Description

This is my second build ( I haven't thought of a good name for it ) I built this PC as a gift for my sister (funded by my mom) for Christmas This build will be primarily used for gaming and web browsing

I have spend a lot of time customizing this build, and it has been a great learning experience. Personal customization done on this build includes sleeving the gpu and cpu power cables, wiring in some custom LED strips, adding a panel (wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl wrap) to hide cables, painting the top fin of the 212 evo, and soldering together two variable - speed fan switches.

Sleeving the gpu power cables was time consuming and difficult... it was a good learning experience though. I didn't really know too much about how to sleeve before I started, so it was sometimes a guessing game. So after I had sleeved the 12 wires for the gpu power cables, I sleeved the cpu power cables (6 out of the 8) and that was just as difficult as sleeving the gpu power cables. I was originally planning to sleeve all the cables in the case, but after I got done with the cpu power, I just thought 'screw it' and I ordered a pre-sleeved extension for the 24-pin connector. ( which, in my opinion, is a great deal for only $10 )

The LED strips were pretty straightforward (and very easy). I ordered two rolls of LED strips (red and white) that had about 300 LEDs per strip - the price was the selling point for me... I got all of those LEDs for $10 including shipping! So i have about enough LEDs to last me 5 more builds :P. I had a bunch of extra wire laying around (that i picked up for cheap) and I ordered some 3-pin fan connectors to power the LED strips. I wired the two white LED strips together as seen in one of the pictures.

The carbon fiber panel I added in to hide cables, and it works well. I had some extra carbon-fiber vinyl left over ( which I got for cheap ) from customizing my air 540. I wrapped a sheet of plexiglass-like material and zip tied it in 4 places to the case and it works very well.

I also spray painted the top fin of the 212 evo - this was pretty basic, I used some special heat-resistant spray paint (the top fin probably won't get too hot though). If I could re-do this build, I probably would have just gone with a cryorig h7

The switches I made allow the connected accessory (in this case, 3 fans) to be run on three different settings - off, 12v, and 12v (with a resistor). I picked up the switches (10 pieces) for something cheap, somewhere under $10. I picked up the resistors (10 pieces) for a little under $8. This was a fun little project in itself; I plan on using some of these switches for my next build, so it was also a great learning experience.

Overall, It was a very fun build. The case I chose is surprisingly EXCELLENT for the money - it has great cable management options and excellent airflow options. I got alot of these components at a discounted price from black friday sales

P.S. The last picture is a sneak peak of my next build. It is a picture of an air 540 that I painted with some carbon fiber vinyl accents

P.P.S. Can anyone recommend a reliable vendor for custom loop pieces?

Part Reviews

CPU

I chose this CPU because of the skylake hype :P I chose to get the unlocked version so I could see how much performance I could squeeze out of it on air. I plan on using this chip for my next build. I also want to add that this is my first intel chip, and it is a nice change (coming from amd)

Thermal Compound

I had some left over Arctic Silver 5 compound from some other builds so I just used it for this build too. I haven't use any other TIM so this is my standard

Motherboard

This motherboard was giving me troubles at first; there was an issue with the RAM placement (although the board recommended it) and I was ready to RMA it, but I just knew there had to be some way to fix it, so I ended up having to clear the CMOS and re-seat the RAM and it worked. Excellent BIOS gui btw

Storage

I always go with WD for my HDDs (and samsung for SSDs)

Video Card

I got this on sale for $300 from newegg and it is a very good performer.

Case

I got this for $40 and it is an EXCELLENT case for the price. It has excellent cable management options and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is looking for the best while still on a budget. The fan controller included gave me problems at first (loose pins on the 3-pin connector) but a little glue fixed that.

Power Supply

Great modular capability. Good PSU

Optical Drive

Noisy when in use, but inexpensive

Case Fan

These are great, quiet fans! You really get your money's worth

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 5 points

As Faizan Said, EKWB is amazing. XSPC looked dormant for ages, but it looks like they are coming back, with a new CPU block... I prefer the designs of XSPC over EKWB, but to each their own. Alphacool makes amazing radiators. performancepcs is the only good place to order these parts AFAIK besides the actual manufacturers... FrozenCPU used to be good but I have no clue what the heck happened there.

looks like the new raystorm destroys the EKWB supremacy EVO...

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

EKWB on Google or www.ekwb.com

Go there and you got yourself one of the best and probably the most popular damn watercooling parts you can have.

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build :) I would recommend Performance PC's for custom water cooling parts.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks pretty damn sick and all for under $1200! I weirded out at first, I saw UNAVAILABLE, or so I thought and thought PCPP went down. Was just your username lol. 10/10.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. My lazy *** hasn't even posted two of the builds I completed in the last 4 months, I can blame it on working two jobs but posting it in my spare time would be easy. Anyways I won't even mention the GPU because it's all about preference between the 970 and 390 since they both have their advantages and disadvantages. I personally would of gone like a NZXT X61 Kraken or a one of the predator kits from EKWB for the CPU cooler. It really shows that you put in a lot of work into this rather then just putting up a two hour build like the majority of builders. I'm about to be home in about an hour and post one of the builds and the other one I'll post next week when I get back from my new years trip. Overall I salute you on the featured build hope to see your own build featured as well soon.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Congratz on Featured

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good cable management in there. It is a nice build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice job.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Has anyone heard of the Cryorig H7? Amazing CPU cooler for about the same price as the 212 EVO. Shorter, and looks better, but nice modding the 212 evo.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, I just updated my description, and I definately would go with the h7 next time

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa that case there at the end, its awesome.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm planning to mod it a ton :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

what sort of games does your sister play

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Any new game really. Like fallout 4 and such. She's playing at 1080p

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice... love the tower and good cable management

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Very impressive!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job, man! This looks terrific! Congrats on Featured Build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Those pictures were really crispy!What camera did you use? Great build unavailiable!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

a d3100 with a cheap nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens. Pictures were taken on a tripod at iso 100 and f/4

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in love with that Air 540 design!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build but i very much dislike what you did with your PCIe cables.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I should have been more careful when sleeving them

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

No, don't get me wrong! The cable itself looks beautiful! I just don't like the way it's going all across your build and over the RAM. I think i should come from the cable mgmt holes right next to the GPU and staight into the connectors.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I routed the cables this way to combat gpu sag

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

No complaints about that cable management; I really like tidy cable management! A bit of effort but well worth it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, i see...

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely :-)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome pc.+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Only problem is that the MSI motherboard uses Electrolytic capacitors... :( They'll last about 1-3 years. Longer if you're lucky. My old Ultra Durable Gigabyte motherboard is 7 years old and still works fine, with it's solid capacitors and added partial heat syncs and other things to help out parts that get too hot.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a really nice build. However, that motherboard is quite expensive. And seeing how you wanted a wireless connection. I personally would've gone for the ASUS ROG STRIX. But then again, idk when you built this lol.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wanted to add one but it wasn't in the budget

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  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't think my first build should have been featured :P I think it was the quality pictures that got me featured

  • 41 months ago
  • 6 points

Quality pictures make my life easy when picking builds to feature. I honestly didn't even realize this was your second feature. Great work!

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I used paracord and heatshrink for the GPU and CPU power cables. I ordered a sleeved extension for the 24-pin connector because the CPU and GPU sleeving was so time consuming haha

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