Description

I’ve been gaming on an Alienware m14x since December of 2011 so this is a major upgrade. I’m a technician in the Navy and move around a lot so it has made sense to stick with that, but I’m finally settling down for the last 9 months or so before I get out so I’m ready to make the move to a desktop. The m14x was my first gaming pc/laptop and once I got it I instantly got the bug to learn more about pc gaming and hardware in general. I’ve been researching desktop hardware for about a year and a half and have planned this build since about May of 2014. I started with all my base hardware selections but after doing so much research, reading so many reviews, and combing through builds on pcpartpicker I probably switched out everything for something else at least twice, which led me to this final parts selection. Initially I wanted it to cost around $3k but I said screw it, this is my ‘hey you suffered for the last 5 years in the Navy’ present to myself so I let it slide to $4k. If you subtract the cost of the monitor, the keyboard, and the headphones, I actually feel like I didn’t do too bad for the price of the tower itself. I started buying the hardware in mid August as things went on sale and finished all purchases at the end of October. I originally planned on finishing around the end of November but got a little impatient. =)

The purpose of this machine is to destroy any game I throw at it in 1440p (144hz) for awhile. Right now I’m playing a lot of BF4 but plan on starting AC4, Borderlands Pre-Sequel, and DA:I real soon. I know that some of the parts are overkill, but I’m going to be honest, I just wanted an all around bada** rig that not only performed well, but looked just as good. Money wasn’t a huge factor for me. Initially I chose the 900D but switched to the 750D because it still has all the room I need and then some, even if I decide to do a custom loop which probably will happen in the future, and then even farther down the line if I want to make any upgrades. I plan on using this case for many years to come, along with some of the other components which explains why I went with RM1000. Hopefully I can make the i7 4790k last for awhile too, I feel like even though next-gen processors are out I really don’t see a reason (right now) to go with anything over this. Other components I went with, including h100i, Maximus VI Formula, Dominator Platinum, 840 Pro, and Corsair Quiet Edition fans were chosen mostly because from everything I’ve reviewed, these are all very solid choices regarding performance and aesthetics.

Now for what really matters, the GPU’s. The 780ti’s were an obvious first choice, I just wanted the muscle. But after the 980’s came out it made sense to go with those. With the better power efficiency I’m excited to overclock and see how far I can take them. Since the 980’s were out of stock for awhile I went ahead and started the build without them.

Everything went pretty smooth, as you can see I kind of went crazy with the paint. I originally was only going to do a couple things but when I realized how quick and easy it was to throw a coat over something I went all out. I’m really happy with the color scheme, I didn’t want too much green so I went white with the motherboard, hard drive bay, and case gpu backplates. I think it actually makes the green pop out a little more. I even used some white electrical tape to spice up the case’s USB 3.0 cable. The cable management was what I was worried about the most and as you can see I was a little OCD about it. I probably spent about 5 hours alone on cable management but I finally placed every wire/cable perfectly (in my opinion). Overall it's pretty clean because I had to wait so long to get the 980's, I wasn't in a rush at all and took a lot of time to make everything as clean as possible. The 750D is amazing, it seemed like there was an anchor or hole or whatever I needed placed perfectly for everything. I highly, highly recommend this case. I guess the only issue was that the sticky tape on the NZXT Hue LED strip didn't stick for very long so I went ahead and used super glue to keep it in place, problem solved. I’m going to make sure I post a lot of pictures of the cable management because I know I scoured through a ton of builds to find individual placements so for anyone who would like some ideas I want you to have a full resource right here. I finally was able to get a hold of the two 980's after about 3 weeks of waiting and I think their paint job turned out really awesome.

I would also like to thank the 10,000 cable ties that heroically gave their life for this build, you will not be forgotten. Finally, for all of you curious folks out there, yes. This computer does run Minesweeper at ultra settings.

Just a reminder, this is my first build so I am absolutely open to positive criticism and recommendations and of course if you have any questions about any of the hardware or experiences with this build please ask! Also, if you would like to see a picture with the LED’s at a certain color just ask and I’ll throw one up, cheers!

http://giphy.com/gifs/qmEboC2VVjBgQ

^ Me when I woke up this morning and saw I had almost 150 upvotes overnight, thanks everyone!

