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The Brotherhood of Steel - a Fallout-inspired build.

by grimmwrath

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This is my daughter's PC, used mostly for gaming, digital artwork, and some light video editing. The GPU is from a previous build - it's a few years old, but still a solid card. All in all, there's really nothing she can't do with this PC, and I hope it'll last her until college.

Phanteks makes great cases, ut small cases are always a challenge to build in. The compartment by the PSU is pretty cramped, since it has a drive bay for two 3.5" drives. If you have drives in both bays, you're going to have a hard time getting the GPU power cables past it. I only used the bottom bay, and made my own, shorter cables for the GPU. The drive bay cage is removable, so if you don't need it you'll have a lot of extra space for cables.

Phanteks cases are known to have limited airflow, something they've addressed on their newer cases. I went with an AIO on the CPU, as I wasn't sure an air cooler would get enough fresh air. The MSI 390 is a pretty large card, which made an AIO necessary for it as well (but this is true for a lot of small cases, not just Phanteks.)

Feel free to PM me with any other questions you may have.

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WheatFarmer337 2 points 5 months ago

I love it

TJC_2063 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Steel be with you.

Awesome build! +1

KralixUK 5 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

The Phanteks are the best!! Looks great! +1

grimmwrath submitter 5 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

This is the third Phanteks case I've built in - one other Evolv ITX and a Shift. They're really great cases, solid build quality.

customgtp 23 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Love the color+case mod!! Go Fallout!

redcell43 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Great custom work. It is a work of art.

MrThreePik 10 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

A proper case mod +1

HotShot_01 9 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Shes very lucky to have a dad like you :D

grimmwrath submitter 5 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Thank you! She may not always say so, but I like to think on balance she's pretty fortunate.

PandaCommanda 1 point 5 months ago

Is that a decal of the BOS emblem?

grimmwrath submitter 5 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I used a stencil cutter to make a vinyl sticker, applied it, then painted over it. When I peeled the sticker off, that was left.

HotShot_01 9 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

what is with having two CPU AiO watercoolers?

grimmwrath submitter 5 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

One for the CPU, one for the GPU.

HotShot_01 9 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

oh ok i see. Clever and inventive might i add. I would have probably bought an already watercooled GPU if i were watercooling my GPU in the first place.

grimmwrath submitter 5 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Agreed. In the previous build, the GPU had enough room to breathe, so didn't need to use an AIO. In this case, there wasn't enough room between the card and the PSU shroud - probably not the case for all cards, but MSI cards tend to have bulky heatsinks/fan shrouds. So in these cases, the NZXT bracket and an AIO does the trick.

Mauldin 1 point 5 months ago

Nice!!

XanXussss 1 point 5 months ago

Nice Build sir. How was the B450 motherboard? do you know what is the major differences between B450 and X470? Does it affect the performance?

grimmwrath submitter 5 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you. The only complaint I have about the board is the limited fan headers, it has only two. This is what led me to getting the Corsair Commander fan controller. I can't really speak to the differences between the B450 and X470 boards; I know the X470 supports mult-GPU, but other than that they're pretty similar as far as I know.

MoreAlphaLine 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

That silver interior looks absolutely sick. I’m curious, what’d you use to paint the interior of the case? Might get the same case and would like to know what to use.

grimmwrath submitter 5 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I always use enamel spray paint. The one I used in this particular case is Dupli-Color brand, the color is "Stainless Steel."

Amigocomputerss 1 point 3 months ago

Absolutely love this build was just playing fallout 4 today im a huge fanboy. How does the cooler perform.

grimmwrath submitter 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It's great, you really can't go wrong with Corsair's AIOs. A 120mm radiator would probably have been fine in this case, as I'm not overclocking, but the 240 balanced out the look better.

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