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UPDATE: Sorry about the font being messed up. And thank you so much for all the comments! Keep them coming!

Hello fellow PC enthusiasts! Let me introduce you to my gorgeous new baby: Project Monochrome.

  Let me begin by telling you the reason for me buying this beautiful machine. I am an amateur cinematographer, and I have needed a new machine for renders and editing for quite some time now. For about 4 months straight, I researched day in and day out computer components and their prices. My original budget was around 600 dollars, and for an editing rig, 600 big ones wasn't gonna cut it. So this summer, being the 14 year old that I am and unable to get a job, I did lots of work around the house and slowly made my way to my goal of raising 1,000 dollars. After finally hitting my goal, I did some final research, and ordered my parts as they got on sale. I feel I did an excellent job keeping my budget and getting the most for my money. While dreaming about my build, I slowly realized that I wanted my PC to be black and white. (Hence the name "Monochrome".) Upon ordering my Graphics card, I went to Home Depot and picked up some Plasti Dip white color rubber paint. I was very nervous about opening up the GPU, but it was much easier than I had imagined. (Props to Tek Syndicate for doing a guide on this.) After its white coating, my 770 looked absolutely fantastic! It also matched my RAM perfectly. Well, after that little story, I'll go into the breakdown of what my build consists of.

CPU: Micro Center was running a bundle of this CPU with my Gigabyte 990FX motherboard. I saved almost 50 bucks! Not much to be said about it except it's just fast and has amazing overclocking potential. Speaking of overclocking, can anyone help me out with that? I've already taken it to 4.7 at a massive 1.52 volts, but if I go any higher, it wont pass Prime95. It locks up after about 20 minutes. Can anyone help with that? Other than that, its an amazing processor.

Cooler: This is my first time ever experimenting with water cooling, and I must say that I am astonished at this cooler's ability to keep my CPU nice and cool. 4.4 GHz, running prime95, and just over 40 Degrees!?!?! Astonishing!

Motherboard: To be honest, I mostly chose this motherboard because of its all black design. That and it was on a huge discount with the bundle I got it in.

Memory: It's RAM. It's pretty. It's White. It's fast. There's not much to be said about this.

Video Card: Wow. This card is incredible. I'm able to play all new games at Ultra settings. Just Wow.

Case: As a beginner PC builder, I can honestly say that I couldn't have had a better build experience thanks to this case. Offering all these amazing features at a really attractive price, even people with a 150 dollar Case budget should take a good long look at the Phanteks Enthoo Pro. It made cable management a breeze, as you can see in some of my pictures.

Power Supply: It's fully modular and gives me plenty of room to upgrade in the future. I plan on possibly adding another GPU.

Fans: They're fans...

Conclusion: This 1,000 dollar machine will provide me with plenty of power for years to come. Overall, I'm incredibly satisfied with the complete quality, looks, and performance of my build. I hope you enjoy the pictures I have provided, and please leave comments and rates. Now, I'm gonna go play some Bioshock. Enjoy!

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man! Love the color scheme!

I'm sure it will serve you well in your video editing needs, have you noticed an increase in performance yet?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! I have most definitely noticed an increase in performance! Thanks again.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Great work,beautiful colour scheme... and for under $1000, Amazing. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! Glad you liked it man! Thanks again.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hard drive?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Recycled it from my old build. I'll update the parts list to show it. Thanks.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build kid. Excellent choices for such a young person. but make sure to get outside and chase girls.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is half in weird font?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure haha, it just showed up like that. Sorry.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

when you said you were an amateur cinematographer my mind immediately went to the font on screen plays haha and I thought it was intentional. Anyway, love the color scheme and it looks like you did a nice job putting it together +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks so much for commenting!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

very similar to my build i have same mobo ram and cpu great build !

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah haha I used your build for reference to see what mine would look like! Thanks a lot for that.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha xD thanks as well for thinking my build looked good enough lol.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

btw what did you use to make your gpu white was it paint or a stainer ?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I used Plasti Dip Rubber Paint. It actually came in massive handy, cause a few weeks later I had to RMA my card and had to peel off the paint. A little note, for those hard to reach areas where you cant peel it off, just soak it in WD-40 overnight, and use a toothpick to scrape it off. It works like a charm.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

thats it!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Decent Pick, Decent Price, Decent Paint Customization, Decent Cable management, and decent overclock. +1 Pick for me!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a solid motherboard... the reviews you may have seen were for the Revision 3 not yours, the revision 4. I have the same one and its great, just bought an ASUS GTX 770 too!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: Could you tell me how loud the 200m front intake fan is?

