Description

EDIT: Never thought I'd get featured. Thank you all so much for the support!

This is my first Custom PC (coming from console gaming). I purchased all the parts June - July 2017 around the time when mining was driving prices up. I built this mainly for performance with some DIY mods to make things look nice.

After looking around for cases I was torn between the NZXT s340, NZXT Noctis, and the Corsair 400c. After watching several of videos, I felt that the 400c would be best for me in terms of aesthetics and great air flow. I also stumbled upon the INWIN Infinity case which I thought was just amazing and is the inspiration behind this case mod. I saw the price tag of the INWIN case and that combined with lack of airflow made me run (though it did look nice). I knew I wanted to mod the case but wasn't sure how I would be able to accomplish it while keeping a clean look and slim profile. After lots of trial and error and just making things up as I went, I think it turned out pretty good.

BUILDING THE INFINITY MIRROR: The total mod itself was actually pretty cheap in terms of parts. It just took a lot of tinkering around to get it to look right. For the LEDs, I wanted to make it a little more interesting than the regular 5050 LED mono color strips. I decided to go with WS2812 LED strips which have individually addressable LEDs (this basically means you can have different colors for each pixel on the strip. The frame of the mirror is actually just a cheapo wooden picture frame with glass. I got the LED strip off of eBay. They also sell the same strips on amazon. Just make sure its the WS2812 strip if you want individual colors. To control the strips, I got a bluetooth controller called SP105E that connects to my PSU via molex connector. It has an iphone app that I use to control it with bunch of modes. I could have used arduino which I might do in the future, however I just want an easy way to control the lights. If someone can point me to a desktop application that can control the lights with different patterns I would really appreciate it. I just want something that will remember the color I set it to as my current controller defaults to red on boot. Its pretty annoying connecting my phone to bluetooth then opening the app every time I turn on my PC.

Anyways, I started by unscrewing the metal plate off of the front cover and then dremeling down these little plastic ridges that were holding the metal plate up. I bought a mirror from Walmart and used a glass cutter I got from Lowes to cut it to the right size. Cutting glass was pretty tricky so I had to practice with many failed attempts (had to buy another mirror but at least it was only $5. I cut up the backing of the picture frame and used it as a spacer between the frame and the front panel to give clearance for the LEDs (1cm width). Also had to cut the glass from the picture frame and luckily, I got it right on the first try. I used 20% mirrored automotive window tint I bought from ebay. Then I had to cut the frame down to size bit by bit and then I stuck it together using superglue (the loctite gel stuff is great since it doesn't run). I used wooden strips from Michaels (arts and crafts store) as spacers to get the LED positioning correctly. Then finally I drilled holes through the panel and into the frame to secure it.

The center logo is a custom vinyl sticker I got from an etsy seller: OctaneVinyls. I was trying to find a vendor that had frosted glass vinyl which gives the logo a holographic floating look to it and these guys custom ordered it for me. They even do custom designs so you can have anything you like. Super great people and I highly recommend them. I previously had an Overwatch and a geometric wolf logo and currently have an infinity penrose triangle which I like the most so far. The cool thing about it is you can change the logo when you get bored of another, and it's as simple as peeling off and adding a new sticker.

And that was it basically, let me know if you have any questions about the build and hope you enjoy the photos :)

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Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 23 points

I thought this was a INWIN Infinity Case, boy was I wrong. Good job on mod! +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 10 points

haha thanks :) I originally got the idea of the mod from the INWIN case. Big difference from the INWIN is mine uses individually addressable LED's which lets me have individual color control of each pixel (the INWIN can only be one color at a time). Thanks INWIN for the concept though

  • 25 months ago
  • 5 points

Same here, that's really impressive!

  • 25 months ago
  • 5 points

Sick build but I must say you gotta change out that H7 to an H7 Lumi edition in the future for the extra colours! :D:D:D

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Hey, I think the H7 Lumi looks super good. I was just trying to keep the price-performance ratio good. Maybe if I had more money to spend...

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I think he was trying to accentuate the front of the case mod he did, so if he got that and put it inside, it would detract from what the obvious main point of the case is - to look at that front.

