Description

Thanks to "Getchuuked" for giving me the inspiration to create a beautiful computer within the Corsair 200R case. (check his out, it's one of the most highly rated builds in this case), "skiskate10"s ALEX for the idea of using Carbon Fiber Vinyl as an accent, as well as my Dad for supporting my PC building efforts and helping me with the various modifications done to this computer.

I use this computer for gaming, schoolwork, basic browsing and content creation, as well as for LAN parties. It serves me extremely well through everything I do.

  • This is going to be a long description, so I've separated it into sections with a TL;DR (too lazy; didn't read) at the end of each section for all the lazy members of the community. If you want my rationale and short reviews on most of the core components, go to my original build post, as I will only be covering what's new here. This was a ton of fun to build, despite the limitations in terms of money and tools that I face, being 16. I sincerely hope you enjoy this build, and I would love any feedback in the comments. *

Side Panel Window Mod

Cutting a side panel may seem incredibly daunting with the relatively minimal information on it on Youtube and forums, but if you have decent tools and everything you need for the job at hand, you can make one in under an hour. Being 16, I have limitations in terms of getting tools, but luckily my dad had a jigsaw with the proper type of blade for cutting metal. If you want a video guide as to how to do this, Bill Owen from mnpctech.com has arguably the best one on Youtube, and he's incredibly experienced. I encourage anyone doing this to experiment though, and to forge their own path if they can.

We started by measuring out the window, and drilling pilot holes in all four corner. It was just jigsawing from then on. The Plexiglass we got was from our local Ace, which we cut to size with a jigsaw as well. I wouldn't recommend this, as plexiglass is extremely fragile and can crack very easily when using a saw. Mine cracked slightly, but was fortunately minor enough to be covered up by the side panel.

The next step is to line the perimeter of your window with double sided tape. Put on your plexiglass and apply pressure to each side to ensure good adhesion. I also recommend getting rubber U channel to cover up the edges of the window, but at over 15 dollars including shipping, a careful cutting job often eliminates the need for it. It's still useful if you have a lot of blemishes from cutting. Speaking of blemishes, the paint on the panel scratched off in some places where we had clamped it for cutting, so I bought some Rustoleum Satin Black paint and sprayed over all the problem areas.

TL;DR: Watch This

Painting the GPU

What I expected to be the most difficult modification in the whole build surprisingly turned out to be the easiest. The 270x was intended to used in a PC I had built for a friend, but upon realizing how cool it could look if I painted it's side support bracket, I decided to trade my current R9 270 into his system and use the 270x for my own PC. There's also no real tangible performance difference between the two except for the fact that the 270x is clocked slightly higher and comes with a quieter cooler from Gigabyte than the 270 Gigabyte cooler.

Taking apart the card was easy, and I didn't even have to take off the cooler to remove the part that I wanted to paint. After removing it, I gave it a few quick passes with the first piece of sandpaper I found, and then took it outside and gave it about 5 light coats of Rustoleum 2x Gloss Apple Red in 5 minute intervals. I let it dry overnight, and voila. If you want my thoughts on the card itself, that'll come later in this description.

TL;DR: Scam friends (not really), take your GPU, sand what needs painting, give it some coats of whatever color you want, let dry.

Gigabyte Windforce R9 270x

Of all the two GPUs in my extensive collection, this is by far the best. I was worried that the 3 fans would make it quite loud despite the reports from reviewers saying it was quiet, but having used it for several months now, I can can confidently say that this card is wonderfully quiet. The fan speed curve can be modified in MSI Afterburner gracefully from 0 RPM to 2500, where they still remain quite unobtrusive, if not somewhat high pitched. The card's thermals, even when the fans are barely spinning, are excellent, never exceeding 75 C, thanks to the massive surface area of it's heatsink even in my airflow-deprived case. If you're in the market for an aftermarket R9 270x, look no further. It even overclocks quite well, and with a little painting can be easily modified to fit with any color scheme that you prefer.

TL;DR It's quiet, cool, powerful, and can be easily painted to match any system.

Red Sleeved Cable Extensions

Most of these cables are from Bitfenix, with the exception of the front panel extensions and the SATA power cable. I'll give my thoughts on the Bitfenix ones first.

  • Bitfenix Alchemy Red Sleeved Cables *

They're great. They're durable, soft, and a dream to cable manage. My only gripe is that specifically the PCI-E extensions seem to be a bit faulty (this may be due to harsh bending of the cables), and with them on, I can't manage much of any overclocking. I can overclock very well without them, but I much prefer the look of the red sleeving to a marginal performance gain in games. It's likely just a fluke. Be mindful of the cable management room in your case though, as these add considerable length to your cables.

