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I do a lot of Photoshop photo editing, some Premiere work, some gaming. I haven't built a PC in 8+ years (old one is still running fine, but a little slow). I was pleased with how this build turned out. I wanted something that didn't look like an 18 year-old was using it for WoW; I liked the clean lines of the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe case.

I purchased some BitFenix white sleeved cabling and laced the cables for a tidier look. (If you are interested in Cable Lacing, this was the easiest method I found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIr9u-sr99g Thanks to Alpen Wasser for the tutorial. I ended up using white waxed beading thread as it was strong, easy to use and hard to spot.)

I went overboard on storage as I had gotten a couple of 2 Terabyte Samsung SSD's several months ago on super sale, hoping to RAID 1 (mirror) them as the primary drive. (I don't have a lot of experience with SSD's and was worried about the longevity. I tend to RAID my HDDs anyway, for safety.) When I discovered that the chosen motherboard could accommodate a M.2 drive, I just had to do that. (The M.2 drive is the size of a stick of gum and can't even be seen under my video card, how cool is that?) I had already gotten a couple of other SSDs for Photoshop and Photoshop scratch disk use. I used a Blu-ray burner, a couple of HDDs for photo storage and a video card that I already had on hand. I bought the Phanteks extra LED string. I am not sure I need this or the LED fans. The case throws a lot of light already, it comes with a built-in string around the outside edge. You can control both strings from the front panel, switching through a number of color options. I had to fire it up before I installed it, just to see, and the heat (concentrated, since string comes rolled up) probably cooked the sticky strip as the sticky strip simply didn't work. I see a lot of complaints online. One guy drilled his case multiple times and used white zip ties to secure the lights. I ended up using white duct tape in between the LEDs. Seems to be holding. I ended up with a pair of 140mm fans on the front of the case blowing in, a 140 underneath blowing in, then a rear 140 high in the back blowing out and the 200 on top, above the CPU, blowing out. I am not overclocking, system is cool.

Last photo is a phone camera close-up of the clearance between the Mushkin RAM sticks and the fans on the Phanteks cooler. The fans can slide up or down to some extent when installed. Sliding them up too far can effect clearance in a smaller case and the fans end up blowing some of their cool air over the top of the radiator rather than through the leaves. I left a smidgen of air space between the RAM and the fan. I chose that Mushkin because it seemed lower profile than the other DDR4 Mushkin I considered. Mushkin has a great rep and honestly, I was trying to keep the build white, or black if I couldn't find white. The LEDs on the case can be cycled through a number of colors and the white components pick up the LED color like a chameleon.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 5 points

WOW! Cleaner than Lindsey Lohan right out of rehab! looks amazing.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

great build +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

for the white blue-ray player you could spray paint it white

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm. I would worry about gumming up the opening action of the door, but I suppose a light coat, properly masked would work . . . think I will leave it as the build and case do have other black accents! Manufacturers should provide options on components.

  • 49 months ago
  • 5 points

Don't be afraid to paint the Blu-ray. it's easy to do as the fronts usually have tabs and clips to take the front off. the front piece on the tray generally has a slide or tab so you can pop it off to paint. Once you do it this way the front bezel and tray front are white (all the pieces you see). the tray itself will be black but only seen when you open the drive. I used to do this mod a lot on drives and even took them and painted the buttons as well and sometimes changed the LED colors. In short pop off the fronts (Carefully) and paint it as it won't hurt it. My only advice is use a good paint/enamel and primer. I have a shop that will custom mix spray cans for me in almost any color and I use automotive paints. Paint and enjoy that beautiful machine that is sooo clean and pretty.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Plasti dip would be a good choice for that! Non-conductive and doesn't tend to flake after dried up.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I am inspired! Thanks.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Heeeeey...I'm 18 and I use my computer for WoW and it doesn't bad at all :P, on that note, the color scheme is awesome and I love the case choice! +1!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing against WoW aficionados: I narrowed down my case choice to three since I had a lot of hard drives and the blu-ray burner was absolutely necessary. The other two were great cases, but very 'Hey! Look at me!!' in color scheme/design. I loved the white aesthetic of the Enthoo Luxe. Aside from the need to drill the two holes for the fan underneath, the case was a dream to use.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

My eyes burnt! so white.

No seriously lovely build, looks stunning in white. +1

I saw your comment about PCI-E lane disabling with the NVME drive. Its PCI 16_ 4 (the last slot at the bottom) which gets disabled with the NVME drive. The Top slot will be perfectly fine.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Extremely confusing in the manual.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice looking build. Mostly white with black looks great. Nice parts too.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the white its like a ghost

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

nice, another great Luxe build. oh, and this one went for the optimal intake/exhaust setup right off the bat. perfect.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build man! Only thing I can think of is that wire going to the optic drive triggers me, maybe route it through the back in the future? Love it, +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

That's all I can see now! The cable I have won't reach to loop it behind and come back, but I see that it could be neatly done. Thanks for the idea.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Anything to help

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. Maybe you should build people computers, kinda like ORIGIN PC's doing.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

if i were you i would slap some fan filters, especially on the ones at the bottom. You can use pantyhouse as a replacable one, but if you don't have problem to spend some cash for less labour and better looks, there are some good ones from silverstone.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The Enthoo Luxe has some nice installed filters. On the bottom there are two slide-out filters, one from rear protecting the PSU fan, one covers the front underside where I have a 140 mm fan blowing in. On the front there is a large removeable filter, though the front panel has to be snapped off to get at it for maintenance. It protects the two 140mm fans I have blowing in. I hoped to create positive air pressure, with more air being blown in than out, forcing excess air out. This reduces the dust intake. (In a negative pressure case, a slight vacuum can be created by the larger force of outgoing air, causing dust to be vacuumed into the case.) I have a 140mm and a 200mm fan blowing out. Neither outgoing fan has a filter as it is not really needed. (There is a screen, but of a larger gauge.) Pantyhose would be of a finer gauge than the supplied filters! The Luxe sits up a nice distance off the floor to cut down on dust and improve airflow.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah i didn't see the filters so i thought they didn't exist... Of course you would be removing them to show drilled places :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Those cables are sexy as fu- Gerard Way

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's beautiful! I want to do a similar look, but in my Enthoo Pro. If you try painting the Bluray, let me know how that works. Also, you have to take the CPU cooler off to change your RAM?

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Card position was determined by the presence of the M.2 drive. The motherboard disables pci-e slots when it detects the installed M.2 drive. I can get out the motherboard documentation again and read through this, but I think I am stuck. Did not realize this until the M.2 was installed and I was reading the manual's minutiae.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Only the PCIe slot no 4 shares the connection with the M.2...there'll be no performance penalty using PCIe slot No.1 for your GPU... That said, for a 40-lane CPU like yours, PCIe slot 2 also performs at x16 so there'll be no need moving it.... Nice build. still my fav liq.cooling case... awesome Luxe +1.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I vaguely recall figuring this out when I built it and didn't want the card smack on top of the CPU/cooler. Thanks for confirming!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you happen to know which pci-e slots are disabled by the motherboard when the M.2 drive is installed?

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are going to buy an M.2 capable motherboard (this motherboard will take two, with the second needing to be installed on an included add-on card) read the manufacturer's online manual first. I found the included print manual to be not as thorough as I would have liked.