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Roseate Ruby

by Eltech

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Details

Date Published

April 26, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 4, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.28GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

Description

  • I call her Ruby, since I tried to relate it to my personal preference of colors, and my birth gem. I use her for email, surf the Internet, Word, Powerpoint & Excel 2013, video editing, CS5 Photoshop & Lightroom, Music Maker, 2D/3D ViaCAD, and Eclipse for programming. I use Photoshop for my art, screenshots and some of my photos but Lightroom is most preferable for the photo editing. (the posted photos on here weren't touched by Photoshop & Lightroom). It's all from my Nikon D5100.

  • I still need to add in a blu-ray playback to watch Blurays. I'll do this very soon.

  • The build itself came to a total of $1772.10 with a small (not really) shipping fee on 1 part. My parts were gradually bought per month. From September throughout early January. (I had a mishap shipment with 1 fan and than other unexpected events occurred so I was very late to build this.) Then I stalled for two paydays to upgrade my 212 EVO's fan to a push and pull effect which was March. The last thing in April was the 140mm fan filters since I had to save money for other things in life.

  • That's why some of my prices are so yo-yo. At the time I had great deals from 2014 but others not so much.

=== 2/10/2017 ===
  • I added five cable managed photos. The reason is I was late to show how I routed my cables. Keep in mind this is all zip-ties. I would highly suggest some Velcro straps along with the zip-tie. Plus I'm officially upgrading my case so it made sense to photograph the back of my Corsair SPEC-02 case before I undo everything. I do apologize for the hideous cables, as I wasn't lying about this two years ago. (Photo #s 4, 102-105).

Here is some of my two cents below:

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (32/64-bit)

  • The reason my Windows 8.1 Pro is listed zero, is because I had received it as a bonus from work so it cost me absolutely nothing but sure it cost something for work. I truly appreciate it and was extremely happy to have it. The funny thing is I had a problem with it when I installed the OS on February 4th. By the 7th I couldn't use WiFi anymore. Manually re-installed the driver for the WiFi adapter but it didn't work.

  • On the 9th I was desperate and my logical thinking wasn't present. I tried to use the PC Repair from Windows (Nooo~ don't do it~). I got trapped in a repair loop so I had to wait until my weekdays were over due to work & college. Fixed the loop repair and WiFi Adapter driver by doing a clean re-install of the OS. "Power-saving" also interfered with improper updates for Microsoft. So make sure all power-saving abilities is turned off and give them max performance.

  • Do I like the features it gave? Sure I do but for the common personal uses, stick with the standard version. The DVD playback doesn't exist which I thought Pro was suppose to but nope, stupid me. I'll thank VLC Media player for this. And yes I'm using the 64 bit.


CPU - UPDATED @ 5/15/15

Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

  • I overclocked this a little, keeping it 4.4GHz for now. How do I say this... the i7-4790K is beyond my expectations. I have a laptop with an i7 but it makes it old news comparing with this processor. I've been extremely happy on how it handles my office, games and video editing. There were some programs and games I couldn't even play on my laptop anymore but having this i7 has allowed me to handle the programs I use, unlike what I couldn't before from my laptop.

  • The one thing I am very much aware of, it expels heavy amounts of heat. So if you don't have a good CPU cooler, please do grab a good aftermarket fan or liquid cooler. I had some issues here before, but I figured it out by adjusting the vCore. I set it around 1.205, this helped my processor become 9 °C cooler.


CPU Cooler & Compound

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing & Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g

  • I have been happy to have this. First time of using the CM Hyper 212 EVO, and I was quite nervous to try this but determine to do it. The process to install an 212 EVO is scary for the first time but once you get the practice, it's not so bad.

  • The default fan was OK but I still had uncomfortable temperatures. Discovering the most heated task was SWTOR which averaged 72 °C and this is with the vCore being 1.219. I lowered the vCore again but it did not effect the temps enough (~2°C less). So the best solution was to grab better fans. (Now I see 54 °C after a month later in SWTOR, yes!) I was very happy to get the EVO for 30 dollars and I been extremely happy to own this, despite my human errors for the couple attempts to install it. I would recommend this cooler for those who may prefer fan cooling over liquid.

  • And combining this with the Arctic Silver 5, is great. Easy to apply and clean when needed. When I re-installed the CPU with my new fans, I take my processor out of the MOBO. Thanks to an anti-static mat and arctic cleaning solution with paper towels and coffee filters.


Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming GT ATX LGA1150

  • I fallen in love with this board when I first saw it. It was matching my theme for what I was aiming for and because that eye is there, I get so memorized by staring at it. I intend to add in a 1 TB SSD, more HDs and probably upgrade the GPU to a GTX 1070. I like the possibility to have upgrades in the future. I'm not talking about future-proofing because technology changes everyday; I meant more on how long can I make good use of it as much as possible.

  • I will be honest though, it was difficult to install this big board in a Corsair SPEC-02. The heat pipes on the board and my type of CPU cooler can interfere with fan installation and makes you rethink on how to install. To my major surprise, I had no idea there would be a thin led strip within the board. That made it awesome and the button glows despite they are more orange but no biggie. They could have been green and then I would have been: "Oh gee, that bugs me a lot..." I updated the BIOS to F5 for improved SSD performance which has been great.

  • The BIOS is very new by a change of start-up interface but frankly it's not hard to navigate. You can change the start-up anytime if you don't care for the default in the BIOS. Since I mention this early about heating issues for the CPU, the vCore default was set to 1.446. So do change it around 1.2~1.250 but my vCore is 1.205. I have no slow down what so ever and since I OC'ed the processor a little bit, seemed to found the right spot for now.


Memory

Kingston Savage 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600

  • So when I saw the Kingston Savage for the first time, I also fell in love with these. I love how they look and felt they can match my colors.The best part is their latency was 9 for the 1600 & 1866. I would have gone for 1866 but at the time it was too much money. So I went for the 16GB (2 x 8GB) 1600 when I saw them dropped price and Thanksgivings was over by then. The reason for the 16GB is due to video editing and to use my CAD for 2D and 3D design.

  • 8GB would have been fine too but due to my major multitasking habits, I think it would begin to eat up my temporary memory super fast. Yes I'm very guilty of having 3-5 programs running in the background with an office and 20 browser windows with 5~8 tabs in each one. I think 16GB will help there and so far it has. My laptop has 8GB and I could imagine my laptop saying: "What the hell is wrong with you? I can only go so far until I lag and crash." So this will be plenty for my current uses and I'll upgrade to more RAM but that isn't a major need for quite some time.


SSD & HDD

Samsung 850 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD & Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM

  • The Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is absolutely amazing! I honestly do not regret buying this SSD. I love that I am booting 3 seconds and 7 seconds to load windows.

  • I did use the Samsung Magician and would recommend to use it. It helps improve your reading and writing performance plus can trim when need to. You can also adjust on what you would like the SSD's performance to focus on its usage. Also can test your drives anytime with the Magician but only able to see their reading and writing results. I have SWTOR, Rainbow Six and many other programs on this but its been plenty so far and whenever I get another SSD it will be the 1TB version to store more of my favorite programs and games.

  • I got the WD BLACK SERIES 2TB HD for one obvious reason, to store games, photos and to capture some video records on gaming. Yes I have Origins (bleh) and Steam account. I intend to get the 4TB versions down the road so I can separate the photographs, screenshots and video records. Its filled up pretty fast over the months so not a shocker! I have around 900GB remaining so yep its been awesome so far. Been impressed with its performance but it will make a sound when cranking up certain games that I've noticed but its a short-term of 5~10 seconds of spinning in the HD then it's quiet. Great drive and love how much it can handle my data since I added in some old games and a couple of new ones.


