Description

Gaming / Compiling / Workstation - First time I've built a desktop. Every computer before was a laptop and I finally got tired of it. Rainbow hydra because rainbow lights and every time I got rid of a monitor, I have gotten a second to replace it.

I updated the graphics card to a 1080 FTW. I have not taken new pictures yet, so it will still have a 1070 in the pictures.

Wanted a "future proof" build but didn't quite hit it on the nose. Should last for a few years though, if my dust storm of a house does not kill it first.

You will see an old msi 770 in a few pictures. This was before I got the 1080.

I might upgrade to liquid cooling later. For now, it stays fairly cool and quiet.

Its an average build, but I felt it needed some lights. So I shoved 30 rgb LEDs into it and made it light up to music. (https://cloud.asrl.io/s/5JowEKC3K5W6A38 / https://cloud.asrl.io/s/WjDjkiM6H46bFbp) It's standby is a rotating rainbow. The lights run off the PC power supply, through a 5V regulator. Controlled by a metro mini and some custom code. (https://gist.github.com/amreuland/0d2d67ae014d0929be2d9a04b9e276aa)

Here is the repo containing the wiring diagram and arduino code. https://github.com/amreuland/hydra-led-build

Please note: The LED strip used in the diagram is not a DotStar. You need to be sure to use the correct pins on the DotStar LEDs.

As for those LED-lit fans, they will be disappearing soon, and will be replaced with some quality, non-LEDs. They clash with the light from the led strips.

Sorry for potato-quality images. I only thought to document this after I already put together the case and PSU. Also, my real non-phone camera takes tilted pictures...

Feel free to contact me (i'll probably read the comments here for a little while) if you want to know more, or have questions / want help with your own lighting.

Part Reviews

CPU

Takes what I throw at it and does not complain about the heat (if it were to actually get hot). Nice processor for compiling and video editing. Capable of running VEGAS, Adobe Illustrator, Overwatch, Steam, Discord, Chrome, OBS, and a few more programs all at once and still be super snappy. (I was testing its responsiveness, of course I'm not using VEGAS and AI while I'm playing).

Motherboard

This is a great motherboard with tons of features. I expected this to have the bare minimum as far as functionality, but it really blew me away. Never failed or gave issue. ASUS is a really good MB manufacturer.

Storage

I use this drive for my Linux install. It is capable of booting into terminal in under 2 seconds. I call that a success as far as performance standards go. I have not had any corrupted data as far as I know, so its a pretty good drive.

Storage

A wonderfully fast drive with few downsides. Would be 5 stars if it was not so expensive.

Storage

WD has always been good to me. This drive is no different. I use it for my personal files, while keeping my OS on the solid state. The response time is good and the read/write speed is plenty for text documents and pictures.

Storage

Lots of space, for a relatively low price. What more do you need? It is a bit loud when reading/writing though.

Video Card

This graphics card is amazing. It blows my 1070 out of the water, not to mention the 770 I was running previously. I can get a steady 280 fps in Overwatch on ultra settings. It also has more than enough power to run my dual 144hz setup. Price makes it 4 stars though.

Case

Fantastic case if you want to show off. The build quality is excellent, but there are some issues with the hinges for the window panel. They are almost unnoticeable, just a slight gap.

Custom

Near garbage adapter. I bought it from prime now because I needed one fast. I'm going to replace it with a dedicated PCI card.

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Comments

  • 39 months ago
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Fancy build man! well do you plan to overclock your 1070?

  • 39 months ago
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Most likely. However, it being a standard version and not the get it sc, I don't think I'm going to get very far.

  • 39 months ago
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They all oc to about the same really :) so give it a go!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, just upgrade your cooler soon. The rest is good!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you suggest? I was looking at something from the Corsair Hydro series.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess you could go with the Corsair H100i v2. Personally I would take the NZXT Kraken X61 since it had better ratings, had an LED, and is overall just a faster and better cooler.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If he isn't planning to overclock he will be fine. Even then the 212 Evo is good for mild overclocking.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Can we stop this between us. I realize what I said was wrong to other builds. But seriously dude, let's just be cool. OK.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't hold a grudge. I don't even remember the names of people I have had issues with. If we had a disagreement its in the past, no hard feelings.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't waste money getting a new cooler. Unless you overclock it beyond ~4.4ghz and its starting to get warm.

  • 39 months ago
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Well, I do plan to overclock, but not too far right now. Until I need to, I'll keep it at the 4.0 its set to. I'm able to play most major games without the fans spinning up on the profile I created. Never gets above 60 degrees even when running something like ffmpeg with h264 encoding.

  • 39 months ago
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Since it's a hydra, if you cut off its head(I guess... The CPU? I mean, it's the brains of the operation...), do you get a second one?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

1+! AMAZING!

  • 39 months ago
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Someone told me to clean up the wires a bit... So I did. New pictures posted

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

nice and clean build

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

did all your internal io connectors that came with the case go with your motherboard? plz help!

  • 39 months ago
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Yes, all the connectors worked on my build. The system panel connector has an extra row of pins when comparing it to the Q-Connector that comes with the motherboard.

  • 38 months ago
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I would love to get the LED setup in mine as well. How hard is it to set it up?

  • 38 months ago
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If you know enough about electronics (wiring, soldering, polarity), then its not too difficult. I can make a fritzing diagram and post the link to it if you would like. I tried to do a small step by step in the pictures. You can see where I started with the soldering of the led strips. The control board is just a piece of acrylic with holes cut out. I made that design in Illustrator and used a laser cutter to get the layers. I can post those files as well. Let me know if you need anything else.

  • 38 months ago
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I have posted a link in the description that has the code and wiring diagram.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Greatness 1+

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  • 39 months ago
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I feel the same way, but this was a somewhat cheap build. I'm going to replace the psu and when I do, it will be fully modular so I can fit cable mod cables. Right now there is almost no room to put them in and make it look clean. Thanks for the suggestion.

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