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From Sandy Bridge to Coffee Lake

by zincfusion

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After 6 years of using my Sandy Bridge 2500k rig, Intel finally release a worthy successor. My good old 2500k is still a decent chip but it’s getting a bit long in the tooth (barely plays YouTube 2k60fps without dropping frames). Plan for the build is quite straightforward, I wanted a relatively capable system with RGB in a compact mid tower. Choosing parts was less straightforward due to RAM and GPU price hikes, space constraints and overall aesthetics. Build was relatively straightforward except for the cable management; the cabling side barely fits everything with the drive cages and intake fan up front, not to mention the obscene amount of cabling from the Corsair RGB fans and controllers. Overall, I’m very glad how the build turns out and hopefully, it’ll last me the next 5 years or more.

3 Feb 18: Synchronized RGB for cohesive look (PurpleTeal)

17 Nov 18: Link to get the custom cables. Combs are separate, also with the same shop. https://shop34170609.taobao.com/index.htm?spm=2013.1.w5002-15798041524.2.6bff9693jZBfWl

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Obamas.mama 3 Builds 12 points 14 months ago

I mean the build is nice and all but the +1 belongs to the photography

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

Thank you Obamas.mama!

TruVueTech 3 Builds 7 points 14 months ago

i love this build man, it's so cleanly done, and the RGB is done in a very tasteful way, not too much, and not too little. +1

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

Thanks TruVueTech!

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

Nice build dude :D

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

Thank you Lobsterareawesome!

umarmn 3 points 14 months ago

Wow! Nice build. Got similar parts in mind so defo using this as a guide.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks and looking forward to your build umarmn!

zprater 3 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

Beautiful pictures, and amazing build! I'm really hoping this gets featured! You deserve it.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks zprater!

mcheung008 3 points 14 months ago

Beautiful PC and pictures!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

Thanks mcheung008!

WirelessCables 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

Pretty interesting how you routed the tubes for your X52, I don't think I've seen that done before. You have some really nice pictures as well, so +1

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks WirelessCables! Actually I referenced it from some builds here, liked it a lot so I try it out myself.

kokonator 3 points 14 months ago

Is that a GPU brace you have? Does it work well?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Yes that's the Atlas GPU brace. Quite easy to install and keeps the GPU from sagging. I like how it fills up the space below the GPU too.

Keidan94 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Bien jouer, franchement il est terrible ! J'aurais peut être mis l'AIO sur le dessus par contre.

Keidan94 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

How did you do to have the clear glass while it is very dark basic? Did you buy the Define C TG?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 4 points 14 months ago

I'm using the Meshify C and it comes with a black tinted side window. Most of the shots were taken with the window off. For those that did have the window, you can clearly see the glass warning sticker.

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zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Hi Keidan94, I don't understand French but according to Google translate I suppose you meant putting the AIO up top. Actually I did considered that but some reviews did pointed out that it will interfere with the G skill ram.

FuryX007 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

awesome build +1

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks FuryX007!

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Love the RGB +1

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks Maple_Syrup!

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 4 points 14 months ago

:)

PCDJMage 2 points 14 months ago

Those photos are so gorgeous

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks PCDJMage!

PCDJMage 1 point 14 months ago

Oh, and the GPU is 499 Dollars

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

That's the current price I think, I bought it around 480USD.

PCDJMage 1 point 14 months ago

Thats amazing! In China, have of the prices are marked up around an extra 100 dollars because their imported. :(

PCDJMage 1 point 14 months ago

Also, is that a custom EVGA backplate?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Extra 100 is a lot, geez... It also doesn't help that the mining craze is driving up prices.

The EVGA backplate is stock.

McStagger 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Does looping the pump tubing create any stress issues w/ the pump?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Just tested maximum pump speed with CAM software, ~3800 rpm, in line with specs, seems no issue with tubing loop.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

That's a good question. On initial boot in bios I'm seeing 2300~rpm, not sure if this is normal. I just got Windows up and running, will test further in the coming days.

dominicc_02 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

I love it when a build looks as nice as that and people take the time and effort to take good pictures and show it off +1

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks dominicc! I have interest in photography as well so it helps a bit.

Yahtadi 2 points 14 months ago

Neat af bro.. Neat. A. F

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks Yahtadi!

aburrell23 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Super clean in the front at least :D Very nice!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks aburrell23!

