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Serenity

by c0ruptiv3

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153 Comments

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Date Published

March 20, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

UPDATE 8/1/16 Based on a bunch of people requesting that I switch out the coolers for the GPU's, and the fact I got an incredible deal on EVGA's hybrid conversion kits ($30ish dollars each), both GPU's are now liquid cooled! :D

Though this caused me to have to change out the SLI Bridge, because the LED's no longer matched.

Then Corsair released their ML series fans, and those just had to go in....

AND because everything else went Black/Grey/White, I felt the cables had to as well (this also let me resize them so I have more space in the back which was nice). So without further adieu, I present Serenity 4.5! (I've attached pictures of this slight revision at the end of the above gallery instead of posting it as a new build. Enjoy!) :)

Original Post

So, this is the 4th rebuild of my primary PC, Serenity.

Primarily I was shooting for a color matched, showcase build this go around to appropriately and beautifully (in my mind) show off my hardware. Previously Serenity was an all Black/Blue NZXT build, but I switched to 980ti's in June 2015, and the fact that they didn't match really irked me, so I decided on creating an Nvidia / Corsair theme.

Additional Details:

The 5820K is overclocked to 4.5Ghz at 1.295v. The 980ti's are stock with EVGA backplates.

I use this build primarily for gaming and some programming.

New Part Info:

The only new parts in this rebuild were primarily aesthetic pieces, the sleeved cabling, the corsair AF 120's, the Lian Li PC-O8, and the H100i.

AF 120: I used Rust-Oleum 249104 spray paint to paint the rings green, they came out decently well, and with the blue LED lighting in the case they match decently well, but when the PC is off, the colors do differ a decent bit from the green on the sleeving, and the Nvidia logos. I'm considering repainting them, but they look well enough when everything is on and thats good enough for me at the moment.

H100i: I picked the H100i for this rebuild primarily because my previous cooler, the Kraken X61 from NZXT, does not fit in this case. It was a tough decision and I absolutely feel the X61 is the better cooler, but this one preforms well enough for my needs. I don't like how much the Corsair LINK USB cable sticks out of the CPU block, but again its manageable. The pump also tends to have rattle from time to time which can be annoying.

Sleeved Cables: They are custom modular cables from ensourced.net (not extensions!) They are absolutely excellent, I recommend them to anyone wanting sleeved cables, and I use them on every build I do. Their quality cannot be understated.

Lian Li PC-O8: This case is interesting to say the least, its absolutely beautiful and the footprint is actually quite manageable, I'd say even more so than my previous case the NZXT H440. Its most definitely a form of function piece though. This is the piece I would think most people reading this would be wondering about so I'll do a pro/con list of this case below.

Pros:

  • Like I said previously, this case is gorgeous, the full metal build, the attention to detail, as well as those smoked glass panels are just fantastic.

  • Chamber Separation is well done, and thoughtful, there are grommets and cut outs everywhere you would expect them to be, making cable management a breeze on the front side.

  • The included LED strips (3) and their controller are nice additions, the design of the case allows for them to be hidden well, and light up the entire case. The cables are also quite long, so you can put them anywhere you wish. They also aren't mandatory if you choose not to use them.

  • The drive cage is excellent, and I wish more cases used this design, its quite modular and allows for you to pick the density of drives yourself, I also like the thumb screws used to hold the drives in place instead of latches, or sleds.

  • Attaching the side/top panels is a dream. The metal panels attach via pins so you just snap them on, no screws no fuss. I love it. The glass panels use 4 thumb screws each that are easy to grip and look good.

Cons:

  • Air flow is awful, the components that could be passively cooled, receive 90% of all intake, and the parts that actually need that airflow, like the GPU's get nothing. Its unfortunate and causes them to ramp up quite high to keep temps down. This case is obviously semi meant for Liquid cooling, but the problem is there really isnt any room for that setup either, the back chamber is cramped as is, and adding radiators would only further that issue. edit After some additional cable management and shortening my cables on the back side you can easily fit a radiator in the rear chamber. Airflow for none liquid cooled setups is still eh but is fine for hybrid or full liquid cooling.

  • There is no sound dampening anywhere, so when the fans ramp up (which they will per the previous issue) you will hear it. This isn't a huge deal, most cases don't have sound dampening foam, but coming from an H440 it was something to get use to.

  • The LED strips use adhesive, and it doesn't appear that you can buy replacements. Per comments below it appears you can get replacements by contacting Lian Li support to buy them I ended up needing to move mine in the case already (to clean up cables) and I have a feeling Ill never be able to move them again without completely ruining them.

  • The case only supports 120MM fans, which was slightly unfortunate for me, as my previous case (H440) was mixed, and allowed for more part variation. Its a little complaint, and probably wont be a problem for most people but it was still irksome for me.