GPU

MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V

  • I purchased the MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V for three main reasons: One is the colors, two it was good enough for what I do presently, and three it was a reasonable price versus a 980. I'm not saying a 980 is horrible! I just couldn't justify it to myself by the price and performance increase for my current uses on a desktop. I've been happy with the MSI burner and able to adjust the use and rpm of the fans with ease, and with the MSI gaming app you can adjust the colors for movies, games or customize the colors to your preference. It's usually not loud for my uses but if you crank the fans about 80~100% you can hear them but I had not much heating issues with this card so I love it. (I also adjust the led glow from the msi dragon, can even alter the light effects if you have the correct specs to do so but mine is set to 35% glow and no effects)

  • It may sound like I game a lot, even though I have a Steam account, but quite frankly not really. I used to but its more of "when I have the time I will play something". I don't buy new games to often and I only pick and choose with what peaks my interest. I do love that I been able to record my games since never had such a feature in my life and I don't want to use FRAPS again so the NVIDIA Experience has been great so far. Too bad streaming part isn't so great yet because I would like some of my gaming friends to see what I am gaming by their own computers. Not use a NVIDIA device and I could download something else to solve it but it doesn't guarantee that will work either.

  • The downfall which I am very certain many know this by now but it's really starts at 3.5 GB of vRAM and becomes 4GB until that .5 GB is required and accessed. I known this since the reviews but again I am OK about it. Just a fair warning for those who may be worried about why the vRAM is not fully utilized right away. If you want more oomph for gaming focus then the GTX 980 Ti or the R9 390 are possible options for those wanting more graphics. The GTX 970 is a great card regardless on what is said here and is affordable if you can buy it. Since I do more than just gaming with, I been very happy with it so I have no regrets.


PSU

Corsair 760W ATX12V / EPS12V

  • I got the Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Power Supply for the reasonable price at the time plus I broke budget so I couldn't afford the 860W. It's good enough for two SLIs. If I ever need to increase my wattage down the road than I will but not right now. It will depend upon the amount of upgrades.

  • I do love the cables so much and they are easier to work with. I was also majorly happy to connect my first decent video card since yes never had such a thing either in my life. I hope I did OK with the connectors, had zero issues so far. I also love how the colors are on the stickers so it's a bonus of joy! Happy ~ happy ~ happy!


Case

Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower

  • Sorry for being so repetitive but I guess not really. I fell in love with the Corsair SPEC-01 when I saw it but the problem was I wanted some easy SSD holders so it wasn't satisfying until I saw the other two versions. I preferred the SPEC-02 because I loved the curves and it was exactly what I wanted for my personal uses. Mid Tower, capable of holding an ATX board and I loved how it looked! I will mention a few issues I had of course. The side window is plastic obviously but it was scratched up when I got it but my fault for not checking it out for a couple of weeks. I had plenty of time to plan out the build since this was bought near September, 2014.

  • The other issue I had was the paint can easily be removed if not too careful on how one cleans the case or when you detach screws and adding parts. I'm still happy for what it appears to be, too bad I had a little piece of plastic glued from past texture painting which managed to make my bottom have a metal strip with no paint but oh wells. The last issue is probably just my own human error but cable management was rough for me. Still grateful it had some kind of existence to zip-tie things down onto the back, but it looks like crap. Again this is just my build, not others. When I add more storage, I'll fix this. Main purpose was to try to pull the wires back as much as possible since you can't cover the wires.

  • This does not mean cable management doesn't exist for the SPEC-02. It is very much manageable for certain. Keep the "thick" cables flat as much as possible and not be on top of each other. You be all set. In my situation, I was doing my best to pull them tight enough to keep it clean. This is not a necessary step but you see my results on the photos (# 4, 102-105). Though the drawback is my wires look like a mess so I do apologize for the horror.

  • I should mention this but yes this case can only hold up to 3 video cards. Not the reason for this but I will eventually change my case down the road but going make good use of my SPEC-02 with the current components that I have for now. I am not configuring 3 or 4 SLI anyways, a quick clarification here.


Wireless Network Adapter

Linksys WUSB6300 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0

  • I could have gone cheaper, but with new WiFi router it is paying off. Easy to install but if not careful with the power saving feature, it can mess up with updates. And if not careful with Windows, it can interfere with the WiFi and the driver update can fail. It's been working ever since the 2nd fresh install of the OS, but make sure you don't let windows pick your driver. You can get the correct driver from Linksys' website. That's my suggestion anyway because I had zero issues with this WiFi when I did downloaded the 8.1 driver from their site.

Fans

Corsair Air Series AF120 Red Fan, Corsair Air Series AF140 Red Fan, Corsair SP120 Fan & Corsair CO-9050014-WW Fan

  • Holy fans. Holy molely fans. Yes I bought so many AF fans due to they are good for cooling the case, and I wanted glowing red led fans badly. Not super bright ones because I was tempted to buy a red led strip but I dumped that idea due to I would eventually hate the red being bright and it would annoy me. I love the soft leds and glad it's just enough to glow inside and gives it some prettiness.

  • I only have one SP fan because I originally was going to use it for the CPU cooler. When I had retrieve my last RED LED AF fan, it was BLUE LED version from HotDeals4Less. I was pretty disappointed, not impressed with their email communication and I sent it back though I do understand mistakes happen but I guess how quick they were to defend themselves only made me felt "...really?". Not too long after my grandma fell when I was cleaning dishes for her. She broke hip. :(

  • So not only was I late building my PC because of 1 fan LED was wrong but had to make sure I checked on my grandma as she recovered while Spring semester is coming around the corner. By this time, I changed my mind for wanting an RED LED AF120. So the SP fan that I already have is on the bottom as my intake. The rest of the 140 AF fans are my intakes for the front, and my AF 120s are the exhausts from the top and back.

  • All these fans keep my system temp at 33 °C. Also part of the reason for all these fans was because I'm at the tippy top of my house where my room is. So it gets awfully super hot easily and we all know heat rises.

  • Thus this was the main reason I grabbed the CO-9050014 120mm fans is because I liked how they appear and I wanted better CPU cooling. My gosh these have been extremely helpful for my CPU and I don't regret buying these! I love how you can change the ring colors and for my current uses, I don't hear them to loudly. Yes I did test all my fans to 100% but that's obvious since that makes everything is very hearable. I am not going to claim that these are super quiet fans but if you have my CPU fans at average 1500 rpm and the cases fans' average are around 800 - 1000 rpm (about 50~55% of speed) than they sound not too bad.


Monitor

Asus VG248QE 24.0"

  • Took some time to getting used to since I never had a 24" but I been very happy with it. To adjust the colors, brightness and contrast you use the buttons underneath the monitor so keep that in mind. Windows 8.1 doesn't adjust this for you but you can adjust the resolution and hertz from the OS. I use 60~120Hz about 90% on my games so its easy to adjust if know where to look for or maybe depends on the game settings. Yes I also sometimes used the 144Hz too but it depends which game is OK with it.

  • One last thing, I swear I had no clue about the red colors behind the monitor so it makes it pretty cool and matches the colors!


Personal Notes

  • I am super happy with my build. I been gradually updating my parts and with better peripherals. I will eventually show the new transformation when the time comes but this will be a while.

  • I know I've overspent a bit for the whole build but I'm just preparing for the next phase that I intend to do for it. It's been my dream computer so I went big for a black and red scheme. If I went with no scheme and cut out a ton of unnecessary things than yes I could of saved a ton more money but then... I wouldn't have been satisfied because I would have changed the entire build, all over again.

  • So I'm very happy and grateful for what I got and I should be thanking work and my family for the sum of money earned and given. I should mention one more thing, 700 dollars was already saved from past birthdays and gifts so... the original goal was to spend 1,200 the most. I have changed the goal dramatically since it came a little over 2k. (Ironically it's as much as my old desktop but that poor guy is about 9 years old. Summer project!) This is my gem and I'll treasure it more because I made an effort to build my computer with my own two little hands.

  • My last big thanks is towards the inspirations of your computers and the amazing community from PCPartPicker. None of this would have happen if I had not seen this website, since 2013. Questions, constructive criticism or feedback is welcome here. Fair warning, "most" jokes do fly over my head because I take everything too literal, sorry.

