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The CTRL Center

by colepepper

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Date Published

May 28, 2014

Date Built

May 6, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

967MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.01Ghz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

This build has been quite the journey. Only six months ago I didn't even know what thermal paste was, and here I am with the battlestation of my dreams. The build process was a long one filled with many mistakes and learning experiences. Everything has turned out perfectly (in my opinion) and I couldn't be happier! The rig is mostly used for web browsing and Netflix but I stretch its legs with gaming frequently. The mechanical keyboards are one of my favorite parts of the whole setup and I highly recommend investing in one if you haven't already done so! I also would recommend all of the parts on this list as I have had great experiences with all of them! Feel free to ask any questions! Thanks for looking!

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babachicken 37 points 10 months ago

HE MADE NOCTUA FANS LOOK GOOD.

PRAISE THE LORD.

Zylos 9 points 10 months ago

OH LORDY LORD, REWARD THIS MAN WITH VERY HIGH FPS AND A 780TI. (780ti I realize was out of the $3000 budget so don't worry about it. Possible upgrade though? :D)

spongebob123 19 points 10 months ago

+1 IBM model M

colepepper submitter 1 Build 5 points 10 months ago

It's the best!

ThePCguy2013 1 point 10 months ago

i used to have one, but I replaced it with a mx green keyboard.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Why? Too bulky?

ThePCguy2013 -2 points 10 months ago

Too old.

PCclockWork 1 point 2 months ago

Adapter's work wonders, and dumpt that keyboard's casing in a tub of RetroBright and plant it in the sun or under a UV lamp for a few hours (Google it, it has to be handmade in most cases), and viola! It will look new like the day it was first used.

CosmicUnlimited 5 points 10 months ago

Best cable management I have ever seen. This is perfect. +1 What are you using to strap those cables under your desk?

colepepper submitter 1 Build 3 points 10 months ago

Thanks! I'm flattered! The cable clips are these: http://www.gardnerbender.com/en/gkk-1575

I was able to find them at my local ACE Hardware.

Catalyzer 1 Build 3 points 10 months ago

Clean , nice , Amazing ! Loved how many keyboards you have right from IBM Model M (this is a classy one) Almost upto that amazing beyerdynamic headset ! Everything is perfect.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks man! The Model M is my favorite out of the bunch and the DT880s are a dream!

Catalyzer 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks. I have heard a lot about the company beyerdynamic , they make amazing headsets for audiophiles , would you recommend it for gaming ?

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I think that the DT880s are fantastic all-rounders Everything I hear through them sounds fantastic! However, if you are looking for something soley for gaming you might want to condsider a pair of fully open headphones to allow for a more expansive sound stage which is beneficial for gaming (these are semi-open which means that they have a mid-sized sound stage in my opinion). I hear AKGs make great gaming headphones as well; very large sound stage!

Catalyzer 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks a lot. I wanted one for my gaming needs and other one for my music needs , the genres i listen to are : Trance , Progressive , house , Dance , Dubstep (Sometimes). So was on a hunt for a headset that has the best of both worlds.

frisktoad 2 points 7 months ago

I dunno if I am late, but for these genres you will need punchy and good bass. Not too much though(See Beats by Dre). I would suggest (if your budget allows it) to get an open pair of 'phones (DT990, Sennheisers, AKG) for your gaming needs and get a closed for music. At least this is what I would do.

gibnihtmus 3 points 5 months ago

Hi I really love your cable management inside and outside your pc! I'm gonna try to do the same thing as you. Do you have any tips on cable management? Could I have a higher res close up of the inside of your pc?

Also I wanted to point out that the backplate for the corsair h100i is upside down. The two screws on the top shouldn't be covered. See how the bottom of how you have it mounted right now has those 2 indents where the screws would be?

colepepper submitter 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

Thank you! I find that the best thing for cable management is to be patient and to not be afraid to redo a run multiple times until you get it to lay just right. Also zip ties are your friend, never be afraid of using too many! For outside of the PC these are an absolute god-send. These are the best pictures I have of the inside of the computer: front back.

You are the first person to point out the backplate! I realized it after uploading all of the pictures and it has since been remedied!