Update 11/15/14: My ROG Swift came in a couple of days ago and it's amazing. I've been reading about some quality assurance issues with these monitors but mine arrived with no issues at all. I highly recommend this monitor, playing games at 1440p, at 144hz with G-Sync is absolutely night and day from where I'm coming from and I couldn't be happier. I was also having some problems with flickering when playing in full screen mode in SLI, but found out that it had something to do with having the SLI bridge on the left slots of the cards. I just moved it over to the right and the flickering was gone. Pics have been added of my full setup! I don't really like having to put the tower under my desk but it's just temporary until we relocate next year. I also had time today to overclock, these pics are also included. I met and slightly surpassed the goal/sweet spot for these cards which is 1500 MHz GPU clock at 1512 MHz so I'm happy about that. Memory clock was set to 1830 MHz and I also set an overvoltage of 50mV. 4790k was running smoothly, 4.7GHz at 1.280V. After about 4 hours of strenuous gaming, top GPU peaks at 86C and bottom at 83C.

Update 02/15/16: I recently made the switch from the Blackwidow Ultimate to a the CODE 104-Key with Cherry MX-Clear switches from WASD Keyboards. The clicking of the Blackwidow was a little too loud, especially when I've been up late writing code for school. I modded the new board with 40 A-L 0.2 mm O-ring switch dampeners so there is much more of a softer sound when typing but still a full keystroke. This keyboard is an absolute pleasure to type on. For anyone who spends a serious amount of time on their computer, I highly recommend investing in a peripheral like this. The Spectre Project build is still chugging on stronger than ever, 15 months after it's debut!

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 207 points

I would like to make a comment, but please excuse me for just a moment. I have to grab my jaw off the floor before the cat buries it in the litterbox.

  • 58 months ago
  • 49 points

Same. Thats your FIRST build. Holy crap.

  • 58 months ago
  • 68 points

My thoughts were if I was going to do one, then I was going to do one right.

  • 58 months ago
  • 26 points

You did sir. That is sick.

  • 58 months ago
  • 12 points

Thank you!

  • 55 months ago
  • 14 points

I'm gonna say thank you to you for proving that there is in fact a heaven

  • 39 months ago
  • 5 points

Are you going to upgrade to 1080

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

also, how's the cooling on 980's, i was thinking of doing that but was sceptical about how cool they'd be, hope you're happy with your amazing *** build

  • 12 months ago
  • 6 points

I want a computer that uses Windows 95 or XP that has minesweeper that can run Cs : go at 0.23 Fps which then blows up into ashes...

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

Plz build one

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

i will ig lol

  • 58 months ago
  • 15 points

Ha thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

xD

  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

Same here!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 46 points

PCPartPicker needs a favorite button...

  • 58 months ago
  • 12 points

I agree!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I book mark my favorites, but that really isn't as good as having FVT button.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Imagine that... +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 19 points

This build does give the impression of becoming a potential Joker project but nevertheless, this looks incredible.

  • 58 months ago
  • 10 points

I did think about this and switch the LED's to purple for a little bit lol, thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I also love the Mass Effect case :) The whole build looks bad-***, but the case and LEDs are what ties it all together. Again, insanely impressive for a first build

  • 58 months ago
  • 18 points

This is one of the most incredible builds I have ever seen. The paint job is exquisite and the cable management is incredible. This could have had better parts for the price but buddy, that doesn't matter. Congrats on the build and I hope you enjoy the upgrade from the alienware

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

It's kind of blowing my mind, thanks for the praise!

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

I was going to say the same thing as gigagoku12 when I was looking at the pics and reading your description section. On my build I'm going with the new 5930k but damn that beast you built look soooo sweet! I'm inspire by it. Paint job [√]

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It's actually really easy to paint stuff. When are you building yours?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Go with 5820k, it outperformances the 5930k in many ways, if you're going nuts, just go with the 5960x xO

  • 58 months ago
  • 9 points

That looks amazing and I am absolutely and 100% jealous of your fantastic build, thanks for your service. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

Thanks, I appreciate that!

  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

Awesome build for the price and congrats on surviving the navy +1 and P.S are you planning to OC it?

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank you, and I'm absolutely going to overclock. Tonight I'm just kind of staring at it in awe and tomorrow I have all night to experiment and benchmark.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Can I get your benchmark results?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I get your benchmark results to compare it to a mac pro plz?

  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

I'm wet.

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

Yes, like that. Exactly.

  • 34 months ago
  • 0 points

Thats funny as hell!

  • 52 months ago
  • 5 points

My name is Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite shop on the Citadel.

  • 52 months ago
  • 4 points

That's a straw, Tali.