  • Shakmods Front Panel Extensions & NZXT SATA Power Cable*

Both of these are a bit, well, meh. They're both quite cheaply sleeved, and the NZXT SATA extension is already fraying slightly. The front panel extensions, which you can find from Ebay, are equally cheap feeling, and arrived at my doorstep in what appeared to be a box of Russian Male Performance pills. They use a heatshrink that unfortunately does not match the rest of the sleeving very well, but they filled an annoying gap in my cable management and look fine if you don't look too closely at them.

TL;DR All these sleeves are great, just be mindful of how much room you have in your case to fit the additional cable length.

Red Carbon Fiber Vinyl from first2checkered

This was not nearly what I had expected. The adhesive isn't very reassuring, the color isn't terribly vivid, and its somewhat transparent, allowing the color of whatever is behind it to show through. However, it does a good job for covering the ugly stickers on the back of the Corsair fans, and putting go-fast stripes on the side panel. Also thank you to "skiskate10" for the idea of using carbon fiber vinyl as an accent.

TL;DR: Vinyl skins are great for accents in and around your case, just make sure to buy some of sufficient quality.

Western Digital Green 1TB HDD and my Ghetto Mounting Adventures

It's a nice drive, and the read head stopping every 8ish seconds, causing rapid wear over time seems to have been fixed for a while now. The drive is nice and quiet, which was my main priority, and plenty fast enough to load some of my lesser played games and spare photos. As for mounting it, there were two holes in the bottom of the case through which I threaded two screws for one side of the drive, and Velcro was used for the other. Ironically, these holes once held in the plastic hard drive cage that comes with this case. It holds the drive flat enough, and causes no unnecessary vibrations.

TL;DR: Keep your drive cages, kids, even if they're ugly. Also the drive is nice.

Wireless Card

It works, man. Pretty simple.

NZXT Hue RGB LED Controller.

Looks nice from the front, and has a nice variety lighting modes, and can light up your system any color under the sun. I keep mine on white most of the time. The adhesive for the LED strip isn't great though, so you might have to give it some help if you have the strip on the top of the case. Velcro or double sided tape would work best.

TL;DR: A great addition to any build in need of some serious pimping. A great buy.

Silverstone Foam Noise Dampening

When I didn't have a windowed side panel, it did a good job. When the time came around to cut a side panel however, I had to remove it, which was a colossal struggle. We ended up having to break out some seriously hard to pronounce chemicals to free the adhesive from the case. It's bad, and I don't recommend it. Just get a case with pre-installed dampening or use your BIOS to slow down some of your fans.

TL; DR: The awful adhesive makes this an almost permanent alteration, so tread wisely.

Thanks so much for looking at this build! Leave any feedback or questions in the comment section, and I'll be sure to get back to you.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 5 points

Wow. Really great job! Especially the side panel.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

19 is the best photo... so dramatic "no please, don´t take my money" jaja

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

That Gaben poster is the best thing I've ever invested in.

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for GabeN

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

+1, for creativity and originality. Also 22,23 were your best pics. nice job!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! As for the pictures, some were taken with a borrowed DSLR, and the others were taken with my webcam when the camera wasn't available. I can post more from the DSLR, but the webcam ones are the most recent, showing the carbon fiber vinyl.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Will be adding more pics when my GabeN inside stickers come.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

VERY nice paint job on the video card, accents really well for the card as a whole. Overall build is aesthetically pleasing ^

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing job dude. Proud and Fun is all you get with this Rig Great!!!!! great photos!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

:)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job. I really enjoyed reading about the process and what you did for the side panel. That's something you can really be proud of. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm very proud of this. Thanks for the kind words.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

is that SSD just standing there, or do you have something holding the SSD to the case?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Theres one hole behind it holding it in, and the cables keep it upright. Credit for getchuuked for that idea.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Noob question. :P What do those digits on your motherboard represent (under the GPU)?

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Post codes. They light up with different numbers when the computer turns on and can tell you if something's wrong with the computer. (ie 52 is a RAM related problem)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D Sounds awesome.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the side panel mod. I got the 200r window edition which works well because it is a smaller window so if you look at my build you don't have to do as much cable management. I have the same keyboard as well which is great and CPU cooler and CPU.+1 for amazing creative clean build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

My original idea was actually to try and convince Corsair to send me a windowed side panel, like you can do with NZXT if you own a non windowed case and you want a windowed side panel, but unfortunately they couldn't oblige, so I went to plan B and made one myself. Also Quickfire TK Master Race!

