It really is! We'd never worked with the Koolance RP-1250 before, and we were amazed with its functionality and design.
Thanks! The PC would have definitely looked better with a full tempered glass side panel (like a Phanteks Luxe or InWin 909), but our client really liked the edges and curves of the NZXT Phantom 820. Oh well, maybe next time!
Thanks! One of our builders was actually wishing for that too! Unfortunately, the client was not interested in cooling his GPU, despite offers to do so.
Thanks! We try our very best to make each Lotus PC a work of art :)
Thanks for the critique! This was the first build we used the Phanteks LED 2 Meter Strip, and it taught us that unless the case is a full tower, maybe two 1 meter strips will allow for a cleaner installation.
Thanks! They're just cell phone pictures; its honestly that gorgeous case looking so fancy!
We do, and so did our client. After showing him the color variants of the G.Skill Ripjaws V, he really liked the blue and red ones, but ultimately picked the red ones. At Lotus, we prefer to build with our clients, not just for them. We try to give our customers the full degree of control over the build; because at the end of the day, it's their PC, not our's.
Thanks for the critique! ; ) We’re always working to improve our cable management game. As for our color coordination, it seems to come up a lot on PCPP, but the fact of the matter is that unless a client asks for specific color matched components, we can't do much about it. While it would be awesome to craft every build with color-matched RAM, motherboard, Cablemod cables, and the works, we serve our clients' requests (and budget) first and foremost. We refuse to make aesthetic changes to our clients’ spec lists just to satisfy our tastes. Ultimately, our customers are very happy with our builds and that's our primary goal with every Lotus :)
Haha, Noctua's color choices are certainly...unique. The RGB certainly helps to conceal the weird brown shades. Hopefully one day, they'll extend their Industrial and Redux colors to their CPU coolers.
Thanks! It really is a beautiful case! Phanteks really delivers for a sub-$100 case offering. We'll definitely be suggesting this case to clients who aren't sure on what kind of case they want.
Thanks for the suggestion! We've have been dying to try out Cablemods, but unless a client requests it, we can't use them (especially since they can get pricey). Hopefully we get a client who asks about them soon :)
Thanks! We definitely would have preferred using the 6GB 1060, but when it came down to it, the customer did not feel he needed to pay the extra $50 for it. LoL was his primary benchmark and the 3GB should serve this need effectively.
For this build, there really isn't one. This customer was not interested in color and appearance of his PC, so there was no reason to impose our aesthetic decisions on our customer's PC. For customers who do care about color matching and theming, we do have a lot of fun planning out with the customer. Hopefully we get some of these in the future that we can show you all!
When suggesting GPUs for gaming PCs, we tend to only offer AMD for clients that make keeping to a small budget the most important factor. From personal experiences in our company, AMD GPUs are unfortunately confronted with issues for gaming. Many developers, sadly, do not optimize their engines for AMD cards, making for graphical problems for the AMD crowd (example: Fallout 4's grass tessellation AMD fiasco). We love AMD and their ability to take on the giants of the CPU and GPU markets, but we feel it necessary to educate our customers when they make their component decisions.
During the spec process, we initially suggested using a Noctua NH-U14S for optimal cooling, but the client did not want one. Even after being offered the much cheaper Hyper 212, he opted not to go with one in the end. For our builds, the client's desires are our ultimate concern.
We discussed the build with the customer, who mentioned that a solid graphics card would be needed for her work. A personal friend of ours, who is also a photo and video editor, also suggests that a good graphics card can help create a smoother editing experience. The 1070 may have been a bit too strong, but we didn't want to risk sending the customer off with a PC that did not meet expectations. Thanks for asking!
Thanks so much for the save and the +1! :)
Thanks for the critique, Maetheus! The 5820K would have definitely been a more optimal way to go on these builds, but the government agent we negotiated with seemed intent on keeping with the original spec sheet as much as possible.
We hear you, john0156. At the time of negotiating the specs with the client, the 6800K had recently been released. Their original spec sheet included the i7-5930K, which we also thought to be odd, considering the brand new line of Q2 2016 Intel units. We suggested using the 6800K (or 6900K if they wanted to get really crazy lol), but the agency wanted a more reliable, tested, and known processor; so we ended up using 5930Ks.
We couldn't agree more, jipster69 :)
Thanks AnyOtherWay! I suppose when you're training pilots of million dollar planes, you want only the best of the best :)
Thanks, Enrico411! They were certainly a blast to build and test :D
Thanks for the critique, Solemnsong! My partner and I were just discussing about how off our wiring job in this build was. Our typical builds are normally cleaner than this one. In a few days, we will be posting some high end VR PCs that we built for the Navy that are much cleaner and beautiful! Hope you keep posted with us.
Hello RXWX! Unfortunately, we can only ship to locations within the USA. Hopefully one day we can expand to accommodate international shipping :)
Thanks for the critique! We try our very best to keep prices low, but as a small family business, it is difficult to compete toe-to-toe with larger companies. We pride ourselves, however, on spending lots of one-on-one time to get to know the customer's precise needs; so our customers are happy to pay for the great experience.