I believe it's a 3-pin fan so you can't exactly control it that much. At 100% speed, right next to you while using the computer, is it too noisy?

At night, could you sleep with that big guy spinning?

I always have my headphones on, however, when I'm gaming and my girl is sleeping, I can't have much noise coming from the computer.

I'm decided to buy the Enthoo Pro, I just need to know if I should change the front intake fans for dual 140mm fans (or whatever else) because of the noise...

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, I ended up swapping out the front fan for 2 140mm. The only reason I did this is because I wanted LED fans on the front. In fact, the fan can be controlled to an extent using the motherboard. The Enthoo pro features a 6 port fan hub on the back, which is amazing because ALL the fans plugged into the fan hub can be controlled via the 4 pin CPU fan header on your motherboard. (Theres more information about this feature in the Enthoo pro manual, and your motherboard manual.) Now, the fan control Isn't flawless, but its pretty damn good, and an awesome feature to have. About the fan, the 200 mm does not spin very fast, even at full load (Because it doesn't have to spin as fast to move so much a lot of air), But I digress. Anyway, when you control the fan via the fan header, it gets very quiet. You should have no problem with this fan. Sorry for the really long explanation, but i hope it answered your question. This case is an absolute dream to build in, you will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate your explanation. I understand that it doesn't have to spin fast (in fact, the RPM is 800+-250 according to Phanteks website) so I believe you didn't think it was that loud (in a quiet ambient)?

I'm planning on a negative pressure air cooling for the case: Keeping the 200mm included fan as intake, one 140mm bottom intake and having 3 or 4 140mm fans outtake at the rear/top.

If it's not too much to ask, what do you think about this solution? And also, if you had to remove one of the drive cages, which one would you remove for the best air intake from the front fan(s)?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not very familiar with different fan configurations (Negative pressure, Positive pressure...etc.), so i wouldn't be able to tell you if this configuration would work, but I have heard nice things about negative pressure setups. To confirm, no, the 200mm fan is not very loud at all, even in a low ambient noise setting. But then again, my ears are not your ears, so you'll have to see for yourself. Hope this helps!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Helped a lot. Thank you for your time, again.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You're very welcome! Good luck on your build and I hope you enjoy the case! Again, good luck and thanks for commenting.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice pics!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I spent a while setting up the shots, and a lot of them came out quite well. i especially like the picture of me holding the CPU. Thanks again.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Another cool thing would be to paint part of the cpu cooler. I forgot what it is called but the piece where the thumb screws go through to connect to the backplate. That would make it look even cooler!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

yes I totally agree! I recently painted the PCI slot covers and it looks great! Thanks for the input!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

nice customizations...makes building fun

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

it sure does!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

So this is my situation. That video card is the same one that I am planning on getting, or maybe the 960 when it comes out sometime this year. Anyway, they both have the ACX cooler, and I wanna paint it like you painted yours. I just have one question. Was it easy to remove the cooler, paint it, and then attach it to the card again? Thanks a lot in advance, you have an epic build there, and I wish you all the best for 2015. Bye!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

YES! It actually was incredibly easy to remove. I'm not sure about the cooler on the 960 though, because it is not the exact same. Go ahead and watch this video: http://youtu.be/c0yYrcf-0jY Good Luck and thank you for the feedback!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for getting back to me! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks dope! My rig challenges your rig to a dance off!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont get people (some people) "oh get an ssd its much better and faster than an hdd" well yeah but these people are people that use pcs a lot and never, or just at night, shut em off (SHUT OFF, not sleep, sleep mode opens the pc in 15 seconds for me on a "normal pc" ...ssds are not needed yet, GREAT BUILD

  • 69 months ago
  • -2 points

+1 but i hate AMD

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

If I may ask, Why?

  • 69 months ago
  • -2 points

2 cores 1 thread great idea

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

On which CPU is there 2 Cores and 1 thread.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

None he just read something somewhere and didn't understand it. The cores are paired into modules so share resources the fx 8320 has 4 modules 8 cores 8 threads.

PS sill a tidy build props for you

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks a lot. I'm not home right now, but when I get home I'll tell you all about my overclock. I believe my base clock multiplier is 22, but don't quote me on that. I turned on High Performance Computing, Turned off cool and quiet mode, and I raised the north bridge clock to 240 MHz. those are the only frequency settings that I tweaked. Thanks again.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

The case is absolutely amazing. It was so easy to work in, and it also provides a ton of great features like dust filters and premium included fans for an amazing price. It was between this and the NZXT Source 530, in my opinion, this one wins hands down.