Description

This computer is the result of constant upgrades over time, so it doesn't have any specific completion date. Anyway, most parts were bought either from Newegg or eBay. This computer is used for everyday browsing, as well as 1080p gaming. Hope you enjoy!

CPU: 4690k that I got brand new from eBay for a great price is overclocked to 4.4ghz at 1.178 volts. I could push it higher, but I need about a .05 volt just to get to 4.5, so I don't think it's really worth it.

CPU Cooler: The Cryorig H7 is a great budget cooler. It is very quiet and inaudible at idle. It looks amazing and cools better than the Hyper 212. Bought from Newegg.

Motherboard: I also got my motherboard from eBay, because it was a great price at the time. It still works great, and has all the features I need. It looks decent, and has a debug LED, which can be extremely useful.

Memory: For ram I went with G.Skill Sniper 1866 and it works great. The reason for the different prices in my parts list is because I bought the first kit about a year ago, and the second kit I bought a few weeks ago, not because I needed more ram, but rather, because it was so cheap.

Video Card: I bought my EVGA GTX 770 4gb from ebay for a fantastic price. I went with 4gb, because my last 2gb card was starting to run out of vram in games like GTA V, so 4gb is just for future proofing. Anyway, this is still a pretty good GPU that can still max out most games at 1080p.

Storage: My primary drive for system is my 120gb Samsung 840 Evo that I got for $40. My games are installed on my 320gb Western Digital, and my media files are on the 2tb Seagate Barracuda.

Case: I went with the Define S because I liked how it looked and the features it offered, and even though I have an air cooled pc, it is good to know that I can build a custom loop in it without issue.

PSU: The XFX Pro650 XXX Edition is a tier 1 Seasonic rebrand. It is semi modular and has always worked amazingly well. I had a psu from a prebuilt HP die on me before, so I didn't want to take any chances. The only thing I don't like about it is that the extra cables are flat, which makes them very hard to manage in this case.

Fans: The be quiet! Pure Wings 2 are great 140mm fans which are awesome for the price you can get them. They are dead silent and are hardly louder when you ramp them up. I have 3 of them as intake, and the two stock Fractal Design fans are in the back and top as exhaust. I keep all my fans at low settings, and all of them are installed with either rubber padding or rubber anti vibration screw mounts.

LED Lighting: I wanted to do a custom approach to LED lighting for maximum customization. I bought an Arduino Gemma controller board and some RGB LEDs from eBay. I also bought a right angle USB chord so I can plug it in straight on my motherboard, because the Z87 extreme4 has an onboard USB port by the ram slots. I have it set up with power from a sata cable by removing the sata ending and wiring the appropriate wires. Then, I used a fan extension cable so I can always unplug it when I plug in the USB chord to go into program mode on the Arduino. By going with the custom approach, I can do ANYTHING with the LEDs, by simply programming it in the Arduino software. This is basically superior to any NZXT Hue or similar system, for only like $20. Totally worth it. I can get any led to show any color on the RGB spectrum by inputting custom values. Also, I can make different effects, such as rainbow, single color, double color, etc. I can choose how many LEDs I use and can set how quick I want colors to change.

Keyboard: I bought my IBM Model M2 from eBay. It did have issues with a few of the keys, so I used a Circuitwriter conductive pen to fix the traces. Then, I wrapped it in carbon fiber vinyl to make it look better. It was very hard, but I am happy with the result. Yes, this is a 21 year old keyboard, but this is regarded as one of the best keyboards of all time and many people who have used it prefer its buckling spring switches to the modern cherry mx ones.

Speakers: Bought them on sale for $20. Good sound and bass, so I am satisfied and would recommend them.

Edit: Added more led color pictures

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 5 points

OOOOOOO Colorful. +1

I still don't get XFX product names though...

  • 44 months ago
  • 5 points

Why, what does XXX mean?

  • 44 months ago
  • 10 points

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I am laughing so hard right now.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

i love this

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

TY!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous colors. I'm actually working on an arduino uno controlled neo pixel array, but stopped short of implementing it because changing colors is a PIA (gotta write the code and upload it). I'd prefer analog control knobs, with analog strips instead of the overkill required to implement a decent digital strip.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I agree that changing colors isn't the easiest thing. I need to pop off my door, unplug power, plug in usb, and then program.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Your board doesn't have an internal USB port? Mine does and it can be used to program and power the arduino. I would have done it but finding a decent library is incredibly difficult!