Logans18 2 points 14 months ago

Eye candy with the AIO tubing! What cable sleeves are you using?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thanks Logans18! Cable extensions are some no brand stuff bought online.

westway92 2 points 14 months ago

Hi! I am interested in such extensions! Where did you buy them? Did they come with the combs or did you need to purchase them separately? Where is the Noctua fan listed in the parts?

Thank you so much :)

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Bought the extensions from https://shop34170609.taobao.com/index.htm?spm=2013.1.w5002-15798041524.2.6bff9693jZBfWl

Combs are separate, also with the same shop.

The Noctua is just below the radiator at the front. The case can house 3x120mm fans up front, 2 are used by the NZXT fan and rad while the most bottom slot is the Noctua.

Benstein 2 points 14 months ago

This thing is absolutely beautiful, thinking about building a very similar one :)

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks Benstein!

edbeef11 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Nice pics and nice build my friend

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks edbeef11!

Lewdicrous 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

What a mesmerizing build!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

Thanks Lewdicrous!

Lewdicrous 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

No, thank YOU for this eye candy!! lol

ggggovi 2 points 13 months ago

How is that motherboard? And how many usb ports do you have? I am working on a build practically exactly the same as yours. +1 job !

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks govi, mobo works great, zero issues so far. There's 5 usb at the rear 2 at the front, still have more expansions but not used.

ggggovi 1 point 12 months ago

Ok sweet. Thx for the info.

Klyn977 2 points 13 months ago

Nice pictures and a great neat built.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks klyn!

mdp310 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I'm planning to do oretty much tgis same build. But is it a pain using 3 separate things to control the RGB?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

It's not that bad actually, the minor issue I had was getting the colors of all led parts to look the same. Setting the exact same rgb values don't exactly produce the same color for different brands. I had to spent some time fine tuning to get it right. I don't intend to change color scheme often so I'm fine with 3 controllers.

Skwat 2 points 12 months ago

Nice build - Just wondering about your airflow - the Corsair LL120s you have are all intakes (top & rear)? Is your AIO on the front set up as an exhaust or intake? Do you have any exhausts? Just curious - I have almost the same parts as you and concerned about airflow.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

The rad and noctua at the front are intakes, all ll120 at the top and rear are exhaust.

Cameron8228 2 points 12 months ago

Was thinking of doing a very similar build... now I definitely am, looks amazing. Just wondering what monitor you have paired with this system.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks Cameron8228! I'm using the Dell U2515H.

AncientArchon 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

This is perfect.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks AncientArchon!

bladd12001 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

(°o°) this is absolutely stunning, fantastic piece of art here, and best wishes for a long time of use like your SandyBridge system.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks bladd12001!

ahronm 2 points 11 months ago

Incredible clean build, I love it! I am debating purchasing that mobo and just had a quick question. My current build uses four case fans and two fans for the rad on the CPU cooler - is that going to be an issue for the mobo?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks ahronm! According to the manual, this mobo have 5 fan headers, 1 AIO header and a ext fan card header which when added can support an additional 3 fans. My 2 rad fans are connected to the NZXT water block which only uses the AIO header.

So, for your case you should be fine assuming your CPU liquid cooler have headers for your rad fans.

ahronm 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome! Thanks for the info!

Archibauld24 2 points 10 months ago

Did you have to use corsairs commander pro? or did you use mobo headers? i know their rgb fans come with the lighting node pro...

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

All Corsair fans using mobo headers.

CodyJames91 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Nice rig, boss.. To be honest, though.. I really want the camera you took those pictures with haha. Damn, that's some amazing quality

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks CodyJames91!

MP0986 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Love your build and thanks for giving me ideas on what parts to get for my first PC build. Question, what are you using to hold that tube on the AIO to make it stay looped? I see a black thingy but idk what it’s called. Thanks in advance!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks MP0986! Using velcro straps to hold the tubes together, could be found at stationary or DIY shops.

MP0986 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks but I ended up not needing it because I had to place the rad fans in the front outside case. I pretty much copies your build! Haha check it out in my profile.

spewn 2 points 8 months ago

Hey, how is the x52 running? any issues with it? Super torn between NZXT Kraken's since I love their look but reviews are steering me the other way, due to pump and software issues.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Temps are great, over half a year now running with no issues. Cam software updates fixed some bugs with the lighting initially.

NishPat 2 points 7 months ago

Looks great man!! I'm liking most of the parts, I will be adding to my build with lil lower budget.

