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∞ PROJECT: INFINITY (First Gaming Build) ∞

by SlasheI2

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101 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 20, 2017

Date Built

July 7, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.5GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

Description

EDIT: 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

Part Reviews

CPU

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).

Motherboard

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).

Case

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.

Power Supply

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).

Comments Sorted by:

AverageAmd 1 Build 16 points 11 months ago

I thought this was a INWIN Infinity Case, boy was I wrong. Good job on mod! +1

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 7 points 11 months ago

haha thanks :) I originally got the idea of the mod from the INWIN case. Big difference from the INWIN is mine uses individually addressable LED's which lets me have individual color control of each pixel (the INWIN can only be one color at a time). Thanks INWIN for the concept though

TotalInsanity4 4 points 11 months ago

Same here, that's really impressive!

sCo0p 5 points 11 months ago

Sick build but I must say you gotta change out that H7 to an H7 Lumi edition in the future for the extra colours! :D:D:D

Drokovian 1 point 11 months ago

I think he was trying to accentuate the front of the case mod he did, so if he got that and put it inside, it would detract from what the obvious main point of the case is - to look at that front.

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, I think the H7 Lumi looks super good. I was just trying to keep the price-performance ratio good. Maybe if I had more money to spend...

Thundertube 4 points 11 months ago

Welcome to the pcmr

hi_im_snowman 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome job on this! You deserve the feature :)

Also, I've got the exact same mobo and I'm looking to enhance the RGB, tell me more about those 3.90$ 5050 AURA compatible rgb strips?!?! I can't believe it!

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

PROTIP: any mass produced item you see on amazon with a hilarious sounding badly translated name from China, you can probably find on ebay for way cheaper. It might just take a while to ship.

Search up "5050 rgb 12v led strip" on ebay and sort the search starting at lowest price, and you'll find plenty of sellers. Make sure its 12v since that's the voltage the z270E uses for the RBG headers.

Not sure if I'm allowed to link to ebay on this site but here goes: LINK This was the seller I bought mine from.

koreytech 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Great job on the mod, the build, and being featured. Well done.

PJNess 2 points 8 months ago

Hey Slashel2, looks like an awesome build. I was thinking of making a similar build, can you tell me the exact things you used? I'm also going to get the Corsair 400C and modify it even more after this. Maybe something like the Snowblind case by iBuyPower. Thanks!

TheForBed 1 point 11 months ago

Nice! What a cool modification! Your cable management is excellent too. I would advise putting the pc on the desk, you should have enough room if you move the monitors a little.

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion! If I had a longer desk I would totally do that. Unfortunately, I lack good spatial awareness and would be super afraid of knocking it off the desk. Maybe some time in the future :)

MannyPCs 1 point 11 months ago

Just.... Beautiful

kenlao 1 point 11 months ago

hey bro nice build, any comment on the monitor you got? i still cant decide if i should get the pg279q or that xb271hu

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hey thanks for checking out my build. I believe the two monitors use the same panel which is amazing to look at. I don't have any first hand experience with the asus but I'd say just pick the one that looks better to you and has the best price. Performance will be the same. I got my one from acer recertified for $525 so you could try there for a deal.

Papparone 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Love the mod!! Great looking PC!

Justiceinacan 6 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Friggin dope

jsh048 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wow! Looks amazing.

Kendozin 1 point 11 months ago

Really nice pictures, and there are a lot of 'em! :O +1

nrath1643 1 point 11 months ago

Feature . .. .

regnal 1 point 11 months ago

This is next level.

So how much would I need to pay you to build on for me :)

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

about tree-fiddy

Space_DollarDollar 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

"It was at this moment I realized that the OP was not in fact a human, but a 700 million year old paleolithic sea creature."

Gooberdad 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Very cool. Congrats on the featured spot!

Thumbs up.

why_wolf 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

very cool.

BHgaming 1 point 11 months ago

To top it off you should have got the RGB version of your CPU cooler, I made the same mistake on my RGB build. Otherwise awesome system!

