Inspired by the recent build and video by manirelli = https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/guide/ZTNnTW/i5-6500-geforce-gtx-980-rgb-gaming-pc I decided to change my Dark Knight build chassis from the Corsair 780T to the smaller Phanteks Eclipse P400 and add in RGB lighting.
I've done things a little differently sticking to my Gigabyte GA-H170-D3HP but adding a Phanteks RGB LED light strip connected to the controller on the chassis so the full case lighting and front LED is synchronised and changed by the button on the front :) It's a perfect fit for the chassis and I recommend putting the PSU in late so you have a bit more room for running cables underneath.
Chassis wise it's a stunner! Super clean looks and has a great window for viewing the components inside, I didn't use the silenced version so the top of my case is a little different with a magnetic dust filter on top and I feel what the guys were saying about the reset switch being beside the LED colour change button because I first thought this was for making the colours cycle through the rainbow :P it was an unexpected reboot! The Phanteks cable ties on the back of the chassis were upside down which was a bit odd. The P400 does not have an optical bay so the Windows 10 I used is the USB version.
The RGB LED kit connected directly into the header from the chassis up the top, I did a colour test mid build here = https://www.instagram.com/p/BD7QYvswDC8/?taken-by=goodgamingpc and then took my time getting the placement of the lighting just right so if you have the computer on your desk you won't have any of the bright bulbs shining into your eyes while you game. The lighting strip can be cut at many points and could also be daisy chained but it's crazy long anyway so I ended up cutting a piece of the end for the perfect fit.
CPU, GPU and RAM wise I've running my i5-6600 + GTX 980 + DDR4 2133 combo with this one and I'm very much looking forward to comparing the temperatures with my previous larger chassis build gameplay tests - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtxHocGsjK_PTU-QiApEZEErMds_8d30l
An excellent motherboard with a black PCB and dark colours for the slots, it includes a handy IO clip for making things super easy during install and the USB Type-C is a big + for a board with such a low cost. I like the position of the M2 slot just below CPU as well :)
Although I was tempted to use my black kingston HypeX for this build I opted for the red G.Skill because of the way it pops under blue led lights. Seriously good ram, super reliable and looks amazing in any build.
My goto storage drive for all builds - excellent drive and I highly recommend it.
I've raved about this graphics card a few times so this time I think it's best to talk about the shortcomings :P The card is massive, fat and long with a heavy blackplate and chrome pipes along the side. It uses 1x8pin and 1x6pin for power and I wish it used 2x8pin if only for cleaner looks. When I use this GPU I bring in my power cables from the top to give a little added support to the card and keep things flat.
Phanteks have made a lot of nice chassis lately and the P400 is a great addition to the lineup, in a perfect world I would love to see an optional drive bay in the front and a selection of different front panels for the case - that front panel sure comes off easy and there are no wires connected to it :)
Fully modular with exceptional value and very nice looking!
Wireless Network Adapter
I think this is the best wireless kit for a PC, adding both AC wifi and Bluetooth for an unbelievable price - and to top it all off the card has a black PCB! I threaded the USB connector (for BT) down behind the graphics card in this build and it looks super tidy.