User requested a red and black build with WiFi capabilities and a good video card. This machine does everything he wants all while looking fantastic.
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Great build super clean as always +1!
Thanks! Keep an eye out for my upcoming builds!!! ;)
Nice build...but those cables cost WAY too much from Hex! You can get very nice looking cables for much less from http://mainframecustom.com/
I am the owner of HexagonPC and my cables are competitive. On top of that, the same full set from them is more expensive than my kit.
Ok my bad
Love it! +1
Thank you! :)
I would have done this instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ZtDTTW
Basically it sticks with MSI's black red parts instead of using the inferior (both aesthetically and in features) Gigabyte board. Also used is the Red Kingston ram which adds some more color to the RED side of things. These don't help the value of the system at all but do stay to the customer's red/black theme better IMO.
Next the cooling was changed to the Corsair H105 to save some money because the H100i GTX is with a $20 price difference for very little performance boost. Another change with value in mind is the Patriot SSD. The 840 EVO's price was substantially higher than anyone should pay for that SSD when a newer design can be had for $30-$50 less (I chose the Phison based Patriot one for purely value in mind). Continuing my value thoughts I went to the far superior EVGA G2 series power supply and saved about $100 compared to the Hexagon cables by combining the PSU with cable mod cables which are still very aesthetically pleasing and can be further refined using cable combs. Lastly I kept the case because meh. My personal choice would probably be a different unit but I don't know the reasoning for choosing something of this specific form factor so I kept it.
All in all I have parts that perform basically identically with MORE features while saving about $100 considering the cost of the Hexagon cables.
The build you chose is by no means lacking anywhere, but it definitely has areas that allowed refinement. I would further add better Fans possibly EK Vardar or Noctua NF-F12 units to reduce the noise levels of the system.
I'm missing the inferiority of the Gigabyte board vs the MSI one you picked, other than the gaming enthusiast moniker the MSI ACK strives for.
As far as performance is concerned, the Gigabyte one used performs very well compared to the comparatively priced MSI AC (no K). The motherboard layout is the best I've ever seen / dealt with in the past year, almost two, and it has amazing quality in the parts used. One of these can be had for easily $115 (a little less if near a Micro Center). And that wifi is OMG amazing. Never seen it cap when testing internet speeds off a TLAN.
Aesthetics-wise, eh, It's a black/dark-grey motherboard.
The ACK is definitely a sexy looking beast. A bit steep in price when this particular gigabyte motherboard is made of just as high a quality, with a little less "enthusiast" software. But I could definitely throw in a couple of Jacksons for something that pretty.
I'm really surprised a H100i GTX could fit in that 250D, holy cow! But I kind of doubt the H105 could fit there considering how it was nigh impossible to fit in my 450D with my old Z97 Asus Sabertooth Mk2. The X79 Asus RoG I have does make it impossible for the H105 to fit, which really bites xP.
PSU choice is pretty personal for people, but he didn't pick a bomb so I won't delve into that.
Plus, since Lavins makes those cables, it was probably more convenient for the consumer to purchase from him and have spiffy cables to show off. He does a great job on them too!
I would also like to note the prices aren't customized, so we don't know how much he ended up spending to make the rig (err, riglet? kinda small).
Fans are another personal thing. Maybe the buyer is deaf or doesn't care about 10db above ambient background noise? Who knows.
Hey man, you're alright. ;) I appreciate people like you. :D
The motherboard was purchased a long while ago before any of the red MSI ITX boards were released, along with the rest of the "older gen" parts. They were my old parts from previous build and he certainly did not pay the stated prices. This spent less than $1000 for everything in this build, that's for sure.
Great looking rig! Took a look at your site as well, rest of your builds are A+!
Hey thanks! Thank you for taking a look around my website. I'm happy to have people appreciate my work.
<3 the 250D
How was fitting the H100i GTX with that motherboard? How tight was it? I know there's a 3mm difference between the GTX and the regular H100i. Looking at one or the other for my 250D with the same monitor and am curious if I'd be able to squeeze the GTX in there.
It was a bit tight and the rad now presses against the mobo. But it's just the PCB edge against the rad so it's not going to cause a short or anything if you do it correctly. Ensure that NOTHING else gets between the rad and the edge of the mobo and you'll be fine. Also, don't get the regular H100i, it's NOWHERE near as good as the latest.
Fantastic looking build! It's great you were able to fit the H100i GTX. You may not know the answer to this, but do you have any idea if it would still fit if the mobo was the Asus Z97i-Plus? Been looking everywhere for an answer but no luck so far. Would love to use that combo in my 250D.
All Z97 ITX mobos are basically the same size so if this rad fits, the Z97I will work as well. Happy building!
Great Build! So could you have mounted the Cooler in the opposite direction (Fans facing the Mobo?) Is it that tight?
Well actually they're facing away from the motherboard, so they're actually intakes. They pull air through the case, then through the radiator and then onto the motherboard. Keeping positive pressure within your case is key to preventing dust buildup from unfiltered openings!
So to install it you have to get rid of the case right?
Great build! I am doing a similar build with corsair h100i gtx. So glad I saw your build because I was worried the h100i gtx will not fit the 250d case. How did you install the cooler from the top or from the side going in?
I like your build specs but I hate your angles. It makes it hard to judge the look of the custom cables at a normal view.
I'll probably wait until I see a fuller view before I buy these custom cables from someone.
How much more "normal" do you want? I mean, you see them plugged in, that's basically what you see.
Here is an album of the majority of my publicized work. Go nuts: https://lavins.imgur.com/
I can't seem to get the H100i GTX to fit. I'm only off by 2mm. I'm setting up as an intake. Any advice on how to squeeze the radiator in there? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DhJhzy
I uh.... I just forced it in there. :( I can't condone anyone to try it but I did so at my own risk and with the permission of my client and I managed to make it fit. It's really up to you though.
Heh, he had a bunch of my old hand-me-downs and was super appreciative of it. ;)