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Intro

This build is named after the Greek God Proteus - the shapeshifter, due to the rgb features. It was built and refined over the past couple months. This is my third PC build to date and I can honestly say it is my best. My old Z97 Sabertooth mobo died on me so I have upgraded to Skylake.

PC is used for gaming, light coding and photoshop work. Small mods completed by myself.

Lower prices gained through second hand purchases, reusing of some old parts.

Part Breakdown

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass Case - Fell in love with the original Enthoo Evolv ATX before the glass model come out but glad I waited till this model was released instead. The removable upper radiator bracket, SSD brackets and ease of cable management are great additions and the glass panels on each side are just the sexiest. Well worth getting your cable management right in one of these. Had issues with standoffs and screws but was quickly resolved by Phanteks.

i5 6600k - great for gaming and light editing. Does fine by me at stock speed, still need to OC.

NZXT X 61 - Cools well, looks clean and has rgb features.

Asus Maximus Hero viii- Looks top notch and asus is my favourite bios. Had a free Kingston SSD thrown in to sweeten the deal. Would have loved the Maximus Formula however I couldn't justify the price difference for the addition of just thermal armor and rgb features.

Zotac Amp Extreme Edition 980ti - I know this isn't the newest generation of Nvdia's GPU's but I got it for a great price. Blows 1080p gaming out the water. Can consistenly provide a good framerate at 144hz. This card runs very quiet with the preset fan settings and cool due to the hulking fan and radiator setup on it. I couldn't believe the size and weight of this thing when I first saw it. GPU sag was undoubtedly an issue so I cut and carbon wrapped a rod of stainless steel to act as a support.

BenQ XL2411z (144hz, 1ms) monitor - Alot of people agree this is one of the best 1080p, 144hz monitors at its price point. I entirely agree with them, before this I was gaming on a 60hz tv and the difference in gameplay is phenomenal. Everything feels smoother, more responsive and colours pop.

Asus VN247H monitor - Snapped this up for a good price. Wasn't really considering dual monitors but at this price I thought I'd go for it. Decent 60hz monitor but gaming is saved for the BenQ.

Kingston Hyper X DDR4 16gb RAM - Ram is Ram, got this in a deal with the i5 6600k, 16gb suits me just fine.

OCZ ARC 100 (480gb) - Reused from old build, good quality. OS loads in ~8-10 secs.

Kingston V300 (120gb) - Came for free with mobo, used for game installations.

WD 1tb and WD 2tb HDD's - Cheap and cheerful. 1TB HDD was free.

EVGA 750 G2 - Had my old Corsair CX750M die on me. Should never have skimped on the PSU. Chose this EVGA psu due to the internal build quality being way above the competition. As soon as you open it you can tell it's a high quality product. Very quiet and have experienced no coil whine.

Thermaltake rgb 120mm/140mm Fans - Adds a little something extra to a build and they are not expensive by any means. Had issues with one of the controllers at first but was easily replaced.

NZXT Hue+ - Got a good deal on this. Easy to setup, love the multitude of effects, and pairs well with the NZXT X61 when used through CAM software.

Roccat Ryos RGB FX Keyboard - Was blown away by the extent of the macro and RGB customization on this. Wanted a corsair K70/K95 but for the deal I got on this I couldn't pass it up. Chose cherry mx browns because I didn't have much experience with mechanical keyboards so felt I should go for an in-between. Very happy so far.

Corsair m65 mouse - Top quality mouse. Nice weight distribution, good range of dpi settings and sits very comfortably in my hand.

Logitech G933 Spectrum - Splashed out on these but I really wanted wireless. The dolby 7.1 surround sound is fantastic and really adds to immersion. They are extremely comfortable and the RGB features are a nice addition. The quick timeout is annoying but I don't mind it because It stops the battery draining fast.

TP Link Wifi card - reused from old build. Smashed all the antenna's off by accident but now I have internet via powerline adapter this is not an issue.

TP link Powerline Adapter (1200 Mbit/s) - Very surprised with how well this works considering my distance from the router (3 floors up). My only regret is that I did not buy one sooner. Average download speed of 7-8 mb/s.

3mm Cablemod Nylon set - Got an entire set for a lot cheaper than retail, how could I say no. Great quality and really give that professional look.