I think your case would look incredible if you had the upper left corner a hue of blue and the lower right a hue of purple or vice versa. Leave out the yellow, greens and oranges.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It does have the USB port, but I need to press the reset button to go into program mode. Also, if it is being powered by USB power, I need to wait 10 seconds for my LEDs to turn when I power on my pc, with is otherwise 3 seconds. Also, good idea on the colors; I'll be sure to try it out.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh I see, please upload any pictures if you make any new color changes!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

My current setup is a pro micro powered by the internal usb port, the internal strips powered by molex 5v, and the external strips powered with the arduino, what I was able to achieve was auto on/off of the internal strips when the computer is on/off, while the underglow (external) strips are constantly powered by the usb even when the computer is off, and I fed the molex 5v back into one of the digital input to signal different effects of underglow when the computer is off (like pulsing instead of rainbow). I also wrote a c# program to interact with the arduino through serial to change animation on the go without uploading, I just have a few preset program as a variable, and don't use delay(), instead use timer interrupt, so it can receive serial data without delay. I can show you guys some photos later

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome To The RGB Master Race

Now you need RGB peripherals :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

brb adding rgb leds to my 21 year old keyboard

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

-Touches Keyboard

-Explodes

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job on the lighting.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Rainbow Snowcone +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Pew Pew go the lasers. +1 Nice rainbows!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dissapointed that theres no Velociraptor hard drive. Who needs ssds.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. My brother has one. The things as loud as a truck.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Im not very familiar with the arduino gemma but if it has any ADC pins you could program it to read a potentiometer and change colors that way, so then you wouldn't need to reprogram every time you want different colors.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done, great looking build. I love that case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Earlier I said that the build 'Elly 2.0' is going to be featured. Now I'm not sure. Now I send my good luck to the staff, who are going to have a very hard time deciding.

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

We will see :) It would totally make my week if my build was featured.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is just like the future build that i was portraying in my head for so long! Good thing you built this and posted it here. thank you

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't wait to see people build RGB systems like this one in the Define Nano S!

Awesome build btw :p

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's beautiful.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That's just a really nice looking build. And +1 for effort required to get the Arduino up and running.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Are there any guides for making so gorgeous colored lighting? Can you make one

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I am currently working on adding a section specifically describing how I made my lighting setup and I want to make a short video describing it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess 4.4 GHz are the best overclock for the i5-4690k?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the sweet spot for my specific cpu, but I do want to overclock it higher when I buy a larger cooler.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I recomand the Corsair H60.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the H80 in the past and it was extremely load. Rather, I am going to be going with a high end air cooler, like the Dark Rock Pro 3, Cryorig R1, or maybe the nh-d15, whichever goes on sale first lol. I don't trust cheaper aios anymore, because my H80 didn't last very long until it began to fail. I can't imagine an H60 to be any better, since it's even cheaper. Thanks for the input though.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wich one you had H80i first or second generation? I´m pretty satysfied with my H60 second generation good cooling characteristics and no noise under load.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

H80i gt:

workmanship: 10 performance: 10 loudness: 8 mounting: 10 compatibility: 10 equipment: 10 price: 7

Tip-Performance

H60 second generation:

workmanship: 10 performance: 9 loudness: 9 mounting: 10 compatibility: 10 equipment: 9 price: 9

Gold Award

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the first generation Corsair H80, but looking at the specs compared to H80i GT, the fans are only 2 decibels quieter on the new version. How exactly do you get these rating numbers? If it is from personal experience, then you must have very low standards. When you have a cooler at 35+ decibels right next to you, it is very loud indeed. This is from personal experience.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What're those leds called

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you finish the videoV? I have the same case and you but diffrent motherboard and stuff. Do you think I could the same led setup on my case? It's so beautiful

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the motherboard need a BIOS update to work with the CPU?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It did, but was very easy to do as the bios was able to download the update through internet.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cable management, Great air flow array, rare things like this inspires me to build a PC

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you first get into programming an Arduino? I'm trying to pickup some motivation since my uno been collecting dust now that I'm out of college.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

My brother is the genius behind programming it. He has an identical led setup in his pc as well. It is really rewarding when you know how to do it and is extremely flexible for use as an rgb led controller.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.. I never updated it, but it now has a full sleeved hx1050 and gtx 970, so it looks even better now.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I will update my description with a more detailed explanation soon.

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