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an axe-age, a sword-age,

shields will be cloven,

a wind-age, a wolf-age,

before the world's ruin.

...

after destruction,

a new earth will arise out of the sea.

I can finally play minesweeper without any lag! Even when I die, it is such a pleasure looking at all the explosions! All I can say, dream came true.

I actually was not expecting Phanteks Pro to be this big, but it did make cable management a piece of cake. Also, lighting in it looks beautiful; I am glad I decided to go with NZXT Hue for RGB lights. Now, I won't need to buy a Christmas tree, since I can set my lighting to red and green theme -> money saved and looks much better than a dead tree covered by wires.

Mobo I got might be a bit of an overkill, but I can tell you that sound quality got significantly improved from my laptop's. I will explore SupremeFX capabilities further, but I don't think I will be spending any money on a dedicated sound card at this point... + thinking to get a receiver with couple of towers in the future. And yes, this mobo has a lot more to offer (overwhelmed by the amount of exploration needed, feels great O_O)

Corsair k70 is my first mechanical keyboard and so far my experienced has been extremely positive. I did my homework beforehand and set myself on k70 mx brown switches, which turned out not easy to get. This version of the keyboard was sold out everywhere, with only blue and red switch versions available. However, I got lucky with the release of a limited gunmetal edition with red backlit right off the next day. Looks gorgeous and feels amazing, period.

--Future Upgrades--

  • Case Fans - I want to get 200mm red led front fan and a couple of 140mm to put on the top to improve the airflow and for better looks :P

  • RAM - planning to add another 8 gigs, depending on a need

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Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 9 points

You can play minesweeper with a 4ghz 4790k? That can't be right I swear you needed 4.5 minimum for the perfect minesweeper experience

  • 68 months ago
  • 5 points

following your advice, I OC-ed and damn! "Minesweeper just got to 11"

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL That is awesome!

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  • 68 months ago
  • 4 points

Like everyone mention, this build is not enough to run minesweeper. I would neg this, but I give you a +1 for effort

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh thanks man! To be honest with you, I am even surprised it can open minesweeper at all (crashes eventually, but still) :O

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm damn late, but did you disable Windows Aero? It will boost your performance a lot!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

well, I did try installing windows 98 and running its version of minesweeper...too much processing power needed, crash after crash 8(

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

**** m8, overclock that to 10Ghz and try again.

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

C'mon OP, stop bullshitting, we both know that rig couldn't even run minesweeper.

  • 68 months ago
  • 6 points

At first glance it might look that it can't, but when I squeezed as much power out of it as I could, a miracle happened. I got solid 10fps at 240p; never thought I could achieve such results with this rig!

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  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build and great wallpaper :) Eluveitie \m/

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ) I can't wait for their new album, "Origins", to come out, 3 weeks left :O

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah man, cant wait, it will be sick!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

But you still can't run Solitaire, right?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

At one point I was going to give it a try, but I am scared to do that. Under such extreme load, I am afraid cpu will just melt through the mobo. May be if I decide to custom watercool the cpu and gpu...still would be risky I think :'(

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I think if you submerge the entire thing in water, then add 3 more r9 290s, you might have a shot.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Good point, though instead of water, I would use liquid Helium, just to be sure. The temperature of 3 Kelvin should give me a better chance. After all, I think Solitaire will be worth all the trouble; to reach the golden standard of PC performance.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Moving to Antarctica would also help.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Powerful build. Components are exemplary for a high end rig, though why not just go the whole hog and buy a close loop cooler? Not that the EVO is bad, I use one myself.

How were those NZXT LED's btw? I bought some myself but haven't had the chance to test them out yet.

+1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

buy double-sided tape as the adhesive on the strip can be touch or go. if lighting doesn't look great pull the plug that connects the controller to the LED strip and flip it around. I accidently had mine flip and was like :o...this is garbage lighting. Something's not right... lets try this flips :OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Sooooo Pretty!!!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

That's exactly what I was told by the ebay seller I bought them off. Looking forward to my Air 540 being lit up like a Christmas tree.

Heard they shift colors to. Once again, NZXT goes above and beyond the call of duty.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

and lighting.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

they have different modes like blinking, fast blinking, gradient-style(?) blinking, and then all of those but going through ROYGBV cycle. they're pretty nice. and pretty long, so if you have a big case, there's plenty of LED stripping and if you want more you can order another strip and connect it to the end of that one!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The lights look fantastic! And yes, make sure you plug them in correctly. For a second, I did have a "wtf" face, but then just flipped the connector. The only downside is that the strip is not very sticky. The part at the top of my case always comes off, so I will need to get some double-sided tape for that.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally i would put the case on the floor though. It's not like you have a carpet and it's just so damm huge...

Looks great though, definetly +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks )

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

11/10 would follow into battle. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

"Hold the heathen hammer high with a battle cry

For the pagan past I live and one day will die"

-Týr - By The Light Of The Northern Star

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

well done +1. though I do have to ask with that budget why not a h100?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks ) My initial budget was $1.5k, and as you can see it was exceeded. My choice was either to get a better keyboard or h100i. For the time being, I think cm 212 evo is not a bad option (especially for $25). However, later on it is a possibility for me to upgrade to a 240mm closed loop.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

that's true the 212 is one of the best value air coolers by far thanks for responding

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the Bigelow tea. We give the chamomille to our daughter to help her with her teething.