Comments Sorted by:

Liam81 21 points 29 months ago

So wait a second, I read all the text and viewed 100 images and then read the previous comments/ responses only to find out this was done by a WOMAN.

Women never cease to amaze and this was well done and I am thankful for you sharing this build.

+100

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 6 points 29 months ago

Aw~ thank you so much! I'm happy to share my build! I truly enjoyed the process when I built it and I love my computer so much when I use it.

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Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I'm sorry to disappoint you. :)

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Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Im not disappointed, just i did not think woman can trow so much efforts in computer build.

I think once you allow yourself to enjoy on what you truly are passionate about. It's not so difficult to do. Time and money is required but most important is patience (and of course enjoy it).

Most womans trow efforts in make up, shopping malls and that type of stuff.

Well, I'm afraid I'm like a Miss Congeniality when it comes to makeup. It took me a while to learn on how to use in a basic way. Plus my skin is very sensitive, skin reacts like I have a burning rash on the face. Partly why I lacked the experience of wearing it. I only use bareminerals for special occasions.

Seems you are interested of computers nice and strange is same time, you are interesting person.

It's a late bloom on my end. I had an opportunity to get into computers much deeper, when I was about 16-18 but I didn't think I was smart enough. Took me a while to realize that was false after 10 years later.

I think I'm suppose to say thank you but I'm not sure either when I'm called nice and strange. lol

Growliff1234 -6 points 26 months ago

I lol'ed, women do things that are more important than build computers, I'm sure that if you have kids you don't change the diaper all of the time, and I know without a woman a man is not very happy so...

ITneto 6 points 29 months ago

I did read your post completely and took a glance at every photo, and I can tell you outdid yourself. Amazing and mesmerizing work, congratulations.

Happy gaming!

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

Wow, thank you so much! I felt bad going overboard with photos and being a "blah blah blah" but thanks that means a lot to me! Thank you!

Edited: I had to "look" through over 1,200 photos... so yea I feel kinda bad it took 100 photos to upload to show something that I did.

dccorreia 1 Build 5 points 29 months ago

Great machine! Loved the "touch" of some photos and all details.. You must to be proud :-) Great job

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

Thank you! Did the best that I could do when worked into the build. I'm very happy that my dream turned into a reality. Much appreciate the comment!

beardofsocrates 4 points 29 months ago

Just one quick look over your PC and I was stunned. Haven't seen such a luminescent glow since the Green Hornet build here. Excellent work on this build! :)

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you very much! I loved the green hornet when I saw it, amazingly beautiful.

brent_the_rogue 2 Builds 4 points 29 months ago

It's so amazing! Great job, this is the definition of the Dream Build.

  • 1 Billion or something like that.

Note: In your RAM description you used than instead of then (second to last sentence), sorry my perfectionist inside caught that.

:p

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you very much! And too kind and generous for the billion comment!

I'm a perfectionist too but mostly towards myself. I'm a horrible speller and I'm constantly finding my grammar errors too. Harder to locate when I looked so much two days ago. Thanks for the catch! :)

brent_the_rogue 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Always here to help!

:p

floridaboz 4 Builds 4 points 28 months ago

i love seeing a true passion for building computers. I am about to do my first ground up build in a few months, and that is why i am on this website more. I can only hope that my build will somewhat be as good as quality as yours. The work, the fine detail, THE PICTURES and write up shows a true passion that i rarely see. You should be very proud. I can't wait to post my build pics when i do mine

(sorry for the grammar, I got a D- in English through high school, i have no excuse). Hopefully it is readable.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Thank you so much for your kind comments. I truly appreciate it! I can very much understand on where you are coming from, when preparing for a new computer. Especially when it takes time and hope it doesn't run into issues when the day comes. Yet it's extremely exciting when you have waited for some time and the time has come, its quite breath taking.

Or maybe I'm a bit addicted now to building and fixing computers... (Hello, my name is so-so and I am addicted to building computers.)

Now I cannot wait to see your build in the future. I'll have to keep my eyes on the look out. I'm certain it will turn out amazing!

Also I am not one to judge when it comes to grammar. Heck, it took me a while to catch up with just vocabulary! The basics that is. So don't worry about the grammar, I can very much understand on what you are saying. Again, thank you for your kind words. :)

Antocharles360 3 points 29 months ago

Great build man love the design parts and colors professionally done great job +1.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Thank you so much! Much appreciate it! (I don't mean to sound like a weirdo to mention this... I'm a woman. ) OK, it's odd now that I mention it. lol Again, thank you so much. :)

Antocharles360 5 points 29 months ago

Lol gender doesn't matter great build, doing it better than some of the guys that i know : )

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

This is true, I agree about that. And I love men so I have no issues there. lol Anyways, thank you. :D

CelesTreeSloth 3 points 29 months ago

I love the Color scheme, my current build has the same color scheme but a different case that i fell in love with at first glance, I personally would get 2 GTX 960's that i can SLI together for around 75-100 more, but i also do a lot of heavy gaming. Overall I love it, personally i like to see that there are Women who know what they are doing when it comes to picking parts and putting them together.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

The GTX 960 didn't come out when I purchased my card and 99% of my parts sadly. I also was OK with the 970 just cause I don't game enough. Maybe just enough for some but I still don't have any super intensive graphic games so I thought it was OK for now but I can see your point too on the suggestion. And didn't that schedule changed anyway? Like was it suppose to be fall 2014 and got postpone to 2015?

Overall I love it, personally i like to see that there are Women who know what they are doing when it comes to picking parts and putting them together.

Thank you so much! And right, right I totally knew what I was doing... >Grabs a glass of wine< sort of... kind of... I made mistakes in the past from the first build but you live and learn. So thank you very much.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 3 points 29 months ago

Holy ****! That sexy pc, man!

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you! lol

Shashwat 3 points 29 months ago

DAANG!! 100 PHOTOS!! Great images and build!! Good Luck with the build, and I know u will enjoy it!

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks so much! Yes sorry, I had a hard time figuring out on what to show less than over my 1,200~ish photos... so 100 I found that seem to help explain a general idea, overkill yes, on what was worked on and added in. Yes I am enjoying it everyday, thank you. :)

Zeoheart 3 points 29 months ago

Great job! It looks clean and the part selection is superb. +1

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you so much! That means a lot! :)

Statecat 1 Build 3 points 29 months ago

Beautiful! Fans must be loud though. xD All you need now is a mechanical keyboard and you are set! _^ Well done Miss.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Fans must be loud though. xD

Actually they aren't too bad as long they remain 800 rpm from the front and 1000 rpm at the back. CPU fans will reach 1500 rpm averagely which I can't hear them until 1600 and more but you can really hear these fans if they were at the maximum then yes it's loud. I did purposely calibrate them before to know what it would sound like but since I have them reset to their previous settings, they don't get more loud unless the CPU is 60°C and higher. Thankfully this has changed, thanks to the new CPU fans.

However, I would agree they aren't silent but not annoying unless you rather hear a pin drop versus a fan spinning, then I would recommend something else.

All you need now is a mechanical keyboard and you are set! _^ Well done Miss.

I totally agree with you there but peripherals can be tricky for me since I have small hands. So it makes it a pain to find the right mouse for myself otherwise I struggle with bigger mouses at times but I manage them. Not that I hate the CM keyboard & mouse combo but they only great for a starting point and makes it temporary. I will upgrade the keyboard and mouse someday but I will need to research there again. And thank you very much! :)

Statecat 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Wow great! I never would of thought LED fans could be so good! I guess I'm too used to Noctua. ;D xD I can understand that! I'm a man and my hands aren't that big. .-. May I suggest Coolermaster keyboards? They come in various flavors of cherry MX switches, are a bit smaller, and they don't look too bad either! As for the mouse I could say the Logitech proteus core would be a good choice. Eleven programmable buttons and is super comfy to hold. Unless you're doing a claw grip. It would be too big. Razer mice may be for you as well. It all depends on if you are palming or clawing. _^ Linus tech tips and many other youtubers can definitely help with reviews that will help you find the best.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I have read reviews and people's experiences with their builds here too about the Noctuas which they sound amazing!

