Description

While using a macbook pro as my only computer for the past 4+ years and missing out on so many titles that I wanted to play, I made a promise to myself to get a kickass pc for gaming after I graduated from college to make up for lost time.

Being my lazy self, I originally planned to just buy a prebuilt system online (e.g. Cyberpower, Origin) and call it a day, but that quickly changed after realizing how much they markup and how limited their customization options are. Initially I was hesitant about building my own system because I’ve never done so and was worried that my clumsiness would lead me to break my GPU or motherboard or both but yolo..

Through using mostly youtubers (s/o Bitwit, HardwareCanucks, Linus) and online forums, I gained an understanding of how each component works within the system and started to envision how I wanted my pc to look. At first I was certain that I wanted an RGB build because why settle for one color scheme when you can have all of them? But over time, I became more interested in a cleaner silver and white build that was a bit more subtle and didn’t scream gamer.

Part Selection: After deciding that I wanted a 1440p gaming rig capable of high framerates, choosing components became pretty easy. Although my GPU, PSU, and MOBO are probably a bit overkill, I wanted to stick to the theme and also futureproof my build as much as possible.

Building: My build took a bit longer than expected (split over a couple days) mostly because I wanted to work slowly and triple check that everything was being installed correctly. Also, since this was my first build, I wasn’t sure what the optimal order of installation was, so I inevitably needed to uninstall and reinstall several components throughout the process. Ultimately, I can safely say that there’s no better feeling than powering up your system for the first time and seeing everything come to life all at once.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and was genuinely surprised that everything went so smoothly (no major troubleshooting or RMAs needed). After finishing, I liked the red accents in my build and decided to make it star wars themed (specifically First Order). Really glad that I eventually grew the balls to build my own system, and thank you for taking the time to read!

Miscellaneous Notes: Pricing was a bit cheaper than listed because I gradually ordered the components while checking prices daily over a period of two months. The Dell S2417DG was perfect for me with its smaller display, 1440p resolution, 144hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, G-sync, and comparatively low price. Cable management is a serious POS to deal with for a first timer and took longer than expected (the back still needs work). Since I have no experience overclocking, I’m letting my MOBO autoclock for now (stable 5.0ghz at 1.382V core voltage). In my case, the drive cage needed to be removed for the 280mm front radiator, which I didn’t expect. Got the evga powerlink but ended up not using it because it partially blocked the “hybrid” lettering on the GPU. Purchased a top panel mod from ModMyMods for airflow and aesthetics. Needed a WiFi card because ethernet doesn’t work in my apartment - rip. While I wait for my custom mechanical keyboard from Massdrop, I decided to get a temporary budget keyboard from EagleTec that works great for the price

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn, thats a nice build, love the cable management and the pipe sleeving (How does it actually work?) But the real star of the show is that desk, I love it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! the aio sleeve has a cut running the full length, so all you have to do is wrap it around the cable - it only takes a few minutes. although it's worth mentioning that neither of my kits included the clips that they're supposed to, but I'll just deal with that later haha

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking rig. Question for you... the "Phanteks PH-CB-CMBO_WT 19.68"" Cables - Internal Power Cables"

Do those include everything you need for both the graphics card and mobo?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! With the exception of a few additional combs I got to tidy things up, the phanteks kit should have everything you need

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build. Yours is very similar to mine but I don't have water cooling and I have the corsair 760t case. I went black and white and named mine The First Order also since it was my first build. I have even have the same background. I definitely like the the look of your case better.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really nice. Good job!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

really like the build.. extremely sleek

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks - mission accomplished I guess

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

First build...

You delivered !

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

First Build? Wish my first attempt was this clean. Great job on the AIO coolers, a lot of people go that route and tend to be lazy and just throw them on with no thought put into it. You sir did a fantastic job with this rig.

Would have also loved to have seen an overhead photo of the case to get a better look at the cut out on the top,

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks a lot - I'm just happy all my research paid off! also added another picture of the top

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

why not 1080ti?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

since I'm not gonna be doing much 4k stuff and mostly sticking to 1440p, I thought that 1080ti would've been a bit overkill

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I have 1080ti with 1440p. Definitely not an overkill.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks super clean, mate!

Edit:

Weird question, how long is your table?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's 24x48in / 61x122cm haha

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reply!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it man, love it! Damn gorgeous build.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the monitor?

I am probably going to go with an AMD 1600 and 1080ti with that monitor until something in 4k with a higher refresh comes out.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like it a lot so far. Never gave me any issues in setup, and 144hz + 1ms response + g-sync for under $400 can't be beat. Also personally I prefer the 24" screen over wider displays, so it worked out well.

edit: display can also be overclocked to 165hz, so even better :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I am looking into purchasing this case and I am also getting a H115i cooler.

I love your setup, but was slightly concerned about airflow throughout the case. I was thinking I would setup a push pull airflow for the front rad and then install the 2 fans on the top and 1 at the back.

Do you ever have any temperature issues?

Thanks!!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I've read front rad is the way to go and since you're going for push/pull I think you should be good there. My temps have been pretty good so far (never hit 80+ for more than a couple seconds and then pwm kicks in to bring it back down). I also have the top panel mod, which lowers the overall temps by around 5 degress. Your setup should be fine though imo - hope this helps!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, thanks for the info. Do you know are your temps in the HDD bay? Since there is no bottom fan, instead you just have the radiator right?

So for your build, you just took out the HDD bay cover, and then lined up only the middle holes of the 280mm rad with the fans on the front? Could you explain this part a bit better please? I would love to see more pics with your front cover off but thats asking a lot :D

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice first build. I just bought the same case and transferred my dying AMD FX8350 into it. Slowly looking to build some this clean.

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Enjoy your build - this case is really fun to work in

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

It was very fun case and looks gorgeous and clean. No funny stuff, just glass sides.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! I'm putting together a very similar build and have an airflow question for you. I ordered the same cpu cooler and also have a hybrid setup for my gpu and was wondering how you setup your airflow exactly? Intake from the front and back and exhaust out the top?

A reply would be much apreciated, thx!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I put intake in the front and exhaust out the top and back

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I had in mind but wasn't sure. What about the stock fans that came in the front of the case, did you remove them all?

Thx!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, I removed them all just for aesthetic purposes

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you just let your 3.5 inch hhd just sit there since you need to take out the holder to fit the cpu cooler in front? I ran into a problem where I cant use the hard drive trays since I needed to take the holder out for the cpu aio cooler.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I just have it sitting down there. Fortunately haven't run into any issues so far haha

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah I'm doing the same thing. Thanks for the help with all the questions.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry this probably won't help much at this point, but I just used the color calibration tips from the reviews on the amazon product page