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UPDATE its the Featured Build?! Wow! Thank you for the recognition! I had to make a video with my thanks: https://youtu.be/30V_UxyOEX8

Another video breaking down the components: https://youtu.be/aho-Mq886XM

My first PC build spawned from me wanting to play Star Citizen. Early 2016, VR started to really get hyped. I began watching VR evangelists like the VR Bros./Spies, Nathie, and F4cePa1m to name a few. I was completely sold. I now needed something capable of pushing Star Citizen, as well as prepare for VR one day. As a collector of geek culture and old video games, I had a lot of "garbage" I decided was worth parting with. I began really selling on eBay and Amazon to FULLY fund my first PC build, as well as order an Oculus Rift, G29, T. Flight Thurstmaster Warthog HOTAS, and eventually even an Obutto Ozone. No funds were pulled from family income, which is the only reason I went through with everything.

I wanted something portable and eventually came down to a couple of the Lian Li cases and the Corsair 380T. The design of the Corsair was perfect, and it reminds me of a block engine - something I appreciate. It won my heart, and I built everything off of the case with an intent to eventually have a 980 Ti as its beating heart. As it turned out, I was one of the fortunate ones to snag a Rift early (May 2016) when they were sold from Microsoft. I was still saving for a graphics card so I only had about $300 to put toward one. I went to Best Buy and snagged an EVGA GTX 970. Everything worked great. The Rift was/is an incredible experience. Star Citizen did not steal the show running on a GTX 970, but it was better than what I previously had.

Then NVidia had to go and announce the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. Crap. What a reasonable price they were at $379 and $599! Luckily, the GTX 970 I bought was an EVGA. EVGA has this fantastic thing called the Step-Up Program. I was within 90 days of purchase, and I was able to pay the difference. Again, I was still saving so I only had enough to support the Step-Up of a GTX 1070. I felt like hot **** then.

Of course, 2017: NVidia had to go and do it again with the GTX 1080 Ti - those brilliant jerks. Well, the best part of all of this was that I intrigued the PC builder in my wife. She built her first PC at the beginning of that year and bought an EVGA GTX 1070. She was sweet enough to use her Step-Up for a GTX 1080 Ti. Of course, she hooked me up upon delivery since she mainly plays Sims 4 and Overwatch.

Additionally, the original two storage devices were the Silicon Power (240GB) which I strictly use just for Windows 10, and the original 500GB HGST hard drive from my launch PS4. My most recent upgrade was adding one more hard drive: the ADATA M.2.

When I first built it, I pulled the white casing off of the frame, primed, and painted it to match my 2008 Mustang GT vert - Vista Blue Metallic. Even bought the "GT" badge to complete the look. My Star Citizen ship is the Consolidated Outland Mustang so...sort of fits the theme. Oh, and the 1080 Ti does the job for Star Citizen on 1080p. It's portability is outstanding; I have brought it to friends and family on numerous occasions to let them experience VR for the first time. Mission complete.

Most of it was done in about three days, but the grand total to get the graphics cards and hard drives proper was about a whole year. I personally love it.

I finally got around to posting this as a completed build. Thanks to PC Part Picker and those I reached out to on here for assistance - in particular: AudioFil3, SalehCoder, narendralm, pyrolo, SalehCoder, narendralm, pyrolo, mmdoran1, Lex, the_corinthian, jggorman, HawkOwl, and CDGpup007. This community is great for first-timers like me. In my local world, thanks to my buddy, AJ, for hooking me up with the original recommended parts list and answering my newbie questions.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 6 points

Whoaaaa this deserves to be featured

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, Bud! I just took a few pictures of it sitting on my car to show the full delivery. Check it out again when it's posted :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

What do I say to a build that has my jaw on my floor, and my eyes in love?

+1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, Flynn. I do what I can for the Users!

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

No problem, remember, TRON LIVES!

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Made it...

