Description

I started this build debating between black and blue and black and white. Krait was my first thought, but a few months ago, every other build here was Krait and I started to back away from the idea. After hashing it out with a friend, I knew what motherboard would best suit me and my ideas. I saw a case I liked and part of it reminded me of Star Wars, so I could make this work. I looked over a few more parts to help solidify my idea and after a little, I knew what I had to do... bring Rex to life.

I had the build up and running on 5/24/15, but it wasn't until 7/27/15 that I got my cables and extra fans in. ~Looks like the pictures didn't post as well as they look on my end, sorry~

USE- I enjoy gaming, from WoW to Battlefield4... it's a great way to relax after work and something to do while the game is on (go sports ball team!). Before my current IT job, I used to do graphic design work. I imagine I'll continue to do small projects for friends and family like flyers, funny pictures and school posters. Video editing isn't really my thing , but I do love slapping together a few clips of slamming a UCAV into 8 guys and blowing them up in BF4. I'm still taking classes and have many certificates left to pursue, so I'll be playing with virtual machines, scripts and light coding as well.

The Build

CPU- The price was right as it was only a few dollars more than the i5 at Microcenter and gaming clan recommended it. Great base speed and able to keep up with me. An average gaming session may consist of skype, teamspeak, battlefield4, chrome (6+ tabs including youtube and mightytext), shadowplay, and or photoshop open. Whats the point of having multiple monitors if I can't have 3+ windows open on at least one?

COOLER- I plan to overclock after I get more time to sit down and play with things, but at the moment I haven't gotten that far. Biggest perks of this cooler: how quiet it is, CAM software (temps and controls), and adjustable LED. It's from NZXT so I knew it would fit the case I wanted. The stock fans are great so I haven't felt the need to replace them with anything. All in all, really happy with this cooler.

MOBO- This wasn't an easy decision, and for the price, I could have easily picked a lesser board and saved a lot of money. I hashed out the features with a friend and compared it to a Krait. A few hours later I threw the board in my cart and that was that. The ASUS thermal armor is neat, but the design of this one blew me away. Looks right at home in my case.

RAM- 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory... it's fast even at a CAS 10. Sure there is better, but with great reviews and the colors fitting my theme, I have no regrets!

STORAGE- I had my first Samsung SSD a few years ago as a 150GB drive for the OS. I loved it, but it bit the dust after about 2 years. All things considered, I'm not sure why I decided to stick with Samsung, but I did. I picked up a 250GB drive about a year ago now for my old build, and decided to throw it in with this one. The 500GB was also picked up on sale months ago for this build and so far, I have no complaints. I'll be pulling an old 2TB HDD from the old build to add for storage of school projects and the like. I have a lot of old HTML, C++ and Java assignments I don't want to lose. The External HDD was a Christmas gift from 6 years ago but works for backing up old pictures from trips.

GPU- I didn't want to spend the money on a 980 (This was pre 200$ microcenter sale) and I didn't really care to play with overclocking it. Amazon had an openbox deal with a FTW edition, and sitting about 300$, it was the same as a basic 970 so I was sold. This card makes no noise (at least nothing that I can tell) and that's a HUGE change from the old Radeon HD 6950 I had. The card stays cool and has only peaked at 71* a few times under game conditions (as described above).

CASE- I thought this case was beautiful. It's simple yet clean, no flashy lights or gaudy curves to make it look like Warcraft shoulder armor. The sound dampening material must work because I can't even hear it running next to me! Everything fits and the case is solid. My only complaint is that I would like another quarter inch of space in the back for the cables.

PSU- I'll admit EVGA G2 was recommended to me, so I grabbed a 750. There were a lot of great reviews for EVGA and since I had grabbed a GPU from them, I figured why not. It's modular so I was able to use the cables I needed and leave the ones I didn't out. No complaints about the lengths, and in all black, I considered not getting "pretty" ones.