Edit: I checked out your build, and ours really are similar. I even had the same RAM before I swapped into this kit.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! I love the way this PC looks, and how well ifs painted. You really put a lot of effort into the build! I definitely think this will get top build! But here are so flaws: You have an i5 4690K with an r9 270x if you would gone with something cheaper like an AMD FX-8320 you coulda got an r9 280x or a GTX 960 :P but over all this deserves a spot in the top builds!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the complements. As for the GPU, I got that a lot on my last post, but the reality is that the CPU was a birthday gift after I had found an R9 270 for 80 bucks. It was just strange timing, and there's not much I can do right now.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I see, but you put down your 270x as $140, are you going SLI? Or did you make a mistake in the parts list? :P

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

The 270x was supposed to be in a build for a friend, and I bought it for him for 140$. My old 270 was 80$, and I put that in his system, and the 270x in mine. As for what I think you meant to say as Crossfire, I've thought of doing Crossfire with 2 270x's, but the noise level would increase a lot, I would have to get a new power supply, and everything would be a lot hotter. I'm still considering it, but the 2gb of vram also have me worried for the future.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh! Thank you for clearing that up! Sorry for SLI and Crossfire it was early in the morning and I was on my phone! Won't make the mistake again!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, I got what you were getting at. I've made that mistake a fair amount of times myself.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you take off the stickers from the PSU? And if so what did you use/how did you do it?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I did. I would recommend using a heat gun/hair drier, but I just peeled them off, which can leave glue residue.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, thinking of doing the same :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

NP.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I did all the tl;drs but this is an awesome quality build! Good on you! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

NP, thanks! I wouldn't have made the TL;DRs if I didn't want people to make use of them.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

looks really great man,congrats!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

One of my favorite builds on the site. I like black and red!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! It means a lot.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I really wish I could see it in person. I have a few questions however, Where do you have your SP and AF fans located? Also, I mean no disrespect(and don't get me wrong your build gets my bum all cummy), but your 4690k is way overpowered for the rest of your build.

You seem to know quite a bit about computer aesthetics, what do you think about my arctic themed hardcore gaming build?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y3Ny23

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Can never go wrong with Red/Black! +1 (Diggin the custom side panel)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn man you took a $1300 build and made it look like a $2000 dollar build! +1 on the custom paint jobs. Someone's been watching the BIG RED video?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Not actually a big fan of BIG RED, the paint is a bit too candy for me, but it does have a few inspirations here and there.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Octothorpe, I was just wondering for the motherboard, how is the sound quality coming from the rear panel audio jacks? Is the mic sound quality bad? I heard from the people in newegg that the rear panel audio was bad and I was thinking of getting one of these boards so I'm a bit worried.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm no audiophile, but as long as you turn off all the crappy "features" in the software for the onboard audio, it sounds great to me.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah good to hear. Thanks for your reply!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your quick fire tk come with a wrist rest? Cuz it looks like it in one of the pics of your setup

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's one I bought for like 8 bucks on Amazon.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thx

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

omg this computer is so hawt. I love it! +1 for gaben poster!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my first time seeing this. Looked at the first picture and noticed the SSD placement then took a look at the description. I'm just surprised I haven't seen very many "clean builds" with this case since it is possible. So I'm glad I inspired someone to do the same.

P.S. I'm digging this build

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks so much!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

So hows the thermal paste working for you?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

just fine, highly recommended

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard that it can ruin a CPU if you try to remove it...something about abrasions caused by the diamond particles?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

havent had any issues, and i've removed and reapplied this stuff several times.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

doing the same thing except its gonna be blue and black..... +1 from me m8

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Praise be to GabeN, and your supah shmexy PC!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite nice for a first pc. I like your personal touches. HDD looks a little junky but nothing major. Great cable management

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! I love this mounting place for the SSD, and I went through hell trying to cable manage it properly so the HDD can stay in the floor of the case and the SSD could stay hanging. It's a great spot for it, and it really helps even in covering up some cables. As for the U-Channel, I agree, but if you look at the case in person, the damage really shows in some places, and I wish personally that I went with it. It's no huge deal, but it drives my OCD through the roof sometimes.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I removed the drive bays just like you but I put my hdd in my external 5.25 bays. Check out my build! Also +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! I never thought of putting it there, that's probably a lot better than my velcro solution.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a bit too late for sanding now, but it's a good idea. We did run a hand file against the edges, but I was so eager to get it done that I repainted the panel immediately after we were done.