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

That build is just awesome. What an absolute beauty. +1000

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It is easy on the eyes lol, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

This is one of the greatest builds on this site.

+9000

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much!

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

There are good builds, and then there are great builds, and then there's your build. Awesome color scheme and very clean. Easily one of the best builds I've seen this month. +2 (I've got another account reserved for these special occasions).

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Ha thank you so much! I wanted mine to be unique and I don't think I've seen a green/white color scheme build on this site, there might be one hiding lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

Holy S***. Def the cleanest build i have seen on pcpartpicker. Nice +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Really clean build and nice color scheme! +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I had a lot of time while waiting for the 980's to work on the overall cleanliness.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the creativity and the meticulous attention to detail with EVERY aspect of this build. Definitely one of the best builds on PCPartPicker.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

You've literally made the best build I ever saw, even better tha Linus's personal PC, this build is just epic. You're devoted to that PC. How much did it took you to build this PC a week?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

It took about 3 weeks, but I started building soon after the 980's came out and they were sold out everywhere for weeks. I have about 15-20 hours in this.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

After proper observation of thus build, i pinched myself 23 times before realising it is real life. Then i logged in to my bank account and checked my funds. After confirming that i'm poor, i closed this tab and searched on google "Top paying jobs in the US"

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard if you keep logging into your bank account, money will suddenly appear at some point, that's my strategy anyways (still trying to confirm legitimacy).

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Best N64 I have ever seen!

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

My PC is in the company of a legend.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

It's so beautiful.

  • 58 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks, I put a lot of effort into it and I hope everyone on here enjoys it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I am amazed, truly a master piece.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

This is seriously absolutely beautiful nice job +100000 if I could

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey could I get your opinion on those razer krakens?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I like them a lot, I think they are great for a pair of headphones under $100. I've had 2 pairs with no problems.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

And to clarify, they are the 7.1's.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And sorry I asked like 10 days after my first comment I just started looking for headphones and was considering the krakens haha.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

absolutely a work of art. Thank you for your service in the military and congrats on your fist build! absolutely fantastic.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much, I just checked your build out too, awesome! Adding a little paint to a GPU is so easy but can give a build a lot of personality, very nice.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly! Enjoy your new baby haha and thanks for checking mine out.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

sleekest build i've ever seen NICE

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done! Building a PC for my girlfriend at the moment, and I'll be modding a lot of the colours to go for an orange accent. Love this build and the green/white. Only thing that kind of bugs me are the red accents that are still visible from the mobo. But other than that, sheesh, this is a monster! Cheers :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man, the good thing about the red is that you really have to look for them, the lower slot is actually really hard to see unless you're low down. I might get a black slot protector to cover it up though, I'm still looking into that.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Either way, great attention to detail. Going through the photos, I was stressing out at how terrible the colour coordination was, but once everything started getting painted I felt a lot better haha. Just out of curiosity, what did you use to paint the metal parts? Plastidip? I'm looking at doing some modding myself and I'd love some tips.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If you look at the 3rd picture it has both paints I used, both are good for pretty much any surface with no sanding needed. I'm not an experience painter at all and I had no issues using both of those. I only had plans to paint the fan rings when I began but it evolved into this lol. Look at other builds on here, that's how I got all my ideas while I was building.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Well done man

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

It is a beautiful piece of art. Nice modding with the color scheme. Tremendous cable management.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Brilliant build! If only i had the money xD

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries man.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

The Aesthetics, the Colorway, the Power... I have died and gone to heaven.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Gaming PC's in Heaven - Confirmed!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

After reading the description, reviewing the part list, and reading some comments, I decided to check the photos out. I guess your PC is too godly for my eyes to rest upon, my page crashes everytime I click to view the photos.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang, I wonder why?

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Gorgeous build, absolutely gorgeous. I'm doing my first build this week... inspired

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I hope it turned out good!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

yo I have that same blue/clear blender bottle ....we should hangout and build pcs.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Shaker bottle users unite!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

10/10 cable management (and sorry this is 2 years too late)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

im just getting into pc building, planning out my first build, and i stumble across this beauty... holy ****. this is one of the best and best looking builds ive ever seen, and this was almost 2 years ago. great job!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been jealous of builds.

I've been envious of prowess.

Never. Ever. Have I been more pushed to tears because of this beautiful thing.

Not only did you serve and honor our nation, you honor the gaming community with this.. piece de résistance.

I have but one question for your magnificent beast of a machine...

