Description

This was my first fully custom built PC. After seeing the clean, beautiful builds being posted to this site I knew I had to build one of my own. I thoroughly enjoyed the research on PC building and components. I definitely have a new addiction...I went through several different build designs but after coming across the T-Force Vulcan TUF memory I knew which direction I wanted to take. Aesthetics were pretty high on my list. I knew I was probably only going to be able to do this once for quite some time so I really wanted to do it right. A well balanced powered machine with a clean, sharp look with subtle RGB was my goal and I am very happy with the outcome. This build will mostly be used for gaming/web browsing/music recording in the future. I wanted to build a rig that could easily game at 1440p with no issues in performance and this things a beast. The assembly went fairly smooth. The initial Cooler Master MA410M Tuf air cooler would not allow my glass side panel to fully close so I started to look for an alternative. Luckily I found on Amazon for one day only before it became unavailable the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite ML120L TUF Edition AIO. I've searched all over the internet and could not find another one available to purchase(it doesn't even show up on pcpp list). It really suited the build and gave it a much cleaner feel. Cable management was a little more difficult with all my custom cables and extensions but I did my best to make it look some what contained lol. It was twice the price to order full PSU cables instead of just extensions but the cost wasn't worth it to me. The look from the front is the exact same. Ensourced did an amazing job with the main cable extensions and shipping was pretty quick. Mod-one also makes some really nice sata data cables for a reasonable price. The custom cables really gave the build a unique feel and look. Kinda bummed the whole process has come to an end but now I will be focusing on over clocking/small tweaks to the system and well of coarse playing games. I have plans to build a custom desk for my setup in the near future. Will update with any changes or upgrades to setup.

-Just wanted to thank pcpartpicker for the feature on the site and everyone taking the time to let me know what you think of the build. I got a lot of inspiration from the countless great builds on here. I put a lot of thought/time/attention to detail into this and it's really cool to get all this feedback. Hopefully this build post will pass on the inspiration.

Note* I mentioned this in the GPU review but I'm waiting on the Cooler Master GPU stand to arrive to solve the sag issue.

UPDATE** Added some photos with the Cooler Master GPU stand to correct the card sag.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great mid/high range gaming CPU with plenty of overclocking capability. Temperatures have been really good so far with only 120mm AIO. Would recommend to anyone looking for powerful gaming chip.

CPU Cooler

This was the closest cooler to the one I actually used. *MasterLiquid Lite ML120L TUF Edition RGB -Easy install and keeping temps decently low.

Motherboard

Great aesthetics and RGB. Had most of the features I was looking for (no USB type-C) in a newer gen board with decent power delivery for overclocking.

Memory

Sharp looking heatsinks and excellent over-clocker. Have gotten stable speeds at 3600mhz but have dialed back to 3466mhz for longer term use.

Storage

Fast & affordable SSD that matched my TUF theme build.

Storage

Standard WD Black HDD paired it with an Intel optane 32Gb M.2 and getting over 1000mb/s reads.

Video Card

Beast of a card I got used for great price. Not regretting it yet. Replaced thermal paste on card and temps are low 70's while gaming. Ordered a stand to correct the GPU sag.

Case

Very nice case to build in. All metal body with clean, simplistic look and has decent airflow. The pre-installed RGB strips/ fan controller were a nice addition. Wish I could have took more advantage of the cable management system, but adding extensions and custom cables made it difficult to run inside track.

Power Supply

Great, affordable fully modular PSU from a reputable brand. No issues so far.

Case Fan

Best fans on the market! Not much more needs to be said. Highly recommend adding these to any build. Worth the $$$.

Case Fan

Best fans on the market! Not much more needs to be said. Highly recommend adding these to any build. Worth the $$$.

Monitor

Great 2560x1440, 144hz, 1ms gaming monitor. I actually purchased the PX276h HDR model. Slight issue with one pixel but replacement is already on it's way.

Keyboard

Decent RGB combo to start with. Keyboard has great feel and sound.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 8 points

I dig it. There is a million black/red builds, not too many black/yellow

  • 10 months ago
  • 6 points

black and yellow, black and yellow, black and yellow, yellow and black! Let's shake it up a bit!

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

If anything, rename it "Yeah, uhuh, you know what it is"

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

And not too many with that custom cable sleeves * __ *

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

I was going for something unique and a bit different. Thanks alot

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I think you should rename this build "Project: Yellow Jacket" :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 5 points

Is it just me, or does the thermal paste in picture 10 look like some weird water? Nice build though!

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah it did look a bit watery but thermals have been pretty good so far. If that changes I'll have to reapply some different paste. Thanks!

