Description

Named for Erakis, the red giant star, the most brilliantly colored star in the night sky and used as a measure of all other stars' light.

Erakis is my first personally-built rig. I've had home-built rigs before, but they were always made by friends. I wanted to go the extra mile and prove to myself that I could do it in an elegant, attractive final configuration, moreso by far than anything I've owned in the past. This site had a lot to do with the inspiration involved.

Though Erakis was born of technical necessity, I put considerable research and time into making sure all the components involved would not only be top-of-the-line performance-wise, but also visually striking. Every piece from the wifi antenna to the fan controller lights, the appearance of the video card sidebar to the alignment of the cpu cooler logo to the center of the RAM LEDs, EVERY detail was given the utmost scrutiny. Nearly a whole day was given just for cable management so that even the side that is unseen is still organized and accessible.

Key features of note: -Color scheme is flat black with red and orange acents/LED highlights. -Case came from the factory with the window option, so both sides of the case are the same shape. -NZXT fan controller hookups are arranged so that fan pairs will always appear symmetrically on the switches. -NZXT logo on the Kraken X60 aligns with the center LEDs on the orange/red Ballistix Tactical Tracer RAM (32GB). -Cables for the X60 are hidden as well as they can be, wrapping around the top of the cooler itself. -Power supply cables are arranged on top of all other cables in the back so they can be easily sleeved later on. -All SATA devices are powered off the same cable to save on clutter. -Stock case fan LEDs are still controlled by the case buttons, while the fan speed is the job of the controller. -The red circle on the keyboard is a repeated style element of the orange circle on the Kraken X60. -The mouse colors have been programmed to match in all situations. -The silver band on the bottom of the monitor matches proportionally the silver band on the front of the tower. -Keyboard uses cherry mx black switches for a lovely typing feel and sound, as well as fast multi-tapping.

Still to do: -Install the 780ti SC ACX GPU (waiting on cables and backplate). -Black out the cables that connect to the lower portion of the motherboard. -Install a proper enclosure for the 960GB SSD. -Replace the rear exhaust fan with something a little more elegant. -Find a way to mount the PSU enclosures so they stay in place even while moving the case around. -Install a special personal touch...top secret! Stay tuned on this one.

Things I learned that may help you if you use some of these components (things no one tells you): -Ballistix RAM comes stock set to Green and Blue out of Green/Red Blue/Orange sets and has 4 preset motion effects. -Ballistix RAM is great for knowing when your computer is actually doing something without a monitor hooked up. -A code 00 on the motherboard display means it can't find the CPU. In my case it was because I only had the 24-pin connector attached and not the additional 8-pin on the top of the board. Not enough power to the CPU= code 00. -A code A2 could mean that you have a CPU fan error. To get around this you can change the setting in the BIOS to ignore the cpu fan entirely if you are using a water-cooler. (It will give you an error if the fan is moving at too low of RPM). -Two CM HAF X PSU covers fit perfectly in the CM Storm Trooper case, but you have to snip about 1 inch off the mounting rail where it intersects the IO grill in the back. Takes 2 seconds with some dykes. -Mounting your radiator in pull mode yields the same temp as push, and significantly less noise/negligible temp difference from push/pull, and has the added benefit of easy access to vacuum the radiator. No disassembly required! -Don't lean the CM Storm Trooper case back while the lower dust filter is in place...you could snap off the handle for it like I did. :( -The included wifi antenna with the Maximus VI Formula motherboard is magnetic and fits PERFECTLY on the metal grille on top of the CM Storm Trooper case.

Please note: I know my parts list says I am using (2x4GB)x2 RAM, but there was not a selection for the same kit but in (2x8GB)x2. I am actually using 32GB of 1600 RAM, not 16GB. I picked the closest thing.

REQUEST: If anyone lives in Miami area and is willing to mail me a part from the TigerDirect store, please contact me! Happy to pay for your time. (You must be a member in good standing on this site).

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm commenting solely because of how impressed I am in the time and detail you took to visually coordinate your parts while also insuring their quality. The average person would perhaps not understand it but some builders are not only geeks but artistic too. Thanks for sharing your creation.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much for your kind words! I'm glad you can appreciate the effort, it's nice to hear from people like you. :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! The keyboard looks insane. Also, how do you move your mouse in such a small space? Haha, great rig here, +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha good question! I use very small wrist movements, since the dpi is so high on the mouse.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I thought. I prefer dragging my mouse across the entire desk :P

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I used to but it got so tiring! Haha. I forced myself to learn precision wrist control to save on arm fatigue and it worked great! With the adjustable weight this mouse is great for either way though.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the build. I'm surprised that you didn't grab the OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W power supply. It comes with braided cables and has a 140mm red-LED fan built into its intake that makes its internals shine red.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually considered it, believe it or not. Two reasons I decided against: 1, it's only partly modular, not fully (and I want to custom sleeve the 24-pin later on), and 2, the sound card provides a red light down there and I didn't want to overdo it. :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

the only thing i can say might have looked better, is if you had used the white version of the storm trooper with red LEDs. I am building a computer as of now with the white case (Still in the buying phase), and I have named it multiple things: "The Winter Queen", "Callisto(Moon of Jupiter, cause that moon looks BEAST), "343 Guilty Spark", and "Installation 04"

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey if there's only one thing, that's a pretty big compliment in my book! Thanks! I did consider the white version but ended up going black because the motherboard components hide better against black for an overall cleaner look. That and I couldn't find a white keyboard I liked. You're right though, that moon does look beast.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the white case, so i am basically ready to pull apart my keyboard spraypaint it white, then put it back together with superglue... lol

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks so cool!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the NZXT CPU cooler?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It's working wonderfully for me, but I'm afraid I don't have anything to compare it to. It's vastly superior to stock air cooling, but that's a no-brain comparison haha!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya. How the temps?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm 34C at idle but my room is nearly 80F all the time so that has a lot to do with it XD

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You must like abstract peripherals :P Awesome build man, are those cougar fans PWM?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not quite sure, can you clarify? And yeah, I tend to like wild peripherals of a certain aesthetic. :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say $3000 is way too much to spend, unless you have the money for this. I would say this pc is insane, so like to say "DAMN!!!"

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't spend it if I didn't have the money. ;) I studied price trends and upcoming products before buying every piece to make sure nothing would drop a hundred bucks the next week or something haha... Of course the case went on sale right after I bought it. Can't predict sales sometimes.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I can see that.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey does the x60 work for the top exhaust?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Works great! I have it set in pull mode and I've never seen the processor go over 47C even with the OC I have it at.