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

WOW! I really reall like it! awesome build very nice photos! 1+!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn! you got featured! congrats! i would put the awesome photos of the car and the case more at the start tho!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

A computer that matches your car very nice!!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, Bud.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! This is great. Just don't go running people over. It might be hard to see with that case on the hood :P JK

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It is pretty tall for a blower.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

lol yeah

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I've got the same chair (photo 86)

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. I have since gotten an Obutto Ozone so it's my wife's chair no.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. with all that modding, I'm surprised you didn't put 'AV' on that case logo. Nice build though!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too late to put it on the other side. Thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome . If you mount that pc on the car (pic 3) and drive around , lots of people would think its the part of it lol . Great work bro .

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha! Might take some work getting the bugs off of the "grill."

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I love how you put it on the hood... haha

I love it! Good job!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I have been imagining that shot since I came up with the idea. :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice o_O Just curious, why the 6600K over a 6700/k?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Truthfully, it started with price and the expectation of not going over a 980 ti for the GPU. My wishlist has a 6700k at the top!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

No no, get the 7700K instead, same price and better performance (newer), the Z170 chipset on your motherboard supports Kaby Lake.

You may need to update your BIOS using the 6600K, the 7700K requires version 3016 on your motherboard.

Link to ASUS' BIOS Updates: https://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/Z170I-PRO-GAMING/HelpDesk_CPU/

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't remember if I saw that the 7700k had a different socket. Gtg!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

hey dude, no gaming while driving

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looks good too, :P

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

...that's what my wife says too :/

Thanks! Haha

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey someone else with a Mustang! Ya know I never thought about making my PC match my GT. Great build man! That metallic blue turned out great and nothing like a portable, yet powerful rig. I only ever tried Star Citizen during the Free Fly sometime last year and that was on an R9 295X2. It wasn't that well optimized then (lots of memory leaks, framedrops and server instability) so I may actually buy into it and see how much has changed.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Bud! Yep, I see your avatar there. Nice. What model are you driving? This is my fourth Mustang I have ever owned, but it's my first V8.

Star Citizen has improved a good bit - either that or this PC kicks the crud out of my last one when I pledged last year...probably both. Well if you have haven't bought into it yet and you think about it, please use my referral code! Thanks. STAR-5V2Y-2D9J

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I also have a 3V GT 2008, but it's metallic ruby. Yeah I'll def use your code! I'm currently rebuilding my new PC with a GTX 1070 so I'm hoping it's more stable using a single gpu versus crossfire.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! I know the color; looks great. The 1070 was great for the 8+ months I did have it in this build. Not sure if you favor any particular brand, but I fell into EVGA and utilized the Step Up Program. I'd look it up and see if any of the 1070s are still eligible. Then if within the next 90 days following your purchase if you happen to come across a little more money, you can upgrade and just pay the difference. I definitely would not have a 1080 ti in there right now if EVGA did not have the Step Up program.

Be sure to friend me in SC. We can fly our Mustangs together. :D See you in the Verse!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I already ordered a Founder's Edition. :( I didn't even know EVGA offered a program like that that's so cool. I may return this one closer to 30 days since even if I wanted an EVGA 1070 I'd be paying upwards of $500 with the current mining fiasco.

Hell yeah dude I'll let you know when I buy in! It may be a few weeks since I'm currently getting all the parts together for this new build.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries on getting the Founder's 1070. It'll work really well. I may have kept everything set to medium/1080p in SC on the 1070, but it still looks great. Getting my HOTAS setup working was a nightmare, but it all came down to my Razer Nostromo wrecking everything. I just unplug it now when I play. Been a while, actually, since I've gotten into SC. I need to refresh myself soon. Maybe I'll try to upload a video of how it plays soon.

Have fun putting everything together! Can't wait to see it when done so post the pictures.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

PC goes to a LAN party

  1. Nooo! We're losing! We need more kills!

  2. My PC is based on the Mustang, I can help.

/s, +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. I like it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Brilliant PC pal looks great on the Mustang!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Much obliged!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmm. Must have been some expensive "garbage" in order to fund your entire setup!

