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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.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

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.

Memory

Fast. Blew away my intent to buy another 2x8gb. Like I need it.

Storage

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!

Storage

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.

Video Card

Kills everything I've thrown at it in 4k & max settings. I haven't tried much more than LoL and WoW.

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Monitor

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.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

If you are gaming I would've gone with a 144hz monitor and that 850 watts PSU is a bit overkill imo

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

If I was gaming I would have gone with the 1080 + 144 hz monitor, but I only game a bit. The games I do play gravitate more towards WoW than Fallout/etc, and don't think the 1070 chip will disappoint me. It's hard to beat 4k at a $299 price point, even if it's a lower refresh rate.

I agree, 850 may be overkill, but I hardly paid any more than 750 and wouldn't want to go down to 500.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build! +1

BTW, isn't your rear fan the wrong way round? Unless you're intending to suck in air from the rear rather than exhaust...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Nick!

It actually IS facing outward. Looks weird, right?? The fan has a logo on both sides, but the rear also has the four black pins you see that make the frame. The logo on the other side is a lot more pronounced and truly looks like the front, but I can see how the picture could make it look that way.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Very weird - I always assumed the logo and frame support arms were the exhaust end of the fan assembly! Seems there isn't much of a standard after all, even between fans from the same manufacturer :-)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, now I'm going to have to double check the blades when I get home.... I slapped that puppy in there assuming what I just said was true - based on other fan models in my case, (just different manufacturers) - but that may be a dangerous assumption. Fingers crossed!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks sick. I'm going for a similar kind of interior aesthetic and the same Black/White cables (eventually).

I like how yours landed.

Very cool +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the lights to shine through the front of the case?? Any certain placement? it looks amazing!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Behind the front aluminum panel is a black piece of plastic that snaps on top of the case and has a couple screens for the air intake. This piece is actually the black strip you see that gets lit up on the sides. All I did was place one of the LED trips vertically along the center of this piece. I also experimented some and placed two (one on each side), yet found the light overwhelming. It looks much better with one because the light truly catches on that black piece and makes a luminous strip along the side of the case.

I have an other strip on the interior front face of the case on the far side of the water cooler radiator, facing outwards. Since it's pointing outwards, it shines through and onto the wall.

Thanks man! I got the idea from a build I saw on here a long time ago but I haven't been able to find it.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Am a fan of the anti-kink coils. Good job!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I just bought this case! It looks wonderful! I hadn't thought about mounting the AIO radiator in the front; how does it perform with the front of the case being a solid piece? It does look like there are some gaps for air, but looks fairly restrictive of airflow. Thoughts so far?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey AWSOME BUILD! How did you get the lighting on the front of the case?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What led strips do you have making the front glow up like that? I want this case but I only want an led strip in the front rather than the sides

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the cable for the 2 usb ports at the front of the case to attach to the motherboard? It is in such a tight space and i couldnt get it through on mine without making it look ugly. Please help. I still have to sort mine out

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. I'm not familiar with the brand of monitor you're using. How has it held up over time?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to do something similar with my first build. My immediate thoughts were the same as yours. Why is everyone obsessed with red/black? Let's go disco fever!! Haha. Nice work!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You say you've come from a 24" IPS LED, and so I'm wondering what do you think about the color change from the IPS, to your current monitor.

I'm interested in buying the AOC- U2879VF 28.0", and I'm wondering if the color quality is superior, or equal to the IPS you previously had.

I just helped a friend build a 1440p gaming PC, and now I'm envious, because I game at 1080p, and the game we play on, looks so much more colorful, and vibrant on his monitor, with 1440p, even though both of our monitors are 144 TN panels.

I'm not sure I could be satisfied with just jumping to 1440p, so I thought I would ask you about 2160p.

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