Chuuko 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

oh damn i thought this was the in win infinity but its a mod. sick. awesome work dude

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

even with the gap between carpet and floor, i'd still suggest a board/plank/etc. so that psu can breath a little better. +1 no matter what

gabfaf 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I'm about to do the same but i bought acrylic mirror because i want front fans over the mirror! Pretty nice build! FEAAAAATURRE!

Crystalyx 1 point 11 months ago

Beautiful aesthetics... wonderful build!

TheGloriusRooster 1 point 11 months ago

Truly beautiful. great job.

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Absolutely amazing. Your work on the infinity mirror is masterful. The only thing that I can say that needs to be improved on my opinion is the cooler. Usually with CPUs like the 7700K, AIOs are pretty much the way to go.

KrinsicFluid 1 point 11 months ago

Jaw dropping amazing RGB Great build and enjoy gaming on that beast :)

Braok 1 point 11 months ago

But why no mouse bungee? I hear the Zowie Camade is good, and I personally recommend the Cougar Bunker.

customgtp 20 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Clever...Had me fooled. Thought it was an infinity case.... Great Job. I'd get a little fancy with the case fans and cpu fans to finish it off but looks good!! +1

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Well I'm in love

nateatskittys69 1 point 11 months ago

That really scares me a pc on the floor i just think of vacuum cleaners and i cry inside and also dirt and dust

Jay-45 1 point 11 months ago

That's is a great looking rig there.

Ryad 1 point 11 months ago

C L E A N .

freindlybuild 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

holy crap never thought I'd see such mod Good job +1

ender_artz 1 point 11 months ago

Dude great job it looks amazing

AceBalthazar 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i wish i could make a computer this aesthetically pleasing.

i have an H7 cooling the 4770K in my server, it works amazingly well.

i logged in just to comment because that was like nice

Jackdadog888 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

damn, put it on the desk +1

zalpha 1 point 11 months ago

is there a in depth tutorial on how to make an infinity mirror?

GosuSang 1 point 11 months ago

How do you turn on ECO mode on that PSU?

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

The PSU has a little switch on the back next to the power button. Only some PSU's have the switch on them. Works great and I can never hear my PSU.

GosuSang 1 point 11 months ago

lol, I have the same PSU and I can't find it

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

https://images.evga.com/products/gallery/220-G3-0650-Y1_XL_7.jpg

The switch on the right with the "eco" under it. Sure you have the G3 650w?

flashpoint 1 point 11 months ago

How did you mod your case? That looks awesome ;o

Tehholypotato 1 point 11 months ago

holy crap I actually thought it was the INWIN case until I saw the pics of you modding your old case. Nice job man and congrats on the feature!

M_Thommo 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wow! This is... Well there are no words! Could this be done on the NZXT S340 Elite? I'd love to do this mod to my case!

costardiv 1 point 11 months ago

That is amazing! I have this same case, the Corsair 400C, but my dream is having an InWin Infinity, and you make this perfect combination. The only thing I can't understand is how the LEDS and mirror make a wonderful effect like that.

Well, sorry for my awful english, I'm brazilian and I don't want to use any translator hahah!

Great job you did, one day I hope get one like this too. :)

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Hey I think your English is great!

I followed this guide pretty closely: link

It might require a few differences to make it fit on the corsair 400c case but it is a DIY and took a lot of me just trying out different things with what I had available to me.

Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions. I'd be happy to help

costardiv 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks, but I have to learn more English yet... And I will!!!

So... this guide is perfect, now I understand how infinity mirror works and more, I'm capable to make it possible easily, because I work at a Glazing Store \o/

Thank you again to answer my commentary.

droem 2 points 3 months ago

That's some damn fine English. LOL

costardiv 1 point 11 months ago

Uh, before I forget, I have an answer about the led's in the mirror: did you test them in the RGB Header in your motherboard? If yes, did you get the rainbow effect in it? I realy want to know if the AuraSync is capable to manage the Chroma effects in the LEDs stripes.

