Description

My very first build, so please be kind with your words :x

This took months of on/off reading/watching build videos on Linus Tech Tips, Newegg TV, and AwesomeSauce Network. I made tons of topics on this forum, asking for advice, and thank you to everyone on here, especially pegotico for answering all my questions. I want to also express my thanks to r/buildapc on Reddit, as the daily question threads there did help me on my path to building this light box.

Build Namesake

The build's name draws from one of my all time favorite League of Legends champion Lux's spells, Lucent Singularity- a singular entity that glows, or gives off light. The internals reflect her main colors, with blue case lighting initially when I first built this, in addition to the WindForce logo representing her under clothes, the gold motherboard and RAM representing her adorned in golden armor of Demacia, and the red Corsair logo is reminiscent of the gems on her shoulder plates.

Some informal notes on the individual parts of this system:

CPU

Didn't feel quite like I needed an i7 as I don't do anything super CPU or hyperthreaded intense work, like video >editing, or streaming regularly- so the gamer favorite i5-4690k was what I went with in the end. I still need to >overclock it one of these weekends as I just received replies on my recent topic post.

CPU Cooler

One of the general rules I learned from Linus regarding the question, "What size radiator should I use?" "The >biggest one you can!" Currently running stock speeds until/if I overclock it, it usually runs idle around 23 C.

Motherboard and Memory

Gold to fit the color scheme, pretty self explanatory.

Storage

The common favorite of the high end, I decided to go the full SSD route in order to accomodate front end push >pull configuration with the fans.

GPU

Yes, yes, yes. I know I could have gotten a WAAAY better card with the money spent overall on the system. But >I'm happy with it, overall at least. It runs all of my light games at 1080p 60FPS or higher, plays anything I've >thrown at it on maxed out settings anyway, and until some newer games I've wanted to play come to PC port >like Halo 5 (with Microsoft announcing its plans to unify its gaming platform), I think I'm good for now. I dont >typically play really graphically demanding titles.

And.. well I'm a sucker for looks and I wanted that sweet looking WindForce illuminated blue logo. I mean, I >read tons of good things about Gigabytes windforce cooling, so I was able to justify the purchase in my head.

My only complaint is when the fans turn on during gaming, they REALLY turn on. I think in the future, after >Pascal comes out and either provides a nice new generation of GTX GPUs, or drives this current generation of >cards prices' down, again, I can make do.

Case

Another PC builder favorite. I watched tons of case reviews, went through dozens upon dozens of newegg >product picture albums and specifications. Nothing ever seemed close to holding a candle to what I wanted in a >case to the Fractal R5. Front end removable dust filters for both the intake AND a full bottom dust filter >removable from the front as well. No weirdly shaped side window or window with a poorly placed 120mm fan >mount obstructing the view of the internals. Just a solid, minimalist design with plenty to offer, with sound >dampening material, a completely modular base (removable 5.25" bays, drive cages) and plenty of cable tie >loops. I also needed something to house a Blu-Ray disc drive and a fan controller so I could handle airflow in a >simpler way. The front panel hides them when not in use, and in the end, I have a very nice start for an >attractive looking build.

Power Supply

The general consensus of how to find quality PSU reviews is through, JonnyGURU. I wanted something that is >fully modular, so cable management is as easy as it can be, and something efficient, at least Bronze. >JonnyGURU has nothing but praise for most EVGA PSUs, but even now as I still browse this site and other PC >build forums, the G2 series still seems to remain the unquestionable king of quality. It is rated at a 9.8 out of 10 >by JonnyGURU, has nothing in the bad category, and its fully black. SOLD. Cable management was a dream >with this combined with the Fractal R5.

Intake Fans

Multiple discussions on here led me to the Gentle Typhoon series. So far? I have no complaints at all. They run >without fail at 80% constantly even while gaming, and with my front panel open running, yes I can hear a low >hum, but with the sound dampening panel closed, I hear nothing at all.

Exhaust Fan

Read really good things about the recently released Fractal Venturi lineup, so I got this all black 140mm exhaust >and have it running at a continuous 1000rpm for my system.

Lighting

Initially used a Blue NZXT light strip I believe since the system was built until recently. Changed to a magnetic >BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 white strip. I changed the case lighting to white as with the previous blue internal >illumination, you couldn't really see the actual colors of the build as clearly.

Conclusion

Overall, I am very happy with this system. It does everything I want it to or throw at it, and the only things I'll >probably ever change are three things:

  1. The GPU since it is louder than expected
  2. Adding a BitFenix Alchemy 2.0 Blue strip to mix with the white so it is a ligher blue, but you can still see the >actual part colors
  3. Overclocking the 4690k

EDIT: Some spelling errors and formatting

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

My very first build, so please be kind with your words :x

You did a great job!! +1

They run without fail at 80% constantly even while gaming

Remember you have 4 super AP-15s on the rad, so you can still lower those rpms.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for taking a look after all man!

Remember you have 4 super AP-15s on the rad, so you can still lower those rpms.

Noted, I might test it out soon

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Gratz, Nice build! I couldnt find anything to nit-pick about. For bling lighting I use the inexpensive... DEEPCOOL RGB 350 Computer Lighting Kit LED Strip Multi Color and Patterns with Remote Controller

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

how is that working for you? is the lighting pretty solid and not spotty? thanks for your kind words!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

hi forgot u, sorry. ;-) lighting is not spotty at all. have to place led strips where u wont see them directly, indirect lighting.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Good work, congrats

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated and, your icon is pretty nice for this situation hahah

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you good sir!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You build hit me like a Final Spark <3~

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

RIP Finales Funkeln/Final Spark

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Well built.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for checking it out fellow builder :D

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Not bad for first build, definitely better than how mine turned out. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

if you say so, but i also appreciate you taking the time to look here!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Photos, and nice solid build m8! +1 for that color scheme!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

:D im glad other people think so too

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Only have to bad things to say, which aren't even too important as they are just opinions. Since you removed the hard drive bays to mount that 240mm radiator, it really exposed a lot of front panel wires which turned me off a little bit. Also the clashing colors with the red cooling block, gold ram and mobo, and the blue led's on your gpu. Other than that it's a pretty good build and it turned out really good for your first build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thanks for taking the time to check this build out-

as far as the panel wires inside, I mainly left those alone as I grouped each individual bundle up so that I could easily follow where each went to in case I ever have to check on a part, and if I was really really inclined to, I'd root them to the cable tie grommets on the bottom corner of the case.

As for the clashing colors, I can understand where you come from since most of the time I have a similar mindset as far as colors go. In my description I already stated the internal colors are modeled after my favorite League of Legends champion, Lux.

Again, thanks for looking and the compliments as well

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

All in all I think you did a great job!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

tactical decision there with those good part choices

lol

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Tis a very good chip, though I dont have much to compare it to, only an old Pentium 4 from 2003 I recently revived for a parents PC, and coming from laptops only for school

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