Description

Short demo of the animation in action, photos can't properly demonstrate the glory of RGB!!

So this started off as an office PC, which had a pretty decent CPU (i7 3770), 8GB ram, some intel business class motherboard, a 1TB HDD, and I believe a GT 530 GPU, basically a fully functioning PC. I bought this off craigslist for a pretty reasonable price back in 2013 (~550 CAD). It served me okay in everyday tasks such as browsing the web, watching youtube, and playing TF2 at 120fps (the only game I played back then).

One day my friend suggested to upgrade the graphics card as I had been playing TF2 at ultra low settings with a max performance graphics script. Luckily the GTX 660ti was on sale that day, being a high school student with limited funds, it was the perfect card. This was my first glimpse at the true "pcmasterrace" and I enjoyed many of the games I couldn't run properly otherwise.

Fast forwarding to this day, I've upgraded 2 SSDs, a beefier GPU, CPU cooler, a better PSU, fans, and lastly the case. The next thing I'm probably going to upgrade would be the CPU and mobo and RAM once the new generation comes out, whether it's zen or skylake 2 or whatever, we'll see later on.

Now comes the RGB lighting. It is running on a custom controller named Asteri that my friend and I developed, similar to HUE+ but hackable and programmable, controllable through a C# program or android phone via BT, also supports in-game integration (LoL, CSGO, more soon), and sleeping animation. I've got 8 strips in this case, (Ceiling of the chassis, left and right of the window, power supply section, 3 underglow, and lastly the indicator light), the strips are the ordinary addressable WS2812b which I cut in appropriate lengths, running off of 5V molex rail @~1.5-2A draw. Ignore the ugly tapes around the strips, it's just my temporary soldering, if it was in production it would have been properly heatshrunk. More details on it later, if anyone is interested in the controller let me know. The cost of the controller is a fraction of the HUE+ and I believe the controller is much more powerful than it. Oh and it will be open source of course. Additionally there are 2 acrylic strips (laser cut and sanded) running down the bottom of the case to better diffuse the light. It's pretty sexy if I do say so myself.

The keyboard is a Korean custom Winkeyless B.mini with gateron clears, DIP modded, stickered and lubed, 62g springs. Blank thick pbt grey keycaps with some signature plastic keycaps. The rainbow mode perfectly blends with the case. I was lucky enough to get in the next duck octagon v2 group buy, with the blue grey top + acrylic angled bottom it WILL BE the end game, and it will be the absolute perfect match with my case and RGB.

I'm also in need of a better monitor, the 980ti is just a waste with this 1080p 60hz. Got my eyes on the acer xb271hu and x34 but man they are expensive, on my co-op work term right now and I can hopefully pick one of them up soon.

ooh and I could post some interior photosbutI'mjusttoolazytodocablmanagementsonplacesInormallywon'tsee

Part Reviews

CPU

Still a relevant CPU up to this date, have not experienced any bottlenecks in any new games (GTA V, Rise of Tomb Raider, Fallout 4), does what I need it to do.

CPU Cooler

Kind of an overkill for my system, but then I can run the Phanteks 140mm fans at 10-40% on max load without hearing anything. Pump is kind of noisy though (slight buzz)

Motherboard

IDK anything about this board but it works, wish it had more features but it's a business class board and held up pretty well up, so I'm happy. oooooooh also this is the only build with this motherboard so I feel specccccccccccccccial

Storage

My boot drive, nice and fast.

Video Card

Temps are not the greatest, slight coil whine, no aftermarket waterblock for it, but highest boost clock out of the box of all cards. Great gpu. I need a better monitor to pair with it though haha.

Case

SO SEXY, EASY TO MOD ON, RGB FOR DAYS

Power Supply

Overkill, but fan doesn't spin even when I play csgo, tf2, l4d2 or other less demanding games, got it on sale. SUPER SLIGHT FIT WITH THE EVOLV WITH THE HDD CAGE THOUGH BEWARE.

Case Fan

This thing dropped my gpu temps for 3 degrees.

Case Fan

Quiet and efficient, white and black.

Mouse

2 years old now, still going strong. Nice sensor.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Do you see..

The light!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

New jipster inbound

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Really?

Thanks! :O

I probably won't ever be as good as him, but I can try ;-;

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah haha, commenting on every build, getting good karma. Are you preparing for next MSI contest ? I see what you doing, I judge eveerrrrryy mooveeee

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

lol XD

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Now I think about it, you sure you're not jipster under an alias. Cause jipster's beard was also making comments and now I realize that your fridge has been making comment too. :0

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

My fridge got muted. :(

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I would buy that controller in a heartbeat, will it ever be purchasable! I think your gonna be rich!

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

We actually have the hardware all designed and it's just the matter of sending the design to china to print the pcb, last time we printed 5 for prototyping, but we just don't have the resources to print that many, so if there are enough interest I could maybe print 10-20 for the first batch and go from there. Still polishing the software, but this build is sort of a showcase of what it is capable of (there is more)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You could start a Kickstarter? I know I'd totaly back the crap out of it!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

possibly! i never liked the idea of kickstarter coz 95% of the projects are so sketchy, but i'll see what i can do, massdrop could be a solution as well, so far we are still in the development stage, but when we launch we will definitely let you guys know and we'll be posting on reddit or something

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright I'll back it in a heartbeat no matter where it is

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, I have been researching different RGB solutions for a while and this is SO cool. I would totally buy one!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

you're on the list :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL thanks!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Please do not use link shorteners on our site.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for tiny fan

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha somehow got it to fit perfectly there, it actually dropped my gpu temp a bit, sadly it doesn't quite match the af140 fans, might switch them up to something like nb e-loop for the black frame white blade look.. unfortunately the stock fan wobbled too much and made a lot of noise

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, love the keyboard!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I LOVE IT

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

My five year old self wants to watch that video for hours on end.