  • As I mentioned earlier, there's not a lot of room in the rear compartment for cabling. With the drive cage and PSU in place, there is maybe 3 or 4 inches between that cut off point and the front intake fans. This leaves quite the mess when it comes to cables. Be prepared to zip tie everything. I also really wish there was a dust filter behind the 3 intake fans to keep cables from getting pushed into the fan blades. As it stands if you're not careful your cables can push directly into the fan blades from behind.

Overall:

Even with some of those cons, I really, REALLY, love this case. It's absolutely beautiful and it's pros, and looks definitely outweigh the cons. If you really like the case and don't mind its cost I definitely recommend it. Just take your time and plan everything out and you can make a true gem.

But yeah, that's Serenity. If you have any questions feel free to ask. (The last picture is of Serenity prior to this rebuild)

Comments Sorted by:

jdhempel 9 points 36 months ago

Please tell me that 2.95V voltage on the CPU is a typo; I'm surprised its not dead already. Running a CPU core voltage higher than about 1.4 is extremely risky, I wouldn't be surprised if 2.95 killed it outright.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 8 points 36 months ago

Hey Jdhempel,

You are 1000% correct. I've updated the description. Its actually 1.295v :)

Faizan 4 points 36 months ago

LOL

Z3ROWOLFHD 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

pssh i boost my i5-6500 to 3 volts

Faizan 1 point 36 months ago

You'll kill it in a month

Z3ROWOLFHD 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

/s...

BigAll 5 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

I've rebuilt my computer much more than 4 times, but I usually don't change a whole lot of it, it just kinda gets a deep cleaning :P (and some minor change in configuration)

I love how the green in the cable is slightly incandescent in the light. It just looks really nice in general.

I know what you mean about the smokey glass, it makes the lighting much smoother so it glows instead of shines. :)

And I almost forgot, audio-technica rocks!

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey Bigall!

Haha I know what you mean, for me its like a yearly process where I get bored and completely rebuild the entire thing. I have to say this has been the largest leap yet though. I'm glad you like it! :)

And that was totally an unintended side effect of my cable coloring choices, but its probably my favorite part of this build. If you ever wanted something similar you can get them at ensourced.net. The cable sleeve colors in my build are Black, Charcoal Gray, and Neon Green from ensourced. :)

and oh you know it! Audio-Technica / Sennheiser for life!

BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Aaaand featured ;)

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I'll keep it in my bookmarks, though it'll probably be a bit before I can make me some custom sleeves (I don't really see myself getting a major upgrade for a year or so, or until something breaks).

My next headphones are probably gonna be a pair of sennheiser hd 558

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Actually they will make them for you, so no work on your part required. You just pick the colors, pattern (or a solid color), and the length you need, and they will craft them. I've been using their cables for at least 3 years now, and I couldn't be happier. Though if you do want to make them yourself they also sell the components!

And I've definitely looked at this cans before, very solid choice. I actually just bought a pair of Sennheiser Momentum 2.0's a few weeks back and I love them.

P.S. I see your a Bojack fan, and I totally approve.

BigAll 5 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

I'm a bit of a diy guy myself.

Diane is my favorite character, but Todd Chavez is my spirit animal :)

Nibslip 1 point 36 months ago

Is there a link I would really like to build this same pc my self

Nibslip 1 point 36 months ago

but with white lighting

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey Nibslip, whatcha mean? Like a parts list or something more?

Nibslip 1 point 36 months ago

nvm I got it but really nice build. Im really considering saving up for it during the summer and saving up to build something with the same case but different parts.

jtrias21 4 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

Congrats on being featured! What a stunning case!

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks jtrias! I'm glad you like it! :D

CRS10114 7 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

Holy crap, that is one sick build! To think I saw it being featured with only 2 upvotes at the time. Clearly, you deserve the feature.

Fantastic build, c0ruptiv3.

Cheers

P.S. - Do you plan on water cooling the graphics cards?

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

hahaha Thanks CRS! Honestly I didn't expect it to be featured, or be anything special. I'm glad you like it though! :D

Also in regards to your question, at first I wasn't planning on it, as the build was kind of built around the look of those two cards... BUT the way airflow is in this case I'm heavily considering it. What I might do is wait it out until pascal and make my decision then. Tough decisions all around. :P

kazini 2 points 36 months ago

if you do plan on doing water-cooling, I actually recommend going through ekwb as they'll pre-fill blocks and stuff for you with quick disconnect tubes to make it easier and (similarly to your cables) less for you to do yourself and I'm pretty sure they'll do the same with the rad so it's almost as easy as an aio like the x61 or h100.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