Mods

Case painting - Used plastidip to paint PSU shroud and hdd covers yellow. Not gonna lie, had a real tough time with it. PSU shroud is not easily removable so had to tape everything off inside which was a nuisance and the can kept spitting so I found it difficult to get even coverage. The finish isn't perfect but I am happy with the overall look.

Carbon wrapped SSD's, Mobo vinyl replacement- Applied carbon vinyl sheets to the SSD's and overlayed the red vinyl on the mobo armor with yellow vinyl.

Sorry for the long description and absurd amount of photos but I really wanted to showcase the combinations of NZXT hue+ and Thermal take rgb fans. Thankyou to everyone on here who have given me advice and posted such fine builds for me to learn and gain inspiration from!

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

So many pictures of the same thing. But very nice build, you should be proud.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot, I'm very proud. And yeah sorry for the amount of photos. I went a bit mad!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Delete 90 of them :)

custom cables from where?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gonna borrow a friends professional camera, take cleaner and fewer photos and re-upload :) It's a cablemod set

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Diggin' the color scheme, definitly a cool and unique (maybe?) color scheme, well done :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot man. I'm very happy happy with it. There's so many phanteks atx glass builds coming about lately I thought it'd be nice to make mine stand out from the crowd a bit with the custom painting :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This is such an eye candy. I freaking love the colour scheme! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers dude :) I'm glad you enjoy it!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This has to get featured!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's a tough choice. There are so many high quality builds released on here but fingers crossed aye!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The Zotac AMP Extreme 1070 would fit this build!!! :o

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, Zotac with their black and yellow gpu's fit this build well :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point
  • Buys a 980ti

  • Plays on 1080p

  • Facepalm

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It's sooo colourful!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I know right. I love it :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair fans with yellow rings would be sick with this.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I think they'd look great too, but I enjoy the customization options of the Thermaltakes. I can set them to yellow or whatever I fancy!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very good, the color scheme has been done before, but somehow it seems very unique to your build alone

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot. I tried to make this build stand out in small ways and to hear comments like this makes all the work seem worth it :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks like the bigger brother to the black and yellow build I did recently! XD really nice job though, the rgb fans really look great! +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I did see yours and smile, they definitely look like brothers. You did a great job, especially on the case painting!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Aha cheers dude! :D

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

your color theme unusually cool, then came the LED, makes it even better, awesome!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha LED's make everything better. Thanks alot!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the color on the xl2411z come super washed out? I want to get it but a lot of the reviews I read said the colors come super washed out and it takes hours to fix

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine may have been a little washed out If I remember correctly but nothing major. The controls are easy to navigate on the monitor so setting your own display settings or choosing a preset didn't take me too long.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Penny Dreadful.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the basement come unbolted on the Phanteks Evolv case? I wanna spray my enthoo pro m acrylic case's basement and it looks riveted in my case and un-removable?

also +1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers for the +1. Nah the basement is the same and riveted sadly. That's why I had to spray it where it lies. Was a pain!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Duuuhhaaaaammnn, that's some paint job then. That must have really sucked but it made that basement POP!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah was a horrid job. As I was doing it I regretted it more and more but managed to turn it around in the end. Cheers dude!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you paint the red parts on the motherboard yellow? Was it hard to do?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all. I just cut some yellow vinyl to shape and stuck it over. Quick and easy!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man. Great build!!! I just wonder on how you painted that shroud. I have an enthoo pro M but i really wanna paint some parts of it white similar to the p400s TG. can you tell me how you did it???

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot man! The shroud in the Phantek Evolv is riveted which makes it impossible to remove, not sure if it's the same with the Enthoo Pro M. I had to mask off the inside of the case as best I could, spray the shroud where it sat, then clean up all others areas of the case as best as possible. Was a slow and long process but it turned out alright. Good luck with yours! I found it difficult to work with plastidip so might be better for you to use a spray on metallic paint. Let me know how it goes!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ey thanks for the reply man... But i might go the easy route and just pick the P400STG Black and White Version. Anyway cheers!!!! I hope that build is getting every last bit squeezed outta it!!!!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot man :)

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