Description

Custom over-the-top build dedicated to His Purple Majesty, built by a fellow Minnesotan.

My first build in over a decade. Wanted a beefy VR rig in anticipation of my Oculus Rift.

Big thanks to Trisha at Micro Center for her help pushing this one over the finish line.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

Absolutely Gorgeous! Also a Prince fan. EXCELLENT Title.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's actually a little crazy. Moved back to Minnesota after ten years away the same week that Prince passed. First thing I did after arriving in town was make a stop at Paisley Park, and was overwhelmed by everyone's outpouring of love.

Felt that dedicating this rig was one small thing I could do to recognize our homegrown eclectic genius.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

It is very sad when someone still young and so talented can go so suddenly. I am an Aussie, I have been to LA twice but I want to see the Rocky Mountains one day. My two faves of Prince is Purple Rain and When Doves Cry. He will be missed. Your build is a lovely tribute to him.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a sucker for D.M.S.R. and "Rock 'n' Roll is Alive (and It Lives in Minneapolis)".

Highly recommend the Rockies if you can make the trip! Also the Sierras, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Glacier National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park in particular are all fantastic.

I'll miss my west coast now that we're here in Minnesota, but you know what they say. We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you been to Australia? If not, put it on your bucket list.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Made it as far as the south island of New Zealand, trekking and tramping for two weeks, but never Australia. It's been on the docket for years, so consider it bucket-listed!

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks like a beauty! You should post more pictures too.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll have more pics up soon!

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

if you want a VR rig you should have waited till the 1080 came out

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes it snows in April.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sure he would approve. Well done.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not a genius or anything, but I think he's referring to Prince, because he named it the PRINCEbox.... thats just my guess.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome fellow Minnesotan!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's great to be home again.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks great. I feel there aren't enough pictures, though. We need to see more angles of this beauty.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Working on the next batch of pictures!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome. Congrats on the build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Just added a lot more photos!

Thanks to everyone so far for sharing your kudos and Prince stories! If you're curious about anything in particular just let me know in the comments.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely awesome build! What is the fan noise like?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The fan noise is not bad at all, actually! The four 120mm Thermaltake Riing fans are all PWM based on the CPU/case temp, and are mostly silent until the processor really gets going. The two rear 80mm Arctic fans are PWM based on case temp, and only fire up when things start giving off some real heat.

The heatsink on the EVGA card is good enough that its fans actually stop when there's no load on the GPU, which gave me a bit of a heart attack when I first powered everything up.

The BIOS on the Gene offers fine-grained control over each fan profile, along with some good presets ranging from "silent" to "ultimate cooling EXTREME" or something. I plan to do some overclocking once I get a bit more comfortable with this rig, so those controls will come in handy as I balance noise and cooling needs.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice colour scheme, don't see many purple builds around here. Can almost hear 'Purple rain, purple rain'. +1 :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Turns out getting a good shade of purple out of RGB LEDs is pretty difficult, as maxing out the red and blue channels tends to produce a color that's more of a cold, purplish white.

The NZXT Hue+ software lets you program each LED individually, so I set a few on the pink side of the spectrum, a few on the blue side of the spectrum, resulting in a pretty nice purple when they all get mixed together.

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