Description

Hello everybody! Welcome to my build, Fluorescent Adolescent :)

Introduction


Before I begin explaining everything, I want to just thank everyone who uses, comments, and posts their builds on this site and similar ones like the Linus Tech Tips forums. This is my first PC build, and I learned so much from looking at similar builds on here (special thanks to @Soulprovider for Morningrise, @ahkenatan for his B&W 4k Gaming build, @1Scotty1 on LTT for his Project Yin-Yang, @PureFetus for DIVISARE)! I hope to make this guide as helpful for others as past guides have been for me. Please feel free to comment and ask any questions, I'll answer as I am able! Also, sorry about the poor quality photos... I only have an iPhone camera :/

  • Note: Photo's #1 and #22 are actually illuminated by a white LED. In person it looks very clean, but over photograph they appear to be somewhat blue. I'll see if I can get a more accurate shot once I have access to a better camera.

About Me


I'm a college student, and I've always wanted to build a computer because I've been gaming on a laptop since middle school. However, it just didn't seem realistic until recently. My trusty HP laptop's about to break down, I've gotten more into streaming, and I found myself with a little extra time and money while interning, so I went for it. I couldn't be happier.

  • I mostly play and stream GW2, but now that I have this, I'll certainly be getting into other games. Follow me :D

Part Selection


Intel i7-4790K: I literally knew nothing about building a PC when I went into this project. So I hopped over to Tom's Hardware's introductory guide for building one, and I looked at the CPU recommendations. At first I thought I wasn't going to need anything more than like a i5-4590, but then I saw everyone's builds with a i5-4690k and did a bit more researching and thought I'd like to get more power by overclocking. The 4690k was on sale at Microcenter for $200, and just seemed like the better buy. But then I saw Linus's video titled "CPU Cores for Gaming, Streaming, & Rendering Simultaneously - Is More Actually Better?" and decided that since I want to stream, game, and render at the same time, the i7-4790k would be a better fit for me. It was only $80 more, and I saved so much more money elsewhere in the build that I felt the expense was justified. I'm in the early stages of overclocking, but I've got MSI's OC Genie setting it at 4.4GHz right now. I plan to go higher later.

NZXT Kraken x61: A lot of the selection of this part just came down to aesthetics. I could probably have gotten similar cooling performance from an air cooler, but I think they look ugly as hell. This not only cools my cpu exceptionally well, but it does so while looking incredibly sexy. A bit more expensive than the Corsair alternative, but I figured since I was using the h440 it'd match nicely. I got it on sale from Amazon with a gift card I got from another sale on r/buildapcsales.

MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition: This mobo is great, and perfectly met my performance, aesthetic, and financial needs. It's also got room for me to upgrade in the future, in the event I want to SLI or throw on another 16gb of ram. I got this as part of a microcenter deal with the CPU for only $99.99. The BIOS and available MSI software are, for the most part, easy to navigate and rather useful.

Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB: When I saw these modules in @Soulprovider's Morningrise build I was like, damn... I've gotta get em. Sure I could've gone with Kingston HyperX Fury White's for like $45 cheaper, but I really wanted white LED's in this build to pop out. I planned to use an RGB led light kit on the inside, so I wanted everything white to pick up the color of the RGB light, while the LEDs of the internal parts to be white so that they stand out regardless of the other color. I'll be keeping this computer for a while, so I went with 2x8 instead of 4s so that when I want to upgrade in the future, I can just plop two more sticks in there to be at the max my mobo supports. I bought them from Corsair's site because they came with the free LED upgrade kit.

Samsung 850 EVO - 500GB: This may be the most highly-recommended PC component I've encountered in my search, second maybe to like a GTX970, but I chose it for four reasons. First, it performs incredibly well and I can get from off to desktop in like 5 seconds. What an enormous upgrade for me from the laptops. Second, I stream all my movies and music, so I don't have a need for much more storage than 500gb. When I do have that need, the prices of these will have come down and I can just buy another for cheaper. Third, it was on sale for $150 w/ free shipping. Fourth, it matches really well!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4gb - Reference: Okay so GPU selection really sent my build in an entirely different direction.