So funny story, I actually was looking at the EK Predator 240, with QDC, before getting the H100. The only reason I didn't get it was because those QDC's were white, and it didnt support SLI cards. (also because I'm super impatient and my local Best Buy had the h100i) BUT I may have another look in the future, or ill just do a full loop if I start feeling brave and adventurous!

kazini 1 point 36 months ago

yeah i wish you could customize the qdc bits. i guess you could paint them probably if you wanted. Actually you could sli card's with the qdc even there's a few ways to go about it that would work alright i believe.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah, I'd probably just spray the QDC's black. But you can use SLI with the QDC's?!? Do you have a link or an example of it?! I didnt think it was possible. If so you just made my day lol

ThePacklemore 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

You could use two nzxt kraken g10s and use any two of these NZXT : Kraken X61, Kraken X41, Kraken X31, Kraken X60, Kraken X40 Corsair : H105, H110, H90, H75, H55 , H50 (CW-9060006-WW only) Antec : KUHLER H2O 920V4, KUHLER H2O 620V4, KUHLER H2O 920, KUHLER H2O 620 Thermaltake : Water 3.0 Extreme, Water 3.0 Pro, Water 3.0 Performer, Water 2.0 Extreme, Water 2.0 Pro, Water 2.0 Performer Zalman : LQ-320, LQ-315, LQ-310

Here is the link https://www.nzxt.com/products/kraken-g10-white

LOLLERSMAN 3 points 36 months ago

This build looks amazing,looks like a box of light. awesome work on that build. +1

eagerigor 2 points 36 months ago

I think I will be the first person to say that you, my good sir, are awesome.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

You sir are a gentlemen and a scholar and I appreciate your kind words! :) I'm glad you like it!

eagerigor 1 point 36 months ago

XD

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Nice! Is that case windowed on all four sides?

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey Matt,

To answer your question, no its only the front and left side. The right side is brushed aluminum with the air vents for intake. A side effect of that though is the air vents give off a really sweet pattern on the wall of my room from the LED strips.

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey,

That's really cool. Is there a cheaper alternative?

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

To this case? From Lian-Li not really. But I think for a more budget friendly but similar build the Corsair Air 540 is a great choice at around $160. For Micro ATX the Air 240 is also really swell, and fits this design language. I've personally built in both and think they are spectacular.

Ibuyara 2 points 36 months ago

Air 540 is around $115 USD on Amazon atm :)

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

You are correct! I only quickly checked Corsairs website like an idiot. Good find!

andyv001 2 points 36 months ago

I have the Air 540 and it is a fantastic case, both to build in and to look at. Thoroughly recommend it!

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Cool, I look into those

TheZhaoster 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Awesome build! love the lighting

Tensus 2 points 36 months ago

lol send me a build, i could never afford that T-T

warden66 2 points 36 months ago

Really cool build! Nice job with the cable management and.... EVERYTHING ELSE lol. +1.

(This needs to get featured)

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hahah I'm glad you like it! And believe me, I can't begin to tell you how many zip ties are hiding on the other side of those grommets. :P

floridaboz 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

just nice. Then again that is why it is a featured build

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Sir, that is a whole lot of awesomeness, and I'm not sure that case can contain it!

+1 and my respect! :P

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I totally appreciate it! :D I'm glad you like it!

VonKessler 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

I dig it! Very clean build, and the lighting... oooh.... yeah that happened.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks! The best part about the lighting is that it comes with the case, so its really easy to make it look hella pretty with minimal effort. Yeah I said hella. DEALWITIT. :P

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Nice night light. +1 on your rebuild.

"Air flow is awful, the components that could be passively cooled, receive 90% of all intake, and the parts that actually need that airflow, like the GPU's get nothing. Its unfortunate and causes them to ramp up quite high to keep temps down."

Looks like you have plenty of room at the bottom panel under the video cards to cut portholes for fans and install them with fan grill/filters to bring in clean cool air. I like using a 4.5" hole saw. It works great for 120mm fans and the hole is hidden by both the fan and the filter/grill.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

hm.. I never thought of that. Thanks for the idea! :) I may liquid cool though we will see what happens with pascal.

Also I'm glad you like the night light! :P

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Lol it looks great

jimmystempura 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Wowza

EdInk 11 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks for the honest case review +1

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

You're welcome! If I left anything out you want to know about the case let me know!

shmattymcfatty 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

What a beauty +1

Faizan 2 points 36 months ago

This...

Now this

This...

Makes me question the meaning of life

+1
Xorex64 2 points 36 months ago

**! This looks SOOOO AMAZING!

Phenominally great job here! I love it!

+1000 if i couod, but a simple "1" will need to do

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

haha I appreciate the 1! I'm glad you like it! :)

Xorex64 1 point 36 months ago

no problem bro

roblox245688679934 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Wow, just wow, incredible. No words. +1

asmodeus208 2 points 36 months ago

+1 One of the most beautiful builds I saw at PCPP, awesome case and lighting! Is that a 4k monitor?

