Description

This computer, in its many forms, was my first foray into building pc's. It's been a work in progress since 2011; almost all the parts have been swapped a couple of times or more (except the optical drive - which has been along for the ride from the beginning). I decided I wanted a more aesthetically pleasing and color coordinated build, so I purchased a Fractal Design R6 case with window and modded some parts.

This was my first experience painting PC parts. I removed the shroud on the GPU and painted it white (left the carbon trim alone), painted the optical drive black, and painted the side trim on the radiator white. It ended up being pretty easy, though removing the GPU shroud was a little more involved than I had expected - the fans are attached to the shroud vs the heatsink, and the "DUKE" LED needs to be unbolted with a mini-torx.

The Fractal R6 is great for my needs - provision for optical drive, places for cable management, nice build quality, space for 280mm radiator in the front, and ability to hold lots of fans, sound dampening, and simple clean look.

I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I'll probably leave it alone for a while - maybe remove the pump cover and paint it white/add a logo or add some Phanteks Halos to the fans. Currently working on getting the Corsair link software to work properly before I overclock the CPU.


Updates:

  1. Received the Phanteks Halos Lux and put them in. They're a nice product - I really like the look and feel of the anodized aluminum and they produce a nice glow on the white fans in my case while on. The cabling and adaptor for the RGB connector on the motherboard are a nice touch. Happy with it overall.

  2. After doing some research on google, I took the dive and modded the cover on my AIO pump. The cover pulled off easily enough. I then created my own logo, applied it to the cover via an adhesive label, cut it out, and then spray painted the cover. The results are ok - my xacto cutting skills were not the greatest. It looks good from afar, but far from good.

  3. I finally figured out how to turn off the lights on my motherboard when the pc shuts down - for the longest time, it would just cycle through a rainbow of colors when the computer was off.
    The usability of the software is not good. Tabs are pretty vague in their description, and buttons don't really seem to do what you want them to do. For example, the off/on slider in both tabs doesn't shut off the lighting for each function within the tab - it shuts off the lighting completely, irregardless of whichever tab you are currently in. To turn off the lighting when the computer is shut down, you have to go into the "Independent" tab (whatever that means), choose the "static" lighting setting and set the RGB color to black - what?! Just ridiculous.

Anyways, got the lights to turn off finally when the computer is shut down.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn its been a while since I've seen an optical drive. Love the white gpu!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I know - old school, but I have lots of discs from back in the day (sentimental kind of thing).

Thanks for the comments.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

nice white parts!

+1

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build! Those Phanteks Halos you were asking about earlier? You should definitely include it to your build! Those Halos will glow nicely with all those parts. Especially your custom GPU and cables. Nice work! Looking forward to seeing more pics of your build. Also, much love for that optical drive;) I too have a lot of CDs, DVDs, etc. which is why I made my HTPC.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate the feedback about the brightness of the Halos - I just ordered them. Looking forward to getting them and putting them in the case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Build looks great!

How are the temps on that gpu? I built a rig for my friend with the same duke 1080 and I can’t keep the gpu running cool no matter what I do. Under load it sits around 78-82c which I warmer than I’d expect from a card with a triple fan cooling solution. I’ve tried an aggressive fan profile, fresh thermal paste and extra case fans but nothing has really helped. I’m just curious to see if anyone else with this gpu is having the same issues. From what little I can find about it online, no one else seems to have any issues with it running hot

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

The temps I've seen are pretty good. I really only play Skyrim and Fallout 4 and only at the most a couple of hours in one sitting so it's not very demanding on the system, but they are both heavily modded with lots of texture/graphics mods. The GPU gets up to about 63C and stays there - this is with the standard fan profile, where the fan turns on between 55-60C.

I do have 4 intake fans (2 from radiator) and 3 exhaust fans for the case though.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I see you use the CM Vertical GPU bracket instead of the Fractal one. I guess it's because of better airflow that way.

What did you have to do to install the CM bracket? Does it go right in or do you have to remove part of the original holder?

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I did use the CM Vertical GPU bracket for the reason you mentioned - better airflow. Sites that tested GPU's in the factory position next to the window all seemed to record much higher GPU temps, while users using the CM bracket showed little difference.

The bracket goes right in, but I did have to cut off the PCI dividing bars on the case so the GPU video ports are accessible - pretty straightforward with a Dremel. Despite what I've read online, it doesn't effect any future use of the PCI slots - if you remove the GPU bracket, you can still use components in any slot position. The dividing bars do nothing except to fill the gap between the PCI covers on the case.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good! 3 exhaust fans and a push pull config on the cooler?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Actually, 3 exhaust fans, push/pull on the radiator acting as intake, and 2 more intake on the bottom of the case

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice! I’m gonna do a build in this case and was wondering what fan configuration to go with, I was thinking something similar to this but with 1 fan as intake on the bottom. I didn’t know you could fit 2 on the bottom so I might do this exact setup! Thanks again and congrats on your build. :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Just an FYI - if you have a long PSU, you might cover up the mounting holes for the 2nd fan on the bottom, so you may want to check that - my PSU is 6.3" long, according to Newegg.

I'll try to take pics of the bottom position and post them. I'm using 140mm fans for all positions, and the fan closest to the PSU is very slight obscured by the cables coming off the PSU - probably helps that my cables are individually sleeved so that they bend out of the way more easily.

Good luck with the build! Interested in seeing it complete.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that! I have a supernova 850 g3, the specs on Newegg say 5.91 so I think I should be good. I got a 20% off coupon to cablemod from my Asus MB so I will probably grab some cables from them and I assume they should bend pretty easily. Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, can you provide a link or the correct part number to the vertical mount GPU kit you used?

I just built the same case over the weekend and like the setup you have keeping it further from the glass.

Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I don’t have the link currently, but it’s the Cooler Master vertical gpu mount (if you google it). You’ll have to modify the case, but it’s simply cutting the pci bars bars on the back of the case; they’re not essential to function, just visually filling in spaces between the bars.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about painting this in the build I am doing but in red. I think with the carbon fiber design it looks dope.