  1. I originally wanted a 970 because of the awesome price per performance reviews.
  2. Then I realized I'd just be playing at 1080p/60hz, so I didn't need more power than a 960.
  3. Then, I fell in love with the reference model NVIDIA GPUs with the LED modded white, so I thought the solution would be a 770; same vram, slightly better performance, significantly cheaper, and better looks.
  4. But then, Microcenter had that crazy pricing error and I got two GTX 980's for $500!!!

I immediately thought about buying a 4k monitor and how great it would be to SLI them both. Then I read a bit more about VRAM concerns at 4k, and read some more reviews about less-than-stellar gaming at 4k on smaller monitors, so I figured 1440p would be the sweet spot for me. I ended up only using one of these cards, took the other one back to the store to return it and rebuy it so I could get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, then sold it for $450. In the end, I got like $650 worth of stuff for free (Edit: I just did the math and I actually made $10).

NZXT H440 (White/Black): Once I saw the case and read the review, I was hooked. It looks SO good, is quiet, at a good price point, and had everything I needed. I could've gone with an s340, but I compared the sizes and this one wasn't all that much bigger, and I liked it a little more, so I paid the extra money. Super easy for a first time builder, and cable management was a breeze. One thing I don't like is the side window gets dirty quickly, but maybe that's just me being dirty. Thankfully you can't really tell in the pictures.

EVGA 750W G2: This is a T1 PSU that I got at a fantastic price thanks to a sale+coupon+MIR that was listed on r/buildapcsales. Currently, I think it's a little overkill, but it has plenty of room for an SLI and overclocking setup in the future, and it's a high quality product that won't fry everything else in my build, so I was happy to pay a bit more.

H440 Case Fans: Good enough, match my build. I don't really have temp problems so I will probably upgrade them later rather than sooner.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit): Got the student version on sale for $70. It came with a free upgrade to Windows 10. Currently still using 8.1 though, I am fine waiting until some of the bugs get fixed.

Acer G257HU smidpx 25.0: Lovely monitor. I wanted to game at 1440p so I could make use of the power of the GTX 980. Fast response time, little input lag, nice size screen, easy to control, and it looks alright. It's overclockable from the standard 60Hz (it's actually 59Hz), but I haven't tried doing that just yet. Also, it's got built in speakers for the rare occasions in which I don't have my headset on. Only downside is cheap stand and I don't think it's VESA compatible but that's a non-issue for me.

  • Update (08/13/15): Today I'm going to overclock the monitor to 85Hz, so I'll be able to display 41.66% more frames! I've read reviews that overclocking this monitor looks great, and other reviews that say that it actually looks worse... I'll let you guys know for myself later tonight. As Linus says, "the difference between 100Hz and 144Hz is possible, but difficult to perceive. By contrast... the difference between 60Hz and 75Hz is night and freaking day." So, my jump from 59Hz to 85Hz should be totally ******* awesome if he is still the review god I envision him to be.

  • So, the monitor only comes with DVI-D Dual Link and HDMI cables. I couldn't overclock at all on HDMI without skipping frames. On the DVI, I was only stable at like 65Hz, so not a big improvement. Time to get a Display Port :D

Corsair K70 RGB w/ Cherry MX Reds: Looks, sounds, and performs very well. Virtually endless LED possibilities. I got it on sale refurbished from Corsair's site, and it's indistinguishable from new. Great product.

Logitech G700s Wireless Laser Mouse: I was debating between this and the G502, but it all came down to buttons. I play MMOs and the extra buttons and their placement are really great for me. I use shift as a modifier for the four buttons on the side, so for me it's got like 20 different programmed commands on it, without looking/feeling like a Naga. It was also on sale really cheap at Best Buy when I needed it.

Logitech G430 Headest: This is one part that I really liked when I got it, but I'm now kind of sick of. Sound quality isn't exceptional, but it's great for the price. I should've upgraded and gotten a wireless one though, so I'll probably sell it and do that later down the road.

Satechi® Computer RGB LED Light Strip with Remote Control: Stupid easy to install, and looks really, really good. I just wish that I could customize which colors it flashes through in the strobe mode. Otherwise, it's easy to control and I love it. Maybe I should revisit the instruction manual because I'm really surprised I can't select what colors it strobes through...

Logitech C310 Webcam - Black: Cheap, perfect for my streaming needs, easy to install, includes a microphone, works fine. Not much else to say here.

Silverstone Sleeved Extension Cables: Purely for aesthetics. I thought these looked really nice at a good price, the only downside is that they're pretty rigid and hard to shape so they don't look slanted.