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Oh stop it you. http://i.imgur.com/ea1LOX7.png

And its actually 1440P, I originally was torn between 4K and this, but the ultra thin bezels, and just quality of the panel swayed me. Also windows still isn't fully ready for 4K, people will tell you it is, but the scaling and blurring of programs that don't support 4K drives me insane and I don't have the energy to mess with work arounds anymore.

I definitely recommend this monitor though. When they threaten to discontinue them I'm buying a warehouse full of them.

kazini 2 points 36 months ago

This is gorgeous, the only thing I've ever made that looks better than this is my son. and my wife did most of the work on that one so I can't even take credit for that xD

Seriously though this is amazing and i am literally blown away by how amazing this looks.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

LMAO!

I'm dying, I don't think its that lovely of a PC, but i'll take it! :)

Luciferian 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Love the UV, it's understated but visually appealing. Very classy.

HitmanHart 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

+1

Wow.

Just...wow.

-HitmanHart

DayQuil_Man 2 points 36 months ago

SERENITY NOW!

blakslee720 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

I give this build a rating of "two syllable damn"...... Daayuum! Great looking piece there man!

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

http://i.imgur.com/ea1LOX7.png

Thank you Thank you! :D

Volkov 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Wow, just Wow. This is one of the best looking builds I have seen and the cable management is superb. That being said the airflow looks to be not so good considering it's am almost $400 case (At least it could have more room for liquid cooling like you said) I love the color choice and everything else about this. If Lian-Li made few tweaks to that case ( better air flow and/or room for liquid cooling that case would be the best I have seen based on looks and cable management. Great build. If I can get my next build half as good looking as yours (w/ some airflow) then I would happy as hell.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

haha Thanks! :) That was actually one of my main goals this time around. Usually I promise myself I'm going to actually "Cable Manage" and then that goes right out the window. Honestly when I first put this together I had the LED's running out of the bottom grommets, and after a few days I decided I wanted nothing on the floor. So I had to basically take the entire thing apart to move those up into the top. Totally worth it though.

And I would agree. The airflow in this case, especially for the price is pretty disappointing. I personally can live with the trade off, but I can see a lot of others not wanting it, especially if they plan on keeping the same build for multiple years for the sake of the parts. I really with the fans in the front were almost centered and gave air to both sides, but thats just me.

I'm glad you like the color choices though! and so long as you plan it out what you want and set some goals for yourself I have no doubt you can make an even better build than mine! :)

SomeJoker 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

This build gives me a hardware-on. Tremendous work, man!

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

hahaha Thank you! :D I appreciate it!

shadowcrafter01 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

nice dual geforce gtx 980 TIs, you know those are rated as one of or the fastest GPU chipsets in the world right? XD i would love having just one of those

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey Shadow!

Yeah... I had a bit of a problem. I was only going to buy one... and then I saw the super sweet SLI bridges Nvidia makes... so I had to buy a second card. :P

But seriously, its totally overkill. I love them to bits though.

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

This is a beautiful build that I can stare at all day.

So much starting that I would be too distracted to game properly in Rainbow Six Siege or The Division...
I also truly appreciate your description. I enjoyed reading it very much despite the cons you have to deal with. You have my one for darn certain for your work of art. Your revision has paid off!
c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Hey Eltech,

First of all I'm glad you like it! :) and its funny you mention The Division, because that's exactly what I've been playing on it (spoiler, it plays like a dream.)

And I'm glad you like the description! I kinda threw it together to get something in there honestly. haha If you have any questions about something I left out I'd be glad to answer or elaborate! And believe me, the list of con's is sort of long but overall It wasn't that bad, you just kind of need to be cognizant of those things with this case and your gold. I'm just glad it turned out decently well and didnt blow up in my face. :P

Thanks again my friend!

dkire13 1 point 36 months ago

It's... It's...beautiful...

In all honesty it looks amazing, too bad the liquid cooling wasn't too much of an option though. A light green coolant on a hard pipe build would be even more stunning.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey Dkire!

I'm glad you like it as is! And hey you never know revision 5 might be the big jump into liquid cooling. ;)

Honestly though I considered it, but with my lack of expertise on the subject at this time, I didn't want to rush it. Due to airflow in this case though, I'm definitely looking into it for the future.

jsh048 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build and it looks amazing!

NitroOG 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build.

piemancoder 1 point 36 months ago

This is amazing. The PC is so beautiful and looks so well built. You did an awesome job with this. Some things i really liked:

-Aesthetics. You did really well with this, everything looks like it was made to go together with everything else in the build, and it looks very nice

-Parts. All the parts are high end, and pretty well balanced. It would probably work really well in all tasks.