As the saying goes, "You lose some, you win some". Also, great build, and +1 for the many photos.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, truthfully, it was hard to part with most of it. Classic video games, comics, books, iPad (actually, that one was surprisingly easy to say goodbye to).

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is a killer with the crowd here.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment.

I know, right?! I've only been a member of the website for about a year. Is this normal?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

You didn't get my joke about the mustang running people over lol. For what you meant it's a featured build so its bound to be popular.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Mustang FTW! <3 #5.0Gang! lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yeah!

Technically, the car's the 4.6L, but I'll call the computer a Five-oh. Haha!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

It's sad that the case doesn't support taller CPU coolers, you could have put the Cooler Master V8 GTS, so you could say you also have a ''V8'' under the hood of your PC.

+1 for the great build and nice pictures.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I remember seeing that one when I was shopping last year. Maybe I'll call it the Mustang GTx 1080 Ti

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Simple, powerful, clean; all you can ask for. Floored by this. Well done +1.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, that means a ton to me! Thank you.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Get it

floored

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Got it :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

You must have more space in your camera than you do in your PC. (+1)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

As a matter of fact, I do. :D

I had to go back in my saved files to get the ones from when I built it last year. My hope is that if anyone else builds something in the 380T, they can see how tight the fit is. The cooler was about as snug as it could be without me giving up. The website warned me those two may not be compatible.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

117 photos... dang.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Incoming Mustang driver jokes lol

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. Nice car. I want a Mustang. I did not know Ford made matching cases for their cars. Don't play and drive. It can cause a sudden loss of parts. It looks great.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

watch out for that silicon power drive , i had one before , it died on me in 2 weeks and they refused to replace it , despite i hadn't even used it much

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

:/ Well, THAT is frightening. Thanks for the heads up, Bud.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

np , dude

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Consider a mustang logo for the front grill?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely thought about it. It's where the intake fan is so I'd rather get something for the other side below the CPU cooler fans. Those badges are pretty cheap on eBay. Guess that now she's a star I should give it some symmetry with respect to logos.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking a smaller one, in place of the Corsair logo, so it doesn't block that intake. The difference in size might wreck that symmetry though. Great job on this build by the way. I have the same CPU. Have you tried any overclocking with it?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yeah, a smaller badge over the Corsair logo might work.

Actually, no! I upgraded the graphics card twice so the return of overclocking has yet to be desired for me. There's another $50 I probably could have hung on to. Though I'm sure I'll soon get the itch and give it a shot. :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Next upgrade: Slam the car to the ground and put camber on the PC case

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL!!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build, I really like how you put it on top of your car for the full effect

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, Buddy! I had a vision when I first wanted to do it, and I was thrilled that it turned out as well as it did.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey there! Looking to put together a LAN build for my brother to compare costs with a gaming laptop. I was wondering how this thing is doing at keeping cool.

As an aside, do you have a figure to associate with installing the OS on a separate hard drive altogether in terms of performance gain? I've not heard of this technique before.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for checking it out! The fan has a manual switch on the front of the case that I never bother adjusting. I leave it set to "Quiet" mode on the Corsair Link application too. I just added a picture of the temps at idle. So you don't have hunt down the image among all 118:

-i5 Cores 1 through 4 are fluctuating by the second min/maxed at 75°/92° -2.5" SSD: 86°F, 2.5" HDD: 87.8°F, M.2: 89.6°F -GTX 1080 Ti: 77°F @1100rpm (remember, just idling) -Hv100 v2 cooler: 84.4°F at 960rpm (fan) and 1800rpm (pump)

I'll try to get one in down the line when it's running a graphics intense game. While gaming laptops try their best to breathe and stay cool, I really can not imagine they would come close to the air flow I've got going through this rig. The case is essentially open everywhere with that plastic mesh - grate, if you will.