  • 25 months ago
  • 4 points

Welcome to the pcmr

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome job on this! You deserve the feature :)

Also, I've got the exact same mobo and I'm looking to enhance the RGB, tell me more about those 3.90$ 5050 AURA compatible rgb strips?!?! I can't believe it!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

PROTIP: any mass produced item you see on amazon with a hilarious sounding badly translated name from China, you can probably find on ebay for way cheaper. It might just take a while to ship.

Search up "5050 rgb 12v led strip" on ebay and sort the search starting at lowest price, and you'll find plenty of sellers. Make sure its 12v since that's the voltage the z270E uses for the RBG headers.

Not sure if I'm allowed to link to ebay on this site but here goes: LINK This was the seller I bought mine from.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job on the mod, the build, and being featured. Well done.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! What a cool modification! Your cable management is excellent too. I would advise putting the pc on the desk, you should have enough room if you move the monitors a little.

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the suggestion! If I had a longer desk I would totally do that. Unfortunately, I lack good spatial awareness and would be super afraid of knocking it off the desk. Maybe some time in the future :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

hey bro nice build, any comment on the monitor you got? i still cant decide if i should get the pg279q or that xb271hu

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for checking out my build. I believe the two monitors use the same panel which is amazing to look at. I don't have any first hand experience with the asus but I'd say just pick the one that looks better to you and has the best price. Performance will be the same. I got my one from acer recertified for $525 so you could try there for a deal.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the mod!! Great looking PC!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Friggin dope

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Looks amazing.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice pictures, and there are a lot of 'em! :O +1

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

69 (hehe) of them

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Feature . .. .

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

This is next level.

So how much would I need to pay you to build on for me :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

about tree-fiddy

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

"It was at this moment I realized that the OP was not in fact a human, but a 700 million year old paleolithic sea creature."

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool. Congrats on the featured spot!

Thumbs up.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

very cool.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

To top it off you should have got the RGB version of your CPU cooler, I made the same mistake on my RGB build. Otherwise awesome system!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

oh damn i thought this was the in win infinity but its a mod. sick. awesome work dude

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

even with the gap between carpet and floor, i'd still suggest a board/plank/etc. so that psu can breath a little better. +1 no matter what

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm about to do the same but i bought acrylic mirror because i want front fans over the mirror! Pretty nice build! FEAAAAATURRE!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful aesthetics... wonderful build!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Truly beautiful. great job.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely amazing. Your work on the infinity mirror is masterful. The only thing that I can say that needs to be improved on my opinion is the cooler. Usually with CPUs like the 7700K, AIOs are pretty much the way to go.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Jaw dropping amazing RGB Great build and enjoy gaming on that beast :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

But why no mouse bungee? I hear the Zowie Camade is good, and I personally recommend the Cougar Bunker.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Clever...Had me fooled. Thought it was an infinity case.... Great Job. I'd get a little fancy with the case fans and cpu fans to finish it off but looks good!! +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I'm in love

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That really scares me a pc on the floor i just think of vacuum cleaners and i cry inside and also dirt and dust

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That's is a great looking rig there.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

C L E A N .

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

holy crap never thought I'd see such mod Good job +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude great job it looks amazing

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm i wish i could make a computer this aesthetically pleasing.

i have an H7 cooling the 4770K in my server, it works amazingly well.

i logged in just to comment because that was like nice

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

damn, put it on the desk +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

is there a in depth tutorial on how to make an infinity mirror?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you turn on ECO mode on that PSU?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU has a little switch on the back next to the power button. Only some PSU's have the switch on them. Works great and I can never hear my PSU.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, I have the same PSU and I can't find it

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

https://images.evga.com/products/gallery/220-G3-0650-Y1_XL_7.jpg

The switch on the right with the "eco" under it. Sure you have the G3 650w?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you mod your case? That looks awesome ;o

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

holy crap I actually thought it was the INWIN case until I saw the pics of you modding your old case. Nice job man and congrats on the feature!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That is amazing! I have this same case, the Corsair 400C, but my dream is having an InWin Infinity, and you make this perfect combination. The only thing I can't understand is how the LEDS and mirror make a wonderful effect like that.

