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Panda Powered - For my Wife

by Gish

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A birthday present for my wife, this is my second build ever. My wife loves Pandas, so I thought that would be a great theme for the build. I tried to stick to white and black colors. Overall the build came together fairly well, with the biggest issue being the lighting.

I decided to make her a computer at the last minute and thus rushed on the parts I bought. Some thoughts/reasoning behind the parts selected are as follows:

Motherboard: Initially thought the board was black from the pictures. Overall did not like the layout and location of a few plugs. Found this board to be much harder to manage then my Z87 Sabertooth.

Video Cards: Never did an SLI build and wanted to give it a try. Like the fuller appearance in this full tower.

Power Supply: Initially wanted a lower power supply (Obv 1000w for this build is not necesarry.) However, to keep with the white and black theme, this was the only available watage in stores.

NZXT Sleeved LED Kit - White: Found this to be the hardest thing in a build. With top, side, and bottom fans there was hardly anywhere to run the lighting without it looking tacky. The stick tabs they give to hold the wire up would consistantly fall. As such I switched to zip ties which made it even harder to place.

Overall I am proud of the build, aside from some minor details. Let me know what you guys think!

EDIT: The PSU has been flipped to the correct way. The case does have a dust filter, and I clean all of my hardware once a month.

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ProEngPC 8 Builds 4 points 57 months ago

So how many pandas does it take to power that machine :) j/k I would have gone for a single R9 290 (or GTX 770 if you really like nVidia) for about the same price, but I agree the dual cards look better :)

Or if you could have found one of those elusive Galaxy HOF cards with the white PCB, those look great.

white_shirt 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

I'd just like to ask whether this build has a specific purpose? Gaming, editing, etc.

Gish submitter 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Gaming and streaming.

QuantumEssence 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

Flip the PSU! You don't want it venting onto your GPU...

plgdg 1 Build 12 points 57 months ago

While it SHOULD be flipped regardless, it does not vent ONTO the GPU... it pulls in air from inside the case and vents out the rear of the PSU.

QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

That's true, my mistake.

plgdg 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

Flipping it will pull cool air in from beneath the case and vent it out the rear, keeping the PSU cooling isolated from the rest of the components.

= good.

GilChris95 -4 points 57 months ago

yea but I would be warm or hot air depending if you're gaming or not. It would be better to let the psu absorb fresh air from the bottom of the case.

plgdg 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

That's what I already said...

GilChris95 1 point 57 months ago

I must have read your comment wrong. My bad I was probably half asleep!

plgdg 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

:)

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Gish submitter 2 Builds 7 points 57 months ago

Wow.... I cannot believe I did that! Thanks for pointing this out! Rookie mistake kid -_-

QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

No worries!:)

QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

On a side note, how are you liking NZXT's PSU?

Gish submitter 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

So far no issues. Cool yet quiet. Prefering it over my Seasonic actually.

QuantumEssence 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

Oh really? Why's that?

I'm thinking of getting one since its bundled with a case.

Gish submitter 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

I have an 850 Seasonic Xseries and its just loud. This NZXT seems to perform just as well with less noise.

duramax08 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

PSU's dont exhaust in the case, they always exhaust out. The way OP had it is perfectly fine.

QuantumEssence 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

It isn't drawing in fresh air.

Also, you can see that at least one other person has corrected me, you don't need to keep stating it..

duramax08 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

You gotta think about it in the long run. I like how these new cases pull air from outside the case, but a lot of people dont take care about their computers. I know a lot of that browse this website takes care of their computers, but other people probably dont. Will this computer be located in a dusty environment? What about pets? Will the computer be located on the floor? When you're pulling in air from the bottom of the case, you gotta worry about dust and other gunk. Cool, it gots a dust filter, but will the user remember to clean it from time to time?

You gotta keep these questions in mind when building a computer for certain people. id rather pull in air from inside the case rather then outside. Why? because its better filtered then bringing air from outside the case. Cmon guys, its not that hot inside the case. That case looks like it has plenty of air flow. It might get a little warm when number crunching, but that shouldn't be that how to cause the PSU to have a premature death. Another thing to keep in mind, heat rises, cold air sinks.