Not sure if I can instantly pull a metric up for you regarding the benefits of keeping your OS on a fast separate SSD. In short, a few benefits are buying a smaller faster hard drive like an SSD for price. I didn't realize I could have gone with a lower capacity SSD, like a 120GB, and save a little money. Having your C: dedicated to the OS, drivers, etc. is the way to go. Also nice to just have a separate drive for media, games...

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

haha i love how its rainign yet he has the top down

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. Pure genius, right?

I live in the South. It's morning. That's moisture.

Nevertheless, I was actually concerned about the humidity getting in through the plastic mesh.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

This deserves a higher resolution monitor. running a 1080ti with a 1080p display is like driving an F1 car on a dirt roads.

a 1440p/144Hz or better display is in your future, but you will not be able to go back!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed! I came close to purchasing one recently, but with Acer, Asus, and a few others starting to use HDR AND G-SYNC, I'm thinking I'll save up some more....lot more...and I don't have any more junk to sell. Haha!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

if it crashes a lot you know why....

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice bob :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! First name Rhett. Username goes like this: Boba Rhett. Everyone's confused now, right? Haha

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Star is the case, super noice!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, Shadow. Best gaming platform I've ever had.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Car

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

So many pics

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Seeing your Build makes me want to do more with the 380T that I am waiting to build in.

Really wish they still made the 380T it is a remarkable case.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment. Yeah, I just went looking to see it in amazon and I couldn't find it. Done, eh?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice mod! A cousin of mine has a Mustang GT in red so I'm gonna send him this build so he can take a look at the pictures.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks a ton, Bud! I figure us Mustang geeks needed to extend our passion to the PC world. I made a quick video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30V_UxyOEX8 Plan on putting out another soon regarding more specs an benchmarks.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude that looks epic. Although have you considered adding some white racing stripes down the center? Just to go for the Shelby look?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, so sorry for the late reply. I DID consider that, actually! haha. I matched it as much as I could to my Mustang, so I kept them off.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Won't the i5 bottleneck the 1080ti?

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

That is not how bottlenecking works.That all depends on the game and graphical settings. There is not a blanket answer to this. Bottlenecking all depends on the game and graphical settings and any CPU can bottleneck any GPU under the right circumstances. Bottlenecking is not a absolute thing or a yes or no thing like it is made out to be.

Also it is 100% meaningless to even think about provided you chose your parts right and get what you want. You should chose the CPU for the FPS you want and the GPU(s) for the graphical performance you want. If you are happy with what you get and meet your goals when why worry about something that is not effecting you?

Farther info: https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/214851-on-cpugpu-bottlenecking-in-games

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for taking the time to write that, Bud. Hope it helps others reading this. A buddy I work with told me his i5-6600k worked great with this 980 ti. He recommended the same, at that time when I was purchasing, the 980 ti was the big one under the Titan.

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Probably does. Perhaps one more upgrade is in the cards...

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip. I have to agree that I do not see a problem currently with bottlenecking - though I have not done a whole lot in the way of benchmarks. I've thrown a lot at it with no complaints. I super sample everything in VR by at least 1.5.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. No not yet. On the list!

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  • 33 months ago
  • 0 points

I just wanted to get an actual answer, but instead I get a comment that appears to be typed by an 8 year old.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Well considering the 1080ti is one of the most powerful cards to date, I would think that there would be some games that need more than 4 threads to maximize performance.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, DX12 is supposed to make better use of more cores/threads more effectively.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful machine (both)!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. Thank you very much. Next one will be a Delorean! In my dreams :D

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it. Agree, as well. haha.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I need to give it a try. Unfortunately, my personal display is only 1080p. However, my wife has a 144hz 1440p that may be seeing a test run soon :D

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

THOW-zands

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  • 33 months ago
  • 7 points

NOOO! You beat me to it XD.

  • 33 months ago
  • 7 points

Haha. Starting to smell like GTA around here.

  • 33 months ago
  • 5 points

Welcome to the internet.

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

LMAOOO

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

omg lol

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. That means a lot, Bud. Thank you very much.