Description

UPDATE 04/14/15: As of now, I have ordered a clear window for my case so that the parts are more visible during the day. The backplates have been designed in AutoCAD 2013, but are yet to be printed. In regards to the build guide, I have completed it and you may access it on the following link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rdu7yaQr7NYKoeXzEiZqQyxzXgmaZi0H-qz4T25_zns/edit?usp=sharing

First of all, I want to establish four main things: -This if my first build -This is my high school senior project (along with a build guide I'm still writing and will post a link to later on). -I had to bring all the components from the USA since I’m from Mexico where most parts are either outdated or overpriced. This had been my dream for more than 3 years and I spent hours choosing the parts and looking at youtube videos. -I spent all my savings and several hours of my time completing this, I’m really happy with the final product but I’m also happy to hear constructive criticism from people who actually know more than me.

*Before receiving criticism for the dual 970s for a 1080p display, I must clarify that this build is intended to run games at 4k. I WILL BUY A 4k TV/Monitor as soon as I can afford it. Currently I’m using the Nvidia DSR which does somewhat improve the quality and is also more demanding for the system. Also, I will be adding the 3DMark 11 results pretty soon, the problem is that I'm leaving for the weekend.

Although I frequently visit the States, having things shipped to me is a hassle. Newegg doesn’t ship to hotels, and UPS doesn’t meet deadlines, hence I had to add the extra expense of changing mine and my father’s flight. Then again, after a 200USD shipping from Texas to my house in Mexico via UPS, my case arrived partially damaged but I was able to mend it. I could have saved like 60 bucks buying from various retailers, but to avoid further complications I chose to go with Newegg since overall they did offer the lowest prices (plus they were the only ones who actually had all the parts). I actually had all the parts since January 3, but didn't get the case until the 23rd.

Needless to say, all the games that I have currently tested at 1080p (with nvidia dynamic super resolution on) do run at very high fps rates at ultra high settings, and some of them with MODs on. Currently, nothing is over-clocked, however, I do plan on doing so once I have the 4k monitor. For that matter, I bought the liquid cooling (looks cool too) and the HX850w (originally meant to be a HX750 for 90USD but the day I bought the parts they were at the same horrible price so I went for the extra 100w).

MODDING: -Having to paint the MSI GTX 970s is not something I regret but it really was risky, tedious, and time consuming. If anyone wants a detailed explanation on how to do so, I’d be happy to explain since I had to do it with no guide since I found no one who had done the same. Notice, I did use Plastidip for both the black and green layer, so that I may remove it in a future if I wish to do so (also, the warranty is not void this way). -The OC MSI GTX 970s sadly don’t come with a backplate and they really do sag a lot. I “ghetto” fixed it using two rear io shields (which are barely noticeable), and plan on changing this soon.

FUTURE PLANS: -I’m designing a backplate so that I can 3D print it at my high school. If I don’t like the final product, my sister is going to do me the favor of making it out of aluminum at her college. -I currently have a 3TB USB 3.0 external HDD which is pretty fast, yet I’d like to integrate them to the computer itself. Again, once I raise the money again I will be adding them. -In this upcoming month I will buy Razer keyboard (I will keep the Dell mouse I've had for 3 years that I love), in all honesty this just for the looks since I rarely play games with them and I have a Mac book pro that my school provides for all my work. (Note: not a Razer fanboy at all, the case is the first ever product I bought from them) -I already sent two custom stands to be made for the speakers on the floor which you can see in the picture of my setup, and will be uploading the update as soon as I have them. -I will buy a different SLI bridge (black of course) but have had no time to do so.

NOTES: The speakers aren’t the best HQ system, but my father gave me 5 of the speakers when he bought new ones for his TV, and I took the liberty of grabbing the 2 big ones from my brother since he no longer used them (those are pretty HQ). A friend of mine bought a package of several Windows 8.1 Pro (64bit) installations for the computers in his house and he was nice enough to give one to me for free. That same awesome friend also gave me the Corsair Headphones for like 20 bucks since he didn’t use them. (I added them as the 1500 v2 but they are actually the first version) The Xbox 360 controller I already had for a year or so, but it came out of my pocket so I added to the final price.

Special thanks to Mitsuhashi for the great pictures. Check her Instagram if you get a chance: @jmhashi

My thoughts on the parts:

Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core: Great for now. No sort of bottlenecking and the temperatures remain quite low thanks to the liquid cooling. I will do some over-clocking in the future when it’s needed, that is why I bought the K version.

Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid: As I said, works and looks great. There isn’t much to say about it.

Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK 1 ATX LGA1150: I don’t know much about motherboards, but as of now I really enjoyed the user friendly BIOS and it looks really good. The 5 year warranty and the thermal protector is great too. I do have to mention that it includes two little fans, of which I only used one, but it does get loud when you turn the system off.

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866: As simple as it may sound, having to choose the RAM was something that really confused me. I figured I could get away for 8GB for gaming, but the CAS latency and refresh speeds were confusing. From several forums I read online, this RAM speed seemed to be optimal and it also looked great.

Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" SSD: From having a Dell AIO with what was probably a poor quality HDD to having this SSD is amazing. The boot speed is around 17.5 seconds, and reading/writing overall is amazing. Very recommended despite the high price.

Western Digital My Book 3TB External HDD (WDBACW0030HBK-NESN): As I said before, it’s very fast and I’m happy with it. I also have had this for a year or so and bought it in Mexico, I’m sure you can get it for a better price in the States.

MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V (x2): It took me several weeks to decide which GTX 970 to go with. Most reviews/benchmarks showed that the MSI version was the best but several customer reviews stated that they had minor if not severe coil whine, luckily I have had 0 coil whine. Their performance is great, and I keep the temps fairly cool with the combination of the case fans and the air conditioning in my room.

NZXT H440 Designed by Razer™ ATX Mid Tower: It looks great and seems to be made out of quality materials, mostly metal. The four included fans are amazingly quiet. I do have to note that the packing material is pretty low quality, and you could probably attribute the damage to the side panel to it. It also has some noise dampening foam on both panels which does make it hard to close after cable management. (I actually forgot to take a picture of that but don’t want to open it since it took me like 15 min to be able to fully close it but will post one if you guys like - it’s a meh). There really isn’t much benefit from buying a semi or fully modular power supply since you have little access to the bottom part of the case but it’s nice that it hides the cables. I removed all the HDD cages but one to somewhat improve the airflow.

Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V: I found in some forums that the coil whine from video cards was sometimes associated to the PSU, so I decided to go for a professional version to minimize the possibility of it occurring. As I explained before, I was aiming at a 750w but under the circumstances had to go with a 850w. The estimated wattage is 492w, so this does leave room for over-clocking.

Samsung T24B350ND 24.0": I can’t say it’s the best, but it is a good screen. Then again, the price is fair for Mexico so it will have to do for now until I buy the 4k. I’ve had this for almost a year but barely used it until now.

BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 56.2 CFM 120mm (x2) & 86.7 CFM 140mm: They look pretty cool and honestly they make very little noise. Highly recommended.

Thanks to all those who actually read all I wrote :)

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 7 points

Why does this not have more up-votes? It has incredibly clear pictures, amazing cable management, and overall is superb.

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

give it time, my friend. when they see it, they will come.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks friend I really appreciate it. I just posted this a few minutes ago, however, I don't know why it doesn't appear at the top of the list of new posts.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Could you explain how to get the cover off the GTX 970's? I'm doing the same thing just in white instead of green.

Nice Build BTW!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't often comment on builds on here, but damn it, I am amazed at how much effort you put into this. I rarely see people with a passion as much as you do! Keep going man, you definitely have a knack for computers. What do you want to major in when you go to college?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Now you are awesome, thank you. I will major in Agronomy, following my father's footsteps, however, computers will always be my hobby.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

hey im new to the whole building scene and im going to build a pc soon. I am amazed by this case btw i think it looks amazing. But, I am going to install windows through a disc and was curious if I can use a usb disc drive to boot windows through. Thanks for reading and please reply if you have the chance, thanks.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, my pressing F8 several times when the computer is restarting you should be able to access the boot drive selection (you will see several options such as your HDD or SDD, a usb, and hopefully your disc). All you have to to is select the disc and follow the installation process. Let me know how everything goes

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much, by the way amazing build. Looks better than most youtube videos by far. Pictures are 10/10 awesome !! However, I won't have my build done for a while money is tough being teen heheheh. But, I'll have it posted by end of summer. Thanks for advice.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You are welcome and thank you! Trust me I know, it took me three years of dreaming to finally get it done haha. Good luck!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, you can do that.

You might just have to change the boot order, and/or make sure booting from USB is enabled. But usually when you boot, it will try to read optical drives and USB's to boot from.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

This...is...beautiful.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you man!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

why didn't you RMA that case and get a case that does not have a broken window? Cool build by the way

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro, the problem is that I live in Mexico. If I RMA it, I would have it back in more than a month. I just couldn't wait, plus you can't see it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

This is some seriously nice style +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for green and black builds i plan on doing the same.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You should! I was going for blue first but after I saw those fans I changed my whole plan.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The cards turned out great! Sweet build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Well worth the time! Thanks

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I did a green and black build earlier this month using the same case. I agree with you about the sound proofing in the case making it a bit of a pain to close the case back up. Also great choice and modding with the 970s.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I just checked it out, great job too man. The 970s are my babies haha.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I saw that, but I bought mine first and that lime green, personally, hurts my eyes

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

has full green razer build with no razer keyboard and mouse

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

As I posted in the explanation below the pictures, which you clearly didn't see,I plan on buying a keyboard soon but I'll keep my beloved mouse

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, the Razer H440... I (personally) am not a big fan of Razer's Logo being on everything I have... But, the green LED underglow on the case really brings out the colour in the rest of the case. I have to say, I am very very jealous of this build. Those MSI 970's btw look bootiful.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I used to think the same thing, after seeing the case in person I was glad with my choice. Feel free to stop by anytime haha