Thats my 2 cents.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

no, the PSU intakes air so if the fan is facing up its definitely taking hot air from the case, if fan is facing down it will intake cold air. The psu should last longer under those conditions. Would be cooler all the time and under stress where its most needed!!

duramax08 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

Cant be that hot in there. Back when cases werent that fancy, PSU's ran just fine intaking air from inside of the case.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

I honestly don't see why it bothers you that the psu intakes cold air instead of hot air!!! It will work anyways but the best way is for it to be upside down, (even my case's manual specifies that). Don't be obstinate

duramax08 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

After everything ive seen in the IT field, dust is not your friend.

tabascosauz 3 Builds 0 points 57 months ago

It is definitely not ok, considering that there are SLI GTX 660, both of which are blowers and need all the air they can get without being robbed of fresh air by the intake of the PSU.

duramax08 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

You make it sound like its really hot inside that case even though theres so much air flow running through that case. Even if they left the PSU like that, it'll be fine for years to come. All my older builds at work are like this (didn't have the bottom psu intake at the time), and they are all running fine.

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

I saw the comments below but maybe the PC is on a carpet!

infinitemerald 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

This looks extremely clean, well done! My only complaint is the dual 660s, but it's still a pretty good performance duo. But if you had went with SLI, why did you get the 2GB variants instead of the 4GB variants?

drusso5 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

for the extra money your better off going for a GTX 780

infinitemerald 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

The two 660s cost $350 as of now, and a GTX 780 costs at least $460 right now. The SLI 660s beat a 770, so the financial gap between SLI 660s and a 780 is still pretty big.

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

I'm not a fan of the GPU setup but I like the rest of the build. +1

CosmicUnlimited 1 point 57 months ago

Sweet build. I see where you're coming from, but it annoys me to see a power supply which costs nearly more than every component in the build. Other than that, +1. How is that monitor?

Gish submitter 2 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

Still waiting on the monitor to come in. I happned to order a second monitor for myself, so I used that with her build atm. Will update when I know.

CarterBond 1 point 57 months ago

Pull out a HDD bay for better airflow?

Gish submitter 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Yea, I prob should but she would lose the parts >.>

slavicgrip 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

I really like the build. I may have to steal your idea for the lighting because I have mine snaked around all lazy like inside of it. The clips to hold the strip are not great quality. I 100% agree there.

Gish submitter 2 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

Aye the lighting was something else. I am still not 100% content with it, but its honestly the best I could get it. The zip ties work well in areas where there is something to strap them down.

kayper22 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

really? His lighting location is typically where everyone I've ever seen mounts them, myself included. It's the only logical place to mount them without looking tacky.

zachar954 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Haha love the little panda face

Gish submitter 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

She does too =)

Dam5968 5 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Very nice and clean. The panda face is perfect. What does she play?

Gish submitter 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and various games off of steam.

AdsStan99 1 Build 0 points 57 months ago

whats the keyboard like ive orderd one

Gish submitter 2 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

High keys very soft on the touch with a distinct feel when you press it. Honestly making me hate my Razer keyboard atm.

AdsStan99 1 Build 0 points 57 months ago

Thanks for the reply definetly going to buy I've heard good things about it.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 0 points 57 months ago

Was just gonna comment about how the PSU was upside down, but Quantum's got that covered. But is your wife a gamer? Haha with dual 660's and a 4670k I would guess so. Wish mine would take some time to appreciate a computer. Anyways, great build. Hope she loves it!

Tahab_1 2 Builds -2 points 57 months ago

For $1600, I think she may have preferred a panda card and something shiny...

FreeFireXI 3 Builds 4 points 57 months ago

She's a wife... I'm going out on a limb and saying she already has something shiny on her finger.

Tahab_1 2 Builds -2 points 57 months ago

1 is never enough lol

Gish submitter 2 Builds 3 points 57 months ago

Got that for our anniversary =P She needed a computer so I was glad to assist.

Tahab_1 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Haha, nice one mate! How are the dual 660s like?

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