Can it run Minecraft?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, thank you! It doesn't just run Minecraft, it runs circles around it!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

You should get a slightly bigger desk so you can have your work of art on better display! Great build btw!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, it's on display now!

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/6w3bt6

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I see that this was done a while ago, but I still have to say THIS IS INSPIRING. Great creativity and efficient use of money.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's been rebuilt recently, but still has the same core components. And it definitely still gets the job done.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

If this is your first build then I must see your build when you have conquered the arts of pc building

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I made another one but this one will forever be my best.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Gorgeous OuO

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the formula vi over vii? The vii has a z97 chipset so you could overclock with that h100i.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on sticking with Devil's Canyon for awhile, and I was under the impression that the main update of Z97 had to do with PCI-E M.2 support, I may be wrong? If you are able to overclock better in any way with Z97 I was not aware, but I think I'll be able to overclock just fine with the VI.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

holy smokes..

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

"This computer does run Minesweeper at ultra settings" with just a i7!! lets see some benchmarks or it didnt happen... jk +!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Pics or it didn't happen! Ha

Stay tuned for overclocking/benchmarking results later this week, I'm just sitting here enjoying it at the moment lol

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks unreal my friend, very nice job.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done and well documented...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I like to see builds progress through the pictures so I thought it'd be cool to show everyone the whole process.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my god. I don't even have words to describe this build. This is by far the best build I've seen on this website, and I've been on here for a little over a year now. Very well done. +1.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I checked out your builds too and you've got talent for being younger, very nice!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had the money to build this... XD AMAZING BUILD BRO

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

SOMEONE CALL THE AMBULANCE MY FACE IS GOING THROUGH THE GOD DAMN COMPUTER AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH ;P

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Or the air bag yah that works too :p

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I could tell you know what yo uwere doing by seeing you use different type of fans for the intaking air and for the radiator

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I may have done some research ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

can you give me link to that reasearch? :) Thank you

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't read an article or anything I just spent a lot of time on this site looking at other builds and saw what worked and what didn't for others.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me the inspiration was femshep.

I applaud that you are rewarding yourself for working your *** off and doing it in style. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to be honest, I haven't done a playthrough as femshep but when I get my monitor I might have to.

Thanks for the praise!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I prefer femshep voice acting by a large margin, definitely worth playing through again!

I expect photos of the new monitor with a sweet femshep background :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry I'm going to throw some photos up of the whole setup once I get the monitor!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sexy build bro +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I checked out your build earlier, how do you like that keyboard? I almost got it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it, I'm a huge fps gamer myself and I found it suits me perfectly for that genre of games (used to have steelseries apex, hated it)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I've only been typing on Blackwidow for a couple days now and it seems pretty nice, a lot different moving to a mechanical keyboard. I'm going to test it out with some BF4 tonight.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel ashamed because your build is just so good it shames all other builds

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I don't know if it's that good, but thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

that is very good!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build...+1.. just a few questions:how did you disassemble the 980's? Can you comment a link on the paint and primer you used? and how did you apply the paint?

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It's pretty easy to take apart the 980's there are just a ton of screws. Here is the link I used, check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCclKJQGPKs

My 3rd picture is of the paints I used, I knew some people would be curious. I just took the parts outside on a piece of cardboard and applied with horizontal strokes about 10 inches away from the hardware. Trust me, it's a lot easier then you may think, I was intimidated by painting my stuff but once I started doing it I realized how simple it is. I'm surprised more people don't do it, it's probably just the intimidation factor.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude thanks! that was really helpful

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad I could help!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

excuse me as i go cry in the corner

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

btw got any tips for a first time builder?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Have patience! Take the time to research parts, what works good with each other and look at other builds to see what worked for them and what didn't. Also take your time building it, that way you can really think about what you're doing instead of focusing on just finishing it so you can play on it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how you changed the color on the PSU, great idea for making it blend in.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, it only took about 10 minutes to cut out the masking tape, nice and easy. I don't see a lot of people do it and I hate seeing color themed builds where the color on the psu doesn't match lol

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! That has to be the perfect components used in a computer ever, i am so jealous of those parts and the look of them is great as well. great build, great parts, and great color! Have fun with those parts.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I spent a lot of time researching different hardware and it really paid off.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Going to be doing a build for combined Christmas Birthday present for self and seriously thinking about custom painting absolutely everything as you have done...

Are there any issues you had that may be important to know about? and if there are what precautions would I take to prevent them?