-The monitor. It's an awesome monitor :)

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thank you thank you! :) I appreciate it!

  • Aesthetics are like my biggest peeve, if it doesn't match I basically refuse to use it, which is why this revision happened in the first place! So I'm glad outside eyes approve! :D I can never tell if I just think it matches because I built it or if it actually does. lol

  • Part wise, I kinda went with what I thought fit what I needed but also matched well, and it worked out pretty well. Ram wise I know its totally overkill, but I wanted to fill all 8 slots. :P It does play / do everything like a dream. Then I go to work and use a rinky dink computer and just facepalm all day.

  • The monitor is probably my favorite piece here, its incredible. I want more. :) I actually added 2 more pictures of my full desk at the end of the gallery. :)

DuceMan56 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Like Bruh, do you really need 6TB of Storage with the hard drives? How big is your steam library lol.

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

He has 420 games

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Haha. Not entirely. My steam library is at like 272? I also have a habit of making sure everything is installed so I don't have to wait to play. :P

Break down wise,

SSD: has 168GB free. I use this for larger or my favorite games, and windows. First WD Black: 1.59TB free, I actually use this as a media drive, so movies, music, pictures, stuff like that. It was originally a lower specc'd drive but I picked another WD Black up to make them all match. Second WD Black: 1.08TB free, this is my newest drive for games so its still got room to grow. Third WD Black: 420GB free, this is my original WD Black drive, and has the bulk of my games on it.

:P

Chimpanconnery 1 point 36 months ago

You actually can order replacements for the LED strips. Well you'll receive it with the LED controller but Lian Li email customer support is the place to request. I've done it, it's 57 bucks, PayPal and they'll send it from China.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

That is awesome to know! I was actually really concerned about that for the future, and pft for $57 bucks Id almost want to buy one or two as spares now. lol

Thanks for the info man!

Chimpanconnery 1 point 36 months ago

baron@mail.lian-li.com

It's actually 55 bucks :)

nathanmaddux 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

what are bad temps for you? my my gpus never go over 60. i have seen 62 once while really pushing the card on stress tests. i never have a problem with this case in cooling. but then again i have both liquid cooled gpu and cpu. if you do a smoke test you can see it gets good airflow. but awesome build! i came so close to buying two gpus. but decided im gonna wait for the next gen cards to come out. they are gonna have something like upwards of 128gb of ddr5 with barely any power requirements... some crazy stuff. and yes the led strips are adhesive but mine havent fallen off yet. 6 months deep. and i believe they do sell a replacement on lian li website.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Hey nathan!

So usually they hover in their 70's being air cooled (while gaming, at idle its around 45), I've seen The Division push at least one of them up to 80 though which is unfortunate. I've definitely considered liquid cooling I just havent decided if I want to do as I switch out parts pretty often lol. I was considereing maybe getting the HG10 brackets from corsair and some aios, or if I get real crazy some hardline tubing. We will see.

And I actually bought my 980ti's the month they came out last year, so waiting at the time would have been weird. Ill probably buy the new pascal cards at some point though, so I'm holding off on the above until then.

In regards to the LED strips, in my initial haste, I put them on through the bottom grommets and then their was wiring running along the bottom. I left it that way for like 3 days and decided I didnt want a single cable laying on the floor of the case and had to move them. So the one's adhesive was kinda flaky but it seems to be doing fine. :P Someone else mentioned you just have to email their support as theirs not a direct buy link for them.

Deftrune 1 point 36 months ago

Great build and awesome name!

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks I'm glad you like it!

It's named after the ship from firefly. I actually name all of my computers after star ships from my favorite shows.

I currently have Serenity, Galactica, and Enterprise. :)

Deftrune 2 points 36 months ago

That's why it caught my atention, loved Firefly, too bad it was one season long!

Hellboy42 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

lots of blue

isaacmoore5 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Awesome build, every aspect is perfect. What is it that you do that requires this much power?

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

So your going to hate me. But really nothing. I am a Network Analyst for the company I work for, I do some programming on the side, and I play games. So I really don't need it all, but I spend a lot of time on the computer already so I said what the hell, and its a nice hobby for me. Some people like to blow money on cars, I blow it on PC parts. :P

I'm glad you like it though! :D

convertedconsolegamer_92 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

This is amazing. No words...

Wolklung 1 point 36 months ago

Bad new c0ruptiv3...

God just called.

Wants his computer back.

Sorry.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

But But... I'm not done with it yet... D:

Guess we will have to move onto revision 5 then... ;P

elvenson 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I don't even care whats in it now... that thing is sexy lol

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

For the Future use hardpipe cooling

O.O That would look amazing

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

You have no idea how much I considered it. But my general inexperience with it kept me from going full bore.

