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R2D2 - This IS the droid you're looking for...

by philphaser

Description

R2D2 ModBuild dedicated to general productivity and 1080p gaming.

All parts were either bought used or came from previous versions of my Coconut Lime build.

I spraypainted parts of the case, the GPU, the RAMs, the MoBo heatspreaders, the CPU cooler and it's fans to give it an authentic-as-possible R2D2 look.
For the details on CPU cooler and the case i've cut out decals of self-adhesive vinyl foil.
I took the Corsair logo off the decorative motive on the front, painted the bare plastic square blue and drilled a hole for the red LED.
The GPU backplate was made from a piece of acrylic glas, which i painted blue on the bottom and white on the surface. The green-lit GeForce-logo got sandpapered to become white.

This build is nothing fancy or overly complicated to do, but rather a simple mod, which everybody should be able to copy and rebuilt. Feel free to do so.
My own attempt turned out far from perfect, but i'm pretty content with the result.

This project was heavily inspired by MercoMods' GPU mod for the Trident of Neptune build.
I also always wanted to mod the MSI Z97M Gaming ever since i saw RexTempus' Shadow Box.

Hope you like this build mod.
May the (Ge)force be with you!

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gorkti200 3 Builds 23 points 17 months ago

I love this.

In the immortal words of Chancellor Palpatine:

Gooooood

LatiosGaming 2 Builds 9 points 17 months ago

Let the hate flow through you

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 8 points 17 months ago

hahaha...THX! =D

Nullarc77 3 Builds 9 points 17 months ago

When it comes to builds like this.

Do it.

Sonprep 7 points 17 months ago

love this build R2 would be proud +1

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

=D

Sonprep 4 points 17 months ago

congratulations your build is featured on the home page of PCPP. :)

JaegerBudgie 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Dewit

AverageAmd 1 Build 9 points 17 months ago

This is awesome! The custom paint job is amazing. Congrats on the feature! +1 For sure

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 5 points 17 months ago

Thank you! : )

AverageAmd 1 Build 5 points 17 months ago

No problem! ;)

Eltech 20 Builds 5 points 17 months ago

Oh my goodness... I love R2-D2, but this is even more amazing to see him themed as a computer! Well done with this lovely build. You definitely have my support and my one.

Also, congrats for feature! Well deserved.
philphaser submitter 12 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

hahaha...well thx!!

Eltech 20 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

You are most welcome and thank you too.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

: 3

NLR 4 points 17 months ago

+1

Love colors used in this build. One of the coolest themes I've seen on here.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

THX! We all love Star Wars and especially R2, don't we? ; )

Sonprep 3 points 17 months ago

Well in my opinion if you don't love R2 then you need help lol. nice build :)

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

hahaha...true! =D

Nater650 2 points 17 months ago

Yeah

Lyrix 3 points 17 months ago

1+! looks great!!! i love the mods and everything! great work!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx!

tusing 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Love the amount of effort you've put into this!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Even more than the eyes can see...ask my girlfriend about it! : P

Design1stcode2nd 5 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

Well done!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

thx

EdInk 11 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

Well executed. Love it.

I’ll have to nick some ideas from this

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Please do! Looking forward to see your outcome!

bigbodyben 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

very clean job! it looks like it was manufactured this way! u have impressive skills

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

uhuhu...i'm blushing... : 3

Lager11B 3 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

Far from perfect? This build is amazing. The theme is spot on. Without the build title anyone can look at it and immediately think R2-D2!!! The cable management looks amazing. I have done a few budgety builds where I have spray painted pieces and it is definitely not as easy as it sounds. Your paint job look great. Any tips in that area?