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Beautiful! Such a clean and tidy build, you must be really pleased with the outcome.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate the great comments. I am very pleased with the outcome.

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Really nice build - quality parts and very neatly put together. One thing to be wary of - on a couple of the photos, your 1080 looks to be sagging a bit at the end. I had that with my 1070 and bought a brace to keep it level. The weight of modern graphics cards can result in damage to both the card and the socket if you move the case regularly (eg taking it to LAN parties)

  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah I did notice that as well I'm planning on ordering the cooler master stand to correct the sag. Thanks for the comment man!

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I love the color scheme

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Consistent colour scheme is a pleasure for my eyes.

I believe there are an Inwin ,an ASUS and a Cooler Master and an TUF themed cases as well.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I seen a few of the TUF branded cases but really liked the simplicity of the h500i. It's a quality built case.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean. Love it!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice job, love the colors :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wow

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

This thing is beautiful. And those custom cable sleeves, DAMN. Those are beautiful as well. Great build!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot for the comment I was really happy with how the cables turned out.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, it’s uncommon to see many black and yellow builds around here. The integration of the TUF components is nice, too. +1 :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, nice color scheme!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't get me wrong, seeing builds double the price with custom loops are cool and all, but you gotta appreciate really well thought out, balanced and great looking builds like these. +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Congrats on the feature :D

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean, nice work! You can purchase support bracket for GPU to fix the sag if it bothers you on Amazon or from V1TECH.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

nice work on first build, the theme came together really well. You GPU looks like its sagging quite a bit, big ZOTAC cards are known to do that, i would look into a GPU support. +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Just an all around great build. Excellent part choices, looks awesome, and all gotten for a good price too.

Very nice first build. I can tell you put a lot of thought and research into it and it really paid off.

Enjoy!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Superb! ensourced did a great job on the cables

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing... I always wanted to build myself black and yellow pc, but either parts are too pricey or unavailable. So this beast looks like something i always wished for. Nicely done mate.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

REALLY cool build! Good job.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

sick build! we had the same approach to colour scheme and hardware, im a fan of tuf aswell, i have the same ram and i have the tuf z370 pro gaming mobo, i was going to get the exact same ssd too, but when i went to buy the parts it went out of stock, i haven't posted my build yet, but im glad to see more black and yellow builds good **** +1 (p.s. i like what you did with the cmos battery, just noticed it)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

the build is called yellow jacket btw

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, I love your build! The only "down side" is the sagging 1080. Pun intended. Maybe your next upgrade is fixing that with a GPU mount, or something to prop it up. You could use the cables to hide it as well.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I've ordered the Cooler Master GPU support stand to correct the issue. I just couldn't wait to post the build before I got it in.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job, at least you know your stuff. Amazing build. Keep posting updates on your build please

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Black and yellow, Black and yellow, Black and yellow. Anyways, nice build.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

great build! +1 the sag on the card is a rip though

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it was the first thing I noticed, I've ordered the Cooler Master GPU stand to correct it. Thanks

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, someone finally pulled it off, a build that isn't black and white/red.
Thank you.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I should have called the feature when I saw it first! Awesome Build! +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the nice build. This is the first build I have seen to use Intel optane 32GB. A lot of people just don't understand how much of a performance gain you can get with it, if you use it the right way.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm glad I decided to try it out for the build and got the 32GB for a great price.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice theme build.! I have that video card too and its heavy, IMO the all around metal shroud took most of the credit in sagging, even tho the heat sink is a 2 slot size, which is not big at all. How's the temp on your card? Mine sky rocketed to 90c alot of time. I heard the extreme version is much better in cooling.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I replaced the stock thermal paste on mine and it really seems to be helping with thermals my temps are staying around 65-75°

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome rig man!! How are temps on your card?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

They're pretty decent. I swapped out the stock thermal paste on the card and getting around 65-70° under load

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm jealous lol. I got a Zotac GTX 1080 AMP! Edition and i'm always hitting 82C even at 100% fan speed and a thermal paste change.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Dam bro, that's your first build? My jealousy is through the roof right now. XD

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

is zotac any good? im planing on building my first pc ever and i dont have the chance to risk it. please inform me guys. i have been looking for a 1080 and found nothing but zotac and i see bad reviews about it. nice build btw.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot. I haven't had any problems with mine. I purchased it used and replaced the thermal paste. It doesn't get over 75°C while gaming. I have heard some people having temperature problems but I haven't had any yet. Fingers crossed

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

My friends are rushing me to build a PC but you made want to create a masterpiece like you have.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Totally worth it to take your time and plan it all out. I couldn't be happier with my build.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

