Oh man, this was fun to build. I read a great story on Reddit about the backlash from a comment made by EA CFO Brent about Star Wars Battlefront 2.
"Darth Vader in white probably doesn't make sense, versus in black. Not to mention you probably don't want Darth Vader in pink. No offense to pink, but I don't think that's right in the canon."
Well, the modding community decided that they DID want a pink Darth Vader and so gave PC users the option to do so. This story is what gave me the idea for "Pink Vader"
With the release of the new Ryzen chips I was a little swayed away from Intel. However, I stuck with the Intel Core i5-8600k and I'm glad I did. It's overclocked at 4.8GHz @1.28V with temps during stress testing under 78 degrees.
NZXT Kraken X42 Ver 2. Now PCPartpicker states an incompatabilty but trust me, it fits just fine. Even with the huge Strix GTX 1080 fitted. Cools the overclocked 8600k without much increase in RPM and DB.
The Z370-i Strix seemed the perfect complement for the Coffee Lake processor. It delivered the same sort of benchmark results that I’d expect from an ATX board with a Coffee Lake Core i7 chip, and the new CPU architecture could be seen working well in CPU-intensive games tests. It also looks great and, with the metal heatsinks, fitted in well with the overall look of the build.
Two sticks of Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4-3000MHz from Corsair is all I needed. They're white too so add to the overall look I was going for.
Comes in the form of Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD, sprayed a beautiful Berry Pink for the OS. And a 7200RPM WD Cavier Blue 1TB HDD for the rest.
I initially bought the Asus GTX 1080 Turbo but I could not see it fitting in with the build. This was just personal preference as I wanted something a little more imposing and "sexy". I ended up with the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1080. Overclocked GPU and Memory clock to 2050MHz and 11000MHZ.
Custom job on the paint and some replaced vinyl decals stand this apart from any others I've seen. The 3 fans on this card make a huge difference when running games and I lucked in getting this on offer from Aria PC. More than happy.
As with "The Fame Monster" build that Mekberg did recently, I love the basic look of the H200i. It is a corker of a case and is a solid build. As with Mekberg the Smart Device on the NZXT case didn't matter to me either. I didn't even bother with the SMART device and completed the fan curves myself like I do on all my builds. As he said, do yourself a favor and bypass that feature.
The ATX, fully modular EVGA Supernova 550W powers this little pocket rocket and it does it with ease. Does exactly what its supposed to do...POWER.
I custom sleeved all the cables, supplied by Mainframe Customs and re-sprayed various parts of the case to match my "Vision" >D. NZXT AER RGB fans were added and initially an NZXT internal 2.0 USB hub was added to run the Kraken X42 AND the Smart device but later removed. Another 120 fan is mounted below the NZXT rad at the front of the case to pull more air into the case.
Great build, didn't take that long, very pleased with the outcome.