EDIT: holy crap never thought I'd get featured. Thank you all so much for the support!
This is my first Custom PC (coming from console gaming). I mainly built this for Overwatch and PUBG and because my friends all moved to PC gaming. PS4 Overwatch got too easy (way too easy to get to top 500) so I decided I should move onto PC. Thankfully, there are soooo many build guides online that finding and assembling all the parts went fairly smoothly. I purchased all the parts June - July 2017 around the time when mining was driving prices up. I built this mainly for performance with some DIY mods to make things look nice. Prices include California tax and I think I did a pretty good job thanks to r/buildapcsales.
After looking around for cases I was torn between the NZXT s340, NZXT Noctis, and the Corsair 400c. After watching a bunch of videos, I felt that the 400c would be best for me in terms of aesthetics and great air flow. I also stumbled upon the INWIN Infinity case which I thought was just amazing and is the inspiration behind this case mod. I saw the price tag of the INWIN case and that combined with lack of airflow made me run (though it did look nice). I knew I wanted to mod the case but wasn't sure how I would be able to accomplish it while keeping a clean look and slim profile. After lots of trial and error and just making things up as I went, I think it turned out pretty good.
BUILDING THE INFINITY MIRROR: The total mod itself was actually pretty cheap in terms of parts. It just took a lot of tinkering around to get it to look right. For the LEDs, I wanted to make it a little more interesting than the regular 5050 LED mono color strips. I decided to go with WS2812 LED strips which have individually addressable LEDs (this basically means you can have different colors for each pixel on the strip. The frame of the mirror is actually just a cheapo wooden picture frame with glass that I got from Walmart for $7. I got the LED strip off of ebay for about $13 for 3 meters (probably only needed 1.5). They also sell the same strips on amazon. Just make sure its the WS2812 strip if you want individual colors. To control the strips, I got a bluetooth controller called SP105E that connects to my PSU via molex connector. It has an iphone app that I use to control it with bunch of modes. I could have used arduino which I might do in the future, however I just want an easy way to control the lights. If someone can point me to a desktop application that can control the lights with different patterns I would really appreciate it. I just want something that will remember the color I set it to as my current controller defaults to red on boot. Its pretty annoying connecting my phone to bluetooth then opening the app every time I turn on my PC.
Anyways, I started by unscrewing the metal plate off of the front cover and then dremeling down these little plastic ridges that were holding the metal plate up. I bought a $5 mirror from Walmart and used a $4 glass cutter I got from Lowes to cut it to the right size. Cutting glass was pretty tricky so I had to practice with many failed attempts (had to buy another mirror but at least it was only $5. I cut up the backing of the picture frame and used it as a spacer between the frame and the front panel to give clearance for the LEDs (1cm width). Also had to cut the glass from the picture frame and luckily, I got it right on the first try. I used 20% mirrored automotive window tint I bought from ebay for $3 for 1 meter (also messed up the first time and had to buy another one). Then I had to cut the frame down to size bit by bit and then I stuck it together using superglue (the loctite gel stuff is great since it doesn't run). I used wooden strips from Michaels (arts and crafts store) as spacers to get the LED positioning correctly. Then finally I drilled holes through the panel and into the frame to secure it.
The center logo is a custom vinyl sticker I got from an etsy seller: OctaneVinyls. I was trying to find a vendor that had frosted glass vinyl which gives the logo a holographic floating look to it and these guys custom ordered it for me. They even do custom designs so you can have anything you like. There was a delay due to the shipping time for them ordering the custom vinyl so they threw in an extra sticker of my choice for free (2 pairs of each sticker so 4 total stickers for $4.50). Super great people and I highly recommend them. I previously had an Overwatch and a geometric wolf logo and currently have an infinity escher triangle which I like the most so far. The cool thing about it is you can change the logo when you get bored of another, and it's as simple as peeling off and adding a new sticker.
And that was it basically, let me know if you have any questions about the build and hope you enjoy the photos :)
Parts In Progress
This CPU is a BEAST! I currently have it at stock clocks of 4.5ghz undervolted -0.75mv dynamically to keep temps down so I can keep my fan speed low. I like it nice and quiet yet still performing when I need it to. I did try using the Asus z270E 5ghz profile which worked however on stress tests, temps went up to 90C on my H7 cooler. None of the games I play ever max out this CPU's usage at 100% so since there is no bottleneck, I have no need to overclock at the moment (my GPU bares all the weight at 1440p 144hz).
Great motherboard! I don't have any experience with anything else so I can't really compare it to anything. I live by a Microcenter so I got this $30 off. RGB lighting is nice and this is an overall great looking board. I currently have 1 5050RGB strip I bought for $3.90 hooked up to it and it works with Asus Aura (SERIOUSLY, don't buy overpriced "aura" compatible RGB strips for $20).
Beautiful case with excellent airflow from the side vents. Gamersnexus put up a video on temps on the INWIN Infinity case which were pretty bad. I really liked the sleek look of the front panel before modding it. Cable management is rather difficult as there isn't much space (the cables can bulge the side door a bit). Also, the Acrylic door is pretty cool and easy to open to access internals. It just scratches super easily and static attracts dust. Kinda wish it had a tempered glass panel.
Excellent power supply. I have eco mode on so the fan rarely ever turns on and I never hear it even when it's on. Nice and compact. This was rated by Johnnyguru as having pretty insane ripple control which was actually super nice for my LED's (which can burn out from surges during powering on).