Last week myself (Benwaki) and Mark "Taz" Stephens and Jason "Bits" Lau were asked to design a G1 Gaming PC so we got to work planning out a build \o/
The G1 GTX 1070 is one of my favourite looking graphics cards with the subtle orange accents so I designed the build around this, in most builds you sadly don't get to see much of the graphics card so with this one I looked for a nice inverted chassis and went for the Corsair 600c which I had been dying to build in for a while now. The chassis has high build quality and I really like the sloped PSU shield - zero issues with this at any stage of the build.
Motherboard wise we choose the new Gigabyte Designaire Z170x which comes with some pretty impressive LED lighting but is still pretty incognito if you want it to be, it's got blue accents which I quickly painted to orange to match the theme :) Having the motherboard upside down turned out to be pretty excellent as the graphics card looks amazing in the top (now lowest) slot and when I fitted the Samsung M.2 SSD it was nice to have the writing up the right way for once :P
Power supply wise we've gone with the EVGA SuperNOVA yet again so we won't need to add any braided cables to the build (the fully modular cables with this are all black).
Onto the loop! I had a tonne of fun with this one bending a blatant G1 for this build, when I first started bending I had the G1 logo up on screen to follow along but still managed to mess it up slightly by aligning the G and the 1 and when I looked at my finished bends it took me a moment to realise that the 1 was actually meant to be a little higher so I made a new one... https://www.instagram.com/p/BJMmeWujDZ2/?taken-by=goodgamingpc
Taz then modded some holes in the chassis to allow for the res to go straight into the loop and put in a long tube in front of the res to underline it.
Jason "bits" Lau then made things even better by bending a new G1 loop that goes out slightly past the graphics card to catch the LED lighting, now when you look directly at the G1 it catches the light and this hides the tube work behind it quite well. As a happy accident the lighting is darker on the bends (hard to capture in photo) and it looks almost singed. When it came time to fit the LED strips we really cut things down on this one hiding the top strip behind the shield and bottom underneath the underline tubing, it was worth the extra effort as when the PC is on the desk beside you it doesn't shine in your eyes or reflect off the screen.
We hope you like it, it was a lot of fun to build :) Massive props to Taz for figuring out how to do all the backend pipework behind the G1 and Jason for the epic re-bend :P Those guys have some crazy skills!
If you're looking for a perfect score with your SteamVR test this is the CPU to get :)
Great motherboard, not too heavy on the bling which was perfect for this build however is saying that I don't understand why it's not just all black, wouldn't this suit an RGB board better than having a static colour on it?. Anyways the heatsinks came off no issue and were easy to paint. The slot layout is flawless and software was easy to use for tweaking of LED colours but when I tried to connect the Phanteks RGB strip to this directly the colours came out wrong, I added a PH-CB_RGB4P adaptor though and everything was fixed :)
Great ram and looks awesome in black, I use this now in almost 50% of my builds (red G.Skill V-SERIES in the rest)
Pretty cool and finally the right way up!
My favourite graphics card from the new lineup, Asus is a close second but the slimmer design, fans and small details on this G1 version win me over. That little carbon fibre seperation between each fan is crazy cool :)
First time building in this chassis and I'm impressed, panels are nice and easy to remove and I love the way they swing open. Also can fit 2x cup holders!
EVGA has one of the most complete, high quality PSU ranges available and New Zealand today with power supply units suitable for builds in the mid-range to extremely high-end.
Wanted something to be behind the hidden front door when opened :) Will likely make a great cup holder...