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

The Asus z270E uses a 12v 4 pin rgb header that is compatible with 5050 LED's. It is NOT compatible with 5V 3pin ws2812 individually addressable LED strips. I really wish it was compatible as that would give me an easier way to control it. I do know that Asus makes RGB headers that are compatible with ws2812 strips but those are another line (maximus maybe?) that cost like $300.

costardiv 1 point 11 months ago

Yes, the Rampage VI Extreme (https://www.asus.com/br/Motherboards/ROG-RAMPAGE-VI-EXTREME/) have an "Addressable RGB header 5v 3 pins" and this MB is realy expensive and doesn't have here in my country :( but I'll never buy one of this...

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Wow that is expensive even in the US. Definitely not worth it for regular people. Plus the 5v header can only take 60 LED's which is not enough if you want to use a 60LED per meter LED strip.

RoshHunter 1 point 11 months ago

what a case, incredible to look at.

xTHExRADxREXx 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

this is an

AWSOME BUILD

im the 212th like

brodes20 1 point 11 months ago

That, my good sir, is a beautiful build +1 from me

Barystus 1 point 11 months ago

I really like the look of the case. Good job! I don't understand the logic of buying a B-stock video card for $50-80 cheaper than new though. Especially if you're expecting it to last 3 years.

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

haha I don't understand my logic either.... It was actually $580 new when I bought it so $110 savings. Definitely agree that I am playing my cards on the risky side. We shall see how it turns out

Madson 1 point 11 months ago

Nice mod ! +1

JoshOlsen 1 point 10 months ago

Dream pc right there. Hot damn.

yahska 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry what does pic 45/62 show (front plate I think)? Did you have to cut off the front plate? Just don't understand why it looks like that...

Sick build!

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

That's the default corsair 400c front panel. It's made up of a metal piece that screws onto a plastic frame. The metal piece is held in place by some screws which I removed.

By removing the metal plate, this reveals a indented region about .5cm in width which gives enough space for my mirror to be placed.

plzDonateAgame 1 point 10 months ago

This website never F****** ceases to amaze me..... +1

TheKaramazovs 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Your case is beautiful.

SlickShoes17 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Can you give me some more detail about how you connected your BT controller to your PSU, like post a pic of the wiring set up? I tried the same thing and instantly fried an entire LED strip. I think the current was too high, or maybe the voltage. I'm not good with electricity...

Thanks man! Incredible build!

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Hi thanks for checking out my build. I am currently using a new controller so I can't take a picture of the setup. I actually did the same thing as you and fried an led strip because I wired it wrong. First off, are you using a ws2812b strip? If so, it uses 5v NOT 12v. I am drawing power from my psu's molex connector.

Check this Wikipedia link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molex_connector

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Molex_8981_male_connector_pin_out.png

Pin

1 Yellow +12 V

2 Black Ground

3 Black Ground

4 Red +5V

Scroll down to Desktop usage and you'll see a diagram with 4 pins numbered 1-4. Pin 4 is the +5V red wire that you wire to the +red terminal of the controller. Pin 3 is the black ground wire that you wire to the black terminal of the controller. Your Molex connector should be numbered so you can tell which pin is which. Make sure you use the correct pins and wire the correct terminals on the controller.

Also make sure the connector is facing the right way. If you're looking at it backwards, you might mix up the pins. Follow the numbers on the connector as they should be correct

Let me know if this works. I can try to take a picture if you need any help

SlickShoes17 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks man, that's very helpful! Yes, I'm using the WS2812b strip. My PSU is modular and all the connectors have black wires, so I'll have to find a wiring diagram. I'll look into this soon and let you know!

alelef15 1 point 9 months ago

Your PC looks amazing! I'm actually planning a build with similar specs and I was thinking of mirroring your infinity mirror... Cringing because I actually just typed that I know you already explained how to make it, but I'm confused on one part. Did you put the mirrored window tint directly on the mirror or did you put it on a sheet of glass in front of the mirror? I guess I just want a better explanation on how you got the infinity effect rather than seeing a single reflection.