If you have any other questions I'm happy to answer them!

gibnihtmus 1 point 5 months ago

Dude thanks for the quick reply! The velcro zip ties are genius! How did you mount your power outlet and monitor power supplies to the bottom of your desk? Did you use double sided mounting tape or velcro? Also did you have to buy longer cables for your monitors?

colepepper submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Not a problem! Always happy to help! The power strip is mounted with this double sided tape since that's a pretty permanent fixture. The monitor's power supply, along with most of the other stuff like the USB hub, is mounted with Velcro for easy removal. I did have to buy a couple 10ft DVI cables to give me the reach I needed. 6ft probably would have done fine since I had to wrap up a lot of slack on the 10ft ones but the length needed is going to be something specific to your setup.

ZehnoComputers 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

great build, can tell all the effort you put into the build! I'd like to see the backside of the case where the cable management is though. +1

colepepper submitter 1 Build 5 points 10 months ago

Thanks man! A lot of blood sweat and tears went into it! And as you wish: http://i.imgur.com/ZZlCVWf.jpg

MylesRawr 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

That is by far some of the best cable management I've ever seen, especially on the underside of the desk. +10 sir.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you! I'm honored!

DeltasEcho 1 point 8 months ago

Great cable managment +1

JrdPlayer1 2 points 9 months ago

This might be a little late but, what lighting strips did you use

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

The lighting is an NZXT Hue. I would recommend it since it is RGB and has multiple lighting modes. However, be ready to get some nice double backed tape because the stuff they put on the led strips out of the box only lasted me about a month before it started falling off.

Miraux 2 points 9 months ago

That cable management is beautiful. Might have to take inspiration from that!

parishl31 2 points 9 months ago

Very nice and clean! I was looking at a very similar build in the near future, hows the noise levels on your setup?

colepepper submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! The PC is very quiet, near silent. I can hear it but only barely. I think though, that the vast majority of the noise comes from my GPU fans so if my GPU were under water the rig would most likely be silent.

NovicePCBuild 2 points 6 months ago

nice cable management in and outside of the case

CDot 2 points 3 months ago

+1 for the under-the-desk cable mgmt!

DragonForge 2 points 3 months ago

3 things happened today...

  1. My best friend said he hates this build.

  2. My best friend got hit by a bus

  3. I lost my bus driver license

RogyAcnodnem 2 points 3 months ago

Do you have a cable management fetish? +1 for making noctua poop brown fans actually look as good as they perform!

kibblecav 2 points 2 months ago

+1 for the creative name and IBM Model M. I also love your setup :D

AddictedBuilder 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

+1 for the audi rs7 and the beyerdynamic's :)

Daz_96 1 point 10 months ago

This is an awesome build really like the clean look! And that cable management is beautiful. +1 from me.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks man!

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colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! All of the cable management probably took longer than the build itself! The keyboards are amazing. They each have their own distinct personality (my family and friends think I'm crazy haha). You should get another Model M, they're pretty cheap on eBay. I have an SSK on the way so I can have the same feel with less massiveness!

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colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you! The vertical screen is just an old Dell 1200p I got off of craigslist but any monitor should do the trick!

ShammysPC 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

First person I see that sleeves his cables to match Noctua fans... Wonderful build!

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I applaud you for making a color schemed build with Noctuas...

colepepper submitter 1 Build 4 points 10 months ago

I wanted to try going with a color scheme that everyone says the hate and see if I could change their mind!

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

It's legendary.

rishabhchugh13 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Really neat and tidy build. +1. Are you planning on overclocking soon since you have a Z87 MoBo and a K processor?

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! I've played around with it but my CPU really doesn't like to be overclocked much unfortunately. I struggle to get 4.0GHz out of it. This might be my fault but I've followed a bunch of different guides with similar results.

rishabhchugh13 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

It's probably not your fault. With CPUs, some are really good at OCing and some are awful at it, its all about your luck and which one you get.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah, I think that I just lost the silicone lottery with this one.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah, the silicone lottery is rather finicky on Haswell. For overclocking attempts, did you try it manually, or used software to automatically try it? I'm not sure how well Asus's software is for it, but I know Gigabyte did a horrid job on mine. I ended up adjusting it by hand, but still only got 4.2ghz out of it at .0625 volts over (as opposed to .2v+ by the Gigabyte software). BTW, love the Model M. Makes me miss the days programming back in college. :)

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I tried manually multiple times with blue screens of prime95 every time @4.0Ghz. I tried upping the voltage but once I hit 100C during prime95 I put it back to stock.

ACVoong 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

+1 for clean build and cable management.

projekt84 1 point 10 months ago

Great job, I want to do the same with 1440p main screen and 1200p vertical screen. How are you liking that combo?

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you! I really like the combo. The vertical monitor is really useful for long lists and webpages. As always a second screen is worth its weight in gold!

