So I have wanted to build a computer since I was in Computer Science...in high school...in like 1999. I have never owned a desktop and my last two computers were a cheap Toshiba laptop my brother lent me and an original Surface RT my mother gave me. The Surface just wasn't cutting it for the kid's homework and the time had finally come to step up to the plate.
For the past two or three months I have been scouring Youtube for instructionals and general info (Newegg, Pcpartpicker, LinusTechTips, Bitwit, Paul's Hardware, and a bunch of others I didn't but should have subscribed to). I knew exactly how I wanted my computer to look and I had settled on all my parts, i7 7700k, IX Code motherboard, 1080 Asus strix, and Tridentz RGB (ALLTHELEDS!) I am not as into movies as I used to be, but this build had a Drive theme written all over it. After seeing Bitwits hotline video I knew exactly where this build was going.
AND THEN IT HAPPENED. I came across something called Ryzen that would be released soon, and I went back into research mode to figure out if I should wait. I knew for certain that I wanted the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv TG case and the EVGA T2 PSU, so I ordered those and decided that I would wait the two or so weeks for Ryzen to release. Then I caught wind of a 1080ti on the horizon and was all "fuuuuuuu; moar w8n." I had found myself caught up in this cutting edge tech race that I had been reading about.
I was growing a bit impatient during my wait and decide to go to Micro Center to get a hands on feel for all this stuff and talk to some people to get an idea of where my build was sitting in the grand scheme of pc ownership. In my visit I happened across an opened box IX Code motherboard $60 off and the i7 7700k was on sale for $299.99. AND they had the Samsung 960 Pro in stock for $329.99. So after walking around with this **** in my cart for nearly 2 hours, debating the pros and cons, I decided to pull the trigger. I haven't looked back since. I assembled everything I had on hand that night and put in an order for the Kraken X62 and the TridentZ RGB ram. A few days later I ordered my FIVE METERS of led lighting and a few other parts and this is where I am sitting at the moment.
My build went rather smoothly and happened over a week as the parts came in. Although, when I finally went to hit that power button, it did not turn on :( The motherboard lights were glowing but no power. Turns out the 24 pin had come loose while I was "cable managing" . Other than this, no problems. I am currently using Intel's HD 630 while I wait for 1080ti news and using an old 720 Sony TV that was collecting dust (and a **** ton of dog hair) in our bedroom. I'm sure there will be a few things here and there that I pick up (extra hard drives and maybe custom sleeved cables) but for now I am fairly happy with what I have accomplished. Thanks YouTube. I haven't taken any "high" quality pics because I can't seem to find my tripod. So I will add pics and updates as this lil' guy progresses.
The two 2-meter LED strips on the sides are connected to separate headers on the motherboard, both controlled by Asus software along with the mother board LED's and the RAM. The Front panel LED's are connected to the front IO switch on the case. The CPU cooler LED's are set up through Cam.
*In my search for a scorpion sticker similar to the one on the back of The Driver's jacket I came across this car decal. I haven't committed to it yet so input would be appreciated!
Also, here is a ****** video of the setup: The Driver
I purchased the Phanteks Entoo Evolv ATX TG case, which comes with a fan hub of its own, but the fan hub is not encased nicely like this one....so I tacked on an additional $20 to the case and switched out the hubs. As far as I know this is exactly the same as the included hub, only more aesthetically pleasing. Four stars because I wish they had just included this in the case to begin with. Maybe I should take stars off on the case instead of here but oh well.