Modifications


So my idea for this build was to have something both powerful and aesthetically pleasing, at a good price point. The total hardware came down to $1200, but since I made some profit off of selling the spare GPU it was pretty much around $1000 flat. With peripherals, OS, fees, shipping costs, and all the other random crap I needed, my total cost hovered somewhere around $1800. Once I purchased everything, I was happy with the price point, so my next goal was to mod some parts to make it really fit together well. I used Linus's "How To Paint Your PC Parts - Linus Plasti Dip Method" and Techsource's "How To Custom Paint Your Graphics Card (4K)" videos as guides for the following modifications:

  • GPU LED Sanding: Like I mentioned earlier, I really love how the reference cards look with a white LED instead of the green one. I dismantled the shroud of the GPU and removed the LED, and sanded it down with a medium-grit sanding block. I read on Reddit and Linus Tech Tips that the newer model GTX reference cards use rubber instead of plastic, and that the rubber version of the LED cannot be modded white - this is NOT TRUE! Although I did indeed have a new card with rubber LEDs instead of green paint over white plastic, it just took more sanding to get the green rubber off. Although it doesn't look as good when the PC is turned off because of the black edges, it still looks amazing and bright/white when the PC is on, which is all I really care about.

  • GPU Painting: With the GPU shroud dismantled and the LED sanded, I then went on to plastidip the shroud white. I took it outside, put it on some cardboard, and evenly put 4 coats of white plastidip. Although it didn't come out perfectly in some areas, it was good enough for me and I think it looks great in the build regardless because you can barely barely see the errors. I can repaint it if I feel so inclined, but I really just wanted to put the PC together ASAP xD. If I do repaint it, i'd like to also paint the backplate because I forgot to do that the first time around. I am not entirely sure whether making the backplate white would look really good, or whether it'd be too much... thoughts?

  • White Dominator Platinums: With the rest of the plastidip I had leftover from the GPU, I used it on the LED-fitted platinum tops to make them white instead of steel. Since i've got the Satechi RGB LEDs in my case, I wanted everything white to absorb the background color, while the white inside LEDs shined through. I ghetto rigged a pizza box as my spray painting base (see pic #7), and went to town. I think they came out great, and they look nicer than the regular silver alternative.


Conclusion


For a first time builder, I think I did alright with this project. I've never had anything perform as well as this computer. I named it Fluorescent Adolescent because it's got sexy fluorescent LED goodness, I've wanted it since I was a teenager, and that's one of my favorite songs :D This whole process has been such an incredible and fun learning experience, and I hope to continue this hobby in the future and someday teach my kids how to build their first personal computers. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I look forward to hearing your feedback, and happy building!


Updates!


7/15/2015 - Part Selection Started

08/05/2015 - All Parts Purchased

08/08/2015 - Mods + Build Complete

08/13/2015 - Added links in description. Monitor could not achieve a stable overclock at all on HDMI, and was only stable at 65Hz on DVI-D DL. Time to buy a Display Port cable.

07/23/2016 - Ended up losing the Acer monitor during moving to my new job, and just purchased an X-STAR DP2710 LED 2560x1440 Samsung PLS 27" Monitor for $189 on ebay. The extra inches make for a very nice size difference, and the monitor was incredibly easy to overclock. Right now I'm sailing along at 90Hz, but I bet I could go higher since I've read about people getting up to 120. However, because I'm playing at higher resolutions I am never pushing more than 90fps in the games I play, so I currently don't have a need to overclock further.

Eventually - Overclock higher, paint the GTX980 backplate white, add another 16gb of ram, add another SSD to fill that sad, empty spot, and maybe SLI and upgrade to 4k if they someday make games that take advantage of DX12's stacking vram (although I may just want to buy a new card by then).

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I usually don't read word for word on write ups, but yours kept me interested.

Well thought out, great system, nice touch with your color changing.

Overall, you did a great job and I know you are very proud of your accomplishment.

  • 54 months ago
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Yes! The hour I just spent writing all of this wasn't wasted!

Thanks for the read and the kind words man. I am very happy with the result!