As for the computer, IT IS INCREDIBLE, love the colour scheme and definitely well balanced in the Cpu/Gpu combo

Absolutely a +100 if possible

Omnitech_Nz

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I had no issues really, I did try to paint on a windy day and I don't recommend that lol. The paints I used worked well though, check out my 3rd picture if you would like to see them. Don't be intimidated by painting, it's easy. Thanks for the praise!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Will definitely do so

Once again love the build and will notify you when I do mine

It will probably be red and black (I know its overused)

Omnitech_Nz

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gonna do a black/blue build but cause I can I'm buying an ASUS Gryphon Z87 than getting the armor kit than I'm painting it a fluorescent blue which will look sick in the NZXT S340 which is the case I'm going to get

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen that combination before and it does look rather awesome

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I've changed my mind cause the cheapest dual sli my that supports lga1150 is red/black I've decided on something I've never seen before I'm going to build a stealth pc so im going to get all black components and 2 GTX 980's same with meithen's build but instead of green I'll paint them black so everything is black

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello again Meithen.

The time has come and I have purchased my parts for the new computer and will be building it as soon as the parts arrive.

Will hope to get it up on here within a few months, possibly by February

This is the part list that I purchased - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Omnitech_Nz/saved/FwfnTW

Hope you are loving the awesome addition you made to this awesome site and of course merry Christmas to all

Omnitech_Nz

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Freakin' beautiful!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really cool build. +1 for the Mass Effect theme!

If (when!) you get a custom loop in there, be sure to update this. It will turn a great build into an amazing build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I wanted a theme but not an overwhelming one so I just used the stickers, they're subtle but add a lot to the personality. All updates will be documented, thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello!

First off - Absolutely beautiful build. Great part choices, and an absolutely great product. I noticed that you still have that one red PCI slot which, if you're anything like me, probably bothers you a bit. The product linked below may be your answer to that, if you are so inclined.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11170/ram-51/Lamptron_Advanced_Slot_Protector_Kit_Version_II_-_DDRII_and_DDRIII_-_Black_SP2.html?tl=g51c519s1492&id=cg7gRQie

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11172/ram-53/Lamptron_Advanced_Slot_Protector_Kit_Version_II_-_DDRII_and_DDRIII_-_UV_Green_SP2.html?tl=g51c519s1492&id=cg7gRQie

Anyways, great job! I love to see these on this site!

+1

:)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are pretty cool I might have to look into that, I'm glad you enjoyed the build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Well Done!...that flat white paint without any primer on the mobo armor is amazing i can't stop looking at it, for white and green i can picture this with a G1 Sniper 5 but then again that one has no armor and you don't like too much green, nice custom emblem amazing custom paint mod thank's for posting! +1

  • 58 months ago
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I think the mobo armor is one of my favorite parts of this build, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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brb changing underwear

  • 58 months ago
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Good luck with that!

  • 58 months ago
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Absolutely phenomenal build my friend. Been on this site a while. There have been very few builds which ever motivate me to say this but thank you for being a part of this site, and letting us experience your builds. This is truly one of the best builds on the site and I think the amount of up-votes you've received in this short space of time reflects that.

If you would be so kind as to answer one of my questions. Did you use the same spray paint to stencil the N7 logo onto the window, or did you do it a different way?

I'm going to be doing much the same thing soon. Was there any problems you ran into while attempting to paint your hardware?

Once again, phenomenal build.

~Peace~

  • 58 months ago
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Thank you! Even Im surprised that's it's gotten so many so quick. I actually ordered the stickers on Etsy from Designs From Vinyl, I just got a white decal and a green one and used half of each. Same for the Spectre logo. I didn't run into any painting problems, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I appreciate the prasie!

  • 58 months ago
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I love the build but personally I think that the white offsets it a little... Personal opinion though!

  • 58 months ago
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We're all entitled, I wanted a green build but I also wanted it to be a little different than others.

  • 58 months ago
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ahh! Well good on you :D

  • 58 months ago
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I've gone through your album at least four times before commenting. This is art. Beautiful. What I really like about this is that it's so clean. There is so much power in that PC, yet you managed to tidy everything up nicely. Have fun gaming!!

  • 58 months ago
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Even I look through the album about every hour or so, I've been showing it off at work today, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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That looks awesome! What did you use to paint your components and is it safe? I've always wanted to but haven't had the guts to risk it. Also, how long do you have to leave it to dry?