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny thing, MSI makes GTX 960s in green

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127845

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I think they actually make 970s too but they came out after I bought mine and I dislike the lime green color.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing. You're literally telling us stories through your pictures... +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The first few pics were taken by a friend of mine, great photographer. The other oes are my work.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

you paint it green? how about the warranty? btw great build tho

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I posted in the info above that I used 3 layers of black plasti dip and 3 layers of green plasti dip. What this means is that it's removable, hence the warranty is not void

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoa you gave me new idea, I never had thought that before

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's also a good option because it resists high temperatures and really doesn't affect the temps in anyway. This might be a different case for heat spreader?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it, 1+

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Minty fresh!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Runs cool too! Thanks man

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, great job with this build. It looks awesome! I'm planning doing a very similar build with the same cpu cooler but just 1 gtx 970. I've heard that this case isn't the best for airflow, so I was wondering: how do you have the fans set up on the radiator, and what kind of temps are you getting on the cpu? I'm assuming you've got the 3 front fans as intake and the back fan as exhaust.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Yes., the case does indeed lack airflow but it's not that bad. I have the three front fans pulling air into the case, and the rear and top fans pulling air out. I do have AC in my room and keep it cool, however, I've tested if that affects the temperatures and have only seen very minor changes in temps. I can't recall the temps of the CPU but they are very low, the liquid cooling does great job. In regards to the 970s, they stay at 28-30 idle, and only go up to 73 max under full load (that is, running farcry 4 or metro on ultra). I wouldn't worry too much about the cooling. Do note that I took all the hard drive cages out to improve airflow.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Very beautiful build. i was wondering what temps are you running at idle and load? and also howcome you dont change your corsair logo to green aswell =)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I hadn't changed the logo when I took the pics but have changed it now with the Corsair Link App. Looks much better. Idle is around 28-30 and 73 max on full load. Let me know if you have any other doubt.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Verry verry verry clean build. Love it. Anything a new PC builder need to know pls tell me. I am currently saving for a $1.5k build and am currently at $80 LOL. But ya gj

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I have to say I'm quite new to this too, however I had been looking at computer building videos for quite a long time before actually building it. So that's my tip, watch as many videos as you can of people building computers. You could think that you know enough but you always end up learning more. I would recommend channels such as LinusTechTips and TechOfTomorrow on Youtube for this. I know that feeling of having no cash and wanting to build the computer, be patient and work hard. It will eventually come.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build, great job!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks nicky! haha

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on painting my Twin Frozr GPU, it's all ready green (100 ME version) and this helped me find out how to paint it.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but why didn't u buy the 100ME editions of the GPUs? That would save you fom the painting .

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I think loading that description used about half of the data on my phone ;) Nice build though. I like the custom paint on the 970's, and was wondering if you (or anyone else) knows if the led inside the card can be switched? I plan on painting the card white and want a blue led inside the card instead of the standard white one.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha sorry for that, try using wifi next time. I'm sure you can change it since I saw other people doing it for the gigabyte windforce logo and it's basically the same thing. I have a long description I sent via private message to someone on how to mod the cards if you are interested in it let me know.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be great! I'm a novice when it comes to modding computer parts so a little guidance wouldn't hurt. Not sure if you want to just send it through pcpp or some other way?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi I am going to be doing a similar thing but with a 960 and white paint :) how did you get the front shroud off and then the individual parts?

Thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU SAG

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How much was a clear window and where did you get it?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job man, gonna do the same to my 380 :D

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Boop! Hah, Didn't expect this to still be a thing did you? :D | Anyways, could you give a more detailed explanation of how the modding happened? I plan to do this on my own 970 and was wondering how you removed/avoided the LED and what precautions you have to take to ensure the warranty is fine. Thanks, - SBMous

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey could you PM the way you modded your video card? I'm planning to paint it blue to match my black and blue build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

how did u get the power connector for the light out, i can't do it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You jerk... This is basically my exact build (that i should be building this week).. only you one upped me :/

Spray paint my graphics card ?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Khas/saved/d4Qrxr

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to replace the thermal paste on the GPUs or not? I'm doing this with an R9 390 soon.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. It was complicated, I had to pull it hard first from one side, then from another and so on and I felt that it got weaker. Then, I pulled strongly from one of the ends and helped pop it off by pushing the red lines with my thumb at the same time. If this doesn't make sense let me know.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That's not the hard part at all. The main problem is separating the plastic (red and black) part from the fans and heatsink. The thing is that the MSI led is plugged into the circuit board. What you want to do is unscrew all three screws that hold your heatsink and pcb together so you can access the cable (note: I say three rather than four since one of them has a "warranty void if removed" sticker) Once it's somewhat loose, just pull them in opposite directions an unplug the led with some tweezers. After that, undo the four screws holding the fans to the heatsink, and then undo the screws holding the plastic parts to the heatsink.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to say, it was a scary thing to do. Specially if you lack any and all experience such as I did, However, it's all a matter of doing it with care. Good luck my friend let me know how it turns out.

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