  • 54 months ago
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Good looking build :)

  • 54 months ago
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Thank you! :D

  • 54 months ago
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great build, be careful with the case feet (don't slide the case around on the desk). I've had a few pop off (different units) because the sheetmetal where the screw holds the foot is thin.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a ton for the advice. I didn't anticipate that being a problem, but now that I know, I'll be sure to keep that in mind.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, that looks awesome! You should totally get it. Now I want one lol.

  • 54 months ago
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They're really easy to install, just can't justify the cost on a now almost 2 year old pc... and i have about 5 more to finish by next weekend.

  • 54 months ago
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Mhm that makes sense. Well, maybe I'll get one when I upgrade this for 4k :D good luck with your current projects!

  • 54 months ago
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holy **** im jealous

  • 54 months ago
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Haha thanks man, glad you like it.

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  • 54 months ago
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sexy! +1

  • 54 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 54 months ago
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I didn't quite got the 980's thing but damn you're lucky, clean build.... Gotta love those reference cards... They look so.... Sexy

  • 54 months ago
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Yeah, incredibly lucky. I know, right?! The first time I saw them I was like "I've gotta have that".

  • 54 months ago
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I'd be perfectly fine without the RBG lighting on this case as well. +1

  • 54 months ago
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Thanks for the +1! I use the white LEDs most of the time. The reason I wanted a white and black build was so that it'd have a sophisticated/simple look.

However sometimes I get bored and like to mix it up too, and this build gives me the option to do that :D I think it's also good to take full advantage of the cool lighting abilities of the keyboard!

  • 54 months ago
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No complaints here. Even the simplistic white from the gpu, cooler, ram and case look fantastic. But having the option to showcase more of the inside works well. Good job.

  • 54 months ago
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Awesome description and awesome build! I am actually a first time pc builder to (selecting parts at the moment) and could totally relate. Hours spent everyday on forums and informational YouTube videos lol. Love the clean white and black look, going for a similar design!

  • 54 months ago
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I'm glad you enjoyed, thanks! Good luck selecting your parts. This site is an incredibly valuable resource to you. I'd also recommend Linus Tech Tips forums, you'll get a lot of help there as well. I think r/buildapc is over-rated, and I didn't find the insights there too helpful, personally.

Have fun with your project though, and I'll be looking out for your build post in a few weeks!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic! Just wow. I wish I had done some more things like you when I built my new rig a few months back. You can see her (just a couple below below or above yours on the list, named "Scarlett") if you want. Id love to know what ya think. I really with I had have maybe put more into the case, that white lit LED pic is sexually attractive..

  • 54 months ago
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Thank you so much! I looked at sooo many videos and other builds, so while it looks like I put a lot of thought into it, it was mostly inspired by other people's builds just with my own personal preferences. I checked out your build and commented a few of my questions. Nice work :D

  • 54 months ago
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Thanks!!! Same to you. :)

  • 54 months ago
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While I admittedly did not finish reading the entire description (yet!), I would just like to give you a +1 for giving credit where credit is due in the beginning. I feel the same as you and I would have surely failed when building my first PC if not for this site.

  • 54 months ago
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Well I hope you find the time to finish :P haha. I appreciate it though man, if it weren't for this site, I would not have built my own PC. I'm so glad I did though, so I had to give thanks

  • 54 months ago
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I mostly play and stream GW2, but now that I have this, I'll certainly be getting into other games.

There's no life beyond GW2. GW2 IS life.

I ended up only using one of these cards, took the other one back to the store to return it and rebuy it so I could get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, then sold it for $450.

Haha. Well played sir...well played indeed.

  • 54 months ago
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Lol yeah I really love GW2, but after spending months trying to get a fractal sword (worst RNG in game) I quit pve and went to pvp, where I now lead a team in the NA tournament scene. However, the pvp community here kinda sucks (different discussion), so until HoT I wanna see what else is out there. I think the game is kinda boring once you finish everything, and ANet doesn't support PvP enough.

And yeah I was super sneaky for that one lol. The whole GPU thing was a life-saver. I made out like a bandit.

  • 54 months ago
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She looks amazing. It stays clean with different leds.... Love it!

  • 54 months ago
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Thank you! I think so as well :D Glad you enjoyed.

  • 54 months ago
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Why don't i ever see a price error ;(

+1 Really nice build also congrats

  • 54 months ago
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Thank you :) If you don't catch price errors on time, try to price match them at your local Best Buy/Office Max/Staples. Go to ones in shady neighborhoods so the associates don't give a **** and will price match anything :P

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow amazing job - especially for first build - I'm hopefully going to build a similar system on skylake architecture.