And thank you for the suggestions, I appreciate it! And I'll keep the CM Cherry MX, the Logitech proteus and the Razer in mind. I had been given this suggestion about the Cherry MX more than once so it's good to hear about it again. I'll keep those peripherals in mind since I'm willing to hear out what others think about them. Thank you for your suggestions Statecat. It helps! :D

Statecat 1 Build 3 points 29 months ago

I recommend the NF-S12A fans and A14 fans for case cooling and the NF-F12 fans and a15 fans for cpu cooling on heat sinks. If you want to mount a bigger fan on a big radiator then the A14 fans will be better for it because of the square shape. They all have high static pressure though and force air through those sorts of things harder. The s12A is great for continuous, breezy silent air cooling which is great for cases. (: I'd recommend as far as switches go, to see if you can go to a store and try out keyboards with different switches. Reds are very sensitive which makes them ideal for FPS games, but also can cause mistypes when typing. They actuate very early which may or may not be nice to you. :3 Razer products get a bad rap, but their Deathadder mice are actually really nice and have RGB lighting as well so what's not to love? Oh it's no problem. _^ Any way I can help I will proceed to do. I hope you have an amazing day/night/evening and God bless. —^

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Thank you so much for the information, I appreciate it. You have a good evening/morning/afternoon as well and God bless you too. :)

Yadro 1 Build 3 points 29 months ago

Very nice rig. No one can say that your build was not well documented LOL. Also, the quality of your photos is some of the best I've seen on this website. CONGRATS.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yes sorry, I got very carried away since I became a bit passionate about the experience. And thank you so much! I love my Nikon D5100 so much since it helps to have a good camera. Again, much appreciation!

Yadro 1 Build 3 points 27 months ago

You have no reason to be sorry. I learn much more from reading a long detail build report than a report like "great mobo, fast cpu, love the gpu, pretty quiet". Same goes for the pics. One can always get good ideas for improving their rig by reading quality reviews and pics such as yours.

I look forward to your next build. :)

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I truly appreciate your comments. I tried to give enough feedback for the experience that I went through. I'm glad it's helpful in some way.

I do have a few more builds to work on this month. I hope they come out alright. Thank you for your kind words. :)

ocd 1 Build 3 points 27 months ago

Well thought out. I spent an extra $15 to get Pioneer 2209, basically same bdxl drive, but includes software. I am not knowledgable enough, but you might want to look onto a double precicion point graphics card such as the Titan Black for video work. The new Tian X and gtx 980 ti being game oriented.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Yes, I should have probably grabbed the extra software when I got my Blu-ray but seems like when I saw a sale from Newegg, the extra 35 dollars less looked very attractive at the time. Also, I'll keep that in mind, thanks for the advice! I'm aware about the Titan X and 980 ti are oriented for the gaming environment but I'll read about double precision some more for video work. Really appreciate your feedback!

sukh3gs 2 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

That's a beast! I love the colour scheme!

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

That's a beast!

>Gasp<

I love the colour scheme!

And thank you so much! I love my black and red colors. :)

boofheadfred 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago
Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I actually do! You really want me to upload another 1,100? :)

boofheadfred 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

I think I'll survive without.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

That's why I didn't want to go for 1k of photos. I don't think an explosion of my photos would tell the whole story too well. Even though it helps me, but of course not everyone.

Growliff1234 2 points 27 months ago

The only thing that could possibly make this build any better, is this case setup http://pcpartpicker.com/b/BpYrxr that would make the color scheme pop so much. Amazing computer !! +1

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Indeed, I do agree! I actually intend to change the case and other parts but that will be phase 3 which is next year for myself. Since I will have more components by then but what do you think of this one? This Corsair 760T White. I genuinely appreciate your comments. :)

Growliff1234 2 points 27 months ago

I've been looking at your account, which for some reason, I have never seen. I'm a phanboy, but I like that case as well. The only thing is it would kind of change your awesome color scheme.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

True, true. I'm just wondering on what you think. I have a year to think about this a lot so I could use the black version too or maybe paint it with some red? But I think the best way for me to really decide is thinking and Photoshop the colors some more. Thank you for your feedback, truly appreciate it!

Growliff1234 2 points 27 months ago

Something like this would look amazing, http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/138723-corsair-760t-mod-planning/ I have a hard time not reccomending the Phanteks stuff though... I try not to be too crazy about that xD

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Wow, thank you a lot! This helps give some ideas too. And yes, that's the idea! :)

*Edited: And no worries about loving something to death. I know everyone has preferences and do love about something they enjoyed or worked with a lot in the past of their builds. So you have your right to love those Phanteks, I know they look great too. Been impressed with others on how they handle them.

Wruk 2 points 25 months ago

My build is kind of similar to yours, same GPU, HDD, SSD, and case. I plan on getting the same fans you have (AF120's and SP120's) I was wondering on how they look and sound. I was also wondering how you managed to take the front panel off to install the fans at the front as I'm afraid of breaking it when I try to take it off. Very nice build btw, congrats! *Edit Did you have any trouble putting the fan on the bottom case, as the power supply cables are right there?

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

My build is kind of similar to yours, same GPU, HDD, SSD, and case. I plan on getting the same fans you have (AF120's and SP120's) I was wondering on how they look and sound.

Lovely, you have good taste! winks * Anyways, the AFs & the SP are pretty swell for cooling the case. (Even though the SP is a static pressure fan but it works great too.)* System Temperature will range at 33 between 36 Celsius. It also is nice to give that extra cooling for the components. The glow effect is gentle and I very much preferred this over a LED strip.

  • Here is my reasoning for the fans but it's just a personal why: I have a white LED strip above my personal Desk, but because the darn thing was so bright that thankfully the carpenter had Plan B. He used a small piece of wood to keep that in bay. Photo numbers 89-91 and 100 give an idea with it on. This made me decided if a LED strip bothered my eyes because it was so bright, then I couldn't handle it in my desktop next to me, whether it was on the desk or below it.

I wanted the glow effect of Red instead of a clear white strip with non-LED fans that had red rings around them. Oh wait my CPU fan does that already... :P Well I didn't want more either, that's for sure but an SP version would have worked too.

  • All of them are calibrated but basically they average between 900-1100 rpm when doing easy tasks on my desktop, and 2D games... or well you know, the non-intensive graphic games included. I'm also talking about some old school games I grew up with too and some Angry Birds but despite certain 3D games will not crank my fans up more. However, hearing them all run together (including the CPU's twin fans) is not bad, audible but then again my desktop is next to me. Hehe... They will kick higher if my CPU gradually rises to 50° C (intentionally did this though) Makes them hear able more since you will see a range of 730 (front fans) such as high as 1800 rpm (top-back fan) unless I wear my headphones with a microphone with my 3D game running.

So um... basically, the point is: I can hear them but they do not bother me when doing easy tasks and cannot hear them when I wear my headphones as I game on with some intensive graphic game but most can when one is about 25 feet away. The RPMs are around 700 rpm which are the two front fans and the most is 1500 rpm from the top back fan. It's the same for top fans and CPU fans if that gives a better idea where mine will crank. They actually all could go to the max but no thanks~ and not a need with the CPU averaging in the fifties, still today, when gaming on with intensive 3D games.

And the glow effect was more soothing for me versus a harden light. I have enough natural light and plenty of lights in my room as it is. It sort of dawned on me that the idea of having another white light in a PC case had quickly changed my mind.

I was also wondering how you managed to take the front panel off to install the fans at the front as I'm afraid of breaking it when I try to take it off.

Oh my, it was a wrestling match. Literally... LOL I should have known better to pull the front cover when it's on its side. Can also do this when standing and pulling it away.

