Like Flash, but Super :D
Part hunting from Jul.2015 to April.2016
This started as a Budget Build, by going for best value parts and hunting for best deals and discounts. I also tried to keep the White and Black theme, when I chose the parts to get.
Overview vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z9_7basDlc
As budget I went for: * AMD FX-8350 CPU * The amazing looking MSI 970A Krait MB * HyperX White Fury RAM sticks * HyperX Fury budget 240GB SSD
Then I got thinking... why not invest in some future proofing. For this I changed the parts a bit and got: * The Phanteks Enthoo Pro case, which is real solid and very easy to work in, so I'm sure it will last and it will be easy for me to swap HW, when the time comes. * I went for a 7y warranty PSU, initially it was a Corsair RM750X - best warranty, fewest features, best price for a Gold rated and fully modular PSU... but then luck struck and God gave me a gift by winning the 1050W Seasonic Platinum Rated PSU in a Christmas giveaway... I was AMAZED!... and it went so well with my white theme... Thank You, Seasonic! * Ofc, the money for my PSU buy was put into the NZXT HUE+ and a little left to add on GPU budget. * Went for the 5y warranty HDD - Western Digital Black 1TB and will add my current WD Blue for another TB of storage. * Another 5y warranty part was the Corsair AIO, which will do me good with CPU overclocking and I'm sure it will last, as AIOs these days rarely have leak problems if carefully kept/handled.
Other parts... * I wanted to go for a Black R9 380X GPU initially, as it was best performance/$ but the prices dropped too much on the ASUS 970 Turbo and I could not keep myself from it. Especially because it went so perfect with my W/B build and the minimalist red accents the GPU had, could easily be covered with Black Matte Vinyl Tape. * The DVD-WR ... yeah I still use this :) * A few Sleeved cables that I found at a discount (1xUSB white, 1x24pin black, MB Panel cables white). * NZXT extra fan to balance the case pressure (1x140+2x120 exhaust and 1x200+1x120 intake), if I want pressure perfection will have to invest in a Fan Controller.
Parts vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wmSpHnqAo
Then I had fun Modding... It is my first time so I did not do anything crazy, as I was afraid to break any parts with my inexperience. * Used White Paint spray on Case Grills (to add the stripe), on the SSD holding brakets, AIO circle and the SSD addon bracket. * Used White Rubber Spray (aka PlastiDip) to paint the AIO Rad with the White lines, and this can be removed without a problem as it is just rubber cover. * Used quite a lot of Black Matte Vinyl Tape to cover the PSU cover, to hide red accents on the GPU, hide the aluminium inputs on the MB and add Black Slash Lines to the case (front trays and on both side panels). * Added some White Electrical tape the the GPU cable for White Slash accents :) * 3D printed two Logos - AMD and Seasonic - and taped them on the inside of the case
Timelapse vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTIYd75cwJo
As this is my fist time trying my hand at modding, to add some personality and flare to my PC, I can say I am impressed with the Build. 1 year of patience brought results xD.
Showcase Montage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrl8Ivy_rpA
Thanks for checking my build and I do encourage all that can to try their hand at giving their systems some uniqueness, just remember to keep it safe, as least the first times :).
Unboxing & Thoughts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OymWBs9AmK4