Well, sorry for my awful english, I'm brazilian and I don't want to use any translator hahah!

Great job you did, one day I hope get one like this too. :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I think your English is great!

I followed this guide pretty closely: link

It might require a few differences to make it fit on the corsair 400c case but it is a DIY and took a lot of me just trying out different things with what I had available to me.

Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions. I'd be happy to help

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, but I have to learn more English yet... And I will!!!

So... this guide is perfect, now I understand how infinity mirror works and more, I'm capable to make it possible easily, because I work at a Glazing Store \o/

Thank you again to answer my commentary.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh, before I forget, I have an answer about the led's in the mirror: did you test them in the RGB Header in your motherboard? If yes, did you get the rainbow effect in it? I realy want to know if the AuraSync is capable to manage the Chroma effects in the LEDs stripes.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

The Asus z270E uses a 12v 4 pin rgb header that is compatible with 5050 LED's. It is NOT compatible with 5V 3pin ws2812 individually addressable LED strips. I really wish it was compatible as that would give me an easier way to control it. I do know that Asus makes RGB headers that are compatible with ws2812 strips but those are another line (maximus maybe?) that cost like $300.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the Rampage VI Extreme (https://www.asus.com/br/Motherboards/ROG-RAMPAGE-VI-EXTREME/) have an "Addressable RGB header 5v 3 pins" and this MB is realy expensive and doesn't have here in my country :( but I'll never buy one of this...

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that is expensive even in the US. Definitely not worth it for regular people. Plus the 5v header can only take 60 LED's which is not enough if you want to use a 60LED per meter LED strip.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

what a case, incredible to look at.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

this is an

AWSOME BUILD

im the 212th like

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

That, my good sir, is a beautiful build +1 from me

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the look of the case. Good job! I don't understand the logic of buying a B-stock video card for $50-80 cheaper than new though. Especially if you're expecting it to last 3 years.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

haha I don't understand my logic either.... It was actually $580 new when I bought it so $110 savings. Definitely agree that I am playing my cards on the risky side. We shall see how it turns out

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice mod ! +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Dream pc right there. Hot damn.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry what does pic 45/62 show (front plate I think)? Did you have to cut off the front plate? Just don't understand why it looks like that...

Sick build!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the default corsair 400c front panel. It's made up of a metal piece that screws onto a plastic frame. The metal piece is held in place by some screws which I removed.

By removing the metal plate, this reveals a indented region about .5cm in width which gives enough space for my mirror to be placed.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

This website never ******* ceases to amaze me..... +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Your case is beautiful.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you give me some more detail about how you connected your BT controller to your PSU, like post a pic of the wiring set up? I tried the same thing and instantly fried an entire LED strip. I think the current was too high, or maybe the voltage. I'm not good with electricity...

Thanks man! Incredible build!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi thanks for checking out my build. I am currently using a new controller so I can't take a picture of the setup. I actually did the same thing as you and fried an led strip because I wired it wrong. First off, are you using a ws2812b strip? If so, it uses 5v NOT 12v. I am drawing power from my psu's molex connector.

Check this Wikipedia link: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molex_connector

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Molex_8981_male_connector_pin_out.png

Pin

1 Yellow +12 V

2 Black Ground

3 Black Ground

4 Red +5V

Scroll down to Desktop usage and you'll see a diagram with 4 pins numbered 1-4. Pin 4 is the +5V red wire that you wire to the +red terminal of the controller. Pin 3 is the black ground wire that you wire to the black terminal of the controller. Your Molex connector should be numbered so you can tell which pin is which. Make sure you use the correct pins and wire the correct terminals on the controller.

