connected with hard tubing, so I am thinking about get a bay reservoir with a fill port (or two) in the front. Tell me though, can you fill the reservoir from the top? Would you have to remove the radiator to do that? Also, do you have room in the front, where the HDD cages are for another rad? How big do you reckon? 240mm?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the extra extra late response, and you've probably already done your build. However, whenever I have to refill my reservoir, I can do it without taking the reservoir out, I just use a funnel. There is plenty of room under where the HDD cages are for a reservoir, this case is pretty versatile.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, indeed my build is already done. I bought a reservoir with a front fill port to be safe, but actually if I remove the CD drive above, I can fill using a squeezy bottle with a long spout. That's less messy than using a funnel for me.

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

I dig it, and I can't believe I'm about to say this. Seems like too much blue :/

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the pics make it seem like alot of blue going on, but standing in front and looking at the build in it's entirety, the blue doesn't stand out as much. Was thinking of actually taking the case apart and painting some of the other components, drive cages etc, but yeah..that might be a bit much lol

Plus putting that damn RAD in was a *****, so might just leave it as is

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