Description

Inspired by the recent build and video by manirelli = https://nz.pcpartpicker.com/guide/ZTNnTW/i5-6500-geforce-gtx-980-rgb-gaming-pc I decided to change my Dark Knight build chassis from the Corsair 780T to the smaller Phanteks Eclipse P400 and add in RGB lighting.

I've done things a little differently sticking to my Gigabyte GA-H170-D3HP but adding a Phanteks RGB LED light strip connected to the controller on the chassis so the full case lighting and front LED is synchronised and changed by the button on the front :) It's a perfect fit for the chassis and I recommend putting the PSU in late so you have a bit more room for running cables underneath.

Chassis wise it's a stunner! Super clean looks and has a great window for viewing the components inside, I didn't use the silenced version so the top of my case is a little different with a magnetic dust filter on top and I feel what the guys were saying about the reset switch being beside the LED colour change button because I first thought this was for making the colours cycle through the rainbow :P it was an unexpected reboot! The Phanteks cable ties on the back of the chassis were upside down which was a bit odd. The P400 does not have an optical bay so the Windows 10 I used is the USB version.

The RGB LED kit connected directly into the header from the chassis up the top, I did a colour test mid build here = https://www.instagram.com/p/BD7QYvswDC8/?taken-by=goodgamingpc and then took my time getting the placement of the lighting just right so if you have the computer on your desk you won't have any of the bright bulbs shining into your eyes while you game. The lighting strip can be cut at many points and could also be daisy chained but it's crazy long anyway so I ended up cutting a piece of the end for the perfect fit.

CPU, GPU and RAM wise I've running my i5-6600 + GTX 980 + DDR4 2133 combo with this one and I'm very much looking forward to comparing the temperatures with my previous larger chassis build gameplay tests - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtxHocGsjK_PTU-QiApEZEErMds_8d30l

Part Reviews

Motherboard

An excellent motherboard with a black PCB and dark colours for the slots, it includes a handy IO clip for making things super easy during install and the USB Type-C is a big + for a board with such a low cost. I like the position of the M2 slot just below CPU as well :)

Memory

Although I was tempted to use my black kingston HypeX for this build I opted for the red G.Skill because of the way it pops under blue led lights. Seriously good ram, super reliable and looks amazing in any build.

Storage

My goto storage drive for all builds - excellent drive and I highly recommend it.

Video Card

I've raved about this graphics card a few times so this time I think it's best to talk about the shortcomings :P The card is massive, fat and long with a heavy blackplate and chrome pipes along the side. It uses 1x8pin and 1x6pin for power and I wish it used 2x8pin if only for cleaner looks. When I use this GPU I bring in my power cables from the top to give a little added support to the card and keep things flat.

Case

Phanteks have made a lot of nice chassis lately and the P400 is a great addition to the lineup, in a perfect world I would love to see an optional drive bay in the front and a selection of different front panels for the case - that front panel sure comes off easy and there are no wires connected to it :)

Power Supply

Fully modular with exceptional value and very nice looking!

Wireless Network Adapter

I think this is the best wireless kit for a PC, adding both AC wifi and Bluetooth for an unbelievable price - and to top it all off the card has a black PCB! I threaded the USB connector (for BT) down behind the graphics card in this build and it looks super tidy.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Looks at image 9/11. George Bush intensifies

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

omg....

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Usually i complain about CPU but...the lights... ALL HAIL THE FX (coughs) ALL HAIL THE LIGHTS...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good build but I would get a 980 TI.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly almost $300 more for the 980ti in NZ, but yes I would love it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. I was wondering though, what are your temps? I just got the same case and noticed the temps are a little higher than my in my old case.... but man this case is sexy on a budget!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep I'm pretty interested to compare it with my previous 780T build as well, love the case though :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any other Network adapter that i can use instead of the one you are currently using? I can't find it anywhere in stock here in Sweden. I would appreciate if you could give me some names of other products that i could use instead of that one.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you get this one = PCE-AC1200

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

NVM, but thanks though! I just built an almost identical computer. Thanks for the base! (Will post pics after i have set it up at home)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How did the mobo turn out? Im reading different kind of reviews. Some love it and others say they have so many problems with it. Id love to hear your feedback!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never had any issues with the mobo and have used in a bunch of builds, what are people getting stuck on?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive seen people say it dies on them quick. And that its a very defective mobo.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I also saw complaints of the installation drive not working.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never run into anything like that, and none of the machines I've built for others using it have contacted me with issues (touch wood) I've used this 42 times in builds so far and happily recommend it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

hey awesome build, im using the same case but am stuck with the best path for the LED strip. how exactly did you line up your LED strip (kind of hard to tell in the pics) and where did you put the excess?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I cut my strip for the perfect fit, there are little lines on it that show you where it's safe to snip. I ran mine up the front and top (picture 7 shows the path)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I noticed you altered your stock cooler to make it look more pleasing and I was interested in doing the same! I am interested in knowing how you accomplished it? Any tips? I want to do something similar, but I just don't want to risk damaging any components :P

I am actually thinking about getting the same case and motherboard as well. Have you had any issues with this case/motherboard?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case, motherboard is great as well :) the sticker size is 15mm and I simply print them on sticker paper :)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you get the custom led strip. I know how to go to custom part but I don't understand it

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The RGB strip connects directly to the chassis RGB header (shown in picture 10/13), also the sata power connection is needed (shown in picture 9/10)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Question about the motherboard. What color is the LED on the motherboard itself? Can the color be changed or is it a set color?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

LED on the mobo is orange and cannot be changed :(

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude did the phanteks p400 include the 4pin connector for the external RGB strip? or we just have to buy the phanteks RGB strip that include 4pin connector?

i mention the phanteks p400 like yours, not the other series from p400.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi :) Sorry for the late reply, been traveling hunting for new chassis :) I used = https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/CAAPHA1004/ for this one, it just plugs right into the chassis connector.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't used many unlocked processors before, which cooler would you recommend? 390X wise that could be a great choice for the build, would the 650w PSU be enough for crossfire later?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Shame, but perhaps new efficient releases will make this possible, have to wait and see I guess...

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