Can I ask why you chose that RGB lighting kit, and how easy is it to install? The colours are amazing! Does it plug straight into the PSU?

Also can you explain your choice of sleeved cables - I would like to do the same with the white cables but they cost a lot. You have opted for the 24 and 6 pin connectors only rather than the whole set. Would you recommend that you only need the 24 and 6 pin connectors rather than the whole PSU set? +1

  • 54 months ago
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Thanks a ton! I figured a lot of time spent on here and other resources would help me make a pretty awesome first build. Good luck with your system, I'll check back later to see when it's up!

Tbh, I should've researched RGB lighting kit even MORE extensively. I chose this one because I saw it in some YouTube videos from s340 & H440 builds, and I thought "well that looks like exactly what I need". The colors do look good, but I think one of the LEDs is messed up and it's limited in its functionality. Don't get me wrong, I really like this kit, but I don't love it like I do almost everything else in my build. I'm sure there are better ones out there, so stay alert!

As far as the installation, it was super easy. One Molex plug into the psu and I think one 4-pin for the receiver. The LED strips have some two-sided tape, so you just take off the tape and stick it in your build wherever you want it. I did mine along the front panel.

I just chose white sleeved cable extensions, available on Newegg for around $10. Buying a whole white set of modular cables is really expensive and not worth it if you're just doing it for the aesthetics. For the most part, you're not going to see the majority of the cables anyway - just the end. If you're using the h440, then you'll definitely need a 24pin and whatever cables your GPU uses. The gtx980 happened to use two 6pins, but other GPUs use just one 8pin.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • 54 months ago
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That first picture made me moist +1

  • 54 months ago
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Me too. It used to be picture #18 until Jipster pointed out how clean that picture looked, so I made it #1. Thanks for the +1 :)

  • 54 months ago
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Great build! Ok. So planning to buy 8.1 student version, but what do you recieve upon purchase? A keycode? A disc?

  • 54 months ago
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Thank you! Glad you like it.

When you buy it, you get like this download link that you can format for a USB or an ISO for an empty disc if you have a burner, and then you get a product key. You go through the process of formatting your OS to a media file for a fresh boot (microsoft & youtube has a ton of videos for how to do this), then once you build your PC, you insert the media file, it asks for the product key they gave you before, and then you boot her up. It was pretty easy, just follow a bunch of on screen instructions and click yes.

If you have any problems with getting the windows copy onto the USB/CD, just open microsoft's live chat and they're pretty helpful.

  • 54 months ago
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Thnx soo much!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Arctic Monkeys name, +2 for sexy build. Great job OP, she's a beauty.

  • 54 months ago
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Hahah thank you! I'm glad another AM fan appreciated this.

  • 54 months ago
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+1 arctic monkeys fan? anyways +1 for the name. Congrats on the build!

  • 54 months ago
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damn someone beat me to it

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they did, but I'm glad you recognized it anyways :P Thanks! I love it so far.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! +1

It's my first time building a PC as well and I have a very similar build to yours. Just waiting on the H440 to ship and I'll be able to build it! _^

Quick question for you - how did you go about deciding whether to mount the Kraken radiator to the top or to the front as it looks like you've done?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you man. Good luck with building, I'll check back later for a build log from you.

I did it on the top, but I made it look like I did it on the front because I hate having ugly cables. In the front of the case were already three stock fans from the h440, so I just used the empty space on top. I followed this video almost exactly for installation. I set the fans to exhaust and just positioned them so that I'd like how it looked when I put it together... wasn't all that hard.

  • 53 months ago
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This build is so good it makes me feel so salty lol. Hopefully when I'm in college I'll be able to afford those kind of parts XD

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Lmao I'm glad you enjoy it, maybe when you're in my position you can build something similar using nicer parts, and doing a better job on the mods. I got lazy when painting and just went with it 'cause it looked "good enough", but really, it's far from perfect. If you did all that, I'd probably feel really salty too lol.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Fell in love with your build dude. Gona have to make one for myself some day. Thanks for sharing friend! +1

  • 53 months ago
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I'm glad people are still looking at this a bit after the initial hype! Thanks man, good luck with your build and come back and show me when you've got the guide up

  • 53 months ago
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Will do! It might take a while, but when it gets done you'll be the first to know :)

  • 52 months ago
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Any progress? :D

  • 52 months ago
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Unfortunately, none yet :( Probably when I get my tax return, unless my wife gets this job she's been applying for! hehe

  • 52 months ago
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Best of luck then!

