Named for Erakis, the red giant star, the most brilliantly colored star in the night sky and used as a measure of all other stars' light.
Erakis is my first personally-built rig. I've had home-built rigs before, but they were always made by friends. I wanted to go the extra mile and prove to myself that I could do it in an elegant, attractive final configuration, moreso by far than anything I've owned in the past. This site had a lot to do with the inspiration involved.
Though Erakis was born of technical necessity, I put considerable research and time into making sure all the components involved would not only be top-of-the-line performance-wise, but also visually striking. Every piece from the wifi antenna to the fan controller lights, the appearance of the video card sidebar to the alignment of the cpu cooler logo to the center of the RAM LEDs, EVERY detail was given the utmost scrutiny. Nearly a whole day was given just for cable management so that even the side that is unseen is still organized and accessible.
Key features of note: -Color scheme is flat black with red and orange acents/LED highlights. -Case came from the factory with the window option, so both sides of the case are the same shape. -NZXT fan controller hookups are arranged so that fan pairs will always appear symmetrically on the switches. -NZXT logo on the Kraken X60 aligns with the center LEDs on the orange/red Ballistix Tactical Tracer RAM (32GB). -Cables for the X60 are hidden as well as they can be, wrapping around the top of the cooler itself. -Power supply cables are arranged on top of all other cables in the back so they can be easily sleeved later on. -All SATA devices are powered off the same cable to save on clutter. -Stock case fan LEDs are still controlled by the case buttons, while the fan speed is the job of the controller. -The red circle on the keyboard is a repeated style element of the orange circle on the Kraken X60. -The mouse colors have been programmed to match in all situations. -The silver band on the bottom of the monitor matches proportionally the silver band on the front of the tower. -Keyboard uses cherry mx black switches for a lovely typing feel and sound, as well as fast multi-tapping.
Still to do: -Black out the cables that connect to the lower portion of the motherboard. -Install a proper enclosure for the 960GB SSD. -Install a special personal touch...top secret! Stay tuned on this one.
Things I learned that may help you if you use some of these components (things no one tells you): -Ballistix RAM comes stock set to Green and Blue out of Green/Red Blue/Orange sets and has 4 preset motion effects. -Ballistix RAM is great for knowing when your computer is actually doing something without a monitor hooked up. -A code 00 on the motherboard display means it can't find the CPU. In my case it was because I only had the 24-pin connector attached and not the additional 8-pin on the top of the board. Not enough power to the CPU= code 00. -A code A2 could mean that you have a CPU fan error. To get around this you can change the setting in the BIOS to ignore the cpu fan entirely if you are using a water-cooler. (It will give you an error if the fan is moving at too low of RPM). -Two CM HAF X PSU covers fit perfectly in the CM Storm Trooper case, but you have to snip about 1 inch off the mounting rail where it intersects the IO grill in the back. Takes 2 seconds with some dykes. -Mounting your radiator in pull mode yields the same temp as push, and significantly less noise/negligible temp difference from push/pull, and has the added benefit of easy access to vacuum the radiator. No disassembly required! -Don't lean the CM Storm Trooper case back while the lower dust filter is in place...you could snap off the handle for it like I did. :( -The included wifi antenna with the Maximus VI Formula motherboard is magnetic and fits PERFECTLY on the metal grille on top of the CM Storm Trooper case.
Please note: I know my parts list says I am using (2x4GB)x2 RAM, but there was not a selection for the same kit but in (2x8GB)x2. I am actually using 32GB of 1600 RAM, not 16GB. I picked the closest thing.
UPDATED with all parts installed, new pics, etc. UPDATED with pics of internals with side window removed for clarity. UPDATED with detail photos and Unigine benchmark.