This is my second build ( I haven't thought of a good name for it ) I built this PC as a gift for my sister (funded by my mom) for Christmas This build will be primarily used for gaming and web browsing
I have spend a lot of time customizing this build, and it has been a great learning experience. Personal customization done on this build includes sleeving the gpu and cpu power cables, wiring in some custom LED strips, adding a panel (wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl wrap) to hide cables, painting the top fin of the 212 evo, and soldering together two variable - speed fan switches.
Sleeving the gpu power cables was time consuming and difficult... it was a good learning experience though. I didn't really know too much about how to sleeve before I started, so it was sometimes a guessing game. So after I had sleeved the 12 wires for the gpu power cables, I sleeved the cpu power cables (6 out of the 8) and that was just as difficult as sleeving the gpu power cables. I was originally planning to sleeve all the cables in the case, but after I got done with the cpu power, I just thought 'screw it' and I ordered a pre-sleeved extension for the 24-pin connector. ( which, in my opinion, is a great deal for only $10 )
The LED strips were pretty straightforward (and very easy). I ordered two rolls of LED strips (red and white) that had about 300 LEDs per strip - the price was the selling point for me... I got all of those LEDs for $10 including shipping! So i have about enough LEDs to last me 5 more builds :P. I had a bunch of extra wire laying around (that i picked up for cheap) and I ordered some 3-pin fan connectors to power the LED strips. I wired the two white LED strips together as seen in one of the pictures.
The carbon fiber panel I added in to hide cables, and it works well. I had some extra carbon-fiber vinyl left over ( which I got for cheap ) from customizing my air 540. I wrapped a sheet of plexiglass-like material and zip tied it in 4 places to the case and it works very well.
I also spray painted the top fin of the 212 evo - this was pretty basic, I used some special heat-resistant spray paint (the top fin probably won't get too hot though). If I could re-do this build, I probably would have just gone with a cryorig h7
The switches I made allow the connected accessory (in this case, 3 fans) to be run on three different settings - off, 12v, and 12v (with a resistor). I picked up the switches (10 pieces) for something cheap, somewhere under $10. I picked up the resistors (10 pieces) for a little under $8. This was a fun little project in itself; I plan on using some of these switches for my next build, so it was also a great learning experience.
Overall, It was a very fun build. The case I chose is surprisingly EXCELLENT for the money - it has great cable management options and excellent airflow options. I got alot of these components at a discounted price from black friday sales
P.S. The last picture is a sneak peak of my next build. It is a picture of an air 540 that I painted with some carbon fiber vinyl accents
P.P.S. Can anyone recommend a reliable vendor for custom loop pieces?
I chose this CPU because of the skylake hype :P I chose to get the unlocked version so I could see how much performance I could squeeze out of it on air. I plan on using this chip for my next build. I also want to add that this is my first intel chip, and it is a nice change (coming from amd)
I had some left over Arctic Silver 5 compound from some other builds so I just used it for this build too. I haven't use any other TIM so this is my standard
This motherboard was giving me troubles at first; there was an issue with the RAM placement (although the board recommended it) and I was ready to RMA it, but I just knew there had to be some way to fix it, so I ended up having to clear the CMOS and re-seat the RAM and it worked. Excellent BIOS gui btw
I always go with WD for my HDDs (and samsung for SSDs)
I got this on sale for $300 from newegg and it is a very good performer.
I got this for $40 and it is an EXCELLENT case for the price. It has excellent cable management options and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is looking for the best while still on a budget. The fan controller included gave me problems at first (loose pins on the 3-pin connector) but a little glue fixed that.
Great modular capability. Good PSU
Noisy when in use, but inexpensive
These are great, quiet fans! You really get your money's worth