  • Just grab underneath the front of the cover and pull until it pops out. I will warn you though, I would suggest taking the optical drive out if you ever get too tired on trying it. I had accidentally popped out my optical's face off which was disheartening but for some reason I ignored my instinct to just walk away and rest before attempting to pull the stubborn cover. Make sure it pops out straight with an optical, anything side ways will consequently do some kind of harm to the optical even though it's non-intentional.

Very nice build btw, congrats!

Thank you so much. I love my build, she is a dream come true. :)

*Edit Did you have any trouble putting the fan on the bottom case, as the power supply cables are right there?

Great question here! You are most correct about an issue there. I had to keep the fan uninstalled until I was truly ready to stop fiddling with the PSU. Once you are done installing the PSU for whatever reason, then gently lay the case on its side so one can pull the filter off and install it like you do with the rest of them. Quite easy, despite the extra weight was added in but it was no problem.

  • And I had no issues when managing the wires around it. I just pulled the wires that was tighten enough on the side of the case (talk about a lot of re-routing the cables so the side could close... phew...)and zip-tied so they would not droop at all. Looking it right now, it remains the same as the photo you see on here.

Thank you for your comments, questions and kind words. It is much appreciated. Sorry for my rambling, majorly. :)

Wruk 2 points 25 months ago

Thanks for the reply and the info! Sorry if it seemed you had to repeat yourself, I am slow at absorbing information :P Also, thanks for the quick reply.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

It's not your fault. I'm guilty of being currently tired on my end. So... I ramble. I do apologize for any redundancy and long winded stories. Hehe.

Wruk 2 points 25 months ago

Sorry for all the questions, but are the the top and bottom dust filters removable (fairly certain they are) and if so how do you take them out to clean them?

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

My apology for a late response, I was pretty busy yesterday. I had to play with the top dust filter a little bit but I am thinking one cannot remove it plus it's not easily because it's within the case and not outside of it. Including it's with the top two fans and the CPU heatsink with it's own fans. I had to lay the case on its side and basically I would have to remove my CPU heatsink and my two 120mm fans. Wipe it down with some 91% Isopropyl Alcohol with a microfiber cloth or a cleaning lens cloths works too and try to remove the thick dust particles as best as one can.

  • I have a theory but I doubt it does anything too but it's very much possible to remove these plastic looking rivet clips by pushing the plastic screw below until it pops out. I'll try to show some pictures to you tonight, to see on what I mean. Maybe the top dust filter could be removed so one can properly wash it under the sink with water for a deeper clean and dry well with a towel.

  • Again I cannot confirm this yet since I don't have enough time to play with this until I need to replace my thermal compound again which isn't anytime soon. Next time, I will try it myself when I do but I have no idea if that will work for the top filter to be removed. It's all theory on my end which I hate those the most when it's coming from me... lol

The bottom dust filter is the most easiest since you know what I mentioned before. Lay the case down and you see the filter below. Since it's a loose filter mesh that is outside the case, versus an inside filter and stuck with many screws.

Bottom dust filter has no screws so just slide it off until it pops out and clean by flushing out all the dust under a sink. Dry it very well with a towel and clean the bottom of the case too since there will be a thick layer of dust as well. Put it back on until it all fits behind the case that holds your bottom dust filter and you are done.

And no worries about your questions, it is all welcomed here. Thank you for asking. :)

Daclues 2 points 25 months ago

Someone's gotta say it. That RAM... Is savage. +1

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Jeepers, then you are the first to say so! Thank you, thank you!

DrTot 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

The LED's shining through the front, just amazing.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Awww... Why thank you! I do admit, it's my most favorite part whenever I turn my lights off.

  • (Even though I also stare through my PC's window from time to time. When I can see them with lights on.)

Though my monitor does shine a bit brighter unless I intentionally dimmed the brightness some more. I do enjoy my desktop's glowing red and yet it's so soft that it doesn't bother my eyes. :)

DrTot 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

You should install Flux, its a software the slowly lowers the brightness and color of you display throughout the day so it doesn't strain your eyes

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Huh? My monitor doesn't bother me. But I also know how to manually turn it down if need to. Which is starting from the left and feeling across as one slides their hand to the right, 4th button controls the brightness. Can also make one of your preset modes with low brightness if need be. So, clicking some buttons does the trick. However, I appreciate the concern and well-being for my eyes. :)

But now I am curious, since you mentioned it. Would Flux work on a AOC montior? I know that monitor has an awkward brightness unless you angle yourself in a seated position then you can see the darn thing better. Also with the AOC montior, you have to manually adjust the brightness by logging into Windows to use its control settings. Yet sometimes it doesn't do much either. Thanks for the advice, I'll keep it in mind.

Rediixx 2 points 24 months ago

How did the Evo 212 fit in the case?

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

It fits very well, despite it's snuggled in. About less than a half of a cm that is remaining from the side window. The downfall of course is something to be noted on. Have to install top case fans first, otherwise you are going to wrestle in-between or knock things around. Possibly dent/damage your CPU/212 EVO and fans. So again, the 212 EVO is able to install within the case but I recommend the cooler facing towards the self so one isn't reaching in so far inside the case.

  • It can be a hindrance if you intend to remove the case fans and the filter, for whatever reason. Which makes the 212 EVO required to be uninstalled first then uninstall your case fans (and filter if it needs to be cleaned really good).
bmccarthy8989 8 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I must say, your builds are a lot of fun to look through while I'm doing some late night DVD ripping. As always, love your attention to detail. It is very clear this is something you enjoy, maybe I can start paying you to do some part research for me! haha

I was a little confused on your fan explanation for use with the hyper 212. Did you opt out of using the SP on the cooler because of aesthetic reasons? Or because you only had one? Technically the static pressure would be better, but I'm not sure how much of a difference it would make with the hyper 212.

Anyways great job! +1

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I must say, your builds are a lot of fun to look through while I'm doing some late night DVD ripping. As always, love your attention to detail. It is very clear this is something you enjoy,

I feel honored. And yes, I truly enjoy it. I live and learn through each build. Sometimes I make errors along the way but so far it's been solved with any obstacle that comes by.

maybe I can start paying you to do some part research for me! haha

No way. I can do it for free. Let me know through PM sometime or wherever you can get a hold of me. I'd be happy to help in whatever way that I can.

I was a little confused on your fan explanation for use with the hyper 212. Did you opt out of using the SP on the cooler because of aesthetic reasons? Or because you only had one? Technically the static pressure would be better, but I'm not sure how much of a difference it would make with the hyper 212.

It's all good. I don't think I mentioned the full story or maybe I forgot to rephrase it plain as day on my description so I'll mention it here. My original "static pressure" fan for the 212 EVO was going to be the SP120 Red LED fan. I had it around for quite some time, oh since last year of December I believe. Though I don't have my receipts right now at hand to recollect my memory but in generalization sure.

  • I was going to grab another AF120 Red LED for the bottom but I had a couple of reasons for the delay. After the first week of January which I was very tight on money at this time... despite my purse was feeling empty, I was going to see if I buy that AF120 again. Oh so I try and I had a good deal and was not a happy customer when I received an AF120 BLUE LED FAN... I believe I ordered the fan from Las Vegas on Amazon for $14.88, free shipping. HotDeals4Less was the company but I didn't get what I wanted, and lost $5 with all the painful process of returning a fan and felt like I was wrong for explaining about my disappointment to these people through their email.

  • I mean I understand we all make mistakes, but I didn't understand how my Invoice would imply a "Blue LED" when it was Red LED on the record... however I guess I was wrong for speaking my "nice" disappointment to them in email. I knew I wouldn't get money back because as their policy claims it but I guess after my email despite the impression was "customer isn't right but we'll give you five bucks to make you happy"

  • Then I had to rate their customer service... Hm... I was probably the version of let me rate 4 stars but here is my gentle version of not being impressed on email communication but they did the right thing, mostly. Then eventually somewhere 2nd week of January, my grandma broke her hip when I was cleaning her dishes and I felt pretty powerless as it happened so fast... so I had lessen reasoning to go buying that AF120 fan for a little while. So I said, "Screw it all. I'm going to build this computer!" After sometime late January since I had my Spring semester too.