  • 53 months ago
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+1 For sick build +100 for Artic Monkeys

  • 52 months ago
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Haha thank you man, I appreciate your support!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, first off this is one amazing build!

I was wondering if you would recommend a medium grit sand block over a finer grit sand block for sanding the green off of the GTX 980? I'm looking to do the white LED mod too and your end mod turned out awesome :)

  • 52 months ago
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Thanks a ton, and I'm so sorry for the late reply - I've been really busy now that school has started back up. So I personally think my mod turned out pretty meh. If I used a finer grit it would've come out nicer. Tbh though, a month after building the PC I really don't see much of a need to have it any nicer than this. Long story short:

Medium - if you just wanna do the mod, aren't a perfectionist. It will look really nice anyways.

Fine grit - If you want to spend whatever extra money it may be and spend some more time sanding it so it looks absolutely perfect, then do this.

Quick note too. If you look closely when you start sanding it, the color of the rubber goes: green -> white -> black

When you sand it down to white, the LED will look white when the PC is off, and sorta gray/white when the PC is on.

When you sand it all the way down to black, the LED will look black when the PC is off, but very bright white when the PC is on.

If I were to redo it, I would sand all the way down to black. I don't care how the LED looks when my PC is off, because it's mostly off when I'm not even looking at it. See my 13th picture for a better look; the corner of the G is black but most of it is white. I would've sanded all the white off so that it all looked black, that way when the LED turns on, it's a very bright, crisp white.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I did a customized search and your build popped up. I'm also a first time (soon to be, saving up money) builder and this is exactly what I was searching for, in my price range. I LOVE the case first of all, and everything else about this build. Super sexy dude. So glad you shared this. Hope my first build compares to this one! Enjoy your gaming. :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Good stuff man! I'm really happy to know that people are still searching for builds like mine :D Good luck building. Depending on what type of games/monitor you 're using, your system may change a bit but you can definitely still keep the aesthetics. For instance, if you're not doing high-resolution gaming, I'd do a gtx 770 instead of the 980 (same exact look, much cheaper). Alternatively, you can get a cheaper cooler (I think the x41 is like $30 cheaper, but looks identical). I don't know if you'll be able to get exactly what I got for the same price, since I got my graphics card practically for free because of the price-match error :/

Definitely come back and post a link to your first build, I'd love to see it when you finish! Good luck again, and have fun :D

  • 53 months ago
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Great looks.

  • 52 months ago
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Thank you so much :D

  • 52 months ago
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Sexiest build ive seen on here. +1 :D

  • 52 months ago
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YES! Mission accomplished. Thanks a ton for the kind words :)

  • 51 months ago
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My favourite song yayayayayayyay :D

  • 42 months ago
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I'm so glad this song gets a lot of love on here haha.

  • 50 months ago
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Hey. I thought about a similar build/theme but with a mostly black NZXT case. You think it would work well?

Great job btw :)

  • 42 months ago
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Yeah I think it would work well for sure! I did plasti dip to get my parts white to match, but you could definitely plastidip them black (or just get black parts completely) and do an all black build. Or black and any other color... anything is possible

  • 44 months ago
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How did overclocking the ACER go with display port? Nice build BTW! :)

  • 42 months ago
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So it actually sucked and didn't overclock well at all. I also ended up getting my monitor stolen when moving out, so now I've gotta buy a new one D:

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  • 42 months ago
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Thanks so much!

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  • 54 months ago
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Thanks a ton man, I'm glad you read it haha. I was worried that I spent forever writing about stuff nobody cares to read.

I was psyched about the 980s. Once I got them, it completely changed my build plans and I could rationalize so much more cool stuff :D

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  • 54 months ago
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Thanks a lot man, appreciate the feedback :D

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  • 54 months ago
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Holy ****.. I didn't even realize that one came out so crisp. You mean Pic #1 now :D

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  • 54 months ago
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Haha thank you thank you! I really love the white illumination too, but sometimes I like to mix it up and change the keyboard and LED. Maybe I'll just match it with the holidays/time of year. lol