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Carbon Fiber Define S Build

by relco

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Date Published

June 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.55GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.8GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

Description

This is honestly just a variation of hardware that I've been using for the past year. I saw a forum online in regards to using 3M Vinyl wrap (carbon fiber skinned) on a PC case for a new look. I thought it'd be fun and it was relatively inexpensive so I purchased 2 of these carbon fiber rolls. (Amazon link provided)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CPN0BB8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Overall, it turned out well on the tower, the monitor is another story, I tried using a heat gun to get a smooth overall finish but I'm simply not skilled enough yet, I plan to tinker with the material I have left to make it look a bit better. The tower wasn't too difficult, I took off the pieces I could off individually and wrapped them. I really appreciate the look it provides to my system, if anyone wants any help or more information feel free to leave a comment! I would absolutely recommend a nice box-cutter style blade that is plenty sharp, a basic heat gun to help mold the vinyl, and a surface you don't mind scratching up. :)

I included some pictures of my scores in Firestrike just for an idea on how it performs as well as the entirety of my hardware.

Hope the pictures do some justice to how nice this turned out in my opinion. :D

P.S: This is the keyboard I have.

https://www.amazon.com/HV-KB366L-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard-Switches/dp/B014SHAGVI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1466209959&sr=8-4&keywords=havit+keyboard

I wasn't interested in spending >$100 on a mechanical keyboard, but this fits my needs, has nice switches, and a gorgeous lighting display. I would rate it 5/5 stars if I could find it on this website.

Part Reviews

CPU

Incredibly fast even though it's not the latest and greatest. Handles my games at 1080p on max settings with ease, handles streaming on twitch at 720p with ease, and it stays nice and cool. It's not a 6700k, but I don't mind.

CPU Cooler

Talk about surface area. This cooler kept my FX-8320 cool at 4.8GHz and now it keeps my 4790k cool at 4.6GHz. I threw some Corsair fans on here because the stock fans sound like small turbines, and it keeps the temps low without too much noise from the fans or the pump.

Motherboard

Honestly, bought this puppy solely for SLI compatability as well as M.2 support. Haven't had any issues with it, great overclocker, and sexy as can be.

Memory

It does RAM things. OC'd to 1866MHz because why the heck not.

Storage

Was the best bang-for-your-buck SSD when I purchased it, it's blazing fast and reliable. The SSD hype is so real and so worth it.

Storage

Holds mah games. No issues yet!

Video Card

This card is a freaking champion. Had it stable at just over 1550MHz, which is an impressive OC. It's sexy, the triple-fan cooler is quiet yet incredibly efficient, the thing is a foot-long though, so space might be an issue for some. Going to pick up a second one soon on the cheap for SLI. :D

Case

This is my fifth case, and arguably the best. It's honestly neck-and-neck with the Phanteks Enthoo Pro. It offers a gorgeous enclosure that's simple yet sophisticated, excellent air flow, great water cooling support, plenty of room for cable management, and it supports my lengthy GPU. Honestly the best case on the market at this price point.

Power Supply

Bought this anticipating an SLI set-up. I can't hear the thing, it's gold rated, and has a 1,000,000 year warranty (I think it's 7 years lol). Plus it's sexy wrapped in carbon fiber!

Operating System

Forced to upgrade. :/ DAM YOU MICROSOFT!

Case Fan

There is a reason they are the most common fans I see on this website, they put in work.

Case Fan

Came with the case, very quiet, and look sexy. Well done Fractal.

Monitor

144Hz goodness. Excellent display, TN panel so the colors aren't great, but it's incredibly beneficial in shooters where your FPS is above 144, (CS:GO, Overwatch for me).

Mouse

This mouse has endured literally a thousand hours of gaming and it keeps on going. I beat it more than I'd like to admit and it still provides me the best optical experience I could ask for for $45 bucks. Kudos to Logitech!

Headphones

Replaced my Razer Kraken Neon Pro's with these, and it was totally worth it. Long gaming sessions don't leave my ears upset, bass is weak, but overall audio quality is crisp and accurate. Built-in microphone is good enough for what I do, but not perfect. Plus they come in a sexy looking white color.

Comments Sorted by:

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Define S mod. Great job. Currently doing a mod to that case...

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you. What are your plans for the mod?

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Paint, custom LED lighting. (Like I actually made it with an Arduino)

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Oh very cool, make sure and post it and message me when you put it on the site, I wanna see that!

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

EDIT: Wrong topic! Sorry.

RaspberryPiFan 8 Builds 1 point 14 months ago
relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Very nice!!!

PizzaHutBuilds 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

This looks amazing! pleaSE submit this to ed from tech source on youtube! he loves Vinyl/Dbrad

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Oh man, alright! That'd be pretty cool considering I watch them all lol.

shadowbyte918 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

looks amazing. I guess someone finally put a dBrand skin on their monitor

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah, it's not great, but I'm going to use a heatgun to get a cleaner final product, hopefully it will be decent one day! Thank you!

Battlefield 1 point 14 months ago

Dumb question: What kind of adhesive does the wrap use? Is it easy to take off or does it leave residue? Thanks. Love this build and u chose the best case.

raysfan98 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

I cannot reply for sure as I have no experience with it, but I would say the OP used a version of carbon fiber that had 3M tape on the back, should leave no residue.

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

This is correct. It's a very soft adhesive, leaves no residue, and is very thin so it looks like a natural finish on the tower. Thank you!

raysfan98 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I have to say great build overall! Great color scheme especially with your custom paint and carbon fiber combo! +1 BTW I like your SLI preference, more than likely with the 1070 being released you will be able to snag a 970 for <$200, leading up to great performance at 1080p and 1440p! :)

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Exactly! I personally love the way SLI systems (done right) look. I also love the Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Edition card, it's too sexy. Thank you!

jjkfeng 5 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Great MOD!!!! I've recently bought a roll of carbon fibre vinyl wrap too, it's been sitting there...how would you rate the overall application procecss of the wrap?

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

JJ, it's a blast. I really had fun with it, it is cheap and easy to remove so I wasn't worried about messing up, just let my mind focus on making a nice mod for my case. Burned myself on the heat gun a few times, that was more user error than application process though lol. Thank you!

FHD32423 1 point 14 months ago

I dont like this carbon-fiber stickers and I dont like black-red builds either but DAMN I LOVE THIS BUILD.

+1

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Thank you so much! It's not for everyone, but I tried to make a build everyone could appreciate for one thing or another.

XxPCbuilder2016xX 1 point 14 months ago

Hey how was the installation process for your cpu cooler?

relco submitter 6 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

It isn't bad. It's more difficult than a 212 EVO, but not by much. The tubing is very flexible so you can position it really anyway it will fit in your case, and the long screws it comes with help get both the fan and the radiator installed at once.

philphaser 11 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Word up, breda! Nuff respect!

relco submitter 6 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks for teh love!

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 14 months ago

I'll give you 3k for the case ;)