I actually have a spare PC though (made up of parts from Serenity Rev. 1 & 2 oddly enough, similar setup x-fire R9 290's and a 2500K) that I was thinking about trying hard tubing on, and seeing if I could handle it. Then i might jump up to this guy. :)

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Sounds all good... I'd love to see the end result :)

BrokenArrow4598 1 point 36 months ago

That is freaking awesome.

JAShadic 1 point 36 months ago

So, this is the 4th rebuild of my primary PC, Serenity.

Hey, you can never stop improving your PC! What beauty...

+69,696,969

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Isnt that the truth, give it a few months and I'll be on to the next! I'm glad you like this revision though! :P

JAShadic 1 point 36 months ago

Same with me and desktop backgrounds. I'll stick to one (because I'm on ChromeOS and ChromeOS doesn't allow for backgrounds to change periodically like Windows does) for a couple of days (or hours), and I'll be on another after.

I hope to see the next revision, and hopefully it's as good or much better!

xxswindlexx 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build man. try checking the fan curves. mine stock wouldn't cool it effectively. changed them to reach 100% at about 70 degrees. if they are custom make sure the are reaching 100% 80 seems a bit to high to be running games. might run a little louder but at least you wont get any heat distortion and extend the life of them.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey Swindle!

I actually put some pretty aggressive profiles on with Afterburner. Its gotten better, the one card in stays under 75, the other.. She still gets to around 80, but I still have some room on that profile to play with.

Its still a big difference from my H440 though, (or I just never bothered to look at the temps there lol)

xxswindlexx 2 points 36 months ago

thanks for the reply, yeah I just figured since that was something that had happened to me recently, I would give u some input. nice job on everything else. I like the case fans all upgraded from stock, looks cool...changing the fan curves does make it louder so I didn't know if that's what you were trying to avoid or not. I had a heat issue that caused heat distortion in game with some flickering and patching, followed by a 50% thermal throttling. mine was I think up to 82 degrees Celsius . notice fan was only like 30%

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

And I totally appreciate it! I actually had the same problem when I first finished this build. I had replaced MSI Afterburner with EVGA X Precision when I bought my 980ti's because one would think, an EVGA card would do better with EVGA software... But alas X Precision was terrible. The custom fan curves would never stick, or they would only stick to one card (even if applied to both) and it was totally killing me with temps and throttling. I switched back to Afterburner and things got considerably better.

JaZoN_XD 1 point 36 months ago

How loud is the system while idling and what are the temps? Thanks. Very very cool looking build and very well thought out. Awesome stuff!

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Hey Jazon!

At idle:

CPU: 25-32C (Depending on the AIO profile) GPU1: 30-35C GPU2: 32-38C

Sound wise you can hear it, especially being up on the desk, but its not too bad at idle, any kind of music, or video completely drowns it out.

At Load:

CPU: 50-70C (depending on load) GPU1: 60-75C (depending on load) GPU2: 65-83C (depending on load)

Sound wise at load, its definitely a lot louder, you can drown it out with decent audio though or headphones like I use. Its much louder than my H440 was with the same components, but it was definitely a sacrifice i was will to make for the look. :)

Hope this helps!

JaZoN_XD 1 point 36 months ago

Ahh okay I see. Is the sound under load very uncomfortable though? When there are dips of the music/game volume can you hear the computer? Thanks. I ask because I am a total freak on PC silence. I have a Define R5 and the thing is so silent that I couldn't count the number of times I didn't think the computer was on, but it actually was. (the Harddrives ended up being the loudest components in the system while idle :p)

Once again, amazing build :)

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

It's not uncomfortable persay. But yes its definitely audible when audio dips, if you're a silence person this case is DEFINITELY not for you. I totally know that feeling because I had an H440 before this case which was dead quite as well. (totally agree on the HDD's being the loudest part in that case, WD Blacks can get gross when they are seeking.)

And thank again! :D

EZPCmods 1 point 36 months ago

Awesome looking build! Congrats on the feature, and love the glow in the dark sleeved cables.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks EZPC! :) I appreciate it. I didn't expect the feature honestly, there's so many great builds on this site already, but its quite the unexpected morale booster! :D

There were actually two different greens I was looking at for the cables, and THANK THE LORD I went with neon green. They turned out so much better than expected! I'm glad you also approve! :)

lamarlangston 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

what lengths on your custom cables ?

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey Lamar,

They are all 60cm, which for this case is kinda long, but I bought them with some length so if I ever switched cases (maybe a caselabs monster in the future, I wouldn't need to order new cables. I would say 40cm-50cm would be sufficient for most places in this build.

lamarlangston 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

cool appreciate you getting back with me, i have the same case and putting in a order with ensourced

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Not a problem my friend! And I just looked up your build its very nice! Your cable management in the rear compartment is quite commendable, mine doesnt look nearly as cleaned up back there. :)

Good luck with your order! I hope you enjoy it! :D

lamarlangston 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

appreciate it, doesn't look like much but im sure you know how tight it is back there - HATE THT DRIVE CAGE ! lol

Wcschuyler 9 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

very nice, wish i had the cash to build stuff like this, at least someone can.