Spbach 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

+1 For the Beyers, the cable management, the noctua fans, and colour scheme.

polarbehr 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

clean

HungryFatCats 1 point 10 months ago

Absolutely Beautiful.

mcnuggeeett 1 point 10 months ago

Bookmarking for the clean ass cable management, sexy. Good work man! +1

candy 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Dat cable management tho +1

Moiz36 1 point 10 months ago

Down right sexy.

xNightCaster 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Loving those sleeved cables, really compliments those amazing Noctuas! +1

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! I'm definitely a fan of these fans (heh).

Caleb10E 5 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Love the builds that go with the Noctua color scheme. Excellent & beautiful machine.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

the first time I have ever actually enjoyed the look of Noctua fans. Great job and +1!

coolflame57 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

+1 for name!

fps3003 1 point 10 months ago

Very nice build....

cooperred 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

If someone stole this... I guess you could say you lost control!

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Haha, I have nightmares of someone stealing this all the time. I would be so sad...

jonathan_b 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I really like your unique colour scheme!

th3bearsfan 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

was this on r/battlestations a while back? I'm pretty sure i've seen this somewhere before. Awesome build by the way :D

MrWhiteMacaroon 1 Build 0 points 10 months ago
colepepper submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Haha that's me! I was playing around on this site and figured I might as well share it here.

MrWhiteMacaroon 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Still a very pretty build in general, trade?

deVIZtation 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Cable management for all the monitors/keyboard/mouse, etc is totally epic!!!!

mcdonh 1 point 10 months ago

why do you have so many noctua's...must be a freezer in there

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I wanted to full up all the fan mounts since I like the look. And yes the temps are pretty good!

mcdonh 1 point 10 months ago

I admit it does look good, but these things are computers not refrigerators :S

mcdonh 1 point 10 months ago

btw, we have the same desk, high five

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Haha if you think I have a lot of Noctuas you should see this guy's build: http://imgur.com/a/PkwDT

Also, it's a very nice desk! Very comfy.

tyabbott 1 point 10 months ago

This is a really awesome build. I like how you built the build around the Noctua fan colors.

pegotico 1 point 10 months ago

+1 on the best fans (noctua)!

UmiLarry 1 point 10 months ago

Whoa, $100+ just for fans, and very good deal on the DT880s! Anyways, great build and nice cable management.

bchurch 1 point 10 months ago

OP: I game once in a while Gets 780

Me: All I do is game Gets 770

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Haha yeah I know it's overkill but it helps for the once in a while gaming at 1440p.

TheTekJake 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

The rig is mostly used for web browsing and Netflix but I stretch its legs with gaming frequently.

I sure hope so with that GTX 780 Superclocked! I too have that card. Plenty of gaming power to spare! Love the build! Amazing job!

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! It's a beast, no doubt about it!

MLPortal 1 point 10 months ago

Hey, you're the noctua dude from /r/pcsleeving!

Love the whole thing, inside and out.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you! That I am!

Antoine3990 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

You clearly are a geekhack member x). I have the same problem as you do.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I do lurk there from time to time! I spend time there, deskthority, and /r/mechanicalkeyboards. I have an SSK on the way (another $235 :0 ). It's quite the addictive hobby, that's for sure!

Antoine3990 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yea... and then you go Korean custom and Topre, and you're just... poor.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I think an 87u or HHKB is going to be my next step in the distant future. A Korean custom is close to end-game stuff. Really want some ergo-clears! (I might convert my Poker II to ergo-clears at some point. I just can't seem to get used to the reds.)

Antoine3990 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Me neither, I've tried reds and they're just too light. Also, I have both, ergo-clear and topre, they are kind of similar but it's always nice to change once in a while :)

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yeah, I just don't think linears are for me. I have pretty fat fingers so without the tactile feedback I tend to hit things willy-nilly. I got the red because I needed a quieter keyboard, I just really wish the Poker II came with clears; they feel so good! Which do you prefer, clears or Topre?

RustyCali 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Where did you get all the sleeving supplies? I am looking to add Noctua Fans to my Yoda Build and sleeve the cords with tan, brown and green? Is it hard as I am still learning myself.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

The paracord I bought on eBay (chocolate brown, beige, and black are the colors I used. I got the other tools, connectors, heatshrink, etc. from Lutro0Customs. Check out /r/PCSleeving over in reddit. It's a great resource and it's where I learned how to sleeve. This was my first ever sleeving project so don't be discouraged if you are going in blind; I did too! It's more tedious than it is difficult.

liqgranite 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Nice.... VERY nice and tastefully done. Good to see someone else appreciates those Beyer headphones.

