Description

My second build. This time, I tried to not use led fans again and use the corsair air series as a base for my colour scheme. The case side grills were originally black, but I custom painted it myself to match. Almost everything I got for a cheaper price than the original (thank you price matching). With the recent drop of the nvidia 700 series, it was the best time to start the build.

I will use this mostly for gaming, and so far after a week of tests and gameplay (crysis 2, battlefield 3, cod ghosts, batman arkham origins) I can say that I am impressed with the performance and the gtx 770 fits just right into my needs and my budget.

For a change, I chose to use white cathodes, but may subject to change. So far it looks alright so I'll leave it for now. This build took alot of planning, constant price watching, and effort to get everything. I'm happy it worked out so well in the end and the second time around, I found out I learned alot more than the first.

Feel free to leave feedback. Any future suggestions are appreciated as well.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 19 points

Very nice, great attention to detail with the blue highlight on the mesh and the blue fans.

  • 73 months ago
  • 12 points

Thanks! I'm glad people appreciate the little things that I worked on.

  • 72 months ago
  • 9 points

Blue Mesh Vents look absolutely FANTASTIC. Great Work.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

What made you turn away from LED fans?

  • 73 months ago
  • 6 points

My first build had blue led fans and I wanted to try something different. I chose air series with white cathodes to really bring out the colour theme of the air series themselves. I find LED fans hide some of the details of the other components (as most of the attention is drawn towards the LED glow) and I was aiming for a clean themed look.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you can buy blue mesh from bitfenix themselves...

+1 for a sexy mobo in a sexy build

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Yes but they weren't the same shade of blue as the fans. I did my homework on it lol

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

comment posted twice -_-

Ah okay, well I must say. From the pics, you matched the blue rings on the sp 120s perfect.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the blue mesh and fans. You should work on that cable management though. Otherwise absolutely fantastic build!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

sick build. how does that case handle?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

it's a really nice case for the price. Lots of room, standard cable management, well structured. The only issue i have with it, is that it doesn't have a dedicated spot to put your ssd. I didn't have a bay adapter so i just stuck it above the hard drive bays. Air flow is also fairly good too.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! I have one question: I'm thinking about buying AF fans, and I was wondering if they are 3-pin or 4-pin, and if they are 3-pin, can you still monitor their RPM using the software with your motherboard? Or are they set to one speed only? Thanks!

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

it is 3-pin and i have no trouble monitoring their RPM. You can change their speed with mobo settings.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks! Is it a 3 pin or 4 pin fan header though? Just wondering if it works on either one :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

mine are connected to 4 pin headers. Either works fine so no need to worry about it

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I can try to answer that since I have 3 of them in my build. On my P8Z77-V I let the motherboard monitor their RPM's and change them accordingly. They are 3 pin fans. So to answer your questions they are 3 pin, and yes you can still monitor their RPM's with your mother board. (Though it might depend on the mother board)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! So they aren't PWM fans, but they can still be monitored. Got it. But one more thing, are they connected to 3 or 4-pin fan headers?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine are connected to 4 pin headers.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build, shame there aren't any decent blue GPU coolers to go with the build but the MSI Twin Frozr is such a good cooler. Component choice is solid as well so no complaints, it's a shame that you couldn't go with a modular PSU and a nice set of blue sleeved cables but I appreciate that doing so would really start to eat at your budget! Top work :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I was tempted to get a blue GPU cooler but $300 for the msi twin frozr was a steal, you'd be stupid not to pick it up. And you can't see the cooler unless you look from underneath. Same with the TX750. I got it for $75 new so I couldn't not get it. It would look nicer if I got those, i agree, but i didn't want to spend a buttload on cosmetics and this already looks good. My original budget was $1000, but ended up spending $1300 altogether with tax. Original price of all the parts would come up to around $1700. So you see I value savings first over all the fancy stuff :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Can only one fan be fit on the Evo?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

You can fit up to 2. The evo comes with extra mounting brackets that you can attach to another fan. I just took the stock evo fan and unscrewed the mounting bracket and put my SP 120 fan in it. The reason why I didn't put another fan back the back is that it really doesn't make much of a difference, and I didn't want to make it look cluttered since the heatsink is already kinda close to the back of the case.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

is it better to put an af120 fan on it? or does it not matter?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

you can use sp120's if you like. Bit I would use them only if they are for radiators or heatsinks. I use af120 for the case since it creates good airflow (it has small blades so more air can pass through). sp120's would do fine too, but they are more for pushing air from harder places like a radiator. Plus they generate more noise than af120.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you make the blue mesh?