Also just want to say that I love that this is a $1000 build. For me I think the best part of building is getting something unique like this. Anyone with money can shove a few 1080Ti's in a case but a build like this shows a lot creativity and passion.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you very much!
There are certainly some flaws to the mod. But i guess those are minor enough not to show if you're not as close to them like when you are working on it.

lucarioG 3 points 17 months ago

I wish I had the time, effort and skills to pull off a sick mod like this. I love it, my inner star wars fanboy wants this build. Fitting for the new battlefront game coming out too. Awesome job

Nater650 2 points 17 months ago

Same

The inner Star Wars fanboy in me is crying

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

=D

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx! If it's as performant as Battlefront was with the Frostbite Engine, this should be able to push 60 fps at 1080p (maybe with a few decreases in details).

lucarioG 2 points 17 months ago

for sure, assuming its as well optimised as the 2015 Battlefront

DPRutledge 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Freaking amazing, man!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

F**kin' Thx, man! : P

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

To possible buyers in Germany: This build is for sale.
Self-Collection only. Location: Duesseldorf.

Do.mini.ck 2 points 17 months ago

Woah I wish I lived in Germany right about now, this build is amazing. Congrats on the feature.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx-a-lot!

Anyansayo 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

I was just there a couple of months ago. I bet that you will get good money for this.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Hope so! =D

Prometheus808 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Sweet!

shadowcrafter01 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

the part i find most pleasing about this build is that, while being absolutely GORGEOUS, is not a decked-out crazy i7-6700k sli 1080ti setup, just a nice casual build that again, looks gorgeous

goes to show what a bit of imagination can do to anything

love it! may the upvotes be with you!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

hahaha...have been so far. Featured spot helps a lot. : P
And yes, this is a rather budget build. Prices in list are even way above what i paid for parts. I also very much enjoy mods made with little means and a lot of love. : )

BenRichards 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

I love this so much +1 you deserve a feature

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

It actually got featured right away. Admin did not hesitate a second which honours me very, very much. : )

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Very cool. Congrats on the featured spot. This is beautiful.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

THX!!!

Takkipusa 2 points 17 months ago
philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

hahaha...thx!! =D

BerendHijden 2 points 17 months ago

It looks awesome! Could you give us some more information on how you did?

BerendHijden 1 point 17 months ago

*how you did it

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Would you like to know anything specific?

BerendHijden 2 points 17 months ago

And how did you do the paint job so nice?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

With a lot of care. : P

BerendHijden 1 point 17 months ago

How did you put the backplate on the gpu?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Twosided tape. Very small patches placed on the big screws in the middle and on the corners.

BerendHijden 2 points 17 months ago

Oh, smart

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

well : 3

jwnn 2 points 17 months ago

That is some amazing custom work! Proof that you don't need custom water to have a beautiful build! +1

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I even prefer...how should i say this...the independent movies of mods to the Hollywood blockbusters of builds. ; )

jwnn 2 points 17 months ago

Agreed! :D

Ripper137 2 points 17 months ago

Love it!!!!

Anyansayo 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

You are too modest about what you have done here. The paint job looks great and all of the modifications are better than anything that I have ever done. Absolutely nothing bad to say about this.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you! I guess it's always something else if you have done it yourself...you see all the little flaws and you're never 100% satisfied.

Jbyron 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

This is one of the best themed builds I have ever seen! Very tastefully done!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you so much!

maverickvii 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Very cool, subtle mods and yet with amazing effect!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you. Was hoping for that. : )

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 17 months ago

Looks great, definite +1. Always gotta love R2D2! :)

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Next build BB-8?!? ; )

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 17 months ago

Definitely!

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santhanam 2 points 17 months ago

Couple of weels and a slight change in the shape. You can welcome your R2D2 to your home! Amazing look, Just love it.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

=D

KYBL 2 points 17 months ago

I cannot express how much I love this build. Amazing job.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thaaank you!!

DylanKeck 2 points 17 months ago

that is pretty dope, nice job dude!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx, dude! : )

Sonprep 2 points 17 months ago

I have to say this is the best build I have ever seen great work. and is it just me or does pcpp need a favorite button nice build

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Yes! Yes! Favorite button! Pleeaase!

customgtp 23 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

That's freakin' Awesome!!

I bet it still games very well with the 780ti too! Best look $1,000 build ever!!

Congrats on the feature!!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you, thank you. And yes, it should whoop everything @ 1080p.