  • 58 months ago
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My 3rd picture is of the spray paints I used and they worked great with no issues. Trust me, painting is very easy just have a plan i.e. will you need masking tape like I did for the psu, or can you just paint something straight up with no risk of damage like the fan rings. Once you start though it's very easy. I let my stuff dry for about 5 hours.

  • 58 months ago
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Ok, thanks! I might give it a try soon :)

  • 58 months ago
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Good luck! Let me know when you do it, I'd like to check it out.

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks! Might not be for a while though, as I am still saving up to build my dream rig :)

  • 58 months ago
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Normandy! Awesome build, very clean, very pretty.

  • 58 months ago
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That was my second choice for a name, thank you!

  • 58 months ago
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Like the white and green color scheme, I want to do the same thing with hackintosh dual booted with linux.

  • 58 months ago
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I thought it was unique, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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That..My good sir, kicks ***

  • 58 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
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I love when people paint their stuff. Such care, such passion. Ever since that borderlands themed build I have always +1 these builds.

  • 58 months ago
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And it's so easy to do, people don't realize it. Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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Red white and green seems like it would be hard to pull off, but you did a fantastic job. +1

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks! I tried hard to cover up the red and I actually don't mind the red LED's. I looked into using maybe a green film or something behind the 'Reublic of Gamers' but it turns out the LED's themselves are red.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Put some pants on! Great build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the greatest build on site. +1000

  • 58 months ago
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That means a lot!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such a badass build. +1...

  • 58 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
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(maybe someone asked this already) What kind of paint did you use? Did you have to do any sanding/primer?

  • 58 months ago
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Check the 3rd picture, it has both of them. I didn't have to do any sanding but I did prime the red fan rings with white before I applied the green. I don't know if it made the green any brighter at all but that's what I did.

  • 58 months ago
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3 thumbs up

  • 58 months ago
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That's impressive, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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If this build does not get over 500 upvotes I am going to be genuinely upset.

  • 58 months ago
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I'm already blown away that it's gotten this many lol

  • 58 months ago
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Well you deserve it. Your part choices, photos, description, and your attention to detail are fantastic! This is an example of a very well planned PC.

  • 58 months ago
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I found myself looking for all those things in builds on this site but there aren't many that really satisfy everything, so I made sure to do it myself. I was monitoring sites with nowinstock.com but found out that they won't alert you right away when a seller gets an item in stock, there is a slight delay. That's how I got my 980's, I just got lucky checking newegg. So i had Best Buy and B&H pages open and I just refreshed them every time I got on my phone. Sure enough I was eating lunch one day and the Swift was in stock on Best Buy so I placed the order and 15 seconds after I did I got the text alert from nowinstock. Five minutes later they were gone!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, Impressive.

  • 58 months ago
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Btw, where did you get your ROG SWIFT? I can't find a single one in stock.

  • 55 months ago
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Annnnddddd it only took about 2 months lol. No reason to be upset now!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job man :)

I just finished my build. It's very similar to yours: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skiskate10/saved/Dx6ypg

  • 55 months ago
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Awesome, when are you planning on publishing it?

  • 58 months ago
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Very simple, clean, and beautiful. My only question is about the "N7" and how did you do that on the window?

  • 58 months ago
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Thank you! I ordered the decal on Etsy from Designs From Vinyl, one green and one white then used half from each one.

  • 58 months ago
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Every now and then there is a master piece on PCPP, I never usually see them in the first 24 hours. But now that I have, it's like I'm witnessing a miracle. Great build!

  • 58 months ago
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Yeah it's kind of blowing up on here lol, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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This is truly a master piece, When I do my next expensive build hope I can come close to making somthing like this

  • 58 months ago
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It just takes planning and effort, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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I was worried that the red with the formula VI was going to clash with the green, but you did a good job with the paint, and hiding the red pcie ports and ram slots. Just curious though, why didn't you go with the Formula VII? Regardless, it's a fantastic build, and of course thanks for your service!

  • 58 months ago
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I chose the Z87 just because it had so many reviews and to be honest I didn't look too hard into Z97, it just seemed like it was an update but one that I really wouldn't benefit from, so I stuck with the board that so many swore on. Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense.

  • 58 months ago
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The build that I am working on is nearly identical. It would be a great help to know how this build turns out. Congratulations on finishing it :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, I look forward to checking it out!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favourite build on PC Part Picker.

