Description

This is my first build where I put effort into cable management, and my Phanteks Luxe helped quite a bit. I probably could have hidden the wires a bit better, but I'm nervous about forcing them to bend too sharply at the connection point (I'm a wimp) so I allow them to stick up a bit.

Despite the fact that my 4790k gave respectable stability at 4.7 GHz, I ticked it back to a more modest 4.5 just to ease the strain as I keep my computer on 24/7. The stock fans that came with my 100i were garbage, so I replaced them with 4 high performance Corsairs in a push-pull, and I got much better results. Overall, I'm incredibly happy with how everything turned out. Please ignore the inconsistencies in ram and wireless card (upgraded a week after the initial build because I figured I might as well).

The price is a bit wonky because I have several hundred dollars in peripherals that I use for various tasks (I swap out my keyboards and mice for different games), but I honestly feel it has been money well spent. Hopefully the photos came out alright.

Edit: Since this got more attention than I anticipated, I'm feeling up to writing more about it.

Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core: I wanted a new Haswell chip to replace my aging i7-2600. The 4790K was at the right price point and seems to be one of the better price/performance i7s out there.

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 X 2: I already owned one set (16 GB) and wanted to upgrade to 32 GB, so I simply bought a matching pair. "Why do you need 32 GB of ram?" -- I do video editing and rendering can make full use of every bit of ram to speed the process up.

Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD X 2: They were some of the fastest, most reliable drives on the market when I bought them several months ago. I went with 2 256 GB drives over a single 512 GB because I prefer to use one drive for booting and select programs and keep another drive empty to record video onto. For organizational sake, it's much easier for me to have separate drives for this. After filling the second drive, I simply move the 60 FPS video onto my spinners.

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0: I run a single 1080p monitor due to limited desk space, and the 970 just can't be beat for the price in my setup. I was wait-listed and managed to snag my card in the 15 minutes they were in stock before being sold out again.

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower: I was deciding between this case and one of the Corsair full towers, and the Phanteks just seemed like better value. The cable management, built in fan controller, 10-color lighting, and just overall smart design impressed me immensely. I added an extra lighting strip to fill out the inside of the case, and thankfully Phanteks makes a strip specifically for the Luxe that matches the preexisting lighting.

Corsair 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V: I bought an amazing velvet bag, and for some reason they gave me a 1000 watt power supply with it. I figured I might as well use it.

Asus PCE-AC68 802.11a/b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1: My desk is in the basement and several walls away from my router. I bought a matching ASUS dual-band AC router, and the signal is incredible.

Corsair K95 RGB: RAAAAAAIIIINNNNNNBOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWSSSSSSSSS

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy peripherals but Very nice dump some of that money into a 1440p monitor

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

Thanks for the comment. I probably should have stated it in the description, but my desk is in an... unusual place. I pull a Harry Potter and live under a set of stairs (my house isn't huge) so I have very limited desk space. That's why I stick to a single 23" monitor and why I went with the GTX 970. I had to work with what i had.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build harry >-<

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I lost it at:

Corsair K95 RGB: RAAAAAAIIIINNNNNNBOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWSSSSSSSSS

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's looks soooo good. But all dat money doe!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Phanteks master race! :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Enthoo Pro.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Luxe*

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you please link me to where you got the LED strips im looking for some and currently looking at the NZXT Hue but those look pretty good and they're cheaper

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811984003

It's made specifically for the Enthoo Luxe and matches the colors for the front/top lights exactly. I couldn't tell you if it could work in any other case because I honestly have no idea how the circuitry works-- I just know that I push a button and pretty lights come out.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

the psu is way over kill

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I know. I just bought a 1000W as a way of future-proofing my system.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

why would anything use a 1000w psu unless it in 4way crossfire or sli not even x99 builds take that much power 370w max

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have recommended that you keep your Sennheiser HD 598 as your primary since it has better audio quality and have gotten a desktop microphone (Blue Yeti) for that price as you get the best of both worlds with it

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ideally, I would. However, the G35 was a gift from my girlfriend so I'd feel super bad if I stopped using it less than a year after she gave it to me.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case OP is a good boyfriend, its just that the multiple mice confuses me.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The Corsair is for FPS games: strong palm grip, dedicated sniper button, fantastic build quality that give the mouse a nice thud when I slam it on my table in anger

The Logitech is for RTS/MOBAs where I can make use of its gratuitous G-keys.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I always found my G600 to be a really sweet spot. Using Logitech's mouse program I dedicated the G-Shift button to be the Corsair Sniper button. Works out perfectly

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know. My M65 just feels more comfortable for me. I guess it's just personal preference.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Maybe a 1440p monitor too? yeah. I'm thinking about adding a 970 and getting 1440p.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

does the light strip just go in a loop or can it be set to one color? anyways love the build better anything i can efford my computer company anit that good but you probably want to know what the name and it BlackCape pc im the ceo by the way. but like said great build man keep it up and it will pay off/ +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

"RAAAAAAIIIINNNNNNBOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWSSSSSSSSS"

Lol! Nice build though. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW...!!!! You got a Monster in your house...!!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate! Hope you enjoy your pc! Few questions: what is that velvet bag that you've said you got your psu with? It's not clear to me. Another thing, aren't the SP120 performance edition fans loud? Or it doesn't bother you? Do you use the 2 different mouse to play MMO/FPS? Or is the g600 (I own one too to play mmo) to set macros for the side buttons when you do editing etc? Just curiosity ^

Oh and that keyboard looks sick! (:

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The velvet bag thing was a joke because Corsair packs their high end PSUs in a velvet bag for some reason. I haven't noticed excess noise from my SP120s. If anything, the 140mm Phanteks is the loudest of the bunch. The different mice are for different games, but I also use the G600 for macros of common lines of code when I'm programming, as I'm a computer science major in college.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey NICE build! I'm thinking about getting that same motherboard and CPU. I read that if the board has an older bios version won't recognize that CPU. You have to flash the bios to a newer version but need another chip to do it, Did you have that problem? Did the board come with the newest bios? Thanks.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had no issues at all with my board. I guess they sorted out that problem.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

try to say that name five times fast,... Also very nice build!!!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I call sparing no expense! Good work on keeping it clean too!

+1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! That second to last shot with the blue looks like something out of a sci-fi film. Like the coloring.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Dump your girlfriend you have the prettiest most expensive gal you will ever need right here. She even has rainbows.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you sir/ma'am.