How you like that keyboard? I love my K70. Expenseive but worth it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

"There can be no good game session, without a stein of tea" - Platobob (yes, I have a stein, which I dedicated to drinking tea)

So far, I really enjoy K70. It looks top-notch, and feels the same. I did some research in advance, I decided on K70 mx brown, but it was sold out everywhere. The good thing was Corsair released a ltd run of red-backlit gunmetal mx brown, so I grabbed it right away. Glad I did ;)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The title

God damn man. This build is gorgeous.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Twilight of the Gods will come upon us, and blood will be shed for the sake of new beginning (at least in the virtual world :P )

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, but I'm really curious about your audio setup. It would be awesome if you could post the details on that!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I've had Sony 540w EC909IP for more than 2 years now and I am absolutely in love with the set. Each speaker + a sub is 180w, all passive. The amp is connected via 3.5 mm audio to my PC at all times (before used it with a laptop). It has couple of eq. settings, but I prefer setting everything up on my PC. I really like that even on low volume I can clearly hear rich sound. It is very easy to distinguish lossless from mp3 using these bad-boys (95% of my music is in flac/alac). However, I have to say that these speakers are not flat, but have an accent on the base. I I listen to a lot of heavy music and enjoy "physically feeling" my music, so I put even more gain for lower frequencies on my eq setup. To comment on power...they usually run at 1/3 volume, since at half power most of my stuff in the room is resonating. Even though it is not a small setup, I've been moving it around quite a lot for parties and such. Even in relatively big rooms, these guys perform very well and always made the parties going. I would go as far as to say it was the best $200 I've ever spent.

Recently, Sony released an updated model, EC919iP 700w. I am being a bit skeptical about 700w output, but if they are anything as my set, then I would say it is the best budget option for PC speakers, imho.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, it's kinda love at first sight with those 700w's. Between your glowing recommendation of it's predecessor, it's aesthetics perfectly matching my next planned build, AND the price tag putting me right at my budget for said build, I'm strongly considering adding this. Thank you so much!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem ;)

All 'dedicated' PC speakers I've seen on the market are extremely weak (~20w-30w) in comparison to these beasts + you can't beat the sound quality for the price. For better, the only way to go is to get a receiver, towers, and a sub, which would be ~$400.

If you will have any other questions, feel free to shoot me a message.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, it'll probably run minesweeper on low-medium settings but it won't be able to get a solid 10+ fps with the lowest settings on solitaire. You are gonna need a 3000 dollar pc for that.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly. I have to keep dreaming on, and maybe one day... :'(

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For fellow tea drinker xP

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Tea ftw! :D

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Epic build! I'm planning to use the same graphics cards, but a lot of reviewers on Newegg complain about it being DOA or causing major artifacts and crashing. How's the stability on it?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

So far, I haven't had any problems with it. As can be read on many forums, Powercolor PCS+ has the best (comparable only to TriX) cooling, and I too can confirm it; temperatures are great on this bad boy. It seems to me, Powercolor is underrated, but it's getting there. I would definitely recommend this gpu.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

In three words how do you define your experience with the Entho Pro? :D

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Easiest. Cable. Management.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

In all seriousness, Enthoo Pro is massive to say the least. It is very spacey, so any crazy custom build you want to do - it won't be a problem. My plan is to work on my cooling, since there are plenty of options to install the fans. One thing to mention is that the window is not clear, but a bit 'darkened'. However, I prefer it, because it gives a very 'soft' view on the insides + with lights it looks gorgeous.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I am afraid this case is the best for the money! I am definetely getting the Luxe version. Thanks for your feedback!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the noise levels like with that GPU?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Cooling on PCS+ is superb, I don't hear it on idle. Under load, it does get loud of course, but nothing too crazy. While it does keep gpu cool during gaming sessions (~72 load), noise levels are manageable (and I am a noise freak). I would highly recommend this one.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: Could you tell me how loud the 200m front intake fan is? I believe it's a 3-pin fan so you can't exactly control it that much.

At 100% speed, right next to you while using the computer, is it too noisy? At night, could you sleep with that big guy spinning?

I always have my headphones on, however, when I'm gaming and my girl is sleeping, I can't have much noise coming from the computer.

I'm decided to buy the Enthoo Pro, I just need to know if I should change the front intake fans for dual 140mm fans (or whatever else) because of the noise.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

It is quite noisy indeed. I didn't update my photos yet, but I bought CM Megaflow 200mm (front) and Corsair AF140 Quiet Ed (rear) to replace the stock ones. I usually leave my computer on at night, and with this setup my pc is nearly silent. However, I put stock fans on top, and set them to turn on only when cpu temperature is above 55-60 C (thus usually they are off). As a result, stock fans did not go to waste as well.

Also, you can easily control the speed (pwm) of the fans thanks to the fan-hub on the back.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

A lotta people say the front 200mm fan is silent and others don't. I guess it really depends on each one's ear, ambient sound, room size, etc...

If I am to replace the front 200m, I'll buy the Megaflow 200mm or 2 silent 140mm fans. I guess I will just wait and see if the front 200mm is that loud to my ears during the night. It probably will be because I'm picky on this but I'll just wait before buying the Megaflow before hand.

Thanks a lot!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the monitor?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

not going back to a TN monitor, that's for sure; very much satisfied with it

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man. How is that keyboard. Was it worth the price and can you explain why you choose.. km brown or brown something?? Thanks this is a great build and i have heard numerous good things about the phanteks how is it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you connect your hyper evo fan into the FAN HUB in the back of your case or did you do something else? Because i am getting an identical system and would like to know what you did.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I connected it to cpu_fan on my mobo, while fan hub on the back is connected to cpu_opt. I wanted for cpu-cooler to be controlled independently from the rest of the system, that was the only reasoning behind it.

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Taking into account all the benefits of the case (great cable management, lots of functions and options to get creative, looks), I enjoy this case quite a lot. Though, if you are planning to move this case to LAN parties, then it is not the best option. The window indeed is not the best, not made for moving the whole thing around (easy to scratch). However, since after I moved to a new place, it will be stationary for the next years to come, there are no problems.