Description

In my amateur PC building "career" I have built three computers for myself. I have built a small handful of basic starter systems for friends and taught them how to do it, but in the end the most fun I have is my own. I started my custom building in 2009, with a stupid stupid computer. Basic unimpressive hardware, the absolute worst cable management you can ever see, and the two items I thought made the build; the case and the CPU cooling. I had an xClio "full tower" case, and it looked like it had a jet engine intake on the front, and if you want a good laugh, so go look at the pictures of it on Google Images. The cooling was a simple liquid cooling kit from Gigabyte.

I spent only a mere 2 years with that computer before I had finally had enough. I needed something with real cable managing options, a better interior look, more features, the works. That's when I spent a few months upgrading absolutely every piece of hardware in that computer. I called in The Interceptor because the DF-85 Antec case came with only red fans and I interspersed a few blue ones I had in there, so it looked like cop light colors. You can see the "evolution" of The Interceptor on my previous build, but really, the stage in which I had put the build in here was after a huge overhaul that had almost changed its identity entirely.

Well, I come to you now, with the final touches in its identity change. It's now a completely new beast, with quite a few healthy upgrades. I have since swapped out my idiotic CPX style power supply and got myself a real big boy power supply, with the Corsair HX1200i Plat certified modular and it's immaculate. I ditched the goth sci-fi looking case (well, "repurposed") and picked up the Corsair 750D, and it's exactly what a case should be. Silent, muted, and letting the hardware do the talking. While I was dinking around I upgrade away from the Vertex 3 2.5" 250gb SSD and grabbed a Samsung EVO 850 500GB m.2 slot SSD instead. Not quite the "OMFGOJFC" fast EVO 960, but it gave me more room to play with at a reasonable price.

She is now called Central, a nod to the Central computer in Judge Dredd (yes, the Stallone silly version)

I use this computer in many ways:

-Gaming (obviously) -Production work for Pants Pending Studios -Working at Amazon -Personal Dolby/DTS Cinema -Concert Hall -Graphics and Logo design -Vlogs, Streams, and Series

No, I am not a master of cable management. To get every cable of mine sleeved is going to take me a very long time because I am either just going to buy a full set of pre-sleeved from Corsair, or I am going to religiously research the exact right way so I don't screw up my cables. Until then, Corsair did it right, and gave us all black cables, so no unsightly rainbows of ugly colored wires, just dark blobs where I couldn't run where I wanted to.

I welcome your criticisms and comments, and everything in between, and I wouldn't blame you for passing it by. The best computers are the ones we build ourselves, customize ourselves, pour ourselves into for hours on end for a slight change of looks or functionality. Build on builders, keep up the good work.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build. For information on custom sleeving just do a youtube search on LutroO customs. He does a great job of explaining all the ins and outs of sleeving your own cables. Bitwit has a fairly good tutorial as well. You can save a big chunk of money from sleeving your own cables but be warned it can be a HUGE time sink and has a much bigger learning curve than one might originally think. Especially if you want them to look perfect. If you are just planning a one time project I would recommend you spend the extra money to buy pre made.

That being said it's very satisfying to look at those pretty cables in your case knowing you made them.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks very nice setup.

Only downside for me is the very thin grill at the top (that's the case I think?) that will be filled with dust so quick.

Good work man.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually a removable dust filter held in place by magnets. The case has two other filters, one beneath the PSU and the other for the front two fans.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy overkill PSU...

Build looks clean though, +1.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a jet engine in the front, you right.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

https://cablemod.com/

:) Good job btw.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a nice build but you definitely could've saved some money on the power supply and gotten a 1070... With your system you would've been better off with 650 watt maybe even a 550.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, though I have a few comments on the parts. First off, you did go overkill on the PSU, and I personally would have invested that money into something like a better GPU. Also, since you are running 3 monitors, a GTX 1070 would have greatly benefited you. My second comment is on the motherboard, which an extremely good motherboard, but not necessary for editing or gaming. You probably could have invested that extra money into a GTX 1080, which packs more than enough power. I also hope you are overclocking your processor to get the most performance out of it. As for your storage, I take it that you need that much, which is perfectly fine. However, instead of getting multiple 2 TB drives, I would have gotten a single 10TB drive with room to upgrade. Your M.2 is perfect for your needs, so awesome job on that. Your cable management is perfectly fine, if you can close the back panel on the case ;) Please dont take this criticism as harmful, I simply am just pointing out some areas that I would have made some changes. Other than those, great build and thanks for sharing.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build ! Something minor that I noticed with this build. The waterblock has a white logo. You can change the color on the waterblock to blue to match the rest of the build. If you are having problems with having the color to stick send me a message. I ran into problems keeping the color the way I wanted it to be until I figured out how to save the settings into the waterblock memory.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build. Love the color and cable management. I'm currently doing a build using the 750D and its an excellent full tower case with plenty of room. +1