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

I took the original black ones out from the case and then I spray painted them. Had them primed, sprayed, and applied a semi-gloss finish each step taking 24 hours each. And then I put the mesh back in the case.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job, looks really nice

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Wow! Very beautiful.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this case. Now I love it even more and want those mesh vents.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The HX series power supply has a blue text on it, if you wanna really make it entirely blue. Overall really nice build, I love the blue highlights on the Bitfenix case :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

it was either $120 for HX or $75 for TX. That extra $45 just for a blue label is not worth it for me. And I don't care too much on modularity.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Epic build man! You went all out on it. And I got a question, Im getting the Shinobi case as well, how did you paint the grills of the case? Id like to make a nice red theme :3

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

take the mesh out from the case (careful not to bend the latches too much or else they might break). Buy 3 things: primer, color, and a finisher. I used painter's touch as the brand but you may use any from lowe's or home depot. You should apply 1-2 coats of primer, let them sit for 24 hours. Apply the color and let it sit for 24 hours as well. Same for the finisher. You can choose any type of shine but I like to use semi-gloss to give it as close to the shine of the original mesh. And that's all there is to it. It would be nice if you have some scrap metal to practice with (i used a mesh plate from my last build's front panel as test material). Careful not to spray too close or too much or else the paint starts to cover the mesh holes and that's not good.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, looks amazing, and thats for the tips, Ill probably be doing mine red, matches my mobo, gpu, and the color of the cpu box :P XD

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

0 dollars for ssd and storage eh?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It was from my last build so i didn't include it in the prices. Everything else was new

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Seeing this build has made me change case for future and now I'm probably gonna take the mesh out and paint it dark blue.

Great build! It looks goooooooood

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got the same motherboard on my list and I'm considering the same cpu cooler. I'd like to know how the Hyper 212 cooler fits with the ram. Was there enough room under the cooler to fill all four slots? Would high/low profile in the ram make any difference? Thanks.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

it fits fine. you can fill all the slots. The reason why it looks a bit tight there is because i switched the stock fan with something else. But for the most part you should have plenty of room

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you buy the mesh strips? or did you paint them?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

painted them. used the original black that came with the case

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This is really cool because besides the case the computer i'm making is very similar to yours and I think it looks great especially for the price

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

looks amazing, i have got the same case and thinking of doing the same thing. just a question about the cpu cooler, is it very noisy? ive got one of the stock AMD coolers and its loud as hell and thinking of getting the same one as yours, does it work quite well?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all, but i guess I can't say much since i replaced the stock fan. However, if you want, you can always reduce the cooler fan speed via your mobo settings in your bios.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How did u get those ssd and hd for free?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

They aren't free. Anything that says $0 are from my last build. It doesn't seem right to add the price to this build.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the custom painting and the overall look of the rig. Good job, buddy! Did you overclock the cpu? Would you give a short feedback of the cpu cooler and the psu?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, i can only manage to overclock to 4.3 before it bsod on it. The cooler is awesome, it does the job well and causes no problems and i like how you can change the stock fan if you want. My friends have the same setup but some manage to get the cpu to 4.5 and even 4.7, i guess i wasn't as lucky. The psu i have no complaints about. it does what it's suppose to do and plenty of power for future upgrades. The only thing that's bad about it is that it's not modular which kinda sucks but the price i got it for was too good to pass up. I would recommend those components tho, its a solid fit.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

pslam, how did you manage to custom paint your case's side grills?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Read the other comments i replied to people about the same question. But really all i did was pop off the mesh and spray painted it. It not hard, just takes some time and patience.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you using the 2 fans up top as exhaust? And did you keep the stock fan that comes with the case in the front? Just curious because I'm using the same case on a build I'm about to start.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

i removed the stock fan at the back and moved it to the front. So in my front i have 2 intakes. On the side i have another intake and the top and back are exhaust

