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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

Part Reviews

Custom

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.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

No Graphics?

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

He said he waiting on 1080 ti

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Haha, someone actually read that. Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha I mentioned, in that giant wall of text, I am waiting to see what happens with the 1080ti. I was looking at the strix 1080. I am waiting to see pricing on the ti and if the pricing on current 1080s drop at all.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I bet its gonna beat the titan x or come close to performance. Anyways, nice build. +1 =)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks again, I am very happy with it so far.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

http://www.geforce.com

so close!!!!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't wait!

  • 28 months ago
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  • 28 months ago
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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I love this film, this jacket is iconic !

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So keep the scorpion??

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Where's the graphics card big guy?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Waiting on that 1080ti!

  • 28 months ago
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  • 30 months ago
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is there problems with the cooler hitting the ram? i have the same setup and it looks like a really tight fit.

  • 30 months ago
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Yes, if you look at the gap between the two sticks (where it says GSkill) to the far left you can see that it is visibly smaller than on the right. It's the hoses bumping up against the sticks but I haven't had any issues with it. I know I have seen this mentioned in a few videos from Paul's Hardware of Bitwit, maybe both. At this point these hundreds of videos I have watched leading up to my build just kind of blur together. I will try to take another pic with better lighting sometime this week.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

You should get a 1440p monitor for the best gaming experience, put that 1080 Ti to work.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input, I am definitely in the market for a monitor! I was hoping for 4k but im liking the looks of a lot of these ultrawides. Big decisions ahead.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Went with the Predator x34!! Still waiting on the ti...... :/

  • 30 months ago
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I hope you wouldnt be offended if I was planning on making a build very similar to this one. ;)

  • 30 months ago
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Only if you don't update with pics!

  • 30 months ago
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I will when I build it!

  • 28 months ago
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I have the same motherboard and I can't find the perfect pink on but you have! Could you send me a screenshot of where it is on the color triangle I'm aura sync?

  • 28 months ago
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  • 28 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 28 months ago
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AMAZING! This is exactly what i was looking for while looking for pc themes, Well done man!

  • 28 months ago
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Thanks and good luck!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L

  • 26 months ago
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T-H-A-N-K-S-!

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  • 31 months ago
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No offense taken. I know a lot of people aren't into them but I think they accomplish what I was looking for well.

I like it a lot!

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  • 31 months ago
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Ha np, its an old 720 Sony tv from like 2008. I am waiting on this years monitors to hit shelves before I decide what I am going to buy. Most likely a 4k curved monitor bigger than 30 inches...we shall see.

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