Also make sure the connector is facing the right way. If you're looking at it backwards, you might mix up the pins. Follow the numbers on the connector as they should be correct

Let me know if this works. I can try to take a picture if you need any help

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, that's very helpful! Yes, I'm using the WS2812b strip. My PSU is modular and all the connectors have black wires, so I'll have to find a wiring diagram. I'll look into this soon and let you know!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Your PC looks amazing! I'm actually planning a build with similar specs and I was thinking of mirroring your infinity mirror... Cringing because I actually just typed that I know you already explained how to make it, but I'm confused on one part. Did you put the mirrored window tint directly on the mirror or did you put it on a sheet of glass in front of the mirror? I guess I just want a better explanation on how you got the infinity effect rather than seeing a single reflection.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks for checking out my build.

Here is one of the guides I followed that demonstrates the concept of how to buld an infinity mirror: https://m.wikihow.com/Make-an-Infinity-Mirror

Basically, the mirror is in the back, leds in the middle, and the glass window at the front has the mirror tint on it. The tint on the outer glass allows the led lights in the middle to reflect back and forth off of the mirror so your eye sees multiple images. Make sure the tint is Facing inside the mirror and the glass is on the outside (easier to clean). Very careful with the tint, it creases super easily as well as scratches. I had to do it twice and still not perfectly happy with it. When squeezing out the air bubbles/water don't use a plastic credit card directly scraping the tint or it will scratch. Cover the card with a microfiber cloth first and cover the tint with the plastic backing it comes attached to then squeegee out the water. This minimizes scratches. Let me know if you have any questions and shoot me a link to your build once it's completed :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome! Love the LED strip lighting and mirror fx. Congratulations.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, let me start off by saying i love the front of the case, it looks really nice, well done and overall badass with that 3D touch to the RGB lighting. But the one thing i don't like is that cooler, it's okay but a liquid cooler with a 240mm could cool you down to a nice 40c under load, you could've found a little cheaper monitor like a Dell Gaming S2417DG for $399.99 with 144hz at 1440p with G-Sync, your monitors is nice but a bit pricey. The Mobo is nice but a also a bit expensive, you could've found a nice board for a bit cheaper like a MSI Gaming Pro Carbon for about $140, but that Mobo is top end board though so i see the decision. The CPU and GPU are great, even though the i7-8700k and GTX 1080ti are out the choice you made was right on point and i like that, you did really good with your build and i for one was very excited to look at it, everything you used was good, but one thing i didnt like about that you said, a PC like this, a grand masterpiece, playing overwatch, great build, bad game, lol. :D

P.S. Sorry about the amount of commas i put in here lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking for ideas for my wife's PC Build because she doing photography for college. That infinity mirror is probably the best one I've seen thus far and I have seen a lot of them. Very smooth and beautiful build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build I am planning on making a simmalar build kind of

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got the case. I need to try this.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Best of luck!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I havent had much luck with LED strip adhesives. Have your strips had any issues?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

They do peel at certain points. I just used a dab of gel super glue wherever they get loose. They are being stuck to wooden strips covered with black electrical tape so I can easily remove the tape if I need to change out the LEDs.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that front light effect in the front even work? Looks.... mesmerising o_O

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I consider this one of the more elite builds on this site. Call it the PC mile high club.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind lighting have you got in there? Is it LED fans or white cathodesm?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

They''re 5050 RGB Led Strips that wrap around the edges of the case out of view. They plug into the rgb headers on my asus mobo

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like old thread, but you should never put PC on carpet, other than that great build looks beautiful!!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It's beautiful

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

this build is blinds the eye

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

what case did u use because the one in the list does not include that cool rgb front

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is a Corsair 400c. The front panel is custom built. I have some more details in the description of how I built it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

The front logo reminds me unpleasantly of the verge...

Nice mod!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing looks mind blowing! +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You should do a YouTube tutorial on this.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Case is amazing! I was here to see the CPU cooler and I am blown away at the front of the case! Good work!

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

Just.... Beautiful

  • 25 months ago
  • 0 points

How did u get the front panel effect

  • 19 months ago
  • 0 points

How’d you do the mod?

  • 18 months ago
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  • 25 months ago
  • -1 points

the fans are too cheap and i think they wont be able to cool down the system with a gtx 1080 in there.

  • 25 months ago
  • 4 points

cheap fans != bad fans

They're working fine for me

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok then

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

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