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Hey thanks for checking out my build.

Here is one of the guides I followed that demonstrates the concept of how to buld an infinity mirror: https://m.wikihow.com/Make-an-Infinity-Mirror

Basically, the mirror is in the back, leds in the middle, and the glass window at the front has the mirror tint on it. The tint on the outer glass allows the led lights in the middle to reflect back and forth off of the mirror so your eye sees multiple images. Make sure the tint is Facing inside the mirror and the glass is on the outside (easier to clean). Very careful with the tint, it creases super easily as well as scratches. I had to do it twice and still not perfectly happy with it. When squeezing out the air bubbles/water don't use a plastic credit card directly scraping the tint or it will scratch. Cover the card with a microfiber cloth first and cover the tint with the plastic backing it comes attached to then squeegee out the water. This minimizes scratches. Let me know if you have any questions and shoot me a link to your build once it's completed :)

Pixelcityart 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Looks awesome! Love the LED strip lighting and mirror fx. Congratulations.

FallenBrotherhood 1 point 8 months ago

Okay, let me start off by saying i love the front of the case, it looks really nice, well done and overall badass with that 3D touch to the RGB lighting. But the one thing i don't like is that cooler, it's okay but a liquid cooler with a 240mm could cool you down to a nice 40c under load, you could've found a little cheaper monitor like a Dell Gaming S2417DG for $399.99 with 144hz at 1440p with G-Sync, your monitors is nice but a bit pricey. The Mobo is nice but a also a bit expensive, you could've found a nice board for a bit cheaper like a MSI Gaming Pro Carbon for about $140, but that Mobo is top end board though so i see the decision. The CPU and GPU are great, even though the i7-8700k and GTX 1080ti are out the choice you made was right on point and i like that, you did really good with your build and i for one was very excited to look at it, everything you used was good, but one thing i didnt like about that you said, a PC like this, a grand masterpiece, playing overwatch, great build, bad game, lol. :D

P.S. Sorry about the amount of commas i put in here lol

EATBE4N9NE 1 point 7 months ago

I was looking for ideas for my wife's PC Build because she doing photography for college. That infinity mirror is probably the best one I've seen thus far and I have seen a lot of them. Very smooth and beautiful build!

Jbrito6 1 point 5 months ago

Great build I am planning on making a simmalar build kind of

xxgingersharkxx 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I just got the case. I need to try this.

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Best of luck!

bloodvenom 1 point 4 months ago

I havent had much luck with LED strip adhesives. Have your strips had any issues?

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

They do peel at certain points. I just used a dab of gel super glue wherever they get loose. They are being stuck to wooden strips covered with black electrical tape so I can easily remove the tape if I need to change out the LEDs.

Lordrom 1 point 4 months ago

How does that front light effect in the front even work? Looks.... mesmerising o_O

rogdog56 1 point 2 months ago

WOW.

plzDonateAgame 1 point 2 months ago

I consider this one of the more elite builds on this site. Call it the PC mile high club.

whitchurchred11 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

What kind lighting have you got in there? Is it LED fans or white cathodesm?

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

They''re 5050 RGB Led Strips that wrap around the edges of the case out of view. They plug into the rgb headers on my asus mobo

Draynged 1 point 1 month ago

Looks like old thread, but you should never put PC on carpet, other than that great build looks beautiful!!!

XGolden_GamerX 0 points 11 months ago

How did u get the front panel effect

Rockysaber 0 points 5 months ago

How’d you do the mod?

Shastarocks 1 Build 0 points 4 months ago
droem 2 points 3 months ago

^ This comment is full of nothingness.

JasonGG -1 points 11 months ago

the fans are too cheap and i think they wont be able to cool down the system with a gtx 1080 in there.

SlasheI2 submitter 1 Build 4 points 11 months ago

cheap fans != bad fans

They're working fine for me

JasonGG 1 point 8 months ago

oh ok then

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DominicBoccella 0 points 11 months ago

ok

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