AceBalthazar 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Hey fellow Dell monitor buddy! i see you have fine taste. Lol, but no jokes, this is an awesome computer. i really wish i had the time to make mine look like a sexy beast. mine's currently a blue glowing black box...

You did an amazing job and deserve all the +1's.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Haha Dell Monitor Brothers UNITE! THERE ARE LITERALLY DOZENS OF US! DOZENS! And don't worry you just gotta work your way there in baby revisions. That's what I did. Revision 1 and 2 of this computer? God. I'd never show a soul those gross things. :P You just gotta get a nice base (which it sounds like you already have!), then do small purchases every so often to build up to a grand idea. :D

AceBalthazar 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

right now I'm running a CLC with two static pressure fans that have RGB led's

wire management is a nope for now

sooo yeah i've gotten that far lol

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

hahaha ehh its close enough! :P Its the thought that counts!

AceBalthazar 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

very true there my friend

InfinityXBattle 1 point 36 months ago

Awesome Build, if i may ask, is it possible to send me a link to those to where you bought those backplates for the video card?

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Absolutely.

Here you go: http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-BP-4995-B9

If you have any other questions let me know!

InfinityXBattle 1 point 36 months ago

Awesome, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Love The Build Bye The Way! :)

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Not a problem. Glad to help out! :) and thank you! I appreciate it!

InfinityXBattle 1 point 36 months ago

Np, :)

hatemylife 1 point 32 months ago

Oh God, I could easily see myself spending day after day with that PC. The only thing I would change is the dual gpu's for one powerful 1070/80. The size of the case is a bit disappointing, but damn dude those aesthetics. Overall that's a nice build

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Hey Hey! I appreciate it! I usually roll 2 of the highest end GPU's I can get when I do a build (in this case the 980ti was my man at the time) and then I skip one or two generations. I also like filling out the case with 2 GPU's. But for anyone else I always recommend best single GPU you can afford. Its a do as I say not as I do scenario. :P

The case size is eh, its way smaller than the AIR 540 from Corsair, so if you wanted a nice desk show piece it is much better to fix and deal with, but if you don't have the space it can be weird. I also couldn't imagine putting it on the floor...

Also funny side story. Based off some peoples thoughts / Ideas in this thread we are up to revision 4.5. Both GPU's have EVGA Hybrid coolers on them, a new EVGA bridge, all the fans have been replaced with the new corsair ML fans, and some gray/black cables. :) (I'll add some pictures later)

CallOfSnowGolem 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Hey how many case fans can it hold

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Hey CallOfSnowGolem. It can hold a total of 8 fans.

3 rear exhaust (1 in front / 2 on the drive cage in the back) 2 top exhaust (both in the front) 3 front intake (back compartment. The ones you see in front pictures)

Hope this helps!

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Great cabled management also! +1

KarmAngel 1 point 23 months ago

Congrats for the beautiful build :) Here's an non usual question: the Creative Labs GigaWorks T40 Series II 32W 2ch speakers, are they awesome?

I'm looking to have an excellent sound on gaming and on hearing music on the internet (i hear many styles of music like trap music, dubstep, pop, hip hop/rap, rock, hard rock, tecnho, house, etc). I looking for the greatest sound experience and i would like to know your opinion about it.

c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Hey Karm!

In regards to the CL GW T40 I like them a lot. They can get extremely loud, but they stay clear throughout the range. I also listen to a ton of music so that was also important to me when picking speakers. I listen to the same music you listed above and I think they play those types of songs extremely well. From a gaming perspective they are also incredible. I remember when I first set them up I turned them up about half way and fired a broadside from my ship in Assassins Creed - Black Flag. I almost fell out of my chair because it was so loud and amazing sounding. Like actual cannons firing. lol To give you an idea. I generally never have to turn the speakers above 15-20% volume.