Once I had my very own computer, I had no major issues except one thing. My temperatures weren't comfortable to me when I played a few games. Especially SWTOR, wow did it ran hot. I was seeing the 72° C between a spiky 81~84° C every now and then. I never saw 90° C thankfully but I wasn't comfortable with these temps.

  • So my mind has shifted by this time. I didn't want another AF120 fan and change the SP120 as the CPU fan. I didn't want more drama or delays from buying a AF120 either. The idea of more LED in the center made it less desirable when I stared at my 212 EVO. I was happy enough with how much red glow there was already and I think it would have annoyed me if my cooler glowed too.

Then I had stumbled upon these two 4-pin static pressure fans on amazon. Not on here first but then I came back and forth between Amazon and PCPP, to see what people thought about the Corsair CO-9050014. After some deep thinking, I decided why not these? What do I got to lose besides more time and money? (Oh I hoped it didn't happen again but one would never know about these things.)

Thus the results, and actually my temps have been improved with these fans since then. I'm a happy lady with better temperatures. The overclock occurred later on until my thermal compound broken down enough, which was around May. I basically had to make sure I had 200 hours of use at least.

Let's say a lot life moments kept me busy. I'm sorry for a long explanation. Next time I need to summarize this in two or three sentences.

Anyways great job! +1

Thank you so much! I appreciate you for checking out my computers. It means a lot to me.

  • Two more will be posted sometime in the future. Yet they are more budget stricken then my previous builds.
bmccarthy8989 8 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Haha no, I enjoy the detail. What a headache for some fans! I feel your pain though.

No way. I can do it for free. Let me know through PM sometime or wherever you can get a hold of me. I'd be happy to help in whatever way that I can.

I'll take you up on that. I'm wanting to do something to give back to PCPP. I want to start offering my building services to those looking for super clean systems. But without the hefty price tag. No more than $150 - $200 above cost. I'm talking build qualities like my White Widow build. Custom sleeving, cable management, help with part selection, case mods, custom water loops etc. I'm hoping there will be some people on here willing to take me up on that, as I'm wanting to build more than just business class computers. (Almost all of my pc builds, not always worth a showcase)

They can range from budget builds to high end. It'll be great to show what is possible even with budget builds with a little modding, and custom cables. Then I would like to showcase them with instructions on how it was built so other builders could accomplish the same.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

This sounds exciting! Especially making the tight budget ones. Yet the idea to show to others on how to modify everything would be awesome. Also sounds tricky unless one knows on what to buy and how to make it happen without overspending.

They can range from budget builds to high end. It'll be great to show what is possible even with budget builds with a little modding, and custom cables. Then I would like to showcase them with instructions on how it was built so other builders could accomplish the same.

What specific builds do you have in mind? Intel, AMD, both? Combination of both when it gets starter gaming builds to high end? I'll think of some ideas later on but got Mid-term tomorrow and a lot of work to focus on my Java project this week but I'll think of something by then.

bmccarthy8989 8 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Both, whatever fits with the user's budget, desired theme, use, etc.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

OK, sounds like a plan then. I'll think of a few ideas for budget focus of all ranges for Intel and AMD. And a mix of both. And hopefully for color schemes or theme possibility.

Eddard20 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Wow really,really beautiful build! I am building my first PC next week, with the same exact case and RAM. It's really nice to see this case with all the fan slots used and with such a good cable management! I hope I can make mine look just as clean as yours! The colors are great too (a fan of black and red myself)! I have been looking at those led airflow fans, which I will add later on. Reading your case description, I am a little worried about cable routing as a newbie to building a pc haha. Since my room is upstairs as well, and at summer it gets horribly hot, I guess I'll get a cpu cooler like this too lol. Thanks for the awesome description and photos! Very, very nice build, amazing work! You helped me out! One question I would loke to ask; how have you connected all those fans? :D I mean, most motherboards I have seen, have 3-4 case fan headers. Is any of them connected to the PSU?

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

I truly appreciate your kind and generous comments. Thank you, thank you. :)

Reading your case description, I am a little worried about cable routing as a newbie to building a pc haha.

This is my fault for not updating this section of my description. I do need to update my description here but when I make some time for it. I'll give some words of encouragement and a better explanation about the cable management. Corsair's SPEC-02 is cable manageable but the suggestion is to keep your cables flat, and try to pull them near the bulky section from the side panel. If one does not try these methods, it can lead to redos on cables and possibly cutting zip-ties.

  • Buy a bag of zip-ties, black or white. Small and large ones. Also grab some Velcro Straps since I been recently using them from my last two budget builds though they aren't on here yet. I find those very handy lately to make wires hold still and look nicer. Cheap solutions for any custom builds.

  • No idea where you live but I get my zip-ties from Home Depot, but Lowes and Amazon sells these too. Velcro Straps are sold also in Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-mart, Staples and Amazon but trickier to find on certain straps but Amazon's selections do have larger quantities, like One Velcro Straps if prefer it. I wish I had them sooner but they seem to be supplied more lately this year from where I live so it's easier to get on what I need. Though the one on amazon is a ton cheaper then I paying $4.49 for 8 velcro straps. Also grab some bigger ones that aren't 8 in in case need something to hold down the bulky ATX cables or something bulky to tighten more.

My third attempt managed to fix this but it also helps when I slept, instead of staying up pass midnight. My brain tends to slow down at that point. Also I heard SPEC-01 is far worse cable management unlike SPEC-02 and SPEC-03. SPEC-03 is the best cable management out of the two or so I have heard. Yet I preferred SPEC-02 over SPEC-03 because of the curves appealed to me. Yet this is part of the reason that made the cable management a little difficult but not impossible.

  • I intend to fix my cables once I have a full spare day in the weekend. No idea when yet but latest could be December but probably sometime in November would be preferable. If I have one day to improve my cables to just focus only on that. Then I can show a better way to do this. :)

  • NOTE: Make sure to slide your 8-pin ATX power cable through the top-left hole ahead of time, before you install your motherboard (MOBO). Cannot squeeze anything through an installed MOBO. It's the same for most cases if these options exist for us to cable managed but sometimes they are re-arranged depending upon the case. Worse case is loosening the MOBO or just uninstall it, and send the cable through the hole. Referencing from photo 21.

Since my room is upstairs as well, and at summer it gets horribly hot, I guess I'll get a cpu cooler like this too lol.

Here is also these options too: CM Hyper TX3 & CM Hyper T2. These other air coolers are a tad easier to install versus the 212 EVO but neither option is wrong if you get the 212 EVO, Hyper TX3 or the Hyper T2. The only difference is that you can change the 212 EVO's 120mm fan into something better if need be. Doesn't have to be two CPU fans but it's optional at least and make sure the fan has static pressure too. The TX3 and T2 are 92mm fans so keep that in mind.

Thanks for the awesome description and photos! Very, very nice build, amazing work! You helped me out! One question I would loke to ask; how have you connected all those fans? :D I mean, most motherboards I have seen, have 3-4 case fan headers. Is any of them connected to the PSU?

You are most welcome and thank you so much for compliments. Great question about the fans. Yes all of my case fans and my CPU fans are connected to my MOBO. I'm using a 4-pin, PWM 2-way fan splitter to connect my CPU fans from my 212 EVO. Same for my top two fans in my case that are the exhausts, except that's a 3-pin, 2-way fan splitter. My GA-Z97X-Gaming GT MOBO has five system fan headers, one CPU fan header, one water cooling fan header and more etc.

I prefer connecting all my fans to the MOBO so I can have full control of fan calibrations. If it's possible.

