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This is my first build, and I'm very happy with how it turned out. I was looking to build something that could play any current game on max settings in 1080p and be somewhat future-proof. Also, I'm an engineer, so I may be using this machine for some CAD and FEA.

When I first saw this case online, I decided that I wanted to do a black and green Razer themed build. Call me a fanboy, but they make quality stuff :). I laser cut the rear exhaust 140mm fan grill from 1/8" black acrylic. If you want to know the reasoning behind any of my part selections or anything, just ask.

Also, I intentionally bought monitors with VESA mounts so I could put them on a dual monitor mount, but I really need to get a new desk first. Despite everything not quite fitting on this desk, I felt it would have been a shame to put this PC anywhere that wouldn't properly show it off. Questions and constructive criticism are always welcome.

Update: I ended up mounting the monitors to my existing desk. I really like how it turned out. My primary monitor is now centered on my chair, which is nice.

Update 3/31/16: I finally decided to do a custom loop on this rig, and it turned out gorgeous! I did all of the PETG hardline tube bending myself, and it really wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I used UV green coolant and added UV LED's to make it glow. There's also a UV cathode running through the center of the FrozenQ reservoir.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I feel obliged to comment mindless hate for the razer, so here. Yes, they make quality products, but so do many other people. But it looks cool to have one central brand/theme & it's personal preference. Just get a good headset/headphones (non razer) and I'm sure everyone will be happy. Great build though.

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Whoa Whoa ,Razer hater..lol

If you like green and black,like myself, then Razer "themes" work well. That being said, yes all their gear isnt the best but looks good. I did a build myself. Isnt overly Razer, but I did use the case. And yes I don't use their headphones. Myself, I use the HyperX Cloud 2

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the hate for razer headphones? Accually curious.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

No hate, I have had a couple different kinds and they haven't been comfortable. The Hyper x Cloud2 is literally the first set I can wear all day and not even know they are there

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't hate em. Just don't like the quality or the way they fit. Hyper x is so far the best deal I have found for sound and comfortability

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment. I mostly did the Razer theme for the aesthetics. Yeah, I'm not getting a Razer headset. I'm looking to get a wireless one. Any suggestions?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

K, I've heard some good stuff about the steelseries h wireless, but idk

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to see your not afraid to use what you like for your build. I also went with a Razer theme build, because some of their products I do like. Screw the nay sayers out there. You want to use some unknown, super expensive gear, that's supposedly high quality, go for it. Don't bother the rest of use that use Razer or whatever else. I love the look and color of Razer gear. Black and green are my two favorite colors together... Razer pulls it off.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, you're the one with the UV Razer build. That thing is awesome! Thanks for the positive comments :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, appreciate that. Always looking for a brother in arms....

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't like razer products, find their headsets fairly terrible and that their mech keys aren't as good as Cherry but putting razer branding aside you have a great build and a lovely theme going on here, +1.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the +1. I appreciate that you can see past the branding, despite your dislike for Razer. In actuality, my build only has 2 Razer products, the keyboard and the mouse, since the case is actually made by NZXT. I've been 100% satisfied with those products so far. My part selection was heavily influenced by product reviews and recommendations from my friends, and I totally agree with you about Razer headsets. They seem to be both overpriced and poor quality.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I completely agree. Personally I have a Corsair K70 with metal caps on it and it's a work of art. If you went RGB you could run effects on it too!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your build. The razer fan grill is sick! did it take you long to make it?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It didn't take too long. I just found a vector image of the Razer logo, reduced it to just a silhouette of the lines I wanted, did a spline fit to that, and imported it into SolidWorks. From there I just had to scale it and add the mounting points before saving it as a dxf so I could laser cut it. It took maybe a couple hours total. I'm just lucky I have access to my university's laser cutter :). Thanks! I totally got that idea after seeing your fan grill.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Will the system be stable if you were to overclock the cpu to 4.6?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you could probably get it to 4.6 GHz. It depends a little on the particular chip you get, but with water cooling, that's not too far of a stretch. With this being a 6 core processor, you might even consider OC'ing the first 2-4 cores to that level and leaving the others lower, since many games won't be fully utilizing all cores.

I did have it running at 4.7 for a while, but I starting getting some instability, so I brought it back down. The extra 200 MHz wasn't worth the trouble of having the system shut down in the middle of a GTA V heist :).

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  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh and like any other software, you need to have internet to download it, not use it. Once you have the drivers, you can use it when ever and when you go back online it updates itself. Just like any other cloud storage. I have been using the software since they put it out there without any issues at all.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Razer wasnt designed for Linux, just like most other companies......the market is still too small compared to Windows. They go where the price point is....