Build commissioned by a friend of a friend. Was asked to do orange and white w/ RGB. No other theme specifics except to keep it clean. This person makes custom sneakers and as I was working on the build I saw them post a pair of Dragonite sneakers they'd made for themselves so I decided to include that on the build as well as the shoes from the Gen1 Pokemon trainers.
I'm a "vanity over sanity" type of guy, so any questions about "why didn't you do XYZ instead of ABC so you could spend more on performance in this area" will be politely scoffed at :)
Ninja Edit: Awwww snap, my first feature! Super excited -- thanks PCP! :)
In light of the feature I wanted to throw some more details on the build out there. I really appreciate all of the positive feedback from y'all! I also threw a detailed price list below. Actual cost was a little over $1,500 w/ some of the stuff I left off the original list and let prices lapse on.
This was my first time working with "unicorn puke" and that was probably the most frustrating part of the build. I ordered the Corsair fan originally not realizing it needed a special controller from Corsair in order to work as advertised. I have a ton of RGB/W LED strips and controllers, but the buyer made it clear he wanted the unicorn puke so I went ahead and bit the bullet on the ~$50 Corsair LED strip which I ASSUMED would also be able to control the Corsair fan. I was really peeved when I got the LED controller only to realize I needed ANOTHER controller just to make the fan work. I realized then I should've just bought their freaking kit for ~$130 and been done with it . . . because à la carte I was looking at about $120 in controllers just to make ONE fan work! C'mon, Corsair! Thankfully I found someone selling the Commander Pro on a reddit hardware swap and scored it for 30 bucks. Still a nightmare. In Corsair's defense the LL lighting setup really is a dream once you get it all dialed in and the software control is pretty easy and seamless. I realize you're paying for a proprietary system here and not just hardware. Just know if you're going to use their system go ahead and buy the kit even if it has more fans than you need and don't try and "save money" like I did! Sheesh.
The buyer said he wanted clean so I removed a lot of the EVGA decals and branding which they made very easy to do (the case even comes w/ extra decals in different colors to fit your build). I removed the top grill and painted it orange (with Rust-Oleum "Real Orange" which I must say looks fantastic and way better than their regular orange despite the silly name!). I also disassembled and painted all the things. I de-soldered wires on the case fans to make my life easier and just taped over the others. I tested each fan with my handy-dandy case fan tester I jury rigged a few years back (just a wall adapter w/ a fan connector spliced in). I didn't run into any balance issues (tested each one standing alone on the desk while running) and have painted fans on my currently six-year-old build which I'm typing this on right now and have never had any issues. Just take it slow and use light coats. I think I ended up with at least seven coats on the fans.
I originally ordered an "EZDIY" PCI riser from Amazon but they sent me some b-stock version w/ the mounting holes covered and I quickly realized it was going to take a TON of work to make work in the case. I ponied up and returned it and spent the dough on the real-deal riser from EVGA. The stand-alone riser doesn't include the necessary case screws and support bracket, but the case includes all of those accessories even if you buy the version without the included riser.
I normally do full custom sleeves from PSU to PCB but since I had the room decided to do extensions for this build. Holy heck, so much easier than full-on new sleeves! No pin-outs... no dummy/ghost wires... no capacitors... no mapping and soldering double wires... no panic attacks every time you plug something in wondering if you're going to go pop-pop-fizz-fizz followed by a little puff of smoke and lots of cursing. I ordered a ton of different paracord colors since you really never know what you're going to get w/ online color selection and finally found one that I liked from eBay.
I had the idea early on to replace the the front panel w/ orange plexi so I'd already ordered the sheet off eBay for that. I made my panel about half an inch thinner on the horizontal dimension than the factory once since a lot of reviews I'd read on this case said that EVGA did not leave a lot of breathing room w/ their glass panel for front panel fans. Since I moved all three factory case fans to the front for positive pressure in the case I wanted to make sure they had room to breath.
Speaking of the case: I'm normally a Corsair (esp. Carbide) fanboy when it comes to cases, but I got a great deal on this EVGA case and I am a big EVGA GPU & PSU fanboy so decided to give it a shot. Overall it's a great case. Plenty of room to work w/ lots of seemingly well-thought-out features. There are lots of cosmetic "layers" to the case but it's really, really simple to disassemble and get to what you need. One gripe was the factory PSU shroud is a little bit of a pain to work around. It's entirely fixed in the case, and to move the PSU in and out you actually remove a portion of the rear panel to slide the PSU in and out the back of the case. Kind of a pain for certain cable management tasks but it's bearable. I hope corsair doesn't ever try to convert this feature to a smaller form factor because that would be a nightmare.
I decided to add the Pokemon features pretty late in the build and tried to keep them "clean" as requested. I was really stoked with how it turned out and the buyer loved it. I spent about three or four hours vector-tracing the Dragonite and shoes in Adobe Illustrator in order to get clean plots on the vinyl, but I was really happy with how it all turned out.
Thanks for reading / looking / commenting -- I really appreciate the positive feedback and am happy to answer any specific questions in the comments.
|CPU||Intel - Core i5-8600 3.1 GHz 6-Core Processor||Purchased For $249.99|
|CPU Cooler||Deepcool - CAPTAIN 120EX WHITE 76.52 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler||Purchased For $79.99|
|Motherboard||MSI - B360 GAMING ARCTIC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||Purchased For $89.99|
|Memory||Corsair - Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory||Purchased For $139.99|
|Storage||Samsung - 860 Evo 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive||Purchased For $147.99|
|Video Card||Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB Video Card||Purchased For $439.99|
|Case||EVGA - DG-76 Alpine White ATX Mid Tower Case||Purchased For $69.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair - RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply||Purchased For $89.99|
|Case Fan||Corsair - LL120 RGB LED 43.25 CFM 120mm Fan||Purchased For $26.80|
|Other||Mod-One ATX Connectors (w/ extras for future builds)||Purchased For $30.01|
|Other||CORSAIR Lighting Node PRO CL-9011109-WW||Purchased For $41.09|
|Other||CORSAIR Commander PRO||Purchased For $30.00|
|Other||PCIe Riser Cable for DG-7 Gaming Cases||Purchased For $29.99|
|Other||Remington Industries 18UL1007STRBLA UL1007 18 AWG Gauge Stranded Hook-Up Wire||Purchased For $16.45|
|Other||Remington Industries 16UL1007STRBLA UL1007 16 AWG Gauge Stranded Hook-Up Wire||Purchased For $18.52|
|Other||1/8" (3mm) Orange Acrylic Plexiglass Opaque Sheet 24" x 12"||Purchased For $14.99|
|Other||Bunch of different paracord to to find likable orange||Purchased For $37.82|
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