Those sleeved cables are incredible! Great Job +++++.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks man! The Beyers are fantastic headphones indeed!

WC-Craft 1 point 9 months ago

Dude, you need to use your money better. Your pc is only worth $1500. You spent and extra $1500 on **** you dont need. You should have took some of that money and got an I7 4770. Why did you get a K I5 when you didnt even over clock it. Why did you get a Overclocking motherboard if your not over clocking. You could have got an I7 4770 with that money there. Whats with all the fans??? It only puts out about 400 watts, also if it only puts out that much watts, why did u get that huge PSU...

colepepper submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

These are all valid points. I planned to overclock but the processor I got is not a good overclocker by any means so it will take a bit of fiddling to get anything out of it and I do not have the time right now. The fans were the basis of my entire color scheme so they were high on my wishlist (as much overkill as they are). In fact, a lot of the parts I bought were for asthetic purposes (like the motherboard for example). The 850W PSU is serious overkill because I had originally planned on SLI 780s but other priorities came up. If you look at the part list I included every part of the setup in there which drives up the end total. The majority of the extra cost is the monitors, headphones and keyboards (which are a hobby of mine and I collect them). If I were going for all out performance without aesthetics or luxuries I would have ended up with something that would demolish games but that I wouldn't be as proud of or enjoy to use as much as what you see here. Different stroke for different folks as they say...

BR4714 1 point 7 months ago

Noctuas are awesome fans to invest your money into. There is nothing wrong putting your money into something that is or will be a future investment for you (specially Haswell CPU was known for it's temperatures). Your 850W is not an overkill. An article from PC World stated "Most power supplies hit their peak efficiency levels with loads in the range of 40 to 80 percent. Building to about 50 to 60 percent of a PSU's capacity is advisable to achieve maximum efficiency and yet leave room for future expansion": http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025425/how-to-pick-the-best-pc-power-supply.html. Your system is unique from everyone else. It's an awesome rig in my humble opinion and you did an outstanding job putting it together! =)

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you for the kind words! I know that this my system isn't for everyone but it's not supposed to be! I'm very proud of it!

BR4714 1 point 7 months ago

I forgot to ask, where did you bought your sleeving from and how long are they... If you don't mind me asking. Thanks in advance =)

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I got all of my paracord off of ebay. I got 100ft of each color and that was more than enough. Check out reddit.com/r/pcsleeving for more tips and where to buy supplies!

JrdPlayer1 1 point 9 months ago

You should put a backplate on your gpu it makes it look even more awesome

paulo098765 1 point 9 months ago

hows the fio

colepepper submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

It's great! Drives the DT880s no problem.

paulo098765 1 point 8 months ago

Should I go the step up verison or ur fiio is good enough

Kurama_the_Crimson_Foix 1 point 8 months ago

so many useless annoying pictures, but nice build

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah I know. These pictures are complied from previous posts on other websites and used to have descriptions for each. When I put them on here they all got jumbled up and lost their cohesiveness.

DeltasEcho 1 point 8 months ago

Is that really a Model M that's tricked out

colepepper submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The Model M is all stock. I have a few other keyboards that are "tricked out".

MichaelTaylor23 1 point 4 months ago

OMG those fans why Noctua why They work so well all they had to be was have a black design

ADFX_Pixy 1 point 4 months ago

They do, it's the Industrial line.

ADFX_Pixy 1 point 4 months ago

Nice to know that you're using the RubberMade Hose Hook as your headphone stand. Looks great with those Beyer's

DirtyDann 1 point 3 months ago

Where is the headphone jack for your headphones? I could not find it in with the rest of the neatly organized wires.

colepepper submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

The headphones plug into my FiiO E10 which is an external DAC/Amp powered via USB. It's the little black box with the blue light.

DirtyDann 1 point 3 months ago

Ok thank you.

jumboworms 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

WOAH, Did you get that little turtle thing on a Vacation to Mexico?

plgdg 2 Builds 0 points 10 months ago

I'm plgdg, and I approve this build.

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colepepper submitter 1 Build 4 points 10 months ago

Why did I chose these colors? Noctua makes fantastic products and I happen to really like the way the fans look, unlike most people.

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miniclipgamer 2 Builds -1 points 10 months ago

Such hate.

Much disappoint.

Noctua: Such quality. Much airflow. Wow.