Description

Hey everyone!

I finally got around to take some more photos of my first build. It's been about two weeks since it's birth and I made a few modifications to address some issues, as well as contributing to the aesthetics of the build . First, I really love the stealth look on PC's. Rjyapp's build with the stealthy/terminator look and brendan.such black on black approach helped influence the aesthetic decisions of my build. However, I wanted my build to remind me of JetFire and his ability to transform into the SR-71 Blackbird stealth recon plane. I wanted to look as if you were looking into JetFire's internals.

So to achieve this look, I PlastiDip the mobo's thermal armor while taping off the glossy black areas to give some variation. Then I took the NZXT. logo, which included a red sheet glued to the back of the piece and PlastiDip the sheet. Now, it looks black when the led is off, but when the red led is on, it doesn't look very red like before. It has an iridescent look now (Photos 11/12), which adds to the stealth look. The Noctis case already has the design that references stealth planes to begin with. Added an autobot badge, which I PlastiDip the one that's inside of the case and left the other, glossy black.

The first photo was taken when it was initially built, right after putting in the last part. The GPU sag bothered the heck out of me! To address this, I did a simple mod by going to Ruby Tuesdays and enjoyed a nice chicken dinner with some delicious pomegranate tea. Took the medium weight black straw and trimmed it. Then I wedged it underneath under a safe spot and now it sits there pretty planted (Photo 3). It looks great because it matches with the rest of the build.

I built this computer to accommodate heavy photo editing as top priority, video editing second, and lastly gaming. Also, long lasting reliability is very important. I understand money equals to the quality of the parts, but I'm very budget conscious so I tried to look for good deals around the internet.

CPU: I went with the hex core Intel 5820K which has a decent clock speed, plenty of cores for the photo/video editing apps to utilize, and enough lanes to attach just a smidgen of any extras in the future.

Lowest current market price: $368.99 Actual bought price: $300.99

CPU COOLER: I was not familiar with a custom loop so I went with an AIO Corsair H110i GT. Heard great reviews and replace the stock fans with 140mm industrial Noctua's.

Lowest current market price: $127.98 Actual bought price: $120.00

FAN: I attached the Corsair radiator with a pair of 140mm NF-A14 Industrial fans. They can push air. The PWM switching is slightly a bother to me and that's the only thing I can hear from them. Pretty silent.

Lowest current market price: $27.39 Actual bought price: $26.10

MOTHERBOARD: Honestly, I chosen the Asus Sabretooth X99 because of the looks of this mobo. However, it's awesome that it has an M.2 slot which was important to me.

Lowest current market price: $299.99 Actual bought price: $300.99

RAM: 32 GB of ram is a lot. I could prolly get away with 16's, but I noticed sometimes I use 50% of my memory when I running my photo application. So 50 percent of 32 is 16 right? So is it best to run at 100%memory with 16's or 50% memory with 32's when I'm photo editing? I'm still debating on this one.

STORAGE:

Samsung SM915 128GB M.2 SSD as my system and booth drive for major applications. It boots in under 14 seconds after POST. Loads my photo applications like it's no business. Thankfully, the mobo dedicates four lanes to the M.2 for full utilization of this drive.

Lowest current market price: $123.99 Actual bought price: $126.99

The Samsung Evo 850 1TB is used as my import drive of photo and videos. I will be doing the majority of my editing from this drive. I didn't want to use the M.2 SSD because constant reading and writing will cause the M.2 SSD to raise it's temps which will lead to throttling (at least from what I read).

Lowest current market price: $345.27 Actual bought price: $324.99

Bought the Seagate 1TB Hybrid because I wanted to put the least used programs on a different drive, while handling most of my exports. This will be the least used drive, so I figured a hybrid would do. It's a little noisy compared to the rest of my other drives when it's in use.

Lowest current market price: $69.49 Actual bought price: $62.55

GRAPHICS CARD: Went with the EVGA GTX980 FTW. I read earlier of it's debut, that it was plagued with failures, but since then EVGA corrected it. Luckily, I believe mine was one of the newer ones because I has zero problems since!! I don't really do much gaming, except for World of Warships. But I can use this card to render videos easily.

Lowest current market price: $508.98 Actual bought price: $444.00

POWER SUPPLY: The EVGA 850W Platinum is enough power to handle my setup and maybe one more GPU for SLI. I bought this particular one because of it's phenomenal ripple suppression and I got a great deal.

Lowest current market price: $133.99 Actual bought price: $119.99

MONITOR: I needed a monitor that's awesome for photo and video production. So I went with an IPS monitor for it's known color reproduction. The Dell U2515H is perfect. The colors are awesome and it's has a high enough refresh rate (60Hz) to do some comfortable gaming when I'm not doing work. Not to mention the input lag competes with some pretty good TN monitors.

Lowest current market price: $350.65 Actual bought price: $323.81

Estimated cost for build: $2886.49

Actual cost for build: $2632.48

Total Savings: $254.01 (9% discount)

I really need help on lighting options. I'm still figuring this one out. What do you suggest??

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I know you have a Transformer emblem on there, but this rig looks like something Batman would use! Awesome build!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right!! I thought of the batmobile from the Dark Knight.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 very clean build! eagerly waiting for more pics :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude! I will definitely post some more photos and a description of how I made it look like it does now. Just been too busy to give my computer a photo shoot.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Welp, you can finally check out the rest of the pics! Enjoy my friend!

