I present to you my first build.... SUCH WHITE, MUCH COLOR.
I know I know, lame name. Frankly, I have no idea what to call it, I'm literally choosing one for this thread. Here's my logic: I've always struggled to understand people's fascination with black and red parts, so I wanted to avoid those. I very quickly gravitated to a selection of white parts and realized I need to pick a theme. I decided I would stick to B&W theme and use as many RGB lights as possible. The idea was that the B&W would create nice contrast for the RGB LED theme, while also giving me a bit of flexibility in part selection.
This build was meant to satisfy a longtime craving. I recently graduated and finally have the funds to build a PC I know I'd probably survive without. I've also realized I need my Surface Pro 3 less and less. I don't need a powerful portable device. I need a phone that can access a very, very powerful permanent workstation/personal cloud. This will serve as a permanent workstation and storage PC, where I can access my PC and files remotely in large quantities, play games with good quality, and do so me web design, photoshop, music editing, etc. My all-around battlestation - with a custom twist to up the cost of doll hairs.
MORE PICTURES TO COME. Also part reviews+. I realize these are really bad shots that show almost internals. You can't see the cable management in the back. I will get shots of my whole desk & setup, all sides of the PC (back as well), along with different HUE settings.
I wanted the best.
Let's be clear - I bought this guy for the looks. I mean look at those big, bad, thick industrial looking tubes! In all honesty, I seriously considered the NZXT Kraken x61, but I couldn't get over the tubes. They look smaller and less industrial. This corsair has large, 3/4" diameter tubes with black mesh material to protect it. I added the Anti-Kink coil wire for decoration and a seriously mean looking water cooler that keeps my CPU nice and cool. The only downside is the stock fans, which I reccomend replacing. Since this cooler actually retails slightly lower than the x61, I didn't mind forking up a bit extra for some corsair quiet edition white LED fans.
Fast. Blew away my intent to buy another 2x8gb. Like I need it.
In being overly anal and trying to snag the best price on the 850 Evo SSD, I tactlessly got terrible shipping speed. That said, i got a nicely discounted rate, so I justified it by buying this little guy so I could boot and not wait. This was my temporary solution to waiting until Labor day - it is running great!
I'm happy with the storage capability. In retrospect, I think I would buy an external USB drive so I'm not restricted and contained in the case. Still happy with this guy.
Kills everything I've thrown at it in 4k & max settings. I haven't tried much more than LoL and WoW.
BEAUTIFUL case WORTH EVERY PENNY.
Come on. What are you going to be looking at every day? Of course you want this guy. The tempered glass is beautiful, it brings a tear to my eye. There's nothing better than the shine it gets illuminating the internals - it actually looks better with the glass than with the part removed. It's incredibly roomy with great cable management and can really show off your water cooling rig. Coupled with the Corsair h100i and the kink wire, this thing makes it look like a beast.
I picture myself reusing this case when I recycle components in years to come.
Slight overkill maybe? Does the job and leaves me room to add another GPU in a year or two. I figured the price of the 1070 chip will fall and I can SLI to delay a full upgrade another few years.
Best monitor I've ever used. 4k gaming monitor for $299 - a steal! I'm a nut for resolution, so this destroys the 24" IPS LED in my eyes. I used to enjoy that monitor, and now I feel spoiled and keep her off to the side.