FANS- I saw these DeadSilent fans in a build back in February and thought, wow, those look awesome. After doing some research I determined they were pretty on par with most other options out there. The two tone colors were great and the LEDs added a little something without being overpowered. I started with the 140mm in the back, and I couldn't really hear it was running unless my ear with right next to the fan. I decided to go ahead and grab 3 120s for the front.

EXTRAS- My little brother gave me the USB 3.1 card for my birthday earlier this month, and a USB drive to go with it. 10GB per second... sure why not!

After talking things over with a few people I decided to get some custom extensions from IceModz (thanks for the push jipster). I gave it a go trying to sleeve my own cables, and while my practice cables turned out well, the EVGA cables would not play nice and pop out for me. They look amazing! Not only that, but they were shipped within 2 days of my order. I talked with them a few times about materials and the design I wanted. INCREDIBLY helpful and I had my cables within about 10 days.

Clone Trooper Vinyl POP! was a goofy thought I had... but hear me out! One of the most common things you notice with a PC after some time is how the GPU starts to sag, some worse than others. I wanted some custom "stand" to help support the card. I couldn't really think of something I liked until I looked over at one of the POP! figured I had. Hey, it was a crazy thought, but size wise, it worked! He fits well, and after some more research and study, he may end up staying there. With luck, I'll find some paint so I can make him look a little more like Captain Rex (Clone Wars).

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, really nice setup man! That mobo looks great and I like the "icy" theme a lot. Nice touch alternating the fans btw.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build, I like the colour scheme.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice stormtrooper, i had the exact same idea :P

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I emailed POP! to ask them about sizes and if they knew about heat limits or anything like would it start to lose shape if left on the dash of my car in 100*F heat. Sadly I've never heard back from them and it's been about a month now, so I guess they won't be much help. This one was a bobble head and with his head compressed to his shoulders, he fits perfectly under there, supporting the card without having to lift it up to fit him under there.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

The blue accenting is really nice better than an all white build imo

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha love the GPU kick stand! Brilliant!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

No way that storm trooper stays. No way.

Such a godly build, GIFF ME UR ASTHETICS PLEASARINO

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I want to hit the up vote button again only because of the storm trooper.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, get a friend to throw an upvote in then ;-)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

You should get a backplate for that 970!! It will really bring the build together by hiding even more components. Regardless, nice themed build. +1

http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-BP-0972-B9

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the backplate here, but when I had my case open a few days ago, I didn't want to take the extra time to pull the card out and work on it, seems like it's an annoying way to spend 40 minutes fighting with small nuts and screws, and I just wasn't feeling it the other day. I was, however, debating if I wanted to keep the card black, or paint it... and if I paint it, solid white or somehow keep with the theme and add some blue in there as well.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe do a design using blue and white plastidip?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I've thought about that, but the hard part would be coming up with a design I really liked. I've thought about trying to add some 3d something to the outside of the case, but I like the clean look of the flat surface too much. That said, I may still try to pain it in time to give it a slightly worn out look, like armor that's seen a few battles. But I don't think that's a project for this year =p

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I noticed that you did not include the pricing for your custom cables. Would you be willing to tell me how much they cost?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking right off the site (I'm at work and don't have the receipt in front of me) the 24 pin was about $29usd and the two 6+2 were $15 each.

Compared to wanting to do them on my own: Cables- Assume you already have prebuilt cables... Paracord- $6-$10 depending on color and length Extractors- $20-$30 depending on where you get your tools (as long as you get the right ones) Heatshrink- $15-$30 (and assuming you use a lighter or have a heat gun already)

Already the materials I need to buy is more than the custom cables, but the kicker is the time needed. It would take me hours to make them myself, but I was okay waiting for them to be shipped to me rather than spend my nights after work slowly trying to extract the wires and run paracord over the jagged ends.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the info, and thats actually very well priced.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't be happier, and a few other places I looked for custom cables had a month wait or longer. Again, I received noticed about 2 days after my order was placed that the cables were being shipped.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sexy motherboard, maybe black RAM instead but good part choice though you could have gone i5 + 980