NishPat 2 points 7 months ago

Great looking build man, I love this!! I'm going for something similar but in s340 elite case.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks NishPat!

Jhull13 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

This is literally my favorite build on this site. I run in to this build all the time and every time I click on it and just look at it. Amazing.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Jhull13!

Snickah 2 points 6 months ago

Looking to have a very similar build! Nice pics!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks Snickah!

CamF 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

The photography is why I'm saying anything. Great job. An inspiration!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks CamF!

poc88 4 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Nice/Beast build! I love all the RGB lighting! I'm digging that case, just ordered mine.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks poc88! Yeah love the case too, the finishing is very well done and many nice touches like chamfered edges and detailed manual makes a nice building experience.

mmoore5325 2 points 6 months ago

Your cord management is beautiful.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks mmoore5325!

Kaeosm 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I love the simplicity of this build. So beautiful. I'm going for a similar build here minus a few differences... Could I ask for a deeper explanation to your cable management? I saw in your previous comments the website of where you bought the extensions, but I was hoping you could breakdown exactly what you need in terms of extensions/hubs etc. I would be very grateful. Thanks!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks Kaeosm, I only bought the extensions for GPU and mobo, rest are all stock cables. The lighting node pro hub came with the 3 corsair fans as a pack.

Aku0 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Hey very awesome build, by the way did you switch sides with the radiator cables? Because mine are in the opposite side in my radiator , i have the same motherboard and the same case and the same RGB fan and the same CPU colloer , its my first build, so please if don’t mind answering my questions How did you get the CPU cables to do this ?. - And dose the motherboard have a RGB plug for the RGB fans or i well need Corsair fan control ?. - Do you recommend using 3 fans at front(2 CPU fan + Fan) by removing the HDD house?. - Very awesome and inspiring build i hope i didn’t take much of your time , thank you.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Thanks Aku0! I don't understand what you meant by switch sides with the rad cables, if you meant the pump cables, I did not switch sides. Don't think it's possible.

About "CPU cables" I'm guessing you meant the bending of the ATX cables? It took a while to get it bend neatly like this, wasn't easy, just need patience.

The mobo does have RGB headers, I think there's a few but will not work with every RGB product out there. You will need to check if they are compatible.

phorga64 2 points 4 months ago

Love the build man, I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your sleeved cables. I have been looking all over for white/black/gray cables but can only find white/black.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks phorga64! I lost the link, it should be somewhere in this thread, someone else asked this before.

ryan_f1 2 points 4 months ago

Nice build mate. What kinda of temps as you getting having the rad at the front? Is it increasing your gpu temps much?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks ryan_f1! Getting high 60s degrees on both CPU and GPU on gaming loads with a small overclock on both. My ambient is around 27-30 degrees and I prefer my fans to be relatively quiet.

mhollow1 2 points 4 months ago

Sick build! Love the photography. Question on cable management. I am looking to do a very similar build and its my first time. Am i over my head going for a similar setup? My biggest concern is cable management. Those grayscale ext. cords you are using are not listed on your build. Do i need those cables and where would I get them? I see a ton of wires and it looks a little intimidating haha. Thanks and excuse the noob questions!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Thanks mhollow1! The key ingredient is something that money can't buy, patience. I have built several PC over the years but this built took by far the longest as I wanted it to be as close to my vision as possible. Although it took quite a while, I really enjoyed the process. So, as long you are fine spending some time putting this together, you are good to go.

I've added the link to the custom cables in the description as quite a few folks have been asking for it.

The wires took me a few days to sort out. The main challenge is the compact case which doesn't have a lot of room and the crazy amount of cables for the RGB and extensions doesn't help. If you don't mind a larger case, it should be easier.

mhollow1 2 points 4 months ago

Aw yes, patience, the key to everything haha. Thank you for the reply!

djsoulchill 2 points 3 months ago

This build just looks awesome and I would want to build my custom build based on this. However, I have limited budget (~$1200) and wonder if you have any recommendation to compromise the performance by choosing a lower tier product and keep the fantastic look of yours. First thought is that an i5 is probably enough for me. Thanks a lot in advance!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks djsoulchill! Certainly there are better value parts out there that can achieve a similar look. An i5 chip is a good start, other consideration are alternative RGB rams and fans, NZXT and thermaltake are good options. There are also many alternative RGB mobos that are cheaper, look for models with only essential features that you need and lose those bell and whistles that higher end models come with. Graphic card prices are dropping so they should be cheaper than what I bought last year. You also can opt for a SATA SSD instead of NVME, in terms of boot times and most loading times I could only feel a minor difference but you could certainly save a bit here.