All my friends were giving me a hard time too for taking so long but it paid off and now they're wanting to do new/upgraded builds.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

That's very good and the attention to detail is great for a first build. The color scheme went really well together and the custom cable were just icing on the cake. Going with a full TUF build is also a new one and a good choice, good job on the overall build and have fun with it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Hands down, the BEST non custom loop build I have ever seen. Very nice job!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot man!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the cable management and the cpu cooler!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Love them cables. Build looks great!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

This motherboard still supports aura sync right?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Who made your cables please?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ensourced. They do amazing work.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I read its only one guy who does it, thats some handcraftes work nice, are the cables thick and tight?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the cable look full and tight. I would suggest having him do the curve because if not they will have a bit of slack. I didn't get what that would do but if he curves them they are cut to different lengths to make the curve smooth

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa man that GPU sag is a bit much.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got the Cooler Master GPU stand on it's way. Will update once received

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Beauty

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

No offense or anything, but your desk is very small, and I don't find it to be very ergonomic. You don't really have a lot of room to move your mouse, as your case is taking up a lot of space. But that's just my two cents. Nice build. +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The wood desk isn't where my setup is located. I was just testing on it. I'm planning on building a custom desk in the near future. This is just one that I've had for a long time. I have plenty of mouse room on the desk it's setup on right now. Thanks for the comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

do you even have a desk?

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! CPU temps??

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't see many black and yellow builds, very nice.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the cables, actually inspired my new cable theme I'm getting through Ensourced cos I didn't realise how freaking great the carbon and black diamond paracord looked!

Sensational work!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Auto-bots! Roll Out!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s beautiful! Only different I would have done is use the INWIN TUF Series case.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the black and yellow on this build. Nice job, good sir.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

oooo dat cable management and color scheme tho... ensourced cables are amazing, I put them in my build and they look great.

nice build +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

i am sorry to tell you this, but your psu is insufficient for the parts you are using. a psu with 800 watts is minimum for what you have, or it could be a safety hazard for your parts and you.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Anything over 500w is sufficient according to Nvidia. I have plenty of headroom without pushing my PSU to max

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I have visited ensourced.net and made my worksheet, but how do I actually add the PDF to my order list and buy it?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Save the PDF and go to the store and select what item you want to purchase (extensions or full PSU cables) and then click on design your own. There will be an option to upload your PDF near the bottom of the options.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much, and good job on your build.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Np, thanks alot!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, when you bought the cables, did you go for no curve, clip inside, or clip outside?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to be back again! Did you have to pay import fees on the cables?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I did the no curve because I didn't have my MB yet and wasn't sure what I was going to need. But I wish I would of done CLIP INSIDE CURVE because they don't lay smoothly flat no curve. When you get them curved I think he makes on bottom layer shorter so they lay flat together. Great work tho I will definitely be getting more made through him.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that cooler do with cpu temps and overclocking? Getting the same cpu. Not sure on a cooler yet. Going to do some overclocking but can’t get an expensive cooler.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Cooler master ml120l rgb for i5-9600k, I'm looking for a cooler for i5-9600k Is it good for it?? How much you can overclock with it?? Means GHz?? And about temp. And noise when gaming

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey can I get a link to those custom cable kit? I really like this build and want to do something like this

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ensourced.net thanks the quality on the cables is top notch.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the power supply is't good? im searching for a full modular and cheap power supply for this build https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nMKzdX do you recommend the psu?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm very pleased with the PSU. Great budget option

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely beautiful build. Quick question about your cables: I'm planning on also going with Ensourced for 8+8 PCIe cables in the H500. I noticed that you've got the cables for both 8-pins wrapped together and all of your cable combs up above the PSU shroud. The hole in the PSU shroud looks too small for all the cables to neatly go through side by side. Is that right? I'm thinking about asking if Ensourced can wrap all the cables together for the first two or maybe three combs, then switch to separate 8 cable combs so that the two sets of 8 cables can go through the PSU shroud, one in front of the other. Do you think this would be a decent idea? I haven't ordered the H500 yet, so I can't really eyeball it correctly. Thank you in advance for the help!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the access hole is kind of small, that idea may help get them neatly through. I was still happy with how the look is from the standard wrap. Thanks for the comments dude

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

The PC that will save the bees

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely love the unique colour scheme!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the power supply treating you? any issues so far? great build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had any issues so far that I know of. Runs quiet and enough wattage for what i'm running. Thanks alot!

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I understood that reference XD

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

That's technically not true...

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't spam.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad some have noticed the attention to detail

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot!

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