Some things to note about them: 1) Even though most pictures of the speakers down show it, there are mesh grills for the fronts of both speakers they are very nice and soft, and they completely cover the entire front (the 6 tiny circles on the front around the edge is actually were the mesh grills slot it) This completely hides the yellow bits, however if you like those the grill is completely optional. 2) The 3.5mm cable that comes with them, in my opinion, isn't shielded very well / isn't very thick. Which originally led to some distortion noises when no sound was playing. I ended up just swapping that out for a thicker 3.5mm cable I had laying around and haven't had any issues since. 3) These speakers have a "sleep" mode. Basically what that means is either A) when the computer turns on, or B) after a set amount of inactivity (no sound) the speakers will go into "sleep" or "standby" (you can tell because the blue light around the volume knob will go out) The crap part about this is once it detects sound, like you start playing a song, it takes a few seconds (2-3) before the speakers to come back on. This isn't really an issue for me, as either I just rewind that first song I want to listen to, or it kicks on during the launch screen of a game. It also isn't an issue if you manually turn the volume knob to off when your done and back on when you start using it (as that turns the speaker on regardless of sound output). Like I said, not an issue for me, but its something to know as it may be for you.

If you have any other questions let me know!

KarmAngel 1 point 23 months ago

^_^ I'm done with the questions, huge thanks.

I wish, i could upvote again your build, just for the excellent and detailed answer you gave me.

Stay awesome :)

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c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

haha I'm glad you enjoy it... :P

rhali8 2 Builds 0 points 36 months ago

lol

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c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I do, but I dont actually leave my PC on all night. I usually shut everything off when its not in use. :D

And I probably should have elaborated on that a little more, the tape itself straight from the factory is fine and quite strong, the problem is if you ever need to move the strips it becomes weaker or comes off. (which I ended up needing to do) Its just a general knock on tape LED's over magnetized strips that i think their Bitfenix or Phanteks uses, I forget which.

I actually used little double sided adhesive pads to fix them up so basically what you said! :P Some kind souls informed me in the comments though I can just email Lian-Li if i need replacements ordered! So problem double solved!

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c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Hey Awakening,

Good question. I did it for a few reasons. While you are correct that in most cases a single card can handle 60FPS at 1440P on max settings there are some fringe cases where it can't, I also wanted this build to last a few years, so its also partly overbuilt now to hopefully keep those standards for at least a little longer than usual.

In regards to my monitor choice, I'm not a huge fan of 4K on windows, applications (that arent games) scale like garbage, becoming pixelated, and 1440P is still comfortable to me without any scaling. I also really like the quality and attention to detail that Dell puts into its Ultrasharp's, its by far the best monitor I've ever owned. I also bought this particular model because of how small the bezels are. I plan on buying a second at some point the future, or switching to an ultrawide.

For the less reasonable reasons I have two 980ti's are because... It filled in the case and I thought two looked better than one aesthetically and I had the money to blow. :P While completely unnecessary I tend to almost always have cross-fire or SLI cards in my builds, something about the look just excites me.

If you have anymore questions let me know, Id be glad to answer them, and im glad you like it overall! :)

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c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Oh I totally agree that there are better monitors out there with faster refresh rates. But the style of this monitor definitely won me over. I love the clean, subtle, professional look it projects and overall the quality is almost unbeatable. I was looking at the predator series and Asus's ROG monitors. But the red accents. Ugh. Deal breakers unfortunately for me. I'm also not a fan of the "aggressive" look. Is it wrong that I would take the downgrade just for looks?! Because I tend to do that alot lol. I agree I can't wait for (side) bezel-less screens.

And I really like alot of the parts you picked for your build. I love. LOVE. Phanteks Evolv cases, they are beautiful and great to build in. Are you going for a ROG style Red/Black/(white?) build?! If so, I can see a really beautiful build in the works with the parts you've picked. Also I didn't see CPU cooler but that's a pretty easy thing to match. Also that chair. I want. Finally, when you do start building. I recommend looking into ensourced cables over cablemod. Not that cablemod cables are bad. But the quality on ensourced cables is just out of this world and you get alot more customization in what you're getting. Regardless hopefully you get to start building soon!

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c0ruptiv3 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Ahh that makes sense. I saw some of the stuff listed at the bottom and must have glossed over the tubing. That sounds perfect.

In regards to the red on the ROG HB SLI Bridge. You can probably take the shroud off of it. And either. Disconnect the red LED and paint over the red plastic with white. Just paint over it with white without disconnecting. Possibly sand off the red if it's done similarly to the Nvidia logo on reference cards or a mix of the above. That way you keep the logo but it shines white. I've done it before with decent luck. If you're not really dead set on that bridge you could always get EVGAS HB Bridge. I think it's silver/black and I'm pretty sure it's RGB this time around.

And they do! I prefer them because the cables seem less rigid than cable mods or some of the other off the shelf cables. Like. In those cables you can see where it was twisted / bent in the shipping bag alot of the time. And that drives me insane.

You can actually get a custom pattern for you cables (each cable can even be different) the lengths are up to you as well. (if you want to keep your system super clean and tidy) and he has multiple cable clip colors you can pick from he preinstalls. (usually between 2-4 per cable depending on the length you pick) it's a single guy out of I think Illinois? His stuff is really high quality and I really appreciate the attention to detail he puts into them.

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