  • I use Gigabyte's fan calibration utility, called App Center. I forget what it's called from Gigabyte's AMD MOBOs but they also do the same thing. Basically, not only did I adjust my PWM into my BIOS by manual temps. I can calibrate all my case fans and my CPU fans when I login into my OS. So I calibrate first because the utility has to detect the fans and give a suggestion (only have to do it once unless App Center is updated again). Then once that is done, I can calibrate a specific amount of RPM to each fan that is detected from my MOBO, and adjusts by how the CPU's temperature increases or decreases.

Please let me know if you have anymore questions. I be happy to answer and help in anyway that I can. Thank you again for your support!

Eddard20 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Thank you so much for the help!

Yes I think at first I will just try to arrange the cables and don't zip tie them, as I'm pretty sure I will try to make it better later, even if it takes a few attempts. I have found some shops here that sell velcro straps, and pretty cheap too, so I will get some of that, thanks!

Yeah, I also picked SPEC-02 because it just looked more appealing to me lol.

Yes, I have been looking at the TX3 cpu cooler, it is somewhat cheaper, and I think it might be enough. Since my cpu will be an i5 4590, I won't overclock, so the temperatures should be fine even with a smaller cooler like the TX3.

Ah right! I will have to find fan splitters too, since the mobo I choose only has 2 case fan headers. I just heard that one needs to make sure not to connect 2 high performance fans to 1 header, otherwise it might burn out? And yes that's why I would prefer connecting the fans to the mobo, to have control over them.

Another (probably stupid) question: The fan on the botton is blowing air at the GPU, right? My question is, does that fan actually help with its temperatures? I was thinking of putting a fan in the same place, so that maybe it helps keeping the GPU even cooler, but having so little space on the bottom for moving air in, I don't know if I should just rather place on the top for exhaust. Lol probably I should get one for the bottom and top anyway.

And thank you for all the help and details you provided! :)

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

You are most welcome. And looks like we both been prepared for that. You have good taste on the SPEC-02. :)

And the TX3 will be great for the i5-4590. That CPU will turbo boost to 3.7GHz but it's a great budget processor and will handle games well. So the TX3 is a great alternative and keep your processor cool!

Ah right! I will have to find fan splitters too, since the mobo I choose only has 2 case fan headers. I just heard that one needs to make sure not to connect 2 high performance fans to 1 header, otherwise it might burn out? And yes that's why I would prefer connecting the fans to the mobo, to have control over them.

I used these 2-way fan splitters: 3-Pin Computer Case Cooling Fan Y-Splitter Cable & 3-Pin Fan Cable Y Splitter Extension which they work great. There are other types of fan splitters but make sure they work for 3-pin or 4-pin fans and how they handle the control. Such as a Phoyba's 4-Pin to 6 x 3-Pin Fan Splitter PCB. This one requires a molex setup I believe but again this is just a possibility.

  • Fan controller is another option but I find it difficult about the lack of variety for black and red schemes. Make sure you research here too incase one changes their mind about how to go about installing additional case fans. But I know on the safer side, you can buy two of the fan splitters that I suggested and connect up to four which is plenty in my opinion.

As for a burn out possibility, it can occur, though this may be more reference about fan hubs when dealing with high performance fans. I haven't experienced such a thing, thankfully but might be cause I try to keep the same type of fans if it's possible. My mom's PC has two different fans, even though similar product but their voltages start a hair different but so far I heard no issues with the fans. I had a dud with a 3-way fan splitter, losing $11 for that idea, since one connector never worked. So I couldn't run 3 fans in my mom's case but that's OK.

  • I don't intend to grab another Phoyba splitter again. I don't want more duds...

Another (probably stupid) question: The fan on the botton is blowing air at the GPU, right? My question is, does that fan actually help with its temperatures? I was thinking of putting a fan in the same place, so that maybe it helps keeping the GPU even cooler, but having so little space on the bottom for moving air in, I don't know if I should just rather place on the top for exhaust. Lol probably I should get one for the bottom and top anyway.

Correct. If one has these type of case format for case fans. Always have the bottom and front as intakes, which pulls air into the case. Back and top fans must exhaust to pull hot air away from the case. No matter what, heat naturally rises so it makes sense and helps the case and components have a consistence airflow that doesn't hinder or trap hot air.

For your question, it's not dumb. It's an option but not required either. It was more designed to keep cold air flowing inside the case. I doubt it's really cooling my GPU since it's own fans does that for it. If it is, it's only about 1~2° C cooler. So it's not designed to dramatically cool down the GPU, it's more to help that cold air maintain inside.

  • Make sure your back and very top back fan exist as exhausts. I think your top fan should be closely installed as to where your back fan will be. I know a lot of heat rises by those two fan areas, not so much where the other top fan is close to the optical and underneath the RAM, very minor heat in that section.

  • You have two options for your front fans. You can ignore the bottom fan and install two fans in the front. Or as you asked earlier if it made a difference for cooling a GPU but it's more for maintain a constant airflow and that it's cold in the case. Meaning could install it at the top front, not front-bottom where second front case fan could go. And thus you could install the fan at the bottom.

  • If it's three case fans, just have the two front fans installed, and exhaust at the back. Or could do the top-back case fan. If two fans, make sure it's a front and back fan. The case's default setup on the case fans were the same I think already but that's about it.

  • Neither option is wrong, comes down to what is easier for cable management on your end and how appearance wise is for you. You will have plenty of airflow with 2 between 4 case fans.

And thank you for all the help and details you provided! :)

You are most welcome. Anytime, if you need anything else. :)

Eddard20 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Haha, thanks, you too :D I just saw it when I was browsing the store for corsair cases, and I knew I wanted that one when I saw it xD

Yes, the 4590 will be enough for me, I only plan on gaming and internet browsing, so I think it's plenty for this. And with the 980 there, the games will be ok for sure haha.

Yep, already found these fan splitters, will get them later when I order the new CPU cooler, thanks!

Ok, I think I will get high airflow fans of the same kind anyway, so there won't be any problems if I connect 2 into one header. And yes, I think 4 fans will be just fine.

Ok, so even if it doesn't cool much more on the GPU, the overall airflow will be a lot better, that's good enough for me! Thanks!

Thank you for all the help and tips! I'll be posting my build in the completed builds section at the end of next week if all goes well, can't wait to finally build my dream PC lol. I'm really glad I found your build on this site. Very detailed, very helpful, overall awesome!

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Yes, the 4590 will be enough for me, I only plan on gaming and internet browsing, so I think it's plenty for this. And with the 980 there, the games will be ok for sure haha

You'll be all set then for your new gaming rig and the internet. :)

Ok, I think I will get high airflow fans of the same kind anyway, so there won't be any problems if I connect 2 into one header. And yes, I think 4 fans will be just fine.

Right, should be alright. I forgot to mention that my father's PC may be the best example of completely different fans. Though it's a 4-pin PWM fan splitter. I also POST test all my builds too. Including the case fans, incase something isn't working. That way one doesn't have to undo all that hard work of cable management if need to send something back ASAP to replace it, or a refund to get something else.

  • POST test is running the bare minimum of the hardware which is powered by the PSU. PSU is connected with only the MOBO, install the CPU with thermal compound on it + CPU cooler, and the Power Switch to the System Panel Header. This is how one can test each connection and hardware to confirm there are no problems. So you don't have to do hardware deletion if something is acting off or not working anymore. Though one might have to do this if troubleshooting their hardware after sometime of use to one's own PC.

  • Photos 31-33 are my POSTing phase. Add in hardware as I went on testing. As long CPU fan and fans didn't stall 2 seconds or more nor spin loudly then it was a pass.

Ok, so even if it doesn't cool much more on the GPU, the overall airflow will be a lot better, that's good enough for me! Thanks!

Correct, the airflow in a case is very important. Along with good cable management which helps maintain the airflow, not too much wires obstructing it. Even though it may continue to go through a bunch of wires but the airflow will effect differently. Plus, who would argue with clean cable management? :)

Thank you for all the help and tips! I'll be posting my build in the completed builds section at the end of next week if all goes well, can't wait to finally build my dream PC lol. I'm really glad I found your build on this site. Very detailed, very helpful, overall awesome!