OllieManMan 14 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

This is such a great idea. +1

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

True. George Lucas had it. ; )

SpacemanSpliff 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

YAASSSSS! I love the paint job and the way you tied the theme throughout all the components. Excellent job man.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks, mate, much appreciated!

90smh 2 points 17 months ago

Awesome Build, love it

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

THX!!!

Russkie69 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

This is so awesome I really love themed builds. +1

Is there are reason why you didn't want to go with the same blue & white color scheme extensions for the 24 pin?

I think a custom IO shield in the same color scheme would be a great finishing touch. Here's a video on how to make custom IO shield if you'd like to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lo8ZjtlciM someone recommended him to me PCPP and I thought I'd do the same because his videos have been very helpful for me in my pc modding projects.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

No white&blue 24 pin atx cable available in my region. GPU cables were easy, cause single white 8 pin and single blue 6 pin.
And usually you don't see much of an IO shield anyways.

Kitan3000 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Wow awesome build dude, the build looked like it took forever! +1

How did you make the green plastic where the geforce gtx is on the graphics card white? Did you cut it out or something? I'm seeing if i can do something similar with my Vega 56 because I don't like the red accent.

Thanks :)

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Sandpaper. But take it out of the housing first. ; )

Kitan3000 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Hmmm, does it snap out easily or is it difficult to remove the plastic? I'm surprised not a lot of people have done that mod, it makes the card look a lot cleaner.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I've seen this quite some time. Check the highest rated build on pcpp. Also the GTX reference design is predestined for these kind of mods. Quite easy to do. There are tutorial videos on youtube.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

highest rated *buildS

KingOneF 2 points 17 months ago

This is amazing! I love this so much that COOLER MOD makes my mouth water....

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

hahaha...please don't short-circuit the components! ; )

Tech22 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

This is beautiful

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

thx

lorenzog.music 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

The build and the mod is unbelievable. Great job. Well deserved feature.

My only complaint would be this: If only your budget would have been higher, you could have chosen a different processor and, especially, GPU.

But, alas...the budget was incredibly well thought out and, honestly, if it runs your favourite games and does what YOU want it to do...who cares anyway.

+1 DUH!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Thx. Was in fact a client build, so it was his budget. Client cancelled, i've built it anyways. Had to do it (my dream mod). So now it's for sale. But i did as good as i could regarding both the mod and the components.

lorenzog.music 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Oh gotcha. Well...awesome job, not gonna lie.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

; )

JCMsergox 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Amazing work on the paint job!

Haven't really looked up benchmarks in a while, how well does the 780TI hold up in modern games?

James456 2 points 17 months ago

A website called userbenchmark might help you.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Still killing pretty much everything in 1080p.

James456 2 points 17 months ago

What to do after new trailer for the last Jedi comes out. Build a pc. Check. Amazing build

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Well, i started waaay earlier, but yeah... ; )

yveshe 5 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

DAMNNNNNNNNN

1+

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

beeepooop beeep boop beeep boop boop beeep

Ice44 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

the gpu mod tho <3

+1

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Totally not my idea. ; )
Google for MercoMods Trident of Neptune build!

Ice44 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

wow thats a cool build!. Anyways, congrats on the feature and goodluck with your build in the future :D

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx! Actually this is for sale. Hope someone else will have goodluck with it. My own private build is this one.

Ice44 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

ah cool. Goodluck with selling. Your other build looks really nice!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx-a-lot! : )

nulldotzero 2 points 17 months ago

Awesome awesomeness!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

thx

aprofile 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Awesome build! love the modding and how it makes slightly older components look cool!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks!!!

bluegeyser 2 points 17 months ago

This is the coolest build I've seen on here.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

whaaaaat!?! °_o

AhodShralpy 10 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Wow beautiful! Super nice work on the paint, I think you picked the perfect case for this mod.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks! The case was a huge inspiration for building a R2D2 mod.

