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Yet another Red and Black build

by joshkitzmiller18


I've been waiting to build this machine for around 2 years. I couldn't fully invest until I had moved into my new home and had room for a desk. Because it took me so long, it gave me plenty of time to meticulously pick the exact pieces I wanted. I Couldn't be happier with how it turned out and is exactly what I wanted.

Building took about 6 hours. It was my first time building from scratch (though I've replaced parts here and there before). It was relatively easy. The I/O shield was kind of a pain to snap in but eventually got it. The motherboard was also a bit of a pain to actually place inside the case. For some reason I couldn't get the standoffs to line up with the motherboard holes and get the I/O slots to line up with the I/O shield. But that is on me.. not product.

Once those were in, it was just a matter or wiring everything. Constantly flipping between manuals and what not, to find where certain ports or headers were. The GTX1080 is a gorgeous card, and slid right in now problem at all. The slot on the motherboard is reinforced enough so that there wasn't any sag with the weight of the GPU card without a brace or whatever.

The Kraken went over the CPU just fine, easy installation overall. looks great.

The PSU was the first piece that I bought, almost a year and a half ago, and it may be the only piece that I wish I had done better on. It isn't modular, so it has a ton of cables that I didn't use. On top of the large amount of cables, I wanted to use the black/red extension cables to finish the look, which just made the cables longer. The cables on the PSU are flat which helped a little, but the back of the PC is so full and messy with cables that the cover almost would't go on. I had to hold it shut while screwing it back on. I could probably do a little better with cable management on the back.. but in hind-sight a fully modular PSU would make things a lot easier.

I Have not Boot tested it yet (hence why no pics of it turned on). I may update this when I do.

Also.. I was still waiting for the Hue+ and two AER 120 fans but got impatient and built it anyway. I will replace the fans in a week, once I get the Hue+ and AER's.

The Case its'self is awesome. plenty of room. Even with the large amount of cables, I was able to keep the display side almost perfect and the back-side I was able to close. I really like the simplistic / professional look it gives. I did Not get the Smart version of the case. I didn't plan to go RGB crazy, just a few AER fans.

As for peripherals.. The monitor is the cheapest 2K 165Hz monitor I could find. It's a TN so the colors aren't the best but I wasn't looking for a monitor that had the best colors possible. I can only tell that the colors aren't that great because I have my laptop next to it and it has slightly darker dark's and brighter high's. Anyone will tell you, the jump from 60Hz to 120+hz is incredible. 165 is overkill and unnoticeable but the monitor supported it.

Keyboard is a keyboard. looks good. Mouse is a mouse

I am not sure the speakers model, I just kind of found them one day years ago. but I use my headset when gaming anyway. Logitech G430. Which I really like.

The desk is good ol' IKEA made. 2 Kitchen counter-tops ontop of some legs and drawers. added some LED's that aren't too overpowering.

Mainly used for gaming and work. I'm a cyber security analyst and regularly do some pen-testing stuff. I will have some Kali-VM's and Parrot Security VM's and others. Supporting multiple VM's and some of the things I do with them really benefit from the high-specs. My wife also does photography and photo-editing. She has her own laptop for that but sometimes hops on mine. So it's not to only play CSGO and PUBG at 100+ frames...

Any criticism is welcome.. it's my first time doing a build from scratch. I will update this once I boot test and add the AER fans + Hue.

-- UPDATE -- 8/30/18

It booted just fine. recieved the Hue+ and fans 2 weeks later. however they caused some problems. Installing wasn't bad, but the ****** CAM software didn't recognize the Hue+. after some troubleshooting I wasn't able to fix it. tried rebooting PC and then it became unbootable. Started getting errors about the CPU fan not working (The kraken was working and fine, the Hue+ and AER fans were only used for case fans).

After replacing the stock fans back in, it booted just fine. am going to see about replacement or refund.

Added some more pictures of it booted.

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Jest24 2 points 1 month ago

Great taste and part choice, have an updoot.

The true question is how'd you resist the urge to boot it and test it.

joshkitzmiller18 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

It was my first time doing a full build and hadn't even thought to boot it before installing. attempting to boot today.. hopefully it works!

RoboticsNerd17 2 points 1 month ago

Really cool build! I'm in the process of building my own build from scratch for the first time! So seeing this only has me more excited to build it! My question is what desks did you use! I'm on the hunt for something very similar and those look really nice!

joshkitzmiller18 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I got two karlby kitchen countertops, ontop of an ALEX drawer set and 2 godiva Legs on the ends.you can google ' IKEA kichen countertop desk' and you should find plenty of info and videos.

RoboticsNerd17 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks so much! Enjoy your new build!

RoyalSovereign 1 point 1 month ago

Daaaaamn. What a beast. I love it, the complete setup i "slayin".

joshkitzmiller18 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


aakins 1 point 1 month ago

Nice build! I hope it boots! (_^;) I always try and connect everything and see if it boots before taking all the time to throw everything in the case and getting it perfect. That way if something is -heaven forbid- DOA, then you don't have to pull everything apart to disconnect 1 component. Looks great tho and I really love the desk! I was debating the IKEA route and now I really want to explore it. Good work!

joshkitzmiller18 submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Being that I hadn't done a full build like this before, I hadn't even thought of doing that. I'll have to remember for next time.. attempting to boot today. Fingers crossed!

HotShot_01 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Cant really say anything bad except your missing an m.2 SSD but thats only because they are just better to reduce cables. Idk when i build my second PC if its going to be the "red and black" theme or if i should do it black and use LEDs but very nice.

joshkitzmiller18 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The SSD really didn't cause to many problems as far as cables, but that may be an upgrade I get later down the road.. Thanks!

HotShot_01 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

np :D

PunchyFisty 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

succulent is love, succulent is life +1 desk and cable management

darkxm 1 point 1 month ago

No setup is ever complete without the legendary tiny potted plant!

joshkitzmiller18 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


Joseaxj0461 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I really like this build so much so I am planning on building it myself with a twist ; ). I just ordered the motherboard, and now I need 5 parts. I plan on using an i5 8th gen with a 1070 and 8gb of ram. Really nice build I was such a fan of black and red and this is the best I've seen, thanks!

Shpeeeeeeeeee 1 point 15 days ago

Hey dude, I'm planning to build this PC: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/FBPX3b Your build looks amazing and I want something similar. I wish there was a blue edition of that mobo.

Shpeeeeeeeeee 1 point 15 days ago

Hey dude, I'm planning to build this PC: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/FBPX3b Your build looks amazing and I want something similar. I wish there was a blue edition of that mobo.

Amiracle 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

bro i love you're black red setup red is my favorite color :D