Really cool build. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

starting them young I see!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That is one sweet looking setup. Well done.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, love this case so for that, deserves a + 1, oh and the pretty lights remind me of a certain "trip"

Have you got any inside pics however? Great pics also

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I know someone would ask, sure I'll post some tonight, the rgb strips are kind of messy right now as it's just a prototype but I'm working on that, and the cable management is not the greatest on the back, but I'll see what I can do

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I've updated with a couple more interior pics, mainly the strips, for the cable shot I had no choice but to use my phone because I only have my 70-200mm lens with me and it wouldn't focus unless I'm 1.2m away, if you have any specific area that you want to see let me know!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! I can hear the pump a bit in the demo you posted. Have you tried upping the power to the CPU_FAN in your bios?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm connecting it to 7v directly right now, I know that I'm supposed to connect it to 12v but it's just too noisy at 12v and I just never bothered rma it, I'm gonna switch to an air cooler but that's for later

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

yay g502

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

gonna grab the rgb version when this one dies hehe, or maybe I should mod it myself

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah the spectrum

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

i just want it becus my build is red and black so want to change the LED to red since the logitech symbol is so much better looking as red. i also have my cherry MX red K70 with red LEDS so yay XD

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't go wrong with red and black theme haha.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome job on this, the custom rgb lighting really is amazing. Do you think its possible to modify a raspberry pi to use as a controller for the lighting? :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah definitely! Look up WS2812B Raspberry Pi, but it not be as straight forward as something like an arduino, since r pi's gpios are 3.3v. Though I would imagine that you could do much more complex animations with a raspberry pi. I would definitely recommend starting with an arduino though, it would probably be the easiest.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

cool! definitely going to try this out, sounds like it would be alot of fun.

Im going to try to use the pi first since I have one laying around but if I find that its just too complicated I might get an adruino

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

gib me da pusi baws

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

rgbe in my ******* room. Those pictures are amazing! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What if I told you that's exactly what I did haha.. I've been using this as a bedroom ambient lighting / lamp for the past half a year, I also made one for my sister and she freaking loves it, she made some paper diffuser for it and it looks damn good.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm doing that now. Thanks for making me spend 30 bucks

shamelessly spends 30 bucks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

don't forget the rest of your house, rgb toilet is next

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

OH MY GOD. you are a genius. Buying one for that now. What about RGB lights for my RGB lights?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

damn we are going pretty deep now, at some point we are going to end up in the deep space and find rgb black holes.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How customizable are the LED strips? For instance length, and connections?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

the led strips are very flexible, theoretically you could have ANY length, you just cut it where you want and resolder the wires, but for retail I'm thinking maybe launch with the basic lengths 5cm, 10cm, 20cm, 30cm, and these are so called "addressable" leds, meaning instead of having 4 pins R,G,B,Ground, you have data, 5V, GND, with the correct data being sent to the strip you can control every individual leds' red, green and blue. As for the connections I'm still thinking what would be the best connector to use on there as these strips are only unidirectional. For my controller it uses a usb 2.0 port (internal or external), and a molex 5v.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice I'm very interested how you do everything. If changing the colors and patterns is easy, and you support RGBW, I'm very interested!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

We are working on the software to be as easy to use as possible and supporting the common animations and colors, as well as adding arduino IDE support so if you want to program your own animations you can definitely do that, and RGBW is definitely do-able! as the protocol is essentially the same and FastLED supports it so RGBW is something we could also add.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management looks great or maybe it's just great photo cropping? Anyway potent colorful build, dude. That style case looks so tough. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The big desk helped a lot with the cables hanging from the back haha. For the actual pc I gotta get some sleeved cables but other than that I'm pretty happy with the interior, the other side could use some more work but the side panel closes perfectly fine so I'm not too bothered by that, at least from where I sit I don't see too much of the cables :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Shoot if no one sees the other side then it's like back stage. It's all about the stage presentation. What's in the audience's vision is what counts.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

pukes rainbows

nuff said

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW, just WOW... Never seen anything like this. Other builds match colors nicely, but this is just a new genre of beauty. The 60mm fan placement is absolute genius. I'm inspired. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, any news about the RGB controller? I'm planning a very similar build and I would like to have that rgb glory inside! I know some code and arduino-like boards so I can help with the development if you need.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, unfortunately my school term has just started again, so I can't make any promises as to when it will become available, but we are slowly making progress! Good news is that the pcb layout is mostly done and I had just been sourcing the different components from china: i.e. cables, board manufacturers, etc. I've got a few friends working on a standalone program and arduino code but since it will be arduino compatible you can change the own code anytime you like, and it will be open source so any support will be appreciated!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! Keep us updated, maybe post here a link when you have a github or a web page for this project. My new rig is almost ready and I have a spare arduino around so I'm willing to give it a try :P

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Put me on the waiting list! Kickstarter would be a great idea. I would buy for sure.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yoooo love this build. Would be interested in the lighting kit also. The keyboard, does it have the RGB case/edge and RGB backlighting as well?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

what is that keyboard i really need to know!

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

can i buy this motherboard , online in india ?help me sir and thanks

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