  • 58 months ago
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I knew someone would make this comment lol

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

man.... WOW..! I feel I need to break down mine and add some more color. Great PC with a beautiful presentation. Amazing work +1

  • 58 months ago
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It's easier than you think, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow... This many likes in one day...

Truly Enthusiast Grade Build!

  • 58 months ago
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I know, even I'm kind of like woah. . . I just did this for a hobby, and I already have the 17th most upvoted build out of over 10.5k?? Blows my mind, I'm humbled!

  • 58 months ago
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37th*

  • 58 months ago
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Yes, you really did make this build spectacular!

  • 58 months ago
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Please, be my friend? Fantastic ideas and look to your build man. You've inspired so many ideas for me after having completed my build last week.

Cheers bro, congrats on a great looking build.

  • 58 months ago
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It's amazing what you can do with a couple cans of paint and some masking tape right? Thanks, I appreciate that and I'm glad I can inspire ideas!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely beautiful! Definitely one of the best I've seen on this site, great job. Thanks for your service as well.

  • 58 months ago
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I'm glad you like it, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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wow! ****** sweet build man. Im so jelly right now lol

  • 58 months ago
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  • 58 months ago
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Fantastic build man, going for something slightly less absurd than this for my post deployment build. Foxtrot Tango November.

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks man and I hear you! Hang in there.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really good! This is my first comment after looking through 100's of builds. I too have been getting my plans together for my next build after 5 years. Still on the first gen i5. Hands down the best looking build I have seen on here. Congrats!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you that means a lot, I look forward to seeing your build when you finish, let me know so I can check it out!

  • 58 months ago
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Will do. I just finished purchasing all the parts today. woohoo!

  • 58 months ago
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Finally have my build done. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/NrRG3C It's not on your custom design level, but I like it so far... :o)

  • 58 months ago
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OH man. My jaw ....

Too bad all we see of the graphics cards are those 980 Backplates.... D: The 980s look awesome! You have SICK and AMAZING spray painting skills!!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

You know what's crazy, I have no experience with spray paint. I think people are just intimidated by painting and it's so incredibly easy! Thanks, they are unique and I love them.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for serving our country! AND DAMN THAT IS A BAD *** BUILD

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate that, thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you just lost about all the warranties due to that paint XD jk i really dont know

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually paid for advanced extended warranties and they cover a full repair even to painted cards =)

  • 58 months ago
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well nice im still here trying make a 1.2k build. I feel so poor compared to all the builds on this site

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Most builds aren't that expensive, you can do a lot with a little money if you know how to use it right.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah true

  • 58 months ago
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Wow first build, amazing! This is a pc fit for Commander Shepard himself XD

  • 58 months ago
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I would like to think so, thank you!

  • 58 months ago
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I would like to say some witty phrase congratulating this completely astounding build, but I don't think it would do it justice. By the way, did you just tape around the PSU to color the yellow parts of it?

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks, I just stuck a strip of masking tape over the lettering and then used a box cutter to cut out where the letters were, I could see them through the tape still.

  • 58 months ago
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Cool. Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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Can I buy it!? :O

  • 58 months ago
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Of course! But right now I don't think I could let it go for less than. . . $15,000 lol

  • 58 months ago
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If you've time and patience, it would be a good idea sell similar builds. You could make some extra dough (other than Navy pay). I'm sure folks (on this site and elsewhere) will definitely buy because of the excellent build quality displayed in good detail. I'd have brought one, but I game very little on weekends. Great job, once again.

  • 58 months ago
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That would be like a dream job but I wouldn't know how to advertise and do all that, a cool idea though. I guess I could just recreate this one basically, but whatever colors people wanted lol.

  • 58 months ago
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Akula2 is right. Everyone notices a build that someone puts time and effort into, and you clearly did. The build quality is just off the charts. And Id like to add in, most people in this price range are buying prebuilt ones. So don't feel like no one is wanting a build like this. No company I know of does a paint job like this!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I'll get picked up by a company when I get out. I'm planning to go to school, but building enthusiast computers has been in the back of my mind.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done. Great cable management. Thanks for posting.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Hooked III is pretty awesome.

  • 58 months ago
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I like your style. Very impressive! I'm in the process of building my first too. Don't know 100% what I'm doing but I'm just gonna wing it. Should be fun.

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks, when I started buying this the only things I planned on painting were the fan rings. Being spontaneous is what led to this final outcome.

  • 58 months ago
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this is just stupid pretty. you did a superb job!! +1

  • 58 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
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That motherboard is sexy :)

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks! It was pretty easy to take apart and paint.