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the same setup I was gonna go for. Thanks for the reply, build looks great.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that blue vent paint

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that CPU overclock going for yah? +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the fan good enough for heavy loads? Im just getting into the pc world and don't like coolant, but my pc is meant for gaming. Don't want to overheat.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

For heavy duty, i suggest getting the performance versions of those fans as oppose to the quiet ones. The AF are good for case fans while SP are good for radiators and heatsinks as they push more air through. But i have seen people just use SP for everything to get the max air flow.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for idea! heres my build --> http://pcpartpicker.com/b/N1d

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Im using the same fan you have on this build, and after a little research + your comment I think that it will be powerful enough for high-end gaming. I don't really trust myself with water coolers on my first build.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I am getting this case tomorrow!!! Can't wait to put it all together, i was thinking of copying this look, since it is SEXTASTIC!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you using the voltage step downs for those fans? How loud are they?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

unfortunetly i couldn't adjust the fan configurations without a controller but they are ok in terms of how loud they are. The SP on my heatsink is a bit louder but thats because its running at 2200 rpm. If you're concerned about noise get the quiet editions as oppose to the performance ones. The only difference really is the stock speed.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know, but I'd rather not sacrifice some performance if I can handle the noise. So you're not using the included voltage step down thing?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

At first i was planning to but after testing everything, i didn't think i need to so i just left it alone. Noise isn't something i'm worried about since its not that bad and i always have a headset on anyways. Plus my house isn't the most quiet place.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks. I think that if i get the performance editions and use the voltage step downs, I should be fine

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you termps with that CPU cooler?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build. Wutcha think of this uber upgrade here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835214055

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Props on this, such an excuisite build.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build as i'm currently in the 1,200k budget and looking for smooth fps on high/ultra video quality. Who needs an i7 when games dont take advantage of HT or 8 cores? Why spend another $100 for a 780i when 770's are monsters still? Well done. +1

Thoughts on my current build in progress? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3N9zH

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

yep very nice. you got some good prices on there too! can't wait to see it built

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

R u ever going to over clock???

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get those blue lines on your case or did it come like that?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the noise for the GPU?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Fairly quiet considering how much power it packs. During intense sessions, its not loud enough to bother me.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

quick question: did the case come with the trim blue like that or did you have to paint that yourself?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

paint

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, but a quick question: Does the cases come with fans? I plan on getting the same one and can't find if they do or not. Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

it has 2 fans included: 1 at the back and 1 at the front. its the original black bitfenix ones that arent that bad. (i moved them to the front where no one can see them anyways)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did windows actually cost nothing :p

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

everything that says $0 are things i already had and reused in this build.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud is the fan? Sorry if I'm late to the party

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

not very loud. sounds like a light breeze at most. but it really depends how fast you set the fans. if you are worried about the noise, then opt for the quiet edition. its not much different except that the stock speed is lower. still good tho

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

'Aight thanks

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks so much cooler than mine, wish I had that much to drop on a computer, and make it look good.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Hyper 212 Evo Fit your case just fine? Mine has a larger width, but it says it may not be compatible.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it fits fine. Fits just right. If you're worried, try going for a corsair water cooler.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Canada is so expensive! I really like the blue black scheme though, very nice!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to butt in and be so rude. No offense, but did you do any of the wiring through the back plate? Because it does look very messy.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done! Nice to see something else than a Black/red build ^ I wanted to go black/blue like you but the MSI twin Frozr and MSI Gaming 3 looks so cool that I'll have to go with the classic red/black

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the CPU Cooler come with it's own thermal paste?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice color scheme, i have the white and blue version of that case. how are you liking it :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering... why didn't you get a modular PSU? I think it would've helped a lot with the cable management.

  • 70 months ago
  • -1 points

How much fps in minecraft??? and call of duty ghost??? also BF4 lol

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything that says $0 on the list means that I bought those already from my last build. So i already owned them.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

lol i cant see yours =( put it up

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. maybe a soft summer breeze at the most but it really isn't loud enough to bother me.

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