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

If you payed attention... he said the i7 was only a couple bucks more. I don't think that would be enough to upgrade to a 980

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the i7 was I think $20 more at the time and the 980 would have been another $200.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I had thought about the black RAM as well but thought that it would be too much black on the board and pull away from everything else.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive use of the funko pop. I'd have done the same if I had more space to fit in between my card and case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a crazy idea but his bobble head pushed down to his shoulders and ta-da, he fit! I'm glad his helmet is fairly flat as well so it works even better.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine was going to be commander shepherd from mass effect.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds awesome!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

My question is why get such an expensive CPU cooler and Mobo

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The cooler I knew 100% would fit in the case as the case and cooler are made to go together. On top of that, I liked the programmable LEDs in it. I can choose the color, set it to display certain colors at certain temps, and even have it pulse/change color every few seconds. That's cosmetic, but really it's the only one I'm aware of that does it.

That said, I was also interested in possibly modifying the pump. It IS possible to remove the top of the housing on the cooler, though I haven't done this myself. My thought was to somehow replace the NZXT logo with a custom design that would fit the Star Wars theme. It would take a lot of time for me to do something like that and while it sounds awesome, it's not something I have the time to do myself right now. I may revisit the idea down the road, or with another build, but it was an idea in my head when I was looking at coolers.

The mobo was a splurge for similar reasons. I enjoyed the look of the board and I was confident in the features that came with it. I talked about it with a number of friends, most of them thought that I should go with a cheaper board. Normally that would have been fine but I really did want there to be a theme to this build and the Krait was a tad over done. The Sabertooth boards are pretty nice, and the other few friends spoke highly of it (especially compared to the Krait) so I decided to go for it.

I didn't have to splurge in order to have a working and functional machine, but because I did want it to have a certain look and still function well, I picked them.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build buddy! But a 240-280mm AIO cooler and the H440 is not a good combo. Because of that top panel, the CPU will gain like 10 Celsius. Speaking from experience (Corsair H105 and H440)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been checking on my temps every few days and they are still within the posted ranges that I was getting when I first started recording. Something I'll keep in mind for sure, but as of you my temps are still great and without issue. With winter and cooler temps around the corner, I don't expect anything to get worse. (did pretty well this summer as well!)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

There are plenty of tools and guides for sleeving your own cables, but it really is a LOT of time, effort and money. In the end I gave up for this built and ordered some custom cables from IceModz.eu. Free worldwide shipping and from the date that I put my order in, I had them within two weeks (made and shipped in that time is amazing!). There are prices posted on the site and there are some prebuilt cables as well as you can personalize your own request. They are INCREDIBLY well made, and honestly better than I would have done. I wanted the thrill of doing it myself, but this was best in the end.

The USB 3.1 is more of a frill. You would have to have a device that is 3.1 to get those sort of speeds otherwise it'll go as fast as the slowest part ie. a 2.0 stick will only read/write at that speed even if it's in a 3.1 slot, and a 3.1 stick will only read/write at the speed of a 2.0 that it's plugged in to. I can't say there is a huge demand for something like this, but it was a gift so I wasn't about to turn it down, or leave it out!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

For my build, I used cable extensions. Same concept as an extension cord, you plug one end in with the end of your power cable, and the other to part. The PSU that I have is modular, so I could use a replacement full size cable that was redone, it would have just cost me more than I really needed to spend. That make sense? More than happy to help when I can =)

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes me want to brush my teeth. Haha

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I kind of wished the fan LEDs provided a little more light... but at the same time I'm glad the blue ones aren't super overpowering.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I was happy with it when I first had it running, but the cables really just made it. I honestly couldn't be happier. I thought about full cables but the price difference between the extensions and full length would have been about 50$ I think, or more. The money saved will go towards some much needed pizza, I can guarantee you that!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I did a 24pin and then the two 6+2 for the GPU. Check out the shop for pricing yourself, but they are great quality and would be awesome with any build. The link is for their custom made page, but they also have premade cables to fit build themes too. Icemodz Customized Store Page