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My second build in 40 years

by wal20

Description

My first build was a Poly 88 kit I built in 1978. This time around was much more "modular" and I didn't need a soldering iron. I had plenty of help, too, from YouTube personalities - thanks to them all for the reviews, tips and tricks.

Accompanying photos are in order of the following comments.

I wouldn't exchange the Corsair Obsidian 500D for any other case but I felt it needed a few mods. First, upon closing the side panels, there was a subtle but perceptible rattle. I applied Velcro to cushion the panel. Closing the glass panels now sounds more like the door of a fine car instead of a Model T. At the same time, the Velcro covers potential light leak through the vestigial keyhole slots (left over from a precursor model and used to secure non-hinged panels).

I painted the inside panel (it's the bottom panel if you lay the case down). The original black would eat the RGB lighting so I opted for a two-tone interior: white behind the motherboard and slate gray for the remainder.

I didn't want a long trailing front panel audio cable running across the bottom of the motherboard to the header. I ran the cable up through the grill of the PSU shroud. I'm not all that pleased with the result but the dark glass panels will hide it somewhat.

I opted for cable sleeves for those wires I couldn't hide and for the AIO tubes.

Heeding the warnings from reviewers, I was concerned about supporting my rather heavy graphics card. A coat hanger solved that problem. I drilled a small hole into the fan shroud. Into the hole I inserted the tip of the coat hanger wire that I had bent into a hook – making sure to clear the fan. I also bent a loop into the other end of the wire to prevent it from falling through a pre-drilled hole at the bottom of the case.

All those cables (especially the sleeved ones) were not going to fit the trough that came with the case. I cut an aluminum sheet to hide the cables and applied a carbon fiber textured adhesive sheet. A smaller panel hides the rat's nest tucked behind the PSU.

In the front, a similar panel hides whatever ugliness occupies the area to the right of the motherboard - as it turns out, not that much. A small cut-to-shape panel covers the unused PCI slots and I stuffed a string of RGB LEDs under it too. Under this panel is where I should have run the front panel audio cable. The final touch - I signed my build.

The remaining photos show lighting effects and combinations of glass side panels with and without the "carbon fiber" panel. The panel has a magnet taped to it which secures it to the steel case. It can be repositioned easily (or removed).

I like the look of the panel in place without the glass. I like the glass sides in place without the panel. I like the look without either. The glass is just too dark for both together. [BTW, the photos show the glass with the protective plastic still in place.]

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Houndour 1 Build 4 points 10 months ago

This is a builder. +1.

Fine work friend.

wal20 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks very much.

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

I like this. Has a nice backstory too. +1.

wal20 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks. It's all true.

whiteblizzard007 2 points 10 months ago

feature?

wal20 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Whadaya think... HBO? Nightline?

droem 1 point 10 months ago

He means that you get your build featured on the home page on this site.

wal20 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Even better!

wuj363 2 points 10 months ago

Nice build grandpa!

wal20 submitter 1 Build 3 points 10 months ago

Grandpa??? Well, no likes for YOU! :-)

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kendallcubed 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Great build man!

wal20 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Great job. Nice description and look.

Thumbs up.

wal20 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks.

JACKRABYT 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Nice. What will you be using the computer for?

wal20 submitter 1 Build 3 points 10 months ago

For gaming. I've never been able to crank up the settings for triple-A games. If it doesn't do the trick, I'll just use it instead of a fireplace for a cozy romantic evening.

dhess34 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I really like your attention to detail. 99/100 builders would ignore some noise from the side panels, but you DIY’d a solution. I think that level of perfection is where serious builders are headed!

wal20 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks. It's not like I'll be building more of these so I spent a little more time making it mine.

Hold 1 point 10 months ago

Based on your knowledge, what has been the biggest change in PC building?

wal20 submitter 1 Build 3 points 10 months ago

When I built the Poly-88, if it didn't work (and it didn't, initially), I got out a logic probe and a multimeter. Today, I'd get an RMA. I say that with no malice, no attitude because, today, the technology is so complex that it's the only practical solution. Back then, a component was a logic chip, today it's a whole motherboard. Back then, chips were chips and men were men....

Fishboy9449 8 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Great build and description! +1

wal20 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks for the compliment - especially from someone with a 5-build history.

customgtp 23 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

This is a great build but excessive for spider solitaire or backgammon haha... I'm oaf myself... 45yrs old for me... Still building and still gaming!!

Gamer 4 Life

wal20 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

You haven't lived until you've played spider solitaire at 4K, 144 FPS. VR next!

customgtp 23 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Hahaha

VexGTFO 1 point 10 months ago

Amazing PC, that GPU I would kill for it! I myself only have a 1070 Ti......

wal20 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I moved up from a GTX 780. It was time.

VexGTFO 1 point 10 months ago

It was

EpicBattleMage 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Beautiful build, excellent cable management, attention to detail and no compromises on the components.

Johnic 1 point 6 months ago

Are you pulling air through radiator or pushing

HiroNewf 1 point 6 months ago

that GPU is my favorite one ever!! Nice choice!

CAS5BO 1 point 6 months ago

how is the graphics card doing for u. i might be using it in my build. and what are the temps?

loganbell2355 1 point 2 months ago

he is a pro at this 1+