The only area that I discourage saving on is the power supply, spending on a decent model from a reputable brand goes a long way and will easily last you 10s of years.

djsoulchill 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks so much for the candid advice! I shall look into cutting down the cost based on your suggestions. I hope I can make a build that is as nice as yours, or at least close.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I'm sure you will be able to, cheers!

ImApparentlyHuman 2 points 3 months ago

this is pretty tasty if you ask me

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks ImApparentlyHuman!

jsdrone 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Wow i love the pictures and the setup and wiring, i just completed my first build not too long ago. used the same motherboard that you have. Amazing. Is it still running strong?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks jsdrone! Yup, running as good as day one, absolutely trouble free!

Dr.Bird 2 points 1 month ago

Beautiful

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks Dr.Bird!

plzDonateAgame 2 points 1 month ago

Ok... this is epic

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks plzDonateAgame!

Kromatic 2 points 25 days ago

Really nice build! My 2500K is still going strong but it's time to upgrade. I'm eyeing the Kraken X52 and the same Meshify C case!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 days ago

Thanks Kromatic! Wow, great to hear you rocking 2500k, looking forward to seeing your build, PM me when you are done, cheers.

pixelvo1d 1 point 13 months ago

Hey! i was wondering where you got the cables? im doing a very similar build. Thanks and your build is awesome btw!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago
mmrtnt55 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I have a doubt about the LL120 RGB fans, you can control the lights and modes with the "lighting node pro", can you control the brightness too?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yes, full control of effects and brightness using lighting node pro. The cabling was quite a nightmare though.

123ExplodingTNT 1 point 12 months ago

may i ask what cable combs those are?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago
123ExplodingTNT 2 points 12 months ago

thanks

RickyAcid 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Can I ask what the bracket is beneath the GPU?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

That's the Atlas graphics card support brace, I bought it on amazon

RickyAcid 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Thank you very much. I only half expected a reply.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Haha no problem, just giving back to the community :)

Slaverson 1 point 11 months ago

what are ya gonna do with all that storage?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I enjoy taking pictures and they take up a ton of storage very quickly.

Slaverson 1 point 11 months ago

How Well does the Built-In Wifi Work?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Can't say much for the range as my router is just outside my room. Speed wise, very fast and stable.

Jweidman 1 point 10 months ago

What are the 2 black things in the back photo with the cables running to ? Awesome build btw!!! Been looking around for a new build

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks, I'm guessing you are referring to the 2 rectangle boxes which are the lighting controllers for the 3x Corsair RGB fans.

Klopnoraa 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build, but I was wondering what type of PSU cables you had?

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! Stock Corsair PSU cables with custom sleeved extensions.

BlinkKolo 1 point 7 months ago

I dont' see fan noctua =))

BenSopra 2 points 7 months ago

It's under the NZXT radiator at the front of the case.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

It's below the front rad, you can see a bit of it in one of the pics =)

RussianPcBuilder 1 point 5 months ago

A really beatiful build. I changed the cpu cooler to a corsair 100i, the case to a nzxt i500, the noctua to a more exspensive black noctua fan that had about 100 cfm, changed the psu to a cheaper 650w, and removed the hhd and m2 and switched to 500gb ssd and a 1tb seagate hard drive. Then I added a $192 24.5in 144htz monitor with a deathadder elite mouse, razer blackwidow x tournament edition, and $10 speakers. The price came up to $2002 USD.

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks Russianpcbuilder!

RussianPcBuilder 1 point 5 months ago

Np, but I even made it cheaper, but still as good. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/RussianPcBuilder/saved/wf3gwP

Ptolemyjohnson 1 point 21 days ago

My friend is obsessed with your build, he talks about it everyday and he won't shut up, do him a favour and ship it out to him so he can keep his mouth shut!

zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 days ago

Haha, with the parts much cheaper than last year, your friend can easily build one without breaking the bank.

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zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks zCHR0MIUM!

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zincfusion submitter 1 Build 5 points 14 months ago

Thank you xTroodz! I'm using Sony A6000 with Zeiss 16-70mm F4 lens.

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zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

It's the dark model, greyish tinted. some of the pics are taken with the glass off. Back when I bought the Meshify, they only had the dark.

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zincfusion submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 days ago

No worries, it's the Atlas Brace from Amazon.