And you are very welcome. It's always a pleasure to help and pass down knowledge to a teachable spirit. I'm available to help anytime. Also please let me know when you finish your build! I would love to see your very own dream build come true. Enjoy! :D

TheDitboy 2 points 22 months ago

Just WOW. This build is goals.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Hehe. Why thank you so much. You are too kind.

wilhelmpeltzer 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Im very impressed! I like how the hot CPU air blowing right in front of the exhaust fan. Good heat management! +1

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Aw, why thank you so much! Yes the air flow was a big deal to me for where I am. Temps still good on my end. I appreciate your support! :)

UNP-Punisher 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

I love the fact that you created a nice clean looking computer complimenting the colours not a lot of people do that and I hate messy builds. +1 for tidiness and selection of components

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Wow, thank you. That means a lot to me. I appreciate your support!

UNP-Punisher 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

No probs recognition where its due I say

numbersthatidontcareabout 2 points 20 months ago

More pictures please!

Just kidding. Awesome build! +1

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

More you say? That is very tempting... * smirks *

In phase 2, for certain but no idea when.

Thank you very much! I appreciate your compliment and support.

fezzian 2 points 20 months ago

Very beautiful PC! The PC I'm planning is very similar, you have good taste. :) +1

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Why thank you so much for the lovely compliments! I truly appreciate your kindness and support.

I would like to see your PC in the future whenever you have it ready. :)
fezzian 2 points 20 months ago

You're very welcome!

I'll be sure to upload the build here and link you to it. It's my first PC build and I'm so excited, it should be done in a few months!

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Awesome, cannot wait to see it. I'll be looking forward to it! :D Thank you.

adoolz 2 points 18 months ago

I have a similar build and I was needing just a few touches but I wasnt sure what to do but yours is perfect!!! I love it

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 18 months ago
Awesome, you have good taste then. Thank you so much for your compliments, I truly appreciate them.
Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Nice pc. Good job.+1

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 18 months ago
Thank you very much. It will be updated this summer. I am getting ready to make my own cables with black and red paracords.
Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

It will look great

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I hope so. :)

AlaskaPL 2 points 16 months ago

Could you plz give me an opinion on the keyboard and mouse ? How does it c Game and how does it feel to use ? Would really appreciate if you replied (amazing build btw)

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 16 months ago
Sure thing! I think my problem was that I wanted to use it for over 6 months or more, which I did.
My experience with the RED, CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle for Keyboard & Mouse: it was good starting point and I think it's a reasonable price. I love the LED but the keyboard requires you turn the LED on by the SCR LK button. This is true for every time the computer is turned off but the mouse remains ON all the time unless your power goes out. When typing on the keyboard, it's pretty standard layout but with some nice media control buttons included. Those are near the top.
It's may feel a bit more bulky with the buttons, including the mouse. For my small hands, this was pretty exhausting to game for over 2~4 hours with no breaks if so. This is not necessary true for everyone of course. The mouse was my weakest link for myself, and my wheel was already squeaky sounding which was kind of annoying. Mine came this way already, my grandma's BLUE led felt a bit more better versus their RED led version.
Despite they come the exact same way but then again my desk format is completely different versus hers. It seems to work better if you have the keyboard and mouse in a much lower position, such as under the desk. Versus it being on top of the desk from my experience.
The mouse response timing was normal so you could play MMOs, FPS, strategy to any casual games. I never had to adjust the DPI sensitivity, this could be different for you but in my situation it was fine as it was. I did not get to use the additional 2 buttons near the thumb of the mouse. I used the 3rd button that is on the wheel (scroll).
Hope this gives an idea, if have anymore questions or something needs to be re-explain. Let me know. Thank you for lovely compliment and your support. I truly appreciate it!
AlaskaPL 2 points 16 months ago

Thank you very much for the detailed explanation, this helped me more than any other review of this combo. So again thanks for your help, keep up the good work !

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 16 months ago
I did forgot one more thing to mention: It does have stands, tucked underneath to lift the keyboard for a more comfortable angle. I would recommend it to help lessen the stress for your wrists. I do this to all my keyboards whether typing a paper between a game.
Otherwise, you are most welcome and will do. Thank you, thank you! :)
InfiniteStaticX 2 points 11 months ago

I did not get to use the additional 2 buttons near the thumb of the mouse.

Hello there, the thumb buttons on the mouse are incredibly helpful for use in File Explorer and Browsers, you can easily switch back and forth (folders or browser pages), and is therefore incredibly convenient to use.

P.S: Love your build, its very well planned and executed. Love the way you've mentioned your experiences, and the photos! Good day _^

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hi InfintieStatic,

Awesome to know! I'm glad you were able to make use of those buttons. Sadly my hands is so small. At the time, I spent more effort by trying to grip the mouse than to make proper use of it. Thank you for your input about the additional buttons for the thumb, since I'm certain others can keep this to mind.

P.S: Love your build, its very well planned and executed. Love the way you've mentioned your experiences, and the photos! Good day _^

Aw... thank you so much. I truly appreciate your lovely compliments and your support. May you have a good day too! :)

Stereotypical_Whale 2 points 16 months ago

Wow, you are a natural! Everything in this system is perfect.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 16 months ago
Thank you for your lovely compliment. I truly appreciate it!
Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 16 months ago

Oh wow, I didn't even realize it was you who built it, kool hi :)

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 16 months ago
Indeed I did. I enjoyed it very much and continue to do so. Hello to you too. :)
kboth18 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Awesome build! She's beautiful, I can really tell that you poured your heart and soul into this. I'm digging the red/black scheme.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 16 months ago
Thank you so much! Yes, I certainly did! I appreciate your support and compliments.
PC_Mate 7 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

You know your craft! Awsome build mate :)

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Aw, thank you so much. I truly appreciate the support and lovely compliments.

PC_Mate 7 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Just the truth ...i like good work and clean builds!

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

You are so kind. Thank you, thank you!

PC_Mate 7 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Welcome!

jonbuttcheeks 8 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

I barely seen you page. Awesome build, it's almost like the one I just finished! Looks great.

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you so much! Yes, my main build is a little over a year old but she has served me well for my purposes. I will continue to upgrade some parts and add in my own custom wires in due time. Thank you so much for your support and compliments, I truly appreciate it.

Haz408 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Hows the fan noise, and do you keep the fans at minimum speed?

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Hows the fan noise...

Fan noise is audible when I game but not like a jet engine. It can sound like a mini jet engine if I intentionally crank all the case fans at 1,000- 1,200RPM while the CPU fans can reach around 2,200RPM. The CPU fans are the loudest but I never them run that high either. Currently my CPU fans are 1,200RPM~ when not gaming but will increase around 1,500~1,700RPM which will always make them audible out of the case fans. The case fans are usually around 800~1,000RPM.

Personally the 140mm case fans are the most quiet out of the bunch. Any 120mm fan and below can be loud unless you get some Nocuta fans which I think those sound a lot less noise when cranked to the max.

...and do you keep the fans at minimum speed?

Sort of as I like keeping the air flow for the sake of cooling components but I do tend to switch to a bare minimum when it's winter for me. I only allow my fans to increase some speed when it's gaming. Thus to be expected with the fan noise and it doesn't bother me, even though my computer is next to me. If I use my headset than I cannot hear my fans.

Thank you for asking questions. I appreciate it.

BooperDooper 2 points 4 months ago

I like your taste in colour

Eltech submitter 15 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Thank you! Yes, I'm guilty of loving the black/red color scheme. My build has changed quite a bit, but half way there with upgrading it. Maybe I'll show her transformation by the end of the year, or whenever that could be.

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Eltech submitter 15 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your comments! I'm glad it was a pleasant description. I thank you for taking the time to read it.

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