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I really like the transformers logo in your build! Really adds character to it. Pictures were worth the wait. I wish i could +1 more :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the Transformers logo too! Thanks again for the ups :D

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

I envy you.

well done, well done.

you rich *******

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha! Thanks? There was a lot of planning involved, including my finances.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I call FEATURED BUILD! Chop, Chop, PCP!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha yes please!!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

This never being so is the worst crime ever commited on pcp! Even more regarding the last couple of builds being featured! I think this is my favorite build ever on this page!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess they just pull somebody from the recent builds and I'm too late. But hey, I appreciate the love! I seriously would love to see it featured.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man love your build you inspired me to build a starscream build upon seeing your awesome rig. One question tho. How did you manage to get the H110i GT radiator to fit properly at the top of the noctis 450 CASE? I tried on mine and the darned USB hub is in the way blocking me from accessing screw holes.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Omg!! I hope you will post your build after you are done because I would love to see the Starscream build!! Just make sure to give me a heads up when it's done lol Also, I'm glad that I inspired you. Thanks man!

To answer your question I have the rad sitting on the bottom side of the bracket up top. It sounds like you have it sitting at the tippy top, above the bracket. I didn't try it your way. But beware, even my set up, I could only mount 3 or 4 of the screws to the case and it sits semi flush against the bracket. It had a weird dip. It's stable and secure though. just don't over torque the screws and you'll be fine!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man posted a couple of pics for now in the build I'll be posting more when I have it all fine tuned.

Oh thank god I thought I was only one having that problem with the radiator yeah I have 3 or 4 screws holding it up I hope it's stays put seems sturdy tho. Thanks man

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey just wondering do you get the full speed of the m.2 drive? I'm planning on using the same m.2 drive and motherboard. Great build BTW +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I'm really sorry for not getting back to your sooner! I do take full advantage of the m.2 drive. Just remember if you don't happen to go with this board, just make sure the other board has 4 lanes dedicated to the m.2. Otherwise you won't be utilizing the full benefit. Also, my particular drive is slower than the other models that has more storage space, so its not exactly as fast.

I hope that helps!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. Love the blacked out Sabertooth X99, from a fellow Sabertooth X99 owner. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I saw a blacked out Sabretooth x99 somewhere and since I love the stealth look I had to make it like that.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks great, can't wait for the description and more pics! I like the stealth fighter look it has going on.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely will bring the rest of the photos and description soon! You're the only one that actually got the gist my thought process. I absolutely love the stealth look on PC's. One of the biggest influences was Jetfire and how he transformed into one of the most stealthiest Recon aircrafts in history-The SR-71 Blackbird. I'm still waiting on my autobot emblem to come :/

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey friend! The rest of the description and pics are up!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

That looks freaking amazing man. The Autobot emblems look awesome too, they go so well with the build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I was so happy when the emblems came in!! I knew that was what I needed to finish it off.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, clean build. get some more pics as well :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! They will be up soon! I just gotta find time to put my PC up for a photo shoot.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I like how clean the build looks. Maybe you can add more pictures in the build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I will definitely put more photos up. I just gotta get some time this week to take some good shots.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Rest of the photos are up :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

So clean, as if build in a decontamination chamber.
+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha! I took that shot right after putting in the last part.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Even before taking of the decontamination suit?! °_o

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha! Yes, you finally had me figured out. I posted more photos when I was wearing one lol

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, but is it just me or is the GPU sagging a little? (It's really late here so it might just be me)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope it's not just you lol It really is sagging the picture, but I fixed it already with something awesome that looks great with it. That was the one thing that really bothered me: sagging gpu's.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU sag makes me cringe... great build anyways!!! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right!!! I hated the sagging! But I fixed it with something awesome that looks 100 percent natural to the PC and it was sooo cheap to get.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great, grats on the first build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Come back soon and check out the rest when I finally get everything up.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Really tasty +1 Do feel a nice black back plate would really finish things off though..

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I will show pics, but it definitely has a black back plate. Nothing too chrome-y in this build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I mean't GPU backplate! Wish my rig looked so clean though ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm still debating on getting a backplate for my GPU. I kinda like the exposed PCB and luckily it's dark enough to go along with it. Thanks for the compliment. I posted more photos!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

If only there was a black PCB on that M.2 SSD then it would be complete,

But far out it looks slick +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I wish it was PCB was black. I ended up covering it, which I included with the rest of the photos I posted.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh nice looks perfect now, especially with the addition of the Autobots logo and the fix on the sagging graphics card :D

How did you go about fixing the GPU sag anywho?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The GPU fix was with a medium weight black straw that I used to prop up the one corner of the gpu. I trimmed it to size and it's in photo number 4 behind the vga cables :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh nice that's fantastic, it's functional and if you have a cool refreshing beverage and really need a straw and your at your PC then BAM! problem solved.

Wish I could give you a +10 for this but I feel so limited with my measly +1 =/

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha you're funny! But it's so true lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

do the case LED still work?

and does the window has many scratches?

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! I'm sorry that I couldn't get back to you sooner! I just haven''t been on the PPP because of work. So you are the guy in that youtube channel???? Thanks for the compliment man!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for the awesome compliments! That means a lot that I can be of some inspiration. I posted some photos of the NZXT LED's on with how it looks with my modification. I don't have photos of my process, but it's very simple. The reason why the stock logo looks red when the LED's is off is because they glued a red sheet on the back of the transparent logo. Just pop that off and paint it whatever color.

I do really wish there was a RBG option!! That is something I agree with you most definitely. I personally don't like red/back themes because it's kinda of a cliche lol

So I checked out your parts list and I instantly saw the price tag! Damn! Such a big budget! I was just curious what do you intend on building it for? I have a feeling when 2017 comes around, there is some new tech that might affect your parts list lol!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey thanks! What made me the first? The rest of the photos will definitely come soon, so I can finally be on the chopping block.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I finally posted more photos and updated the rest of the description.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Honestly, it is actually overkill lol That is a mistake. One thing I would have changed was to use 16's for RAM and used the rest of that money towards a 256GB M.2 SSD.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Hear! Hear! +9999999999999999