  • 58 months ago
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You sir, have presented the best piece of computer p0rn on the internet. I only hope that I can be as cool as you one day...

  • 58 months ago
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XXX rated, thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

**** bro, nice.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

10,000 cable ties that heroically gave their life for this build, you will not be forgotten.

:))

This is called Craftsmanship. An incredible work and result, Meithen.

  • 58 months ago
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I bought a pack of 100 and had 5 left lol. Thank you, I appreciate that!

  • 58 months ago
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You my friend have yourself a true masterpiece. I too am going with a green theme for my first build, and in the same case too! Your cable management is truly stunning, and I love the custom paint! This is one of those builds where I feel like +1 is just simply not enough. But, seeing as it is my only option... +1 for sure! :) Also, how is the 4790k treating you? I have been debating between that or the 5820k, but can't seem to decide which is better. My goal is to have the cpu last about four years, if possible. Thanks for the input and once again fantastic build! :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! If you're using the same case then hopefully I've helped you in some way with how you want to do things. The 4790k is solid so far and it overclocks like a champ, I also get very good temps with the h100i, maxed out at 62C under load with the overclock. Let me know if you need any other info and also when your build is done so I can check it out!

  • 58 months ago
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Awesome, thanks for the advice! I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I build mine. Also, thank you for your service and I am glad to hear that you are back safely :)

  • 58 months ago
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One more thing, it would be a huge favor if you could look over this parts list and tell me your thoughts. This rig is designed for 1080p gaming/ streaming. Any feedback would help, positive or negative :). Thanks a bunch! Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MaskedMonster21/saved/4t2j4D

  • 58 months ago
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I don't know a lot about ddr4 and the new 6 core processors so i wont pretend like i do lol. About the fans though, besides replacing the 3 140mm case fans where are you going to put the other 3 140's. And why go with 10000 rpm hard drive when you could get 2 or 3 tb for cheaper and get a 256gb ssd?

  • 58 months ago
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For the fans, I will be putting two in front, one on the bottom, one in back, and 4 on my Kraken x61 in a push/pull config. As for the hard drive, I have been doing a bit of research myself and I did notice that there isn't a tangible performance difference. I will probably be getting a 1tb hard drive and a 512gb SSD. Thanks for the feedback :)

  • 58 months ago
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Also, sorry to keep bothering you, but how do you like the Razer Kraken headset? I've been considering it, how is the virtual 7.1 surround? Thanks again for all of your feedback!

  • 58 months ago
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This is by far the most gorgeous looking machine I've ever seen! You obviously put a lot of patience and care into this build. Enjoy!

  • 58 months ago
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A lot of patience lol. I had to wait for the 980's so I had plenty of time to tweak and fix things. Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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Wow. No way this is your first build hahaha. But seriously this is amazing. I love the customization with this. I saw Linus do this to his build and it was awesome but you took it off of this world. I love it. I would give more up votes but I cannot. +100

  • 58 months ago
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It's all in the planning and acting upon your spontaneous ideas lol. I don't think I've seen that build I might have to look for it. Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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Yep. This deserves all the upvotes it's going to get.

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks! Gatsby is actually one of my favorite custom loop builds on the site.

  • 58 months ago
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Wow, that's an honor. Thanks a bunch for that comment.

Seeing you paint the thumb screws holding the PCI slot holders made me want to do that. I'll be doing that this weekend. So thank you!

  • 58 months ago
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Cool are you going to post some more pics? Let me know because I want to check it out when it's done!

  • 58 months ago
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Yeah more than likely. I've added corsair fans and that too. So I can do one big update showing everything

  • 58 months ago
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So freaking sick

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
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Seems like your fire strike is a little low for your gear. Have you tried optimizing for benchmarks!?

  • 58 months ago
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I'm not very experienced with benchmarking so any advice would be appreciated!

  • 58 months ago
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I absolutely love this build. It's clean and green :P and it's somewhat how I want my future build to be. Just one question, what spray paint did you use? Or plasti dip? Thanks, and great build.

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks, check out the 3rd picture it has both of them.

  • 58 months ago
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Thanks.

  • 58 months ago
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Did you get the painting thing from Linus?

  • 58 months ago
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I did not but someone did just send me the link so I'm going to watch it soon.

  • 58 months ago
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Maybe you should get a Quadro or some sort of PCI-E SSD to fit in that bottom RED PCI-E lane... looks kinda weird