Nic0108 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

very good

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

many thx

Ste79 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Your hard work has paid off fantastic build.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx-a-lot!

a11gaming 2 points 17 months ago

This is just so awesome!!!! I have no words its just so awesome

I dont see a restraining bolt anywhere

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thx!!!

isp 2 points 17 months ago

I like what I see here. Good work Phil

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you!

Gigantia1 2 points 17 months ago

This is my favorite computer to look at.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

like to hear that : )

ashort805 2 points 17 months ago

Philphaser, This is very impressive. I’ve tried painting my own cases, it’s very difficult. Great job, great theme, and way to stay true. A conservative, and quality build. Not too much at all. Just wanted to say great job!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

thank you : )

KorruptkSwades 2 points 16 months ago

Great paint job ! Good balance !

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you!

jwalt127 2 points 16 months ago

Love the mods here... Gives me hope that I won't stuff up when I paint a gpu or fan... +1 for the build brings you to 300 upvotes, Congrats :D

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

YAY! THX!!!!

steven112 2 points 16 months ago

Absolute fan!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Of R2D2? Yeah, me 2! =D

krimel 2 points 15 months ago

Very nice. I've been thinking of doing a BB-8 themed build with my current parts and this inspired me to give it a try.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

My job here is done! ; )
Very much looking forward to your build!

MercoMods 2 points 15 months ago

Hey Phil! Great job on this case mod. We are happy that our Trident of Neptune mod inspired you to build this. :)

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

This is one of those moments one does this for.
Thank you so much for your feedback!!!

iMoonTiger 2 points 15 months ago

Dam so you are strong with the force

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

...but i feel a little pull from the dark side...

AC1DFOX 6 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

WWWWooooooowwwww!!!

EdSten 2 points 1 month ago

This is hands-down the best featured build I have seen so far. Amazing work !

May the Force be with you, always!

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you, young padawan!

sirkittylover 1 point 17 months ago

why did you use so many older parts?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

$

sirkittylover 3 points 17 months ago

ok i can understand that

KingOneF 2 points 17 months ago

I think you are missing the point...

BerendHijden 1 point 17 months ago

What paint did you use the paint the hardware?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Dupli-Color Spraypaint

BerendHijden 1 point 17 months ago

Did you also use a primer?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Yes. Painted everything white. Then painted colored parts.
Except for the bottom of the GPU backplate of course. ; )

BerendHijden 1 point 17 months ago

My last question :)

Could you link the websites from where your got the acrylic glass and the primer + paint?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I got from the local hardware store.

scwee 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

have you heard the story of Darth Plagueus?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Why? Do i need to dedicate him a build in his honour? : P

krapphlat 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Imagine how the person over at Corsair that designed the Air 240/Air 540 feels when s/he see's what beautiful and imaginative and inspirational things you build with them.

+1

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

hahaha...don't you think they should be used to that by now!? ; )

krapphlat 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I've its bigger brother, the Corsair 540 Air Project Winter War. They're really nice to build into, only complaint is the holes in the bottom of the system, under the disk quick release.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I'm familiar with your build. Great one.
First time i built in a cube and yes, it's very comfortable to do, especially cable mgmt.

JewishSantoo 1 point 17 months ago

Dude, This is sick

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

You mean a VIRUS? On R2? Oh Noooo! °_o

Rhizotome 1 point 17 months ago

Water-cooling in the Corsair Air 240 case ? Logic.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

=D

jueda38 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Amazing build skills +1! Feel free to check out my Corsair Air 240 theme build after I finish uploading.

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

GREAT loop. Not so keen on the case mod tbh. Would've gone with only some clean blood flow lines on the right side of the front sealed in silicone or resin. Just my 2 cents.
: )

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Seabassom 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Do your run the coirsair air fans on the top in intake or exaust?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Intake. AIO is exhaust.

darkxm 1 point 12 months ago

just wondering, how did you make the gtx 780ti led appear white?

philphaser submitter 12 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

sandpaper

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philphaser submitter 12 Builds 4 points 17 months ago

Thx! That's exactly the way i feel about it! ; )

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